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Great Alexander

Visit the land of Great Alexander in a 7.000 years journey of Greek history! Macedonia was and will remain Greek.
Great Alexander, born in Pella, made Macedonia huge. History cannot change.

Operating on:

Free pick-up service starts at 07:30 am and is included. (See the list in the footer).
Departure from the terminal on Amalias Avenue 24 at 08.45 a.m.

Price

All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour are not matched by any other company. After 60 years of organizing tours throughout Greece, we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price is:

In 4* hotels Half board: 660.00 € per adult, Child Price: 440.00 € | Single Supplement 150. 00 €

Not included in the prices, is the “hotel overnight tax”. This tax is payable by the guests prior to check-out:
Per room / per night in 4* hotels = 3.00 €

Itinerary

Day 1: Leave Athens and drive by the towns of Thebes, Levadia, and the traditional village of Arachova, arrive in Delphi.

Visit the famous oracle of ancient times, the Temple of Apollo, see the Treasury of Athenians, and the archaeological Museum where sculptures such as the Sphinx, the athlete Aghias, and the bronze Charioteer are exhibited.

After lunch depart for Kalambaka the modern town at the foot of the gigantic rocks, the famous Meteora. Dinner & overnight.

Day 2: Spend the morning visiting two of the Byzantine monasteries, built by the monks seeking protection at the top of the rocks. Meteora means “middle of the sky” and the monasteries seem to be suspended in the air. You will visit ageless monasteries and you will see unique specimens of Byzantine art.

Depart from Kalambaka for Thessaloniki, the second-largest city of Greece (dinner & overnight).

Day 3: In the morning you tour the city that during the Byzantine Empire rivaled Constantinople. Visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and a couple of the most characteristic churches of the Byzantine world. The rest of the day you are free to explore the beautiful city. Dinner & overnight.

Day 4: Departure for historical Macedonia. Stop at Edessa, the city with the famous Waterfalls. The second stop is Naoussa where you will visit the school of Aristotle. Here the great philosopher taught morals and politics to Alexander the Great and other Macedonians.

The next stop is Vergina (the ancient Aigai). Here you will visit the royal tombs of Macedonia and among others the tomb of King Philip II, Alexander’s father, and enjoy an unforgettable visit to the unique museum.

You proceed to Veria (Biblical Berea), a town on St. Paul’s steps in Greece. See Paul’s Bema and stroll through the old Jewish neighbourhood and the market area, before returning to Thessaloniki. Dinner & overnight.

Day 5: Visit the capital of Alexander the Great, Pella and see the exquisite mosaics of the 4th-century villas and the new Museum.

The next stop is the Archaeological Park of Dion, the sacred city of Macedonians located at the foot of Mount Olympus, the residence of the 12 Gods of the Greek Mythology.

Return to Athens through Thessaly, pass by Lamia and Thebes. Arrival in Athens: Late in the afternoon

Included

* 4 nights of hotel accommodation
* 4 dinners & 4 breakfasts
* Professional tour Guide all along
* The entrance fees to sites and museums
* Pick-up service from your hotel or near it (see the list of hotels in the footer)
* Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
* All taxes except the hotel overnight tax


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According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of Poseidon and Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from Nafplion participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War. The town declined during Roman times and flourished again during Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish conquerors left their signature in the town and strongly influenced its culture, architecture, and traditions during the centuries. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains, and Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.

Spend an afternoon and a morning in Nafplion town. Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the liberated Greek state, after the island of Aegina but before Athens, in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The two fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia played a key role during the war of independence. Many restaurants, traditional Greek tavernas, cafeterias, souvenirs, and other fashion shops make your stay an enjoyable one.
The city itself is a pleasure to walk around with nice views of the waterfront and some lovely neoclassical buildings which manage to maintain the grand feel of this city.

1st day: Corinth Canal – Mycenae (visit) – lunch – Nafplion, afternoon free to explore the oldtown. Overnight.

2nd day: Nafplion – Epidaurus (visit) – return to Athens.

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years of organizing tours throughout Greece, we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price, per adult, for this tour, is:

Half board 4* hotel 150 € p.p. | Single supplement 4* hotel 36,00 €
Half board 3* hotel 120 € p.p. | Single supplement 3* hotel 30,00 €
Entrance fees to be added: (adult) = 24 €

The rates do not include the “City TAX” for hotels payable by the guests upon check-out: 4* hotel: 3,00 € and 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

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Daily from April till October – Departs 08.30 & Returns +/- 18.30

1st day: Drive through the the plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova to arrive in Delphi, the center of the Ancient World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of great beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer. Afternoon free. Dinner. Overnight.

