Embark on a captivating adventure as we explore the dynamic landscape of Easter in New York – Western USA. The journey unfolds against the backdrop of iconic landmarks, from the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas and the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon.
Easter in New York – Western USA offers a fusion of cultural richness and modern marvels. In the heart of Manhattan, we traverse the avenues and streets, immersing ourselves in the city’s vibrant energy. Our accommodation in a centrally located 4* hotel becomes the hub for our exploration, providing a comfortable haven in the midst of the bustling metropolis.
As we navigate the streets of Northern and Southern Manhattan, the city’s diversity comes to life. From the United Nations and Central Park to the historic Wall Street and the Brooklyn Bridge, each step unveils a new facet of New York’s allure. Broadway, the pulsating heart of theaters, invites us to indulge in the artistic tapestry woven into the city’s fabric.
Transitioning to the glitzy lights of Las Vegas, Easter in New York – Western USA takes on a new flavor. The city of extravagance mesmerizes with its themed hotel-casinos along the famous Strip. From the Atlantis show at Caesars’s Palace to the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, Las Vegas dazzles with its unique brand of entertainment.
A road trip to the Grand Canyon adds a natural spectacle to our journey, with the Skywalk Bridge offering a thrilling vantage point. The adventure continues in Los Angeles, where the sprawling landscapes of Hollywood and Southern California beaches unfold.
Easter in New York – Western USA encapsulates a blend of urban sophistication and natural wonders. The journey traverses through iconic cities, embracing the glamour of Hollywood, the allure of coastal havens, and the sheer magnificence of the Grand Canyon. This exploration promises an Easter experience that seamlessly weaves together the cultural vibrancy of New York and the enchanting landscapes of Western USA.
|27/04 – 10/05
|Price per Person
Meeting at the airport and direct flight to New York. Welcome to the “Big Apple”! Our first acquaintance with the city begins with the route from the airport to Manhattan. New York consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The islands are connected by bridges, tunnels and ferries. We will cross some of them to reach our destination – the city where every skyscraper is also a unique piece of architecture. Most avenues are numbered from east to west (so 1st Avenue is east of 2nd ave.). Building numbering on avenues begins at the southern end of the avenue and increases northward, while street numbering begins at Fifth Avenue and increases both eastward and westward. This fact means that you can very easily find your way. Streets are numbered – except in midtown Manhattan – and the numbering increases as you go north. Check in at our hotel, located in the “heart” of Manhattan. Those who wish (depending on the time) can go for a first walk in the city, accompanied by our guide.
Today we start our tour from the United Nations (UN). The main objectives of this Organization are the maintenance of international peace and security, development, cooperation between Nations to resolve international crises and the promotion of the protection of human rights. The large courtyard of the building is decorated with exhibits – donations from various countries. Next is the circular plaza with the statue of Christopher Columbus and Lincoln Center, a complex of buildings that house arts organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the renowned Julliard School of the Arts, where countless world-renowned artists have performed, among including the Greek Maria Kallas. Right next door is Fordham University Law School, where the biggest names in modern history have studied. We continue to Central Park, the most important green lung of the American metropolis, which will give you the opportunity to escape to a small natural paradise with artificial lakes, manicured picnic areas, playgrounds, sports fields and a zoo. On the west side of the park we see the imposing, Renaissance Victorian-style Dakota building, in whose expensive apartments live artists, shipowners, etc. – the late “Beetle”, John Lennon, also lived here. Next is Columbia University – in short, the world’s grandest “temple” of humanities. What has been produced by human thought through the ages on how a society should live, behave, be educated, rule and be governed, exists in this historic institution as science and research. All undergraduate departments, especially those of history, political science, psychology and sociology, are particularly valuable. In the history of art especially, nowhere in the world can a more complete education be given. We continue with the monument of the Northern general Ulysses Grant, who in 1868 was elected President of the USA. with a percentage of 52.7%, the Hudson River and Harlem with the famous Apollo Theater. The physiognomy of the area, which for decades was the largest black ghetto in New York, has undoubtedly begun to change. The dilapidated buildings in which large families were crammed have in recent years begun to be replaced by modern constructions, while the burning garbage bins around which the needy gathered for warmth have long since disappeared. Harlem is now a destination for many gourmet foodies in the American metropolis, as restaurants and cafes have started to spring up everywhere. Next is the famous 5th Avenue with the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Trump Tower (of the multi-millionaire and former US President Donald Trump), all the European fashion houses and many shiny jewelry stores, such as Cartier, Bulgari, etc. We proceed to Rockefeller Center, a complex of 19 buildings. It is one of the largest private complexes of its kind in the world, with shops, restaurants and in the center, in one of the skyscrapers, the Observatory with an amazing view, called Top of the Rock. We conclude our tour of Broadway, the “heart” of theaters. Broadway is a major boulevard that runs all the way through Manhattan and has lent its name to many spectacular musical productions. In the evening follow your guide’s suggestions.
