Category Archive : Special Tours

Vravrona or Artemida

Near the  Hotel-Spa Mare Nostrum resort.
Vravrona belonged to the mythical King Kekrops, the founder of Athens.

It is known for the 6th C. BC Temple of Artemis in a beautiful setting, one of those quiet magical places you find around Greece and to make it even more attractive the area around it has very little if any development. Its all farms, vinyards, olive and fig trees as well as rocks and bushes, trees and wild plants and looks like what Attika used to look like in the ancient days. If you have some extra time in Athens I would suggest may be visiting a winery or two, taking a swim at Avlaki,xand then having lunch either in Loutsa (also called Artemida after the temple and sanctuary). Actually if you have a stopover for 4 or 5 hours you could probably do this in about three hours in a private tourfrom Athens. There is also a brand new museum here with artifacts from the area. The pay beach at Avlaki is beautiful and has a Greek island feel. As nice a beach as you will find near Athens.

 

This 3 Days Tour from Athens to Meteora and Delphi gives you the chance to visit two important greek sites, Meteora, and Delphi, independently and onyourownpace! For more details on this tour, check the above section and read about the tour itinerary, see photos and videos or read the FAQ! If you wish to modify this tour according to your own needs, like adding an extra overnight, feel free to contact us! Why book with us Daily tour departures any day you want, 365 days a year whether you are travelling on your own or in a small group. Traveling by train is incredibly scenic. Save time and effort. Organizing your own holiday can be a stressful task. Let us do the work for you! Trains are more energy-efficient per passenger mile than planes or cars, making them one of the most eco-friendly transportation. You will go to secret local spots that the vast majority of other travellers will never experience. You will learn about the culture and history of the place on a deeper level and from a local’s perspective. Inclusions 3-days/2 nights stay at a 3-star hotel at Meteora Train tickets from Athens to Meteora Train tickets from Meteora to Livadia Taxi transfer from Livadia to Delphi Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens Join the Meteora Sunset Tour Choose the second day’s tour Pick-up and drop off from Kalampaka train station to your hotel English speaking tour leader on the tours Free Map and Bottle of water provided on the tours Free wifi on board the tour bus Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Romanian on request Taxes & service fees Optional: Audio guide in Delphi Exclusions Gratuities (optional) Lunch and Dinner Entrance fees to the monasteries and the archeological site Guide in Delphi archeological site

April to October: Departure daily 08.45 – Ret. 19:00

Included


Starting at 08:45, observe the striking contrasts that make Athens a fascinating city. Your guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Drive on, passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and, Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis, visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found a proper home and admire the wonders of the classical era at the new Acropolis museum.

Continue to a local traditional taverna and enjoy a Greek lunch.

After a tasteful lunch drive along the coastal road to the most Southern point of Attica, the Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion and take photos of a beautiful sunset.

Price & discounts

All the travel agents sell the same tours at different prices. Our discounted price, per adult = 80.00 € + applicable entrance fees

APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, APRIL - OCTOBER, are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, APRIL – OCTOBER, pay 19.00 €
Everybody else APRIL – OCTOBER pays 33.00 € extra.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website), and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

On the following dates, everybody is allowed to walk in Greek sites and museums, free of charge:
March 6, April 18, May 18, June 5, September 27, Last weekend of September, First Sunday from November 01 – to March 31st, October 28.

Avoid planning visits to Archaeological sites & museums on the following dates. You will find them closed:
December 25 + 26, January 01, March 25, May 01, Greek Easter Day(April or May) & Greek Good Friday sites/museums open at 01:00pm

Special discounts: (One option of 5% discount is applicable).
* Persuade a friend, share a triple room with your friend and save 5%
* Persuade your friends, make a team of 5 or more adults and save 5%
* Take advantage of our PAY IN ADVANCE 5% discount (see in the footer)
* Combine it with the 1 day cruise and pay a special price for the package.
* Click and see the entrance fees that are valid to enter museums and sites
In the footer find the the “4 steps 2 make a booking” and if you find our offer interesting, please, start the communication and let us be your host.

Description


Travelling on the train is by far the most efficient way to travel. It may be slow but it’s extremely smooth and very scenic.

The 2 Days tour to Meteora by train is your chance to explore a unique natural phenomenon in central Greece. The rocky forrest with the Byzantine Monasteries, built for protection at the top of the rocks, arenlisted as UNESCO World Heritage monuments.
The tour includes the train tickets, 1 night stay with breakfast in 3 star hotel, Kosta Famissi, 2 optional tours atsepecial price (the Sunset Tour, andeither of the Meteora morning tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour!

You pay a small deposit to help us buy in advance your train tickets and get the best seats for you and you collect your tickets and vouchers, any day before your departure from athens.

