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Pass through the Corinth Canal, wander between the ancient remnants of Corinth's market place & Apollo's Temple, with this half day tour to Ancient Corinth.

From
62 €
per person
  • Entrance fees to the Archaeological Sites
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • All taxes

 

Not included:

- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

We will pick you up from select spots in Athens (departure at approx 8:45) and drive along the scenic coastal roads of the Saronic Gulf for a visit to Corinth and its awe-inspiring canal, where we will make a quick stop. Afterwards, we will visit ancient Corinth, a sacred place where St. Paul preached for years. The remains of the ancient city, which include the Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th century B.C.) exhibit the richness and importance Corinth had during antiquity. Another short stop will be made at the site of the ancient port of Kehries, where St. Paul disembarked and this will mark our return to Athens.

Departure approximately at 08:45 - Return approximately at 14:00

Operated by G.O. Tours

This tour will give you the opportunity to taste small bites of modern Greek history and architecture, as well as discover the secrets of Greek gastronomic tradition.

From
65 €
per person
  • 4-hour walking tour of Athens with an English speaking guide
  • Taste a selection of Greek specialties including koulóuria (sesame bread rings) and Loukoumia
  • Drink a ‘Tsipouro’ a Miran with delicacies
  • Explore Varvakios Agora with an expert guide and learn about the city’s culinary history
  • Try a traditionally brewed Greek coffee
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

 

Not included:

  • Your international airfare
  • Personal expenses, extra beverages or meals
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

We will start the tour from the head of the road at the historic Omonoia Square (Concordance Square), where the two so-called Baggeia hotels tower over both sides. Both Baggion and the affiliated Megas Alexandros (Alexander the Great) hotels were designed by the famous philhellene architect Ernst Ziller. After passing by the Mansion of the Civil Servants Joint Stock Fund build by the architect Vassileios Kouremenos following the neoclassical and modernist style with impressive mosaics formed by the National School of Arts in Paris. As we descent towards Monastiraki we will make a short stop to taste koulóuria (traditional sesame bread rings) and afterwards arrive at the Athens City Hall and the Kotzia square - formerly known as Ludovico’s Square, in honor of the father of King Othon (the first king of Greece). Across the road and through the Sofokleous and Socratous streets we'll pass by the old tavern 'Diporto' and walk to the small Theater Square towards the Diplareios Manufacturing School, which has trained up to 65.000 craftsmen.

A stop at the famous Miran charcuterie is in order, so get ready for a uniquely Greek culinary experience. Pastrami, delicious sausages and smoked pork is one the menu, and of course to wash it down, a glass of tsipouro or ouzo. Just a few steps further we'll encounter the small Stoa Koniari, one of the city's many galleries and opposite that is the church of Saint John at the Column. Continuing our stroll down Euripidou Street, we'll stop at the Bahar shop, a famous Athenian spot for high quality spices. With all this walking you can't be too careful about your blood sugar, so time for another little treat! This time we will taste loukoumia (with or without almond) at the nearby Tsakanikas pastry shop.

We have finally arrived at Varvakeios Agora, the Central Market of Athens. This is literally the capital's Grand Central Station of food, where people from all walks of life converge to discover the freshest and most delicious ways to satiate their hunger. Make no mistake, everyone shops here, from celebrity chefs to neighborhood grocery store owners. Named after one of Greece’s national heroes, gentleman pirate Ioannis Varvakis, the  market is a tribute to the everyman. A place that knows no class divide, this historic open market with bioclimatic ventilation was built in 1886. We will wander in the meat and fish markets to get to know the delicacies residing in the Greek seas, buy fruits and vegetables, before finally trying a traditionally brewed Greek coffee.

Our tour will finish at around 12.30 - 13:00 as we arrive at a local tavern to enjoy some traditional Greek food.

Afternoon walking tour to the center of Athens and the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology including a 1-hour workshop where you build your own ancient calculating mechanism.

From
65 €
per person
  • Walking Tour
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • One hour Workshop of the Antikythera Mechanism
  • One hour guided tour of the museum 
  • A Gift which is a functional cardboard Greek (acrophonic) abacus!
  • A Gift which is a functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexi glass
  • A Greek  snack
  • Entrance Fees at the Museum
  • All taxes, VAT inclusive

Not included:

  • Customary tips to your guides
  • Lunch

This afternoon walking tour will give guests the opportunity to explore the historic center of Athens, as well as take part in a unique workshop. After meeting your guide at Syntagma, the tour will begin at the Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, a foundation nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award. This is a truly wonderful setting to learn about the technological advancements of ancient Greeks during the 1-hour guided tour that will follow. Afterwards, you will take part in the Make Your Own Calculating Mechanism in Antiquity workshop. From the calculator of Salamina, to the analogue computer of Antikythera and under the guidance of the museum’s expert staff, you will learn about telecommunications in ancient Greece, as well as discover and operate the renowned Antikythera mechanism.

It is there that you will discover the Greek (acrophonic) abacus, a special sign that allows the user to quickly place numbers of any size, using the Herodian numbering system and to perform numerical operations. Practice, compete and win a special gift from the Museum’s shop. Turn the lever, of a large-scale Antikythera Mechanism, and unlock its secrets. Transfer to the past or future and find the position of the sun in the zodiac cycle, the phase and position of the moon, the month in the lunar calendar, the date and hour of the eclipse of the sun and moon, the dates of the most important games of antiquity and more. Build your own functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexiglass, and use it as a decoration for your favorite place!

