Itinerary for the Travel/Study Project in Greece (March 9-18-2018)
March 9, 2018: (Friday)
Depart the U.S.A.
March 10, 2018: (Saturday)
Arrive in Athens
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Walk down to Plaka for dinner (At your own expense).
Accommodation – 3 nights – Athens
March 11, 2018 (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, theErectheionand finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, theParthenon. After time for lunch walk through Plaka and by the Agora before returning to the hotel. Overnight Athens (B).
March 12, 2018 (Monday): Athens
The first visit in the morning will be to the phenomenal National Archaeological Museum. Then continue to see the center of the city.Constitution Square(Syntagma), theHouse of Parliament, theMemorial to the Unknown Soldier and theNational 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.
March 13, 2018 (Tuesday): Athens-Corinth Canal-Epidaurus-Nafplion
This morning begin your 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 Epidaurus.The theater of Epidaurus is one of the most impressive sights in Greece and is astonishingly well preserved. Home of the3rd-century theater, 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.
Accommodation – 1 night – Nafplion
Athens-Corinth Canal (77 km / 1 hour)
Corinth Canal-Epidaurus (55 km / 1 hour)
Epidaurus-Nafplion (37 km / 45 min)
March 14, 2018 (Wednesday): Nafplion-Mycenae-Olympia
This morning we willvisitMycenaeand then depart to Olympia through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis & Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia.
Accommodation – 1 night – Olympia
Nafplion-Mycenae (25 km / 30 min)
Mycenae-Olympia(190 km / 2h 30 min
March 15, 2018 (Thursday): Olympia-Delphi
After breakfast 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 athletes took part in the games, as well as the spectators increased, in well-organized installations. Visit the stadium and the archaeological museum before proceeding to Delphi, crossing over the magnificent bridge at Patras. Continue through the picturesque small Venetian town of Nafpaktos then onto Galaxidi and Itea before reaching Delphi.
Accommodation – 2 nights – Delphi
Olympia-Delphi(245 km / 3h 30min)
March 16, 2018 (Friday): Delphi
Today 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 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.
March 17, 2018 (Saturday): Delphi-Athens
Drive to Athens via the Monastery of Hosios Lukas. In the afternoon bus ride to the Temple of Poseidon Sounion.
Optional Greek Night Party: Taverna
Accommodation – 1 night - Athens
Delphi-Athens(185 km / 2h 30min)
Athens-Temple of Poseidon Sounion (70 km / 1h 15min)
March 18, 2018 (Sunday): Athens
For those travelers who selected 11-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).
Day 11 / March 19, 2018 (Monday): Athens
Transfer to the airport for the flight to next destination (B).
The route for the ten-day tour: