Category Archive : Special Tours

Vravrona or Artemida

Near the  Hotel-Spa Mare Nostrum resort.
Vravrona belonged to the mythical King Kekrops, the founder of Athens.

It is known for the 6th C. BC Temple of Artemis in a beautiful setting, one of those quiet magical places you find around Greece and to make it even more attractive the area around it has very little if any development. Its all farms, vinyards, olive and fig trees as well as rocks and bushes, trees and wild plants and looks like what Attika used to look like in the ancient days. If you have some extra time in Athens I would suggest may be visiting a winery or two, taking a swim at Avlaki,xand then having lunch either in Loutsa (also called Artemida after the temple and sanctuary). Actually if you have a stopover for 4 or 5 hours you could probably do this in about three hours in a private tourfrom Athens. There is also a brand new museum here with artifacts from the area. The pay beach at Avlaki is beautiful and has a Greek island feel. As nice a beach as you will find near Athens.

 

April to October: Departure daily 08.45 – Ret. 19:00

Included


Starting at 08:45, observe the striking contrasts that make Athens a fascinating city. Your guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Drive on, passing by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and, Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis, visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found a proper home and admire the wonders of the classical era at the new Acropolis museum.

Continue to a local traditional taverna and enjoy a Greek lunch.

After a tasteful lunch drive along the coastal road to the most Southern point of Attica, the 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 the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion and take photos of a beautiful sunset.

Price & discounts

All the travel agents sell the same tours at different prices. Our discounted price, per adult = 80.00 € + applicable entrance fees

APPLICABLE ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, APRIL - OCTOBER, are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, APRIL – OCTOBER, pay 20.00 €
Everybody else APRIL – OCTOBER pays 20.00 + 10.00 + 8.00 = 38.00 € extra.
For an adult the total price is 80.00 + 38.00 = 118.00 €

The tour services include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up/drop off from or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website), and
– the services of the professional tour guide.

On the following dates, everybody is allowed to walk in Greek sites and museums, free of charge:
March 6, April 18, May 18, June 5, September 27, Last weekend of September, First Sunday from November 01 – to March 31st, October 28.

Avoid planning visits to Archaeological sites & museums on the following dates. You will find them closed:
December 25 + 26, January 01, March 25, May 01, Greek Easter Day(April or May) & Greek Good Friday sites/museums open at 01:00pm

Special discounts: (One option of 5% discount is applicable).
* Persuade a friend, share a triple room with your friend and save 5%
* Persuade your friends, make a team of 5 or more adults and save 5%
* Take advantage of our PAY IN ADVANCE 5% discount (see in the footer)
* Combine it with the 1 day cruise and pay a special price for the package.
* Click and see the entrance fees that are valid to enter museums and sites
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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 the Roman times and flourished again during the Byzantine times. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors left their sigfmature 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, souvenir and other fashion shops make your stay an enjoyable one.
The city itself is a pleasure to walk around with nice views to 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 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 178,00 € per person | Single supplement 4* hotel 36,00 €
Half board 3* hotel 153,00 € per person | Single supplement 3* hotel 29,00 €

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

In the footer of this website you find the “4 steps to make a booking”. If our offer sounds interesting, 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)

Words cannot describe a place that calms you down, and makes you enjoy the sunset like never before.

Sunset in cape Sounion

Between April and October this is a popular tour that departs daily from the heart of Athens at 15:00 – 19:00
Between November to March it is organized on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 00.30 min. earlier.

There is a pick up / drop off service from most central Athens hotels.

Short description


Enjoy a ride along the beautiful Saronic gulf coastline, in a guided tour to Cape Sounio and watch an amazing sunset at the Temple of Poseidon. Enjoy the drive over the sea and watch the reflections of the sun on the waters, and the beauty of the scenery!

A beautiful drive passing by beautiful sandy beaches, and countless coves. Crowning feature of the tour is Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON 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 imposing Temple of Poseidon at the top of the hill. A feeling of fullness and uniqueness springs from everywhere.

Upon arrival at Cape Sounio you enter the archaeological site with the Temple of Poseidon for a detailed tour with your licensed guide. Embrace and inhale the views and the history. Learn the Greek myths about the ship of King Menelaus who stopped briefly at Sounio on his way back from Troy; or about King Aegeus who drowned himself on that spot and the Aegean Sea got named after him; It’s the myth of the Cretan Minotaur, the Athenian hero Thesseus, and his father Aegeus, after whom the Aegean sea was named. 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 had considered the energetic properties of the land. You admire the beautiful temple, the location, and the set up. Take pictures of the Temple of Poseidon and capture magnificent photos with the sky dyed in deep yellow, orange and red colors, creating the most beautiful canvas!

Words cannot describe a place that calms you down, feel nostalgic, and makes you enjoy the sunset like never before. Sounion Temple is literally a battery charger. It’s a place that makes you reminisce the splendour of Ancient Greece! Walk around the temple, find a spot on a rock and renew your energy flows.

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 the very few and going places was a long journey so marking the spot was a must.

Leave from Sounion before the sunset and arrive in the centre of Athens at +/- 19:30

Price


PRICE: 33.00 € per adult + applicable entrance fees.

ENTRANCE FEES: Juniors <19 and E.U. students, JANUARY - DECEMBER, are free of charge.
Students from other countries and E.U. seniors over 65, JANUARY – DECEMBER, pay 4.00 €
Everybody else, NOVEMBER – MARCH, pay 4.00 €, while, from APRIL – OCTOBER everybody else pays 8.00 € 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, find the “4 steps 2 make and secure a booking” and if our offer suits your budget, please, start the communication.

Private tour


The afternoon Sounion can be done as a private 6 hrs trip (start to finish). 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 arrangement entrance fees, snacks, and drinks are not included in the price.

Organise the tour to Sounion as a private excursion, make the most of your trip indulging in a refreshing swim in the small beach by the foot of the temple of Poseidon or in one of the beaches at Legrena or Lavrio! Treat yourselves to some fresh fish and seafood in the local tavernas and enjoy a beautiful sunset with your company – in one of Attica’s best locations – having the ancient temple as a backdrop and facing the deep blue sea!

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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 was extremely helpful in our understanding the sites, the local culture and 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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The Sounion Temple is literally a battery charger. You will feel brand new for weeks after.

Sparti: One of the two most powerful city-states in Classical Greece, Sparta is located in the Evrotas river valley, almost completely surrounded by mountain ranges. Unlike most of the other Greek city-states, Sparta was not a fortified city-state center with huge religious and civic buildings, but it was a loose collection of smaller villages spaced over a large rural area. Traditionally, Sparta’s founding is given at the middle of the 10th century B.C. by the Dorian Greeks. By the 7th century the warlike Spartans had conquered all of the surrounding Laconia and Messenia, and by the next century much of the remaining Peloponnese was under Spartan control. In the 5th century Sparta allied herself with Athens and other city-states in order to repulse the Persian aggressor, but soon after this the two city-states fell out, embarking on a century-long struggle for supremacy in the Peloponessian War, which ended with Spartan victory in 405 B.C. By the 4th century, however, Spartan power declined with its defeat by Thebes in 371 B.C., and, by 193 B.C., she had entirely lost her territorial possessions. Sparta thrived briefly under Roman Imperial rule, but was sacked by the Goths in 395 A.D and completely abandoned.
We will visit the archeaological remains of ancient Sparta, including the 2nd century BC theatre, the sites most discernible ruin (virtually nothing remains of the ancient city). The monuments on the site have not been restored yet but there are plans in the works for this under the auspices of the European Union. Important monuments of the site include the temple of Athena Chalkoikos on the top of the acropolis ; the ancient theatre, dating from the early Imperial period, the orchestra and walls of which still stand; a circular building of unknown use, which some scholars think was some kind of assembly; remains of shops, constructed in the Roman Imperial period, which served visitors to the theater; and finally, the remains of a Basilica of the Middle Byzantine period, dated to the 10th century A.D.
Mystras: Mystra enjoys one of the most beautiful situations in Greece, lying along a steep slope of Mt. Taygetos. At the top is the Kastro (fortified citadel), and on successive levels below are several Byzantine churches (most notably the Pantanassa), the Palace of the Despots, and everywhere spectacular views.
Few kilometers west to the Byzantine town Mystra on the slopes of Mt. Taygetos, an impregnable fortress, built by Guillame de Villehardouin in 1249. When the Byzantines won back the Morea from the Franks, Emperor Michael VIII Palaeologus made Mystra its capital and seat of government and Mystras became the leading city of the Peloponnese. It was governed by a Byzantine Despot, usually either a son or a brother of the Emperor in Constantinople.It soon became populated by people from the surrounding plains seeking refuge from invading Slavs. From this time, until the last despot, Demetrios, surrendered it to the Turks in 1460, a despot of Morea (usually a son or brother of the ruling Byzantine emperor) lived and reigned at Mystra. Mystra declined under Turkish rule. It was captured by the Venetians in 1687 and it thrived once again with a flourishing silk industry and a population of 40,000. It was recaptured by the Turks in 1715, and from then on it was downhill all the way. It was burned by the Russians in 1770, the Albanians in 1780 and Ibrahim Pasha in 1825. Not surprisingly, at the time of Independence it was in a very sorry state, virtually abandoned and in ruins. Since the 1950s much restoration work has taken place. Once inside Nafplion Gate, the tour will see the main sites of this ancient city such as the Palace of the Despots.

