Odysseus Tour

Package Theme: Archeological

Description

Odysseus was the king on the island of Ithaca. His wife was Penelope, who bore him a son, Telemachus, just before the events of the Trojan War began to unfold. Odysseus was favored by the goddess Athena for cunning and intellect. 

Duration

10 days
  • Athens Philosophy Tour
  • National Archeological Museum of Athens
  • Epidaurus Theater
  • Mycenae
  • Ancient Greek Tragedy Performance
  • Akrotiri
  • Volcano Cruise
  • Dionysus Tour - Wine Tasting
  • Wellness & Spa
  • Achilleion
  • Archaeological Museum of Argostoli
  • Cave of the Nymphs in Ithaki - boat trip

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. 

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.

Corinth Canal
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. 

Epidaurus Theater
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.

Mycenae
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.

Wellness & Spa
Just Relax at the Spa of the resort! The rest of the day is yours!!!

Akrotiri
Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BCE and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine Frescoes and many objects and artworks. The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis. The site has been excavated since 1967. The excavations at Akrotiri have uncovered one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean.

Oia Sunset
Private romantic Dinner in the view of the amazing sunset of the Aegean sea!

Volcano Cruise
Among the short boat trips, the Volcano & Hot Springs trip is the perfect choice for those who don't want to spend too much time. Within only 3 hours, we experience one of the most violent Volcanoes of the world and also swim at its Hot Springs!

Dionysus Tour - Wine Tasting
Discover the most distinct wineries and traditional cellars of Santorini through a unique wine tasting journey. Taste outstanding wines from the oldest vineyards in Europe, learn to cook like a Greek in a Greek Cooking class and explore ancient civilizations at the Akrotiri Excavations.

Achilleion
Achilleion is a fairy palace built among cypresses and myrtles by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, who wished to escape from the Austrian court. Elisabeth truly fell in love with the island, and she dedicated this palace to Achilles as she cherished the belief that he represented the very soul and fairness of Greece.

Archaeological Museum of Argostoli
The museum houses antiquities from the island of Kephalonia, ranging from the prehistoric to the Roman periods. It also contains a remarkable collection of Mycenaean finds. The old museum was destroyed by the earthquakes in 1953 and the new one was built in 1960.

Cave of the Nymphs - Ithaki
It is identified with the Homeric Cave of the Nymphs, as the findings of archaeological research show that in ancient times it was a place of worship of the Nymphs. Furthermore, the shape and location of the cave go with the description from the rhapsody N of Odyssey: The Cave of the Nymphs, at an altitude of 190 meters above the bay of Dexa (the Homeric port Forkynas), where the Phaeacians left Odysseus sleeping. Then the hero hid in the cave of the Nymphs the gifts of King Alcinoos of the Phaeacians.

 

You have the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast before returning home.

* All above tours are suggestions and not fixed packages. Any tour combination and alterations (in length, sightseeing, destinations, etc.) are available according to your desire!

Grande Bretagne


Location: Syntagma Square · Athens Greece

Website: http://www.grandebretagne.gr/

Grand Resort Lagonissi


Location: 40th km Athens-Sounion, Attica Greece

Website: http://www.lagonissiresort.gr/

Please note that this is a preliminary program and subject to change due to weekend closure times of some sites.

Valid Period: From 31/05/2016 up to 31/12/2016.
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Air transfers

Athens – Santorini approx. 45 minutes
Santorini – Corfu approx. 2,5 hours (1 stop or more stops may occur)

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