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Great tour of Greece (Athens, Meteora, Thessaloniki) 8 DAYS by bus


Great tour of Greece (Athens, Meteora, Thessaloniki) 8 DAYS by bus

Highlights: Athens (Acropolis, Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum), Meteora (monasteries, Theopetra Cave), Thessaloniki (White Tower, Rotonda, Galerian Complex, Ano Poli, Archeological Museum, Agios Dimitrios)

Monasteries, churches, shrines, holy places, valuable chapels and symbolic monasteries which many of them hung in the cliffs are paths of faith in Greece. You can visit and feel the awe and solemnity that surrounds it. Enjoy activities, local specialties of Greek cuisine, shopping and nightlife. Your trip includes 7 nights in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers, tours and ferry tickets.

 

Highlights: Athens (Acropolis, Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum), Meteora (monasteries, Theopetra Cave), Thessaloniki (White Tower, Rotonda, Galerian Complex, Ano Poli, Archeological Museum, Agios Dimitrios)

Monasteries, churches, shrines, holy places, valuable chapels and symbolic monasteries which many of them hung in the cliffs are paths of faith in Greece. You can visit and feel the awe and solemnity that surrounds it. Enjoy activities, local specialties of Greek cuisine, shopping and nightlife.

 

DAY 1 | Arrival in Athens.

 Arrival at Athens airport - Reception by our assistant, waiting for you and transfer by luxurious car to the center of Athens - Accommodation at your hotel .Free afternoon.  For the night we propose you 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 the 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. 

Departure to a half-day visit of Athens - Visit of the site of Acropolis and panoramic tour of the area by bus. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city.  Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop).  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 the 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 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.  Enjoy the rest of the day.Visit others museums of Athens and you will get familiar with the history of Greek civilization. If you are fans of shopping, you'll find in the main street of Ermou your best choice for shopping. If you are fan of local food you will find various restaurants and small taverns with special Greek food and wine in Plaka. Dont forget to discover the Night life of Athens.

DAY 3 | Athens – Meteora.

Our driver will meet you at your hotel at 08.30 (or your specific check point) and go ahead to your excellent Christian tour in Meteora. The presence of many monasteries in such a small space, and the Orthodox spiritual life and performance over time cause the admiration of both visitors and the people around the world! Our first visit during the tour will be at Thermopiles where there is the statue of Leonidas as a memorial of the battle of the 300 Spartans against thousands of Persian soldiers of the Persian Empire. In continue driving through Central Greece, and the city of Trikala which we have a short stop, we arrive in Kalambaka, after noon, in a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of God, at the shadow of the great Meteora Monasteries.  After your check in and your rest, we will visit one of “the famous Monastery of Holy Trinity” famous from James Bond movie! The Monastery of the Holy Trinity is on top of the cliffs, and was built in 14th century.  Late in the afternoon, you will admire the sunset from your balcony feeling the unique energy from the wild environment!

 DAY 4 | Meteora Tour.

After your breakfast, we visit Meteora enjoying a unique and most impressive scenery of ageless monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between Earth and Sky atop huge rocks. We visit the first great monastery of Varlaam, founded on the 16th century and located on the top of a rock at 380m height! The Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in the Meteora complex, with the largest number of monks (seven) of the male monasteries.  Our second visit will be at the Monastery of St. Stephan, of the 15th century, also built on the top of the top of another huge rock where you will admire a small treasure of Byzantine and Christian items, at the museum inside the monastery! In continue, we will suggest you to visit the “Natural History Museum of Meteora & Mushroom Museum”. Meet the mushrooms and their rich variety of shapes and colors. Explore the Museum's collection and meet some of the most amazing mammals of Greece and Europe. Get familiar with the protection of ecosystems, wildlife and endangered animals. The Museum includes a rich collection of rare birds from around the world. Learn about native and migratory birds and enjoy our collection.

DAY 5 | Monasteries.

Today we will have the opportunity to visit the “the Monastery of Grand Meteoro”, the largest of the monasteries located at Meteora. It was erected in the mid-14th century and was the subject of restoration and embellishment projects in 1483 and 1552. One building serves as the main museum for tourists. We leave Meteora and head to Thessaloniki.

DAY 6-7 | Thessaloniki.

After our breakfast an experienced guide will take you to a panoramic city tour of Thessaloniki by the luxury buses of our company. Since its foundation by king Cassander of Macedonia in 315 B.C. and named after his wife and stepsister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki has always been a metropolis. The long history of the city is evident by the varied architectural forms from the Hellenistic era up to the end of the 20th century as well as with an astonishing Byzantine artistic heritage. Seventeen monuments in the city have been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece, is the principal gateway from the Mediterranean to the Balkans and Central Europe. You will have the opportunity to see the White Tower, which is the symbol of the city, the International Trade Fair grounds, the Aristotle University campus, the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda, the City Walls and the Upper City from where you will have a marvelous panoramic view of the city, the Thermaic Gulf and mount Olympus. During the tour you will visit St. Demetrius a 5th century basilica as well as the Archeological Museum that houses a stunning exhibition of golden jewels from the 6th century B.C.

DAY 8 | Departure.

After breakfast, departure from the hotel and transfer back.

Your trip includes 7 nights in a hotel of your choice with breakfast & transfers.









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