The Monastiraki market is truly an international bazaar. Here, you'll find everything from handmade sandals to Russian vodka – and everything in-between. Although many shops in the area claim to be "flea markets," the real action happens on Sunday mornings. Come early to find the real treasures, which include affordable handcrafted copper cookware and wine carafs.
Byzantine and Christian Museum - Vizantico Museo
This is one of the few European museums dedicated to Byzantine art. Each room in the museum depicts a Greek church and represents a specific period. The displays include an early Christian basilica and a medieval domed church. There's also an extensive collection of icons, bibles, altars, and mosaics.
The Plaka is the area of winding streets around the Acropolis. It's renowned for its small shops, restaurants and some good examples of local architecture.
When you're on the Acropolis, you'll look over at Lycabettus, the other high spot in Athens. Wooded, with a funicular to take you close to the top, it offers a completely different experience than the Acropolis. Enjoy the fun ride up the hill which gives a sense of escaping the busy city below.
Change of Guards
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM, tourists gather in front of the Parliament building on Syntagma Square (Plateia Syntagmatos) to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The guards (Evzones) wear their traditional white kilts, red and black caps and red clogs with pompoms. On every other day, the Evzones wear regular khaki uniforms with skirts and the changing of the guard takes place every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day. The guards are tall well-trained soldiers. They belong to the "Proedriki Froura" the guards of the President of Democracy. It is a high honor for every Greek soldier to be chosen as an Evzone.
Ancient Greeks were credited with inventing drama and comedy in the theater, and this tradition carries on into the present. The city features over 50 theaters and most of the performances are in Greek.
The Athens Festival runs from May to September with a full program of cultural events ranging from choral concerts to dance recitals. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, near the Acropolis, holds classical performances on summer evenings. This is a great opportunity to view a performance as the ancients did. The open-air amphitheater on Lycabettus Hill offers regular summer performances.
ISLE OF POROS
On day two of your stay on Poros, we will provide a bicycle to you free of charge. Bikes will be parked outside your hotel.
The watersports center a few steps down the road offers: wakeboarding, tubing, banana boating, and waterskiing. Check with the center directly for their rates.
Go shopping or try one of the typical Greek restaurants in Poros town. The town also features a bank with an ATM and a post office.
The coastline of Poros is peppered with picturesque coves and beaches fringed by pinewoods which almost reach down to the water line. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Poros harbor as you float high above Neorion Beach.
The best way to see the Europe is by private deluxe motor coach. Door-to-door service with all the spectacular scenery in between. Our modern fleet of Mercedes, Volvos (or comparable) coaches for continental Europe are air- conditioned for your comfort. Enjoy deep-cushioned reclining lounge chairs, wide panoramic picture windows and a built-in stereophonic sound system. Our drivers are picked for their experience, skill, dependability and personality. Travelers to other exotic destinations enjoy modern mini vans or motor coaches for the transfers between each location while safari guests are transported in 4 x 4 land cruisers.
Many programs also include the fun of travel by ship from Italy to Greece or along the Rhine River, sleek trains or cable cars, private sailing yachts in the Greek Isles, bicycles in Holland, and jeeps in Dubai, just for the fun of it.Special Destination Tours
The majority of transportation on other programs is also by private deluxe motor coach unless stated otherwise in the respective itinerary ( i.e.: mini vans in Costa Rica). Please see each tour page for exact details.Luxury motor coach for European tours
Enjoy your journey with a professional driver at the wheel. Enjoy the scenery and view mountains and valleys, cities and villages through panoramic windows. Our luxury, air-conditioned motor coaches provide you with stylish and comfortable seats.Eurostar train and high-speed intercity trains
Eurostar is the high-speed rail service directly linking the UK to France via the Channel Tunnel. It started operating in 1994, providing city center to city center services. Eurostar departs from London's St. Pancras Station. Fast journey times London-Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes. Journey from Paris to Nice on a TGV high-speed train in just over 5 hours. Enjoy air-conditioning and modern seats as you pass through the French countryside at up to 200 miles per hour. Other intercity trains in Europe travel at speeds of up to 125 mph featuring individual seating or in groups of four sharing a table.Travel by rail in Europe is efficient and fun.Overnight cruise Italy – Greece
Greek ferries are used to travel from southern Italy to Greece. Departures are from Bari and Brindisi, Italy. Normal accommodations are 4-share on all vessels. Sea travel is fun and ships have amenities to make certain that you have a great time starting the moment you step on board including swimming pools, discos, bars and casinos.Dubai land cruisers & coaches
Desert Safari includes off- road driving in the Dubai desert. The drivers are qualified to operate the 4x4 vehicles in the desert. These cars are air-conditioned and safety features include seat belts and roll bars. Six passengers can be carried per vehicle plus the driver. Off-road driving can be rather bumpy and is often compared to roller-coaster rides. Advise your tour director accordingly if you do not wish to participate in the dune bashing. Ground transportation for the city tour and city transfers are by luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Dinner cruise by Arabian ‘dhow.'Central America & other exotic destinations - mini vans
Traveling by bus is one of the best ways to get around in these locations. Depending on group size, you will travel by mini-van or motor coach. Both are comfortable and safe means of transportation with local expert drivers. All vehicles are air-conditioned.