Greece Summer 2022
DAY 1, MONDAY JUNE 6: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Depart from the USA.
DAY 2, TUESDAY JUNE 7: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Continue your overnight flight to Europe.
DAY 3, WEDNESDAY JUNE 8: ATHENS
Arrive in Athens, meet your ACIS Tour Manager and begin to explore this enchanting, ancient city. Perhaps stop for a plate of honey-soaked, cinnamon-spiced loukoumades while you stroll through the winding streets of this cradle of civilization. (D)
DAY 4, THURSDAY JUNE 9: ATHENS
Greet the day with a guided sightseeing tour that reveals the glories of ancient Greece. Ascend to the top of the Acropolis and visit the iconic Parthenon. Then view the Agora, followed by a stroll through the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural jewel. In the afternoon you may opt to visit a traditional taverna for a cooking lesson and delicious Greek lunch. Or discover more of the city at your leisure, perhaps taking in less-visited attractions like the ancient and modern coins of the Numismatic Museum or the National Gardens. Tonight perhaps venture out to stroll the Plaka as it comes alive in summer evenings. (B,D)
DAY 5, FRIDAY JUNE 10: OLYMPIA
Travel to Corinth for a photo stop at the jaw-dropping Corinth Canal that links the Gulf of Corinth and the Aegean Sea. Then it’s on to the town of Epidaurus, home to the great Theater of Epidaurus, which is one of the world’s best-preserved amphitheaters. Continue on to Mycenae, where you’ll marvel at historic sites such as the Lion Gate, Royal Tombs and the Acropolis. In Mycenae, embrace your inner Greek artisan at a ceramics workshop where you’ll learn about and create your piece of pottery in the manner of the ancients. We will arrive in Olympia tonight for dinner. (B,L,D)
DAY 6, SATURDAY JUNE 11: DELPHI
We start the morning with a guided tour of Olympia, including a visit to the stadium that hosted the original Olympic games centuries ago. You’ll also visit the Archaeological Museum of Olympia’s world-class collection of Greek artifacts and artwork. Then journey to Delphi for dinner. (B,D)
DAY 7, SUNDAY JUNE 12: KALAMBAKA
Today a local expert takes you on a guided tour of Delphi, where ancient Greeks asked for counsel from its fabled oracle. Visit the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Archaeological Museum, featuring artifacts unearthed during local excavations. After, drive to the Kalambaka area, known for the spectacular Meteora rocks that rise nearly 2,000 feet above the town. (B,D)
DAY 8, MONDAY JUNE 13: ATHENS
In the morning, you’ll ascend the Meteora rocks to visit the monasteries of Varlaam and Great Meteoron, perched atop these sandstone cliffs. In the afternoon, depart for Thermopylae, where the vastly outnumbered Greek army famously held off a much larger Persian force at the eponymously named battle in 480 B.C. After a photo stop at the famous Leonidas monument on the battlefield plains, you’ll continue on to Athens. (B,D)
DAY 9, TUESDAY JUNE 14: ATHENS
Today you’re free to enjoy Athens at your own pace, perhaps visiting the treasure-filled National Archaeological Museum or the interesting Byzantine Museum. Or you may choose to take an optional cruise on the Saronic Gulf, around the isles of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Later celebrate your final evening in Greece with a Greek cultural evening in a traditional village setting. Taste freshly pressed olive oil, watch a tzatziki making demonstration, dine on authentic taverna cuisine and feast your eyes and ears on professional dancers moving to the traditional music. An expert also teaches you the steps of traditional Greek dances so that you can join in the fun! (B,D)
DAY 10, WEDNESDAY JUNE 15: DEPARTURE
Depart for the USA.