Arrival at Athens Airport. Our representative will be waiting for you and will see you too your private transfer to your hotel to check in and settle. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.
Following breakfast at the hotel we depart on a Coach Tour of modern Athens. We will visit Syntagma Square, the Academy, the University, the National Library, Iliou Melathron, the former home of the celebrated archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and one of the most beautiful buildings in Athens, the Presidential Palace, the Panathenaic stadium – all made by white marble, and the Greek House of Parliament, a neoclassical structure overlooking the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the traditional Changing of the Guard takes place.
Next stop is the Acropolis, where a series of steps invites you to ascend to the top of this sacred rock. Upon reaching the top you will pass through the Propylaea, the stately entrance to the magnificent structures inside, and will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city and the entire basin of Attica.
Visit the awesome Parthenon, (see right) by far the best known and most awe-inspiring of the structures on the Acropolis. This massive Doric temple was dedicated to Athena, the divine patroness of Athens.
Tour continues with a visit to the new Acropolis Museum the Greek nation’s duty to its own cultural heritage!
Your tour of the museum will take you on a journey through history and the Greek ‘soul’ where the Aesthetics of Logic, the Ethics of Freedom and the Rationality of Beauty, are all fused together and carved in stone for eternity. Return to the hotel in the early afternoon. Rest of the day will be free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.
Following your breakfast we will depart from Athens driving westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal (see left) with its breathtaking views (short stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. The Corinth Canal intersects the Isthmus of Corinth and has a length of 6.343m. The minimum width of the canal at sea level is 24.6m and bottom width of 21m at 8m depth.
Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth (visit) where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. The site of Ancient Corinth was first inhabited in the Neolithic period (5000-3000 B.C.). The peak period of the town, though, started in the 8th century B.C. and lasted until its destruction by the Roman general Mummies in 146 B.C. Representative of its wealth is the Doric temple of Apollo which was built in 550 B.C.
The city was re-inhabited in 44 B.C. and gradually developed again. In 51/52 A.D. the centre of the
Roman city was organized to the south of the temple of Apollo and included shops, small shrines, fountains, baths and other public buildings.
The invasion of the Herulians in A.D. 267, initiated the decline of the city though it remained inhabited for many centuries through successive invasions and destructions, until it was liberated from the Turks in 1822.
Following the tour of Corinth we will pass the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked and return to Athens in time for lunch. Afternoon will be free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Pack and check out.
We bid farewell to Athens, Greece as we leave the hotel and transferred to the airport for our homebound flight.
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