Day 1: Fly from the States to Athens and arrive the next morning.
Day 2: Athens. Arrive in AM. Transfer to your tourist-class hotel near the Acropolis. PM: Safety lecture and orientation with our group leader. Includes: Overnight with breakfast
Day 3: Leave Athens on chartered bus with our group leader and official Greek tour guide. Cross Corinth Canal to Nemea (visit infamous stadium, ancient town and museum) - Mycenae ( visit the Lion's Gate, Royal Tombs) - Nauplion . If overnight is on Friday or Saturday there would be the opportunity to attend the performance in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus (at extra cost) - an unique experience. Includes: (B)
Day 4: Nauplion - Epidaurus. Visit of the ancient site of Asclipius and the theatre famous for it's acoustic. Nauplion - St. Arias Monastery (visit an orthodox monastery) and Palamides Fortres - Nauplion (overnight). Includes: (B).
Day 5: Nauplion - Tripolis - Dimitsana - Stemnitsa. Visit the mountain villages of Dimitsana and Stemnitsa. Possible visit of the water power museum or have critiques in picturesque landscape. Overnight in Stemnitsa. Hotel Trikolonion. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Stemnitsa - Olympia. Rest or take optional hike to the monastery of St. Prodromos in the Loussios Gorge. Overnight with breakfast Hotel Europa (first Class Hotel) in Olympia. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Olympia. Visit the site and museum of the first Olympic games. Overnight with breakfast. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Olympia - Patras - Kalavryta - Diakofto (scenic rail through the steep canyon/1 hour) - Egion - Ag.Nikolaos (on the mainland, cross by ferry) and continue drive to Delphi. Includes: Overnight with breakfast in Delphi.
Day 9: Delphi. Visit the site and museum. Afternoon free for critiques or own activities. Includes: Overnight with breakfast.
Day 10: Delphi- Free Day or Hike through the olive groves to Itea and then drive to port with traditional houses Galaxidi. Includes: Overnight in Delphi.
Day 11: Delphi - Arachova - Ossios Loukas Monastery (important monastery with golden mosaics) - Athens - Piraeus. Embark overnight ferry to Chania Crete. Overnight on board in 4-bedded cabins with private shower/WC. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Crete/Chania (arrival 6:00 am). Transfer to the hotel (breakfast is extra). Free time to visit Archaeological Museum, Maritime Museum, etc. or relax. Includes: Overnight with breakfast.
Day 13: Chania. By private bus to the Orthodox Academy to learn about their work with local farmers, women, icon paintings, Lutheran Churches - Monastery of Chrysopigi. Includes: Overnight with breakfast
Day 14: Chania: Free Day. Hike the Samaria Gorge or just relax. Take the special local KTEL bus. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Chania - Rethymnon (visit) - Margarites (visit) - Eleutherna (arch. site)- Heraklion by private coach. Hotel Poseidon or similar. Includes: Overnight with breakfast
Day 16: Heraklion Guided visit to the Knossos Palace and the Arch. Museum. Afternoon free for critiques. Includes: (B).
Day 17: Heraklion. Guided tour by bus to Gortis (on the way) - Phaestos and swimming opportunity at Komos beach nearby Matala. Overnight with breakfast in Heraklion. Includes: (B).
Day 18: Heraklion - Piraeus. Free day in Crete for critiques. Boat transportation to Piraeus. Boat departs around 7 p.m. so there will be free time in Heraklion until then. Swimming opportunity. Overnight on board ferry with 2-berths cabins. Includes: (B).
Day 19: Athens: Arrive 6:00 a.m. Extra breakfast at the hotel. 9:00 Guided visit to the Acropolis, Dionysos Theatre, Acropolis museum (4.5 hours) Afternoon free. Overnight with breakfast.
Day 20: Athens: Guided visit with local bus: National Archaeological Museum with its Art treasures (3 hours + free time in the museum). Optional (fee): Dora Stratou Folkdance performance, if any (open air). Includes: Overnight with breakfast.
Day 21: USA. After breakfast transfer to airport for return flight to the USA. Arrive home the same day.
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