Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnesus and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. (Dinner)
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Iliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight. (Dinner)
In the morning visit the archaeological Site and the Museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight. (Dinner)
Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in midair, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art. Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, arrive and visit the Archaeological Site of Dion. Admire also from here the gigantic figure of Mount Olympos, the highest Mountain in Greece and home of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology. After the visit depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest and most vibrant city in Greece. Overnight
Depart in the morning for the Macedonian hinterland and the town of Kastoria, renown centre of the fur industry and also famous for its beautiful Lake and its 75 Byzantine churches. A Neolithic Lake Settlement 7000 years old was discovered here and uou will be able to stroll through and admire the reconstruction of the village which represents the contemporary museological concept. After Kastoria continue driving in the plateau of Western Macedonia and arrive in the picturesque town of Edesa. Here you can see the town’s waterfalls. Then proceed to Pella, the capital of Alexander the Great. See the exquisite floor mosaics of the 4rth century BC, villas in situ as well as the local Museum. Return to Thessaloniki. Overnight. (Dinner)
See in the morning the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire, was the “co reigning” city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit the unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize for the year of 2005. Rest of the day free to enjoy time in the lively centre of the city. Overnight. (Dinner)
Drive to Vergina, to live the experience of a visit to the unique Mueum created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander’s father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century. After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae ( see the Leonidas’ Monument) and Thebes, arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.
|23 April 2009 to 1 October 2009||