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Parthenon Temple, Athens


Corinth


Meteora


Delphi


Crete

NET LAND TOUR RATES
(in US$)

please ask Double per person
please ask Single supplement

INCLUDING

• International roundtrip Air Tickets
  between USA – Istanbul
• Twenty-six nights in Greece at local
  3* hotels
• Daily breakfast and dinner as seen
  in the itinerary (B: breakfast, D:
  dinner)
• All land transportation by private
  fully air conditioned mini bus or
  coach throughout the tour.
• Athens-Heraklion-Corfu airfare with
  one piece of luggage up to 23 kgs.
• English speaking escort assistance
  on arrival/departure at all cities.
• All sightseeing tours as specified in
  the itinerary with licensed English
  speaking local guides.
• Entry fees to the above sites.
• All highway tolls and parking fees.
• One-way ferry tickets from Corfu to
  Igoumenitsa.
• Boat tours in Corfu and Crete as
  specified in the itinerary (non
  private boat).
• Boat tour to Diros Caves in
  Kalamata (non private boat).
• Hotel service charges and local
  taxes.

EXCLUDING

• Lunches, drinks and beverages.
  (Only during boat tour in Crete,
  lunch & soft drink is included.)
• Personal expenses.
• Tips to local guide, driver, hotel &
  restaurant staff.

FACULTY-LED
CROSS-CULTURAL TOUR TO

GREECE
Athens - Eleusis - Corinth - Nauplion - Mycenae
Epidaurus - Kalamata - Olympia - Patras - Delphi
Crete - Corfu - Meteora - Kalambaka - Berea
Thessaloniki - Pella - Litochoro

Greece Map Crete Map

SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1 Depart USA
Depart USA for your flight to Athens.

Day 2 Athens
Arrive Athens (mid-afternoon), upon arrival transfer to Parthenon Hotel for dinner and overnight at your Athens hotel. (B, D)

Day 3 Athens
After breakfast, start a full day guided walking tour of Athens in the famous Acropolis Hill and the Acropolis Museum. Climb up the Acropolis Hill and see the temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon and Erechtheion. From the top, we enjoy the views to the Odeon, the theatre of Dionyssos, and Philopappou Hill. Then we walk along the pedestrian street towards the Acropolis Museum. Here we will see all the findings excavated on the hill and the surrounding areas. Return to hotel at around 5p.m. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Parthenon in Athens. (B, D)

Day 4 Athens
We start our bus tour at 9a.m. to enjoy a panoramic sightseeing of the city. We will visit the Panathenian Stadium and will see the Constitution Square where we stop to take pictures of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the evzones in front of the Parliament Building. We will then see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Academy, the University of Athens, the National Library. After the tour, free time in Plaka or return to hotel on your own. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Parthenon in Athens. (B, D)

Day 5 Athens
After breakfast we will walk to Mars Hill (the Areopagus), to see the spot where Paul preached to the Athenians. We will then continue on foot to the Ancient Agora where we will visit the ruins of the archaeological site and we will see the Stoa of Attalos. After a short lunch break we will take a walk in the Flea Market at Monastiraki. Return to hotel in early afternoon. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Parthenon in Athens. (B, D)

Day 6 Athens - Eleusis - Corinth - Nauplion
Breakfast and check out of rooms. At 8:00 am we start our journey to the south of Greece. We will visit Eleusis, which was an ancient centre of religious devotion that culminated in the annual Eleusinian mysteries. We will continue on to the historic Corinth Canal where we will have a brief stop for photos. We will visit the ancient city of Corinth and Acrocorinth (the citadel of Corinth) before driving to Nauplion, for check-in at Hotel Park, followed by dinner and overnight. (B, D).

Day 7 Nauplion - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nauplion
After breakfast drive to Mycenae, to visit the remains of the prehistoric citadel fortified with the Cyclopean Walls, the Lionesses’ Gate, the remains of the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of King Agamemnon in which we will actually enter. After a short lunch break we continue on to Epidaurus the Sanctuary of Asclepeios, ancient god of healing. We see the best-preserved ancient theater in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and the perfection of its remarkable acoustics, easily accommodating 12,000 people. After the tour return to hotel in Nauplion for dinner & overnight. (B, D)

Day 8 Nauplion - Kalamata
Depart Nauplion, visit Mystras en route to Kalamata. Overnight at hotel Galaxy in Kalamata.

Day 9 Kalamata
Visit Diros Caves by small boats; sail for 200 meters followed by a walk in the caves. Free afternoon. Overnight at Hotel Galaxy in Kalamata.

Day 10 Kalamata - Olympia
Morning departure from Kalamata towards Olympia. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site in Olympia, see the Temple of Zeus built by Livon, which houses the 12 meter high statue by Phedeas, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and The Temple of Hera where the Olympic flame was lit. Also visit the museum across the street which contains the 4th Century BC statue of Hermes by Praxiteles and a number of other finds from excavations including the Nike of Victory by Paeonios. Check-in at Hotel Neda in Olympia for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 11 Olympia
Local visits around Olympia, Lake of Kaiafas or Pyrgos village. Overnight in Olympia.

