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GREECE & MIDDLE EAST

13 Days / 12 Nights
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Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Meteora, one day cruise and Emirates, visiting Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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What is included in this package

  • 4-nights of accommodation in Athens, in the desired hotel category.
  • 1-night of accommodation in Olympia, in 3* or 4* hotel category.
  • 1-night of accommodation in Delphi, in 3* or 4* hotel category.
  • 1-night of accommodation in Kalambaka, in 3* or 4* hotel category
  • 3-nights of accommodation in Dubai, in the desired hotel category.
  • 2-nights of accommodation in Abu Dhabi, in the desired hotel category.
  • Half-day sighteeing tour in Athens with official english speaking guide.
  • Guided evening-walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Tickets and entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  • Day-cruise to the islands of the Saronic Gulf with lunch included.
  • Classic Tour of 4 days/ 3 nights with two meals per day.
  • Half day tou to Classic Dubai.
  • Half day tour to Abu Dhabi.
  • Safari tour in the desert with dinner show in Bedouin camp.
  • Official English-speaking guide during all visits.
  • Air Ticket Athens - Dubai.
  • All transfers, as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Daily breakfast

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  • Visa.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses and hotel taxes.
  • Tickets - International air tickets.
  • Add extra nights in Athens and/or Dubai by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
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Package Tour Itinerary: Greece & Middle East

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your reservation!

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT

After your breakfast and at the agreed time, you will commence the panoramic tour of the Athenian Neoclassical Center: the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University, the Library, and National Academy, the Ilion Palace, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Gate, the Panathenaic Stadium, and many other monuments and sites of great interest.  You will learn all there is to know about their history and background from the licensed English-speaking Tour Guide accompanying you on this tour.

Your next stop will be the "sacred rock", the spectacular, unique and magnificent Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The entrance fee to both sites is included. At the end of the visit, you can either choose to return to your hotel or set out on your own adventure through the charming and picturesque streets of Plaka.

In the evening, we have included a guided walking tour that will take you through the prettiest districts of the capital, such as Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka.

Greca Tip: In Plaka look for something alluring, like ceramics, musical instruments, handmade jewelry to specialty food shops stacked high with olives and spices.

DAY CRUISE - NAVIGATING LIKE ODYSSEUS
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DAY CRUISE - NAVIGATING LIKE ODYSSEUS

Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the port to commence the Full Day Cruise to three of the most beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. Aegina is famous for its variety of pistachios, Poros for its scenic beauty and Hydra, the greenest of these islands, for its elegant stone mansions, serene atmosphere and vehicle free roads. While on board the cruise ship, you will also enjoy lunch in the accompaniment of traditional Greek music and dance. 

At the end of the day you will be comfortably transferred back to your hotel.

Greca Tip: You can look for Aegina's famous pistachio nuts, Poros' high-quality honey and Hydra's almond sweets, amygdalota.

FROM ATHENS TO OLYMPIA - CRADLE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
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FROM ATHENS TO OLYMPIA - CRADLE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

Today you will head towards the Corinth Canal, where you will stop briefly to take some photos and marvel at this famous channel that connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth.  With this impressive engineering feat, ships do not have to circumnavigate the Peloponnese peninsula for more than 400 km in order to reach the Ionian Sea.

You will continue your journey until you reach the Theater of Epidaurus, worldwide famous for its acoustics and still in use today for a number of performances, especially in the summer. You will also spend time at the museum of Asclepius, father of modern medicine, and then travel to the city of Nafplio, the first capital of the modern Greek state.  The journey will also take you to Mycenae, where you will visit the prehistoric Acropolis, the Lions Gate and the tomb of "Agamemnon". In the afternoon you will travel across central Peloponnese and arrive in the city of Olympia in the early evening, where you will check in at your hotel, have dinner and rest.

Greca Tip: Stroll through the Old Town of Nafplio, its narrow cobblestoned alleys with the Bougainvillea trees adorning yards and balconies and choose “komboloyia” (a circular chain with beads made of amber) as a nice gift to yourself or friends.

