Central Excursion & Other Excursions

Main Conference Tour to Corinthos 19 March 2016

We will start our tour from Piraeuscity, Main Port, Porto Leone, Costal area with Ancient walls Freatida , Zeas Kastela , Mikrolimano and we will continue to Corinthos.

On the way to Corinth's we will see the island of Salamis, passing by of Ancient lake of Koumoundourou, we will continue thought theare of Megara . We will stop at the Corinthian Canal and we will enter Peloponnese to Corinthian We will see the Archaeological side of Corinthos from outside , guides will walk them around so they can see the monuments at a distance , through the fence. Also we will visit the Ancient port of Centuries port with the remain inside the sea water one of the oldest Early Christian churches commemorating of the arrival of St. Paul from Athens to Corinth . In Corinth St Paul spend a year and six months.

Corinth, Isthmos we reach Corinth canal (short stop). Return to or Korinth was a city-state on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Sparta. The modem town of Corinth is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northeast of the ancient ruins. According to Hellenic myth, the city was founded by Corinthos, a descendant of the god Helios (the Sun), while other myths suggest that it was founded by the goddess Ephyra, a daughter of the Titan Oceanus, thus the ancient name of the city (also Ephyra). There is evidence that the city was destroyed around 2000 BC.

Ancient Corinth, the original City of Corinth, was founded in the 10th Century BCE and was the largest city in ancient Greece. More importantly, Corinth was ancient Greece's richest port. Corinth had been re-founded by Julius Caesar as a Roman colony in 44 BCE. It was to this megalopolis where the Apostle Paul came, worked and established a thriving church, subsequently sending two of his epistles, now part of the New Testament.

Corinth was known as an especially "wild" city and had a reputation for licentiousness. It was a city that was used to coin one of the Greek words for "fornicate", which was korinthiazomai! This reputation was based, in part, on the ancient Greek historian Strabo's report that there were 1,000 sacred prostitutes in the temple of Aphrodite on the Acrocorinth, which was an 1,886-foot hill that rises above the City of Corinth to the south.

The wealth of Corinth rested largely on control of trade in western Mediterranean. In the late 6th century Corinth sought to maintain this commercial hegemony by mediating conflicts arising between its neighbors, specifically Athens, Thebes and Sparta, and by contributing to the Pan Hellenistic efforts against Persian attempts to subdue Greece.

Tour will be by private luxury buses and English professional guide .

 

Other Excursions

If you are interested in any of the following excursions please fill the Excursion – cruise Booking form (you can download from here) and email it to info@marathontravel.gr

 

DELPHI - One Day Tour

Explore one of the most famous sites of classical Greece on a day tour from Athens to magical Delphi. Depart from our terminal; via the national highway passing by Thebes, Levadia (short stop), you'll arrive in Delphi at around noon. Famous for its theater, Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins, Delphi was considered the center of the earth and the universe, and played a central role in the classical Greek world. Pass by CASTALIA SPRING, visit at the archaeological site the TEMPLE of APOLLO famous for its oracle and the MUSEUM of Delphi, with it’s spectacular finds, including the unique bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx and the Statue of Antinoos. After lunch return to Athens via the picturesque mountain village of ARACHOVA, built on the south slopes of Parnassus,
well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese (short stop). Delphi is one of the national treasures of Greece and Unesco’s world heritage monument. The tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon.

DURATION: 10 hours

Rate per person € 95
including lunch & entrance fees & English speaking guide

 

EPIDAURUS – MYCENAE - One Day Tour

Explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC. Depart from our termial via the coastal National highway for the CORINTH CANAL (short stop). Drive to MYCENAE and visit the archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. Visit the Palace, the Lionesses Gate and the tomb of Agamemnon. Before lunch an
optional stop in a pottery factory. After lunch through ARGOS proceed to Nauplia the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress of PALAMIDI and the fortified islet of BOURTZI (short stop). Continue to EPIDAURUS and visit the ancient theatre. The UNESCO’S world heritage listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios, the healer and was the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics. The tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon

DURATION: 10 hours

Rate per person € 95
including lunch & entrance fees & English speaking guide

 

CRUISE - POROS-HYDRA-AEGINA - One Day Tour

Departure Point

Our ship departs daily the whole year for a one-day cruise to Hydra-Poros-Aegina from Marina Flisvou (near the TAE-KWON-DO establishments).
There is a large parking area for parking cars and touristic buses at the area of anchorage.

