Achilles, Alexander, stunning beaches, beautiful Athens, religion, myth,
history, fine dining in neighborhood establishments - fun. These are
the ingredients of "Off the Beaten Path."
1 - Board our plane for Thessaloniki.
Day 2 - Arrive at
our first-class hotel in this beautiful city by the sea. Stroll the
promenade and enjoy the sunset before dinner in our hotel.
Day 3 - Thessaloniki
is famous for its beauty, history, and restaurants. Today we will tour
the city including the famous archaeological museum. This evening, feast
on local delicacies.
Day 4 - Philip,
Alexander, and Aristotle will be our subjects as we visit the ancient
Macedonian capital of Pella and the royal tombs at Vergina.
5 - Today is free for a cruise around Mt. Athos, the monks’ republic.
Day 6 - This morning
we board our high-speed train for the four-hour ride to Athens, passing
on our way Mt. Olympos, the Vale of Témpe, Thebes, and other
sites famous in myth and history. Upon arrival we will travel to eastern
Attica to visit the Amphiaraion, ancient center of dream interpretation.
Carl Jung had nothing on these folks. On to Marathon, site of the most
significant battle of the Persian Wars and name-sake of the famous Olympic
race. On to Athens.
After breakfast we board our hydrofoil for the beautiful island of Poros,situated
in the Saronic Gulf. The island is quiet and beautiful,rich
with hospitality, beaches, and great local food. From our hotel on the
sea we are strategically situated to explore not only Poros, but also
the neighboring islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Spetses. It is also quite
easy to have a day excursion to the Peloponnesos to visit the Late Bronze
Age site of Mycenae, and the 4th century BCE theatre of Epidauros, the
best preserved ancient theater. The evening sunsets over the sea are
breathtaking, and the mom & pop tavernas are still uncorrupted by
morning we take our hydrofoil back to the gem of classical civilization,
“violet-crowned” Athens. The rest of the day is free for shopping or
for visiting any of the famous museums of Athens, a trip to the Parthenon,
or just enjoying the ambience of the newly remodeled city.
12 - Today,
a walking tour around the ancient agora (center of ancient Athenian
democracy), Plaka, cathedral, Syntagma Square, and the old open-air
to market in Athinas Street. This city, always a delight, is newly beautified
from the 2004 Olympics.
Day 13 - The day is free, but the tour leader invites you to join him
for a 14-mile ride by public bus out to the sanctuary of Demeter at
Eleusis. This site was extremely important to ancient religion – those
initiated into its rites looked forward to the promise of immortality
of the soul.
We drive past Mt. Hymettos out through the vineyards of Attica to the
airport, bringing with us a notion of our
own connection to Greece.
Cash discount rate from CMH: $ 4146
Single supplement: $550
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