Greece program highlights and sights:
Play games vs. local Greek teams
Sightseeing in Athens, one of the world's most historic cities, as well as Thessaloniki on the Greek coast
Visit Athens Olympic Sports Center
Greece, cradle of Western civilization, is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe. Greece, the capital, offers a myriad of experiences, landscapes and activities. And of course The Parthenon - solitary and pristine - lording it over the hazy sprawl of Athens. Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains, of which Mount Olympus is the highest at 9,570 feet.
Traditionally, Greece is considered among the world's top basketball powers; they were runners-up in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and they have won the European Championship twice, in 1987 and 2005. Greece is typically ranked in the top 10 in the FIBA World Rankings. Basketball has a long tradition in Greece, as the country was one of the eight founding members of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Current Greek players playing in the NBA include Giannis Antentokoumpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Kosta Koufos (Memphis Grizzlies). Predrag Stojaković and Andreas Glyniadakis are among some of the Greek nationals who have played in the NBA.
Athens, the capital city of Greece, is an ancient city, steeped in many centuries of history. Home of the Olympics, the original modern-day Olympic Games were held in the city of Athens over 100 years ago. In 2004, the Olympic Games finally returned here and the city underwent an enormous facelift. Within Athens there are eight large hills, including the Acropolis. A trip to the Greek capital's most famous tourist attraction, the impressive Parthenon, built on the Acropolis around 2,500 years ago, will be memorable to say the least.
Some of the top places of interest include the Agora - a grand, ruined Roman building that was funded by Roman emperors; the Temple of Zeus - built around 1,500 years ago for the worship of the Greek God Zeus; Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with the original town of Athens; and the stunning Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre where many great plays have been performed over the years.
Greece – Athens and Thessaloniki
Day 1 Departure from the USA or Canada
Day 2 Arrival Athens, transfer to accommodation in Athens area
Day 3 Sightseeing Athens - visit the Acropolis
Day 4 Visit Olympic Sports Center of Athens, evening game
Day 5 More sightseeing Athens - Plaka Square and Monastiraki
Day 6 Transfer to Thessaloniki
Day 7 Guided tour of Thessaloniki
Day 8 Visit ancient cities of Vergina and Pella
Day 9 Visit famous beaches of Chalkidiki
Day 10 Transfer to Thessaloniki airport, return flight
Starting at US $2000 per person March-April departure
Starting at US $2500 per person June-August departure
Prices are based on departure from New York, with 40 people traveling and do not include airport taxes or fuel surcharges which are approx. $250.00 - $350.00 per person. Contact us for a detailed price quote and itinerary.