Itinerary

Fri 22 Mar

Late afternoon arrival in Athens and transfer to the 5-star Electra Metropolis Hotel, a stylish modern hotel located in the centre of Athens next to Syntagma Square and boasting stunning views of the Acropolis. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Sat 23 Mar

This morning join your guide for a city tour of Athens. Highlights include Syntagma Square in the heart of the city, just opposite to where the National Guards in their uniform skirts and pompom shoes guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the parliament building. We also visit the Temple of Zeus and walk through the old Plaka district before continuing to the Acropolis where the timeless beauty of the Parthenon is revealed, as well as other monuments including the Propylaea, the Temple of Wingless Victory and the Erectheion. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening we transfer to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre for the first performance.

Sun 24 Mar

Day at leisure for independent shopping or sightseeing. We recommend the National Archaeological Museum, containing numerous treasures from prehistoric times to the end of antiquity. Transfer to the early evening performance.

Mon 25 Mar

Day tour to Delphi, ancient site of the most powerful oracle in Greece. Built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the site overlooks the Gulf of Corinth and was regarded by the Greeks as the centre of the earth. We see the remains of the stadium where the Pytheian Games were held, the Gymnasium and the 4th century BC Temple of Apollo located at the end of the Sacred Way, lined by elegant buildings. Lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Athens for the evening at leisure.

Tue 26 Mar

Morning at leisure before your transfer to the airport for the homeward flight.

Programme

PROGRAMME AT THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER

23 Mar 19.30

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO MozartInc

D: Alexandros Efklidis

C: Marios Papadopoulos/Giorgios Balatsinos

C tbc

24 Mar 18.30

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR DonizettiInc

D: Katie Mitchell

C: Pierre Dumoussaud

C:tbc

Tickets are on request and will be confirmed in late 2018.

Flights

British Airways

23 Mar London Heathrow – Athens dep: 11.50 arr: 17.35

24 Mar Athens - London Heathrow dep: 14.25 arr: 16.30

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1595
Single room supplement £300
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1455
Deposit required £300
Tour code ATH1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one lunch, one dinner, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, best available ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.