Don't forget to take your gifts home!

1st Gift: You can take home the functional part of the Antikythera Mechanism from metal and plexiglass which you built!

2nd Gift: You will receive a functional cardboard Greek (acrophonic) abacus!

After the workshop concludes, we will proceed towards the Greek Parliament and observe the change of the Greek Presidential Guard (the famous Evzones). Take some memorable pictures and then allow us to guide you to the National Gardens and walk in its maze-like paths, discovering archaeological treasures hidden among the local flora and share stories under the shade. The Greek National Gardens are a 19th century monument, adorned with statues of patrons of the modern Greek state, small lakes, a handful of buildings of delicate beauty and an irrigation system. In the words of Henry Miller "It remains in my memory like no other park I have known. It is the quintessence of a park, the thing one feels sometimes in looking at a canvas or dreaming of a place one would like to be in and never finds."

After you take in the scenery of the Gardens, you will be returned to Syntagma Square to conclude an incredible afternoon!

Enjoy a full day tour of Delphi, visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, the archaeological museum.

From
100 €
per person
  • Entrance fees in Archeological sites
  • Professional Guide
  • 1 lunch
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • All taxes

 

Not included:

- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

Starting from Athens, the capital of Greece, we will take the scenic route through the fertile plains of Beotia,crossing the town of Thebes, which is connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus, Levadia, one of the more traditional towns in Greece and the picturesque Arachova which sits on the foot of Mount Parnassus . You will arrive in Delphi, known around ancient Greece as 'the navel of the world'. A town with strong ties to antiquity due to the presence of the famous Oracle, whose ruins still stand proudly. A sacred place for ancient Greeks, as they consulted the great Oracle before every major war campaign. There you will have the chance to visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the archaeological museum. Lunch will be at the village of Delphi and afterwards you will make your way back to Athens by the same route. On the way there will be a quick stop at Arachova, before reaching Athens early in the evening.

Departure at approximately 08:45 - Return at approximately 19:30

A one-day cruise to the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Explore Hydra, Poros and Aegina on elegant vessels with delicious food, live music & much more.

From
89 €
per person
  • Visit to Hydra for approximately 2 hours
  • Visit to Poros island for approximately 45 minutes
  • Visit to Aegina island for approximately 2 hours
  • Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • Lunch on board
  • All taxes

 

Not included:

- Optional excursions
- Your international airfare
- Personal expenses, beverages at lunch and / or dinner
- Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

Departure is at approximately 08.00 a.m. heading to the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. After departure, our guide and the hostesses will ask you to assemble in one of the main lounges of the ship to get acquainted and give you all the information concerning the ship, the program of the cruise and the islands. The order of the island visits may be changed with no prior notice.

  • Hydra (apprx. 2 hours)
    The favorite island of the jet set, whose old traditional stone houses and mansions have over the years housed the enfant gâté of the art world. The narrow stone-paved streets await for you to explore them on foot or by saddled donkey, as the island belongs to a niche group of places that do not allow motorized vehicles. Captivating walks along the old seaside promenade crystal clear waters and radiant fine craft shops create an incredible amalgamation of two different worlds!
  • Poros (apprx. 1 hour)
    Although it is the smallest of the three islands we will visit, its narrow strait offering a most enchanting view of the town of Poros, is a site to behold. The island is extremely close to Peloponnese, with a 200m (650ft) strip of water separating it from the mainland. That gives Poros a unique coastline, as a big part of it is almost lagoon-like.
  • Aegina (apprx. 2 hours)
    During ancient times it was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era. As such, the island is, to this day, full of archaeological sites and historical points of interest. Apart from its harbor, there are optional organized tours by air conditioned busses visiting the Temple of Aphaia (archeological site) or the Church of Saint Nektarios, whose relics are on display. These tours are optional and are sold on board the ship. On our way back to Marina Flisvos, a traditional Greek folk show with singers and dancers will entertain you up to the final moment as the ship arrives at Marina Flisvos.

Optional excursions (can be booked on board):

  • Classical tour (Aegina) :
    Start your classical tour with a Guided Bus Tour of the island, starting with a visit to the Temple of Aphaia which is the best preserved temple in Greece and one of the 3 temples forming the famous “Sacred Triangle” of Greek antiquity. Built on top of a pine tree covered hill, it offers the most magnificent view over the island, the Saronic Gulf, Piraeus and Salamina Island. Our guide will tell you the fascinating story of the intriguing history of this beautiful temple and then from there we make a small stop for photographs to the Church of Saint Nektarios, where you can admire its beautiful Byzantine architecture. On our way back to Aegina Port you will have the time to relax and appreciate the exquisite peaceful nature of the island.
  • Panoramic tour (Aegina): Drive across the entire island (without visiting the archaeological site) admiring the beauty of its nature, the famous Aegina pistachio groves, the island’s medieval capital of Paleohora and the Saint Nektarios Monastery. Final stop is at a local taverna at the port to enjoy some meze and tsipouro.

  • Swimming excursion (Aegina): Enjoy a soft drink while we transfer you by our company’s speedboat to the coast of Moni, 7 minutes away from the port, to a private organized beach with umbrellas which is ideal not only for swimming but also for enjoying the natural beauty and landscape filled with pine trees. You can swim in the crystal clear blue waters and enjoy the sandy beach next to peacocks and if you are lucky you can see the deer enjoying the landscape as well.

 

 

Operated by Platinum Cruises