1st day Arrival in Greece and accommodation
Arrival. Meeting at the airport. Accommodation in the hotel. Leisure time.
Your trip to the most fascinating and interesting attractions of Greece starts with your arrival in Athens at the international airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Our representative will meet you at the airport and accompany you during the whole trip around Greece to make you stay in the country comfortable and informative. You will be transferred to the hotel and then the rest of the day is at leisure.Overnight in Athens
2nd day. Excursion around Athens
Breakfast in the hotel.Your tour around Greece starts from visiting main historical, cultural and religious sights of the Greek capital such as Acropolis Areopagus Hill where the ancient Athenian Assembly met and where Apostle Paul preached. Besides its ancient heritage, the Greek capital is also famous for numerous monuments and temples that belong to Byzantine historical period. Our professional guide will show and tell you about the Orthodox heritage of Athens: the Cathedral - symbol of liberated Greece, Russian Church of Holy Trinity, and one of the most important Christian churches in Athens – the Metochion of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. We finish with Athens and travel towards the Gulf of Coritnh to the town of Loutraki. Check-in and Overnight in Loutraki
3rd day. Ancient Corinth and the Monastery of Osios Patapios
Breakfast in the hotel. Our next destination is Corinth, one of the centers of the ancient world. You will get to see and learn about Corinthian rich architectural heritage: Temple of Apollo, Lernean Hydra, Acrocorinth – fortress and acropolis of ancient Corinth, and many other sights. But architecture is not the only attraction of Corinth. Paul the apostle once preached here, and wrote his world known “Epistle to the Corinthians”. Our next visit will be the Monastery of Osios Patapios. It is located on the mountain not far from Loutraki and there some of the Osios Patapios relics are stored. Then we shall return to the hotel. Overnight in Loutraki
4th day. Ancient Mystras and the Miracle of st. Theodora
Breakfast in the hotel. Today you will see one of the most unusual attractions of Orthodox Greece. We shall head for ancient Mystras, one of the most important cultural centers of Byzantine. Mystras is known for its architecture: numerous Byzantine churches with mural paintings of 13-14 centuries, palace and a castle. Our next point is the Church of St. Theodora, a truly unique place. It is a small shabby temple with 17 trees coming through its walls and roof never reaching the ground. But the impressive moment is that they do not ruin the building, on the contrary they are supporting it more than hundred years. Return to the Hotel..Overnight in Loutraki
5th day. Church of st.Andrew of Patras. Mega spileo and Agia Lavra Monasteries in Kalavrita
Breakfast in the hotel. We travel to the city of Patras in the west coast of Peloponnese. In the centre of the city, two historical monuments will certainly draw your attention: Saint Andrew Church, one of the biggest churches in the Balkans, and “APOLLON" Municipal Theatre, one of the first opera houses in Europe. It was designed in 1972 by the German architect Ernest Ziller. Since 1988 it permanently houses the Patras Municipal Regional Theatre. Then we shall head for Kalavryta, a symbolic birthplace of modern independent Greece. Here we are going to visit an Orthodox monastery of the 10th century Agia Lavra, from where the Greek War of Independence 1821 started. In the picturesque settlement of Diakopto we shall take a train to one of the oldest monasteries in Greece Mega Spileo. Its main attraction is the icon of Mother of God “Spileotissa” painted, as it is believed, by Luke the Apostle. Upon finishing ur program we are coming back to the hotel. Overnight in Loutraki.
6th day. Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Athens airport. Return flight to home.