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Rhodes ‘Favorites’ Half Day Tour by Archaeologous

As I lay in bed drinking my hot chocolate on this rainy night, I’m remembering the beautiful sights I saw while in Rhodes, Greece. I have always admired that quality that we humans have of being able to ‘relive’ all the beautiful places we’ve visited through memories.

I went on the favorites of Rhodes, half day private tour of the Valley of the Butterflies and the Grand Masters’ Palace- with city  highlights as well.  My private group was met by our ‘personal’ guide right at the gangplank of our ship, (you too, or an airport rendezvous can be arranged). Then in A/C comfort (which is  really appreciated in the summers) we experienced quite a magical time as the first destination of the tour which was the enchanting site of the Valley of the Butterflies.  In this truly ‘paradise like’ unique setting from June -September, you will see thousands of butterflies that come here to reproduce.  It was amazing to have 1,000s of beautiful butterflies fluttering around our heads and some landing on our shoulders. It was  convenient to walk up the hill on the lovely well kept wooden bridges and pathways through the jungle to the next venue. Streams and waterfalls completed this treasure of a place.  At the top of the pathway is the beautiful Byzantine Monastery of the Virgin of Kalopetra, (built in 1784 on top of the ruins of the Temple of Athena from the 3rd century BC).  From this viewpoint, we saw a great panoramic view of the island below. It was a good feeling to see our trusted driver ready and waiting to continue the tour excursion.  (No worries, for those not wanting to take the wooden pathway walk up to the top, you may be driven to meet the others).

Enter a real Medieval city on 1/2 day Archaeologous tour of Rhodes

Enter a real Medieval city on 1/2 day Archaeologous tour of Rhodes

We then continued with a Panoramic Drive of City Highlights over the Monte Smith Hill which offers a magnificent feel and view of the Aegean and Rhodes. We went past the Ancient Rhodes Acropolis (which is not as impressive as some, but still a thrill due to it’s age)  Also, we saw the  stadium which is refurbished and the D’Amboise Gate of the Medieval City  (talk about a flashback to Medieval times) where we disembarked and on foot visited the Grand Masters Palace. I thought this building, that was built in the 1300’s by the Knights of St John was amazing. The sheer size and thickness of walls had me wondering who were these Knights and how did they ‘create’ this. Our guide told us it was demolished in the 1800’s, and restored by the Italians during the 1939 occupation. I have relatives (from the1300-1600 that were Knights and members of this group) so I took lots of photos on the Gothic “Street of the Knights which has remained  unchanged for five hundred years and possesses a great deal of Gothic influence. Try to find all the Coats of Arms on the doorways.

If this sounds like a half day tour you would enjoy, contact: contact@archaeologous.com and reserve for your private group. **

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Tour Athens by night – assisted by Archaeologous

DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT TOUR IN ATHENS — “NON-PRIVATE TOUR”

When my cousin was just here visiting Athens for the first time, we got dressed up and ‘went out on the town’. Athens is Acropolis at Night on Archaeologous tourbeautiful and romantic at night with the lit up Parthenon and Acropolis seen from most vantage points and if you’ve never been to Athens it will be a beautiful memory forever.

We joined a small group (of course I had Archaeologus arrange it for us) and had a great time on her one and only night in Athens. If you would like to join a tour like this to see the ‘night time Athens’, see the sights and have a great dinner and show, then contact http://www.archaeologous.com/tours/67/night-time-athens-tour/.  We were, like you will be, driven around Athens to see and appreciate the modern and ancient archaeological sites such as the Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, Olympic Stadium and more.

The finale is arriving at the Plaka, known as the “neighborhood of the Gods” which is an adorable cobble stoned village sitting right under the Acropolis. Here, a popular delightful restaurant has been arranged for your Mediterranean dinner and entertainment.  Here, you just sit back, like we did, and enjoy course after course of food plus, the talented energetic troupe of singers and dancers in Greek traditional costumes. Don’t be surprised if ‘you’ end up on stage!  It was great fun as my cousin ‘did’ end  up on the stage as part of the show and looked like she was a pro. Remember to have your camera ready in case one of ‘your’ family members gets called upon to start learning the Greek dancing.

PRICE PER PERSON IS 63 EUROS          

  • Your escort will pick you up and drop you off at your local Athens hotel, just request it with Archaeologous.

  • Email: contact@archaeologous.com if you have any questions or, if you would like some assistance.
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Bacchus would love this Santorini Winery-History Tour

Santorini Wiine and History Tour by ARchaeologous   Do you love wine? Santorini? Vacations in Greece? Then this could be the tour of all tours for you. The Santorini Private Guided Shore Excursion of  Wineries, Wine tasting, and the Akrotiri Site.