Day 12 Olympia - Patras - Delphi
After breakfast drive towards Patras, the second largest port of Greece and cross over the bridge from Rion to Antirrion, passing by Nafpaktos and arriving in Delphi. Visit the archaeological site, Sanctuary of Apollo and the Treasury of the Athenians and the archaeological museum. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Parnassos in Delphi. (B, D)

Day 13 Delphi
Morning optional* visit to Ossios Loucas. Your guide is returning to Athens this afternoon until you meet again in a few days. Group returns to Delphi for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Delphi - Athens Airport Flight to Crete
At 8:00 a.m departure from Delphi to Athens. Arrive to Athens Airport for departure with flight leaving at 2:00 p.m. to Heraklion, Crete. Arrival and transfer to hotel in Heraklion. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Castelo. (B, D)

Day 15 Crete
Excursion to visit Knossos Palace followed by Heraklion panoramic city tour and the Aquarium. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Heraklion. (B, D)

Day 16 Crete, Boat Tour
Full day cruise with gulet to Dias Island which is an uninhabited island off the northern coast of Crete. The islet looks like a giant lizard when viewed from the city of Heraklion. There is also a legend that a giant lizard tried to destroy the island of Crete, but Zeus turned it in to stone with a thunderbolt, thus creating the island. After our visit and cruise return in the afternoon to Heraklion. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B, D)

Day 17 Crete - Corfu
Morning free in Crete. Transfer from hotel to Heraklion airport for your flight departing at 3:25 pm to Corfu via Athens. Arrival at 6:50 pm to Corfu. Transfer to Hotel Sea Bird. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 18 Corfu, Boat Tour
Discover the deep blue of the Ionian sea today with a boat trip. Group will be in 2-3 boats. In the morning enjoy a scenic drive through the lush green countryside to Paleokastritsa, famous for the crystal blue-green sea, the mysterious grottoes, the impressive rocks and bays. Board the boats from
Alypa to Rovinia Beach where we have our first stop for swimming. We pass by beautiful bays of Klimatia, Limni, Plakes where we will have time to take pictures and stop in Marmara beach. We then continue our cruise to Paradise beach where the wonderful jagged coastline of this stunning location can be enjoyed. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Corfu. (B, D)

Day 19 Corfu
City tour of Corfu. Visit the pretty mountain village of Gastouri, the Achilleon Palace, constructed for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Continue on to Kanoni, where we’ll see the Pontikonissi (Mouse) Island. Drive to the site of ancient Kerkyra, called Kanoni with the summer residence of the old
Greek Royal Family. On the way back drive by Garitsa bay, we will see the old Venetian Fortress, spend time in old town the shopping centre “Esplanade” at one of the biggest squares in Europe. We’ll also see St Spyridon church, patron saint of the island. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 20 Corfu
Northern Corfu Tour. After breakfast we drive along the greenery of the countryside to Paleokastritsa. We visit the 18th century Monastery, with its Byzantine icons and its architecture, with a view over the Ionian Sea. Stop at the picturesque Lakones village, called Bella Vista, pass through typical Greek villages, like Makrades, Troumbetas as well as the fishing village Kassiopi, with its brightly colored bobbing boats. After some free time for lunch we return to hotel driving through the villages of Kalami, picturesque fisher-bay of Kouloura, Nissaki beach, Barbati, Ipsos and Dassia. (B, D)

Day 21 Corfu - Meteora - Kalambaka
Departure from hotel to take the morning ferry to Igoumenitsa (1,5 hrs). Meet your guide and board the bus to head to Meteora. Visit a monastery and overnight in Hotel Famissi in Kalambaka. (B, D)

Day 22 Kalambaka - Berea - Thessaloniki
Morning visit to a second monastery in Meteora. At noon depart for Thessaloniki. On the way stop in Berea. Dinner and overnight at Hotel El Greco Thessaloniki. (B, D)

Day 23 Pella - Thessaloniki
Morning visit to Pella - Afternoon city tour of Thessaloniki with White tower, Old City Walls, Rotunda, St. Demetrius Church etc. Overnight in Thessaloniki. (B, D)

Day 24 Thessaloniki - Litochoro
Optional inside visit to White Tower or Rotunda*. Afternoon departure to Litochoro. Check-in at beach Hotel Olympus Zeus for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 25 Litochoro
Morning visit of Dion (archaeological site) - Hiking at Mount Olympus - Overnight in Litochoro by the beach.

Day 26 Litochoro - Athens
Litochoro - Platamonas - Agios Panteleimonas traditional village - Thermopylae - Athens. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Parthenon. (B, D)

Day 27 Athens
MORNING: FINAL EXAMS. Last free day in Athens. (B, D)

Day 28 Departure
Transfer to Athens Airport for departure flights to USA

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