8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS DAILY YEAR ROUND
DAY 1: EN ROUTE – Depart U.S.A. via overnight jet flight to Athens, Greece. Dinner and breakfast served on board. (D)
DAY 2: ATHENS – Arrival at the Athens airport, where you will be met by Pharos personnel and assisted through customs and baggage claims formalities and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
DAY 3: ATHENS – Alter breakfast at the hotel, depart on a morning Athens city tour, which will introduce you to the most important cultural sites of this glorious city, such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Constitution Square-Syntagma, the Presidential Palace, the Panathenaic Stadium, where the First Olympic Games revived in modern era, Andrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeus, the Acropolis, where you visit the Parthenon and the museum, Theseum and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral – Metropolis – the Monastiraki flea market, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Overnight in Athens. (B)
DAY 4: ATHENS – ARACHOVA – DELPHI – Today, after breakfast at the hotel, early morning departure by luxurious air-conditioned motorcoach. Drive through Levadia and Arachova – Famous for its bright woolen rugs “Flocati”, arriving in Delphi, the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the museum house of the unique 2400 year old bronze Charioteer, the Castalian Springs, the sacred way of the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of the Apollo. Mythology recounts that Delphi used to be the center of the earth – the navel, “Omphalos”, of the world – where one of the most important oracles was developed, the Delphic Oracle. Free time for lunch and shopping at the local souvenir shops. Return to Athens that evening, -for overnight. (B, L)
DAY 5: ATHENS – Day at leisure. You may choose to take an optional tour or go on a shopping spree to nearby Ermou Street. Do not miss a ride with the funicular on to Lycabettus Hill, where you get the most spectacular view of the city. Athens overnight. (B)
DAY 6: ATHENS, AEGINA, POROS, HYDRA – After breakfast at the hotel, morning transfer to the Paleo Faliro to board your Saronic Islands cruise ship. First stop the picturesque St. Marina port of Aegina Island. Visit the Temple of the Athena Aphaia and the local shops for the best pistachio nuts in the world. Next call is Poros Island, the charming green island of the Saronic Gulf. Last call Hydra Island, whose inhabitants played a dynamic role as sea merchants of Greek modern era. Shop for the islands ceramics and “amygdalota” – a white sugar covered almond sweet. A must. Leisurely cruise back to Athens for overnight. (B, L)
DAY 7: ATHENS – The last free day in Athens. Enjoy some of the sites of this lively city, or shop for local souvenirs at Monostiraki Flea Market. Tonight you commence your evening by riding to the Phnyx Hill for a Sound & light spectacle. Then, on to Plaka, the old part of Athens under Acropolis, for dinner at a Greek Taverna, followed by a floor show with live Bouzouki music and dancing. Overnight in Athens. (B, D)
DAY 8: ATHENS – DEPARTURE – After breakfast at the hotel, Pharos personnel will escort you to the airport for your return flight to New York. Do not forget to visit the Athens Duty Free shops, ranked the best in value among the other European cities. (Tour extensions available) (B, D, S)
Round trip airfare to Athens from NYC (Add-ons available for the city of your choice)
Six nights hotel accommodation in Athens.
Continental breakfast in Athens daily.
Athens morning city tour.
Full Day Delphi tour including lunch.
Full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra, including lunch.
Athens by night tour, including dinner.
All transfers, meeting and assistance by our local Pharos personnel.
Luxurious air-conditioned motorcoaches with English speaking guides, while touring.
All taxes, services and site enhance fees.
Pharos Tour document wallet.
|Superior First Class
|April to June 11
|June 10 to August
|Sept. to Oct. 15
|Oct. 16 to March
Deluxe hotel rates available on request.