ASTA Destination Expo 2018 - Sightseeing

Attendees and guests of ASTA Destination Expo may enjoy the following sightseeing tours and visit the most impressive sites in and around Athens, Greece. Tours have been coordinated by the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Travel & Tourist Agencies (FedHATTA).

Cost: $25 (USD) for half-day tours / $50 (USD) for full-day tours
Registration: Registration for sightseeing tours will open November 2017.

HALF-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS     l    FULL-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS

HALF-DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS   


Half-Day Tour #1 - Taste of Athens: Walking Tour & Gastronomy

Saturday, April 14th / 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM  
There are so many things we can do in Athens. We will taste the Greek cuisine and traditional food and sweets. We also have the choice to have cooking lesson. We will have shopping stops… all guided tours. Plaka is the historical centre of Athens, and is the most picturesque relaxing tour you could ever have in the capital of Greece.  It is all in a city!


Half-Day Tour #2: Acropolis: The Most Famous Monument on Earth

Saturday, April 14th / 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM  
We'll start with a tour of the Acropolis and end the historical center of Athens, Plaka, for a coffee and pastries along with shopping.

About the Acropolis: The Sacred Rock of the Acropolis "the province of the Gods", is a perfect 5th century BC collection of public monuments which stands as a unique Greek testimony. According to the myth, goddess Athena and god Poseidon had to debate in order to win the patronage of the city. Poseidon struck his trident against the ground to spring water, but the goddess won by offering an olive tree.


Half-Day Tour #3: Discover Cape Sounion

Saturday, April 14th / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
By coach, we'll travel along a beautiful seaside road to southern Attica. Here we can see the remaining of the temple of Athena Sounias which is close to the temple of Poseidon.  The archaeological site is unique, as the sea plays the most important role to the scenery.

About: Cape Sounion is the first main harbor of ancient Athens (before Piraeus), has the second most famous sunset in Greece (behind Santorini island) and holds the location of the important temple of Poseidon.



FULL- DAY SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Full - Day Tour #1: Delphi Excursion

Tuesday, April 17th / Departure - 8:00 AM & Return - 7:00 PM  
Departing at 8:00 AM, we'll drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) until we arrive in Delphi. We'll tour the most popular ancient sites such as the Sanctuary of Delphi, the archaeological museum, and special treasures like the statue Charioteer. Return to Athens will be around 7:00 PM

About Delphi: At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years.

Between the sixth and fourth centuries BC, the Delphic oracle, which was regarded as the most trustworthy, was at its peak. It was delivered by the Pythia, the priestess, and interpreted by the priests of Apollo. Cities, rulers and ordinary individuals alike consulted the oracle, expressing their gratitude with great gifts and spreading its fame around the world. The oracle was thought to have existed since the dawn of time. Indeed, it was believed to have successfully predicted events related to the cataclysm of Deukalion, the Argonaut's expedition, and the Trojan War.

Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ''severe'' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist.







Full-Day Tour #2: Mycenae, Nauplia & Epidaurus (Argolis - Eastern Peloponese)

Tuesday, April 17th / Departure - 8:00 AM & Return - 7:00 PM  
Departing at 8:00 AM, we'll drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae where we'll stop to take in this unique archaeological site. We'll then travel through Argos and Nauplia, the first capital of Greece in 1829. After lunch, we'll depart to Epidaurus where tour the famous Epidaurus Theater. Return to Athens will be around 7:00 PM.

About Mycenae: Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the home of the most important and richest palatial center of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.

About Epidaurus:
On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. Apart from a few rows of seats, the caveat is made of limestone with porous staircases. Until now, nine cunei with eighteen rows of seats have been excavated, which originally could accommodate about 2000 spectators. All the benches and thrones of the theatre carry inscriptions with the names of the donors while implying a direct relationship of the monument with the cult of Dionysus. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of non-amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.


Full - Day Tour #3: Saronic Gulf Cruise To The Islands Of Hydra, Poros And Aegina

Tuesday, April 17th / Departure - 7:45 AM & Return - 7:15 PM  
7:45 AM: Transfer by motorcoach from Athens to Flisvos Port and embark on the cruise ship.

8:15 AM: We'll sail to the island of Hydra
Hydra is a favorite of the international jet-set and is beloved by painters, craftsmen, and photographers. It's unique architecture, crystal clear waters, splendid craft & jewel shops, folk art and the island’s traditional means of transport – the donkey, make it one of the last examples of “living Mediterranean history”. In Hydra, you have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming.

Morning: We'll sale to the island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros.  
Aegina is known for its rich history, inspiring pistachio grove landscapes (the Aegina Port’s lively fish market and colorful floating fruit and vegetable marketplace as well as picturesque seaside villages such as St. Marina with its taverns, traditional shops, and beautiful golden beaches. During our call at one of the ports, you may choose to visit the majestic 5th century BC temple of the Goddess Aphaia (Optional Tour) which is regarded as the best preserved ancient temple in Greece offering a magnificent view of the whole Saronic Gulf.  Do not leave Aegina before trying some their pistachio nuts that are widely considered to be the best in the world.

Mid-Day: Lunch is served on board.

Afternoon: A “Traditional Greek Folk Show” with singers and dancers in original costumes form all of Greece who, together with our Officers, Hostesses will entertain and animate you up to the final moment as the ship docks in Piraeus.

7:15 PM: Arrival at Flisvos Port and transfer to Athens.