10 DAYS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.PAUL TOUR SUMMARY:
Welcome to Greece! This itinerary starts and ends in Greece. Greece mainland and the Greek islands are one of the favorite holiday destinations in Europe. In fact, Greece comes in the 15th place in the world rating of tourist destinations, since, according to the National Statistical Service of Greece, it receives more than 15 million tourists every year, after countries such as the USA, China, Spain and Great Britain. Greece is a famous country, popular for its clean beaches and its long history. There are hundreds of archaeological and historical sites to visit in Greece that gloriously depict the country's past. Its landscape is mainly mountainous and the terrain is not very fertile, except for some valleys scattered along the Greek mainland.
10 DAYS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.PAUL TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Saturday - Athens - Arrival Day
Upon arrive in Athens, you will meet with our local representative at the airport and be transfered to your hotel. Once you settle in, you are free to stroll in the old Plaka district. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2 - Sunday - Athens Half Day City Tour
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and start our morning sightseeing tour, including visit Acropolis. Acropolis is the Acropolis of Athens or Citadel of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. It is the significance of the Acropolis of Athens, such as that it is commonly known as The Acropolis without qualification. The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007. The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level in the city of Athens, with a surface area of about 3 hectares. It was also known as Cecropia, after the legendary serpent-man, Cecrops, the first Athenian king.
At the end of the tour, we will transfer you back to hotel and the rest of the day is yours to have a walk in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 3 - Monday - Athens / Olympia - 4 Days Classical Tour
After breakfast, we will depart for 4 Days Classical Tour. We drive towards the Corinth Canal where we will make our first stop. We will visit The Theatre of Epidaurus which was constructed in the late 4th century BC. Originally it had 34 rows and was used for dramatic performances. The Romans added another 21 rows. Even in ancient times, the theater was considered to have great acoustics. The actors can be perfectly heard by all 15,000 spectators without the sound having to be amplified. The limestone rows filter the low-frequency sounds -such as the murmur of the crowd - but amplify the sounds from the stage.
It still is one of the most beautiful open-air theaters. The view behind the scene was and still is an integrated part of the theater.
The theatre was discovered in 1970 and the excavation began in 1972. Supplementary excavations were needed to bring the entire theatre to light and to consolidate the building. Restoration work has been carried out so that the theatre can still be used safely.
And then we keep passing through the town of Nafplio, it is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was the first capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834.
At last we will keep on driving to Olympia through central Peloponnese. Overnight in Olympia.
Day 4 - Tuesday - Olympia / Delphi - 4 Days Classical Tour
In the morning we will visit the Olympic stadium, it was originally designed in 1979 and built in 1980-1982 it is a stadium which is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. It is also known as the Athens Olympic Stadium and Spiridon "Spiros" Louis Stadium, named after the man to win the first (modern) Olympic marathon race in 1896.
Afterwards we will visit to the Museum of Olympia. It is one of the great museums of Greece in Olympia, of the Elis Prefecture, and houses artifacts found in the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia. It was officially opened in 1982. One of the best known exhibits is the Nike of Paeonius, which is featured on the medals awarded during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
We will continue driving to Delphi afterwards. Upon arrive Delphi and check in to your hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Overnight in Delphi.
Day 5 - Wednesday - Delphi / Kalambaka - 4 Days Classical Tour
Today we will visit the local museum The Delphi Archaeological Museum which is well-known for The Charioteer of Delphi. The Charioteer of Delphi also known as Heniokhos (the rein-holder), is one of the best-known statues surviving from Ancient Greece, and is considered one of the finest examples of ancient bronze statues. The life-size statue of a chariot driver was found in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi.
Afterward we will depart for Kalambaka which is a municipal
ity in the Trikala Prefecture, Greece. Population 11,841 (2001). The famous Meteora monasteries are located in the municipality. Kalambaka is the northwestern terminal of the old Thessaly Railways, now part of OSE. Kalambaka was voted as one of the most beautiful places in Greece by the show of Skai TV, I LOVE GR.Overnight in Kalambaka.
