Glories of Greece

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
  • Highlights:Meet the People/ Performing Music Tour Featuring Athens – Nauplion – Epidaurus – Saronic Cruise – Delphi –Meteara- Corinth
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Athens/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Buffet breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
    • Comprehensive touring and sightseeing as per itinerary
    • Professional English speaking guide throughout
    • MEET THE LOCALS program
    • Transportation by a private motorcoach
    • All admission charges
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International Travel portfolio
    • Organization and coordination of 3 musical performances

DAY 1 : DEPART USA

Depart from your hometown on an overnight flight to Athens.

DAY 2: ATHENS

Welcome to Greece, where you are given a warm greeting by your professional tour director and transferred to the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to become acclimated to a new time zone, and to visit the world famous Archeological Museum. Tonight we have a welcome dinner in the Plaka section of town with Greek music and dancing to get us in the right frame of mind. Overnight Athens. (B.D.)

DAY 3: ATHENS

A full day of sightseeing as we step back into history with our guided tour of the marvels of ancient Athens. Visit the Acropolis, crowned with the Parthenon, National Library, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus, Pan-Athenian Stadium, Hadrian’s Arch, Odeon of Herod Atticus, Philapapos Hill, and view the National Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This afternoon, you visit a local folkore group which is happy to teach you some intricate but fun steps of the traditional Greek dances. Tonight is your first performance in Athens. Overnight Athens. (B.D.)

DAY 4: ATHENS

Our great adventure continues with a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum which exhibits a wide variety of Greek musical instruments both modern and old. See popular and folk instruments in their many diverse forms. Continue to the Athens Concert Hall for a tour of the facility guided by a resident expert. The Prestigious Athens American College is our destination after a lunch break. We tour the facilities and then we are privileged to be able to present a concert here .(Subject to confirmation.) We enjoy dinner at our hotel. Life is good! Overnight Athens. (B.D.)

DAY 5: ANCIENT GREECE

After breakfast we depart for Nauplion. Along the way we stop at Corinth, one of the most celebrated cities of antiquity, and the place where St. Paul preached his famous sermon to the Corinthinas. Corinth’s remains standing at the foot of the Acrocorintho Mountain. The Greek Temple here is one of the oldest remaining in Greece having been built around 600 BC. Nearby we find the Roman Odeon and Theater. Next we venture to Mycenae, built in military fortifications and set in a boulder strewn ravine. The citadel here is dated 1200 BC or older ( no one knows for sure). Continue to one of Greece’s little known treasures, Nauplion. A fairyland of neoclassic homes, streets, and Turkish fountains this will be our home for the evening. See the Turkish Mosque and visit and outdoor cafe in this charming village. A very special treat awaits us as we visit Nauplion City Hall for a meeting with the mayor and present a concerto to an audience of dignitaries and students. What great exposure for a promising young musician. Overnight Nauplion. (B.D.)

DAY 6: EPIDAURUS- DELPHI

Our destination today is Epidaurus. This sanctuary of very old Greece, was a religious curiosity. Today we step into the jewel of Epidaurus, the Roman Theater. Its beauty is well preserved considering it was built over sixteen hundred years ago. It is interesting to note that a whisper from the orchestra can be heard from any of the 14,000 seats. Check it out! This marvel of engineering is still in use today. Perhaps one day you will return to perform here in front of an excited and amazed European audience, as many very famous performers have. We then continue to Delphi for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 7: DELPHI- KALAMBAKA

Morning tour of the “Navel of the Earth,” Delphi, which clings to the side of Mount Parnassus with an incredible view of the waters of the Gulf of Corinth. It was the religious center of Ancient Greece (cults thrived here) and it is well known that prophets determined the fate of many an ancient city here. Walk the Sacred Way and see the Castalian Spring and the Sanctuary of Athena. See the temple of Apollo and visit the museum where the famed Bronze Charioteer resides. This was the place where the idea of “One God” was initiated and a cultural center in Ancient Greece. We continue to the town of Kalambaka in the heart of Greece, where you have your third performance. Overnight Kalambaka. (B.D.)

DAY 8: METEORA

One cannot come to Greece without seeing these architectural wonders. Monasteries which sit on top of cliffs as if they are birds nests. We climb uo to visit one of the larger monasteries, and then stop at an Icon workshop to see how the Icons are still made in a slow, painstaking traditional way. We then continue to Athens for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 9: SARANOIC GULF CRUISE

What a day! Board our cruise vessel at Paleon Faliron Pier at 8:30 a.m. and set sails for the beautiful islands of Aegina (famous for Pistachio Nuts), Poros (postcard harbor and towns) and, after lunch on board, we visit Hydra (an artist’s delight with a charming waterfront and cafes). We return to Athens after our island adventure, for a farewell dinner in the port of Pireus, made famous in the movie “Never on a Sunday.” This is your opportunity to try some of the new dance steps you learned. Overnight Athens. (B.D.)

DAY 10: RETURN TO USA

This morning we depart for the airport and the flight home. (B)

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