Gems of the South of Europe, takes you to a journey of some of the most hidden charmed cities of Europe. From the majestic, and fascinating of Athens, to the breath taking sceneries of Santorini, while crossing over history and culture abundance of Corinth, the Meteora’s nature in display.. Continue to Veria, Thessaloniki, Philippi and Kavala, where history seems to abound, and simply world’s culture at its finest, you will have the sentiment who have lived in the abundance of these cities’ heroic times. An opportunity to discover some of the world’s oldest cities, birth place of God’s mythology, a trip that will certainly pick curiosity as well charm your spirit, come along and spend some lovely moments.
Depart to Greece, journey to Gems of South Europe
So much can be said about Athens, no matter how much is known or heard or read about this astonishing city, being in the city brings certainly awe, as all greatness is all around. Thus, it's only right we start our discovery in Greece’s capital, as Greece has once been called the cradle of western civilization.
We will visit the Acropolis situated in the heart of ancient Athens, the citadel which is safeguarded in the hilltop. Visit the temple of the Parthenon and the temple of Athena Nike.
Visit the National Archeology Museum. then we will go around the city of Athens free time to visit the shops on one of the busiest streets of Athens, like Monastiraki Square, local markets, and feel the vibe of this lively city.
Overnight Corinth / Athens
Another day to discover history at its finest in Corinth, let yourself be captivated by its historical wealth, the view of the Corinth canal crossing over the Peloponnesian Peninsula will maintain your captivation.
Epidaurus Visit- important commercial center on the eastern coast of the Argolid which is the most important ancient place of worship of the god Asclepius, also his birthplace, where you get up close and personal with some of the most mysterious parts of Ancient Greek religion and believes
Mycenae Visit - the archaeological site, where the palaces of Mycenae are located. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The fortified citadel is nested over the fertile plain of Argolis near the seashore in the northeast Peloponnese. The Stunning Lion Gate is considered to be the most famous spot of Mycenae Greece, it is the entrance of the town, and the Treasury of Atreus, the vaulted tomb of King Agamemnon.
Allow yourself to be mesmerized by a visit to Meteora, Pillars of rocks sculpted by prehistoric rivers and crowned by otherworldly monasteries. We will discover how grand can nature be in conjunction with history, architecture, and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the divine. From the early time of Christianity, the Meteora high cliffs were regarded and an ideal place to connect with the inner self, thus achieve peace, harmony which gives a sense of a deep spiritual reach
Thessaloniki Visit - offers the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a big city with the friendly ambience and charm of a smaller town. It’s a wonderful destination to experience the real Greece without the Ouahs and congestion of the Greece major cities like Athens.In short we will see how Thessaloniki Majestic third century ruins co-exist in harmony with neoclassical mansions.
We will admire a rich multi ethnic heritage, due to the many civilizations Thessaloniki has known that have left a mark by the likes of the Romans, Venetians and some more.. We will visit The Byzantine Churches and St Paul Church built in honor of Apostle Paul.. A visit to the archaeology museum that showcase Greece’s history considered by many as one of the world’s best.
We start the day looking forward to visiting some very Christian historical strongholds, by visiting Kavala where the apostle Paul arrived in, called Neapolis then, now Kavala. Paul’s entrance to Macedonia, Kavala was the first step he took in bringing the Gospel to the EU Continent. Cozy and narrow streets led him to Philippi. Now modern Kavala is a vibrant and dense city.
Philippi – and Lydia baptism site, a small town in Northern Greece, that has become very famous for its name mentioned in the Bible. Founded in the 4th Century BC by settlers of the island of Phasos.. in search of an ally in a time of the invasion, they turned to Philipp of Macedon and now bear his name
Apostle Paul visited Philippi around 50 AD, and it became the bishopric of the main outlets of Christianity. Throughout the city, many ruins of Byzantine churches and Christian symbols manifest such fact can be seen in many areas. The city also had a rich cultural presence which we can admire through the ruins of the Amphitheater, the Agora, and the Forum.
Visit the court’s ruins where Paul and Silas were sentenced in the Roman marketplace, and the prison they were held at.
Just outside the Archeological Park, see the Zagatus river where Lydia was baptized, which made her the first Christian convert in Europe.
Overnight Athens / Corinth
Santorini – OIA, Fira
We depart to Santorini, the long-awaited visit of our journey, well indeed it’s worth waiting for. Many beautiful islands compose Greece, none more talked about nor visited than Santorini. This Volcanic Island with explosive beauty, and its core structure makes it one of the most recognizable islands on Earth; as its 2 tons of whitewashed and blue-domed enhanced its beauty, it’s like a place out of this world.
Just picture yourself watching one of the most glamorous sunsets, where it seems that the Sun is defying its time to set off, overlooking this odd yet fascinating rock formation which is the remains of Fortress Skaros.
Ready to explore and relish more of Santorini? Say no more, Oia and Fira, some of the most south after visit areas of the island in Santorini Oia and Fira, the more one walks around these areas more you want to explore, as the narrow streets hive feeling there is much more to be seen, discover and appreciate. The cafes, the cozy restaurants, have a drink, experience local dishes, watch the sunset, they can bring out different types of feelings of peace, excitement, joy, no matter the mood they bring, you ll remember you were there, experienced these breathtaking moments. It’s certainly mind-boggling to see how man transformed volcano craters into some of the most beautiful places on Earth to visit.
Return to main land Athens, Greece
An opportunity to bring back some souvenirs, well a piece of the magnificent Country of Greece.
Overnight: Athens /Corinth
Free day to explore on your own, or simply enjoy a peaceful day at the hotel
En Route back to Miami FL, It was certainly a pleasure to have you. Have a safe trip back home,
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