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TOUR 1: FULL DAY AEGINA ISLAND TOUR

you will take the morning ferry from Piraeus port to Aegina and the trip will take about 1h20m. Aegina was the capital of Greece from 1827 to 1829. Aegina Town is situated on the west side of the island where the main port of the island is located. Agios Nikolaos, the tiny church, welcomes the visitor on approaching Aegina by sea. Numerous neoclassical buildings dominate Aegina Town, reminding the visitor of the glory of the island. You will visit the Archaeological Site of Kolona [The Hill of kolona was inhabited in prehistoric times through the classical period. Extensive walls and foundations have been discovered and excavations are still in progress. One erect column is all that remains of a Temple of Appolo built in the 6th c. BC.], The Museum [which contains a small but rich collection of pottery and sculpture from all periods of Aegina's history. One of the most significant exhibits is the statue of the Sphinx (460 BC), which was dedicated to the Temple of Appolo. It is an extraordinary sculpture, with a head of a woman and a body that is half eagle and half lion, (Tues-Sun 08:30-15:00, Ticket: Full 3 Euros - Reduced 2 Euros)], The Church of Agios Nektarios [which is named after its patron, Agios Nektarios, who died in 1920 and was canonised in 1961. His memory is celebrated by the Church on 9 November], The Temple of Aphaia [stands on top of a pine-clad hill above Agia Marina. The first temple on the site (700 BC) was dedicated to Aphaia, a deity from Crete. The Doric temple we see today was built about 490 BC of local porous sandstone, On a clear day, you can make out the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio, as well as the Acropolis of Athens. It is said that the three temples form an isosceles triangle (the sacred triangle of antiquity). (Daily 08:00-17:00, Museum: Tues-Sun 08:30-14:15, Ticket: Full 4 Euros Reduced 2 Euros)]. You will also have lunch in a nice taverna, swim in one of the best beaches and take the afternoon ferry back to Piraeus.

TOUR 2: FULL DAY WINE TASTING & HISTORY TOUR

combines history with the natural beauties of Greece. Includes: The Canal (which is about 6 km long and connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea; its width upon completion was 25 meters, and 8 meters deep), Ancient Corinth (where you can see the Long Walls that begin at the summit of Acro-Corinth and descend all the way to Lechaion, the artificial harbour on the Corinthian Gulf, the Agora, the Dorian Temple of Appollo [6th c. BC with 1st c. AD restorations], the museum which contains mosaic floors, Mycenaean and Corinthian pottery, terra cotta sphinxes, statues of two supernatural beings, relief plaques, the Roman head of the goddess Tyche and small objects of various kinds, and the Bima where St Paul preached), Acro-Corinth (the fortress acropolis of Ancient Corinth and Medieval Corinth, being on a steep of a rocky hill 575 meters high at its highest peak, with uninterrupted views across the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs. It has been a fortified citadel for the Mycenaens, Archaic Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans and eventually back to the Hellenes following the Greek War of Independence), and finally Nemea (where you can taste some of the best wines made in the region [Agiorgitiko: Saint George]).

TOUR 3: FULL DAY ATHENS TOUR WITH JEWISH SITES

includes a visit to: The Acropolis (where you will see the Temple of Parthenon which is dedicated to Athena Parthenos, Propylea which is the monumental entrance to the sacred area, the Temple of Athena Nike which is dedicated to Athena-Apteros Nike, the Temple of Erechtheion which is dedicated to Athena Polias, the Cariatides, Herodeon Theater, the ruins of the Theater of Dionysus, Areopagus (Mars Hill), The Jewish Museum (which was first established in 1977. Its collection includes more than 10,000 rare artifacts of great historical significance. This unique collection is continuously enriched and updated), The Temple of Zeus (which is the largest ancient temple in Greece in the Corinthian order), The Panathenaic Stadium (also known as The Kallimarmaro, the original stadium built in the 1863 for the first modern Olympic games in 1896), The Old Palace, The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament & The Changing of The Guards, The Jewish Synagogue (which is the oldest synagogue in Athens. It was built in 1906 and is currently used only during the High Holidays. The synagogue is maintained by the Jewish Community of Athens), The Plaka (which is Athens' oldest and most picturesque neighborhood. It is stone-paved, with narrow streets, and is full of gyros places, tavernas and souvenir shops) for lunch, The Greek Agora (which was the civic, religious and commercial center of the Athenian life set with appropriate buildings like the Stoa of Attalus [now, since its restoration, is used as a Museum housing interesting findings] and The Temple of Hephaistus).
* Please note that The Jewish Museum and The Synagogue are closed on Saturdays so they are replaced either by The Roman Agora (where the Tower of Winds stands [which is an octagonal pentelic marble clock tower] or by The New Acropolis Museum.

TOUR 4: HALF OR FULL DAY CORINTH CANAL VISTA TOUR

includes a cruise of: the famous Corinth Canal which is about 6 km long, only 21.3 meters wide at its base and connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former an island. Although, it has been completed in the late 19th century, it was an idea and dream that dates back to over 2000 years. Emperor Nero (67 CE) had employed 6,000 slaves for the job. He started the work himself, digging with a golden hoe, while music was played. However, he was killed before the work could be completed. The cruise starts around 11:00 AM and lasts about 1h30m. Optionally you can extend the tour and visit some other popular sites of Peloponnese. Ancient Corinth (where you can see the Long Walls that begin at the summit of Acro-Corinth and descend all the way to Lechaion, the artificial harbour on the Corinthian Gulf, the Agora, the Dorian Temple of Appollo [6th c. BC with 1st c. AD restorations], the museum which contains mosaic floors, Mycenaean and Corinthian pottery, terra cotta sphinxes, statues of two supernatural beings, relief plaques, the Roman head of the goddess Tyche and small objects of various kinds, and the Bima where St Paul preached), Acro-Corinth (the fortress acropolis of Ancient Corinth and Medieval Corinth, being on a steep of a rocky hill 575 meters high at its highest peak, with uninterrupted views across the Corinthian and Saronic Gulfs. It has been a fortified citadel for the Mycenaens, Archaic Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, Ottomans and eventually back to the Hellenes following the Greek War of Independence), Diolkos (which was a paved trackway near Corinth on Ancient Greece, which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth. The shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula) and finally Nemea (where you can taste some of the best wines made in the region Agiorgitiko: Saint George).

TOUR 5: HIKING IN LOUSIOS GORGE

In Lousios Gorge (a five kilometer gorge with several hiking trails, and a very good bridge crossing Lousios river) you can walk from one village to another following a dirt road through the mountains in beautiful scenery that even has some small waterfalls. The Lousios river is where Zeus used to bath himself, in the spectacular densely vegetated gorge and in the river?s crystal clear waters.

TOUR 6: BATTLE GROUND OF THERMOPYLAE & MUSEUM

Where you will see a modern-day monument of King Leonidas I of Sparta. Thermopylae means "hot gates" in Greek. This is derived from the myth that Heracles had jumped into the river in an attempt to wash off the Hydra poison imbibed in the cloak that he could not take off. The river was said to have turned hot and stayed that way ever since.

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Monastery of Osious Lucas