FOR STUDENT GROUPS
ATHENS – ISTHMIA – NEMEA – NAFPLION – OLYMPIA – DELPHI- ATHENS
DAY 01: ATHENS
Meeting at Athens airport. Transfer to the hotel in Athens. Overnight.
DAY 02: ATHENS
Visit the Acropolis. Continue with a drive to the modern highlights of Athens. Stop at the “Kallimarmaro Stadium” where 1895 the first modern Olympic Games were organized. Return to hotel. Afternoon free. Overnight.
DAY 03: ATHENS – ISTHMIA – NEMEA – NAFPLION
Leave Athens and drive to the Peloponnese. The first stop is at Corinth Canal. At the entry of the canal lies the site of Ancient Isthmia, the location of the quadrennial Isthmian Games. Today you can see only the remains of the temple and the starting gate used for track events. Continue on to Ancient Nemea. Visit the museum and the stadium which has the earliest known vaulted entrance tunnel. This stadium held the Nemean Games every two years and the winners were crowned with a wreath of wild celery. We end the day at NAFPLION. Overnight.
DAY 04: NAFPLION – ANCIENT MESSENE – OLYMPIA
Visit Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the most important sanctuary of Zeus. In the stadium, the starting line is still visible, inviting you to run. The official date of the first Olympic Games was 776 BC. The games lasted five days and the winners were crowned with a wreath of the olive tree. Visit the archaeological museum beside the ancient site. It contains interesting exhibits, the pediments and the metopes of the Temple of Zeus, the Statue of Nike, and of Hermes.
Depart from Olympia to Rion, cross to Antirion, and from Nafpaktos, we arrive in Delphi, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassos, lies the archaeological site of Delphi. Overnight.
DAY 05: OLYMPIA – DELPHI – ATHENS
We visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum containing masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. After lunch, we start the return via Arachova to Athens. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: ATHENS DEPARTURE
Transfer from hotel to Athens Airport for departure.