Winter packages in Greece 2016-2017
Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. In the 5th Century BC (the “Golden Age of Pericles”) – the culmination of Athens’ long, fascinating history – the city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments - a rare historical palimpsest. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. A large part of the town’s historic centre has been converted into a 3-kilometre pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape. Today, it offers visitors a unique experience. A journey in its 6,000-year history, including the chance to see renowned monuments and masterpieces of art of the antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the architectural heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries. You get an uplifting, embracing feeling in the brilliant light of the Attic sky, surveying the charming landscape in the environs of the city (the indented coastline, beaches and mountains), and enjoying the modern infrastructure of the city and unique verve of the Athenians. Year-round visitors are fascinated by Athens, one of the most attractive and charming capitals of Europe
Karpenisi, the underrated, attractive capital of the mountainous prefecture of Evritania, lies in the well-wooded foothills of Mt Tymfristos (2312m), or Velouchi, between Lamia and Lake Kremasta. Not surprisingly, given its billing as the ‘Switzerland of Greece’, the town has an alpine-village feel, with chalet-style lodgings, churches and tavernas. Lovely walks are dotted around the area. For the less action-orientated, driving through the forest to steep villages and monasteries is equally rewarding.
1day: ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
Arrival in Athens International Airport. Meet your assistant and transfer at your hotel in Athens for overnight
2day: ATHENS CITY TOUR
After breakfast , we begin our half day Athens city tour. Athens half day tour begins with a panoramic drive around Syntagma square, passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Catholic Cathedral, and Schliemann’s House. You will then drive past the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Your licensed guide will explain more of Athens’s history old and new as you look at these stately buildings. Continue for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. Make your way to the archaeological site of Acropolis an UNESCO’S world heritage monument and visit Propylae the monumental entrance to the Acropolis which blends Doric and Ionic building principles, and the small temple Athena Nike, which stands on a protruding mass of rock, protecting the gate to the citade and of course the Partenon, and Erechtheion with its porch of Maidens. Optional Athens city tour including visit to archaeological site of Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis and panoramic city tour. The rest of the day at your disposal.
3day: ARRIVAL IN KARPENISI
After breakfast , check out the hotel. We propose optional car rental for your transfer to Karpenisi,which is only 4 hours drive from Athens. You will receive the car from your hotel in Athens. Arrival in Karpenisi and check in your hotel. The rest of the day at your disposal. Overnight in Karpenisi.
After Breakfast full day at your disposal! The word “admire” in ancient Greek has also the meaning of surprise. Karpenisi will allow you to “admire”, in both the ancient and the modern definition of the word. You will be able to admire the inexhaustible beauty of the nature and at the same time you will be surprised of how a place can compile such wonderful contrasts in a unique combination. A landscape imposing, but also friendly to the visitor! A tranquil haven, but also a destination which becomes the kingdom of adventure, shooting the adrenaline to the pick! A tree- shaded mountain and a charming pond! The top choice either for lovers of winter sports or those who prefer an intense nightlife! Karpenisi is the ideal destination for water lovers, land sport fans and of cours skiers!
Breakfast. Full day at your disposal!
6day: DEPARTURE FOR ATHENS
After breakfast , check out the hotel and departure for Athens International Airport to catch your international flight full of sweet memories.
Grecotel Athena Pallas 5* in Athens
The new avant‐garde boutique hotel in downtown ATHENS, full of art, glamour & genuine hospitality. In the very heart of Athens, Grecotel Pallas Athena is the place where luxury and hospitality interweave to create a new experience: an art boutique hotel for luxurious city living. This 5‐star luxury hotel is ideally located in the historical centre, next to Athens Town Hall, just a short walk from Acropolis and the New Acropolis museum, the old city (Plaka) and most of Athens sights and attractions.
Avaris Hotel 5* in Karpenisi
Five star Avaris Hotel is located at the magical town of Karpenisi. The warm hospitality of the staff and the luxurious environment creates an ideal combination for those seeking a true escape from every-day life. The spa will offer you unique moments of relaxation and wellness. Hotel services and facilities will make you feel like home.