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Welcome to Greece, the huge land of Neolithic architecture, archaeological walks, splendid monuments and a history to store in the memory to remember those endearing moments! The holiday starts with the capital city of Athens on the Greece Holiday Package!
Several branches for each of its collection are located close to each other, such as the, the ancient Byzantine, Ottoman-era and Chinese art, the Byzantine and Christian Museum containing Byzantine art, the Numismatic Museum housing a great collection of ancient and modern coins, the Museum of Cycladic Art home to an extensive collection of Cycladic art, including the famous figurines made of white marble, the Temple of Olympian Zeus embracing stunning ruins, with the Olympic Stadium and the Hadrian’s Arch.
Next to big institutions such as the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum, a big number of small private galleries are spread within the city centre and the surrounding areas, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists. In recent years a number of bar galleries have sprung up, where you can have a drink or a coffee whilst visiting an exhibition.
The National Art Gallery is located at Michalakopoulou Street, close to Evangelismos metro station and is one of the main art institutions featuring some of the best paintings and works of art of Greece and Europe. Emphasis is given to popular Greek contemporary artists including Giannis Tsarouchis, Domenikos Theotokopoulos (a.k.a. El Greco), Theodors Vrizakis, Nikolaos Kounelakis, Nikiforos Litras, Konstantinos Parthenis, Maleas, Giannis Moralis and others.
The City of Athens Technopolis, an industrial museum of incomparable architecture, amongst the most interesting in the world, has been transformed into a multipurpose cultural space. The centre has assisted in the upgrading of a historic Athens district and the creation of yet another positive element in its cultural identity. With a `can’t believe these wonder’ thoughts psyching you, get back to the hotel to sleep with a quest for a treat on the following day!
You may visit The Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient fortified town of Athens, dating back to the Late Bronze Age, and the site of the best buildings of the Greek Classical age such as the Parthenon, the Erectheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Acropolis dominates the Athenian sky and symbolizes the foundation of modern culture and civilization as the most famous landmark of entire Greece, and the eternal symbol of democracy, education and inspiration. The ticket to this area also gives you entry to the Kerameikos, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Roman Agora, Ancient Agora, and the nearby Theatre of Dionysus. The New Acropolis Museum, replacing the old museum on the Acropolis, has proved considerably popular and a number of smaller and privately-owned museums focused on Greek culture and arts are also to be found closeby.
The Ancient Agora site is a very green space and lends a striking view of the Acropolis. You will see the Temple of Hephaestus, the best preserved ancient Greek temple and the Attalos Stoa, the museum of the Agora which is a reconstructed ancient building. From the Agora, you can walk towards Acropolis and an extension towards the Roman Forum.
At the Syntagma Square, check out the Parliament building and the newly-restored Grande Bretagne Hotel and also, catch the changing of the guards in front of the Parliament every hour. Their uniforms and walking style is fun to see, but make sure you do not stand on the wrong side of them, if you want to take a picture.
The district of Metaxourgeio represents a unique neighborhood in the historic center of Athens, and has become a bohemian enclave as well as a haven for art and culture. As part of the area's continual transformation, the principal gallery of the city, The Municipal Gallery, was relocated to Avdi Square, which is a large, public space that is well suited to artistic expressions of all kinds.
Athens offers some of the best urban walking in Europe. Several major streets have been recently pedestrianized, and a mostly car-free archeological walk starts at Vasilisis Amalias Street, passing in front of the New Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, Herodion Theatre, Thiseio (Apostolou Pavlou Str), Ermou Street and ends at the popular area of Kerameikos (Gkazi) where numerous bars and clubs are located. Pleasant walking can also be had in Plaka, especially its upper reaches, and in much of Kolonaki, and the National Garden which can provide a welcome respite from the heat and noise of the city center! With a plethora of flexible choices above, have your hearty meals and satiate your appetite with every fulfillment on this glorius holiday!
Another important site is the Parnitha National Park which is punctuated with well-marked paths, gorges, springs, torrents and caves dotting the protected area. Hiking and mountain-biking in all four mountains remain popular outdoor activities for many residents and tourists. The National Garden of Athens is a peaceful and beautiful park in the centre of Athens, located between the Parliament and the Zappeion buildings, where visitors can enjoy a healthy and exciting walk and spend hours of relaxation,. The Garden encloses luxuriant vegetation, plenty of flowers, some ancient ruins, two duck ponds and a small zoo. In addition, there is a children’s playground and a café as well. The biggest zoo of the city is the Attica Zoological Park, located in the suburb of Spata and home to animals and rare endangered species! Perfect for the family!
It would be delightful to visit Delphi, which are both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In Greek mythology, it was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the God Apollo. This is a mountainous drive from Athens and Delphi has been built on the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, overlooking the Gulf of Corinth and extending into a valley of olive and cypress trees, listed as an alluring World Heritage Site that rests in both, a stunning setting and its inspiring ruins. Another landmark achieved on this Greece Holiday Package!