Tour program

Day 1: Travel by train to Kalampaka, and visit Meteora in the afternoon.
* Be at LARISA railway station 07:50, and find platform 08.
* 08.20 – The train departs from Athens straight for Kalampaka (+/- 12 stops).
* +/- 13.40 – Arrive in Kalambaka and check in the hotel KOSTA FAMISSI.
* 14.30 – Optional “sunset tour”of the Meteora (costs 25.00 euro p.p.)
* 17.30 – Return to Kalampaka. Evening free.

Day 2: A day to explore Meteora before returning to Athens.
* 09.00am – Take the bus or our taxi and visit the highest monastery open on the day of your visit.
* 01.00pm – After finishing your visits, walk down on the well pavedpaths, or, take the bus again and return to Kalampaka.
Explore the old town of Kalampaka, visit the Byzantine church of the dormition of Mother Mary,
find a nice restaurant, have lunch, and return to the hotel to take your luggage and
walk to the railway station.
* 05.30pm – Board the train and depart for Athens. Arrival +/- 22.40.

To secure your booking, please, read the terms and conditions and deposit 40.00 euro per person in …. (more…)

Description


Tour Details
This independent tour to Meteora and Delphi gives you the chance to visit 2 well known UNESCO sites, Meteora, and Delphi. Travel on a combination of train, bus and taxi from Athens and back in the most efficient way. Enjoy unique landscapes, and visit monuments of great historical importance. Join top local tours, a) Meteora Sunset Tour, and b) either the morning Half-Day Tour or the Meteora Hiking Tour. The train tickets are issued in B or A class depending on your choice.

With daily departures, you travel on your own or in a small group.
In Kalambaka, join a local tour(optional) and learn about the culture and history of the place from the local tour leader.

Included in the price

Train tickets from Athens to Kalambaka
Train tickets from Kalambaka to Levadia
1 night stay in Hotel Kosta FAMISI, in Kalambaka
Taxi transfer from Livadia to Delphi
1 night stay in Hotel LEFAS, in Delphi
Intercity Bus tickets from Delphi to Athens
Join the Meteora Sunset Tour (optional)
Choose the second day’s tour (optional)
English speaking tour leader on the tours
Taxes & service fees

Meals, and entrance fees to the monasteries and the archaeological site/museum in Delphi are not included.

Argolis – 2 Days

Spend an afternoon and a morning in Nafplion town the town that the Venetians called “Naples of Greece”

1st day: Corinth Canal – Mycenae (visit) – lunch – Nafplion, afternoon free. Overnight.

2nd day: Nafplion – Epidaurus (visit) – return to Athens.

PRICE:
Half board 4* hotel 178,00 € per person | Single supplement 4* hotel 36,00 €
Half board 3* hotel 153,00 € per person | Single supplement 3* hotel 29,00 €

The above rates do not include the New “City TAX” for overnights in hotels. The accommodation Tax will be payable by the guests prior to their check-out as following: 5* hotel: 4,00 € per overnight per room, 4* hotel: 3,00 € per overnight per room, 3* hotel: 1,50 € per overnight per room.

Daily from April till October – Departs 08.30 & Returns +/- 18.30

1st day: Drive through the the plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova to arrive in Delphi, the center of the Ancient World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of great beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer. Afternoon free. Dinner. Overnight.

2nd day: Morning free for you to enjoy the ragged grandeur of Delphi and take photographs to remind you of its beauty. Return to Athens at +/- 18:30.

Price:
Half board 4* hotel 170,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 4* hotel 36,00 €
Half board 3* hotel 146,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 3* hotel 29,00 €

The tour includes:
– 1 night in Delphi & 1 in Kalambaka in double room.
– 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners
– The services of the professional Guide
– The entrance fees to Delphi site and the archaelogical museum are not included.
– Pick-up service from your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
– Transportation with modern air-conditioned coach
– Taxes, except the hotel overnight tax.

NOT INCLUDED: The “CITY TAX” for hotel overnights. The Tax is payable by the clients before check-out: 4* hotel: 3,00 € | 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

A Night Out in Athens

Organized from April to October every Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday and Saturday

November to March only on Saturdays

Dep. 20.15 – Ret. Midnight

What’s included
Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

Price: 58,00 € per person (drinks not included)

Cape Sounion

Words cannot describe a place that calms you down, and makes you enjoy the sunset like never before.

Between April and October this is a popular tour that departs daily from the heart of Athens at 15:00 – 19:00
Between November to March it is organized on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 00.30 min. earlier.

There is a pick up / drop off service from most central Athens hotels.

Short description


Enjoy a ride along the beautiful Saronic gulf coastline, in a guided tour to Cape Sounio and watch an amazing sunset at the Temple of Poseidon. Enjoy the drive over the sea and watch the reflections of the sun on the waters, and the beauty of the scenery!

Enjoy a beautiful drive along the Saronic Gulf coastal road, passing by beautiful sandy beaches, and countless coves. Crowning feature of the tour is Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Arrive at Cape Sounio, and enter the archaeological site of the Temple of Poseidon for a detailed tour with your licensed guide. Your tour guide will talk about the area of Attica and about the source of wealth and power of Ancient Athens, the silver mines in Lavrio.

