“Beneath all clouds the Greeks dreamt the most beautiful dream of life”.
People in Greece are connected to their homeland with very strong
bonds. They all speak the same language. All five senses take part in
their communication. Their faces seem to have sprung directly out of
the Ancient and Byzantine times. Mainland and island inhabitants,
faces moulded from the sun and salt; hospitality runs in their veins.
Their table is set with olives, bread, wine, honey and warmth.
Hospitality is not seen as a mere obligation, it is one of their oldest
traditions. These are the Greek people.
It is to these people, under the blue sky, next to the ripple of the Aegean
Sea, to the Metropolis of the ancient world that this journey takes you.
Day 1: Italy – Greece
Boarding the ferry – Departure in the evening. Overnight stay on board.
Day 2: Patras - Delphi (approx.120 km)
Arrival in Patras. Journey over Rion-Antirion to the navel of the ancient world, Delphi. This is where one of the most significant Oracles of Antiquity once stood. The famous ruins lie in a mesmerizing scenery. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Delphi.
Day 3: Delphi-Kalambaka (approx. 200 km)
In the morning we visit the archeological site and the museum in Delphi. The journey then takes us through the mainland over Lamia Lamia, Karditsa und Trikala to Kalambaka, where we come to the Meteora, a unique natural phenomenon. The Meteora Monasteries were built by monks in the Byzantine times on the summit of the Meteora cliffs, which rise up to the sky as steep and as vertical as a giant wall. Dinner and overnight saty in Kalambaka.
Day 4: Kalambaka-Athens (approx.350 km)
After a visit to the Meteora cliffs and the Monasteries of Anapafsa and Ag Stefanos in the morning we continue towards our next destination, the capital of Greece. Athens is a fascinating metropolis with a great variety of sights to visit, an impressive old town (Plaka) and a colourful nightlife. Overnight stay in Athens
Day 5: Athens-Akropolis-Cape Sounion. (approx. 60 km)
In the morning we visit the astonishing ancient monuments, the Akropolis with the Parthenon and Museum. Our day continues with a tour of the city where we visit the Archeological Museum, the Syntagma Square, the National Library, the Stadium, The Temple of Zeus and Adrian’s Gate. In the evening a drive along the coast we enjoy a fascinating view before we reach Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon for an unforgettable sunset. In the evening you have the opportunity to visit Plaka for a folklore evening with traditional food, wine and dancing!
Day 6: Athens-Epidavros-Mykene- Nafplion. (approx. 150 km)
Departure from Athens. Todays journey takes us to several sites, eg the Corinthian Channel, the archeological site of Mykene with the impressive Lion Gate, the famous Amphitheatre with the amazing acoustics in Epidavros. From there to Nafplion, once the capital of Greece, with its fortress and the fortified island of Bourdzi. Overnight stay in Nafplion.
Day 7: Nafplio-Mistras-Olympia. (approx. 180 km)
Today we visit the Byzantine ruins of Mistras where there are many churches and monasteries of great architectural interest and beauty. Our journey then takes us through the Taygetos Mountains to Kalamata and from there to Olympia, where the
Day 8 : Olympia-Patras-Boarding. (approx. 110 km)
After breakfast we visit the famous archeological site, where the ancient Greeks gathered to watch the greatest athletes of their time compete for a crown made of laurel. We visit the Stadium and the museums, where unique artefacts are displayed. In the evening we continue to Patras to board the ferry to Italy
Day 9: Arrival in Italy –
Journey home The ferry trip from Patras to Ancona is an unforgettable experience. The ships are fully equipped with modern facilities to ensure a pleasurable journey. Swimming pools, restaurants, bars, discos, casinos, sun-decks, shops, comfortable, modern cabins and of course air-conditioning throughout the ship. Enjoy a relaxing and secure journey over the Adriatic.
Departure also possible from Bari/Brindisi/Venice