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8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 01 - Arrival / Athens
Arrival at the Athens airport, welcome assistance and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Day 02 - City tour / Athens (B)
The day is dedicated to exploring the city of Athens. We begin with a panoramic tour to the most important monuments and landmarks of the city including the Panathinaikon stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma square, the Parliament, the tomb of the unknown soldier, Schliemann's house, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the old Parliament. Next we head for our guided visit to the Acropolis, including the Propylae, the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion. Later, we continue with a guided visit to the Acropolis museum voted one of the best museums in the world. Afternoon at leisure to explore Plaka, the picturesque old part of the city, and why not, some shopping at Ermou street.

Day 03 - Corinth canal, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae / Olympia (B,D)
After our breakfast we depart towards the Peloponnese. First stop will be at the impressive Corinth canal and we continue to Epidaurus with its theater, famous for its acoustics. Our day continues as we will be arriving in Nafplion for a short stop. Our next visit will be to Mycenae «rich in gold» as Homer mentions, with the Cyclopean walls, and the tomb of Agamemnon with the famous Lion’s Gate. In the afternoon, we will be crossing the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.

Day 04 - Olympia / Delphi (B,D)
Built on the banks of the River Alfios, Olympia is beautiful, green, and placid. We will enjoy a tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex (home of the original Olympic Games), including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, and Phidias’s Workshop. We continue to the local museum, one of the richest in Greece, with the impressive statue of Hermes of Praxitelis. In the afternoon, we will start heading north, driving around Patras, over the impressive Rio-Antirio bridge, through Nafpaktos and Itea, to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 05 - Delphi / Kalambaka (B,D)
Delphi used to be the most sacred spot in the world and a pilgrimage center for many centuries in the antiquity. You will admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, walk the Sacred way, and visit the temple of Apollo, home of Pythia (the oracle). We continue to the local museum with the famous bronze statue of the Charioteer. In the afternoon we will be crossing the mountains of central Greece to arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Day 06 - Meteora / Athens (B)
This morning we will be visiting Meteora. Amazing rock formations, like towers of sandstone, stand ageless, and have provided sacred retreat for monks over the centuries. A number of monasteries are hidden on top of Meteora. The view over the plain is breathtaking. Meteora is considered among the most beautiful areas of mainland Greece and belongs to Unesco's list of world heritage monuments. After our visit, we will take the road back to Athens. On the way, we will make a short stop at Thermopylae, to admire the statue of Leonidas king of Sparta. Overnight in Athens.

Day 07 - Day cruise to Aegina, Poros & Hydra / Athens (B,L)
Early breakfast this morning and we transfer to the port of Trokadero for a day cruise to the islands of the Saronic gulf. Our first port of call will be Hydra. A picturesque little "vehicle free" island, well-known to the international jet-set. Take a donkey ride, explore the little cobble-stoned streets and visit the Mitropolis at your own pace. Next, we will be visiting the island of Poros with it clock tower facing the Peloponnese. Last will be a visit to Aegina, a weekend retreat island for many Athenians. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride or take an optional visit to
the temple of Afea. Before leaving make sure to buy some pistachios, as Aegina is world-famous for its production. During cruising, you will enjoy a buffet lunch on board, and on the way back you will have to opportunity to see and participate to some traditional Greek dances! Return transfer to our hotel.

Day 08 - Departure (B)
Breakfast and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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  2017            
  Departure dates:      
  November to March: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.          
  April to October: Daily except Tuesday.          
    Standard      
  For Period DBL SGL TRP      
  01 Nov'16 - 04 March'17 CAD 1,981 CAD 2,744 CAD 1,862      
  05 Mar - 29 Mar CAD 2,016 CAD 2,800 CAD 1,883      
  30 Mar - 08 Apr CAD 1,967 CAD 2,716 CAD 1,820      
  09 Apr - 15 Oct CAD 1,981 CAD 2,737 CAD 1,834      
  16 Oct - 31 Oct CAD 1,967 CAD 2,716 CAD 1,820      
               
    First Class      
  For Period DBL SGL TRP      
  01 Nov'16 - 26 Mar'17 CAD 2,170 CAD 3,150 CAD 2,023      
  27 Mar - 29 Apr CAD 2,359 CAD 3,437 CAD 2,177      
  30 Apr - 29 Jun CAD 2,408 CAD 3,528 CAD 2,219      
  30 Jun - 26 Aug CAD 2,289 CAD 3,283 CAD 2,128      
  27 Aug - 31 Oct CAD 2,408 CAD 3,528 CAD 2,219      
               
    Deluxe      
  For Period DBL SGL TRP      
  01 Nov'16 - 26 Mar'17 CAD 2,457 CAD 3,612 CAD 2,205      
  27 Mar - 29 Apr CAD 2,562 CAD 3,773 CAD 2,331      
  30 Apr - 29 Jun CAD 2,681 CAD 4,018 CAD 2,415      
  30 Jun - 29 Aug CAD 2,576 CAD 3,801 CAD 2,338      
  30 Aug - 31 Oct CAD 2,681 CAD 4,018 CAD 2,415      
     
  Notes:    
  The order of excursions/visits may change depending on the departure date.        
               
  Accommodations:            
             
  Athens            
  Hotel Crystal City, Hotel Oscar, Hotel Best Western Museum, Hotel Best Western Pythagorion, Hotel Best Western Candia or similar (S)
  Hotel Titania Hotel Parthenon Hotel Zafolia Hotel Golden Age Hotel Alexandros(F)
  Hotel NJV Athens Plaza, Hotel Divani Caravel, Hotel Metropolitan, Hotel St. George Lycabettus, Hotel Wyndham Grand (D)
             
  Olympia            
  Hotel Antonios or Similar (S)
  Hotel Arty Grand, Hotel Europa or similar(F, D)
             
  Delphi            
  Hotel Hermes, Hotel Olympic or Similar(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Apollonia(F, D)
             
  Kalambaka            
  Hotel Orfea or Hotel Antoniadis(S)
  Hotel Amalia or Hotel Divani (F, D)
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on BB, 4 nights in Athens
  • Athens city tour with Acropolis and Acropolis museum, on SIC, including English speaking guide.
  • The 4-day classical Greece tour on SIC, on half-board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • The day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra, including transfers and lunch on board.
  • All transfers
  • Meet & Greet service for tour briefing and orientation, by an English speaking representative
  • All entrance/admission fees to sites and museums
  • All taxes and our services
Exclusions:
  • Any meals other than those mentioned above
  • Any drinks during included meals
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any tips
  • Any porterage at hotels.
  • Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
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