2020 Covid-19 Road Trip Day 3Wyoming USA August 25 – September 5, 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska to Saratoga, Wyoming Day 3: Arrival at
Day 1-4 Athens and Nafplio
Athens, named for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and courage, was once the most powerful city in ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy, theater, and Western civilization.
The city itself mirrors the fortitude of the goddess herself and the city’s cultural richness and history are evident in its architecture. Travel to Athens is a must for history and archeology buffs! The city’s hillsides and picturesque vistas, and the Athens Riviera will be equally appreciated by all.
5-Star Grand Resort Lagonissi – Deluxe Suite
Nuzzled in a 72-acre private peninsula in the Athenian Riviera with stunning views to the Saronic Gulf, the 5 star Grand Resort Lagonissi exceeds all expectations of a luxury summer resort.
Start at Acropolis Hill to see the Erechtheion, temple of Athena Nike, and Propylaea. You will enjoy the view of the Parthenon, the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Areopagus (Mars Hill).
After a drive through modern Athens and stop off at Hermou street, the old city Plaka (and Flea Market) for traditional Greek delicacies and food, as well as to get something to drink.
You will also visit a number of wonderful places in Athens, such as Hefestus Temple, Kerameikos, Greek & Roman Agora (tower of winds), and Socrates Prison. After lunch, enjoy a visit to the New Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s best museums.
On this Greek Countryside tour that follows the coastline to the magical old city of Nafplion, you will enjoy seeing historical monuments, a fortress, a boat ride, delicious foods, and shopping.
The Astir Palace has been an iconic hotel in Greece since the 1960s. Prized by Jackie Kennedy and Frank Sinatra, the hotel was taken over in 2019 by Four Seasons, which thus offered itself its first Hellenic pied-à-terre.
Arrive in Thessaloniki for 3 days of relaxation on the edge of the Thermaic Gulf. Enjoy ancient ruins to modern highrises along the beaches and the best nightlife in the Aegean.
Danai Beach Resort and Villas – Honeymoon Executive Pool Suite with a Sea View.
A member of “the Leading Hotels of the World”
The Resort occupies one of the finest sandy beaches in Greece and resides within thriving Mediterranean gardens where vibrant native flowers compete with the shiny marble-laid estates. Wrapped in warmhearted Family-atmosphere and high-end services one is right at Home in uniquely designed Suites and Villas of exceptional grace and luxe living standards, three Restaurants ranging from award-winning Gourmet to the Mediterranean, one of Europe´s largest Wine Collections, serene SPA, and Private Beach Cabanas to effortlessly let the calm rise in the lavender-induced sea air.
ACTIVITIES: (Book through the hotel on own)
Volos is a medium-sized city in the Thessaly region and a center of Greek Gastronomy. Known for its Mezedes, (small plates), served with ouzo or tsipuro.
5-Star Domotel Xenia Volos – Double Room Sea View
With absolute respect to the cultural heritage of “Xenia” buildings that had been some of the most brilliant examples of Greek architecture in the 20th century, the hotel, built during the ’60s, is a landmark of post-war modern buildings in Volos. Within the evolution of a new era, it has been fully renovated, and its services have been updated, transforming the hotel into a contemporary style 5-star city resort.
Domotel Wellness Center is the ideal destination for relaxation and wellness. Special therapies and products with the signature of Labiomer, inspired by the sea and its magnificent benefits for health and beauty.
The key ingredient is a seaweed that is harvested in a certified marine park, one of the largest, natural, and protected seaweed “fields”. The active marine ingredients, including the seaweeds, are proven to be the most effective therapeutic method of healing for improving health and beauty
The Dreamway Spa creates special treatments with a Mediterranean touch that revives the senses in a holistic way, initiating body and spirit, putting the treasures of the earth and the sea in the service of your well-being.
The impressive rocks of Meteora are rising from the plains of Thessaly, one of the most spectacular places in Greece. Reaching over 600 meters, they are considered as on of the most important monastic communities of Greece.
Today only six monasteries are active with a small number of monks or nuns who reside on Meteora. In 1988, the Meteora monasteries have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“In a region of almost inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these ‘columns of the sky from the 11th century onwards. Twenty-four of these monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the eremetic ideal in the 15th century. Their 16th-century frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting”.
Ioannina is ideal for a vacation year-round. Ioannina has important archaeological sights; a small island inside a lake, gorgeous mountains, great nightlife, and traditional cuisine. Walk its cobblestone streets to view the eclectic architecture.
Du Lac Congress & Spa has become a true landmark of Ioannina city; in a place where the past meets the present, there in the reflection of the lake, and in the living, breathing cultural life of the city. Expertly balancing the modern with the classic, and unpretentiously luxurious, it provides coziness and relaxation for its guests.
