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Classical Greece: Athens & Beyond

Classical Greece: Athens and Beyond

October 24-November 2, 2019

April 9-18, 2020 with optional 3 day Santorini Add On (please inquire)

Minimum of 4 travelers

10 days/9 nights

Greece… 6000 years of history and a year round destination! Please join us for an uplifting journey and amazing cultural experience through the treasures of Athens and Beyond. This Women Only Tour begins in Athens, a fascinating city with deeply rooted customs and centuries-old traditions.

Greece is considered the cradle of western civilization. Home of some of the most important ancient and archaeological sites in the world. We will begin in Athens by exploring the local cultural and archaeological sites bringing together the past, present and future.  Athens is a perfect example of living history and living dreams.

Athena is an example of women’s dreams coming to light and a visit to her beautiful city with other women will be a wondrous memory making a dream vacation come true. Let’s make it happen!

Day 1

photo 2Athens: You will arrive Athens, Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization.

This will be a week filled with spirituality, gods, myths, monasteries, oeonophilia and new friends. Before noon, you will be welcomed at Athens International Airport by your private driver and taken to your four/five-star hotel or private luxury accommodations.

The afternoon will be spent relaxing, taking in the scenery and remembering all of those Greek Gods you have dreamed about. We will whet our exploration appetite with an easy stroll through cobblestone streets reaching the Plaka in anticipation of the or beautiful 10 days of exploration. There will be a lovely evening of ouzo, mezes and a rooftop evening view of the Acropolis.

* Dinner


Day 2

photo 1Athens: After breakfast, we will meet our private guide and begin our walking tour at the new Acropolis Museum and then we will visit the Acropolis itself and its timeless temples of the Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike.

If time allows and you are up for it, we will make a short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. The afternoon can be spent shopping in the Plaka and further exploring the neighborhoods surrounding the center of Athens. The evening will be spent with Greek dancing and maybe even a few broken plates! Opa!

*Breakfast, Dinner 


Day 3

Athens: This will be a morning of relaxation and catching up on any necessary rejuvenation needed.

We will then travel to Cape Sounion and Temple of Poseidon, stopping along the scenic way to take in stunning coastal views and arrive in time for a majestic sunset. We will pass the  idyllic beaches of the Sarconic Gulf and will have an opportunity to stop for a lovely seafood lunch.  The view across the Aegean is magnificent and this afternoon will whet your appetite to return and visit more of the Greek Islands.

The Temple of Poseidon was built in 44BC and many of its original Doric columns are still standing.  And if you look close enough, Lord Byron left behind his own grafitti message in the early 1800’s.

*Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4

photo 4After an early breakfast we will make our way to Syntagma Square where we will enjoy the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Only at this particular time is there a full military parade that accompanies the changing of the guard. You will learn to navigate the metro system. It is quite modern and features relics and antiquities from the archaeological digs during construction.

 

We will then walk through the the beautiful National Gardens and make our way to the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern olympic games were hosted in 1896. Afterwards, you will have the afternoon free for any last minute shopping before we reconvene for a last sunset and evening meal as we bid farewell to Athena!

*Breakfast and Dinner


Day 5

photo 3Athens-Napflio: After breakfast, we will depart Athens via private luxe transportation and drive through Ancient Corinth and the Canal for a visit to Mycenae and the Epidaurus theatre.

The Ancient Greeks had slaves drag boats across the narrow spit of land that separated the Aegean Sea from the Adriatic Sea; but modern man has created a canal to allow ships to pass.

The Corinth Canal is a wonder of modern engineering; we will stop here for a short time to take in this modern marvel as we travel to Napflio. Along the way to Napflio, we will stop for wine tasting and lunch in a small Greek village before we reach Epidarus.

Epidaurus is a must see amphitheatre. This well-preserved site, built over two thousand years ago has some of the most perfect acoustics you will ever experience. Someone standing on the stage can be heard whispering from the back row. You will have an opportunity to give us a personal performance!

It will be an amazing experience before we spend the evening in the town of Napflio. Napflio was the first capital of Greece, where we will stroll along the promenade gazing at Greek, Venetian and Turkish architecture before having a seaside dinner and spending the night in a lovely seaside hotel.

