POST - SACRED TREASURES-GREECE
Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience some of the most sacred sites in pristine Greece. After a scenic drive, you will find yourself in Delphi, the shrine of Apollo and considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth. Visit the Meteora, one of the largest and most important monastery complexes in Greece. Built on sandstone rock pillars, the six monasteries appear to be suspended in the air. Explore the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, built to house the more than 4,000 artifacts found on the site of the Acropolis.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an extensive 2 day program that covers a lot of ground by luxury coach, there is a lot of driving involved but guests will have this unique opportunity to visit two of the most precious and sacred sites which lie in the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Northern Greece.
Upon disembarkation from your cruise ship board your coach for the scenic drive to Delphi. Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual centers of the earth. This shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2.000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity. Even the most intelligent men, who lived during the brilliant civilization of Athens, believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess, the Pythia, and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. Delphi grew fabulously rich with offerings, and though they have almost all disappeared now, you can admire the ruins and try to picture it as it was during its 1.000 prestigious years.
Walk up the Sacred Way past the beautiful small Treasuries to the Temple of Apollo, location of the oracle; continue to the Museum with its superb collection of votive offerings and statues, including the world famous Charioteer.
Following your visit to the site enjoy a traditional country lunch which will be served at the picturesque village of Arachova.
After lunch sit back and relax and take in the scenery of your drive to Kalambaka. Kalamaba is the picturesque town that sits at the foot of Meteora. After check-in your dinner will be served at the hotel and the evening will be at your leisure.
Once breakfast is completed you will board your coach for the visit of the Meteora Monasteries, admire the extraordinary rocks of Meteora which were formed as a result of the force of the nature and they appear to be suspended in the sky, crested with the celebrated monasteries. Today only six monasteries are inhabited, two of which have become nunneries. You are invited to delve into two of these remarkable phenomena, seemingly floating in the sky and serving as an example of the post-Byzantine era. Please be respectful of the dress code in the monasteries and nunneries, no shorts are permitted and ladies are required to wear long skirts, some are available on site.
After the visit of the Monasteries you will commence your drive to Athens, a lunch stop will be made along the way. Arriving in Athens you will proceed directly to the hotel to check-in and a quick rest before your visit of the New Acropolis Museum.
The impressive building was completed and opened in 2009 and has an exhibition space of more than 14,000 square meters. Thanks to its particular architecture and the huge window fronts, you will get the impression to cross the ancient settlements on the slopes of the Acropolis. After your visit you will proceed to the historical center of Athens for your dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Check out is 12:00nn. You will be transferred to the Athens International Airport per your flight schedule. Luggage storage is available at the hotel for guests with late flights.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
7.00am Vessel arrives in Piraeus port
7:30am to 8:00am Disembarkation at Piraeus port
8:00am to 11:00am Depart pier for Delphi
11:00am to 1:30pm Guided visit of Site & Museum - Restrooms at the Museum
1:30pm to 1:45pm Depart for lunch venue.
1:45pm to 3:15pm Lunch in Arachova - Restrooms at Lunch Venue
3:15pm to 7:15pm Depart Arachova for Kalambaka
Dinner at hotel.
Overnight at the Amalia Hotel or similar
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel
8:30am to 11:00am Depart for Meteora Monasteries, visit Monasteries.
11:00am to 4:00pm Depart for Athens, comfort stop & lunch en route.
4:00pm to 5:30pm Check-in at the Hotel, some relaxation.
5:30pm to 8:30pm Depart for Acropolis Museum, guided visit and dinner in Plaka.
8:30pm to 08:45pm Return to Hotel and check in
Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel
12:00nn Official check-out time
Transfer to Athens International Airport based on your flight schedule. For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.
Important Note: The Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays therefore guests will visit Acropolis instead, on July 8th and on September 16th.
The Monasteries scheduled to visit are:
The Monastery of the Great Meteron "Megalo Meteoro" (closed on Tuesdays)
The Nunnery of St. Stefanos "Agiou Stefanou" (closed on Mondays)
We will substitute a monastery that is closed with the: Moni Varlaam (closed on Thursdays)
Expected Weather: Sunny
What to Bring: Sunglasses, Hat, Comfortable walking shoes. Dress code is applicable at the Meteora Monasteries (knees and shoulders must be covered for the females)
Luggage: Guests can leave luggage in Athens if they wish or take it with you on the coach.
Documents and Visa Requirements: Passport is required
Accommodation - We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards
Divani Caravel Hotel
2 Vas. Alexandrou Avenue, Athens
Tel: +30 210 720 7000
Amalia Hotel or similar
422 00, Greece
Tel.: +30 2432 072 216
Program Includes for guests:
Transfer from the hotel in Athens to the airport
Deluxe Chartered Coach,
Professional and fully qualified English speaking guide,
Accommodation in Athens at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar (standard double room)
Accommodation in Kalambaka at the Amalia Hotel or similar (standard double room)
Lunch in Delphi and at Lamia
Entrance fees to all sites visited (Acropolis Museum, Arch. Site & Museum of Delphi & Meteora Monasteries)
All applicable taxes
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
Program Excludes for guests: Gratuities for Guide and Driver, any meals not listed above, personal expenses and hotel incidentals
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
$999 Per Guest