Maybe you’ve heard of the award winning wines of Santorini that many sommeliers have considered to be ‘true treasures’.  You’ll have a chance to experience these gems of the wine world on this luxury 6 hour guided tour of 4 of Santorini’s best wineries: the Winery Museum of Koutsougianopoulos, Boutari Winery, Santos Winery, and Gavalas Winery. Included also is a stop at the re-opened 3,500 year old Akrotiri Excavation site. We’ve chosen to have lunch time at the Kamari beach at one of the adorable beach side cafes,with time allotted for a little beach walking on the black lava beach. Santorini-wine-tastingtour by Archaeologous

 

 

You’ll rendezvous with your guide at your appointed place and then in an A/C vehicle you’ll head out of the capital, Fira, and go to the first winery of the day, the winery Museum of Koutsougianopoulos. This is a little corny but very educational. It’s a 300′ long tunnel filled with life size animated puppets showing you the wine making process using many rare antique machines. then onto the wine sampling.  You’ll sample 4 tastes of their beautiful wines. Plus, there is a gift shop for souvenirs.  NOTE: make sure to sample the fantastic award winning “Kamaritis wine”.  Ask your guide how grapes can grow in a land with no rain and also the excavation of grape roots from 3,500 years ago.

Next, we’ve chosen the reputable BSantorini-Wineres2outari winery, located in Megalochori (large traditional village), which is very well known for their four wineries in Crete, Naoussa, Goumenisa and Santorini.

We’ll also be sampling some great wines at the 100 year old Santo winery which, as Trip Advisor reviewers say, “ has spectacular views of the Caldera and island”, “the wine is very good”, “our wedding vows were held here— it was PERFECT”,  and “ten times better view than anywhere else.”

Santorini-Wineries and weddingimages

Gavalas Winery is the last winery and we are confident that you will have a difficult time choosing a favorite from among all of them.  In addition to the wine tasting, there will fine cuisine at a great Kamari Beach seaside cafe lunch of authentic Greek Mediterranean food.  Afterward, spend some time walking on the adjacent black lava sand.

   A visit to the famed 3500 year old Akrotiri excavation site is included as a special treat to round out this fantastic day tour.

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Christianity/Biblical Tours in Ephesus Turkey

If you are interested and study the history of the Bible and Christianity, then this tour seems a perfect fit.  First you get yourself to Turkey with your questions, comfortable shoes and a camera. Then from the Port of Kusadasi, your Archaeologous tour of ‘Biblical’ Turkey will start with the religiously important historical city of Ephesus.  This is a quite popular biblical tour for those interested in the documented early Christian history of St John, Apostle Paul, and Mother Mary; all of whom spoke, lived and worked in the Ephesus area.

This area and much of Turkey is filled with historical religious relevance. Many church groups, youth groups and students of the Bible are very fond of what they experience walking in the footsteps of the Christian icons.

EPHESUS, ST JOHN and APOSTLE PAUL:

**You will learn that Ephesus was one of the richest cities of the Hellenistic period

**Ephesus was home to one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse mentioned in the Bible.

** As Apostle Paul mentioned in his letter to the Corinthians; ( Cor 16:9), he felt there was a ‘door of opportunity in Ephesus‘ due to the many opponents of Christianity.

** See the Grand Theater, where St Paul preached to capacity crowds

** Experience the commercial Agora, where silversmith shop owners rioted against Paul.

**Visit the Basilica of St John, the great church ruin that stands over the believed burial site of its namesake.

Note: St John, has been identified as the apostle, prophet, miracle worker, evangelist, and author of the Fourth Gospel and Revelations. It is said that after St John wrote the Book of Revelations in Patmos, he  returned to Ephesus.

These are some of the references concerning Ephesus:   Acts 18:19-24; 19:1-35; 20:16-17; 21:29, 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8, I Tim. 1:3 II Tim. 1:18; 4:12, Rev. 1:11, 2:1

LUNCH TIME: is provided on the tour at a nearby beautiful outdoor shade garden setting of Hali Village where an organic lunch is offered.  After lunch there will be time to see the famed Turkish carpet creating procedure from cocoon to double knotted exquisite carpet ‘art’.

MOTHER MARY:

** A short lovely hill top drive takes you to the House of Mother Mary, the sacred place visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.

** Recognized by the Vatican as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.

** Two popes have visited here. It is written in the Gospel of John (19:26-27), “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son’.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother’, and  from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” This is how Mother Mary was brought to Ephesus by John.   Here, you will have time to soak in the quietude of the sanctuary where Mother Mary lived in her final years.

