In the ancient Greek religion, the Twelve Olympians are the major deities of the Greek pantheon, commonly considered to be Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes and either Hestia, or Dionysus.
Welcome to Athens. Your hotel room is waiting for you. Depend on your arrival time you might have the chance to experience the sites, sounds, smells and flavors of Athens and explore its unique neighborhoods. Let us take you on a delicious journey to discover vibrant city squares and colorful markets; taste authentic local flavors, admire architecture from the 19th to 21st centuries. The rest of the day is yours to explore Athens' exciting neighborhoods such as Plaka, Monastiraki, or Kolonaki. The night is yours in Athens.
Athens Philosophy Tour
Ancient Greek philosophy began in Miletus with the pre-Socratic philosopher Thales and lasted through Late Antiquity. Some of the most famous and influential philosophers of all time were from the ancient Greek world, including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
Walk & Dinner in Plaka
You will enjoy a romantic night walk in Plaka that will end up tasting original Greek Cusine in the view of Parthenon!
National Archeological Museum of Athens
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
Ancient Greek Tragedy Performance
The event takes place and in a historical renovated neoclassical theatre building in Athens. The course of the show is fast and full of life, filled with passions and conflicts. The performance combines modern elements and it shall bring the character close to today’s world and the modern day audience. The costumes, the stage design, the video projections, the music, and the brilliant acting contribute to a integral result. Especially for those who are interested, various educational and creative activities such as discussion after the performance or workshops (seminar of mask construction, seminar of costume) can be organized.
The Corinth Canal cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greekmainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. The builders dug the canal through the Isthmus at sea level; no locks are employed. It is 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships. It now has little economic importance. The canal was mooted in classical times and an abortive effort was made to build it in the 1st century AD. Construction finally got under way in 1881 but was hampered by geological and financial problems that bankrupted the original builders. It was completed in 1893 but, due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators. It is now used mainly for tourist traffic.
Among all the ancient theatres, Epidaurus theatre is the most beautiful and best preserved. Destined for the fun of the patients of Asklipieio, it had a capacity of 13,000 spectators. The superb acoustics as well as the very well preserved construction, contributed to the creation of Epidaurus Festival S.A., an institution that contributed to the cultural revival of the theatre.
The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. These two cities are indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, which have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia.
Journey to the center of the earth - Mining Park
Fokis Mining Park–Vagonetto is a unique theme park, situated on the 51st km. of the Lamia-Amfissa National Road in Greece, between mountains Ghiona and Parnassos, within the broader area of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. premises. Vagonetto aims at presenting the operation areas of a mine, but also at informing, recreating, and educating the new generations on the history of the exploitation of bauxite, and on the people who worked in mines, honoring and promoting the mining history of Fokis. A tour through Vagonetto gives the visitor the chance for a step-by-step introduction to the bauxite mining process. The acquaintance with the history of bauxite begins in the exhausted underground Gallery 850, continues in the Exhibition Area and theInteractive Digital Technology Wing, and is completed at the Open-air Machinery Exhibition.
Delphi Archaeological museum
The treasure of artifacts brought to light by the excavations in the sanctuary of Delphi found shelter in the museum that was built on site in 1903 with funds by Andreas Syggros. Successive expansions of the exhibition areas from the 1950s onwards led to the contemporary museum, which was last refurbished in 2000. Today the museum accommodates one of the most valuable collections of ancient Greek art. These works, along with the architectural monuments, once adorned Apollo's sanctuary, which must have resembled a vast open-air museum.
Oracle of Delphi
The site of the oracle of Delphi is really astonishing. At first glance you can understand why this place is the navel of the earth. Once you come here you have to visit first the museum, where you will see many important findings and you will obtain useful information for your tour. In the museum of Delphi you can admire sculptures and objects d art from the sanctuary. Among them are the statues of the two kouros designed by Polymidis the 6th century BC and reflect either the Kleovi and Vitona or Kastor and Polidephki (Dioskouroi). Of the most valuable and famous sculptures in the museum are the famous Hniohos of Delphi oracle, which was donated by Polyzalos, tyrant of Gelas. The artist is unknown.
In the prefecture of Trikala and within 20 km from Trikala, over Kalampaka, rise the proud and majestic rocky cliffs of the Holy Meteora, filled with shell fossils and revealing a unique geological phenomenon. It is the most important monastery complex in Greece after Mount Athos. In these untrodden peaks of Meteora, the first hermits arrived around 1100 AD.Climbing and nesting like birds in the caves and hollows of the rocks, they isolated themselves seeking mental completeness and redemption with prayers and fasting. The Holy Meteora is recognized and protected as a listed World Heritage monument by UNESCO and other international organizations.
Ancient Dodonis Theater
Dodoni sanctuary, an archeological site of international fame, is located in Dodonea valley few kilometers away from Ioannina. The area is considered to be birthplace of many Greek speaking tribes based on historic sources, as well as findings from the last period of the Copper Age. The sanctuary was dedicated to Naio Zeus and in it had an Oracle area (surrounding the holy acorn tree named Figos), a Theater, a Prytaneum and a Parliament. The most important buildings of the sanctuary were built during the period when Pirros, king of Molossoi reigned, it was also the period that the sanctuary reached the peak of flourishing. Todays archelogical site includes the ancient theater and the ancient house of the oracle.
The excavation by Professor Manolis Andronikos and his associates under the Great Tumulus of Verginavillage in Imathia, Central Macedonia in 1977 brought to light the most important archaeological discovery of the 20th century in Greece. Today’s Vergina (Ancient Aigai), in the foothills of Mt. Pieria, was the first capital of ancient kingdom of Macedonia, called Aigai. The site of the Royal Tombs under a modern roof hosts the main excavation, as well as an exhibition of the major finds from the burials. It is protected by UNESCO as world cultural heritage and comprises a unique discovery of an enormous universal impact.
In the Prefecture of Kavala, near the estuary of Strymonas River, you will find Amfipolis with its impressive archaeological site and Archaeological Museum. The two fortification enceintes of the town, as well as the renowned Lion of Amfipolis, an imposing stone tomb dating back to the 4th century B.C., are worth a visit. In Palaiochori, you can admire the impressive towering castle “Vranokastro” and the remains of the monastery dedicated to Aghios Georgios Diasoritis.
Please note that this is a preliminary program and subject to change due to weekend closure times of some sites.Valid Period: From 01/06/2016 up to 31/12/2016.
Athens – Porto Heli 174km approx. 2,5 hours
Porto Heli – Delphi 344km approx. 4,5 hours
Delphi – Kalambaka 230km approx. 3,5 hours
Kalambaka – Thessaloniki 230km approx. 2,5 hours