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Arriving and meet and greet with our English speaking guide in Eleftherios Venizelos airport who will arrange your transfer to the hotel, while he will be updating you with information regarding your stay in Athens. Later on, after you get some rest, you can enjoy your meal in one of the plenty traditional Greek taverns in Monastiraki district. You can continue by walking around the picturesque Plaka area, full of small shops.
You will be picked up from the hotel to have a 4 hours panoramic city tour by coach. We will pass the must-see Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that stands in front of Parliament House on Syntagma Square. We will also pass from the Russian church, the Academy and the Library. We will make a stopover at the Temple of Zeus, to continue with Athens’ crowning glory, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Acropolis of Athens, cluster of ancient buildings that acted as a fortress. We continue with the fascinating Athens Acropolis Museum to see its staggering collection. Due to certain restrictions in the visiting hours of the new Acropolis museum the order of the program may change.
We will drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and several small islands. After visiting the ancient Temple of Poseidon, the God of Sea, you will have
time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounio. We will return to Athens for a free afternoon in the city center for some souvenir shopping and lunch. Meet at a central point to return to the hotel.
Free day for leisure and walking around the city of Athens. Our special proposal is an optional tour with our expert guide to one of the 10 top museums of the world, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Don’t miss the Anafiotika district, just next to Plaka. You can walk around Monastiraki and in the evening you will have a farewell dinner in a Greek traditional restaurant, with live Greek music and dance.
Departure to Nafplio (137km), one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. By bus, we will go to Palamidi Castle, which proudly stands 216 m above sea level or you can climb all of its 999 steps rock. Not to worry, though, the view from above here is totally rewarding! We will also visit Akronafplia, which is the historic rock at the foot of Palamidi hill, also known by its Turkish name “Its Kale” (meaning inner castle). Overnight in Nafplio.
We will visit Epidaurus (37km). This UNESCO’S world heritage monument is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings, and still used today due to its amazing acoustics. Afterwards a fun break for lunch in a traditional restaurant in the town of Nafplio.
Free day for leisure, strolling around the city. You can also enjoy a swim in the crystal waters of Karathona, which is a long, sandy beach about 3 km from Nafplio. There you can find several taverns, sun loungers/parasols and water sports, while there is also usually enough space for those who want to sunbathe in more peaceful surroundings. Karathona beach has been awarded with the blue flag for its cleanliness.
Departure from Nafplion to Venizelos (167km) airport. You will be picked up 3hrs before your scheduled flight for the departure transfer to Eleftherios Venizelos airport.