Archaeological Tours in Greece for 2003
EcoGreece offers you a carefully planned archaeological tour to mainland Greece. Our tour is designed in such a way that you may either choose to:
- participate for the first two nights - 3 days (Saturday - Sunday - departure on Monday) only, as an extension to one of our other tours, or
- join the 7 nights - 8 days tour and enjoy a panorama of the most important archaeological sites in mainland Greece: Acropolis and Parthenon, Athens Archaeological Museum, the Oracle of Delphi, ancient Olympia, the theater of Epidavros and the archaeological site of Mycenae.
Day 1- Saturday. Arrival to Athens. We will settle in our hotel rooms and rest for a while. In the evening we will meet the whole group and our guide and enjoy a welcome drink. Dinner will follow.
Day 2 - Sunday. Today we will explore Athens. Starting in the morning we walk up to the Acropolis. Through the Propylaea, the monumental gateway, we approach the fabulous Parthenon. it is the absolute architectural masterpiece. We walk round the Erechteion and we visit the Acropolis Museum with some of the finest sculptures of Ancient Greece from the archaic and classical periods. We take time for pictures and enjoying the view and then we descend to our bus for a drive around the city center of Athens, with some of the best examples of neoclassical style.
After lunch we continue with the National Archaeological Museum. This is THE Museum! From Neolithic to Roman, 5000 years of human achievement. Time travel or culture shock this is one of the world's greatest museums.
By now it is late afternoon and a short rest is required before we meet for dinner.
After lunch we will continue with a short drive to Galaxidi where we will stay overnight. Galaxidi is a small coastal town, one of Greece's jewels. The local traditional architecture is preserved and protected. In fact, even our accomodation is quite traditional (however, with contemporary conveniences). Our evening walk and dinner will certainly be memorable!
Day 4 - Tuesday. After a short visit to the Galaxidi Maritime Museum a scenic drive along the coastline of the Gulf of Corinth brings us to the medieval town of Nafpaktos. A long lunch break will allow plenty of time to stroll along the waterfront and on the strong battlements of the walls enclosing this small seaport with the long history.
In early afternoon we drive west to Rio and cross by ferry across the Gulf of Corinth to the city and port of Patras. Here we stay overnight in a small art-hotel. The hotel is decorated with modern art and each room and suote have a different decoration. It is a really special hotel and so is our dinner in the hotel's excellent restaurant going to be.
Day 8 - Saturday. Very early morning departure towards the Athens airport for our return flight home.
For 2003 the tour is available on: May 17-24, June 01-08, September 20-27 and October 18-25
If you are interested in the 3-days extension only, then
the dates are:
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All lodging with private baths.
What is not included
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, lunches that are not provided by Eco Greece, personal expenses, and gratuities for tour leaders and your bus driver.