Today begins with a Cruise, during which we will admire and photograph from the ship the restored piers, the historic Ellis Island – a place of reception for immigrants in the past – the Statue of Liberty, as well as Staten Island and New Jersey . From every point of the cruise we will enjoy a unique view of Manhattan. We will then pass by Governor’s Island and Brooklyn. Next up is our visit to the lovely Chelsea Market. Red bricks dominate and embrace the entire huge space of the covered market, industrial details such as pipes, chimneys etc. make their presence evident – in general prepare for a labyrinthine space with dozens of different options, entrances, exits etc. With quite simply, it is the “Mecca” of New York gourmands. Chelsea Market has established itself as the “Food Mall”, but there are also several additional options for shopping and artistic activities. Our next stop is The High Line, a long and narrow park installed on abandoned elevated train tracks. Continuing towards the southern end of Manhattan (Lower Manhattan), we will see the famous Wall Street, which acts as the heart of big business and is home to the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Even further south is Battery Park. The “One World Trade Center” skyscraper, the tallest building in New York, stands today at “Ground Zero”. The “National September 11th Memorial and Museum” complex has also been erected on the site, which includes an underground museum and two memorial pools. The underground museum houses exhibits of the victims of September 11, while at the site where the Twin Towers were located, two pools-reservoirs have been built, with the names of the 2,983 victims who were killed that day. Next we will see the all-white Metro station at the World Trade Center, the imposing Oculus, a landmark of architecture and symbolism designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, with the aim of making the World Trade Center Transportation Hub look like a bird ready to fly. This impressive station is 111 meters long and 35 meters wide – it takes about a minute and a half to walk from one side to the other at a normal pace. Nearby is the famous Greek Orthodox church of Agios Nikolaos in New York, which was destroyed by the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 and after 21 years is opening its doors again, after being rebuilt with marble from Penteli according to the architect’s plans Santiago Calatrava and with a truly impressive icon painting by the equally famous Saint icon painter Fr Loukas. Finally we will see the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, the largest private real estate development in US history after Rockefeller Center. In the center dominates the impressive “Vessel”. Spread across 14 acres, Hudson Yards includes gardens, groves, dozens of commercial and ultra-luxury stores, celebrity chef restaurants, etc.
Today’s first visit is New York’s Grand Central Railway Station, which began operating in 1913. Since then, it has become a landmark of the city, and the ingenious way in which it separates car, pedestrian and pedestrian traffic is remarkable. of trains. The building has a steel frame, covered with granite and marble. A little further down we see the Flatiron Building or Fuller Building, as it was originally called. It is an innovative skyscraper built on a triangular block between 5th Avenue and Broadway, which after its completion in 1902, was one of the tallest buildings in the city. The Flatiron is another landmark of New York and every year it gathers thousands of visitors from all over the world. Next is New York University (NYU), which was founded in 1831 and has attracted writers, musicians, artists and intellectuals for their studies. It is a private institution with 27,444 total undergraduate enrollments. The main campus is located in Washington Square, near Greenwich Village. Our tour continues through well-known Manhattan neighborhoods that have their own color and culture, such as Greenwich Village – between Houston Street and Broadway – and Soho, the 19th-century neighborhood full of galleries, boutiques and restaurants. We arrive in “Little Italy”, with many Italian restaurants and shops, which will remind you of scenes from the movie “The Godfather”. We proceed to Chinatown, one of the largest areas of Asians living outside of Asia, famous for budget restaurants, grocery stores and ethnic gift shops. We continue with the magical Brooklyn Bridge. It is the first suspension bridge with steel cables in the world and has been connecting Manhattan with Brooklyn since 1883 (the journey on foot takes about 20 minutes). An emblematic element of the image, but also of everyday life in New York. Walking, we gaze at the view and countless images from movies and TV series with skyscrapers in the background come to mind. Finally, today we will take a close look at Hudson Yards, the largest private investment in reconstruction ($25 billion) in US history after Rockefeller Center, which intends to form an “other city” within New York. When this brand new neighborhood officially opened its gates to welcome citizens and visitors, more than 1,000 people rushed. Hudson Yards extends over 14 acres and includes huge sidewalks, gardens, groves, dozens of shops and restaurants, ultra-luxurious apartments, while at its center is the Vessel, the impressive sculpture-building, which looks like a huge beehive and consists of 154 stairs with a total of 2,500 steps, offering a unique view. Among these… beasts is the building “The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards”, which gathers in its well-polished corridors some of the biggest retail and catering brands in the world: the first Neiman Marcus store in New York, a concept store of the Zara chain, but also the first physical stores of several online retailers, celebritychef restaurants, such as the eclectic “Mercado Little Spain” of José Andrés and the brothers Albert and Ferran Adrià in the basement or “Wild Ink”, the first restaurant of the London company catering Rhurhab. There is also the new “Estiatorio Milos”, which exclusively occupies the top communal floor of the building. Kostas Spiliadis, a leading representative of Greek gastronomy in America, but also one of its most important ambassadors around the world, the chef, restaurateur and founder of a restaurant empire, is at the heart of this new project.
