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Half day Athens sightseeing tour
Car hire for 7 days, Category
"B", Opel Corsa or similar manual car
All transfers as mentioned
fees during Athens sightseeing tour
24 hour assistance phone
and service charges
DAY 1: ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your
hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
MORNING ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious
past and modern elegant structures is what you will
enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the
Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient
Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base,
including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the
temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its
Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic
Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern
Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier
in front of the Parliament House on Constitution
Square. See views of government buildings and elegant
structures of the 19th century. Drive along
Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral,
the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast,
conclude your tour with a visit to the
new Acropolis museum
(closed on Monday’s),
a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the
glory of Ancient Athens.
Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 3: ATHENS / NAFPLION
up rental car at your hotel in Athens at 9:00am
hire price includes third party insurance, Collision Damage
waiver (Euro 700 deductable), unlimited kilometers, and tax.
via the national road which leads you to the Corinth-canal,
after just one hour drive. Make your first stop at the river
bank – at Isthmia – and study the old bridge, which sinks
into the bottom of the canal, every time a ship is crossing…
km. long canal, which was consecrated in 1893, makes the
journey between Patras and Athens 200 nautical miles shorter
and the seafarers save a daytrip round Peloponnese, going
through the canal. Continue through Argos, the most
beautiful and fertile part of Peloponnese, through valleys
full of fruit orchards and the known and acknowledged wine
district Nemea. Last, but not least, some of the biggest
cultural treasures are located in Argos: the Royal Tombs and
the “Lions Gate” at Mycenae and the ancient theatre in
Epidaurus with the cult of Asklepios with the holly snake,
which symbolizes the art and practice of medicine.
in the middle of this nature- and cultural richness that
Nafplion is placed. The city was the former capital of
Greece, and is one of the prettiest cities in Europe. Small,
but with a tremendous charm, you find the old part of town
leaning up against the Akronafplio-hill with the impressive
Venetian castle Palamidi on the top.
here can be enjoyed in full. Either by walking in the small
and narrow streets between the neo-classical houses with the
finest architectonic details, or sitting at one of the many
cafes or restaurants along the harbour, enjoying the sea and
the landmark of the city: the Burtzi, the little island with
the famous fortress. Overnight in Nafplion.
day to relax and visit the beautiful city of Nafplion and
stroll through the ramparts of the old fortress of Palamidi.
Overnight in Nafplion.
NAFPLION / SPARTA
breakfast, depart for Sparta(Mystras). The journey continues
south via Tripoli to the mountain village of Sparti. From
here you can visit the unique Byzantine state of Mystras.
Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of
Mount Taygetos, 5 km. from Sparti. The castle on the top of
the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader William
II de Villeharduin. The whole area of Mystras is an open-air
museum. A reminder of a glorious era of power and culture.
Many of the small churches are still in function today.
SPARTI / KALAMATA:
After breakfast depart for Kalamata. From Sparti you head to
the beautiful fishing village of Gythion. We strongly
recommend that you make a stop here and enjoy a plate of
Kalamari in one of the countless “Ouzeri’es” along the
harbour. The trip continues and after one hour via Areopolis,
you reach the known ”Diros Caves”, which were discovered in
1895. Some people insist that they stretch all the way to
Sparti. When you enter the caves you will walk down a
stairway to an underground lake where there are boats
waiting. You are given a life-vest and then each boat gets a
guide who uses poles to journey through the caverns and
tunnels, which are eerily lit and adorned with stalactites
and stalagmites, many with interesting names.
a visit here, you continue through the bare and rocky
landscape of Mani. The population in this area has through
the time been known for their desire of liberty. Until the
War of Liberation was won, the Maniots were constantly in
fights with one another, fighting for the limited, but
fertile soil in this area. They were living in stone houses
and the area has kept its original building tradition.
the way you will pass by small picturesque villages. In one
of them, Thalernes, you can buy local products such as
delicious marmalade, wine and olive oil. Make a stop in
Stoupa and Kardamili, two of the most charming villages, and
enjoy life among the locals. You can find an excellent
choice of fish-taverns and very nice beaches here.
Reaching Kalamata let’s not forget to mention the rich
selection of handicraft and specialities, that one shouldn’t
miss: the known Kalamata olives, wine, figs, ”pasteli” made
of nuts and honey and raisins. Kalamata offers also a
delicious sausage with orange, which is served and enjoyed
with ouzo or raki… The area of Mani is a joy for the eye and
the taste! Overnight in Kalamata.
KALAMATA / OLYMPIA
Continue to Methoni - Pylos – Olympia, Drive through
Messinia and experience the time of the crusades by visiting
the Venetian castles of Koroni and Methoni. Methoni is one
of the riches areas of wine production in the southern part
of Peloponnese. According to the Greek poet Homer, Methoni
has been given its name from the donkeys that were - and
still are - used at the wine harvest… From Methoni you drive
north the theatrically build fishing village of Pylos. Make
a stop at the small harbour and enjoy cool refreshments.
Then continue a bit further north and you will reach
Olympia. The place where the Olympic Games were born and the
athletes meet for the first time in 776. Overnight in
OLYMPIA / DELPHI
breakfast start the tour of the birthplace of the Olympic
Games! Visit of the magnificent Museum housing the famous
statue of Hermes by Praxitelis and the archaeological site
with the temple of Zeus, temple of Hera, the Gymnasium, etc.
Visit also the Old Olympic Stadium used for the Olympics of
via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the
"state of the art" new suspended bridge considered to be the
longest and most modern in Europe. Pass by the city of
NAFPAKTOS and from there on, along the coastal road to
Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world
located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. In the afternoon
visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova then
continue to Delphi. Overnight.
DELPHI / ATHENS
of Delphi in the morning. See the temple of Apollo, the
theater, the stadium, the Athenian treasury, walking along
the Sacred way of Delphi. Then visit the Museum housing some
masterpieces of the Greek sculpture, such as the bronze
statue of the Charioteer.
In the afternoon return drive to Athens via Arahova and
Arrive in Athens in early evening. Drop off the rental
ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to