By Joanna Allen at Allen Batista Travel, Inc.
Athens, Greece, the birthplace of modern democracy, has a rich tapestry of ancient history and archaeological wonders. Travelers will be enchanted by many archaeological ruins dating to the fifth century B.C.
Allen Batista Travel, Inc. spotlights Collette Tours Classical Greece sightseeing tour to take travelers back in time to uncover the country’s rich cultural history.
History And Legacy
Classical Greece is famous for having a significant impact on the growth of contemporary civilization. From the archaic to the Hellenistic era, Greece had a major role in the development of the principles of democracy. Greece was the birthplace for well-known philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates making the country an epicenter for philosophical thought.
The country also was also an epicenter for the arts and sciences as well as many architectural wonders such as the Acropolis in Athens or the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.
The Gods And Mythology
Greek mythology, a complex tapestry of deities and fantastical creatures, is an essential component of Greek culture. For generations, people have been enthralled by the tales of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Athena, and other mythological figures.
Travelers will feel the presence of the Greek deities as you explore the ruins across the country, especially at Olympia's Temple of Zeus or Crete's Palace of Knossos.
Greek is the oldest language with its distinctive alphabet and a large vocabulary in Europe. Ancient Greek language still has a presence in modern scientific, medical, and philosophical nomenclature.
When travelers visit the country, it is important to know a few Greek words and phrases, such as:
Travelers will not only enhance their cultural experience but also these words will bring smiles from the welcoming locals.
Greek cuisine is based on the Mediterranean diet – lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and olive oil. Greek food is a celebration of local, seasonal ingredients, strong flavors, and age-old culinary techniques.
Travelers should savor well-known Greek food such as classic moussaka to the delicious souvlaki and the tantalizing spanakopita.
Places To Explore
Our Classical Greece sightseeing trip gives travelers an insider’s view into the country’s rich culture. Our adventure begins in Athens with a panoramic tour of the city's top attractions including the Temple of Zeus and the old Parliament building, the Parthenon and the Olympic Stadium. The tour ventures to Thermopylae And Kalambaka.
Thermopylae And Kalambaka
Traveling north through central Greece, our tour stops in Thermopylae. Trip highlights include seeing the memorial to Leonidas, a valiant Spartan warrior who protected Greece from the Persians.
You will marvel at the Byzantine art in this area and you will spend the afternoon visiting a nearby studio and watch skilled painters create stunning Byzantine icons. During our tour, travelers will savor a delicious lunch featuring delicacies that have been passed down through the years at a family-run taverna.
Arachova And Metéora
Our tour will transport guests to Metéora, a special region known for its imposing limestone rock formations. Our group will experience guided tours of two isolated monasteries situated atop these commanding "towers" and learn more about the Byzantine monks who selected this stunning spot for their monastic community.
Our tour continues with a stop in Arachova, a beautiful ski resort with breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys nearby.
Delphi And Olympia
Delphi is one of the most significant religious sites during the Classical era. Our group will explore Apollo’s Sanctuary, the Doric Temple, the historic theater, and the Delphi Museum. Legend has it, the Oracle at Delphi foretold the future and many people traveled long distances to learn their destiny.
After exploring Delphi, our tour will proceed to the Gulf of Corinth into the Peloponnese to the ancient city of Olympia. Olympia is an important destination in Classical Greece and it is also the birthplace for the first Olympic Games.
During our group's visit, travelers will savor local flavors including local wines, olive oil, homemade jams, marmalades, and sweets.
The Arkadian Mountains And Nafplio
The tour transports guests to the charming beach town of Nafplio, taking a lovely route through the Arkadian Mountains. Our group will visit a family-run ouzo distillery along the road, where the nation's distinctive anise-flavored aperitif has been made since 1869.
Guests will enjoy the tranquility and stunning scenery of the area.
Mycenae Or Nafplio
Depending on travelers interests, our guests can choose to spend the day in Mycenae Or Nafplio.
Mycenae was once ruled by the legendary King Agamemnon, and he was important as the Greeks' commander-in-chief during the Trojan War. Travelers can immerse themselves in the historical legends, see the excavations such as stunning Beehive Tombs and the Lion Gate.
Nafplio, one of the most opulent cities in Greece, has a lovely fusion of Neo-classical and Venetian architecture. Nafplio is Greece's first city on foot, and travelers can stroll through the town's old streets, look for hidden attractions, and take in the ambiance.
As our tour draws to a close, travelers will have an opportunity to visit Corinth Canal, which links the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth. Guests can marvel at the engineering wonder, as well as take pictures at the canal before the group returns to Athens.
Upon our group’s return to the bustling city, there will be an opportunity to explore. Plaka, a historic area of Athens known for its winding lanes, small cafes, and traditional stores. As an alternative, our guests may explore world-class institutions such as the Benaki Museum or the National Archaeological Museum, which both have magnificent bronze statues of the Greek deities of Athena and Poseidon.
Greece welcomes travelers with open arms and extends an invitation to share its priceless treasures on this amazing journey. Our Classical Greece sightseeing tour will introduce travelers to the glories of ancient culture, history, architectural wonders, mythology and of course, the delectable food.
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