Free breakfast for those who want to visit museums and various sights of the city or combine walks and shopping in its rich market. Around noon transfer to the airport and flight to Las Vegas. Arrival and check-in at our hotel, which also has a casino. In Las Vegas now all the top chefs of the world have at least one restaurant. A unique experience, the Picasso restaurant at the Bellagio Hotel – in addition to the dining experience it offers, you will see on its walls some of Picasso’s works, worth more than 100 million dollars. While your gaze will wander over these precious works, executive chef Julian Serrano will prepare for you dishes inspired by French and Spanish cuisine. In fact, the dinner scene of Julia Roberts and George Clooney in the movie “Oceans 11” was filmed here.
Meet the city that never sleeps. We will walk with our tour guide along the famous Strip and visit the major attractions from the hotel-casinos, each of which organize spectacular themed shows to attract and entertain their audiences. The Atlantis show is presented at Caesars’s Palace. The flamingos steal the show in front of the homonymous hotel. At the Bellagio, the spectacle of the fountains “dancing” to music. At the Venetian, the gondolas are reminiscent of the Italian city of the same name. The atmosphere of Egypt is brought by the Sphinx and the pyramid outside Luxor. Likewise, you will be impressed by Paris Las Vegas with the Eiffel tower, New York with “lady Liberty”, Excalibur, etc. Another option in this amazing city of gambling and entertainment is …an Express wedding!!! In your free time you can visit one of the two Outlets – discount villages, while in the evening you will want to watch some performance of famous artists who parade on the huge – as befits the whole extravaganza – music stages of the city.
Today we have a road trip to the Grand Canyon. Its duration is about 12 hours. The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the first national parks of the USA and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 446 kilometers long, between 6.5 and 29 kilometers wide and 1.83 kilometers deep. Since the end of the Cretaceous period, the Colorado River and its tributaries have carved away the layers of the Colorado Plateau, which are up to 2 billion years old, one by one, forming the Grand Canyon. Recent research has shown that the Colorado River took its current form 17 million years ago. The lack of moisture and therefore vegetation and periods of rapid erosion, followed by periods of widening of the canyon, as well as the existence of layers with different resistance to erosion, gave the Grand Canyon its current shape. Before the colonization of America by Europeans, tribes of Native Americans lived in this area, mainly the “Pueblos” who from 1,200 BC. they considered the gorge sacred and made their accommodations inside its caves. Descendants of these ancient tribes are the Navajo Indians. The first European to sight the Grand Canyon was the Spaniard García López de Cárdenas (American Spanish) or García López de Cárdenas (Castilian Spanish) in 1540.
What would it feel like to walk in the void? Of being so close to heaven you think you can touch it?
This is how we feel on the Grand Canyon Skywalk. A horseshoe-shaped bridge, located at an altitude of 1,450 meters on the west edge of the Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona, United States of America. Alternatively, this excursion can be done by helicopter (ask for the difference in cost with your registration).
Route with stops through landscapes reminiscent of the Wild West of the movies. We cross the Nevada desert, where Mojave Indians lived next to the warmest region of the USA, Death Valley, etc. We are greeted by the California desert and then the San Bernardino Valley. Coffee stop at Barstow, with the station and commercial train. A little further down is the historic Route 66, where scenes from the “road movies” were filmed, i.e. the road movies and motorcycle chases of the 60s. We are approaching Los Angeles and the landscape changes: there is greenery all around, the roads widen by 10-12 lanes and skyscrapers can be seen in the distance. We continue for a visit-walk to Santa Monica (about 1.30 hours), known from countless movies, with a unique view of the beach on the Pacific coast. In its center, the bustling Third Street Promenade, where wonderful shops, cafes and ethnic restaurants await you,two bushes-dinosaurs facing each other, the music of street musicians, but also the impressive numbers of street performers, who dance break dance better and from professionals. Free time at the Santa Monica Pier, which is an amusement zone and amusement park, with the famous “Ferris wheel” and the end sign of “Route 66”. Late in the afternoon we leave for the hotel.
