Aristotle

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
Upon arrival at Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, meet our representative in the arrival hall. Your journey has begun! Private motor coach transfer to hotel in central Athens for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2: TREE PLANTING - ANCIENT MASK MAKING
In the morning, we depart for the botanical center. Here we will plant small herb bushes and at the same time help the environment and learn about all the different Greek herbs. Following lunch, we enjoy an ancient mask-making workshop where we will have the opportunity to make our own masks to take home with us! Return to hotel for afternoon rest. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3: ATHENS CITY TOUR – TRADITIONAL GREEK NIGHT
Following breakfast, we 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 temples. We have now become time travelers! We view Areopagus (Mars Hill) and the magnificent view of the Agora of Athens. After lunch, continue our panoramic city tour and pass by Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Parliament House, the Academy of Athens, the University and the National Library & more before returning to the hotel. Free afternoon until our transfer for a Greek traditional welcome dinner with some Greek music and folk dancing! Opa!

DAY 4: ONE DAY CRUISE TO 3 ISLANDS
Today we will enjoy a one day cruise to the Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina.

First, we will visit the picturesque island of Hydra, a favorite film location and beautiful harbor where no cars are allowed, only donkeys! Walk around the cobbled streets or enjoy a refreshment in one of the many cafes in the harbor before returning to our cruise.

Then we enjoy buffet lunch on board while continuing our voyage to 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 guided excursion to the Temple of Aphaia; one of the finest and the best preserved of the Greek temples, or walk leisurely around the harbor & browse in the small gift shops. Return to Athens at 7:30 p.m and transfer back to our hotel for buffet dinner & overnight stay.

DAY 5: ATHENS – CORINTH CANAL - MYCENAE – POTTERY WORKSHOP – NAFPLION
Today we drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf passing by the Corinthian Canal. After a quick stop for photos, we will visit Mycenae. Here, we will see 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. Our tour ends with a visit to a pottery workshop where we will make some traditional pottery.

After lunch, our tour continues on to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. Here we will visit the ancient Palamidi fortress before checking into the hotel in Nafplio for our buffet dinner.

DAY 6: NAFPLION - OLYMPIA
Following our buffet breakfast, check-out. Drive through central Peloponnese to ancient Olympia, which holds the stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC. We will visit the archaeological site and museum and view the stadium with the starting line that is still visible, etched onto the marble. Our tour ends with a cooking demonstration and buffet lunch. Check-in to hotel in Olympia for buffet dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 7: OLYMPIA – DELPHI - ARACHOVA
Today we start our drive to Delphi, the ‘centre’ of the world, where the famous prophecies were made in the Temple of Apollo. Upon arrival at the archaeological site, we visit the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Treasury of the Athenians. Following lunch, we check in to our hotel for free time followed by buffet dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 8: DELPHI – METEORA - KALAMBAKA
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, we check-out. Drive to Kalambaka that houses the world famous UNESCO site of the Meteora monasteries. Like huge boulders, they rise out of the ground hundreds of feet high and we will visit the small monasteries and a museum precariously balanced on the top. Following lunch, check-in to our hotel for afternoon rest.

DAY 9: TRUFFLE & MUSHROOM HUNTING
Today we will head out for our morning excursion in the forest for truffle hunting! Guided by our specially trained dogs, we search for this unique ‘black diamond’ of nature in the forest and learn about the different kinds. We will have the opportunity to cook a special dish in the forest and eat it! After the truffle hunting, we will have a quick visit to the Museum of Natural History before returning to our hotel in Kalambaka for afternoon rest.

DAY 10: KALAMABAKA - RETURN TO ATHENS - DEPARTURE
Following buffet breakfast, check out of hotel and transfer to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” for your departure flight back home. We hope the memories of your trip will stay with you and bring you back again soon!
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