Statue in the House of Mother MaryTo end off your day’s excursion, this tour provides you with some  time for a visit in the  town of Kusadasi for a Turkish shopping opportunity.

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Santorini Grand Caldera tour by Archaeologous

Archaeologous ‘Grand Caldera Santorini tour’ itineraryArcheological Museum, Red Beach, Pyrgos, Santos Winery with caldera view, Akrotiri ruins, lunch at caldera overlook, Oia, one of the most photographed villages in the world  for shopping and sightseeing and back to Fira.

I had often heard of many people taking the story book ‘donkey’ ride up  the 800′ incline to the Santorini clifftop villages. Sounded like fun. So the first time I went to Santorini, don’t you know, I went up by donkey, came down by tram, went back up on foot, and down again on tram. For fun, it’s the donkey. For a panoramic view it’s the tram and for feeling like you accomplished something, it’s by foot.

Many people come to Santorini, a truly  one-of-a-kind destination in the world, as part of their Mediterranean cruise. Of course, some come for a few days on their way to check out as many Greek islands as possible in a week or two. However you get here, you are going to LOVE it!

Check out a favorite private tour of ours, the Archaeologous Santorini Grand Caldera “round the island” tour.

I don’t care how many times I go back to Santorini it always looks different due to the amazing colors, the flowers during spring and summer, the shadows and cats on the Cycladic architecture. It all just becomes ‘imprinted’ on your eyes. It’s a ‘natural wonder of the world,’ due to the ancient volcanic activity leaving three fourths of the land sunk to the depth of 800-1200 feet. Maybe you’ve read, as I have, of a brilliant rich land called Atlantis being sunk due to an enormous volcanic eruption. And of the one that happened i Santorini, felt as far away as Turkey and devastated the Minoan society on Crete. Who knows for sure?  It all just adds to the mystery and romance of this island.

Whether you are coming for the photo opportunities you’ve heard about, or for the amazing historical value of the island’s archaeological sites, or the famous wines, or to be married or honeymoon here, you won’t be disappointed.

                                             As seen on Archaeologous Caldera full day tour of Santorini

Highlights of the Santorini Tour:

* You’ll see your guide/or driver holding a name plaque then they’ll walk you to the A/C vehicle to commence with your private tour.

* Fira, the capital, we take in the Archaeological Museum to give you a taste of the greatness of ancient Santorini.

* We’ll walk around the typical Cycladic village of Pyrgos with its labyrinth alleyways and wonderful architecture.

* You will visit a top rated winery, Santos,where you can sample the rare wine made only in Santorini.

* Perhaps, being on the first red beach of your life will be your special highlight.

* Lunch will be in a picturesque spot overlooking the water’s edge of the caldera.

* Following that, we visit the newly re-opened  3,500 yr old Akrotiri.

Happy Travels.

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Rhodes-half day Lindos & 7 Springs Tour

It’s always refreshing to be involved with a dynamic tour company like Archaeologous that has such a variety of day tours in both Greece and Turkey. Literally, there is something for every vacationers’ style.

I don’t know about you, but I like choice. I like to think I can either put an itinerary together myself, or if I’m into just being ‘taken care of, then I opt for a pre-set tour and leave the details to the pros. It’s all available here.

Take this private-guided shore excursion in Rhodes, Greece of the archaeological wonder Lindos and 7 Springs. It includes a licensed guide (optional), deluxe A/C motor vehicle and will take you to the most favorite Rhodes destinations, (You just ‘have’ to go to a place with the name, “Jewel of the Island,”) So, on this tour you will visit Lindos, the 3,000 year old Acropolis.

I find the walk up to the Acropolis really great as you are looking down upon a gorgeous blue flag beach, aqua marine waters, and islands in the distance. You, like me, might marvel at the engineering feats of the Knights of Rhodes as they refortified the castle and walls. (How did they do that?)  Of course there is some time to oggle as you walk through the little Lindos town cradled below the ruins. And then an unexpected outing, for being on a Greek island, an oasis called the 7 Springs. This refreshing nature stop is really lovely. Maybe you’ll see the peacocks I was busy chasing to get the ‘ultimate’ photo.

I really like the overall look of Rhodes, It is a huge Greek island and one gets to experience it in the scenic one hour drive along the East Coast of the island where you’ll pass diverse landscapes including: forests, beaches, jungles,and ancient river beds.

FACTS of INTEREST:

Private guided historical Rhodes tours by Archaeologous.

Private guided historical Rhodes tours by Archaeologous.

