The Muses in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science, and the arts.
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.
National Archaeological 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.
The Ancient Greek Cuisine, the one that inspired so many others, makes a unique comeback after 25 centuries… What do we really know about it?
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.
Escape now for a day and enjoy the islands, the sun and the sea with one day cruise on the crystal waters of the Saronic Gulf.
– Arrival at Poros, a picturesque island within a small distance of the Peloponnese mainland, a green paradise with lemon and pine trees. Don't forget to visit the Clock Tower, a short climb from the main port where you will have a great panoramic view of the island.
– Arrival at Hydra, one of the most beautiful Greek islands. The amphitheatrical port of Hydra offers a colourful collage of outdoor tavernas, cafés and shops. Cars are not allowed in Hydra so don't miss a donkey ride--one of the island's most famous attractions.
– Arrival at Aegina. There you have the option to visit the Church of Agios Nektarios, the Temple of Aphaia, or go on a panoramic excursion of the island.
The cruise itineraries are indicative and subject to change depending on weather conditions and port traffic.
Artemis of Vravrona
Vravrona was dedicated to goddess Artemis, protector of hunters, animals and people’s safe birth. Being enraged from the killing of two small female bears, Artemis caused epidemic in Athens. Then she asked an oracle to tell Athenians that all girls living in Attica aged from 5 up to 10 years should devote their lives to her. Athenians obeyed her command and brought all girls to her temple, where they spend big period of their childhood serving her and participating in celebrations organized in there. The girls staying in the temple were called arkti (bears). The celebrations in honor of the goddess were called Vravronia and included music events, sports games and recitation of poems. Archaeological Site: Here you will see the coexistence of ancient ruins of Artemidos temple with a Christian church of the 15th century dedicated to Aghios Georgios. The only still preserved part of the ancient temple is the podium, therefore we do not know the original shape of the initial ancient Greek temple. If you walk on the bridge built during the classic period and leading to the temple, you can visit the partially restored Porch. The Museum: It is a small but remarkable museum housing exhibits that were found not only in Vravrona but also in Anavissos, Perati and other parts of Attica.
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.
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.
9 Muses Valley
The history of the famous Valley of the Muses on the eastern slopes of Mt. Helikon began in the 6th c. B.C. Its floruit period began from the 3rd c. B.C. onwards because of the "Mouseia", festivals established and oganised every 5 years by the Thespians. Poets and musicians from all over Greece also participated in various games (epic, poetry, rapsodia, kithara, aulos, satyric poetry, tragedy and comedy). In the 2nd and 1st c. B.C. were also added in the list game in honour of the roman emperor who from that time sponsored the whole organisation. The festivals were called onwards "Great Kaisareia" because the emperor was honored at first place and not the Muses. The winners dedicated their tripods to the sanctuay. Hesiod did the same after his victory in Chalkis. Many statues depicting the Muses, famous poets and musicians stood in the open-air space of the Valley. In 1882 A. Stamatakis made the first test trench in the little church of Ayia Triada and noted the rectangular foundation of the small temple or altar of the Muses. He also indicated the remains of the theatre on the mountain slope. The French Archaeological School under P.Jamot excavated systematically in 1888, 1889 and 1890 at the site and discovered all the antiquites.
You have the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast before returning home.
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 – Delphi 183km approx. 2,1 hours