Detailed schedule cruise
MARINA FLISVOU - HYDRA

Departure from Flisvos 08:00/ Arrival at Hydra 11:00
HYDRA - POROS
Departure from Hydra 12:30/ Arrival at Poros 13:30
POROS – ΑEGINA
Departure from Poros 14:20 /Arrival at Aegina 15:30
AEGINA– MARINA FLISVOU
Departure from Aegina 18:00 / Arrival at Flisvos 19:30
Staying time in each island
Hydra 1 1⁄2 hour
Poros 50 minutes
Aegina 2 1⁄2 hours

HYDRA

A beautiful small island but so large in history and specificities that distinguishes among so many.
The role of island and the people during the revolution of 1821 by the Ottoman Empire and modern history makes Hydra one of the most popular touristic destinations.

Elegance, tradition and majesty. The architecture of the island has kept until our days, intact and inviolable by modern interventions, thanks to the sacrifices of all the Hydrants, who religiously keep this unique legacy that surrendered by their ancestors The absence of any wheelset from the island, it is still uniqueness within so many others we meet in Hydra.

It is joy of God to walk carefree on cobblestone streets, enjoying the splendid mansions – forts, built by the great Hydrants ancestors, discover at every step churches full of history and seeing the unique blue sea, away from noises and normal smells.

For all these we travel you to this beautiful island and we promise you unforgettable moments full of relaxation and the feeling of free.

POROS

Approach at Poros...
...by ship, from far we see standing in the highest hilltop the History Clock, between prickly and pines. From here the view of the harbor and the opposite coasts is excellent. Built in 1927, it’s visible from everywhere and is the jewel of the city.Poros is the island of peace, romance and relaxation.It is overgrown with pine trees which reach the rugged shores or the sandy beaches.The people of Poros are like all islanders in Greece, spontaneous, decent and hospitable. The beach houses are large neoclassic in opposite with the two-floor houses at Brinia, Mylos, Pounta and Kasteli. The first houses were built in 1463 in the area around the Clock. In the center of the town are located the Town Hall, the Archaeological Museum, the Exhibition Hall and Cultural events.Among the narrow streets of Poros and the white houses, full of boungainvilleas, are found many taverns. Among the pier, the visitor sees lot of touristic shops, cafes, taverns and lot of bars with Greek and foreign music.

Leaving from the town Northwest is Progym, the first residence of Othona . There todays is the grading and the coaching of sailors. After school stadium a small canal separates Sfairia from Kalavria. After the canal is the settlement that was first inhabited by refugees from M.Asia. Finishing the settlement and following the winding road among big pine trees, we arrive at the chapel of Agia Zoni, which is celebrated on July 2. Located between a canyon with trees and streams. Next we meet the chapel of Prophet Elias and finally the Palaces, in which is the Temple of Poseidon.

Today Poros with its traditional color, charm, cosmopolitan life and modern facilities is the ideal holiday resort.

AEGINA

The mythological tradition wants Aegina to have taken its name from the nymph Aegina. The nymph Aegina was daughter of Asopos River and Metopis. The island before the arrival of nymph named different such as (Herodotus, Pindaros, Stravonas) Inoni, Inona or Inopiia. Zeus did with Aegina a son Aeacus, who from the wrath of Hera found alone on the island and therefore begged his father to transform ants in humans. That’s how Aegina came with its first residents, the Myrmidons.

The temple of Aphaia exists on the top of pine covered hill in the northeast part of Aegina. It is the greatest  monument that survives from the sanctuary, which was dedicated to Aphaia and seems to have built in a place that there was cult activity since Mycenaean age. Pausanias mentioned the myth Aphaia and identifies her with the Cretan goddess Vritomarti-Diktinna. The researchers believe that this goddess was adored in the temple. The Aphaia considered as the daughter of Zeus and land Crete. There were Diktina adored, as showed that had
similarities with goddess Artemis.