*Lidos is most attractive village on Rhodes.

* The acropolis is higher (by 100′) and older by (500 years) than the Acropolis in Athens….and the locals are ‘very’ proud of those facts.

* Since ancient times, Rhodes (Rhodos) was famous for its pottery and thus, so you get to enjoy a quick stop in the village of Archangelos in order to visit a pottery factory for an interesting demonstration of their techniques.

* At the top of the Acropolis, you will be rewarded with the majesty of the Great Stoa, the remains of the massive Temple of Athena Lindia,  an ancient theatre, and some remains of the Temple of Dionysus.

* In ancient times, the village of Lindos had a population of 50,000 compared to today’s 400 people.

* Lindos Village is unique  due to it’s artistic white pebble artwork decorated stairs, walkways, roads etc.

Another great adventure.

Happy Travels

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Quotes by Greek philosophers-offered by Archaeologous

http://www.pinterest.com/archaeologous/inspirational-greek-quotes-offered-by-archaeologou/  

Archaeologous respects the greatness of the ancient Greek philosophers.

Archaeologous respects the greatness of the ancient Greek philosophers.

Click on this link for some great Greek quotes from some of the top philosophers of all ages. It’s truly amazing how many of their wise quotes are relevant today as when written over 2,000 years ago.  Archaeologous would like to invite you to ‘get in the mood’ for your Greek vacation. As Socrates says, “wisdom begins in wonder”, and that’s what our clients tell us. They feel an expansion as they walk around in ‘wonder’ of the Parthenon, Acropolis, Plaka, Mars Hills and on and on.

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Pinterest showcases Archaeologous-Highlights of Delphi tour

Bus ride, lunch, Delphi and Museum=great day tour. Book with Archaeologous

Bus ride, lunch, Delphi and Museum=great day tour. Book with Archaeologous

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Pictures speak a 1000 words right? Isn’t that what we’ve always heard? That’s because its true!  Take for instance, I took some photos of a tour group as we traveled from Athens to Delphi. The bus ride is about 3 hours but totally entertaining with a guide speaking to the group which made it go quickly. We also had rest room/refreshment stops, a wonderful lunch and of course, as you can see Delphi is amazing. There is free time to roam around the outdoors Delphi Excavation Site before you go into the remarkable Delphi Museum.

Delphi is known as the place of the ‘pre’ Olympics, the navel of the earth, the location of the most important oracle of ancient times, and the home of the Temple of Apollo. As you can see by the photos, you will walk up the hillside looking back at the Temple, the theatre, all cradled by the Mount Parnassus and the Phocis valley below.

Day tour to Delphi from Athens-great day of history, site, museum, lunch, & shopping

Day tour to Delphi from Athens-great day of history, site, museum, lunch, & shopping

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Archaeologous shares, ‘the father of graffiti was a Greek’

http://www.worldwidegreeks.com/profiles/blogs/the-father-of-graffiti-was-a-greek-new-yorker-named-tak

Archaeologous thought this was an interesting read so we’re sharing.

Graffiti writers around the world know the name that started it all: TAKI 183. A kid from 183rd Street in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan, TAKl’s simple signature captured the attention of a reporter and, in the summer of 1971, an article appeared in The New York Times. TAKI was the first New Yorker to become famous for writing graffiti. The floodgates opened.

In the summer of 1969, Demetrius was bored. He lived uptown, north of Harlem, in a neighborhood full of Greek kids, like himself, and also a growing population of Cubans, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. The Savage Nomads gang was headquartered a block away, but they didn’t bother the locals. One afternoon that summer, Demetrius’ friend Phil wandered down to 183rd and had some news for Demetrius and his friend Greg. A kid in lnwood, 20 blocks north, was writing his name and street number: JULIO 204. Demetrius and Greg thought that was pretty cool. They all started to write their names. Demetrius wrote ‘TAKl,’ a diminutive for a number of Greek names and especially his own name Demetraki, and his street number. MORE… click link above.

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Top 5 Destinations – Greece for Multi Day Vacations

Bravo, you are coming to Greece on an extended multi-day vacation for a week or two. So let us, Archaeologous, suggest the top 5 destinations to see in Greece as this ‘is’ our specialty. These are based on what our customers’ desire, plus ratings, and magazine articles over the past 3 years. Yes, there are many more than 5 fabulous places to see and visit as Greece is a top travel destination. Why, because Greece is made up of many diverse geological looks, museums, ancient sites, cultural wonders, exciting nightlife, fine hotels plus tiny villages and great summer weather from May til late Sept. Get ready for amazing beauty, great tasting healthy Mediterranean cuisine, fascinating architecture in the Cyclades, gorgeous beaches, great shopping and a trip to the past to help understand present time. Archaeologous can help you plan your custom itinerary based upon your wishes.  We organize VIP, honeymoon, reunion, biblical and historical tours around Greece.

