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Travel though Greece and experience the specialties of the healthiest diet in the world and enjoy wine produced after thousands of years of experience.


DAY 1

You arrive at the airport of Athens, where our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, join a welcome cocktail party before dinner and overnight at the hotel in Athens.


DAY 2

Today you get acquainted with the classical monuments and the modern flavors of Athens. Follow your guide to the world famous Acropolis, to admire the architectural miracles of the Golden Age of Pericles: the Propylea, the Erectheum and above all, the Parthenon (temple of goddess Athena). Afterwards, board your coach for a bus tour to the center of the city and see the Old Olympic Stadium, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and much more. Continue with a cooking lesson in a traditional restaurant in the area of Plaka (the Old city of Athens), just beneath the Acropolis. After you create some of the famous Greek appetizers, you will sit down and have your included, lunch at the same restaurant and also try also the main courses. The afternoon will be at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 3

Your experience of ancient and modern Athens continues today, as you visit this morning the archaeological site of the ancient Agora (market place) with the remains of the ancient public buildings, temples, workshops and shops. A number of interesting cooking utensils were found there, all of them now on display in the unique Museum of the Agora, which is not to be missed. From there, walk to the present-day food market of the city and enjoy its atmosphere (a true bazaar), as you stroll around the meat market, the fish market, the fruit and vegetable market as well as the spice and herb shops. Your included lunch will be served at a typical taverna, located once again in Plaka and you can try more of the delicious Greek dishes. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to visit the work-shop of one of the most famous pastry-shops in Athens and see how they make their special sweets, cakes and other delicacies. For your dinner tonight you will be taken to the suburb of Kareas to try the local specialty “stifado” (rabbit or veal with onions). Overnight in Athens.


DAY 4

The 3-day expedition in the mainland of Greece begins today; follow the coastal road to the legendary Canal of Corinth and make a short stop there for pictures. Drive on the region of Argolis, to the Homeric city of Mycenae, to see the remains of the prehistoric Acropolis, the Palace, the Grave Circles and the impressive bee-hive Tombs. This was the kingdom of Atreus and his son Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War. In the exquisite Museum, the wonderful collection of artifacts includes a number of objects from the ancient private houses and shops like pots, cups, plates etc. Your lunch will be served in a nice local restaurant. After lunch you will visit a well-known winery near Mycenae, where you will taste a number of high quality different wines locally produced. Later, drive to Epidaurus, the site of the most popular Sanctuary of Asclepius (god of medicine), to find the best-preserved ancient Theater in Greece, try its perfect acoustics and learn more about the cult of Dionysus (god of wine) and the origins of Drama. Finish your day in Nafplion, the first capital of our country with dinner and overnight at the hotel.


DAY 5

The first half of the day is dedicated to the journey from Nafplion to Olympia, through the mountains of Arcadia and the plains of Elis, which are two of the regions of the Peloponnese. Arrive at the area of Olympia and have lunch at a well-known winery. After the tour and the wine-tasting, that will precede your meal, take the opportunity to explore the splendors of ancient Olympia; wander around the archaeological site to see the highlights of the athletic (the Gymnasium, the Palaestra etc.) and the religious edifices (Temple of Hera, Temple of Zeus etc.) and of course, the unique Stadium, where the Olympic Games were held every four years, in honor of Zeus. These games were a symbol of Greek unity and peace, because of the “Sacred Truce”, that was honoured by all the Greeks during the contests. Don’t forget the amazing Museum, with its new display of beautiful works of art, including bronzes, weapons, architectural fragments, ceramics and sculptures. The prides of this Museum are the Statues from the Temple of Zeus, Hermes by Praxiteles and Nike by Paeonios, whose absolute perfection is something you have to see to believe. After this great experience, drive to the area of Patras for dinner and overnight.


DAY 6

Leave the Peloponnese (Southern Greece) and travel to scenic Delphi. On the way, drive over the spectacular suspension bridge, that connects this region to the main land. Delphi is a breathtaking place, which was considered to be the “navel” (omphalos) of the world and Apollo’s most important and famous oracle was located there. Follow the Sacred Way to the Temple, where the priestess Pythia delivered his oblique prophecies, marvel at the beauty of the landscape and view the millions of olive trees in the area. In the Museum, admire the rich collection of votive offerings, all of them masterpieces offered by the ancient pilgrims, who came to consult Apollo. The life-size bronze “Charioteer” is the pride of the museum. Your included lunch will be served at a restaurant close by and on the way to Athens later; you will visit a local olive-press and taste the excellent extra virgin olive oil that is produced in the area of Delphi. Overnight in Athens.


DAY 7

In the morning, get acquainted with the Attica inland and visit the third Greek winery of your itinerary, the visit includes wine-tasting of the different varieties escorted by light snacks. Then, continue to Cape Sounion, the southern most extremity of Attica. It’s a magnificent headland, well-known for its strategic importance in antiquity and the impressive marble columns of Poseidon’s Temple. After your visit you will enjoy a wonderful lunch at a seafood restaurant by the sea; where you will savour some of the most traditional Greek “mezedes” and fish, escorted by ouzo or retzina. In the afternoon, a cooking lesson will take place at the hotel. Overnight in Athens.


DAY 8

Today, experience the charm of the Greek islands by visiting three of the most attractive isles near Athens; Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Aegina has a lovely town full of neoclassical buildings and a well-preserved ancient Temple dedicated to the local goddess Athena Afea, at some distance from the town. This island is famous for its tasty pistaccchio nuts and the special sweets the locals make with them. During the time you’ll spend there, you can try some of the specialities. Poros is a small and very green island, closer to the Peloponnese than to Attica, with a lovely forest of lemon trees and a very nice main town and charming promenade with lots of coffee and souvenir shops. Finally, Hydra (Ydra) is an extremely picturesque place, because of the unique architecture of its fortress mansions, which once belonged to the ship-owners of the Ottoman rule period. As far as local delicacies go, this isle is known for the almond desserts (made of almond pasta), that you can taste during your visit. Return to Athens in the evening and have your farewell dinner at a distinguished restaurant of our city, with a wonderful view of the Acropolis. Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 9

Fly back home full of pleasant memories from your journey.

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