Athens is well known for the nightlife which usually lasts until the sun goes up. The city offers a wide variety of restaurants, clubs, rooftops, wine bars and traditional Greek taverns and bouzoukia. Let your driver know your taste of nightlife and let him guide you to the most enjoyable points of Athens.
Cape Sounion / Athenian Riviera
Take the chance to travel over the coastal side of Athens. Athenian Riviera starts from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the largest cultural/educational project ever undertaken in the country. The project’s total cost exceeded $860 million. The SNFCC was also designed by Renzo Piano and the RPBW, and includes the new home facilities of the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, as well as the Stavros Niarchos Park.
Visit Marina Flisvos, an upscale marina in Flisvos operating according to top international specifications, accommodating the special needs of mega yachts, offering numerous dining, shopping and recreational opportunities. Stop by Lake Vouliagmeni, a small brackish-water lake fed by underground currents seeping through the mass of Mount Hymettus.
It was formed 2,000 years ago from an earthquake and has unique environmental conditions, as the water’s temperature varies from 22 to 29oCelsius, a fact that signifies a connection with the Aegean Volcanic Arc. Last stop is the archaeological monument of Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens.
The temple of Poseidon at Sounion was constructed in 444–440 BC. This was during the ascendancy of the Athenian statesman Pericles, who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens.
It was built on the ruins of a temple dating from the archaic period. Being the promontory of Athenian Riviera, you can benefit from the view and watch the most beautiful sunset in Athens.
DURATION: 6 – 7 hours
Delphi has a special meaning, more than just another collection of ruins in a country that is full of them. Delphi in ancient times was considered the center of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met.
This was the place on earth where man was closest to the Gods. In Mythology, Delphi was the meeting place of two eagles, released by Zeus and sent in opposite directions. Where they met indicated the center of the earth. Delphi is known as the center of worship for the God Apollo, son of Zeus who embodied moral discipline and spiritual clarity. But even before the area was associated with Apollo there were other deities worshipped here including the earth goddess Gea, Themis, Demeter and Poseidon, the well known god of the sea. By the end of the Mycenaean period Apollo had displaced these other deities and became the guardian of the oracle. Delphi was to become a pan-Hellenic sanctuary, where every four years, (starting in 776 BC) athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the four pan-Hellenic games, precursors of the Modern Olympics.
It is located 2 hours away from Athens and during our travel, we cross by Livadia and Arachova, the most touristic winter destination due to its location in the mountains. The tour offers the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo.
It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
DURATION: 9 – 10 hours
Athens City Tour
Take a tour around all Athenian sights and the most historical monuments of Athens. Starting from Acropolis hill, visit the ancient Parthenon, the Temple of Athena and Erechtheion, dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon; in order to have a full view of ancient Athens, we highly recommend you to combine this visit with the Acropolis Museum.
Stop by Panathenaic Stadium (meaning ‘stadium of all the Athenians’) or Kallimarmaro (meaning ‘made of fine marble’), the athletic stadium that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed in 1895 from the remains of the ancient Greek stadium known as the Panathenaic, Kalimarmaro is the only major stadium in the world constructed entirely of white marble. Continue with the Syntagma square, the center of Athens where Greek Parliament is located with its impressive Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You can benefit from the traditional change of guard in front of the Greek Parliament. Last station is the highest point of Athens, Lycabettus hill, standing 277 meters above sea level. The view from Lycabettus Hill is best enjoyed at sunset whilst waiting for the lights of the Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium and Ancient Agora to come on.
You will also be reminded that Athens is surrounded by sea with spectacular views across the Aegean. At the top of the hill you will find the Greek whitewashed church of Agios Georgios (St. George) and all are welcome to enter. The viewing platform in front of the church provides sprawling views of Athens, stretching out to the city’s coastline.
