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Discover Athens, Olympia, and Thessaloniki

  • 10/17/2019 - 10/29/2019
  • 13 Days
  • Starting price $3,695

Explore the places that shaped Western civilization on this immersive tour of mainland Greece. Explore Athens, Europe’s oldest city, from the Acropolis to the Plaka. Travel through history visiting Nauplia, Rio, Delphi, and Thessaloniki. Reflect on the impact of time and the influence of tradition by exploring the most ancient to the most modern design, including the National Archeological Museum and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano; the UNESCO World Heritage site of Aigai; and the viticultural innovation in the Naoussa wine region. Learn about the rich history of ancient sites and the creative minds behind the country’s modern buildings on this in-depth tour through Greece.

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Max guests - 30

Architectural highlights

  • Take in the impressive Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which was designed by Renzo Piano.
  • Enjoy the Acropolis Museum, which was designed by architect Bernard Tschumi.
  • Discover the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved Greek amphitheaters in the world.
  • Explore the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion.
  • Visit the Archaeological Sites of Mycenae, which are UNESCO-listed.
  • See the walled Byzantine stronghold and step inside the beautiful Pantanassa Monastery at Mystras .
  • View the Rio–Antirrio bridge, the world’s longest fully suspended cable-stayed bridge.
  • Discover Meteora’s stunning architecture which includes Pinnacle Monastery and St. Stephen’s Monastery.

 

More highlights

  • See Athens’ National Archaeological Museum and enjoy time to explore the exhibits and learn about Hellenic visual arts.
  • Stroll through Arachova, a picturesque town at the foot of Mount Parnassos.  
  • Enjoy touring a vineyard and tasting a selection of red and white wines in Nemea.

 

Also included

  • 11 nights in 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 wine tastings and 6 dinners
  • An experienced multilingual Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees throughout the program as outlined in the itinerary
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach for select excursions
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for tour director, guides, bus drivers, porters and  restaurant staff for included meals

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs.

 

Price

  • $3,695 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $600 single supplement
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by July 17, 2019.

 

Not included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees if purchasing a land-only package; baggage fees and excess baggage fees; airport transfer fees (if airfare is not purchased through Go Ahead Tours); passport/visa fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified in the itinerary; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; pre or post-tour extensions; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Athens.
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Arrive in Athens

Transfer to the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers.

Accommodations: Fresh Hotel
Meals: Dinner
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Tour of Athens

Tour the city home to the world’s first democracy, Athens. Enjoy a walking tour around the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, and Erechtheion. Head to Pnyx hill to see the Philopappos Monument and the urban promenade, which was designed by Dimitris Pikionis. Explore the Plaka district, which incorporates labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. Take an exclusive guided tour of the Acropolis Museum, which was designed by architect Bernard Tschumi. Visit the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum and cemetery.

Accommodations: Fresh Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
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Athens’ archeology and culture

Take a round-trip cable car ride from the base of Mount Lycabettus to the top of the hill and enjoy panoramic views of the city. Tour Athens’ National Archaeological Museum and enjoy time to explore the exhibits and learn about Hellenic visual arts. Join a local guide for a tour of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which was designed by Renzo Piano. The Cultural Center is comprised of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. To restore the view of the sea from the site, an artificial hill was designed and turned into an iconic sloping park. Admire the neoclassical architecture of the National Library, University of Athens, and Academy of Athens, which are known as the Athenian Trilogy.

Accommodations: Fresh Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
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Explore Epidaurus & Mycenae

As you travel to Nauplia, explore Epidaurus and Mycenae and see the impressive archaeological ruins. Learn about the rich history and the numerous temples and ruins of the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved Greek amphitheaters in the world. Tour the UNESCO-listed Archaeological Sites of Mycenae. See the only known monumental sculpture of Bronze Age Greece, the Lion Gate. Learn about the city’s important connection to Homer’s famous Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Accommodations: Amalia Nauplia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Greek wine and Mystras

Experience both the ancient history and modern culture of Greece. Visit the UNESCO-listed fortified town of Mystras. Learn about the interesting history of the walled Byzantine stronghold and step inside the beautiful Pantanassa Monastery at Mystras. Stop in Nemea to tour a vineyard and taste a selection of red and white wines.

Accommodations: Amalia Nauplia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting
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Historic Olympia

Tour the legendary city of Olympia with a local guide. View the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and see the ancient Gymnasium site where the first Olympic Games took place. Step inside the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Notice the neoclassical architectural styles of the building.

Accommodations: Achaia Beach
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Discover Delphi

Stop at the magnificent Rio–Antirrio bridge, the world’s longest fully suspended cable-stayed bridge. See the Rio Castle, a classic Ottoman stronghold at the river's edge. Take a guided tour of Delphi. Visit the Temple of Apollo where, according to legend, the god once communicated with mortals. Enjoy a visit to Arachova, a picturesque town at the foot of Mount Parnassos. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, explore the charming village, and admire Arachova’s many churches.

Accommodations: Amalia Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Visit Hosios Loukas monastery

Tour of the Hosios Loukas monastery, UNESCO-listed, and a stunning example of Middle Byzantine-style architecture. Admire the intricate, gold mosaics that cover the walls. After, continue to the Meteora region.

Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
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See the Meteora Region

Travel to the remote village of Kalambaka at the foot of the Pindus Mountains. Discover Meteora’s stunning architecture, which includes Pinnacle Monastery and St. Stephen’s Monastery. These two Byzantine structures are perched atop 1,000-foot-high pinnacle rocks. Meet with local nuns and monks to learn about the local history. Enjoy exploring the picturesque village of Kastraki.

Accommodations: Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Natural Naoussa Region

Join a local guide and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological site of Aigai. Learn about and explore the ruins of the first capital of the Macedonian Kingdom, where Alexander the Great was declared the king of the Macedonian Empire. Visit the Museum of Royal Tombs of Aigai where Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, is buried. Pass through the eastern slopes of the Vermio Mountains to visit the Naoussa wine region. Visit a wine tavern and enjoy a lunch of Macedonian specialties. Sample wines produced in the Naoussa region.

Accommodations: MET Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Lunch
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See famed Thessaloniki

Set out on a guided tour to get to know Thessaloniki, the second-largest city of the former Byzantine empire and a modern-day hub for Greek culture. View the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, which were built for Roman Emperor Galerius in the 4th century. Pass by the Hagios Demetrios and Hagia Sophia churches. See the Roman-style city walls that were constructed during the early 3rd century. Walk along the seaside promenade to view the White Tower of Thessaloniki, one of the city’s central landmarks. Enter the Byzantine museum, a prime example of contemporary public architecture. Explore the Ladadika waterfront district. Enjoy a farewell dinner.

Accommodations: MET Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Depart Thessaloniki

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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