ATHENS MINI BREAK TOUR 4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS (ALL YEAR ROUND)
Upon arrival at Athens International airport our escort will meet you outside Customs area and will help you to your taxi . Transfer to Athens center to your Hotel . Rest of the day at leisure . Overnight. Optional evening tour to enjoy folk dances with traditional costumes , after having a nice evening bus ride around the illuminated center of town , including dinner at a Greek typical tavern.
After breakfast , your introduction tour of Athens history begins . You will stop at Panathenaic Stadium , where the first Olympic Games ,of the modern era , in 1896 took place, continue with a panoramic drive passing by the Presidential House, Zappion Hall, Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus , National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St.Paul’s church, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s house, Catholic Cathedral , National Academy, National Library, Athens University and finally one of the wold’s heritage monuments Acropolis. You will visit Propylae , Temple of Athena Nike ,Erechteion with its porch of Maidens and of course the Parthenon.Continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionyssus Theater, in order to visit the Acropolis Museum. Main attractions such as votives , artifacts of every day life , statues from archaic period, Caryatids and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes,the pediments and the frieze will impress you . Return to the Hotel .Free time for lunch . Depart after a while for another more lazy tour . Drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf ,exploring Attica beyond Athens .
Cape Sounio is only 70 kms away , where the Temple of Poseidon is perched on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea. The view across the Aegean is magnificent with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world ,extending all the way to Kea and the Peloponnese on a clear day. The Temple was built in 44 B.C. and many of its original Doric style columns are still standing. Return to the Hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure . Overnight .
Early breakfast . You will be transferred by bus to Piraeus port for your embarkation to the cruise boat . First stop is the island of Hydra.Free time for a walk or swim . Continue and sail to Poros, the smallest of the three islands, separated by the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. Your free time in Poros is approximately 1 hour . The lunch will be served onboard ,during the trip to Aegina , the biggest and the last of the three islands. Aegina also known for its fine pistachios . Optional tour to Aphaia Temple ,which was built in 500 B.C. and it is said it was the exemplar for Parthenon . Return in the evening at the Hotel . Overnight.
Breakfast . Free time depending on your departure flight . Pick up from the Hotel and transfer to the Athens International airport for your departure flight .