Accompanying Persons Program
Accompanying Persons Program
Athens City tour & Acropolis Museum Half day Tour
On this comprehensive morning tour, you will have the opportunity to see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens, from the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the halfday sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided half-day tour includes a headphones guidance and will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. First stop is at Panathinaikon Stadium – the only stadium built out of white marble where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. You will proceed by passing by Zappion and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass by the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church, and finally Acropolis (visit Propylae the gateway, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis museum. Main attractions such as everyday life artifacts, ancient statues, the Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you. For the Acropolis hill, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and loose fitted clothing are strongly recommended.
Sunset Tour: Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon Half Day Tour
Join the half day tour to Cape Sounion and experience a breathtaking sunset at the unique temple of Poseidon, the God of the Seas in ancient times. The tour starts with a wonderful drive along the Athens Riviera, the scenic coastal road and idyllic beaches. During this relaxing ride you’ll enjoy splendid views of the Saronic Gulf while passing through some of Athens’ most beautiful suburbs, including Hellinikon Olympic complex, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza. Arriving at Cape Sounion, you will visit the 5th century B.C. Temple of Poseidon with its magnificent panoramic view of the Aegean. The beauty of the surviving Doric columns has inspired many poets, including Lord Byron who carved his name on one of the columns. This half day excursion is a great option if you want to discover Greece beyond Athens, enjoy stunning views and visit a world famous Greek monument. After visiting the Temple, you will have the chance to admire an amazing sunset before returning back to your hotel.
Epidaurus & Mycenae Full Day Tour from Athens with lunch
Explore with this guided full day trip from Athens to Argolis the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae, a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600 BC to 1100 BC and a UNESCO World Heritage site. After reaching the Corinth Canal via the coastal National highway for a short stop, you will enter the region of Argolis, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. You will see the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs, including Agamemnon Clytemnestra’s, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14thcentury B.C. structure. A traditional Greek lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant. After lunch, through Argos you will proceed to Nauplio, the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress of Palamidi and the fortified islet of Bourtzi (short stop). Continue on to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre. The UNESCO world heritage listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius the Healer, and was the most known healing center of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics. The Argolis (Mycenae – Epidaurus) day tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon.
Poros – Hydra – Aegina One Day Cruise from Athens
Take a day cruise from Athens to the fabulous Greek islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina for a relaxing day on the sea. With all your transport, transfers and lunch organised, you can sit back and enjoy your leisurely day cruise with free time to explore on each island. After transferring from Athens to the port by motor coach, you’ll set sail for the island of Poros, where you’ll have free time for strolling and shopping. Head ashore at the colorful capital and enjoy around two hours to look around on your own. As you approach the island of Hydra admire the colorful harbor and get tips from your guide on what to see and do on the island. You will have about 1.5 hours at leisure to enjoy the unique charms of Hydra Island, whose amphitheater shape once served as a safe shelter for Saronic Pirates. Amble down the narrow lanes, relax over coffee, or buy souvenirs in the quaint shops. From the decks, you will be able to admire the very special architecture and dramatic landscapes of this island, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions silently stand witness to a long and turbulent history. Upon arrival in Aegina a guided excursion to Aegina’s ancient Temple of Aphaia is also available (optional, at your own expense) or take a walk around the main town. The lovely island is only 31 miles (50 km) from Athens, and is a popular getaway for Athenians during the summer season. Return to your cruise-boat, after an hour at sea, disembark and finish your trip with a drop-off in Athens.
Full day cruise to Salamina & Corinth Canal
The first stop on this westward sailing cruise is Salamina island, site of the famous naval Battle of Salamis in 480 BC when the outnumbered Greeks defeated the Persians. This forever changed the course of Western Civilization. The yacht will linger in the heavenly blue waters of Kanakia Bay for swimming, snorkeling, fishing or hiking and biking in the trails of the pine
forest that reach to the sea. The thrill of the day is sailing through the Corinth Canal. When the isthmus was cut in 1893 it basically turned the Peloponnese peninsula into a
mega-island. The Canal is 6.40 kilometers long (4 miles) which takes about a half hour to cross from the eastern entrance at the Saronic Gulf to the western entrance at the Akrokorinth Gulf. The Canal is 21.40 meters wide (70 feet) with cliffs 63 meters high (206 feet). Sailing the Canal’s narrow passage is a unique experience to be so enclosed by land on both sides.
From the Canal, guests go to Ancient Corinth by vehicle or with option to bike there. The bike route to Ancient Corinth is 13 kilometers plus an additional four kilometers for ambitious riders ascending Acrokorinthos Fortress. Corinth was an important city in ancient days with 90,000 residents during the Greek period, and a surge to 100,000 – 700,000 residents during
the Roman period (compared to 58,000 residents today). Most of the ruins at the archaeology site are from the Roman era. St. Paul preached here and possibly penned one or more of the Epistles to the Corinthians. The Corinth Museum has exquisite pieces and rates as much viewing time as the grounds themselves. Sitting almost 1900 feet high, the Akrokorinthos Fortress is visible for miles around. Akrokorinthos was occupied by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Frankish crusaders, Venetians and Turks. The fort offers an invigorating opportunity to explore the sprawling grounds with spectacular panorama views of both the Corinth Gulf and the Saronic Gulf underscoring its strategic location.
The Market Walk
Dining in a Greek restaurant will not teach you about Greek food. To truly understand its flavors, origins, scents and tastes, we invite you to plunge into Athens largest, oldest and most vibrant food market, the Varvakios Central Market. Your food expert guide teaches you how, what, when, where, and why Greeks eat the way they do. The guide gives you ample time to have a look in the shops, buy Greek products, enjoy the local atmosphere. You will move through the bustling market, watching how Athenians shop for food, and stopping at stalls and shops to sample authentic Greek wine, olive oil, spices, cheeses, cold cuts, sweets, liqueurs, mezes (appetizers), seafood and main dishes. Near the Varvakios Market is Athens’ first ever Museum of Greek astronomy, an enlightening interactive journey of Greek food’s history, culture and nutrition. The tour ends with a relaxing lunch in Psirri neighborhood at a Greek taverna in a Soholike neighborhood of traditional artesans and trendy shops.