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
Pelion in Greece is a place of great natural beauty. It is actually a large mountain dotted with traditional villages and exotic beaches. Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies and Tsagarada are the most traditional villages of Pelion, with grey stone roofs, elegant houses and paved paths. On the eastern side of the peninsula, there are wonderful beaches with exotic blue water. Mylopotamos, Fakistra and Agios Ioannis are popular beaches for summer holidays in Pelion. Due to the varied landscape, Pelion is a favorite destination for all seasons of the year. The largest close town is Volos, with a busy port and a small airport that receives only charter flights.
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 PELION
After breakfast , check out the hotel. We propose optional car rental for your transfer to Pelion ,which is only 4 hours drive from Athens. You will receive the car from your hotel in Athens. Arrival in Pelion and check in your hotel. The rest of the day at your disposal. Overnight in Pelion.
After breakfast full day at your disposal! Pelion is actually a large mountainous peninsula in Thessaly, central Greece, dotted with traditional villages and exotic beaches,a favorite family destination for all seasons of the year. Makrinitsa, Portaria, Milies, Vizitsa and Tsagarada are among the most traditional villages, with elegant houses and grey stone roofs. Don't miss the opportunity to visit most of them! Overnight in Pelion
After Breakfast full day at your disposal! Along the coastline of Pelion Greece, there are lovely seaside places, such as Agios Ioannis, Horefto, Platanias and Milina. Do not miss the delicious restaurants with local dishes that you will find everywhere in Pelion. Enjoy Makrinitsa which is built amphitheatrically along the slopes of a green mountainside, among the most picturesque villages of the region. From the lovely squares, it gives gorgeous views to the port of Volos.
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.