According to legend, the nymph Aphaia persecuted by the Cretan king Minos and in trying to escape jumped into the sea, where a fisherman rescued her and took her to Aegina. From there disappeared (Aphaia =Disappeared) in the place where now stands the sanctuary. When the atmosphere is clear, from the temple we see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio and the Acropolis of Athens.The tree temples cobinate one triangle (the holy triangle of ancient times).

The church of St. Nektarios

In this grand Christian Byzantine church, is the silver tomb with the relics of St. Nektarios. Opposite the monastery can still be seen the ruins of the old capital, the medieval capital of the island where the local population were looking for shelter during pirate raids.

Tours and Sightseeing

For even more in-depth exploration and discovery, we have created a special collection of extended land programs that is without equal. During the warm months you will have the opportunity to swim at one of the most beautiful beaches of the Saronic Gulf.

On the island of Aegina you are offered the option of luxury, air-conditioned transfer bus to the archaeological site of the Temple of Aphaia and the Church of St. Nektarios.

Facilities within the ship

Αll our passengers can enjoy our complimentary freshly-prepared Mediterranean buffet lunch.

For those who want to steal a few more minutes of sleep before their cruise, an optional Mediterranean breakfast is available on board with Panoramic views of the Saronic Gulf, at an extra charge of 10,00€.

During the cruise live music is played by our orchestra so that our passengers can enjoy the beautiful seascapes along with background music and have fun dancing when the rhythm goes up.

Within the ship passengers can watch informative videos on the latest audio visual systems installed with large LCD screens.

In the Gift Shop on board, you can find all the necessary items you may have forgot to bring along, as well as souvenirs for your loved ones.

Mobile coverage and strong 3G signals are available so that while on board you will have the comfort to do as much or as little as you please.

Indoor lounges and dining room

There are 3 indoor multi-purpose lounges on our ship which meet the demands of our passengers whether focusing on pleasure or fan. All lounges are fully air-conditioned for a comfortable stay during every season and can cater up to 340 people in total (180 people indoors and 160 people outdoors). The kitchen is fully equipped to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding guest offering gastronomic delights, inspired by both the Greek and the Mediterranean cuisine.

Bars

Our two fully-equipped Bars are staffed by trained graduates of Bar Philosophy (Europe’s premier bartending academy) who are ready to prepare the most amazing Cocktails at sea (and land). Of course, our live music will beautifully enhance the unforgettable view of the Saronic Gulf, the historic playground of the wealthy and mighty in Ancient Greece.

Safety equipment and comfort

Our ship is in compliance with the most modern international and European safety regulations having all the necessary equipment (lifeboats, navigation and communication instruments etc.) and consists of highly trained staff providing our guests a safe and comfortable journey. The Stabilizers and Bowthruster, give us flexibility, speed and stability even in the most rough weather conditions.

The buffet and our kitchen

We prepare fresh food daily, providing culinary delights inspired by Greece and Mediterranean cuisine. We select the best fresh ingredients and follow the strictest hygiene standards.Our ship’s experienced staff is happy to prepare special meals according to your dietary requirements. For special orders please inform us two days before departures.

Lunch Buffet Menu

Starters:
Greek stuffed vine leaves (Dolmades)
Salads:
Chopped cabbage with grated carrot
Chef Salad
Freshly cut lettuce with fresh onion and anise
Greek salad with tomatoes, Greek feta cheese, Kalamata olives and oregano
Hot dishes:
Chicken bakes with garlic and paprika
Fish with dill and anise
Oven baked potatoes
Rice with mixed vegetables
Fresh Green peas
Bread Rolls
Desert
Menu is subject to change without prior notice due to seasonal availability of ingredients.
Extra virgin olive oil is used in all our dishes

Rate per person € 90
Including lunch & entrance fees & English speaking guide and transfer from hotel to Marina Floisvos and return

 

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING & ACROPOLIS MUSEUM - Half-day Tour

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens.

Depart for PANATHINAIKOS STADIUM cradle of the first Olympic Games took place in 1896 (short stop). Pass by the Prime’s Ministers residence, Ex Royal Palace, (guarded by colourful Evzones) Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall). Proceed passing by Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schlieman’s House (Nomismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, and finally ACROPOLIS (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens).

Continue with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the new ACROPOLIS museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.

DURATION: 5 hours

Rate per person € 65
includes entrance fees and English speaking guide