Kyparisia: about 40 miles southeast from Mystras, through some of the most striking and at times hair-raising scenery in Greece, to Kalamata, and from Kalamata it’s another 32 miles to Kyparissia. Kyparisia: In his “description of Greece” Pausanias describes Kyparissia in these words: “having come to Cyparissiae we see a spring below the city near the sea. They say that Dionysus made the water flow by smiting the earth with his wand; hence they name it the spring of Dionysus. There is also a sanctuary of Apollo at Kyparissae, and another of Athena surnamed Kyparissian…there is a temple of Aulonian Aesculapius and an image of him” (4.36) Today, the Spring of Dionysus can still be seen on the beach of Ai Lagoudia in Kyparissia, a town on the south-western Peloponnese, but of the temples little remains. In Byzantine times Kyparissia was called Arkadia because of the Arkadian people who came to live there. The Arkadians built a massive castle on the site of the old acropolis, which was later rebuilt by the Franks. The castle and the ancient harbor are the main monuments on Kyparissia today. However, the town is a popular summer getaway because of its attractive beaches and summer festivities.

Pylos: The home of Nestor, the “elder statesman” of the Greek warriors at Troy, Pylos is located on the hill of Epano Englianos, near Navarino Bay, the southwest coast of the Peloponneseus. Occupied as early as the Middle Bronze Age, the site is dominated by a monumental structure, known as Nestor’s palace, which is the best preserved of the existing Mycenean palaces. Built in the Late Bronze Age (ca.1300 B.C.), the palace consists of 105 ground floor apartments. The most important compartments of the palace are the the big “throne room”, with its circular heath, a room with a clay bath tube, and stores with numerous storage jars. The walls of the palace were decorated with beautiful frescos. Thousands of clay tablets in Linear B script were found in the palace. (The Linear B script has been found to be based on the Greek language and was deciphered by a British archaeologist, Michael Ventris, in the 1950s).The palace was destroyed by fire in the 12th century B.C., and by a happy accident of chance, the linear B tablets were preserved by baking in the fire.
Spending the day in and around Pylos, visiting the Venetian castle at Methoni, the Mycenean palace at Pylos (called the Palace of Nestor, the garrulous old advisor in the Iliad), and the Pylos Museum. The Palace of Nestor was first excavated by Carl Blegen of Cincinnati in 1952 and was destroyed by fire at the end of the Mycenean period (around 1200 BC). It is quite a bit smaller than Mycenae, and it is here that the first Linear B tablets found on the Greek mainland were discovered in 1939.