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CULTURAL HERITAGE
OF GREECE

It’s not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind...

This cultural heritage tour heading from North to south Greece as per  the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The program covers most of Unesco sites in inland Greece, and also gives the opportunity to extent it to more remote island sites. This tour foretells a story ranging from the archaic age to the early modern era, allowing the participants to absorb and experience a timeless culture.

Starting from:
POA
Optional Extensions:
  • National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
  • Athens Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill
  • One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
  • Samos
  • Patmos
  • Selected Cyclades Islands
  • Halkidiki
  • Mount Athos
  • Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos
  • Thassos
TOUR PROGRAM
Nine magical days!

Day 1: Arrival – Philippi – Lydia – Kavala - Thessaloniki

Visit the archaeological site of Philippi (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Philippi was a vibrant Hellenistic city, reshaped by the Romans into a “small Rome”. Philippi was the first place in Europe where Christianity was preached by Saint Paul. It is unique for its basilicas that constitute an exceptional testimony to the early establishment of Christianity. Visit the nearby Baptism Site of Saint Lydia and Kavala (Castle, Imaret, Step of St Paul, Aqueduct, neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses). Return and overnight stay in Thessaloniki.

Day 2: Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, is a city enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage List for its Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments. Visit to the award-winning Museum of Byzantine Culture and the emblematic White Tower. Visit the Rotunda, the massive 4th century AD dome embellished with high quality mosaics and the neighboring Arch of Galerius. Visit the Tower of Trigonion, through Old City, to admire both the medieval architecture and the spectacular view. Visit Hagia Sophia, an impressive 8th century AD domed basilica. Overnight stay in Thessaloniki.

Day 3: Thessaloniki – Vergina – Kalampaka

Transfer to the archaeological site of Vergina (Aigai), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is unique for the Palace, considered to be not only the biggest but, together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of classical Greece and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli. Transfer and overnight stay in Kalampaka.

Day 4: Kalampaka – Meteora – Delphi

Visit to Meteora, one of the most impressive and peculiar places in Greece. Meteora consists of a cluster of huge dark rocks, on tops of which some of the most spectacularly monasteries in the Orthodox world are built, and it is included in UNESCO lists of World Heritage. We will visit and explore 3 of the most impressive and significant monasteries, namely Varlaam, Great Meteoron and St. Stephen. Transfer and overnight stay at Delphi.

Day 5: Delphi - Hosios Lukas - Patras

Visit the ancient site of Delphi, the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world, referred as the omphalos – the ‘navel of the world’. In our tour we will admire the temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Sacred Way, the theater, the famous statues of Charioteer of Delphi and Dioscuroi, etc. Visit the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, a Byzantine architecture and art masterpiece (listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site). Transfer and overnight stay at Patras.

Day 6: Patras – Olympia – Apollo Epicurus – Kalamata

Visit the archaeological site of Olympia, where Olympic Games were held. The sanctuary to the gods has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures erected for the Olympic Games. Our next visit will be at the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site too. Transfer and overnight stay at Kalamata.

Day 7: Kalamata – Mystras – Nafplio

Visit the Archeological Site of Mystras, the ‘wonder of the Morea’. The city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Transfer and overnight stay at the picturesque Nafplion, the first capital of Greek Republic.

Day 8: Nafplion – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Athens

Breakfast and Transfer to the Archaeological site of Epidaurus, where according to mythology, Asclepius was born. Our next visit is on the archaeological site of Mycenae, where is the imposing ruins of the greatest city of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century BC. This city is indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Visit to a winery around Nemea area, famous for its wines. Transfer and and overnight stay at Athens.

Day 9: Athens Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)

Visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis with its monuments, the universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. We will visit the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the monumental Propylaea. Walking tour to Thiseio, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalus. Afterwards, we will visit 3 picturesque neighborhoods of Athens, namely Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika. Overnight stay in Athens.

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National Archaeological Museum - Sounio

This morning, we’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. Later on we’ll go by the coastal road (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where we’ll be mesmorised by the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC), and enjoy the awesome panoramic view. Return to Athens for overnight stay.

Athens Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill

Breakfast and a panoramic city acquaintance tour by our bus in Athens. We’ll see the former Royal Palace, the Stadium, Gardens of Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The Theatre of Dionysus, Syntagma Square, Parliament, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Academy, the University, and the National Library while finally we’ll stroll towards Athens’ Cathedral. We continue our sightseeing tour to New Acropolis Museum and then we ‘ll  move on to Filopappou Hill.

One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf

Breakfast and departure for Palaio Faliro, where we’ll take the cruise-boat for a day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra islands. We’ll stay in each island as per the ship’s itinerary; have lunch on board and get entertained with dances and songs from the orchestra onboard. The cruise will end in the evening. Transfer to the hotel and later on we’ll attend either a theater performance or dance alongside the familiar melodies of bouzouki.