2nd day: Morning free for you to enjoy the ragged grandeur of Delphi and take photographs to remind you of its beauty. Return to Athens at +/- 18:30.

Price:
Half board 4* hotel 170,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 4* hotel 36,00 €
Half board 3* hotel 146,00 € per person | Single Supplement in 3* hotel 29,00 €

The tour includes:
– 1 night in Delphi & 1 in Kalambaka in double room.
– 2 breakfasts & 2 dinners
– The services of the professional Guide
– The entrance fees to Delphi site and the archaelogical museum are not included.
– Pick-up service from your hotel (see the list of hotels in the footer)
– Transportation with modern air-conditioned coach
– Taxes, except the hotel overnight tax.

NOT INCLUDED: The “CITY TAX” for hotel overnights. The Tax is payable by the clients before check-out: 4* hotel: 3,00 € | 3* hotel: 1,50 € per night, per room.

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Daily Service from April to October – Morning Tour

Departure: 09.40 am from Hotel Amalia at Syntagma – Tour ends approximately 13.00 hrs. at the Acropolis

The tour begins in front of the Parliament in Syntagma Square where you will see the Monument of the Unknown Soldier and the change of the famous Guards. A pleasant walk will follow through the National Garden and on to the Zappeion Hall, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. From here you will enter the Plaka area heading to the Acropolis and visit with your guide the Propylaea, the Temple of Nike, and the Parthenon, the monuments that remind us of Glory of Ancient Athens and the Golden Age of Pericles. See also in the surrounding the Athenian Agora, the Observatory, the Hill of Democracy (Pnyx), Mars and Philoppapus Hill, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Theater of Dionysus. At the end of the tour, and since you are so close, do not miss the opportunity to visit on your own the New Acropolis Museum.

Price: 35,00 € per person + applicable entrance fees

Applicable entrance fees:
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Juniors under 19 and European Union students are free of charge.
JANUARY – DECEMBER, Other students plus E.U. seniors over 65 pay 15.00 €
NOVEMBER – MARCH, everybody else, pays 15.00 €, while from
APRIL – OCTOBER, everybody else pays 30.00 €

From May to October Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Dep. 15.00 – Ret. 18.30

This tour gives you the opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University and the National Library. On the way to the Acropolis you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, you will see the temple of Olympian Zeus and the Hadrian’s Arch. At the Acropolis, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price, per adult, for this tour is: 35.00 € + applicable entrance fees

ENTRANCE FEES: APRIL-OCTOBER: Juniors under 19 and E.U. students are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, APRIL – OCTOBER, pay 10.00 €
Everybody else APRIL – OCTOBER pays 20.00 € extra.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel, and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer looks interesting, please send us the booking form.

CLICK here and see ALL THE GUIDED TOURS that start from Athens. Detailed information on each tour is included.

 

A Night Out in Athens

Operates from April to October every Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday and Saturday

November to March only on Saturdays

Dep. 20.15 – Ret. Midnight

What’s included
Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city centre. On the slopes of the sacred hill you can see, admire and take photos of the beautifully illuminated Acropolis. Then follows a pleasant stroll through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, that brings you to a typical Greek taverna. Enjoy your dinner with a floor show, live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.

PRICES: All travel agents, in Greece and worldwide, offer the same tour at different prices. We are sure that our prices for this tour is not matched by any other company. After 60 years organizing tours throughout Greece we have secured the best deals in all aspects of travel. So, why pay more? Our discounted price, per adult, for this tour is: Price: 58,00 € per person (drinks not included)

Cape Sounion

Words cannot describe a place that calms you down. The Sounion Temple is a battery charger.
It’s a place that makes you reminisce about the splendour of Ancient Greece!
Walk around the temple, find a spot on a rock, and renew your energy flows.

April-October, the tour departs daily from the heart of Athens at 15:00
November-March the departure is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 14.30.

PRICE: 33.00 € per adult + applicable entrance fees.

ENTRANCE FEES – (must be added to the price).: E.U. juniors <25 and E.U. students, JANUARY – DECEMBER = free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, JANUARY – DECEMBER, pay 4.00 €
Everybody else, NOV-MAR pays 4 €, while, from APR-OCT everybody pays 8 €.

