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From Athens: Full-Day Bus Trip to Delphi & Arachova

1. From Athens: Full-Day Bus Trip to Delphi & Arachova

Meet your guide at the Halandri Metro Station and journey to Delphi via bus. As you drive towards Delphi, you’ll see the sacred site emerge from two terraced rocks known as Fedriades.  Discover what the ancient Greeks called “the navel of the earth.” Visit the Oracle of Delphi, the holiest site in ancient Greece. For centuries, great figures of ancient history such as Alexander the Great and Cicero sought out the high priestess of Delphi’s divine prophecy. The Oracle would sit upon a tripod above a massive chasm. As she burned barley meal and laurel she would enter a divine trance and then serve as a medium to the god Apollo. Drink water from the sacred Castalia spring. Explore the archaeological museum of Delphi, and see artifacts from the Archaic through the Roman era, including the Sphinx of the Naxians, the Iniohos, and the statue of Antinoos. Afterward, enjoy a delicious homemade lunch at a nearby restaurant. Before returning to Athens, see the picturesque village of Arachova nestled in the foothills of Mt. Parnassus.

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Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

2. Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean walls, the royal tombs, and so forth.  Depart for Nafplio through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Find numerous interesting spots of attractions all over Argolis.  Leave for Epidauros, to visit the 4th-century BC theatre famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National Road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Enjoy lunch in Mycenae.

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From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

3. From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

Depart Athens with your friendly guide (archaeologist) by bus from the Halandri Metro station and reach the ancient city of Mycenae. Let the Cyclopean walls take your breath, and learn about the mysterious origins of this fantastic structure. Mycenae is considered the greatest and richest kingdom of the later Bronze Age around 1350 B.C. Walk around the archaeological park, pass through the great Lionesses Gate, explore the Ancient Treasure of Atreus also known as King’s Agamemnon Tomb as well as the Tomb of Clytemnestra. Admire the Palace and the Gold Mask of Agamemnon. After Mycenae enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in the beautiful seaside city of Nafplio. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and, Modern Greek influences. Admire the main attractions like the Castle of Bourtzi, the Acronauplia and the Castle of Palamidi built on the top of the hill as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. Finish your day with a visit to the ancient theater of Epidaurus. This site is well known as the theater with the greatest acoustics and still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer.

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From Athens: Day Tour to Delphi

4. From Athens: Day Tour to Delphi

Depart Athens and drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the town of Thebes, world-renowned for its tragic story of King Oedipus. Continue through the picturesque towns of Livadeia and Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Upon arrival at Delphi, explore the "Omphalos" ("Navel of the Earth"). Marvel at the ruins of an ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of the oracle. Learn how its influence extended beyond the confines of the Hellenic world, and take in the views of a landscape of unparalleled beauty. See the remains of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios, and visit the Treasury of the Athenians. Look at the remaining columns of the Temple of Apollo, and go to the Delphi Archaeological Museum where masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture can be found. Look at the legendary Charioteer of Delphi, regarded as one of the finest bronze sculptures of the ancient world. See the statue of the athlete Aghias and other artifacts from antiquity. Enjoy lunch in the modern village of Delphi, before the return trip to Athens by the same route (if selected). A short stop in Arachova will be provided for your comfort.  Clients staying on the coast will depart for their hotels from the local supplier's terminal at around 7:30 PM.

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Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

5. Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

Depart Athens with a friendly escort (archaeologist) by bus from the Halandri Metro station and reach Nafplio where there are various alternative options to discover the hidden gems of the city. There is plenty of time to climb the 999 steps of the Castle of Palamidi (or let the bus drive you to it) and admire the wide view of the region along with the endless beauty of the Argolic Gulf from the top of the hill. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has venetian, byzantine, ottoman and modern greek influences. Admire the main attractions like Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas hanging flashily from the balconies. You have the chance to enrich your trip by visiting the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsipouro, Ouzo or Mastiha known as “ouzo experience” in the most traditional district of the city. Enjoy a greek lunch break in a cozy tavern and be one with the locals. Later on, travel into history by visiting the ancient theater of Epidaurus. In the antiquity, Epidaurus was a sanatorium, connected intensively with the Asclepeion healing temples. Asclepeion was the 5* hotel of the ancient times and is considered as the origin of the medical science. Nowadays, Epidaurus is most known as the theater with the greatest acoustic of all times and still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer. Feel the aura of the ancient tragedians who through their interpretations led the audience to “catharsis”, the purification and purgation of emotions.

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Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

6. Athens: Meteora Independent Train Trip and Monastery Tour

Your tour will begin from "Stathmos Larissis", the fabulous central railway station of Athens where you will depart to Kalambaka from. Throughout your train journey, indulge in the unique scenic routes that the Greek countryside provides. You can discover a mosaic of unique beauty, biodiversity and enormous ecological value. At about 11:30 AM, you will arrive at your destination, the railway station of Kalambaka. Once having arrived, you will meet with your guide who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. From here your tour to the Meteora Monasteries is going to begin. You can admire the amazing Christian architecture, and discover how monasteries have been influenced over time, having existed for over 700 years. After 4 hours of exploration, your tour will come to an end and you will be driven back to Kalabaka where you will have free time to spend under the shadow of giant rocks. You will arrive back in Athens at 9:25PM after a full-day exploring.

