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Europe - Greece

Description

Greece is one of the most visited countries in Europe, but also one of the least known. Independent only since 1830, modern Greece has only a distant relation with ancient Greece. It is a crossroads of various influences from the Balkans, the Middle East and the Mediterranean Basin.

Greece is considered the cradle of European culture. It is on its territory and in its cities that in antiquity philosophy, democracy and theater were born. It is also responsible for the invention of the Olympic Games.

Our school trip to Greece will allow you to discover this wonderful country through spectacular landscapes and ancient archaeological sites. Your students will keep only good memories.

Sample package

Greece – 10 days / 8 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – GREECE

Flight towards Athens.


DAY 2 : ATHENS – TOLO

Arrival at Athens’ airport and meeting with your tour guide and your bus driver.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure towards the Argolids, Atrids’s cradle and pilgrimage site for classical culture followers.

Stop at the Corinth Canal, an artificial waterway dug to connect the Gulf of Corinth, in the Ionian Sea. To the west, the Saronic Gulf, to the east, the Aegean Sea . The Corinth Canal makes the Peloponnese an island, since it pierces right through the isthmus connecting this peninsula to the rest of the Greek territory.

Lunch at your own charge.

Continuation towards Tolo.

Dinner and overnight in Tolo.

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DAY 3 : TOLO – NAUFPLION – MYCENAE – TOLO

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Self-guided tour of Naufplion which was Greece’s first capital. Naufplion was the site of the first constituted Greek government after the revolt against the Turks.

Make a stop at Palamidi fortress. It dominates the city and the bay of Naufplion. On its high walls, that were began by the French and continued by the Venetians, waved for the first time, in 1822, the flag of the new Greece.

Lunch at your own expense.

Departure towards Mycenae, was the center of power in the Archaic period, and the excavated ruins sculpt the top of a rocky hill protected by the famous Cyclopean walls.

Back to Tolo at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in Tolo.


DAY 4 : TOLO – EPIDAURUS – POROS – TOLO

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure towards Epidaurus, where you will visit the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, constructed by Policleto the Young in IV century A.C., can contain more than 14 thousands spectators. It is perfectly conserved and still today in summer plays and musicals are represented here. The amphitheatre has 55 rows of seats and has a wonderful acoustics: in the last row, that is about sixty metres from the stage, the spectators can perfectly distinguish the voice of the actors, without these being forced to elevate their voice tone.

Continuation towards Galatas. Board a ferry on the way to Poros island.

Lunch at your own charge.

Rest of the day is free in Poros for souvenir shopping.

Back to Galatas by ferry and to Tolo by motor coach.

Dinner and overnight in Tolo.

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DAY 5 : TOLO – OLYMPIA – PATRAS – OLYMPIA

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Departure towards Olympia.

Visit of the Olympia archaeological site. In the old times, in Olympia every four years there were sport competitions in honour of the Gods. Such competitions became so famous, that in 776 A.C. the Greeks began to count the years according to the succeeding of the Olympic Games. The ruins of Olympia include the Gymnasion, the Arena, the temple of Zeus and the Stadium.

Dinner at your own expense.

Departure for Patras, the fourth largest city and important port that connects Greece to Italy, as well as the islands of the Ionian Sea, which will surprise you with its beautiful central squares, neoclassical buildings and beautiful beaches.

Back to Olympia at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Olympia


DAY 6 : OLYMPIA – DELPHI

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Crossing to Rio, with the ferry, by the Corinth Canal that will take you to the central region of Greece, Antirrion more precisely.

Road to Delphi.

Arrival in Delphi and departure for a hike from Delphi to ancient Kirra. You will have the unique opportunity to follow the path of the pilgrims of the oracle of Delphi. Departure by the path until the village of Chrysso. The view extends over the valley of Pleistos, the “sea of olive trees”, which goes down to the coast. The hike continues down to the Pelistos (Delphi River), to follow the route taken by ancient Delphi visitors: it crosses olive groves, runs along old water mills and leads to the archeological site. (Duration of the hike: About 3 – 4 hours / Hiking 15 km / Difficulty: Easy)

Dinner included during hiking in the form of lunch boxes.

Transfer and installation to your accommodation.

Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

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DAY 7 : DELPHI – KALAMBAKA

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Self-guided tour of Delphi site. Delphi, the centre of most famous oracle of the ancient times, lies in a wonderful valley along the southern side of the Parnassus. The Castalia source, where the ancient oracle Pythia foretold the future, spills water just the same as many centuries ago, surrounded by the ruins of the Stadium and the temples of Apollo and Tholos.

Lunch at your own charge.

Continuation on the way to Kalambaka via Thessalia.

Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Delphes


DAY 8 : KALAMBAKA – ATHENS

Breakfast.

MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Today, visit of the Meteora Monasteries (NOTE : Girls MUST wear skirts (knee length) and guys MUST wear long pants for this visit). The word Meteora means literally ‘hovering in the air’ and of course brings to mind the word meteor. What created this rare geological phenomenon is one of the mysteries of nature and there are many theories though they remain theories and none have been proven. But as amazing a marvel of nature as these giant rocks are the buildings on the top of these are a marvel of man and seem just as miraculous and make Meteora one of the most spectacular places to visit in Greece.

Lunch at your own charge.

Back to Athens via the Thermopiles.

Guided tour by motor coach of Athens in order to feast your eyes upon the different monuments of the capital such as: the University, the Academy, the Library, the Omonia plaza, the Sintagma plaza and Pierre de Coubertin’s marble stadium.

Setting up at your accommodation.

Dinner and overnight in Athens.

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DAY 9 : ATHENS

Breakfast.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT YOUR OWN CHARGE

Athens walking guided tour, you will go by the ancient Agora, Acropolis Sacred Rock, Acropolis Museum and much more.

Lunch at your own charge.

NO GUIDE SERVICES FOR THE AFTERNOON

Free time in the old village of Plaka. Fenced off near the limits of Plaka is the ancient marketplace which formed the center of social and civic life in ancient Athens.

OPTION : Dinner folk show.

Dinner and overnight in Athens.

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DAY 10 : GREECE CANADA

Breakfast.

Transfer by motor coach to Athens’ airport.

Return flight.

POSSIBILITY OF MAKING A CIRCUIT INCLUDING ISLANDS SUCH AS SANTORIN AND MYKONOS.

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