Itinerary for the Travel/Study Project in Greece (March 9-18-2018)
March 9, 2019: (Friday)
Depart the U.S.A.
March 9, 2019: (Saturday)
Arrive Athens. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Walk down to Plaka for dinner (At your own expense).
March 10, 2019 (Sunday): Athens
Enjoy a full day Athens tour. In the morning you will be guided through the New Museum (Closed on Mondays) of the Acropolis and of course the Acropolis site as well as the Theater of Dionysius, where Greek tragedy was literally born, and the Areopagus, the giant rock in front of the Acropolis on which St. Paul preached; visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon and then the New Museum (Closed on Mondays) of the Acropolis. After time for lunch walk through Plaka and by the Agora before returning to the hotel. Overnight Athens (B).
March 11, 2019 (Monday): Athens
At leisure in the morning. In the afternoon visit to the phenomenal National Archaeological Museum. Then familiarization drive through the city with Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. Tour ends back at your hotel. Overnight Athens (B).
A possible university visit for lunch
March 12, 2019 (Tuesday): Athens-Corinth Canal-Epidaurus-Nafplion
This morning begins with private classical tour of Greece. Leave Athens and drive southwest until we reach the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Drive on and visit the ancient town of Corinth where St Paul lived and preached for two years. The remains of the city, which include the Agora (marketplace) and Apollo’s Temple (6th century BC), clearly show how rich and important Corinth was in ancient times. Continue to visit Mycenae and then to Epidaurus. The theatre of Epidaurus is one of the most impressive sights in Greece and is astonishingly well preserved. Home of the 3rd-century theatre, the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were performed here until the 4th century BC and then revived in 1955 with the Epidaurus festival. Then on to the charming town of Nafplion, once the capital of Greece, one of the loveliest towns in Greece with neoclassical houses, picturesque streets, wooden balconies with cascading flowers, Turkish fountains and mosques (B, D).
Accommodation – 1 night – Nafplion
Athens-Corinth Canal (77 km / 1 hour)
Corinth Canal-Mycenae (41 km / 37 min)
Mycenae-Epidaurus (46 km / 42 min)
Epidaurus-Nafplion (37 km / 45 min)
March 13, 2019 (Wednesday): Nafplion-Mycenae-Olympia
Drive to Olympia through the Central Peloponnese to visit one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity, dedicated to the father of the gods, Zeus. Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and also where they were first held – reputedly in 1000 BC. The games began in 776 B.C. to honor Zeus. Pelops, the king of the Peloponnese was, according to mythology, their founder. The games, that, from beginning to end were dominated by religious character and austere ritual, would take place in front of the temples, but later as the athletes taking part in the games, as well as the spectators increased, in well-organized installations. Visit the stadium and the archaeological museum before proceeding to the hotel for overnight (B, D).
Accommodation – 1 night – Olympia
Nafplion-Olympia (197 km / 2h 30min)
March 14, 2019 (Thursday): Olympia-Delphi
Drive to Delphi, crossing over the magnificent bridge at Patras. Continue through the picturesque small Venetian town of Nafpaktos before reaching Delphi. On arrival visit the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios (Treasury of the Athenians, Temple of Apollo etc.) and the Museum. Delphi in ancient times was considered the center of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met. This was the place on earth where the man was closest to God. In Mythology, Delphi was the meeting place of two eagles, released by Zeus and sent in opposite directions. Where they met indicated the center of the earth. Delphi is known as the center of worship for the God Apollo, son of Zeus who embodied moral discipline and spiritual clarity. Time permitting, strolling through Arachova, a town located at the foot of the skiing center. Overnight Delphi (B, D).
Accommodation – 1 night – Delphi
Olympia-Delphi (245 km / 3h 30min)
March 15, 2019 (Friday): Delphi
Drive to see two of the breathtaking monasteries in Meteora, built high atop rock towers. Visit Varlaam Monastery, known for its frescoes, and St. Stephen’s Monastery with the collection of icons and an exquisite panoramic view. Overnight Kalambaka (B, D).
Accommodation – 1 night – Kalambaka
Delphi-Meteora (235 km / 3h05min)
Meteora-Kalambaka (6 km / 11 min)
March 16, 2019 (Saturday): Delphi-Athens
Drive to Athens via Thermopylae, the site of the heroic battle of Leonidas’ 300 doomed Spartans against Xerxes’ huge Persian army. Overnight Athens (B). Accommodation – 1 night - Athens
Kalambaka-Thermopylae (160 km / 2h05min)
Kalambaka-Thermopylae (6 km / 11 min)
Optional Greek Night: Taverna (Food, drinks, music, entertainment, dance, ...)
March 17, 2019 (Sunday): Athens
For those travelers who selected 11 or 12-days tour, today is a free day for the individual explorations and shopping.
Otherwise, transfer to the airport for the flight to next destination (B).