4 days
Duration
Athens
Location
Apr – Oct (Daily)
Dates

Get a taste of Athens and the surrounding islands. Visit Acropolis and its museum Spend a day on board and enjoy the beautiful Greek sun, fresh air from Saronic Gulf, feed the seagulls, dance with international and folkloric sounds.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
TOUR BEGINS ANYTIME
TOUR ENDS Noon check out on day 4
WEAR Casual dressing.
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.

Athens is α vibrant city with a lot of archaeological sites, museums and beautiful landscapes.

Taking this tour will allow you to combine the most important sites of Athens with 3 of the beautiful nearby Saronic Gulf islands.

1

DAY 1

ARRIVE ATHENS.
Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure.

2

DAY 2

ATHENS/SIGHTSEEING TOUR / CAPE SOUNION/ATHENS.
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens, including a visit to the awesome Acropolis, Parthenon, Erechtheum, and Acropolis Museum
Drive past the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Royal Palace, Panathenian Olympic Stadium, Temple of Zeus, and lots more.
In the afternoon, you’ll drive down the coast to Cape Sounion dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon.
Return to Athens in the early evening.
3

DAY 3

ATHENS/CRUISE/ATHENS

After breakfast, transfer to Marina “Flisvos” for a fantastic all-day Saronic Island cruise to Aegina, Hydra and Poros, with lunch. Return in the early evening and transfer to your hotel.

4

Day 4

ATHENS
Arrangements terminate with breakfast at the hotel. – Check out time by noon

Acropolis

Acropolis Museum

The monuments of the Acropolis have withstood the ravages of past centuries, both of ancient times and those of the Middle Ages. Until the 17th century, foreign travelers visiting the monuments depicted the classical buildings as being intact. This remained the case until the middle of the same century, when the Propylaea was blown up while being used as a gunpowder store. Thirty years later, the Ottoman occupiers dismantled the neighboring Temple of Athena Nike to use its materials to strengthen the fortification of the Acropolis. The most fatal year, however, for the Acropolis, was 1687, when many of the building’s architectural members were blown into the air and fell in heaps around the Hill of the Acropolis, caused by a bomb from the Venetian forces. Foreign visitors to the Acropolis would search through the rubble and take fragments of the fallen sculptures as their souvenirs. It was in the 19th century that Lord Elgin removed intact architectural sculptures from the frieze, the metopes and the pediments of the building. In the year 2000, the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum announced an invitation to a new tender, which was realized in accord with the Directives of the European Union. It is this Tender that has come to fruition with the awarding of the design tender to Bernard Tschumi with Michael Photiadis and their associates and the completion of construction in 2007. Today, the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters, ten times more than that of the old museum on the Hill of the Acropolis. The new Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st century

Temple of Poseidon Sounion

Construction on a grand Temple of Poseidon began around 500 BC but was never completed; the temple and all the votive offerings were destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC. The Temple of Poseidon that now stands at Sounion was built in 444 BC atop the older temple ruins. The Temple of Athena was also built at this time, atop her ancient sanctuary on the cape. The sanctuaries began to decline from the 1st century BC onwards. Pausanias, who sailed along the coast around 150 AD, wrongly believed the prominent temple on the hill was the Temple of Athena. Modern travelers visited Sounion long before excavations started on the site, including Lord Byron in 1810. Systematic excavations began on the site in 1897 and continue today.

Aegina

The island of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens (only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus) and the largest of the Saronic Islands It has enjoyed a very dynamic past and a rich and vibrant present articulated beautifully through its wonderful Pistachio Groves as well as colorful floating fruit, vegetable & fish markets. Aegina’s classical heritage is best presented by the remarkably preserved 5 century B.C temple of Aphaia dedicated to the island’s guardian goddess which is the lone example of a 2 storey ancient Hellenic shrine along with being a part of the mystical “Sacred Triangle” together with the Parthenon of Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

Poros

Often referred to as the “Venice of the Saronic Gulf” the two towns’ sole contact is by boat giving them a special charm and feeling of living “on” water. The passage through the 200 meter wide strait provides an unforgettable view of the gorgeous traditionally White & Blue painted classic houses of Poros town on the island side and enchanting lemon orchards embracing the lively fishing village of Galatas on the Peloponnese side.

Hydra

Often referred to as the “Venice of the Saronic Gulf” the two towns’ sole contact is by boat giving them a special charm and feeling of living “on” water. The passage through the 200 meter wide strait provides an unforgettable view of the gorgeous traditionally White & Blue painted classic houses of Poros town on the island side and enchanting lemon orchards embracing the lively fishing village of Galatas on the Peloponnese side.

Inclusions/Exclusions

INCLUDED
3 nights accommodation in Athens, at hotel category of your choice.
Breakfast daily.
All hotel taxes and services.
Arrival transfer [from the Athens airport or port of Piraeus].
Organized Athens city tour including the Acropolis and its museum.
Organized Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion.
Organized one day Saronic Islands’ Cruise with buffet lunch and transfers to/from pier.
All entrance fees to sites visited.
All taxes and service charges.
24hrs Assistance phone number
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips
Drinks during lunch on board
Shore excursions
Departure transfer on day 4
Athens Stay A While

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