The Temple of Apollo, the ruins of the Temple of Delphi, forms the archaeological area of Delphi and is of a peripheral Doric building. It was erected on the remains of an earlier temple that was erected on the site attributed to the architects Trophonios and Agamedes. The Altar of the Chains is located in front of the Temple of Apollo, the main altar of the sanctuary which is made entirely of black marble. The Stoa of Athens leads off north-east from the main sanctuary, and is an unusually carved novice originating from single pieces of stone. The Sibyl Rock is a pulpit-like outcrop of rock between the Athenian Treasury and the Stoa of Athens upon the sacred way which leads up to the temple of Apollo in this domain of Delphi. It is claimed to be where the Sibyl sat to deliver her prophecies.
The ancient theatre in this city was built further up the hill from the Temple of Apollo, giving spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the valley below. The Tholos is located approximately a half a mile from the main ruins at Delphi. Three of the Doric columns have been restored, making it the most popular site at Delphi for tourists to take photographs.
The gymnasium which is half a mile away from the main sanctuary was a series of buildings used by the youth of Delphi. The Stadium is located further up the hill, beyond the via sacra and the theatre. The hippodrome was the location where the running events took place during the Pythian Games. No trace of it has been found, but the location of the stadium and some remnants of the retaining walls lead to the conclusion that is was set on a plain apart from the main part of the city, and well away from the Peribolos of Apollo. The retaining Polygonal Wall was built to support the terrace housing the construction of the second temple of Apollo and its name is taken from the polygonal masonry of which it is constructed.
The Castalian spring is the sacred spring of Delphi which lies in the ravine of the Phaedriades. The preserved remains of the monumental fountains that received the water from the spring date to the archaic period, with the latter cut into the rock.
The city is also famous for its many preserved athletic statues. The Delphi Archaeological Museum is at the foot of the main archaeological complex, on the east side of the village, and on the north side of the main road. The museum houses an impressive collection associated with ancient Delphi, including the earliest known notation of a melody, the famous charioteer, golden treasures discovered beneath the Sacred Way, and fragments of reliefs from the Siphnian Treasury. The Charioteer, a bronze statue, is a masterpiece of ancient Greek art, probably the most famous exhibit and seen at the end of the tour of the museum.
Delphi also attracts visitors to a very popular winter destination, Arachova, and the ski centre of Parnassus. In winter, the ski season takes over. And it is theoretically possible to ski down Mt. Parnassus and go for a daring swim in the afternoon to the coast.
Another fascinating destination would be a trip to Mykonos, a Greek Island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxo, which would be like an `icing on the cake’. The town of Mykonos is also known as Chora, where tourism is a major industry as the nightlife and the beaches are most active and famous on this land! Hence it is a popular tourist destination situated in the middle of the Aegean Sea, famed as a cosmopolitan destination, and widely recognised as one of the great travel meccas. This touristic Island is supported by loud dance clubs, English breakfasts, a landscape which is a symphony of bare rock, blinding white peasant architecture and, in contrast to its small size, Numerous lacy stretches of the most beautiful sandy beaches, accentuated by the wonderful Mediterranean light and set against the deep blue background of the Aegean.
Mykonos' main communities are Chora, the island's port town and capital, and the village town of Ano Mera. The town Chora is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets, whitewashed stepped lanes, and houses and churches gathered around its harbour in the middle of a wide bay. Although the streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants, it’s traditional Cycladic architectural style and character has remained firmly intact,.
Ano Mera is a small village in the middle of the island, based around a large central square, which is lined on three sides by a series of Greek tavernas. The monastery of Panagia Tourliani, is the most significant highlight of this area. The country should definitely get enthused by this unusual abode of admiration
You may also head towards the Windmills, one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos, projecting a splendid view on Little Venice and being the most famed place on the western side of this arena for tourists to watch that eye-catching sunset! Surprises galore on the Greece Holiday Package!
Little Venice, in Mykonos Town, is a district located at the sea, famous for its picturesque medieval two and three storey houses, which stand like a wall above the sea, engulfing their colourful wooden balconies. It is also one of the most beautiful and romantic places during that intoxicating sunset letting your imagination fly you to the moon and back! A favourite activity here is drinking a cocktail in one of the many bars and cafes while sitting along the sea shore and swooning over the sunset with your family. Little Venice may also be reached by walking from the windmills down the stairs.
Of all the churches in Mykonos Town, the most impressive is Panagia Paraportianí, a true Byzantine jewel. This whitewashed church draws huge crowds and is the most photographed of the 400 churches on the whole island. Only one of the chapels on the ground floor is open to visitors, from early morning until sunset. The church is located in the Kastro district, the oldest section of Mykonos Town.
