In Greece each nook and cranny is an excellent combination of cultural heritage and natural treasures that can excite every traveler who seeks for unforgettable experiences with authenticity.
This tour is a great opportunity to discover and admire at the same time the Greek civilization and Greece’s natural beauty. The combination of these different destinations can offer to the traveler a unique experience combining history and astonishing places. The historic center of Athens is an open-air museum, yet the city’s cultural and social life takes place amid these ancient landmarks, merging past and present. In Peloponnesus, visiting Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia you will get a great insight regarding the ancient history. Meteora, on the World Heritage Site by Unesco and the second largest monastic and pilgrimage mount, consists a natural work of art which worth to visit. Thessaloniki, the second largest city and capital of Macedonia, will transfer you to the Byzantine era through its architecture. In Ancient Macedonian cities as Pella you will discover hidden treasures.
Points of Interest
Archaeological site of Mycenae
Mycenae is one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece. The fortified citadel is nested over the fertile plain of Argolis near the seashore in the northeast Peloponnese.
Mycenae is the largest and most important center of the civilization that was named “Mycenaean” after this very citadel. Mycenaean is the culture that dominated mainland Greece, the Aegean islands, and the shores of Asia Minor during the late Bronze Age. The Mycenaean Era occupies the tail end of the Helladic Civilization.
The Mycenaeans used a syllabic script that is the earliest form of Greek, attesting to the continuity of the Greek civilization from the early Bronze Age era. Many archaeological sites, cemeteries, and Tholos Tombs of the era have been unearthed throughout Greece, and the discovered artifacts speak of a people with strong cultural presence, a centralized political system with a King at the top, with strong commercial ties to the rest of the Bronze Age Mediterranean centers, and a militaristic attitude
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Epidaurus was a small city in ancient Greece, on the Argolid Peninsula at the Saronic Gulf. The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as the best preserved ancient theatre in Greece in terms of its perfect acoustics and fine structure. The most famous attraction in Epidaurus is the ancient Theatre. It is famous for its architecture, acoustics and symmetry. Mostly known sights are the Asklepieion of Epidaurus and the archaeological site. The Asklepieion of Epidaurus as an important healing center, considered the cradle of medicinal arts and the mother sanctuary of the plethora of other Asklepieia that were built throughout the Hellenic world. Near the ancient Theater which is located next to Lygourio, lie the Ancient Epidaurus and its harbor. The harbor, the green that surrounds it and the view towards Agistri constitute attractions by themselves. Other attractions of the area are the small Theater of Ancient Epidaurus, the Mycenaean Acropolis of Kazarma, the Sunken City, the Castle of New Epidaurus and scattered churches and monasteries.
The famous theatre, which seats up to 14.000 people, actually a later “add-on”, is still used today for performances of ancient dramas. The Theatre of Epidaurus is the best preserved ancient theatre in the world with perfect acoustics. The theatre was overgrown and buried under a mound of earth looking like just a hollow in the side of a hill until it was discovered in the 1900 century.
In western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river, lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, it sprawls over the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic centre in Greece. Its fame rests upon the Olympic Games, the greatest national festival and a highly prestigious one world-wide, which was held every four years to honour Zeus.
The visitor can walk though the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory 3000 years ago. They can also visit the museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the famous Hermis of Praxiteles and the statue of Nike of Paionios.
Kalambaka - Meteora
Meteora is the second largest monastic and pilgrimage area in Greece after Mount Athos. The first monks took refuge on these cliff tops fleeing an invading Turkish army around the 11th century. Several monasteries were built in the centuries that followed and all the building materials had to be winched up in baskets. Until 1920 this was the sole means for getting supplies up to the monasteries. According to numerous historical sources, there were once thirty religious communities but today only six of them remain and can be visited; other smaller monasteries, mostly built during the 14th century, are now deserted.
Meteora is one of those places where all the elements gather in perfect order to create a natural work of art on a monumental, yet human scale. Being engulfed by the landscape one is awed by the shapes, volumes, and textures that we often recognized in excellent art. The flowing, curvy outlines of the rocks emanate a peaceful mood that contrasts sharply with the majestic scale of the volumes. The mass of rock would seem so intimidating if it weren’t for the soft, fluid appearance of their surface. Meteora is not just masses of rocks however; it is this a rare moment where time becomes eternal, and where a human can feel simultaneously so small and so great, so much of the earth and so much of the sky.
Thessaloniki is the capital of Macedonia and second largest city of Greece was the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire and is full of beautiful examples of Byzantine art and architecture. Thessaloniki has given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, poets and thinkers. It has some of the most beautiful beaches and has some of the finest hotels and best restaurants in northern Greece. Home to the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the International Trade Fair and host to many cultural events.
The main squares are Platia Elefterias and Platia Aristotelous, both on the waterfront and alive with cafes and restaurants, children playing or people just strolling. This is the place to be in the summer at sunset if you enjoy people watching. Afterwards walk a few blocks to the Ladadika neighborhood, the old Red Light district. If you have a few days to spare and you like cities then come to Thessaloniki. Visit the nearby beaches or wander around the city and see the Archaeological museum which is according to Frommer’s, one of the best in the world.
Royal Tombs of Vergina
Vergina is a small town in northern Greece, located in the regional unit of Imathia, Central Macedonia. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Veroia, of which it is a municipal unit. The town is better known for its remains of Aigai, the first capital of Macedon. It was here in 336 BC that Philip II was assassinated in the theatre and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king.
Aigai has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status as “an exceptional testimony to a significant development in European civilization, at the transition from classical city-state to the imperial structure of the Hellenistic and Roman periods”.
On the discovery of the Royal Tombs of Vergina (Aigai) in 1977, an immediate programme was launched to preserve the magnificent murals which adorned them. At the same time a conservation laboratory was set up on the spot to save and restore the extremely important portable objects they contained. For the preservation of the Royal Tombs themselves a subterranean structure was built in 1993 to encase and protect the ancient monuments by maintaining a constant temperature and humidity, both indispensable for the preservation of the wall paintings.
At a Glance
Departure TimeA new accommodation (city) tax will be imposed as of January 01, 2018. This tax will vary from EURO 1,00 to EURO 5,00 per room, per overnight (depending on hotel's category) and will be paid DIRECTLY by the guests to each hotel, on check out time.
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Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the Airport.
Athens, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Thessaloniki & Pella