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel, and
– the services of a professional tour guide.

Description

Drive-by beautiful sandy beaches, and watch the beauty of the scenery, and the reflections of the sun on the waters!
The crowning feature of the tour is Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSEIDON overlooking the Aegean Sea.
A temple on the sea! with views that magnetize! The vastness of the sea enchants.
Beautiful colours at sunset, and the temple of Poseidon at the top of the hill.

Upon arrival at Cape Sounion (1.30 hrs later) with your licensed guide, you enter the archaeological site for a detailed tour. Inhale views and history. Learn the Greek myth about the ship of King Menelaus who stopped briefly at Sounio on his way back from Troy and the myth of King Aegeas who drowned himself on that spot and since then the Aegean Sea got named after him; It’s the myth of the Cretan Minotaur, the Athenian hero Theseus, and his father Aegeas. Your tour guide will also talk about this area and about the source of wealth and power of ancient Athens, the silver mines of the nearby Lavrio. People built the temple to honour the god of the sea and safeguard the profits from the Lavrio silver mines.

Before building a temple, the ancient Greeks knew about the energetic properties of the land. You admire the beautiful temple, the location, and the setup. Take pictures of the Temple of Poseidon and capture magnificent photos with the sky dyed in deep yellow, orange, and red colors, creating a beautiful canvas!

Walk around the temple, find a spot on a rock, and renew all your body’s energy flows. Look closer at the engravings on the rocks to find famous names such as Lord Byron and many others. Those engravings were made back then when travelling was a privilege of very few and going places was a long journey so marking the spot was a must.

Leave from Sounion at +/- 17:30 and arrive in Athens at +/- 19:00

 

POPULAR TOURS: 1 day Argolis 59 € | 1 day Delphi 59 € | 2 days Delphi-Meteora 120 € | 4 day classical & Meteora | 1 day cruise

 

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Private tour


Cape Sounion is a popular excursion from Athens for tourists.
A private trip including a refreshing swim at the beach by the foot of the temple of Poseidon or at one of the beaches of Legrena or Lavrio can be organized. Local tavernas serve fresh fish and seafood.
Depart from Sounion right after the sunset and arrive in Athens at +/- 21.30:
Transportation of 1-4 passengers = 160.00 €. 5-8 passengers the extra cost is 5.00 € per person.
In this private tour arrangement, the price covers transportation only. Entrance fees, dinner, snacks, and drinks are not included.

History


There is a reference to Sounion in Homer’s Odyssey. The poem mentions that as the Greek commanders sailed back from Troy, the helmsman of the ship of King Menelaus of Sparta died while rounding Sounion. Menelaus landed at Sounion to give his companion full funeral honours. Archaeological finds on the site date from as early as 700 BC. Herodotus mentions that in 6th c. BC, the Athenians celebrated a festival at Sounion, which involved Athens’ leaders sailing to the cape in a sacred boat.
Cape Sounion is well known for the Temple of Poseidon, one of the monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. Its remains are surrounded on three sides by the sea. The archaic temple was destroyed in 480 BC by Persian troops. The temple of Poseidon at Sounion was constructed in 444–440 BC by Pericles, who also rebuilt the Parthenon in Athens. It is located 60 m above the seawater. The design of the temple was rectangular, with a colonnade on all four sides. The total number of original columns was 36. Only 15 columns still stand today. The columns are Doric of 6.10 m high. They were made of locally quarried white marble.
On a lower hill about 300 m from the temple of Poseidon, there is the temple of Athena Sounias. It was built in 470 BC, replacing an older building of the 6th c. Its architecture was unusual as it had a colonnade on the southern and eastern, but not on the western or northern sides. A smaller Doric temple next to the temple of Athena is thought to have been dedicated either to the hero Phrontis or to Goddess Artemis. In 413 BC, during the Peloponnesian War against the Spartans, the Athenians fortified the site of Cape Sounion with a wall and towers to prevent it from falling into Spartan hands. The Sounion fortress was soon later seized from the Athenians by a force of rebel slaves from the nearby silver mines of Lavrio. The fortress was maintained well during the Hellenistic period with repairs and additions to the fortress made during the Chremonidean War (266–261 BC).
The architect who built the temple of Poseidon decorated it with sculptures made of Parian marble depicting the labours of Theseus as well as battles of Centaurs and Giants. The remaining sculptures are in the Museum of Lavrio, while the impressive kouroi [male statues] that once stood in the temple yard are on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Testimonials


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Great & Reliable Tour Agency in Greece
My email messages had been promptly handled in a professional and efficient manner.
The pickups from all points were prompt.
Kosta took care of our 4 days trip to Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, and Cape Sounion. His knowledge and giving us pre-tour instructions were extremely helpful in our understanding of the sites, the local culture, and the Greek way of life.
We would definitely recommend anyone planning a Greek holiday to do it through Astoria Travel in Athens.

