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sunset tour in Kalambaka

This tour is organized, between April and October, ON Mondays.

Description


Visit Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, spend 2 nights in Kalambaka and explore the Meteora rocks & monasteries

The Amazing open THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS The priests of the sanctuary of god Asclepius were excellent surgeons. On the ground of the sanctuary, the administration of the Asclipieion, in order to entertain the patients, decided to build a theatre. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asclepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests, excellent surgeons, to perform even brain operations.

NAFPLION – the “Venice” of Greece
Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.

MYCENAE – “City in gold” Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. The site was uncovered in 1874 by Heinrich Schlieman, who also excavated the site of Troy. You enter the citadel through the impressive Lions’ Gate.

OLYMPIA & the OLYMPIC GAMES The site of Olympia, was the location of the ancient Olympic Games, with the first recorded win in 776 BC. In addition to the numerous temples and sanctuaries, there are remains of sporting structures, such as the ancient Stadium, the Gymnasium, the Palaestra and others.

DELPHI – The famous “temple bank”. The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, location on the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual centre of the Greek world. Situated in a spectacular natural setting on the mountain of Parnassus, it was the symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards.

Driving from Delphi to Kalambaka you take a short stop at Thermopyllae, the place where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans fought the Persians. Overnight in kalambaka.

KALAMBAKA – The unique “ART OF NATURE”. Travel on the rocks of Meteora and with the tour guide, visit 2 monasteries that are open on the day that you come to Meteora. Return to Kalambaka for lunch and after lunch start the return and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:30

Prices and discounts


The hotel pick up service starts at 07:30 and the bus departs from the terminal at 08:30, and returns at +/- 19:30

HOTELS at Olympia: (3*) NEDA, KRONION, ANTONIOS, or similar | (4*) OLYMPIC VILLAGE, EUROPA, ARTY GRAND
HOTELS in Delphi: (3*) FEDRIADES, HERMES, PARNASSOS and (4*) AMALIA
HOTELS in Kalambaka: (3*) KOSTA FAMISI, ORFEAS, or similar | (4*) AMALIA, or similar

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted prices, per adult, for this tour are:

Two choices Double room Single room Details
Option 1: 3* hotel with breakfast 380.00 + entrance fees 450.00 + entrance fees 15.00 € extra per dinner
Option 2: 4* hotel with half board 520.00 + entrance fees 640.00 + entrance fees Includes free arrival transfer

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 24.00 €
Everybody else, NOVEMBER – MARCH, pay 24.00 €, while, from APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pays 48.00 € extra.

If you visit Greece on the following dates, you are 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.
* Upgrade your 3* hotel with breakfast at Olympia to the 4* OLYMPIAN VILLAGE by paying 14.00 € p.p. extra

In the footer, find the the “4 steps 2 make a booking” and if you find our offer interesting, please, start the communication. Let us be your host.

Highlights

Short photo stop at Corinth canal
Visit the sanctuary of Asclepius and the Epidaurus Theatre
Visit the Mycenae Archaeological site & Tomb of Atreus
Visit the Olympia Archaeological site & Museum
Visit the Delphi Archaeological site & Museum
With the tour guide, visit 2 of the Meteora monasteries that are open on the day you visit Meteora
On Thursday, in Kalambaka, join a “sunset tour” and watch a beautiful sunset from the top of the rocks.
Short stop at the romantic town of Nafplion. The Venetians had it for 200 yrs and they left their mark.
1 night hotel accommodation at Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
2 nights hotel accommodation in Kalambaka
4 breakfasts (the dinners are optional and depend on the price that you choose to pay).
Services of the Professional guide except on Thursday.
Transport by modern air-conditioned coach
Pick up / drop off service from central hotels in Athens (See the list in the footer)
All taxes except the hotel overnight tax (0.50-3.00 €/ room/ night)

Not included: The entrances to museums, sites, and the 3.00 € entrance during the SUNSET tour
Juniors under 19, and E.U. students are free to enter sites & museums.

More info & Map


– Start the communication by sending us a message.

* Read the 4 steps 2 book that you find in the footer and we look forward to receive your request.
* When we receive the message from the bank that the money have been deposited, we’ll send you the voucher.

MAP – ROUTE OF THE TOUR

In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking” and the booking forms. If our offer looks interesting, please, send us the booking form.

Visit the land of Great Alexander in a journey of 7.000 years of Greek history!

