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ATHENS – ARACHOVA – DELPHI

Visit the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, regarded as the center of the ancient world. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Close by glamorous village of Arachova, one of the most popular and cosmopolitan winter resorts in Greece, with its stunning natural beauty, numerous restaurants, café and cozy bars, but also on of the best ski resorts in Greece

Destination - Details

Tour : Athens –  Arachova – Delphi

Duration : 5  days

Departures :Daily September 2016 to March 2017

Type : Private tour

DAY 1: Welcome in Athens. On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transfer to your hotel. Detailed information will be presented to you about all art and music events taking place in Athens during your stay, also a list of non touristic restaurants for the best taste of Athens. Everything will be arranged by our representatives

 

DAY 2: Morning and a walking tour of Athens starts. This is the best way to see Athens, feel the vibes, meet the locals! We’ll start the day by climbing the Acropolis hill where you’ll enjoy a guided tour to Parthenon, the Erectheion & the surrounding monuments (1,5 hour approx.). We’ll then descend to Acropolis museum, in order to have a tour to its fascinating exhibitions (1,5 hour approx.).

Our exploration will continue on by crossing Andrianou Street, the most distinctive street of Plaka neighborhood, full of sophisticated shops & souvenirs. We will then reach the imposing Roman Agora & the Tower of the Winds. A little further down we’ll admire the Library of Hadrian & the vivid life of Monastiraki Square, a place full of people & colors.

We stop for a refreshing lunch break (optional) with traditional Greek street food at a restaurant nearby. We’ll continue our walk through Athinas & Evripidou Streets, the surrounding streets of Athens Central Market. Little shops will be all around us, selling herbs, delicacies, nuts, household items & many more. After having crossed this fascinating commercial triangle, we’ll end up at Panepistimiou Street, where we’ll marvel at the impressive trilogy of neoclassical buildings; the National Library, the Academy & the University of Athens. If we keep walking, we’ll soon reach Syntagma Square, the most famous square of the city. We’ll take some time to watch the valiant Evzones in front of the building of the Greek Parliament.

Having left Syntagma Square behind us, we’ll stroll through the lush green oasis of the National Gardens for a while, an ideal place to relax away from the city noise. Our refreshing walk we’ll lead us to the extraordinary Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games took place. If we continue for a little while, we’ll reach the Zappeion Hall -an impressive neoclassical building- and afterwards we’ll feel amazed by the size of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian Arch.

Our walk will come to an end in front of the Lycicrates monument in Plaka, in a very close distance to the Acropolis Metro Station. By the time we say goodbye, you’ll have seen the best of Athens in a walk that includes everything; history, architecture, ancient & modern city life

 

DAY 3 : Our representative will meet at your Hotel in Athens and departure to Visit the pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi. Date back in the 6th century BC, was indeed the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. While at the site, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum. Continue to village of Arachova and check-in at your mountain resort hotel. Taking a leisure walk, discover the traditional character of the village through its narrow cobblestone streets. We will provide many options for a dinner in one of the restaurants serving home made cooking using local products. Stay up and enjoy the village’s bustling nightlife, will be an experience you will remember forever

 

DAY 4 : After a morning coffee and relaxation with spectacular view of the mountains, you will visit a cheese factory to discover the production of ‘Formaela’. Local unique solid texture, spicy and rich aroma cheese. Continue to the prefecture’s capital, Livadia, lies in a gorge where the springs of Erkina flow, against a backdrop of a 14th-century medieval castle that’s surprisingly well preserved. The castle is on the hill of Profitis Ilias, where it is said the Oracle of Zeus Trofonios was. Then continue to Muses Estate winery to explore the Valley of the Muses and the main attractions. You will have a taste of the climate and the history of the place where the vines grow and the new plantings and the old Mouhtaro vines. Continue to the cellar, the best place to talk about the history of the Estate and learn more about production and ageing of wines. Then, in tasting room we will taste all our labels that are now in the market along with past vintages as well as some new and experimental wines. During the tasting our wines are paired with local products, like krasotiri (wine cheese), which is matured in Mouhtaro lees.

Then departure to return to Athens. Overnight at hotel in Athens

 

DAY 5:  You will be met by our assistant at your hotel for your transfer to departure flight.

Hotel Category 3* Rate per person
Sep, Oct, Nov 2016 €995
Dec 16, Jan, Feb, Mar 17 €1075
Hotel Category 4* Rate per person
Sep, Oct, Nov 2016 €1055
Dec 16, Jan, Feb, Mar 17 €1115
Hotel Category 5* Rate Per Person
Sep, Oct, Nov 2016 €1255
Dec 16, Jan, Feb, Mar 17 €1395

Included :

Hotel Accommodation for 3 nights in 3* or 4* or 5* depending on your choice in Athens

Traditional Hotel Accommodation for 1 night in 3* or 4* or 5* depending on your choice in Arachova

Transfer from airport to hotel and back

A 7-hour exploration of Athens with an excellent licensed tour guide.
Guided tour to Acropolis, Acropolis Museum & Athens

Transfers as per program ( Athens – Delphi – Arachova – Athens )

Arachova village tour

Cheese factory tour

Winery visit

Athens art event and cuisine guide and information

Excluded :

Air tickets from your country ( can be arranged on request )

Lunch or Dinner

Highlights :
➢ The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
➢ Athens shopping and culture paradise at Plaka Neighborhood, Athenas Street and Monastiraki Square
➢ Taste – see – do as the locals in Athens
➢ Mycenae site and museum
➢ Romantic Nafplion
➢ Winery taste and see

 

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