Arrival at Athens airport
Meet and greet at the airport of Athens.
We will start to explore the city, named in honor of the favorite daughter of Zeus, goddess of wisdom Athena.
City tour by bus, where our guide will show you the Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is guarded by Tsoliades (national guards), the Presidential Palace and Kallimarmaro Stadium (Panathinaikon Stadium), where the first modern Olympic Games were held. We will have the opportunity to visit the famous New Acropolis Museum, 3rd among the top 50 museum of the world, from where you can have a magnificent view of the Parthenon and Erectheum before viewing Athens from the top of Mars Hill where St. Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. Next and most important to the list the Acropolis Parthenon and the Agora (ancient market place and centre of Athenian public life). A short walk through the narrow streets of the Old picturesque city, the famous Plaka will enchant you. Before we close our tour we will visit the Metropolis Cathedral where the holy relics of Gregory V the Constantinople Patriarch are, and the small Kapnikarea church.
Check in to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight.
Athens – Dimitsana – Kalavrita
After our breakfast we depart from Athens to Peloponnese Peninsula. We will first visit the Monastery of St. Lukas which belongs to Byzantine monuments of Greece. The name Lukas probably comes from Latin word ‘LUKUS’ -sacred forest- and comes from the Franks who conquered and lived as Capuchins Monks. Crossing a beautiful road through the mountains of Peloponnese we will arrive in Monastery of “Panagia Malevi”. In the monastery there is a miraculous image, which was painted by Luke the Evangelist and from which wells Holy Essence, thanks to it many patients are cured. The miracles of Virgin in the monastery is innumerable.
Afternoon arrival in the historic village of Kalavrita.
Dinner and overnight
Kalavrita – Nafpaktos – Delphi
After our breakfast we continue our visit of Kalavrita, with one of the oldest monasteries in Greece Mega Spileon (Big Cave). The Monastery was buit in 362 AD by monks Simeon and Theodore. Inside the monastery there is a temple built into a cave, which houses the miraculous image of the Mother of God made of mastic and wax, said its been made by the Apostle Luke. This picture is almost 2000 years old. We continue to the Monastery of Agia Lavra which is the place where the Greek revolution started against the Ottoman occupancy in the year 1821. We leave Kalavrita and through the bridge of Rion- Antirion we are crossing to the other side of Greek mainland and we arrive in the beautiful city of Nafpaktos where we will visit the monastery of St. Augustine and St. Serafeim.
Afternoon arrival in Delphi.
Dinner and overnight.
Delphi – Osios Loukas – Athens
After our breakfast and optional guided tour in the archaeological site of Delphi we depart to visit the monastery of Osios Loukas a history spanning over 1000 years and one of the most important monuments of Byzantine architecture and art. It has been listed on Unesco’s World Heritage Sites in Greece.
We continue to Athens.
Arrival in the hotel. Dinner and overnight
Athens – Departure
This morning after our breakfast we depart from our hotel to Athens airport. Departure flight back home.
Transfer to/from hotel in Santorini
3 Overnights in 3* or 4* hotels
Catamara semi private 5 hour cruise
The path of Oinos semi private wine tour
All local taxes
Meals (Only lunch on the catamaran is included)
Overnight hotel tax payable to the hotel
Anything not mentioned in the program