DURATION: 6 – 7 hours
Peloponnese tour (Ancient Corinth / Argolis)
Starting from Athens, we cross Corinth Canal, a narrow land bridge which connects the Peloponnese peninsula with the rest of the mainland of Greece, near the city of Corinth. It is also known as Isthmus of Corinth (the word “isthmus” comes from the Ancient Greek word for “neck” and refers to the narrowness of the land). The idea for a shortcut to save boats sailing all around the Peloponnese was long considered by the Ancient Greeks, but was first seriously proposed in 1830, soon after Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire, and was brought to completion in 1893 after eleven years’ work.
We stop by the site of ancient Corinth, which was first inhabited in the Neolithic period (6500-3250 B.C.). It is located at the northern base of the hill of Acrocorinth (the acropolis of ancient Corinth, is a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth, Greece) at the site of today’s agglomeration, Ancient Corinth. Its fertile soil but mainly its strategic location at the intersection of land routes from the Balkan peninsula of Aimos and mainland Greece on towards the Peloponnese and waterways that connect the western Mediterranean to its Eastern counterpart, to Asia Minor and to Syro-Palestine, offered the region from very early on enormous potential for communication, growth and prosperity.
We combine this visit with the archaeological site of Mycenae, in Argolis, one of the major centers of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece, Crete, the Cyclades and parts of southwest Anatolia. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. At its peak in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares.
We then move to Nafplio, the first capital of independent Greece, with the most picturesque old town, narrow streets, hidden squares and stunning neoclassical mansions, is as enchanting as one could imagine. But the town also boasts impressive vestiges from its interesting past with three fortresses. The spectacular Palamidi castle, perched above Nafplio, was built by the Venetians in 1711–1714; climbing the steps (999 steps up for the adventurous or a two minute car ride for those who are not) to the top yields the reward of stunning views over the whole area. Admire gates dating back to the Bronze Age at the Acronauplia fortress standing tall behind the Old Town. Used as a prison until 1950s, the site is now in ruins but still worth the visit. The Bourtzi, located on a tiny island off the harbour, was also built by Venetians in the 15th century and has known a long history as a castle, a prison, a hotel, an office for tourism and housing for the Greek government. Reachable by boat, the Bourtzi is now used to host events and concerts in the summer.
Last stop is the ancient theater of Epidaurus. Probably the most beautiful and best preserved of its kind, the theater of Epidaurus was built in the 4th century BC by Polykleitos the Younger. Due to its excellent acoustics and condition, the ancient theater is still used today, most notably under the framework of the annual Epidaurus Festival.
Located on the fertile plain of Argolida, in the eastern part of Peloponnese, the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus was an important sacred healing center during ancient times. Asclepius, also spelled Asklepios, was believed to possess healing powers that he learned from his father, Apollo. Therefore, the area attracted people from all over Greece who came to be treated by the resident priests. And with time, and as the center developed, prosperity increased, which the priests used to build an impressive complex of facilities, including temples, baths, athletic venues, and the theater.
DURATION: 10 – 12 hours
A trip to Meteora is a unique experience you should do once in your lifetime. Discover the geological wonder with 24 monasteries on top of rocks and cliffs, or spot the hermit caves carved into Swiss cheese-like rocks. Walk, climb, ride a bike – whatever means you use, you will be able to enjoy jaw-dropping views over the region once you’re at the top of the cliffs. One suggestion would be to discover the area through a semi-independent tour. This will allow you to get a better understanding of the monasteries and to get the spiritual and cultural heritage of Meteora.
Meteora, meaning ‘suspended in air’, is famous for its monasteries perched atop vertical peaks – but few know that before their construction in the 14th century, hermit monks first climbed these soaring stones to settle in the caves and hollows of the rocks as early as the 9th century. As hermits, they lived a life of solitude and isolation but legend has it they would climb down on Sundays for mass, held at Doupiani. By the 12th century, Meteora was home to a thriving ascetic community.
DURATION: 12 hours
This excursion is usually combined with a visit to Delphi and lasts two days.
Note: All excursions can be customized based on your demands. Please contact us for further details.
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