Before building a temple, the ancient Greeks had considered the energetic properties of the land. You admire the beautiful temple, the location, and the set up. Take pictures of the Temple of Poseidon and capture magnificent photos with the sky dyed in deep yellow, orange and red colors, creating the most beautiful canvas!

It’s a place that makes you reminisce the splendour of Ancient Greece! Walk around the temple, find a spot on a rock and renew your energy flows.

Price


PRICE: 33.00 € per adult + applicable entrance fees.

ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, JANUARY - DECEMBER, are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, JANUARY – DECEMBER, pay 4.00 €
Everybody else, NOVEMBER – MARCH, pay 4.00 €, while, from APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pays 8.00 € extra.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel, and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

The afternoon to Sounion can be a private tour. Return in Athens at +/- 21.30, after sunset:
Transportation of 1-4 passengers = 160.00 €. 5-8 passengers the extra cost is 10.00 € per person.
In this private arrangement entrance fees, snacks, and drinks are not included in the price.

In the footer, find the “4 steps 2 make and secure a booking” and if our offer suits your budget, please, start the communication.

The Sounion Temple is literally a battery charger. You will feel brand new for weeks after.

Nekromanteio is a little known archaeological site in Greece, located in the province of Epirus. The location and mythology of the place stuck with me for life. It was the place where you could make a long distance call to your ancestors and more…

The Nekromanteio at the river Acheron is another oracle like the oracles of Delphi and Dodona and it has its own unique character and story to tell. It was built at the gates of Hades thus providing easy access to anyone who dared to venture at the edge that keeps the living and the departed, apart. Nekromanteio means the “Oracle of the Dead” and in ancient times it acted as the point of those who wished to communicate with a dead ancestor or family member–usually for consultation and advice on living matters.

Pilgrims arrived here from all corners of the earth seeking advice and answers from the dead. They resided on the grounds of the Nekromanteio for an extended period of time and were fostered by sorcerers that prepared them for the awe inspiring experience of glimpsing at the afterlife. The ruins on the ground outline an elaborate complex that included the living quarters of the priests and the guests, storage facilities, rooms for ritual activities, and the main sanctuary where the meeting of the living with the dead took place.

Those who made a commitment to undergo a meeting with the spirits of the non living were putting themselves in great danger and thus they had to undergo elaborate rituals in order to be prepared physically and spiritually for such encounters. For the duration of their visit their diet and actions were strictly controlled by the priests in a way that their perception of reality slowly was altered with each passing day. The pilgrims diet consisted of foods which along with isolation and meditation induced a state of hallucination for the person who was about to encounter the dead. Once the purification of the soul and body was complete, the pilgrim in a state of altered reality offered sacrifice to the gods, and walked down a long corridor and through the three doors of the dark labyrinth that leads to the central room where the spirits of the dead spoke to the living.

Modern scholars that have examined the archaeological evidence and accounts of ancient writers have suggested that the whole operation was something of a scam. The priests would spend enough time with the pilgrims to learn about their lives and secrets, and the encounter with the dead souls was nothing else than an encounter with the image of the dead (probably a priest) that was suspended from the ceiling with the aid of an elaborate machine. Many parts of the existence of such machine have been found on the site. The visitor of course in his/her religious ecstasy had all the incentive to believe the illusion and to leave the Nekromanteio convinced that an encounter with the dead had taken place.

Nekromanteio is a small archaeological site, easily navigated in one or two hours. I wandered through the rooms and storage areas before entering the long corridor where in ancient times so many must have walked trembling in anticipation of an encounter with the dead. Of the three arched gates in the labyrinth two survive in good condition and the labyrinth with its massive walls is still an imposing structure. I walked through the third door into the main hall where the hallucinating pilgrims believed in the encounter with the underworld inhabitants.

Through a small hole on the floor of the main hall I descended a steep metal staircase down into the dark crypt that was the palace of Persephone and Hades. The passage even today appears ominous and the room is stunning in the contradiction of its irregular rocky floor and the perfectly masoned stone arches that soar overhead. The crypt was probably carved out of the rock in the same place where an ancient cave may have started the cult.

Above this passage to the underworld of a pagan cult, in later times a Christian church was built that crowns the ancient stones. It stands as a silent witness to the long history of the land that manifests itself on strata of symbolic monuments to conflicting ideologies.

Nekromanteio is not as well known as the other oracles of Greece, but well worth a visit for its charm and the fascinating cult that made it all possible. I enjoyed my walk through the ruins as I tried to imagine the gamut of feelings that an ancient believer must have experienced on his/her way to meet the dead with shaking knees and a spinning head.

Driving away you can say that you descended and escaped from the dwelling of Hades; a feat reserved for the bravest of men: Orpheus who went for love, Hercules who went for the three-headed dog, and Odysseus who went for the future to be told.