Relax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America.
Day2Athens - Eleusis - Tolo
Explore this center for religious devotion from the Mycenaean period that
served as the base for the annual Eleusian Mysteries. Thousands of people came to this site
to be initiated into the rites every autumn. Highlights will include the remains of the Greater
Propylaia, the Ploutonion, the Lesser Propylaia, the Telesterion and the Anaktoron. Our visit will also include a visit to the small Museum with artifacts
from the ancient sight.
The resort town of Tolo, on the Peloponnese peninsula, features the beauty and charm of a
traditional Greek fishing village highlighted with sandy beaches. The present town was
founded in 1870, but the Bay of Tolo was mentioned as far back as the writings of Homer,
and played an important role throughout history.
Day3Mycenae - Corinth - Epidaurus
Mycenae Visit Mycenae and the fortified Palace Complex uncovered by archaeologist Heinrich
Schielmann in 1874. Highlights will include the 13th century BC Lion Gate; Grave Circle A with its six royal family shaft graves; the Royal Palace and the Secret Stairway, a flight of 99
steps that lead down to a cistern deep beneath the citadel.
Corinth Corinth is one of the most ancient cities in Greece and was one of the largest and most
prosperous. It eventually became an important Roman colony and drew significant historical
figures, such as St. Paul, who worked and lived here after leaving Athens.
Explore the remains of the huge rock fortress located just outside Corinth known as the
Acrocorinth. This famous fortress could withstand lengthy sieges due to the presence of the
upper Peirene spring on the southeast side of the ramparts. Enjoy one of the most sweeping
views in all of Greece, stretching over 35 miles in all directions from the Geraneia range in
the northeast to the peaks of the Ziria in the southwest.
Epidaurus A celebrated therapeutic and religious center of the Classical world
dedicated to the healing god Asklepios. The 3rd century BC complex contains a variety of
structures, with the most important and impressive being the ancient Theater. This impressive
venue, known for its exceptional acoustics, is the best preserved of all the ancient theaters in
Greece, and is still used today for performances.
Day4Tolo - Mystras - Olympia
MystrasMajestic Mystras occupies a panoramic site on a spur of the rugged Taygetos range.
Founded by the Franks in 1249, it was later the seat of the Byzantine province of Morea. By
the 15th century, it had grown to become a major Byzantine cultural center, before it was
abandoned totally in 1832.
Enjoy a stunning view of Mystras from the Kastro, or Castle Area. Enter the site through the
castle itself, and then explore the monasteries, churches, palaces and houses that line the
narrow, winding streets.
Despot’s Palace A rare example of Byzantine civic architecture, this massive palace is highlighted
by the Throne Room of the rulers of the Cantacuzene and Palaiologgos dynasties.
Olympia The modern town of Olympia is filled with shops, tavernas and museums, and is a wonderful
place to relax and wander. Most visitors, however, know Olympia only as the birthplace of
the Olympic Games, which were first held here in 776 BC, in one of Zeus‘ most sacred
places. Through the games, Olympia has cultivated the ideals of humanity since ancient
Tour the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex, including the Palaestra, Pheidia’s
Workshop, and the Temple of Zeus, which once contained a 12m statue to Zeus that was
one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Take time to participate in a few running
events at the stadium during the visit.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, one of the most important museums in Greece.
The museum’s permanent exhibition contains finds from excavations of the sacred precinct of
the Altis. This precinct dates from prehistoric times to the early Christian period.
Delphi Delphi is both an ancient site and a modern town located on Mt. Parnassus. The modern
town was moved after the discovery of the archaeological site, and is a lovely place to
explore and enjoy the views. The ancient site was one of the most important religious sites in
the Greek world and home to the famous Oracle of Delphi.
Sanctuary of Apollo The most important sacred site in the Greek world. This was a
major site for the worship of the god Apollo, believed to have slain the Pytho, a deity who
lived here and protected the mythological center of the earth.
Walk along the Sacred Way, which winds up a hill towards the main temple of Apollo. We will
pass an array of dedicatory objects and the old Treasury as we wind up the path, as the
Ancient Greeks did during their sacred processions.
Doric Temple of Apollo Visit the spectacular ruins of the home of the Pythia, the oracle
who would deliver the prophecies of the gods.
Delphi Archaeological Museum This museum displays some of the finest works of art in Greece.
The museum’s 15 rooms chronicle the history of Delphi from the 15th century BC to the 4th
century AD, and includes many magnificent treasures donated from locations throughout the
Walking Tour through the MonastirakiTravel from the Delphi Area to Athens and take a walking tour through
the Monastiraki, an old area of Athens that takes its name from
a sunken monastery. This section of the city is highlighted by the Fethiye Mosque, the
Tsistaraki Mosque, the Roman Agora, the remains of Hadrian’s Library and the unique Tower
of the Winds.
Acropolis Visit the Acropolis which has dominated Athens for over 2,000 years; habitation traces
indicate that it was occupied as early as the Neolithic age.
The Acropolis Museum contains a superb collection of sculptures from the area. The
monuments of the Acropolis have withstood the ravages of past centuries, both of ancient
times and those of the Middle Ages. Until the 17th century, foreign travelers visiting the
monuments depicted the classical buildings as being intact.
Ancient Agora The political heart of Athens from 600 BC. With shops, a theater
and schools, the agora served as the center of social and commercial life. Highlights of the
complex include the Hephaisteion, a particularly well-preserved temple, and the Stoa of
Attalos, a reconstructed, colonnaded building that houses a small museum with finds from the
Day8Athens & Cape Sounion
National Archaeological Museum Explore the largest museum in Greece and one of the
most important museums in the world. Its original purpose was to protect items from 19th
century excavations in and around Athens. However, the collection quickly grew to include
important treasures from all over Greece.
Hadrian's Arch View Hadrian’s Arch, an enormous triumphal arch built by the Roman Emperor, which is still a
symbolic entrance to Athens.
Temple of Olympian Zeus Explore the Temple of Olympian Zeus, once the largest temple in Athens. Though currently in
ruins, its enormous size is suggested by the 15 columns that remain of the original 104. At
one time, this was among the most important temples of the city, but over the centuries it
was quarried to provide stone and building materials for the houses and churches of medieval
Cape Sounion One of the most famous and picturesque places in Attica. The Cape is
located 69km southeast of Athens at the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula.
Temple of Poseidon Visit the Temple of Poseidon, located on the cliffs of Cape Sounion on at the edge of Chora
Sfakion the Aegean Sea. The present temple ruins, built around 440 BC and dedicated to the
Greek god of the sea, include an Ionic frieze and many original columns.
Day9Departure from Athens
Our rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our Tour Director accompanies us to
the airport on our final day.