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Athens - Arachova - Messinia

Winter Vacation Greece Tour - Package Sightseeing Tours from Athens Greece to Arachova, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Messinia

True Antiquity
We recommend our True Antiquity travel package to guests who want to experience the beauty of Greece as well as learn about its vast history - exploring traditional villages and ancient ruins of the mainland. This Greek islands luxury vacation package offers a unique journey through dramatic settings, small villages and towns on the mainland, and a first-hand feel for some of the most spectacular ancient sites that embody the rich history of Greece, including the Athens Acropolis, Delphi, Epidavros, Mycenae,and Ancient Olympia.
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Prices for our customized True Greece trips start at $250 per person per day.

For more information about our customized vacation packages, you may also contact one of our Concierges by telephone at 1-800-817-7098 (US) or 0203-026-1176 (UK).
The Destinations
 
The Plan Our True Greece itineraries feature outstanding boutique and resort hotels, exceptional dining experiences, and amazing pre-planned excursions. At the same time, True Greece itineraries are designed to allow you the freedom and flexibility to venture off on your own. You will have access to our True Greece Recommendations Guides every step of your trip to help you choose from a meticulously researched range of options for activities and dining.

As you review this itinerary, please keep in mind that this is an itinerary suggestion and the described destinations and activities represent only an example of the many alternatives from which we can help you choose.
Athens – 2 nightsDAY 1
Athens, Greece Welcome to Greece! Upon arrival at the Athens airport, you will be met by your True Greece transfer representative, who will assist you with transportation to your first night's Athens luxury hotel. Once you have settled, take advantage of our travel recommendations and head out to explore Athens’ exciting neighborhoods such as Plaka, Monastiraki, or Kolonaki.

During your first exploration, you’re sure to get a glimpse of the beauty of the most famous Greek landmark, the Parthenon. You’ll have the opportunity to explore this ancient monument during your second stay in Athens. If you have not included a guided tour of the New Acropolis Museum as part of your Athens Highlights tour, then this would be a perfect opportunity to discover this incredible museum. Be sure to enjoy your first Greek cuisine experience at one of our True Greece recommended Athens restaurants or traditional tavernas.

DAY 2
Today you will enjoy a day-trip to the ancient site of Mycenae and the ancient theater of Epidavros with your local True Greece guide. According to tradition, Mycenae was founded by Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae, and is without a doubt the most important prehistoric site in all of Greece. In fact, as the center of one of the most important prehistoric societies, it has given its name to that phase: the Mycenaean civilization. Today, surrounded by a wall with two main entrances, you will find various buildings such as warehouses, houses, workshops, and numerous ancient graves and tombs, including Legendary King Agamemnon's!

Having learned about the Mycenean civilization, it’s time to see where modern theater began! The highlight of your day will most likely be your tour of Epidavros, where you will most certainly admire the renowned ancient theatre - hosting to this day about 12,300 spectators - as well as the Sanctuary of Asklepios, the most celebrated healing center in the ancient Greek world. Your True Greece guide will describe the captivating history of this area, bringing the region’s ancient stories to life!Arachova – 2 nightsDAY 1
Arachova, GreeceWake up fresh in the morning to travel approximately 2 hours north of Athens to Mt. Parnassos. Arrive at the town of Arachova and check-in at your luxury mountain resort hotel.

The most intriguing feature of Arachova is its stunning natural beauty ~ something that has made it one of the most popular resorts for Athenians to escape to during the winter. Enjoy the day by taking a peaceful walk in the main village, sampling typical Greek food in atmospheric tavernas.

DAY 2
Arachova is a mere 20-minute drive from the sanctuary of Delphi,one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world. Surrounded by beautiful forests and brilliant vistas, it’s no wonder this site was regarded by the ancients as the “navel” of the world. Regarded as a spiritual, cultural and religious center, Delphi gave rise to the renowned Oracle, which according to legend predicted, amongst other things, the heroic fall of King Leonidas of Sparta at Thermopylae. Your local True Greece guide will walk you through this fascinating archaeological site and expose you to the myths and legends of ancient Greece.

Whether breathing in the fresh air of the Greek mountains, sipping coffee in the village cafes, learning about the region’s ancient history or trying traditional Greek recipes in tiny tavernas, sharing Greek village life will be an experience you will remember forever! Messinia – 3 nights DAY 1
Olympia, Messinia, GreeceYour journey to southern Greece will begin this morning as you travel approximately 3 hours southwest of Athens to Messinia. Your picturesque drive along the coast, as well as inland on the Peloponnesian peninsula will surely be enchanting.

As you approach the province of Messinia you will be taken by the rich natural environment, and the authentic Greek way of life. Arriving at your luxury resort hotel, check-in to your room and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure at this incredible Peloponnesian paradise.

DAY 2
Messinia is home to some of southern Greece’s most beautiful beaches and natural environments; today we recommend heading out to explore the area’s unique landscapes. Starting in the small village of Yalova is an excellent choice. Managed and protected by the Ornithological Society, the Yalova lagoon is the largest lagoon of the region and an extremely fragile ecosystem. Here you may observe a variety of bird species, flamingos, swans, and ducks; as well as small mammals, Caretta Caretta sea turtles, and the African chameleon (Yalova is the only place in Europe where this species still survives). Next follow the path that leads to Paleokastro which is a 13th century citadel, and from there to the unique beach of Voidokilia – arguably one of the most intriguing beaches in the entire Mediterranean! If you’re still eager to explore more, the coastal town of Pylos is a perfect treat for an evening stroll along the pier or a traditional meal at one of the many seaside tavernas. Whatever it is you feel like doing at the end of your day, we’re sure that you will have enjoyed an exciting day with much to tell your friends back home.

DAY 3
Today you will travel to Olympia, approximately 1.5 hours north of Messinia. Unquestionably one of the most important sites of ancient Greece, Olympia is the site where the Olympic Games began, and where they are inaugurated to this day through the lighting of the Olympic Torch. Meet your local True Greece guide upon arrival in Olympia and explore the incredible ancient site and Archaeological Museum – one of the great art museums in all of Greece. Sitting in a relatively secluded and tranquil locale, there’s no denying that the aura of this once sacred site can still be felt by visitors today; as part of your vacation package we are sure that your experience of Olympia will transcend the ancient stones and statues. After a full day of exploration, return to Messinia for a restful and calm final evening at your luxury hotel.Athens – 1 night Athens, GreeceReturn to Athens, where you'll enjoy the last memorable day of your True Greece luxury vacation package. In the afternoon, take a tour of Athens and its most significant sights together with your local True Greece guide. Of course, no vacation package to Athens is complete without a climb to the Acropolis ("peak of the city"), where Ancient Athenians of the 5th century BC erected the great temple dedicated to the goddess Athena - the extraordinary Parthenon. You will also see the Ancient Agora, as well as some of the finest structures of modern Athens, such as the Kalimarmaro Stadium, home of the first modern Olympics in 1896, and the old Royal Palace and today's Parliament, with the elite unit known as the Evzones guarding the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. Finally, celebrate the end of your luxury travel experience with a farewell dinner at one of our recommended Athens restaurants.

You're sure to leave Athens, full of wonderful memories, having found a new and comfortable home in Greece.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

The above itinerary is an itinerary suggestion for your Greece vacation and the described destinations and activities represent only an example of the many alternatives from which we can help you choose.
Please fill out our Customized Trips Questionnaire to start your travel experience!
Prices for our customized True Greece trips start at $250 per person per day.

For more information about our customized vacation packages, you may also contact one of our Concierges by telephone at 1-800-817-7098 (US) or 0203-026-1176 (UK).
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