Whether you choose a Greek island or the mainland, your vacation will be a lifetime memory.

1. Santorini: Popular gorgeous destination for honeymoons, cruise ships, photographers, and vacationers who enjoy mega beauty and history. Santorini, has the world largest caldera formed by volcanic eruption, two archaeological sites, award winning wine, and Cycladic architecture to make every photo a winner.

2. Peloponnese: Peloponnese is a wide peninsula seeped in history and is connected to mainland Greece by a bridge. Here you will find everything from the legends of Sparta and the 300, to Venetian fortresses and Greek temples, combined with Byzantine churches. At Mycenae (close to Epidaurus) you will experience the Mycenaean palace fortress which has provided most of the National Archaeological Museum  with its gold treasures.

Penisula of Peloponnes, history & beauty on Archaeologous multi-day tours

Penisula of Peloponnes, history & beauty on Archaeologous multi-day tours

A true romantic favorite of many is the medieval castles and bougainvillea draped cobblestone pathways of Nafplio. Not to forget, the amazing beaches such as  Elafonissos. Or take in the many towns are popular like: Olympia, which is a must as it’s the location of the first Olympic Games hosted in honor of Zeus. Then there is Corinth with the Corinth Canal and Ancient Corinth museum and excavation site which are favorites.Also, Tolo with its sandy beaches and affordable accommodations and Patras, which hosts one of Europe’s largest Carnival celebrations due to its exciting culture and arts scene. Epidaurus, site of the most amazing theatrical acoustics and still used today for concerts.

3. Rhodes: You’ll want to go back to Rhodes is the bet around the office. This former home of one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the famed Colossus of Rhodes,  is quite the popular European destination. Most guides in Rhodes speak multiple languages.It’s located in the southern Aegean Sea next to Turkey and parallel to Crete. Gorgeous weather, magnificent beaches, top notch hotels, vast variety of geology, brilliant flowers, pine forests and a plethora of history Who could ask for anything more.

Visit everything from the Knights of Rhodes’ Medieval Grand Masters’Castle and Medieval Old Town, to the 3,000 year old Temple of Apollo at Lindos, or be kissed by a butterfly  on your way to one of the glorious beaches. Rhodes has one of the world’s longest and brilliant histories as it’s  been inhabited since the Stone Age. Come explore it’s wonders.

4. Thessaloniki: is  a lovely city with wide streets, a beautiful town center and long rows of seaside cafes facing the sunset. This capital (and the 2nd largest city in Greece) of the Macedonian region (birthplace of Alexander the Great) you will find lively, clean, friendly and full of culture, social events with a brilliant night scene.

Multi-Day Greece tours with Archaeologous-specialist in private day tours

Multi-Day Greece tours with Archaeologous-specialist in private day tours

You can, of course,  have a private guided tour with Archaeologous or hop on a bus and be taken to the top of the hill for a sunset dinner, or take in Turkish baths, the famed White Tower, museums, art galleries, parks etc. It is much calmer than Athens with a no rush attitude. Take in the numerous upscale shops and boutiques on Proxenou Avenue and Tsimiski Street. There is plenty to do at night from nightclubs and tavernas in the popular Ladadika warehouse area near the port, to ‘floating bars’ on the boats that take you around the Thermaic Gulf, fine restaurants to places to dance. Thessaloniki is a great place to vacation.

5. Mykonos: Mykonos is one of the highlights of a Mediterranean cruise. The first thing you will notice are the iconic Mykonos windmills atop the hill line. There are 23 gorgeous beaches, many with water sports ‘toys’, private boats can be arranged, and day trips to the sacred island of Delos. It’s a perfect mixture of day fun and night life. Known as a ‘party’ island, there are many choices of nightclubs, bars, cafes for an exciting night out. Enjoy the picturesque Cycladic architecture of this cosmopolitan town that blends in with the traditional villages still living the old Greek way.

Make sure to take in “Little Venice‘ the small seaside port town which is home to Pedros the Pelican. Find your seaside table and chair, watch the sunset and write your postcards to friends back home. All this and more makes Mykonos one of the most visited of the Greek islands. FYI: Due to it’s popularity with the stars the prices are a little on the high side.

FYI: It’s best to have someone with experience handling your itinerary. The organizers at Archaeologous are experienced, dedicated, and compassionate to your needs. Tell us where you want to vacation and we’ll make it happen