Breakfast and Lunch


Day 6

photo 2Napflio-Olympia-Delphi: This morning will be a quick start to make our way to Olympia, home of the Olympic games and the site where the flame for every Modern Olympic Games torch is lit. Along the way we will also visit Ancient Mycenae, home to some of the oldest civilizations found in Greece.

The home of the lauded King Agamemnon, this ancient site was once one of the most important centers of the Bronze Age.

The famous Lions Gate is the crowning jewel of the archaeological site which you will have the chance to explore before grabbing lunch on your own. After lunch, we will continue from Rion to Antirion on the new, “state of the art” suspended bridge, considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe.

We will arrive in Delphi in time for a beautiful sunset and a lovely dinner in a local restaurant in the nearby village of Arachova.

*Breakfast and Dinner


Day 7

photo 4Delphi-Meteora: Today will be one of the more memorable days of your visit to Greece. After breakfast, we will visit the beautiful Sanctuary at Delphi.

This is one of the most sacred and beautiful ancient sites in Greece.

Nestled high in the hills at the foot of Mount Parnassos, Delphi has been part of the Greek psyche for many centuries being home to the famous oracle and the vestal virgins who used to tend to the Temple. You will spend the morning discovering this fascinating ancient site for yourself with an introduction by our private guide.

You can spend as much time as you want at the ruins of the temples, bath houses, and the well preserved amphitheater or you can head directly to the Delphi Archaeological Museum with its fascinating array of artefacts.

Around lunch time we will make our way to the town of Kalambaka, traveling through the towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala on the way.

The landscape changes as you travel north, the mountains become starker and the land more lush. Arriving in Kalambaka and hopefully for time to visit one monastery before sunset, you will witness breathtaking mountains, home to the most awesome Monasteries in the world. After a local taverna dinner, Kalambaka’s nightlife can be explored.

*Breakfast


Day 8

photo 2Waking in Kalambaka in the shadow of the mountains, we will spend the morning at one of the most unique places on the planet. After an early breakfast, we may decide to walk to our first Monastery or have our driver lead the way up the windy mountain to the site of the Monasteries at Meteroa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meteora means “suspended in air” which is literally how most see these monasteries, perched high up on the sheer cliff and mountain faces, and still home to many monks. In late afternoon, we will leisurely depart for Athens making stops along the way.

*Breakfast


Day 9

photo 1Oh, what a serendipitous day this will be.

After breakfast, we will make out way back to Athens.

You will have the afternoon free for shopping, packing and getting around to doing all of the things you meant to do before we have our farewell dinner and night of traditional bouzouki music and dancing.

Breakfast and Dinner


Day 10

Breakfast

photo 3

It will be tough to say goodbye! What a great 10 days of beautiful Greece. A Dream Vacation to remember for a lifetime.

Recommended Readings for this Dream Vacation because I feel strongly about empowerment and often times we are empowered by the books we read and the films we see. How fun to recognize where you might go or where you have been…these places are not only meant to be in dreams. They are in books, movies, music and travels. The dream traveler in you can be made real….

Books that may inspire you:

Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi by Bantam Books
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Olive Grove: Travels in Greece by Katherine Kizilos
A Summer All Her Own by Rosanne Keller
The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens
by Sofka Zinovieff

Movies set in Greece that will inspire you:

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Mama Mia with Meryl Streep
My Life in Ruins! with Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Shirley Valentine with Pauline Collins
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin With Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz
For Your Eyes Only with Roger Moore (Meteora)
Never on Sunday with Melina Mercouri

…new friends, new memories. Taking care of YOU!

Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals, drinks, & personal spending

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

Please join us!

Early reservations are advised and a minimum non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation.  If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation.

Guests will receive an invoice for balance due when reservation and deposit is received. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

Total Price: $5695.00

per person private 9 nights/10 days accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation.

 In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel (minimum of 4 travelers), you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval.

Pay either by Credit Card through Stride or inquire about paying by check, or call (1-800-416-3169) or email (info@herdreamvacation.com) about making a payment plan.

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