Highlights: Athens sightseeing with Acropolis and its new museum – Corinth Canal – Mycenae – Epidaurus ancient theatre – Nafplio – Ancient Olympia – Diros Cave – Mystras – Lousios Gorge – Kalavryta – Athens night show
7 days / 6 nights
Athens – Athens sightseeing – Nafplio / Tolo
Morning arrival to Athens Airport. After meeting in the airport, you will be transfer to the heart of Athens where you will have the opportunity to admire Acropolis, the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon – a place any civilized person has to visit. We complete the visit with the New Museum of Acropolis. We will also see Temple of Zeus – chief of the gods. After the meeting with ancient civilization we will visit Athens old town – Plaka. We will finish our tour in Athens with a walk in Ermou street with its fashionable shops and Monastiraki flea market. In the afternoon drive to Peloponnesus and after a short stop at Corinth canal we arrive to Nafplio / Tolo where we’ll have our dinner and overnight.
Mycenae – Epidaurus Theatre – Nafplio – Mani
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. After leaving from the hotel we will visit the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then drive to Mycenae to visit the archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, was the leader of the Greek army in the Trojan war. Then we’ll visit Nafplio the first capital of Greece after Turkish occupation. Then driving through central Peloponnesus we’ll arrive at Mani Aeropolis or Oitilo. Dinner and overnight.
Diros Cave – Mystras – Olympia
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Drive to Diros Cave. A lake cave of unique beauty, with stalagmites and stalactites in a lake, which we will explore by boat. Then drive to Sparta to see one of the most important sites of Byzantine history of Greece, Byzantine state of Mystras. Afterwards driving west and we arrive to Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. Dinner and overnight.
Guided Tour Ancient Olympia – Dimitsana
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium with its capacity of 40,000 spectators where the first Olympic games took place in 776 BC and the archaeological Museum with the famous status of Hermes of Praxiteles. Then driving through central Peloponnesus we arrive at the beautiful village of Dimitsana. Dinner and overnight.
Dimitsana walk – Lousios Gorge hiking
Breakfast in the hotel. Today we’ll explore one the most beautiful nature of Greece. We start with a walk around to historic village of Dimitsana. In the Greek liberation revolution in 1821 Dimitsana with its 11 gunpowder mills was the main supplier of ammunition for the fight against Turks. Then we have a couple of hours walk in the fantastic Lousios gorge where we’ll visit the Moni of Philosofou – the old monastery from 17th century and we’ll reach the beautiful village of Stamnitsa. Drive to Kalavryta for dinner and overnight.
Kalavryta – Cog Railway cross of Vouraikos gorge – Athens
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Today we’ll see Kalavryta, the place where started the Greek revolution against Turks in 1821, the Place of Sacrifice, on the hill of the Holocaust in the WWII and taking the Cog railway we cross the Vouraikos gorge to Diakofto. From there we start our trip back to Athens. Dinner and overnight.
Note: Night life events. For dinner, there are 4 options:
Dinner in a Greek tavern at Plaka with folklore program, Greek food and dances
Dinner in a Greek tavern with buzuki music and rebetika songs
Greek Dinner in a pista show with Greek popular singers
Night club life in one of the hottest clubs in Paraliaki (Paraliaki = the sea side road to Glyfada)
Morning shopping in Athens. Sounio Poseidon Temple – Departure
Breakfast in the hotel. Free morning in Athens. Departure.
Optional: Midday check out and HD guided tour to Sounio to Poseidon Temple. Dinner in a tavern to admire the sun set and transfer to the airport for your flight back home.