After many successful winter ‘land rallies’ we have decided to hold the 2020 event based in Athens. The five days/four nights event will take place between 1st-5th April staying in Athens at the President Hotel on a half board basis. The rally will include two days of extensive trips to sites in the Athens region with a third day a city tour of Athens
The itinerary is as follows:
April 1st - Arrival - President Hotel - www.president.gr
April 2nd - Corinth, Palivos, Nafplio
Starting from Athens we drive by bus westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal and make a quick stop to admire this engineering marvel that connects the Aegean and Ionian seas. Back in the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place). Here you can find the famous temple of Apollo and the steps of Apostle Paul. The tour continues towards Palivos Winery which is located at 800 meters from the imposing archaeological site of Ancient Nemea. The region of Nemea is also considered one of the largest vineyards in Greece and is famous for the Agiorgitiko grape and its wonderful wines. Palivos winery is a well-known family owned vineyard which offers a new experience to the visitors. In this one hour stop, you will learn about the vintage process and the wine-making stages, which will allow you to see the way that wine is produced. An onsite guide will happily share with you all the secrets of wine, as you taste some of the various local varieties.
Next stop is Nafplio which used to be the capital of Greece before Athens. Famous for its architecture that has Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek influences. Here the main attractions are the Castle of Bourtzi, the Acronauplia and the Castle of Palamidi built on the top of the hill as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center.
Return to Athens
April 3rd - Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Cape Sounio
This is a tour that takes you to popular areas along the Athenian Riviera, including posh Glyfada (known for its beaches and the animated life) and the scenic Vouliagmeni area. See some of the city's most popular beaches along the ride, learn more about the importance of each spot from your guide and immerse yourself in the local way of life.
The drive will take you along 80 kilometers of coastline. Stop at Vouliagmeni Lake to enjoy the views. The healing properties of the lake water have been known since ancient times, and the lake is the only natural spa in Athens. After an hour’s drive you’ll arrive at Cape Sounio, home to the Temple of Poseidon (5th-century B.C). The Temple was dedicated to the god of sea and is associated with many mythological tales. Poseidon was second only to Zeus in Greek mythology. Made of white marble, the columns still stand today as a reminder of the Athenian Empire. This is a historic and beautiful area of Greece. The steep cliffs offer a breathtaking, panoramic view, and on a clear day you can look out to some of Greece's beautiful isles of the Saronic Gulf. Return to Athens
April 4th - Athens City tour
Discover some of Greece’s greatest treasures and the best of modern coach tour of top Athens sites, including the Greek Parliament, Panathenaic Stadium, stage of the first modern Olympic Games. Syntagma square, the National library, Hadrian’s arch and Temple of Zeus. Then, explore the central areas on foot, by walking in world famous places such as Plaka, Monastiraki, Agora.
Return to the hotel – Final dinner
April 5th - Departure
NB: Although not envisaged, there may be minor changes to the itinerary.
The cost is £495 per person (deposit £100 per person) to be paid as soon as possible to secure the rooms
Hotel is based on Half Board. The rooms are Classic double / twin or Classic Single
Flights to be purchased separately
Supplements and Extras:
Single = £10 per night
Airport taxi transfer = £50 each way (maximum 3 passengers)
Additional nights = £50 per person per night (bed & breakfast) (half board + £17 per person per extra night) Extra nights subject to availability
Compulsory Accommodation Tax €3 per room per night is payable directly to the hotel on arrival.
For further information and booking please call Paul on
7 Cutler Street
London E1 7DJ
Tel 00 44 207 929 7773