Today we depart on our track and field adventure to Greece. The next 9 days will offer an amazing opportunity to travel the world and enjoy some track and field training in the country where it all began. Sit back, get some rest and enjoy the in-flight service. Tomorrow we arrive in Athens, Greece!
Upon our arrival we are welcomed by our Greece tour guide and transferred to your Athens hotel. You will have the remainder of the afternoon free to relax and visit Athens. This evening our team will take part in a training session as we prepare for our upcoming track and field events.
Today we begin our day with a city tour of Athens, the foundation of democracy and Greece’s largest city. We visit the famous architectural structures of Grecian history, the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Erectheum. Visit the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (O.A.K.A.) where the 2004 Summer Olympic athletic events and 2007 UEFA Champions League Final were hosted. After our touring we return to our hotel for a pre-event meal and time to rest before heading out to our track and field meet. We will have a post-meet party with time to interact and become better friends with the team we just competed against.
This morning we embark on an amazing day cruise to Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. Our first port stop brings us to Hydra, a beautiful island with shops, marketplaces, and donkey transportation as the main form of travel. Next we visit Poros, a two-part island with abundant agriculture and neoclassical architecture. We conclude our touring with a visit to Aegina, the home of the famous Athena temple. After our relaxing day cruise with beautiful Aegean Sea views, we return to our Athens hotel.
After an early breakfast we depart Athens and travel west to Corinth. Originally a focus for trade, this ancient city was once the capital of Greece known for wealth and extravagant living. Following an 1858 earthquake the city was rebuilt as New Corinth and now recognized as an industrial center for Greece. In Corinth we take a city tour and visit the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. After our touring we return to our hotel for a pre-event meal and time to rest before heading out to our track and field meet. After our meet, we will have a post-meet party with time to interact and become better friends with the team we just competed against.
We begin our day traveling west to Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games. Dating back to 8th Century BC, the games were held every four years during a festival in honor of Zeus. Today the games represent the highest level of competition as nearly 200 countries participate in the different Olympic events. Upon our arrival we will take a city tour with visits to Ancient Olympia, Hermes by Praxiteles, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. After our touring we will be transferred to our Olympia hotel for dinner and evening stay.
Following breakfast we return to Athens and visit the National Archaeological Museum, a world renowned museum with ancient artifacts dating back to Greece’s prehistory. Next we travel to Mount Lycabettus for an amazing view of the city before concluding our afternoon with some free time to enjoy shopping in the Plaka district of Athens.
We begin this morning with a brief visit to Marathon where we will learn of the famous battle of 490 BC in which the heavily outnumbered Athenian army defeated the Persians. After the battle Phidippides became famous for his 26 mile run to Athens to warn the city of the imminent counter-attack by the Persians and his death shortly after from exhaustion. We return to Athens and visit the Monastiraki Flea Market filled with souvenirs and shops. After our tour we return to our hotel for a pre-event meal and time to rest before heading out to our final track and field meet. Afterwards, we will have a post meet party with time to interact and become better friends with our recent competition.