Groups in Magical Greece

Trip Highlights

  • Athens, Constitution Square
  • Beotia, Thebes, Levadia, Arachova, Delphi, Kammena Vourla,
  • Karpenissi, Prousos Monastery, boat trip & BBQ
  • Pelion, Makrinitsa
  • Meteora, Verlaam Monastery, Kalmbaka
  • Lamia, Thermopylae
  • Acropolis, Panathenaic Stadium, Parliament, Memorial to Unknown Soldier
  • Napflia, Psaromahalas in Syntagma Square, Palimidi Castle

Trip Highlights

This program is specially designed by Lifetime Discovery to accommodate groups (minimum 15 persons) for a magical discovery of Greece. Each day of the itinerary includes eye-openers in a journey that includes the best of all possible travel dreams!

* Rate is per person per night based on double occupancy, depending on time of travel, chosen hotels, availability and number of passengers.

 

King George Palace | Athens

Days: 1 6 7 8

Recipient of the highest score in the 2009 Guest Recognition Award of Excellence from members of the Leaders Club, the King George Palace was created for people who recognize quality and demand excellence in all they do. It combines the grace and stature of a historic landmark with ultra-modern amenities and personal service that puts guests’ comfort above all. A total renovation has recently restored the King George to its original glamour, while the experienced hotel personnel offer discreet and competent service around the clock.

Galina Hotel & Spa | Kammena Vourla

Days: 2 3

Combining understated luxury, attention to detail and commitment to service, our experienced staff only has one wish: to make you happy! The 224 rooms (200 superior rooms, 10 executive Rooms, 10 maisonettes, 3 junior suites and 1 presidential suite) are all carefully appointed with a typical Mediterranean décor and offer all the comforts of a 5-star resort.

Larissa Imperial Hotel | Larissa

Days: 4 5

Our Luxury Larissa Hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Larissa, the vibrant capital of Thessaly, administrative, commercial, industrial and cultural center of the province. The Larissa Imperial hotel lies in the middle of the fertile plains of the eastern coast of central Greece.

Day 1: Welcome to Greece

Accomodation: King George Palace | Athens

All day individual arrivals at the International Airport of Athens. Upon arrival you will be met and greeted by our Lifetime Discovery representative, escorted to your private vehicle and transferred to your hotel for overnight. Should time allow, take a walk in the neighboring areas of your hotel, located in the most central location of vivid Athens City.

Day 2: Arachova, Delphi and on to Kammena Vourla

Accomodation: Galina Hotel & Spa | Kammena Vourla

Enjoy you breakfast at the roof top restaurant, with magnificent view of  Acropolis Monument and the famous Constitution Square.  A little after 9am, we will board our deluxe coach along with our guide and start our tour to the Mainland of Greece, full of beautiful places and scenery.  Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes (connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus), Levadia and Arachova. Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World – the “Omphalos,” – the Navel of Earth, whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch will be held in the modern village of Delphi. After lunch, we will continue to our destination, Kammena Vourla, through a magnificent mountain way of exquisite beauty. Arrival early evening to the Galini,  our 5* Hotel, check-in to our rooms and overnight.

 

Day 3: Karpenissi and Kammena Vourla

Accomodation: Galina Hotel & Spa | Kammena Vourla

 Today, two very special options are waiting and are up to you to decide:

-Full day tour to Karpenissi, visit to Prousos Monastery and lunch with fish menu, by the river.

or

-Half day boat trip, with BBQ in a small volcanic island with crystal water to swim and relax with Greek music.

Karpenissi, is a town in central Greece, situated in the valley of river Karpenissiotis, a tributary of  Megdovas, in the southern part of Pindus Mountains. Mount Timfristos lies directly on the north of the town and the foothills of Mount Kaliakouda are in the south. Surrounded by all these mountains Karpenissi offers an excellent climate and is a very famous ski resort of Greece during winter. Continuing our way and following the canyon, we will reach the Monastery of  Proussos.  The Monastery of Proussos was named after the Icon of Panagia Prousiotissa from Prousa in Minor Asia, according to a legend painted by Luke the Evangelist. It is 31 km north of Karpenissi. It was built in the 9th century (some say 12th century). According to a legend the monastery was founded during the period of the Byzantine Emperor Theophilos (829-842) who was an iconoclast (against the use of icons). To protect the icon it was decided by supporters of the use of icons to move it to a safe place. The two persons responsible to find a place for the icon who came in Proussos decided to stay here and to build a monastery, and they were the first monks who changed their names to Dionysios and Timotheos. According to legends they decided the place due to miracles that happened due to the icon and because they could not move the icon to another place.  Part of the monastery was destroyed 1587 by a fire during the Greek War of Independence,  and a large part of the monastery was destroyed, including many books and documents, by a fire set by German troops in the Second World War.

 

Day 4: Volos, Pelion and on to Larissa

Accomodation: Larissa Imperial Hotel | Larissa

Early morning wake up and after breakfast we leave our small paradise of hotel, heading to the famous Mount Pelion, the home of Kentauvrus. We will pass by the town of Volos, a wonderful town and port, with tens of traditional taverns all along the quay side, offering “tzipouro” and “meze” – a combination we recommend to taste – with views to the sea and the busy port. After a short stop, on we’ll go taking the winding road up to Pelion, to visit the villages of Portaria and Makrinitsa. Enjoy the traditional architecture of all houses that made the area so special and as we climb up, watch their roofs appear through ageless trees. Photos and local delicacies are in order and a must – after our stop and maybe a small bite for lunch, we will depart from Pelion to our next destination, Larissa and our hotel.