FROM OLYMPIA TO THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD - DELPHI
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FROM OLYMPIA TO THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD - DELPHI

In the morning you will visit the site of the ancient Olympic stadium, where the first games were held at around 776 BC. The importance of these games was widely accepted, given the extensive participation of the Greek cities, which suspended hostilities throughout the celebrations. The Olympiad was recognized as the only chronological event all over Greece and, basically, represented the period of four years between two consecutive events.

Olympia was also the most important sanctuary of Ancient Greece, a place to worship Zeus, the first among the gods. The gigantic gold and ivory sculpture crafted by Phidias was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

After your visit to the Museum of Olympia, you will continue your journey, across the suspension bridge of Rio - Antirion, a modern engineering wonder, until you reach your destination.

Upon your arrival at Delphi you will have dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Greca Tip: In the evening you can go in search of the traditional character of nearby Arachova and enjoy a drink in a stylish café or a local kafeneio (coffee shop).

FROM THE ORACLE TO METEORA, KALAMBAKA
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FROM THE ORACLE TO METEORA, KALAMBAKA

In the morning, and after your breakfast, you will visit the archaeological site of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the center or 'navel' of the ancient world.  It was here where the renowned Oracle of Delphi, a counsellor of kings and pilgrims, was to be found. Make sure you visit the Museum, which houses the "Bronze Charioteer", a masterpiece of Greek sculpture.

At the end of your Delphi tour, you will descend the slopes of Mount Parnassus and head towards the plains of Thessaly, where the city of Kalambaka is located.               

You will arrive in the town of Kalambaka, have dinner and enjoy a good rest.

Greca Tip: You may also use your free time to visit the Temple of Athena Pronaia at Delphi.

FROM KALAMBAKA TO ATTICA - ATHENS
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FROM KALAMBAKA TO ATTICA - ATHENS

Early in the morning you will visit Meteora, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. In this mysterious landscape, the natural beauty is combined with the compelling presence of the eternal monasteries suspended or "meteora" on top of the huge rocks. Currently there are only six in use, five for the male and one for the female monastic community.  

On the way back to Athens, you will briefly stop at Thermopylae, where you can see the statue of the Spartan King Leonidas, famous for leading the battle against the Persians in 480 BC. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Athens, where we will drop you off at your hotel.

Dress code to the Monasteries: Sleeveless clothing and shorts above the knee are not allowed. Skirts, shawls and trousers are available at the entrance of the Monasteries in case visitors do not have such clothing to cover themselves with.

Greca Tip: Take a stroll in Kalambaka's old town and look for handmade wood carved objects and religious icons as well as home-made sausages, honey, fruit sweets and jams, and the regional pudding (“spatoula”) or “halva” for a sweet aftertaste.

ATHENS - GOODBYE, GREECE! & WELCOME TO EMIRATES!
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ATHENS - GOODBYE, GREECE! & WELCOME TO EMIRATES!

At the indicated time, transfer to the Athens International Airport to take the flight to the United Arab Emirates.

After your arrival in the modern city of Dubai, a person from our English-speaking team will be waiting for you at your exit to assist you, inform all the details of your trip, clear up any type of doubt or query you may have and give you a brief presentation of the city and its day to day. The transfer to the hotel will be made by one of our private vehicles. At the hotel, your assistant will help you with the registration. The rest of the day is to relax and, if you wish, begin to discover and enjoy this wonderful metropolis, at your own pace.

Tip Greca: Consult our Blog so you don't miss anything about this classic and at the same time modern destination: All about the United Arab Emirates.

CLASSIC DUBAI & FREE AFTERNOON
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CLASSIC DUBAI & FREE AFTERNOON

The day will start with a tasty buffet breakfast at the hotel and at the time indicated by the tour guide will start the half-day excursion to Classic Dubai. During the tour you will get to know old Dubai, visiting the Bastakia area, the oldest residential neighborhood in the city, located on the banks of the Dubai River, you will appreciate its narrow streets, its old merchants' houses, its galleries, restaurants and cafes.

Afterwards, you will board an "Abra" river taxi to head to the other shore, where the famous Souk of the Spices and the Gold Souk are located, surrounded by several narrow alleys with different shops that offer a wide variety of fragrances, spices and incenses, in addition to the many herbs used in Arabic and South Asian food. You will continue to the Jumeirah area, where can see the great palaces of the Sheikhs, there will be a strategic stop to take the best photographs of the Jumeirah Mosque and the Burj Al Arab, the only 7-star hotel in the world in the shape of a sail.