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Tour the sites and museums at your own pace and then spent some time walking around the beautiful town of Nafplion before returning to Athens. Such a private tour is advisable for people that do not like to be confined to a preset schedule or travel with a large group of people.

ITINERARY
We start from your lodging in Athens, arrive after one hour at Corinth Canal and cross to the island of King Pelops. the peninsula of Peloponissos.
Arriving in the ancient city of Corinth, we explore an ancient city that several empires fought over throughout the centuries.
Continue to Mycenae, a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece, leader of the Greek city states during the Trojan war, according to Homer “a city of gold”. You will walk in through the  Lions’ Gate, see the Cyclopean walls, the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, the Beehive Tombs, and the Treasury of Atreus before arriving in the romantic Venetian town of Nafplion, one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, Have lunch in a traditional taverna in the charming old town and after lunch we proceed to Epidaurus to visit the ancient theatre and view the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the God of Medicine, whose snake-entwined staff (caduces) remains the symbol of medicine to this day.
Return to Athens at +/- 19:00

Cost shared between the passengers:
Transportation of 1-4 passengers = 260.00 €. 5-8 passengers the extra cost is 10.00 € per person.
In this private tour a) entrance fees, lunch, and drinks are not included in the price, plus
b) a local professional tour guide, can be arranged to meet you in Mycenae at the extra cost.

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VISIT DELPHI BY BUS

To help the people that want to take a side trip to Delphi, we offer the “One Day tour to Delphi” for 59.00 euro (2016 price). Students pay 49.00 euro, cash in our office. We call it “enabler’s tour to Delphi” and includes: transportation, pick up / drop off from your hotel, and the services of the professional tour guide, during the tour. The entrance tickets to the museum and site (12.00 euro for adults or 6.00 euro discounted) as well as lunch is not included. You pay for them, on the spot. For information and bookings, please, contact us at: tours@astoriatravel.gr mentioning the enabler’s tours.

If you still prefer to do the trip on your own, Delphi can be reached from Athens only by bus. There are no trains connecting Athens and Delphi.
However, Delphi, Olympia and the Acropolis of Athens are 3 places that a professional tour guide is needed. Without a tour guide, you leave from Delphi, with the feeling that you visited the oracle of Delphi, but you missed something.
In Delphi, the local professional tour guide that I recommend without a second thought is Penny (Pagona) Kolomvotsou. Her e-mail is: kpagona@hotmail.com, her Greek cell phone: 69 446 444 27 and she is the lady that is talking to Rick Steves about the importance of the Delphi sanctuary in my www.toursingreece.info/One-day-tour-Delphi.htm (Click and listen to her). She is extremely knowledgeable and graduated with a B.A, and M.A. degree in museum studies. She speaks German & English, fluently, and she is a pure Delphian lady, born and grown in Delphi. Her family owns the Hotel LETO DELPHI.

– F.Y.I. The entrance fees to the museum and the ancient site of Delphi cost 12.00 euro per adult.
– To get to Delphi by local bus, you depart from the bus terminal, located at 216 Liossion street. Go to the Attiki metro stop, and get a bus travelling along Liossion street. A taxi from your hotel should cost +/- 10.00 euro.

Call the bus station (++30 210 8317096) and check the timetables. Be at the terminal 30 minutes before the bus departure, get your ticket and find your bus. A single ticket costs 15.10 euros one way (Jan 2015). You cannot book in advance your bus tickets. You book your return seat at the bus station in Delphi when you get there.
Keep your ticket on you at all times. There are numerous inspections during the trip and a large fine applies if you don’t present a ticket.

SEE also:
1) All the options to visit Meteora (train and shared bus guided tours),
2) All the options to visit Olympia (Intercity bus and shared bus guided tours).

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