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Athens City Explorer

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Experience the best of Athens with the 4-day Athens City Explorer tour. With the help of an experienced guide, this immersive and comprehensive tour will take you on a captivating journey through the rich history, culture, and landmarks of the ancient city of Athens. Encounter a vast collection of artifacts in the Acropolis Museum, including carved statues, ancient pottery, and priceless treasures that span thousands of years of Greek history. Spend some time in Mycenae and see the famous Lion Gate up to the Mycenaean Acropolis and the Palace. Visit Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the ruins of temples and ancient theaters. Explore the picturesque town of Nafplion, the first capital of Greece, and marvel at the impressive Venetian fortress of Palamidi.
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Highlights
  • Discover iconic landmark, like Acropolis, Parthenon, and Temple of Athena
  • Visit Athens, known for its history, ancient landmarks, and vibrant culture
  • Walk in the narrow streets of Plaka neighborhood and Monastiraki
  • See the famous Lion gate, the Mycenaean acropolis and the Palace in Mycenae
  • Explore the charming town of Nafplion and its picturesque harbor
  • Experience the beautiful sea front of Athens in Attica Riviera
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Athens

Welcome to Athens! You will be greeted on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Athens. Time at leisure to discover Athens! Redolent with history and mythology, Athens is a vibrant city, enlivened by bustling outdoor cafes, pedestrian streets that wind through the city's ancient sites, and its fair share of urban eccentrics. It is a city full of contrasts.

Optional Activity:
  • Experience authentic Greek cuisine at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Athens | Private City Tour

This morning enjoy a city tour of Athens. On this privately guided tour, your expert guide will reveal the secrets of the Acropolis & the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Kallimarmaro Stadium, built of marble for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Enjoy the ancient wonders and explore the birthplace of democracy. Twist and turn through the Plaka’s narrow streets and find ancient sites, cafes, and shops full of history and character.

Optional Afternoon Activity to Add:
  • Visit the south coastal suburbs of Athens (Glyfada and Vouliagmeni) which offer very good dining options and a lively nigh life scene.

Day 3: Mycenae | Epidaurus | Nafplio | Athens

Today, your private tour will begin with a scenic drive via the coastal road from Athens towards the Corinth Canal. It will take about an hour to get to Corinth and cross the bridge that connects the mainland with the Peloponnese over the narrow canal.

After a brief stop, continue towards Mycenae, one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. You will walk under the famous Lion Gate up to the Mycenaean Acropolis and the Palace. Continue to the tomb of Agamemnon and the ruins of the Cyclopean walls that protected this mighty city. After Mycenae, set off to Epidaurus.

The site of Epidaurus, which is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco, is vast. With ruins of temples and hospital buildings devoted to the healing gods, it is considered to be the birthplace of Asklepios, the ancient Greek God of Medicine. The monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos, and the Theatre, are considered some of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture and date from the 4th century BC. For most travelers, Epidaurus is known for the magnificent theater that still stands there and is still used for plays and other performances. The theater's acoustics are unmatched even by modern standards, and it was considered an engineering marvel. Walk down the site's pine-lined path toward the exit after seeing the Epidaurus Theater.

One of the tour's highlights is a stop in Nafplio, one of Greece's most historic and picturesque port cities. In the late afternoon, head back to Athens.

 

Day 4: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
It's time to bid farewell. Your mini-break in Athens finishes today! Enjoy time at leisure until your transfer to Athens International Airport for your flight home.

Accommodations

NJV Athens Plaza Hotel

NJV Athens Plaza Hotel
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Included
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Arrival & Departure Transfer Service: Athens Airport to/from Athens Hotel
  • Organized Guided City Tour in Athens
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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