Then, before finishing, you will have a panoramic view of the skyscrapers of Dubai, arranged along the "Sheikh Zayed" road to the vicinity of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, from where you can take some fantastic photographs.

You will return to the hotel and have the afternoon free to rest or continue exploring this beautiful city. At night, accomodation and rest.

Tip Greca: Optionally, you can enjoy a delicious dinner aboard the typical "Dhow" cruise, in a traditional boat that was used in the 70s to transport goods from neighboring countries to the Emirates. Throughout the dinner, you will sail through the Marina area from where you will enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the large illuminated buildings.

DUBAI & ABU DHABI
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DUBAI & ABU DHABI

In the morning, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Then our guide will pick you up to move to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and considered the Manhattan of the Middle East and at the same time the administrative center of the country. On the way to Abu Dhabi, you will pass through Jebel Ali and its Free Zone, the largest artificial port in the world. Once you arrive in the wonderful Abu Dhabi, you will visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, considered the third largest in the world, with a capacity of up to 40 thousand people. Then, you will move to the modern area, called Al Bateen, where the Royal Palaces are located.

Then you will enjoy the promenade known as "the Corniche" and where you can take spectacular panoramic photos outside the "Emirates Palace" hotel, the most luxurious hotel in the world, categorized as 7 stars. Finally you will pass by the Palace of residence of the current Sheikh, formerly the residence of Sheikh Zayed.

At the end of the tour, you will make a stop so that you can take external photos of the new Ferrari Abu Dhabi Theme Park. and buy some souvenir, then you will go to the hotel where you will stay.

Greca Tip: Dubai and Abu Dhabi are planned cities and have specially built pedestrian areas, such as the "Corniche" area, you can also travel by bicycle.

ABU DHABI DAY OFF
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ABU DHABI DAY OFF

The day will start with a delicious breakfast at the hotel.

The rest of the day will be free to continue getting to know the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates at your leisure, you will be able to visit the places of interest that are still pending, go shopping in one of the Malls, visit one of the theme parks that offers you this great Metropolis, or take some other optional excursion. 

Tip Greca: The Marina Mall is considered one of the most luxurious shopping centers in the country, shopping in this Mall is an experience that you cannot miss.

ABU DHABI - DUBAI & DESERT SAFARI WITH DINNER BBQ
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ABU DHABI - DUBAI & DESERT SAFARI WITH DINNER BBQ

In the morning, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast and then, at the indicated time, begin the transfer to the modern city of Dubai, where you will arrive at the hotel to check in. Once there, you will have free time to enjoy the comforts of the Hotel or rest a bit.

In the afternoon, the guide will pick you at the hotel between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., the included excursion will begin, desert safari. You will be transferred in luxurious 4X4 vehicles, and will get to know a totally different environment, you will have fun traveling and sliding down the immense sand dunes. During the tour you will see camel farms in the middle of the imposing desert landscape, an ideal moment to take photos.

You will make a stop to appreciate the majesty of the sunset in Arabia, surrounded by dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, in a traditional Arab atmosphere, you will enjoy a delicious feast in the moonlight. At night, you will dine on traditional grilled dishes, fresh salads, red meats and chicken, and for dessert typical fruits of the region. During dinner you will enjoy an Arab folkloric show with the famous Belly Dance. After dinner, you will return to the hotel in Dubai, to enjoy its comforts, rest and replenish energy for the next day.

Tip Greca: If you are a sports fanatic, be sure to check out the sanboarding and camel ride options!

SEE YOU SOON DUBAI!
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SEE YOU SOON DUBAI!

In the morning you will enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast and then, at the scheduled time, you will transfer to the Dubai airport. Here the tour will end.

From Greca we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory. Have a good trip! Or as you say yourself: "Irihlat saeida!".

Tip Greca: If your stay was not enough to get to know this modern and, at the same time, classic destination, we invite you to add as many additional nights as you wish in step 1/3 of your reservation.

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