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Saronic Jewels (with optional Three Day Athens Add-On)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 10 - 16 people
Destination(s): Greece  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3280 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Dates:
May 20-27
September 16-23

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Spetses

After testing the bikes in Athens and a short spin in the car-free Acropolis neighborhood, we take a high speed boat to lovely Spetses. Children ride bicycles and honeymooners take horse drawn carriages in this romantic harbor town. Our welcome dinner is along the sea front.

Day 2: Spetses

Spetses is so small that we can circumnavigate it by bike in a couple of hours. At a half-way point we stop to swim at an appealing beach which has the added attraction of an underwater sea cave easily accessible from the water or by steps into an opening on land. If figs are in season, it is a divine pleasure to eat them right off the trees.

Day 3: Poros

A water taxi takes us back to the Peloponnese mainland where we cycle along the pleasantly flat coastline stopping for a cappuccino at Ermioni. A ten minute ferry ride puts us back on another island, Poros, whose harbor town is surrounded by olive trees, lemon trees and pine trees. The highest point on Poros (for ambitious bikers) is up to the Temple of Poseidon.

Day 4: Epidavaros

The best part of today's cycling route is a stretch of road that looks down on the sea with tremendous vistas and next to zero traffic. The waters of Epidavros town are pure and clean and inviting for swimming. In the evening a half hour walk along the bay takes us to the town where everyone eats along the sea front.

Day 5: Nafplio

A one hour gradual climb brings us to Ancient Epidavros, the 3rd century BC outdoor theatre seating 12,000 spectators with impeccable acoustics. Epidvaros was more famous in ancient times as the largest Asclepion healing center in Greece. Elegant Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, will bowl you over with its mansions and charm.

Day 6: Nafplio

After one hour’s cycling amongst serene orange groves we reach Ancient Mycenae, home of the ruler who launched the Trojan War, King Agamemnon. He is buried in a beehive tomb that never fails to startle visitors with its architecture of geometric precision. We return early enough to explore Nafplio -- shop in local stores selling handmade jewelry, worry beads and arts, climb the 999 steps to the Venetian fortress Palamidi, take a quick boat to Bourtzi island or stroll the length of the harbor.

Day 7: Athens Airport Sofitel or central Athens

We cycle in the Corinth area where you find Ancient Corinth, the Corinth Canal and Akrokorinthos. After evening dinner at a seaside taverna you are transferred to either central Athens or the Athens Airport Sofitel hotel for early morning flights the next day.

Day 8: Departures.

Notes: Three Day Athens Add-On.

Day 8: Athens

A three hour walking tour starting with the changing of the guard at Parliament and culminating in the incomparable Parthenon at the Acropolis. A professional archaeology guide injects the walk with lively and fascinating insights. (Actual walking is 45 minutes). In the evening you will experience a cultural presentation of traditional Greek music and dance.

Day 9: Athens

In the afternoon we take you on a two hour walking tour of central Athens on a route that no other tour operator offers. The itinerary includes noteworthy houses and architecture in the Plaka, Socrates Cave, the Pynx where democracy was born, Thissio cafes, the unique water clock and lots of interesting facts and anecdotes. (Actual walking for 2 hours).

Day 10: Athens

An excursion to the magnificent Temple of Poseidon in Sounion at the southern tip of Attika Peninsula. Lord Byron carved his name in the marble but the graffiti cannot mar the temple's geometric precision nor its stupendous views. Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the sea before returning to the city.

Day 11: Departure

Private transfer from your hotel to Athens Airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 8-day single supplement is app. 290 euros
- Athens Add-On is app. 900 euros.

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