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Athenian Riviera, 8 days


 

 

 ATHENS RIVIERA:

ATHENS – AEGINA – POROS – HYDRA – GLYFADA

8 DAYS by plane

 

Athenian Riviera is the ideal choice for those wishing to explore Athens, having as a basis a charming hotel in the seaside only a few kilometers from the city center. The green gardens meet the blue of the sea in an idyllic setting that refreshes your mood and brightens your senses. Our hotels, with stunning beachfront views, provide comforts and impeccable elegance. The complete package that includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers, and visits.


Highlights

Athens (Acropolis, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, Monastiraki, Thisseion, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Historical Center), Aegina (Agios Nektarios Monastery, Temple of Aphaia), Poros, the smallest of the three islands, Hydra, one of the most cosmopolitan and picturesque Greek islands.

 

Your Itinerary 

 

> DAY 1 | Arrival in Athens 

Arrival at Athens airport - Our assistant will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Afternoon free at leisure.

For tonight we propose you an optional tour.

Athens by night. Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

 

> DAY 2 | Panoramic tour of Athens and Acropolis

Panoramic tour of Athens by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.  Our expert guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).  Continue and pass by the Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).

On Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that "puts an order in the mind", the Parthenon.

Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.  

If you are a fan of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou the best choice for shopping. If you are a fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Don't forget to discover the Nightlife of Athens.

 

Day 3 | Sunday Free Day  or  One day Cruise ( optional )    

Enjoy your day by strolling to the plate and narrow streets, which are full of traditional restaurants where you can taste typical dishes of Greek cuisine, the famous drink "ouzo" and enjoy the atmosphere of this vibrant neighborhood.

Or One day Cruise ( optional )     Departure from the hotel in the morning with a guide towards the port of Piraeus. The ship sails at 08:00 am for the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Free to visit each island. Aegina: the biggest island of the Saronic Gulf. Two major attractions to visit in Aegina are (note: Optional tours organized on board the ship): The monastery of Aghios Nektarios, who was the last declared saint by the Greek Orthodox Church and the Temple of Aphaia, the second best-preserved temple in Greece after the Parthenon in Athens. Poros is the smallest of the three islands, full of pine trees and lemon trees, where you are going to have a nice walk and enjoy the great scenery. Hydra: One of the most cosmopolitan and picturesque Greek islands, with unique architecture, narrow streets and many shops. Arrival at the port of Piraeus at around 19:30, return to the hotel at around 21:20.

 

> DAY 4 to 7 | Free days at Athens Riviera.

Take time out from the city and admire the nearby enchantments of the Greek coastline. Athens has some stunning beaches locally with sparkling blue waters and tranquil sands. If you’re looking for a calm and quiet beach visit the private beaches found at the south-east of Athens in Glyfada. Here you may have to pay for access but a visit to the unspoiled coves is worth the charge. To the north-east of Athens, the beaches are more alive with locals and tourists, that are great if you want to be part of the buzzing holiday atmosphere! The best way to discover the beaches surrounding Athens is to hop on a bus and get off when you see a beach that takes your fancy.

> DAY 8 | departure.

Breakfast and departure transfer to the airport. Assistance with the departure formalities.

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights at a hotel of your choice on the beach on bed and breakfast. 
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure with assistance.
  • Panoramic city tour of Athens with an English speaking guide.

 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance.
  • International flights. 
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities.
  • Optional excursions and visits.
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