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MARE NOSTRUM II

DAY 1 VENICE Arrival to the city of Venice and meeting with the accompanying guide. Full day visit, with Lunch included, of this singular city in which we will be able to admire St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, the Campanile, the Bridge of Sighs, the Rialto Bridge. Tour of the Ducal Palace, one of the symbols of the glory and power of Venice. Gothic building, its two most visible façades look toward the lagoon and St. Mark’s Square. The palace was the residence of the “dux”, seat of the government and of the court of justice and prison of the Republic of Venice. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 VENICE – TRITHIS – LJUBLJANA Breakfast. Departure for the city of Trieste. Guided tour of the city where we will be able to admire its squares and monuments. Lunch. We will get to know first hand its famous cafés, emblematic places of the city that have been places of encounter, culture, art and tradition. Then, we will begin our journey to Ljubljana. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB – PLITVICE Breakfast. Morning tour of Ljubljana. Slovenian capital founded according to Legend by the Greek Prince Jason. After separating from Yugoslavia in 1991, the beautiful daughter of the Balkans preserves a marvelous natural environment that is adorned with with a a good offering of monuments. Then Departure for Zagreb. Lunch. Afternoon tour of Zagreb, of the historic center “Gornji grad”, with its famous cathedral from the 12th century, connected to the the low city by a funicular, the Church of Saint Mark, King Tomislav Square, where the monument to the Croatian king by the same name, work of the sculptor Robert Franges, can be found. Finished the visit, we will continue on to the National Park of Plitvice. Arrival to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 PLITVICE – ZAGREB – SPLIT Breakfast. Tour of the National Park of Plitvice where the sixteen lakes are connected by 92 waterfalls and cascades. Thanks to its impressive beauty and the richness of its flora and fauna, this region was declared national park and catalogued UNESCO World Heritage Site. Departure for Zadar. Lunch. Once we have finished the visit, we will continue on to Zadar. We will see the Roman Forum and the Church of Saint Donatus, symbol of the city, from the 9th century and with appearance of a castle, sole round medieval monumental construction in Dalmatia. Departure for Split. Arrival to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 SPLIT – DUBROVNIK Breakfast. Morning city tour, architectural jewel situated over a hill over 1330 meters tall. The city grew around the Resting House of the Roman Emperor Dioclecian, who was born near Splitin in the year 245. In addition to the palace of Diocleciano, founded in the 3rd century and reformed in the Middle Ages, the Cathedral of San Duje, Patron saint of Split, and the Temple of Jupiter stand out. Lunch. Continuation to Dubrovnik. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 DUBROVNIK Breakfast. City tour of Dubrovnik, the ancient Ragusa, founded in the 7th century and declared World Heritage by UNESCO. It is surrounded by the Ravelin Fortress, 1940 meters of Gothic and Renaissance walls, and it guards in its interior numerous churches and Renaissance palaces constructed in the 16th century. Minceta is a masterpiece of the Renaissance, the taller tower in the mainland area of the wall and the best preserved in Europe. We will also visit the the oldest pharmacy in the world, the palace of the Rector and the Dominicano and Franciscano Monastery. Lunch. Afternoon free to continue enjoying the cidad. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 DUBROVNIK – MOUNTNEGRO – PODGORICA Breakfast. Excursion to Mountnegro with lunch included. There are few towns that can compare with the natural beauty of the Bay of Kotor. We will take a drive along highway skirting the coast during which we will enjoy amn impressive view of the bay. Then tour of Kotor, a beautiful city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its maritime tradition, the Cathedral of Saint Triphon and the Church of Saint Nicholas, and above all for its walls that surround the small Old Town with the mountain of Saint John (260 m) in the background. Las walls are 5 km long and have a width of between 3 and 15 meters, with some reaching as high as 20 meters. Then we travel to hacia Budva, where we will get to know its old town, one of the most attractive on the coast of Mountnegro. In this unique environment we will have some free time to eat lunch in a typical restaurant. Once we have finished the visit, we continue to Podgorica. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and Lodging.