Day 6 - Thursday - Meteora / Athens - 4 Days Classical Tour
Today is the end of our 4 Days Classical Tour. In the morning we will drive and visit Meteora. Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. We will visit the ageless monasteries and speciments of Byzantine art in Meteora as well.
Early evening we will depart back to Athens. Upon arrival check in the hotel and you will be given your room key. Overnight in Athens.
Day 7 - Friday - Athens / Mykonos - 4 Days Cruise
In the morning, we will transfer you from the hotel to Piraeus port for embarkation to the cruise. Firstly we will take you to the exciting island - Mykonos. Mykonos is the most vibrant island of Aegean with its windmills and little Venice. Mykonos (transportation with tender boats) is a Greek island and a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. It is believed that the island was named after a local hero, who is considered an offspring of the god Apollo and was worshipped locally in antiquity. Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC. In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titan, and the island was named in honor of Apollo's grandson Mykons. Mykonos is known for its sandy beaches. Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 8 - Saturday - Kusadasi / Patmos - 4 Days Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Today the first port is Patmos. Patmos (transportation with tender boats) is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, one of the northernmost islands of the Dodecanese complex. The churches and communities on Patmos are of the Eastern Orthodox tradition. In 1999, the island's historic center Chora, along with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The monastery was founded by Saint Christodulos. Patmos is also home to the Patmian School, a notable Greek seminary. Patmos is mentioned in the Christian scriptural Book of Revelation. The book's introduction states that its author, John, was on Patmos when he was given (and recorded) a vision from Jesus. Earliest Christian tradition identifies this writer as John the Apostle. As such, Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Visitors can see the cave where John is said to have received his Revelation (the Cave of the Apocalypse), and several monasteries on the island are dedicated to Saint John.
The next stop will be Kusadasi in Turkey. Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Aydin Province. The city stands on a bay in the Aegean with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the sea at one end, and the mountain of Kaz Dagi behind. The area has been a centre of art and culture since the earliest times and has been settled by many civilizations since being founded by the Leleges people in 3000 BC. Later settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century. Originally seamen and traders the Ionians built a number of settlements on this coast including Neopolis. Kusadasi caters to tourists, arriving by land, and as the port for cruise ship passengers heading to Ephesus.
Overnight onboard the cruise ship.Visit the harbor and the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the best preserved anvient cities.
Overnight onboard the cruise ship
Day 9 - Sunday - Rhodes - 4 Days Cruise
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Enjoy your day in Rhodes where you can visit Lindos, the famous for its Acropolis and the old town of Rhodes, the Grand Master s Palace and the Street of the Knights. You can take the optional excursions for guided tour or explore Rhodes by yourself. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of both land area and population. Historically, Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. The city of Rhodes is located at the northern tip of the island, as well a
s the site of the ancient and modern commercial harbours. In terms of flora and fauna, Rhodes is closer to Asia Minor than to the rest of Greece. The interior of the island is mountainous, sparsely inhabited and covered with forests of pine (Pinus brutia) and cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). The island is home to the Rhodian deer. In Petaludes Valley (Greek for "Valley of the Butterflies"), large numbers of tiger moths gather during the summer months.Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 10 - Monday - Athens - 4 Days Cruise - End of the Tour
In the early morning, we will arrive Piraeus port and disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer from the port to Athens International airport for your flight back home. We hope your cruise was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
10 DAYS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.PAUL TOUR INCLUDES:
Arrival airport transfer from Athens Airport to hotel
3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Athens
1 night hotel accommodation (A'class hotels) with breakfast and dinner in Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation (A'class hotels) with breakfast and dinner in Delphi
1 night hotel accommodation (A'class hotels) with breakfast and dinner in Kalambaka
Guided half day Athens City Tour
Guided 4 Days Classical Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights cruise including cruise ticket with full board while on cruise
(Breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks)
Professional English speaking guide
All entrance fees to Acropolis site and museum
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
Return airport transfer from hotel to Athens airport
10 DAYS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST.PAUL TOUR PRICES IN EURO:
3 Star Hotel
4 Star Hotel
5 Star Hotel