Thursday 14 June

Kindly note that reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to cancel any tours due to low enrollment. In this case, participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative excursion or receive a full refund.
Excursions for Thursday-Saturday can be booked and paid online during the registration process. Should you wish to book an excursion after 11 June or on-site, the booking will be accepted upon availability and with a 20% administration surcharge.
Comfortable shoes, hat and sunblock is highly recommended to all below tours.


ATHENS CITY DRIVE AND ACROPOLIS VISIT

Departing the hotel, we begin with a city drive to discover the main points of interest in Athens - both ancient and modern - as your guide offers interesting commentary.

Your excursion includes Constitution square and past the former Royal Palace, where the Evzones, members of the National Guard, keep watch in their traditional costume over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Olympic Stadium holding 70,000 spectators was built of Pentelic marble in 1895 for the first modern
Olympic Games. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library. The visit continues with the Roman
Temple of Olympian Zeus and the crowning beauty and glory of Athens: the Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base.

On the natural fortress of the Acropolis, reinforced by the hand of man, stand the Propylaea and the temple of the Winged Victory, Erechtheion with the Porch of the Caryatids, towering over all, and the majestic Parthenon. A winding path leads to the treasure of antiquity. Visible are the relics of the civilization of which we are the proud inheritors. From the top guests can see to the North Plaka quarters and
the ancient Agora; to the East, Mount Lycabettus; to the South, the theatre of
Dionysus. This is where the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
were performed. Here also stands the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is used today in the Summer Festival.

Lunch will be served in a traditional taverna in Plaka.

Pick up: 09:00 at the lobby of Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
Return: 15:00 Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Price per person incl. lunch: 93 EUR


ARCHAEOLOGICAL WALK IN PLAKA

The best way to explore this most historic area of Athens is via the pedestrianized Unification of Archaeological Sites walkway, which leads you past the key places of Athens history, passing through the many fascinating neighbourhoods that
have grown up around the Acropolis and its surrounding sites. Each street
corner reserves a new surprise: ancient churches, vestiges, neo-classic
buildings follow one another and mix with the current life of Athens.

A stroll commented by our guides along the Archaeological Walk will let you visit Plaka, the oldest and most picturesque neighbourhood of Athens with the winding cobbled streets, the neoclassic homes and ruins, where both the past and the present mingle together. We will pass by the Monument of Lysikrates (also known
as the “Lantern of Demosthenes”, where the famous orator composed his speeches), the Agora (ancient Athens’ centre of public life), Hadrian’s Library (the beautiful marble library built by the Roman emperor Hadrian), the Roman Agora with the Tower of the Winds (the octagonal marble structure used by ancient Greeks to estimate time based on the position of the sun), Anafiotika (an island in the
heart of Athens, the most surprising section of Plaka, a self-contained
village in Cycladic island style, built by the 19th-century stone-masons
from the island of Anafi), Kapnikarea church (the most important Byzantine
monument dating back to 1050).

We will walk straight to Pandrosou street to enjoy a purely “touristy” experience through all the little souvenir shops and the wandering visitors.

This will bring us to Mitropoleos square and the stately Cathedral (Mitropolis) of Athens.

Lunch will be served in a traditional taverna in Plaka.

Pick up: 09:30 at the lobby of Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
Return: 15:30 Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Price per person 73 EUR

Friday 15 June

Kindly note that reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to cancel any tours due to low enrollment. In this case, participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative excursion or receive a full refund.
Excursions for Thursday-Saturday can be booked and paid online during the registration process. Should you wish to book an excursion after 11 June or on-site, the booking will be accepted upon availability and with a 20% administration surcharge.
Comfortable shoes, hat and sunblock is highly recommended to all below tours.


ATHENS NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Opened in 1874, and standing supreme among the nation’s finest – is the National Archaeological Museum and no trip to Athens would be complete without a visit. The most important archaeological museum in Greece and one of the richest in the
world concerning ancient Greek art, the National Archaeological Museum showcases collections that are representative of all the cultures that flourished in Greece. Here you can follow the evolution of Greek sculpture from its earliest beginnings. Among
the numerous exhibits are the golden artefacts recovered from Mycenae by the famous German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. One of the most magnificent is the beaten golden mask of a man with a beard and moustache, which Schliemann claimed to be the face of Agamemnon.

There are also classical masterpieces in marble and bronze and delightful frescoes that once graced the walls of Akrotiri in Santorini. The frescoes are alive with colourful representations of birds, monkeys, dolphins and elegant figures of youths and maidens.

Lunch will be served in a traditional taverna in Plaka.

