TO THE SOUTH
From Kavala to Athens...
See Greece at its Best!
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. Thessaloniki, a city enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage List for its Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments. Modern life aside, we will also explore the rich history of Thessalonica, from the paleochristianic era (4th century AD) to the post-Byzantine era (17th century AD), admiring the monuments that expose its religious and social life. Kavala was known as Neapolis in ancient times and Chrystoupolis during the Byzantine era. It was there that Apostle Paul’s left his first footprint on European ground and the first conversion and church in Europe was established. Via Egnatia goes through the city and Kavala also features a great 16th century Aqueduct and a late-medieval Acropolis-Castle, whilst it was known as the “Mecca of tobacco”.
- One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
- Selected Cyclades Islands
- Mount Athos
- Skiathos - Skopelos - Alonnisos
Day 1: Arrival - Kavala
Arrival at ‘Makedonia’ Airport in Thessaloniki, transfer by bus to Kavala, and check-in our hotel. We will have a walk on the sites of the city that foretell its rich history. We will visit St Paul’s memorial monument, the old city, the late-medieval Acropolis-Castle and the impressive 16th century Aqueduct. Finally, we will observe the neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses at a city that was known as the “Mecca of tobacco”.
“Please note that the first day of our program could be modified depending on flight times”
Day 2: Kavala - Philippi - Lydia - Amphipolis - Thessaloniki
Breakfast and transfer to the archaeological site of Philippi (listed as a 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, where the first Christian Church was established and where the first Christian conversion in Europe took place. On our way to Thessalonica, we’ll also visit the Archeological Site and Museum of Amphipolis. Check-in our Thessaloniki hotel, dinner & free time.
Day 3: Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, a city enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage List for its Paleochristian and Byzantine Monuments. After Breakfast we will visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and we will explore the rich history of Thessalonica, from the paleochristianic era (4th century AD) to the post-Byzantine era (17th century AD), admiring the monuments that expose its religious and social life. We will also visit the nearby Archaeological Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the Archaic, Classical, and both Hellenistic & Roman periods. Today we will vist the White Tower, the Heptapyrgion, the upper (old) town, the Tower of Trigonion. The Church of Saint Demetrius as well as the Crypt underneath the Church.
Day 4: Thessaloniki - Athens
Breakfast and visit at Aristotle’s Square, where the heart of the city beats and the cafés are crowded all day long. Our next stop will be the Roman Forum, and lastly we will visit Hagia Sophia, an impressive 8th century AD domed basilica(UNESCO World Heritage).
Moving on to the airport and cathing the evening flight to Athens. Arrival at Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and check in at our hotel. Overnight stay in Athens (Dinner will take place either before or after the flight to Athens depending on flight times).
Day 5: Panoramic Tour of Athens - Acropolis Museum - Filopappou
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 Museumand then we ‘ll move on to Filopappou Hill. Free in Athens city center. Overnight stay.
Day 6: Athens Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)
Today’s tour includes a guided visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis, the sacred rock of Athens. Upon this rock and during the Golden Century of Pericles, the ancient Greek thought and civilization was expressed in an ideal way and some of its top monuments were built. We continue to Monastiraki known as a Flea Market due to its many antique shops. Moving on to Plaka, the most historical neighborhood of Athens that has been continuously inhabited since antiquity. Overnight stay and rest.
Day 7: National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
After breakfast we’ll check out and visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. Later on we’ll drive 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. Transfer to Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, check in and return home.
“Please note that the above activities will depend purely on the return flight times.”
One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
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 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.
- Cruise to Mount Athos from Ormos Panagias
- Kassandra Round – Jeep Safari 4χ4
- Scuba diving in Kassandra and Sithonia
- Watersports etc
- 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
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)
- Explore Mount Athos and the Monasteries
- Communing with the monks and absorb the Divine Nature
- Visit the Monastery of Great Lavra
- 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.
- Maritime and Culture Tradition Museum
- Akkiton Open-Air Cinema
- Carousel Cruise
- Walking trails
- 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
- Old Alonnisos
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.
- Water Sports
- Horse Riding
- Scuba Diving
- Around Thassos by boat or cruise boat
- Jeep Safari 4×4