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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Day 1: Athens and Cape Sounion From one awe inspiring site to the next is how your day starts, unfolds & just keeps going! After meeting at your hotel, start with the Acropolis learning of the turbulent history of the site, its construction, and aspects such as the mythological struggles of the gods over the name of the city. Passing picturesque Neoclassic houses, you arrive at the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s arch for an insight into the important Roman period of the city and continuing to the Plaka area, Roman Agora, Hadrians library, Keramikos & Ancient Agora, the market place of the ancient Athenians with the near complete Temple of Hephaestus.
Pausing for lunch with wonderful views to the ancient site, discuss how the ancient Greeks would have gathered to trade, exchange news, worship & carry out the street politics of the day before driving out of the city for around 50 minutes enjoying the Aegean coast line to explore the beautiful area of Sounion and the breathtaking Temple of Poseidon perched on the shear cliff edge. Learn of its importance in Greek history, its story & mythology and of previous visitors from Theseus to Lord Byron during his own Grand Tour before returning you to your hotel in the evening.
Day 2: Delphi Dead north passing through some of the most beautiful countryside of Greece towards the slopes of Mt Parnassus to arrive at Delphi. Centre of the ancient world as designated by Zeus, home to the sacred Oracle and Pythian Games. This unique site dating back as far as 1500BC provides a tangible connection in history between the pre-classical and classical periods up to Roman times. Take all the time you need to enjoy the magnificent scenery & visit the impressive on-site museum with highlights such as the Naxian Sphinx and bronze sculpture of a charioteer. On your return, take time to stop at the pretty mountain village of Arachova perched at 3,116 feet (950 meters) to enjoy the village atmosphere, views and local craft shops before heading back to Athens.
A private tour exclusive to your group allowing flexibility and consideration for the needs of small philosophers & experienced travelers alike, your English speaking driver will take full and special care of you during you trip and provide all the historical, mythological, ancient & modern context along the way to help you make the most of the sites you will visit. Your driver/guide is not allowed to accompany you into ticketed sites but for those wanting professional guiding inside any of these, there may be on site guides provided upon request.
Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels (if option selected)
Pick up from cruise ship/airport can be provided on request at a small supplement.
Transport by air-conditioned minivan (depending on number) Transport by private vehicle (depending on number)
Return transfer from the Athens Cruise ship terminal
Entrance fees. There is one ticket of 12 euro per person to purchase which gives access to all the sites visited in Athens and can be re-used for visits in following days
Entrance to the Temple of Poseidon 4 euro
Entrance to Delphi & Delphi Museum 8 euro
Lunch & Drinks
Small extra fee for pickup at Airport or Cruise ship terminal
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Walking is involved in the morning period of the first day so a reasonable fitness level is recommended along with comfortable shoes.
One of the sites has uneven surfaces.
There are plenty of rest stops as appropriate
For travelers with very small children/babies, be aware that strollers must be left at a free storage at the foot of the Acropolis site
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
From central hotels in Athens we will meet you at the hotel reception area.
Cruise ship guests: Free pickup at your Athens Cruise ship terminal providing we have the following details: The ship name; all passenger names; one passport number.
Athens Airport Pickup and or Return Transfer. Carried out on request with a 50 euro supplement per transfer.
Guiding inside Archaeological sites: We work with tried & tested licensed professional guides at each site & can provide these on request with discounted cost.
Departure time: 07:30 (flexible on request). Unless you ask for an alternate start time we will be waiting for your group at 07:30 at your hotel lobby, cruise ship terminal exit point, or other location.