Prehistory, the Classical Period, roman Domination, The Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, Modern Times. Greece through the Centuries will unfold before you on these 7 days – 6 nights tour
Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus famous for its remarkable acoustics. Proceed to the Town of Nafplio (short stop) drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon
Depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnesus and the Towns of Tripoli and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games (Dinner)
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Drive on through the plains of Iliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea. Arrive in Delphi. Overnight (Dinner)
In the morning visit the archaeological Site and the Museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Overnight (Dinner)
Visit Meteora, among striking scenery, perched on the top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless the Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art
Depart from Kalambaka, drive through the plain of Thessaly and the valley of Tempi, a
Depart for Thessaloniki, the second largest and the most vibrant city in Greece. Dinner and overnight
Depart in the morning for the Macedonian hinterland and the town of Kastoria, renown center of the fur industry and also famous for its Lake and its 75 Byzantine churches. A Neolithic Lake Settlement 7000 years old, was discovered here and you will be able to stroll through and admire the reconstruction of the village which represents the contemporary museological concept
After Kastoria continue driving in the plateau of Western Macedonia and arrive in the picturesque town of Edessa. Here you can see the town’s famous landmark, the Waterfalls
See in the morning the city that throughout the era of the Byzantine Empire was the “co-reigning” city, second in population and prestige only to Constantinople. Visit unique monuments and feel the glorious Byzantine past in some of the oldest and most characteristic churches of the Christian world as well as in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, awarded with the Council of Europe’s Museum Prize for the year 2005.
Rest of the day free, to enjoy time in the lively centre of the city. Dinner and overnight.
Drive to Vergina, to live the experience of a visit to the unique Museum, created in the Great Tumulus covering the royal tombs of Macedonia. See the astonishing findings from the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander’s father, and feel the thrill of the greatest discovery of the 20th century
After the visit we shall start driving south and through Thessaly, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonida’s’ Monument) and Thebes
Arrive in Athens late in the afternoon