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Educational Field Trip in Greece
(6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS)
DAY 1: ATHENS ARRIVAL
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport we pass through customs, collect our luggage and meet our representative in the arrival hall. We walk to our private motorcoach and drive to the hotel for check in, dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: FULLDAY ATHENS CITY TOUR & SOUNION
After our buffet breakfast at the hotel and at 9:00 a.m. we meet our local guide and begin our morning with a sightseeing tour of Athens. We climb up to the marble-capped Acropolis and visit the famous Parthenon and the Erechtheion. We view Areopagus (Mars’ Hill) Our tour continues with a panoramic sightseeing drive viewing the highlights of modern Athens: the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, the Academy, the University of Athens, the National Library, Panatheniac Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch. After lunch at a local restaurant we depart for our afternoon excursion towards Cape Sounion. We drive along the picturesque coastal road, past the beautiful beaches of Kalamaki, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, with its countless coves, with the beautiful blue waters of the Saronic Gulf only feet from us and continue toward Sounion. The crowning feature of the tour is Cape Sounion, famous for its radiant sunsets and dominated by the Doric white marble Temple of Poseidon that overlooks the blue Aegean Sea. Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight.
DAY 3: ATHENS – CORINTH CANAL - MYCENAE – EPIDAURUS
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. At 8:00 a.m. we drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf passing by the Corinthian Canal, a four miles narrow cut of land, connecting the waters of the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulfs. We proceed to Mycenae to visit the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lionesses' Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon in which we will actually enter. After lunch provided at a local restaurant, through Argos on to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, we enjoy some free time here before continuing on to visit Epidaurus: the Sanctuary of Asclepeios, ancient god of healing. We see the best-preserved ancient theater in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and the perfection of its remarkable acoustics, easily accommodating 12,000 people. Return to the hotel for dinner & overnight.
DAY 4: ONEDAY CRUISE TO THE SARONIC GULF ISLANDS (HYDRA, POROS & AEGINA)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today we are offered the enjoyment of a cruise in just one-day to the Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina, including buffet lunch on board and round-trip transfers by bus. We sail at 8:00 a.m. from Marina Flisvos. First we will visit the picturesque island of Hydra, fashionable artists' colony, a retreat of intellectuals and a favorite film location. A crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outwards from the harbor area. Most of the local residences, well-preserved sea-merchant family mansions, as well as the hotels on the island are located on these streets. Then we enjoy buffet lunch on board while continuing our voyage to we sail for Poros where the first naval arsenal of independent Greece was established. Poros provides delightful scenery marked by the clock tower and the low pine-wooded hills. Our last port of call is Aegina, an attractive and tranquil resort place. Here we can either join the optional excursion to the Temple of Aphaia; one of the finest and the best preserved of the Greek temples, or walk leisurely around the harbour & browse in the small gift shops. Return back to the port in the early evening around 7:00 p.m. Transfer back to the hotel for dinner & overnight
DAY 5: ACROPOLIS MUSEUM & SHOPPING IN ATHENS
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. At 9:00 a.m. we depart for Athens by bus. We meet our guide outside of the Acropolis Museum & enjoy our visit. We then continue for lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Athens Plaka area. At our agreed meeting time we will meet at the designated location for our bus transfer back to the hotel.
DAY 6: ATHENS DEPARTURE
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. We meet our representative and depart by private motor coach to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” for your departure flight home.
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