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Athens: Acropolis and Museum Entry Tickets with Audio Tour

7. Athens: Acropolis and Museum Entry Tickets with Audio Tour

At your own pace, explore Athen's fascinating Acropolis Hill and accompanying museum with this combination of pre-booked e-tickets and two immersive audio tours, downloadable to your smartphone. Receive your tickets via email, then simply download the self-guided audio tours and you’re all set for your Athens adventure. Arrive at Acropolis Hill and walk around this uniquely imposing site, through the walls of the Propylaea and the array of grand temples around the site. Visit the Temple of Nike, the Erechtheion, and the illustrious Partheon, and listen to countless tales about the divine ancestors of the Athenians as well as the mythical origins of this glorious city. Follow in the footsteps of world-famous historical figures such as Socrates and Pericles, and get valuable insight into the lives of these ancient Greeks. During the walk, unlock the secrets of ancient masonry and witness the unparalleled excellence of Athenian architecture. At the Acropolis Museum, allow the exhibits to guide you through the engrossing journey of Athen’s transition to democracy. Enjoy a comprehensive presentation of the evolution of the Ancient Greek style from its early steps to the artistic revolutions of the classical era.

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Athens: Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Tour

8. Athens: Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Tour

Join a small group at the Acropolis metro station for a more interactive and personal experience. Get to know your local guide who has a professional license as she goes over the day's itinerary. Start your walk right away to discover Acropolis which the most popular monument in Athens.  The Acropolis is next to the Plaka neighborhood which is just south of the Agora.  The Acropolis is easily the most popular monument in Athens so you get a very detailed tour including the Erechtheion, the temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaia and of course the Parthenon. Look at how the rock of the Acropolis itself serves as a reference point for the modern development of Athens. Enjoy the Acropolis and its complementary sites over wonderful views over Athens. See the Acropolis Museum to complement the tour. Your guide organizes the timing of the museum either before or after the Acropolis proper considering the season and the crowds.  Acropolis Museum is stunning, to say the least. Our small group tour in Athens includes the treasures of the ancient Greek civilization and the museum building itself is worth discovering. Its unique design has incorporated the excavations which are visible under stunning glass floors. The Acropolis Museum houses original pieces from the temples in Acropolis, protecting them from deterioration while also giving their historical context. Learn about the Elgin Marbles in the Parthenon Gallery; the famous marble frieze recreated with both original marble and casts of those pieces. The Archaic Gallery has statues which pre-date the Acropolis itself. After around three hours, your tour concludes back at the original start point.

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Athens: Morning Bike Tour

9. Athens: Morning Bike Tour

Cycle the historic center of Athens on a 9-kilometer bike tour, and see archaeological and architectural highlights of the city such as the Panathenaic Stadium, Presidential Mansion, indoor exhibition center of the Zappeion Hall, and Roman Agora. Discover the city’s green spaces, such as the National Gardens, and explore historic neighborhoods such as Plaka at the footsteps of the Acropolis. Go to the ancient burial site of Kerameikos Cemetery. Admire the dome of the National Observatory of Athens, and enter the traditional neighborhood of Thission. Although you will not enter any of the archaeological sights, you will stop for approximately 5-8 minutes at each one while your tour leader provides valuable information and tells interesting stories. Get off your bike for a short walking tour of an areas that bikes can’t access, but leads you to an amazing view far off the tourist path.  Designed for the average cyclist, the route avoids the busy city traffic by following mostly flat paths and bike trails. Enjoy a more intimate experience in groups of no more than 12 people.

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Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

10. Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Sunset Tour

After traveling for a few kilometers through the South Coast and the Athenian Riviera, you will be bedazzled by the famous landscapes which surround Sounion. Sounion (or Sunium) was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary dedicated to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Spectacularly located on a promontory in southern Attica, the site is dominated by the temple of Poseidon perched 70 meters above the sea on the cliff edge. Sounion is the setting for several episodes in Greek mythology, and is specifically mentioned as a place of religious significance in Homer’s Odyssey. In some myths, this is also the spot where the Athenian king Aegeus threw himself into the sea in despair upon having sighted the black sail of his son Theseus’ ship returning from Crete after his battle with the Minotaur. If you are keen on visiting the outskirts of Athens, such as Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, you will be able to do so with a private tour. In a luxury limousine van with a private driver, you will be driven along to the Athens Riviera down to the famous Cape Sounion and back to Athens or Piraeus.

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Superb excursion, the site is magnificent with a breathtaking view. The guide is really passionate and tells you in detail what you are discovering. I highly recommend

The tour is really amazing. Our guide is very friendly and knowledgeable. He was a great driver as well. I would highly recommend this trip!

Superb experience. The guide is at the top! The pace is well set and the places visited are worth the detour.

Christos was the best tour guide we had on our entire vacation!!

Great tour and amazing guide. Must do and recommend!