PRICES and Operation days


Dates of operation: 21/04/18 – 12/05/18 – 26/05/18 – 09/06/18 – 23/06/18 – 21/07/18 – 04/08/18 – 15/09/18 – 22/09/18 & 29/09/18

Free pick up service is includeded. (See the list in the footer).
Departure from the terminal on Amalias Avenue 24, @ 08.45 a.m.

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted prices, per adult, for this tour are:
4* hotels Half board: 650.00 € per adult, Child Price: 430.00 € | Single Supplement 150. 00 €

Not included in the prices, the “hotel overnight tax”. This tax is payable by the guests prior to check-out:
Per overnight / per room: 4* hotel: 3.00 €

Description

ITINERARY
Day 1: Leave Athens and driving by the towns of Thebes, Levadia and the traditional village of Arachova, arrive in Delphi.

Visit the famous oracle of the ancient times, the Temple of Apollo, see the Treasury of Athenians and the archaeological Museum where sculptures such as the Sphinx, the athlete Aghias and the bronze Charioteer are exhibited.

After lunch depart for Kalambaka the modern town at the foot of the gigantic rocks, the famous Meteora. Dinner & overnight.

Day 2: Spend the morning visiting two of the Byzantine monasteries, built by the monks seeking protection at the top of the rocks. Meteora means “middle of the sky” and the monasteries seem to be suspended in the air. You will visit ageless monasteries and you will see unique specimens of Byzantine art.

Depart from Kalambaka for Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece (dinner & overnight).

Day 3: In the morning you tour the city that during the Byzantine Empire rivaled Constantinople. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and a couple of the most characteristic churches of the Byzantine world. The rest of the day you are free to explore the beautiful city. Dinner & overnight.

Day 4: Departure for historical Macedonia. Stop at Edessa, the city with the famous Waterfalls. Second stop is Naoussa where you will visit the school of Aristotle. Here the great philosopher taught morals and politics to Alexander the Great and other Macedonians.

Next stop is Vergina (the ancient Aigai). Here you will visit the royal tombs of Macedonia and among others the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander’s father, and enjoy an unforgettable visit to the unique museum.

You proceed to Veria (Biblical Berea), a town on St. Paul’s steps in Greece. See Paul’s Bema and stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the market area, before returning to Thessaloniki. Dinner & overnight.

Day 5: Visit the capital of Alexander the Great, Pella and see the exquisite mosaics of the 4th century villas and the new Museum.

Next stop is the Archaeological Park of Dion, the sacred city of Macedonians located at the foot of Mount Olympus, the residence of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology.

Return to Athens through Thessaly, pass by Lamia and Thebes. Arrival at Athens: Late in the afternoon

Included


The tour includes:

Four nights accommodation
Dinner & breakfast daily
Professional Guide
Entrance Fees
Pick-up service from your hotel (most of the hotels in Athens)
Transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
All taxes

In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking” and the booking forms. If our offer looks interesting, please, send us the booking form.

The ancient city of Aigai was the capital of the kingdom of Macedonia. The first settlement on the site dates back to the Early Bronze Age in 3000 BC and was densely populated during the Early Iron Age (11th-8th c. BC). In the following centuries, during the Archaic and Classical periods (7th – 5th c. BC), Aigai was developed to a prosperous city, and became the capital of the Macedonian kingdom until the end of the 5th c. BC, when the seat of the Macedonian kings was transferred to Pella. Aigai remains the historic centre of the kingdom, where the kings are buried in the royal necropolis, the traditional cult is practised in the sanctuaries and the official and ritual ceremonies take place.
The first excavations on the site were carried out in the mid-19th c. by the French archaeologist L. Heuzey, bringing to light the first Macedonian tomb. In 1976 Prof. Manolis Andronikos revealed the royal tombs of the Great Mound and one year later came to light the tomb of king Philip II (359-336 BC). The excavation of the palace and the theatre followed, while excavations during the last decade, were conducted by the University of Thessaloniki and has focused on the the civic quarters of the ancient city and its extensive cemeteries.