Day 5: Mostly Meteora

Accomodation: Larissa Imperial Hotel | Larissa

Today embrace yourselves for a lifetime experience. Right after breakfast we will visit the Meteora Cliffs, a unique scenery worldwide, with the monasteries atop those rocky cliffs… Meteora is an UNESCO World Heritage Monument. In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these ‘columns of the sky’ from the 11th century onward. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremitic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting. “Suspended in the air” (the meaning of Meteora in Greek), these monasteries represent a unique artistic achievement and are one of the most powerful examples of the architectural transformation of a site into a place of retreat, meditation and prayer.

 Built under impossible conditions, with no practicable roads, Permanent though precarious human habitations subsist to this day in the Meteora, but have become vulnerable under the impact of time. The net in which intrepid pilgrims were hoisted up vertically alongside the 373 m cliff where the Varlaam monastery dominates the valley symbolizes the fragility of a traditional way of life that is threatened with extinction. The monasteries are built on rock pinnacles of deltaic origin, known as Meteora, which rise starkly over 400m above the Peneas valley and the small town of Kalambaka on the Thessalian plain. Chemical analysis suggests that the pinnacles were created some 60 million years ago in the Tertiary period, emerging from the cone of a river and further transformed by earthquakes. Hermits and ascetics probably began settling in this extraordinary area in the 11th century. In the late 12th century a small church called the Panaghia Doupiani or Skete was built at the foot of one of these ‘heavenly columns’, where monks had already taken up residence. During the fearsome time of political instability in 14th century Thessaly, monasteries were systematically built on top of the inaccessible peaks so that by the end of the 15th century there were 24 of them. They continued to flourish until the 17th century. Today, only four monasteries – Aghios Stephanos, Aghia Tria Varlaam and Meteoron – still house religious communities. Full of pictures in our heads we will return to our Hotel in Larissa to relax and enjoy the facilities, pool and spa.

 

Day 6: Leisurely Return to Athens

Accomodation: King George Palace | Athens

Relaxed and toned, after our breakfast we will say goodbye to the town of Larissa and head south to the capital of Greece, Athens. During the drive we will pass by the town of Lamia and Thermopylae, where we’ll stop to see the monument of Leonidas (King of Sparti, who fought and died along with his 300 soldiers, against the Persians). Upon arrival in Athens, we will take a short panoramic tour of the city and proceed in checking in to our hotel.

 

Day 7: Athens to the Maximum

Accomodation: King George Palace | Athens

It’s high time to meet finally in person, with Athens, a truly fascinating city!!! You will get to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.  Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era:  The new Acropolis museum. After finishing the visit to the Museum, we will continue on foot and enter the Plaka, the old city quarter. There we will have our lunch in a traditional restaurant. Our guide will take us, after lunch, for a walking tour in this wonderful area of Athens, till we reach our hotel early in the afternoon. Rest of the day at your disposal, to wander, shop or relax.

Day 8: Nafplion discovery

Accomodation: King George Palace | Athens

Another adventurous day is starting: take your seat in our bus, departing today to Nafplion, a marvelous city by the sea, in Peloponnese. We will drive past the Corinth Canal (short stop) till we reach our destination. Nafplion, a special place, mysterious, blessed, full of natural beauty and culture, for centuries, continues to flourish and charms every visitor who without understanding, was initiated in the beauty, harmony, and  in front of that dream become a reality. The place is authentic and that’s the magic of the search of every wayfarer he will visit Nafplion. The son of Poseidon, Nafplion, built by giving his name and memory was the first link in the chain of great cultural history, which does not reach the 850 stairs of the Castle Palamidi to the count.The Naples of the Orient “as they called the Venetian naval, stretched its roots, with respect to the historicity and the current Nafplion, first capital of Greece in 1828, with the arrival of Kapodistrias still decorated with all the traditional elements , untouched by time. The reference point of the city, Bourtzi continues to keep alive the legends, polyfotismeni presence in the Gulf of Argos, built on the small island of St. Theodore. Stroll the quaint streets of Psaromahalas in Syntagma Square showing untouched by the years, but also walks to nearby beaches and the famous beaches which are permanent enjoyment of all human senses. So many and nice are all the attractions in Nafplion, that one can not get to see in one visit: close and wide streets, the old big -and small-  squares, the Ottoman fountains that adorn the Venetian, the neoclassical and the new buildings, all fascinating architectural jewels. Around 7pm we will be back in Athens, to relax and get ready for our night out, our farewell dinner. In a Greek Tavern, with live music and along with the local, we will have our dinner and hit our glasses, wishing for health, as the Greeks do in all of their meals, and, maybe, dance a little…

Day 9: Happy and Homeward Bound

It’s time to sign off on what we hope was a delightful and delicious discovery of the magic that is Greece, on your own terms.  Privately or all  together, depending on the departing time of your flight, your group will be transferred to the airport for your home bound flight…

“Kali Antamosi”, as the Greeks say (see you next time)…