Sep 18, 2014

Suggested Excursions around Athens


The team of Civitel Hotels & Resorts will be delighted to organize for you several excursions...
All you have to do is select one of the below destinations and leave the rest to us! These destinations can be reached in 2 - 4  hours travelling distance by car or boat from the center of Athens.


Nafplion


Distance from Athens: 145 km, 1 hr and 41 min

Greece's first capital Nafplion, located in the Peloponnese just off Attica's borders, will amaze you with its Venetian and Ottoman architecture. 
Nafplio (or Nafplion, or Nauplion) is a modern but also an historical town that offers to the visitor a large number of monuments from its long history



Olympia

Distance from Athens: 270 km, 3 hours

Olympia, located in the Peloponnese is a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history. The Olympic Games were held every for years throughout Classical Antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The first Olympic Games were in honour of Zeus.
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Epidaurus

Distance from Athens: 125 km, 1hr and 53 min


Epidaurus (Ancient Greek: Ἐπίδαυρος, Epidauros) was a small city (polis) in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Two modern towns bear the name Epidavros: Palaia Epidavros and Nea Epidavros. Since 2010 they belong to the new municipality of Epidaurus, part of the regional unit ofArgolis. The seat of the municipality is the town Asklipieio.

The famous theatre at Asclepius of Epidaurus is one of the most important monuments of ancient Greece. It combines perfect acoustics, elegance and symmetrical proportions. It was built around 340-33 BC, so that the patients of the Asclepion could watch theatrical performances and was in use until the 3rd century AD. 




Meteora

Distance from Athens: 346 km, 3 hr 43 min

Meteora ( "middle of the sky") is a very pleasant break from a stay in Athens, only a three hour drive away.  is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.

Meteora means ‘suspended in space’. Your first, second and third sight of these impossibly tall, vertical rocks will have you gasping in disbelief. But it’s not just the incredible geology that stretches your imagination. It’s the monasteries balanced on these pinnacles.





Diros Caves

Distance from Athens: 289 km, 3 hr and 22 min

The famous Alepotripa and Vlichada caves are located in Pirgos Diros.  It is part of the municipal unit of Oitylo. Diros. The cave of Vlichada covers an area of 16,700 m2 and since 1949 about 2,800 water passages have been explored. A 2.5-km-long winding passageway is the main route for sightseeing. During a 40-min boat trip, the visitor comes across an intricate network of passages and galleries, decorated with gleaming stalagmites and stalactites, whose reflection in the water accentuates their natural beauty. The guided tour into the cavern of Vlychada takes place by boat and on foot – part of it is on land.




Agistri

Distance from Athens: From Piraeus directly to Agistri: approximately 1 hr and 30 min 

The island of Agistri has a look of its own and is a perfect spot for those seeking a deserted, sandy beach and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
In the Saronic Gulf, just off the Grecian coast, lies the island oasis of Agistri. Explore exotic beaches with crystal-clear waters, like Dragonera, Aponisos and Mareza. Tour traditional settlements, like Limenaria. Or relax for a spell at one of the island’s scenic ouzo bars, which serve fresh fish right on the water. Here the pines stretch all the way to the sea and the breeze envelops you with aromas of the island’s fresh thyme and oregano plants. A year-round favourite for those who love camping, cycling and hiking, the 14 square-kilometre island is the ideal destination for your next holiday or even a weekend getaway. Read More at Attica Athens Live!






Ydra

Distance from Athens: From Piraeus directly to Ydra: approximately 1 hr and 30 min 

Hydra, is considered one of the top destinations selected all year around. When visiting the island one can easily understand the reasons of its popularity, which are certainly not only its short distance from Athens (1,5 hours by boat). Hydra combines a variety of natural beauties, extravagant stone mansions, museums, romantic narrow cobblestoned streets, clear beaches, beautiful churches and many more…A very important fact that you may know is that cars are banned from the island of Hydra and in their place you will find more than 500 cute donkeys which will be delighted to escort you to your destination.

Island Museums worth visiting:
  • Historical archive-Museum of Hydra
  • Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum
  • Annex to the National Historical Museum
  • Museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History of Hydra

Explore the Beache of Hydra:
  • Mandráki
  • Bísti
  • Vlychós
  • Spiliá
  • Limnióniza
  • Hydronéta
  • Ayios Nikolaos
Getting there: (more info at http://www.hydra.com.gr/transport/?lang=en)
  • By flying dolphin form the port of Piraeus (approximately 1hour & 30 minutes)
  • By helicopter







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