DAY 8 PODGORICA – TIRANA – OHRID Breakfast. Panoramic tour of the city of Podgorica, where we can get to know the most emblematic places such as the settlement of Varos, the millennial bridge, the Palace of King Nikola, the National Theater, among others. Lunch. In the afternoon we will leave for Tirana. Panoramic tour of the Albanian capital. We will continue our journey to Ohrid, situated at the feet of a Lake. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 OHRID – KALAMPAKA/METEORA Breakfast. Visit in the morning of the city and of the lake with the same name, of singular beauty. Among others monuments we can get to know its amphitheater or the Sveta Bogorodica Perivlepta Church. Lunch. In the afternoon we will leave for Kalampaka/Meteora, our first stop in the Hellenic country. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 10 KALAMPAKA/METEORA – THERMOPYLAE – MOUNT PARNASSUS – DELPHI Breakfast. Departure for Meteora where we will be able to visit two of the Byzantine Monasteries. Meteora is very spectacular and unique place in the world. It is a forest of very tall monolithic rocks. The Monasteries are still conserved in perfect state today, and they have enormous cultural and artistic value since they hold more than 10,000 manuscripts, byzantine icons, frescoes and byzantine religious objects. Lunch. Departure for Delphi. En route, we will make a stop in Thermopylae to see the monument of King Leonidas of Sparta and contemplate the place where where the famous Battle of Thermopylae was fought against the Persians. Then and crossing the mountain range of Mount Parnassus (Mountain of the Muses), contemplating an alpine landscape, we arrive in Delphi. Arrival to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 11 DELPHI – ATHENS Breakfast. In the morning, we will visit the Archaeological area of Delphi. During all of antiquity, Delphi was considered the center of the earth (“Belly Button of the Earth”), in addition to being one of the most important shrines of the ancient world. It was also the religious and economic center of all of Greece during the entire ancient period. It was also very famous for its oracle of the God Apollo, where people from all parts of the world would go to receive the answers of the Pythia. The landscape and the the surroundings of Delphi are unique, among the loveliest in the world. We continue with the tour of the Archaeological Museum, pointing out the marble statues of the sculptor Lysippos and the celebrated bronze statue “The Auriga”. Lunch. After lunch, departure for the Byzantine monastery of Ossios Lucas from the 11th century, where unique byzantine icons and very important manuscripts are conserved. Having finished the tour of the monastery, departure for Athens traveling through the alpine town of Arachova. Arrival to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 12 ATHENS Breakfast. In the morning, we will leave to take a panoramic tour of the city in which we will see the most important monuments of the city: the Arch of Hadrian, the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, the Presidential Mansion, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Academy of Athens, the National Library, etc. We will visit “in situ” the Acropolis with the Parthenon, the Areopegus and the ancient Agora of Athens. Dozens of monuments that relive different cultural periods and that reflect the excepcional richness in archaeological deposits of this city. Lunch. Afternoon free. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 13 ATHENS – CORINTH CANAL – MYCENAE – EPIDAURUS – NAFPLIO – ATHENS Breakfast. Departure in order to take a full day excursion to the Argolis. Arrival to the Corinth Canal and short stop to contemplate the spectacular canal that joins the Ionian Sea with the Aegean. Then, Departure for Ancient Corinth, celebrated city especially in The 7th and 6th centuries B.C. Saint Paul lived and preached in this city in the years 51 and 52, as well as in the years 57 and 58 of our era. We will visit the Archaeological area of Ancient Corinth, as well as the museum. Then, departure for Mycenae, inhabited from the end of the Neolithic Period and the beginning of the Bronze Age (3000-2800 B.C.). Tour of the Archaeological area and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Lunch. We continue to Epidaurus, traveling through Nafplio. We will make a short stopto contemplate the neoclassical city of Nafplio with its spectacular castle and Its picturesque port. Nafplio was the first capital of Contemporary Greece, and it is considered among the prettiest cities in the country. Continuation to Epidaurus, the most important medicinal center in the entire ancient world and also one of the largest religious centers dedicated to the God Asclepius, the god of medicine. We will visit its famous theater from the classical period known worldwide for its perfect and impressive acoustics. In addition, it is the best conserved o the entire Greek world. Return to Athens. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 14 ATHENS Breakfast. END OF TRIP