Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 80 miles, approximately 3 hours riding time. Walking up to 1.5 miles throughout the day; partly steep ramp, some steps, uneven terrain.
At the hotel.
Attica is a peninsula extending into the Aegean Sea. Athens is the main city in this ancient land where one of the world’s most extraordinary civilizations developed. There are also many other iconic sites resonant with myth and legend. We will board a motorcoach with our Group Leader and ride along the beautiful Apollo coast, known as the Greek Riviera, to Cape Sounio on the southernmost tip of Attica. It has been considered a sacred place since the Bronze Age. We will explore the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon — god of the sea — dating back to the 5th century BCE and built on the foundations of an even earlier temple. Sixteen of the original 38 columns have survived and, as we enjoy superb views to the Aegean Sea, we will learn about the fascinating history and mythology of this place. We’ll then ride to the port town of Lavrio, notable for its silver mines dating back to antiquity.
At a restaurant in Lavrio.
Moving on, we will ride to the site of Thorikos, a metalliferous region where we shall visit the oldest surviving theater in Greece with an unusual elliptical-angular shape. Here, we’ll learn about the birth of the ancient Greek theater, as well as its role in the social and political life of ancient Greece. Returning to Athens, we will ride along the Mesogaia road.
On your own to enjoy the foods of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.