Spacious luxury room with stylish furnishings and an amazing view of Pamvotis lake. -includes breakfast
The 10 min crossing to the Island and a 30 min walk on its cobblestone alleys will send you picking up echoes of folk songs and psalms of Christians, Jews, and Muslims who lived on this land peacefully for centuries.
The boat view is spectacular. You will feel like you have traveled back in time. With the city at your back, the magnificent Ioannina Castle and the Arslan Mosque start to fade away and they are replaced with the image of a small green island, under the shadows of the surrounding prominent mountains! On a foggy day, it feels like you are part of a fairytale!
With no cars at all, every walk will calm your soul, the chirping of the birds and the sound of the fallen leaves underneath your feet will remind you of the simple pleasures of life. Just a short walk up the hill you’ll find panoramic views of the lake and all its fishing boats that will offer you an experience that will stay with you for a while!
Mykonos, the rock star of the Cycladic Islands in Greece is one of the most famous of the Greek islands located in the Cyclades made famous for its great nightlife. Mykonos has a stretch of sand for every mood and taste. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn. It’s time to get your summer on as the island is also known for its beach bars that blare thumping music. It is the Mykonos chic lifestyle, but it is so much more.
Mykonos offers amazing beaches, beautiful nature, picturesque villages and of course delicious Greek food. Take a walk through narrow marble street and you can admire whitewashed houses with colorful door and window frames, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom, and hidden churches. Wander around the pedestrian shopping streets of the Hóra, always colorful and busy. The most glamorous of all is Matoyánni Street, lined with brand-name stores, charming cafés, and stylish restaurants. Soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront and admire a fleet of fishing boats casting colorful reflections in the azure waters. The island is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts! Mykonos, known as the “Island of the Winds” attracts surfers and sailors from all over the world! Mykonos has something for everyone.
Boheme Mykonos – Get lost in the Boheme mystery…
Du Lac Congress & Spa has become a true landmark of Ioannina city; in a place where the past meets the present, there is the reflection of the lake, and in the living, breathing cultural life of the city. Expertly balancing the modern with the classic, and unpretentiously luxurious, it provides coziness and relaxation for its guests.
Comprising a beach club and restaurant and also offering visitors a craft-focused agora to pick up bohemian wares, Scorpios Mykonos is a decadent beach club with a difference. Revelers can enjoy the carefully curated experience throughout the day. Soak up the design interiors and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine before enjoying international DJs and world-class cocktails as the sunsets.
Enter the most beautiful garden in Matogiannia is inspired and designed by renowned designer Paola Navone, combined with a personal touch from owner Philip Varveris. This is an ideal destination for dinner & drinks in the heart of the island. The Kitchen is basically the Mediterranean, coupled with flavors from around the world, and comes with a wide range of wines with selections from all five continents, while the menu is updated every year with fresh ideas and a vital element of high-quality ingredients.
Santorini beckons all with amazing sunsets. Considered the supermodel in the Cyclades group made famous for its dramatic views from Oia town and the crowds. A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings.
5-Star Canaves Oia
Canaves Oia Suites invites guests seeking luxury accommodation in Oia Santorini to relish in the elegance of a most cherished holiday retreat.
Enveloped by the emerald Aegean and the awe-inspiring dramatic beauty of Santorini, Canaves Oia Suites welcomes guests to a world of exquisite elegance. Blending spectacular vistas of the charming Caldera with over-the-top accommodation and impeccable service, those luxury suites in Oia, Santorini will charm even the most eclectic guests.
The Canaves Oia doesn’t miss anything when it comes to delivering the perfect Santorini break, and the barely-there but ever-ready staff is a perk in itself.
Under the red cliffs of Oia, in an idyllic cove that seems forgotten in time, Sunset tavern by Paraskevas serves some of the most tantalizing traditional dishes of Santorini. Right at the edge of Oia’s old port, where the fishermen’s caiques arrive early every morning with the day’s catch is where you will indulge in the most famous lobster spaghetti of the Cyclades while gazing at the ever-reaching sea and the breath-taking sunset.
Visit the famous blue domed church in Firostefani. See the church of Prophet Elias in Imerovigli.
In Oia, you will have time to discover the beauty of the unique architecture and explore the numerous shops in the village. The monastery of Prophet Elias is the only place you can have a bird’s eye view of the entire island (360°).
In the Red Beach and the Beach, you can enjoy swimming and have a drink or coffee.
Our last stop is one of the finest wineries on the island, where we taste some of the famous local wine with lunch.
Use the snorkeling gear provided to explore the underwater landscapes of this beach; you will be amazed. Then sail to the Indian Face-shaped cliff and the caves where you can take some photos at this impressive setting.
A package can be customized to your wishes.
Day 2 of my Road Trip to Wyoming! What a great experience. We traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Lincoln, Nebraska, and found the most luxurious boutique hotel and had drinks at one of the most famous Olympic figure skaters of all time!!