Great day, full of pictures, information and activity. We start with the historical center of the “City of Angels”. We see the Spanish priest Junipero Serra’s 17th-century mission building, which today functions as a church and recalls the founding history of California’s cities and local communities. Next to it, another part of the historic center, Olvera street. Next is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, with its dazzling stainless surfaces and quirky curves, designed by Frank Gehry, which hosts classical music concerts, operas and theater performances. Passing through the center, we see the Court House, City Hall, Police Station, Union Square. Through Sunset Boulevard we proceed to Rodeo Drive, the famous street with luxury shops, one next to the other, ready to welcome their – mostly – famous (and well-to-do) clientele. Beverly Hills in opulence, West Hollywood and a stop to admire the famous “Boulevard of Stars” (Hollywood Boulevard), with the famous stars taking their legendary place on the sidewalk. Dolby Theater and red carpet remind us of moments from the Oscars and give us the opportunity to photograph from some point the “Hollywood” sign on the opposite hill. We continue with the Man’s Chinese Theater with its ornate Chinese gate and concrete enclosure, which houses the footprints of the stars. Malls (like Hollywood & Higland), restaurants, spectacularly lit movie theaters (like the art deco El Capitan Theater) and historic hotels (like the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel) complete the scene. In the evening, one must visit the Farmers Market. Two areas, one more Cyrillic and the other more simplistic, both of which have something to offer you, tastes, souvenirs and pictures to take with you. In the most simplistic one, you walk between shops from the 60s-70s with a more traditional and simple setup. As you pass through a vertical street in the FarmersMarket, you are transported to our time. Everything is more impressive and more expensive. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
One of the first things that comes to mind when we hear the word America is definitely Hollywood! All of us have more or less seen and loved Hollywood productions, series and shows! A huge movie production industry, countless stars, exorbitant amounts of money, glitz and glamour, abuses, scandals and awards, are just some of the elements that make up what we call the Hollywood industry! And where exactly are all these productions being filmed? In huge filming facilities, such as Universal Studios! A basic rule, unbreakable and now known to everyone! Start early!!! Today, therefore, our day is dedicated to the Universal Studios, which are located on the outskirts of Hollywood and occupy an entire “city” in area. Guided by our guide, we will visit the various sights of the park. With special trains we will tour the area of the studios, which have been operating since the 1930s and where many films have been shot. We will see sets of famous movies (“Jurassic Park”, “Transformers”, “Mummy” etc.), the studios of “Water World”, the different effects and the way the movies are made. Free time to buy souvenirs and return to the hotel. (Entrance ticket NOT included)
For today a full day “circular” excursion. We start from an important international port, San Pedro. San Pedro Bay was used by Spanish ships as early as the 1540s. Cargo entering this port accounts for about 23% of all cargo arriving in the United States. Just down the road is Long Beach, a coastal city of the United States with great importance in the country’s economy. It is the second largest port in the US based on the number of containers, after the neighboring port of Los Angeles, and one of the largest in the world. Also, in this area there is a significant oil industry, as oil exists both offshore and underground. The manufacturing sector includes manufacturing of aircraft, automotive parts, electrical and audio-visual equipment. We continue our route with the Pacific Ocean on our right and some of the most beautiful beaches of Southern California, such as Huntington Beach, the “surf capital”, the surf capital of the country. The International Surfing Museum is also located here. The beach is wide, flat and continues for nearly 10 unbroken miles on either side of the town’s large pier. In Hollywood’s golden age, this southern California coastal town was a magnet for big screen stars. They loved its grand ballrooms and smoky bars. Above all, however, they loved its waters and particularly its beautiful marina, where they moored their yachts and sailboats. “These people were protecting their privacy.” Further down Laguna Beach with surfers, marinas, luxury mansions, oil wells and expensive cars. From Dana Point we take the highway to San Diego. Arrival and stop for lunch. Visit to the city center, where we will see the Gas Lamp District, where the streets are lit with gas. Through the impressive, 3,000-meter-long Coronado Bridge, we arrive at Del Coronado Island, where we will visit the 5-star hotel of the same name. A little further away is one of the bases of the 6th Fleet. After the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor, the Sixth Fleet was redesigned. The US 6th Fleet has more than 40 ships, 175 aircraft and 21,000 personnel. It is the largest in the United States. Return to the hotel.
Sunny and glamorous, Los Angeles is a city of discovery for all, a bustling mix of cultures and nationalities, business and resort districts, beaches and museums, glittering alleyways and endless streams of luxury cars. The city simply impresses its visitors. It is worth noting that Los Angeles is a completely decentralized city, without a clear geographical center, and in fact consists of 88 small towns and districts, each of which has its own unique characteristic. Transfer to the airport and boarding the flight to Athens with a stopover.
Arrival in Athens.