Samos

Famous nowadays for its sweet local wine, Samos enjoyed a glorious past. It is birthplace of Hera, of Pythagoras and the 4thcentury BC philosopher Epicurus. It is home to Pythagoreion and the Heraion of Samos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Eupalinian aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering. The island’s beaches cater to all tastes. Ranging from cosmopolitan to remote, some are covered with fine sand, others with pebbles.

Discover the island’s sightseeings and visit the picturesque villages with many organized tours and excursions on offer. Summer is littered with festivals and celebrations, namely the Feast of Agia Marina and the Fishermen and Wine festivals – all held in the summer. Windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving and all sorts of outdoor activities & water sports will make your visit to Samos unforgettable.

Patmos – The Island of Revelation

As the island is small and quiet, there are hardly any organized activities to do. Patmos is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. It is here in the Cave of Apocalypse that St John composed both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. The monastery of St. Ioannis Theologos, the Cave of the Apocalypse and the medieval settlement of Chora constitute an exceptional example of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.

Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Patmos is a life changing experience. Enjoy a day under the hot sun and in the afternoon have lunch in the seaside taverns. In the evening, have a drink in a lounge café-bat under the stars. Another enjoyable activity in Patmos island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tony chapels, small settlements, lonely beaches and hilltops with breathtaking sea views.

Selected Cyclades Islands

  • Upon request we can prepare similar programs to other islands in Cyclades like Naxos and Paros or the Argo-Saronic Gulf in Attica (Aegina, Poros and Hydra).
  • Please be advised that accommodation prices and domestic transfer costs will differ depending on the island of choice. This will also depend upon the season of booking, the size of the group and the amenities/program requested.
  • The islands in Greece and particularly Cyclades are extremely popular and the demand is great. Please do keep this in mind when planning for such a program.

Halkidiki

Halkidiki has two tourism high-developed island-like peninsulas, namely Kassandra and Sithonia. It is a family-friendly destination combining evergreen forests with unique sandy and rocky beaches.

Halkidiki Activities

  • Petralona
  • Waterland
  • Cruise to Mount Athos from Ormos Panagias
  • Kassandra Round – Jeep Safari 4χ4
  • Scuba diving in Kassandra and Sithonia
  • Watersports etc

Sailing Cruises

  • Full day sailing cruise to Toroneos (Paliouri)
  • Half day sailing cruise to Kelyfos island (Paliouri)
  • Sunset sailing cruise (Paliouri)
  • Romantic Sailing Sunset – Sithonia (Nikiti)
  • Halkidiki Sailing boat trip, Neos Marmaras

Mount Athos

The largest and most important monastic state in the Orthodox East is also named ‘the garden of the Virgin Mary’. The monastic state of Athos, which occupies the easternmost, wildest ‘leg’ of the three-pronged Halkidiki peninsula, Mount Athos is the second-most important religious place of pilgrimage, after Jerusalem, for the more than 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.

Now hosting 20 monasteries, Mount Athos forms an autonomous region within the Greek state, while spiritually it falls under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Although it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, all females are forbidden entry. But any adult may visit the Holy Mountain, regardless of faith or nationality, simply by obtaining a Diamonitirion or residence permit.

  • Half Day Cruise around Mount Athos
  • Ouranoupolis Visit
  • Male –Only Tour inside Mount Athos (1-6 days)
  1. Explore Mount Athos and the Monasteries
  2. Communing with the monks and absorb the Divine Nature
  3. Visit the Monastery of Great Lavra
  4. A glance into Monastery life

Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos

Skiathos is famous for the golden beaches, the green nature and the vivid atmosphere, Skiathos Greece is a favourite destination for both youth and families. Skopelos is a handsome island of pine forests, vineyards, olive groves, and orchards of plums and almonds, which find their way into many local dishes. Alonnisos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery, with stands of Aleppo pine, kermes oak, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards, olive and fruit trees, threaded with perfumy patches of wild herbs.

Skiathos  activities

  • Maritime and Culture Tradition Museum
  • Akkiton Open-Air Cinema
  • Carousel Cruise
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking trails
  • Kastro
  • Megali Ammos Beach
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking tour of Skiathos Town
  • Shop in Skiathos Town
  • Riding Centre in Koukounaries
  • Watersports etc

Skopelos & Alonnisos  activities

  • Skopelos Town
  • Glossa
  • Old Alonnisos
  • Patitiri

Thassos

An island with crystal beaches and lush greenery, Thassos is the northernmost island of the Aegean Sea, very close to the coasts of the mainland. Ideal for family and relaxing holidays, Thassos island has gorgeous beaches, either organized or totally secluded. The mountainous villages in the inland have traditional architecture, with stone houses, paved streets and grey-tiled roofs. The surrounding landscape is great for trekking with paths leading to abandoned places, castle ruins and caves.

Thassos Activities

  • Water Sports
  • Horse Riding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Around Thassos by boat or cruise boat
  • Hiking
  • Jeep Safari 4×4
  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling
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