Pick up: 09:30 at the lobby of Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
Return: 15:30 Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Price per person 83 EUR


THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON AT CAPE SOUNION

is blessed with picture-perfect landscapes and mountainous territory. Bordered by the sea on three sides, its sharply indented coastline is fringed with beautiful beaches. This excursion will show you some of the marvellous vistas Attica offers.

You will drive along the scenic west coast of the Attica peninsula, affording you fine view of the Saronic Gulf and of the fertile countryside inland. You pass the suburban exclusive areas of Lagonissi and other resorts on your way to the south easternmost
tip of the landmass of Europe - Cape Sounion. Here on the top of the cliff, from where King Aegeus threw himself into the sea which even now bears his name, stand the 17 remaining Doric columns of the fifth century BC. Temple of Poseidon.
Built of Pentelic marble, the columns have retained much of their original gleaming white appearance. Many visitors-both illustrious and run-of-the- mill - have carved their names on the pillars since the 18th century. Lord Byron proudly carved his signature, but you are discouraged from leaving your mark. The panorama from this
lofty spot is superb with the deep blue Aegean Sea studded with islands before you.

Lunch will be served in a traditional fish taverna by the sea.

Pick up: 09:00 at the lobby of Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
Return: 15:00 Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Price per person 85 EUR

Saturday 16 June

Kindly note that reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. We reserve the right to cancel any tours due to low enrollment. In this case, participants will be offered the opportunity to book an alternative excursion or receive a full refund.
Excursions for Thursday-Saturday can be booked and paid online during the registration process. Should you wish to book an excursion after 11 June or on-site, the booking will be accepted upon availability and with a 20% administration surcharge.
Comfortable shoes, hat and sunblock is highly recommended to all below tours.


ATHENS CITY DRIVE & THE NEW ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

Departing the hotel, we begin with a city drive to discover the main points of interest in Athens - both ancient and modern - as your guide offers interesting commentary.

Your excursion includes Constitution square and past the former Royal Palace, where the Evzones, members of the National Guard, keep watch in their traditional costume over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Olympic Stadium holding 70,000 spectators was built of Pentelic marble in 1895 for the first modern Olympic
Games. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, and National Library. The visit continues with the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and the crowning beauty and glory of Athens: the
Acropolis with its many monuments atop its rocky base. A few meters away from the Acropolis entrance and the Ancient Theatre of Dionysos, the New Acropolis
Museum, built on the pedestrian walkway of Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, looks like hanging between the past and the present of Athens.

Designed by Bernard Tschumi and Mihalis Fotiades, the new Acropolis Museum has a total area of 25,000 square meters, with an exhibition space of over 14,000 square meters. Made of stainless steel, glass, marble and concrete, materials typical of the Athenian environment, the new museum has a direct view of the Acropolis. With bioclimatic planning, which gives ideal lighting and heating conditions, the New Museum offers all the amenities expected in an international museum of the 21st

Lunch will be served in a traditional taverna in Plaka.

Pick up: 10:00 at the lobby of Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
Return: 15:00 Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Price per person 65 EUR


A DAY ON AEGINA ISLAND

Aegina, the land of pistachios, the largest of the islands of the Saronic Gulf, is a favourite refuge of the Athenians. Its harbour, lined with neoclassic homes of pastel yellow and pink, is alive in winter as it is in the summer, with colourful local caiques bringing fruit and vegetables to the islanders, and its small fish market.

Transfer by motor coach from the hotel to Pireus port and board a ferry boat for a fantastic cruise to the Saronic Island of Aegina (navigation time: 1 hour 15 minutes – by regular ferry) Entering the port, one can enjoy the ochre and pink shades of the traditional Greek houses, and the busy life. Adding to the colourful and vivid port
of Aegina there are boats that sell fruit and vegetables, small fish market, ouzo at Skotadis’ where you can enjoy grilled octopus, and relax on the sandy beach.

After guests have had a chance to explore Aegina Port, we will board a motor coach and make our way to the inner part of the island where we see the pistachio and ancient olive groves on our way to the splendid, well-preserved Doric Temple of Aphaia.

A local deity of pre-Hellenic times, and the major ancient site of the Saronic Gulf Islands, it stands on a pine-covered hill and was built in 480 BC when Aegina was at its most powerful.

On a clear day, one can see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the Acropolis of Athens from the site of Aphaia. These three temples form the ‘holy triangle’ of the ancient times. On the island there is also the church of Saint Nectarios, which is one of the largest in the Balkans and contains a silver urn with the relics of St. Nectarios, the patron saint of the island.

Next, we travel south to the seaside fisherman’s village of Perdika for lunch.

Lunch will be served in a traditional fish restaurant on the island.

Pick up: 09:30 at the lobby of Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel
Return: 17:00 Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Price per person 118 EUR

Please bring your swimsuit, flip-flops, beach towel and sun cream, if you would like to spend time on the beach.