Among the most important monuments of the site are:

– The royal tombs of the Great Mound (Toumba). This group includes:
– The tomb of Philip II, a monumental Macedonian type tomb, with two chambers and a temple-like facade which combines elements of both the Doric and Ionic order. A typical feature of the Ionic frieze of the tomb, is a wall painting that depicts a scene of royal hunting, a rare example of the ancient Greek painting. Among the central figures is recognized that of Alexander the Great. As this grave remained intact from destructions and plundering, it yielded a wealth of artifacts, among them the two gold larnakes, which contained the bones of the king and its wife.
– The tomb of Persephone. This is one of the largest cist graves found so far in Greece. It dates to 350 BC and it probably belonged to Nikesipolis, king Philip’s wife and Thessaloniki’s mother. The tomb was conventionally named after the theme of its wall painting, which depicts the abduction of Persephone by Plouto. The murals of the tombs of Philip and of Persephone comprise the most important specimens of ancient Greek wall painting preserved today. Unfortunately the tomb was looted probably during the invasion of the Gauls, who plundered the royal necropolis of Aigai in the 3rd century BC.
– The “tomb of the Prince” (tomb of Alexander IV) was built near that of Philip, about 30 years later. It contained the bones of a young adolescent, maybe the son of Alexander the Great and Roxane, Alexander IV, both murdered by Kassandros, usurper of the throne after the death of Alexander the Great.
– The tomb of the free-standing columns is the third tomb of the Macedonian type in the Great Tumulus. It dates to the 3rd c. BC and probably belonged to Antigonos Gonatas. The monument was heavily damaged due to repeated plundering of its building material and deprived from its most wealthy artefacts. The monument had an impressive entrance with four Doric columns, which are partly preserved today.

– The cemetery of the tumuli.
This is the necropolis of the Iron Age (11th-8th c. BC), which includes more than 300 small earthen tumuli, constructed over clusters of burials which contained rich offerings.

– The Palace and the Theatre
These two important monuments consist part of a wider building complex of the ancient city that dates to the late 4th c. BC. Built on a higher location, the palace overhung the ancient city. The two-storeyed building comprised luxurius halls, clustered around a central peristyle courtyard and a shrine dedicated to Herakles Patroos. Indicative of the rich decoration is the fine mosaic floor which was preserved in one of the palace rooms. The palace of Aigai is the only example preserved today of an ancient Greek palace dated as early as in the Late Classical period, being a forerunner of its Hellenistic successors.
The theatre was constructed very close to the palace, on a downhill slope. A distinctive architectural feature is the very large orchestra with a diameter of 28 m, while the cavea exploited the natural inclination of the slope, having only one series of stone seats. It was in this theatre that king Philip II was assassinated in the summer of 336 BC and Alexander the Great was proclaimed king.

– The City and its sanctuaries
The ancient city was fortified with a massive wall, which formed a circular enclosure around the city. The architectural remains – public buildings, private houses, workshops – uncovered so far provide a rough picture of the urban planning and the development of the city, a picture that the ongoing excavations keep filling in.
The public nucleus of the city, the agora, was located at a lower level beneath the palace and the theatre. The most important feature for the identification of this part of the city with the agora, was the sanctuary of Efkleia, the deity of glory and good repute, whose sanctuaries were erected in the agora, being the heart of the ancient Greek cities. In the case of the sanctuary of Aigai, the excavation revealed the foundations of two temples, a peristyle building and a series of offerings, including two bases of votive statues dedicated by the queen Eurydice, grandmother of Alexander the Great. The majority of the architectural remains are dated to the period of Philip II (359-336 BC) and Alexander (336-323).
Of major importance is also the sanctuary of the Mother of the Gods (Metroon), the panhellenic deity Rhea, which already in the 6th c. BC was associated with the Asian goddess Cybele. The sanctuary of Aigai consists of a complex of cult and auxiliary structures, which were erected over the ruins of an earlier sanctuary and date to the beginning of the 3rd c. BC. The Hellenistic sanctuary was destroyed in 150 BC.
In 167 BC the Macedonian kingdom submitted to the Romans and, as it was the case with the rest of Greece, became a province of the Roman Empire. The Roman era for Aigai is a period of gradual decline and shrinkage until the mid-1st c. AD, when the city is finally abandoned by its inhabitants.

VERGINA is included in both the guided tours that visit Northern Greece:
1) The 5 days guided tour of Northern Greece, visiting Delphi, Thermopylae, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Edessa, Naousa, Vergina, Berea (St. Paul), Pella, and the Archaeological park of Dion (feet of Mt. Olympus), and
2) The 7 days guided Grand tour of Greece, visiting Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Thermopylae, Meteora, Thessaloniki, Edessa, Naousa, Vergina, Berea (St. Paul), Pella, and the Archaeological park of Dion (feet of Mt. Olympus).