All museums are open from April to October, except the Archaeological Museum which is open the year round. Most people keep the museums for a rainy day, but the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos is worth a visit as it exhibits include a large number of vases, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic era, statues, stelae and funerary urns from the nearby island of Rheneia (Delos' necropolis). The Folklore Museum, housed in an 18th-century sea captain's house, brings together a number of collections of furniture, icons, and pieces of sculpture, folk musical instruments, costumes and textiles. Lena's House Museum, a branch of the Folklore Museum, is an authentic 19th-century middle class Mykonian house, completely restored with furnishings. The Boni Mill has been maintained and is fully functional featuring its customary wood-burning stone oven.
During your vacation, feed yourself with a heavy breakfast, to build up that energy level and decide your mover towards the most relaxing or hectic schedule, as per choice, that is the beach land! Most of the beaches have taverns and restaurants and are well equipped with deck chairs and parasols. The best beaches are on the south side of the island and sheltered from the prevailing northern wind. On the more popular beaches, it is not uncommon for people to walk down the beach selling probably goods Such as DVDs, bags, clothes, jewellery and watches tavern (Nikolas), to incite visitors to buy, who may be simply spending their time at leisure!
Paradise is probably the most popular beach known for its parties hosting foot-tapping music. This exotic beach is easily reached by bus from Mykonos Town or with a regular boat service from Platys Gialos. It is engulfed with Super Paradise restaurants, beach bars and some hotels, hosting music from both the left side (Super Paradise Beach Bar Club) and the right side (Coco Club), for those guests who just want to dine and leave, and for others who want to celebrate and party and burn the night away! Delos, a small uninhabited island close to Mykonos, is a UNESCO World Heritage area known for its important archaeological sites, and may be reached by a boat.
For shopping, although Greece is a huge country, it has relatively some shopping malls or large department stores. Souvenirs are of course available in every area that the tourists visit. Other shopping opportunities consist of antiques, museum reproductions, embroideries and folk art goods, Greek food and drink products. Here is an overview of the tempting shopping scene spread across various cities. There are small streets which are home to incredibly low-priced shoes, bags, jewellery, gifts, homewares, and so there are shopping malls that include outlets with luxury brands, as well as luxury cafés, bars and restaurants. Casual silver pieces to hand-crafted gold with precious stones, gold in ancient and Byzantine motifs, contemporary designs in silver and unique gold and silver jewellery by local designers are available. Fashion for men and women, street wear, club wear, party wear, accessories, funky T-shirts, youthful women’s fashion, clothes by Greek designers and A-level designers including Roberto Cavalli, Gaultier, Missoni and Chloe, may be found in designer wear stores and various shopping areas. Ceramics, wood-carvings, sculpture, Aphrodite bust candles, authentic Greek folk art, trinkets, embroideries, crocheted iPod covers, antique ceramics and hand-crafted silver jewellery are available in abundance! Unique metal creations, candle-sticks, small mirrors, lamps, books, are spread all around. You can go shopping or window shopping in the fabulous little boutiques which carry exclusive brands, amongst them being outstanding Greek jewellery, souvenirs, and works of art. Mykonos specifically is home to a large artists' colony, so there are a number of fine galleries offering original works.
For quick, decent and low-budget meals that do not fall into the commercialized fast food category, try a souvlaki' (pronounced soo- VLAH-kee), mainly grilled meat (pork, chicken, or your choice) vegetables (tomato and onion slices) and greek 'tzatziki' (pronounced tzah-TZEE-khee) which is yogurt enriched with garlic and cucumber. All the above, often accompanied by french fries, are wrapped inside a thin slice of pan bread, named 'pita' (PEE-tah). If you are interested in a sandwich, cheese pie, spinach pie or the equivalent of a fast snack, try Grigoris or Everest, two chains of fast food to be found in most districts of Athens and the rest of Greece. Goody's is the Greek equivalent of McDonald's and offers a fair variety of tasty meals, including pastas, different salads and burgers. Modern Greek. International culinary fare such as Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese, Modern French, Japanese, Patisserie, including savoury and sweets, ice-creams, sundaes, are always around to satiate your appetite, as well as restaurants serving Indian dishes consisting of tandoori chicken, curry lamb, breads, appetizers, masala tikka, Kashmiri and Punjabi cuisine is also available in some Indian Restaurants.
Greeks love to socialize and Athens buzzes after its other counterparts have laid their heads down to sleep. Cafes spill on to the streets, and the sounds of lively conversation rings around everywhere in the evenings. Have a frappé, the delicious Greek version of cold coffee and being a Greek invention, relish its serving as sweet, medium, or without sugar, with or without milk. Delicious with Bailey's too!
On your return ask yourselves a valid question: `Would it ever be possible to get over the Greece Holiday Package! You would surely desire to make another round trip!