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CLASSICAL
SOUTHERN GREECE

Locals in Attica & Peloponnesus claim
to have the best of everything to give. And that’s no myth...

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. The Peloponnese or Peloponnesus is a peninsula and geographic region in southern Greece. In 2016, Lonely Planet voted the Peloponnese the top spot of their Best in Europe list. Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or centre) of the world.

Starting from:
€POA
Optional Extensions:
  • National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
  • Athens Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill
  • One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf
  • Samos
  • Patmos
  • Selected Cyclades Islands
TOUR PROGRAM
Eight magical days!

Day 1: Isthmus of Corinth – Mycenae – Nemea Winery - Nafplio

Pass from the Isthmus of Corinth, and visit at the archaeological site of Mycenae, where is the imposing ruins of the greatest city of the Mycenaean civilization. This city is indissolubly linked to the Homeric epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Visit to a winery around Nemea area, famous for its wines. Transfer in Nafplion, the first capital of Greek State. Visit the Archaeological Museum, the first parliament of the Greek state, the Old Mosque and the Venetian castle of Palamidi. Overnight stay in Nafplion.

Day 2: Nafplio – Mystras - Sparta

Breakfast and Transfer to the Archaeological site of Epidaurus, where according to mythology, Asclepius was born. Here we can see and admire the ancient theater, which is the most beautiful and best preserved in Greece. Visit the Archeological Site of Mystras, the ‘wonder of the Morea’. The city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Overnight stay in Sparta.

Day 3: Sparta – Monemvasia – local winery - Kalamata

Breakfast and departure for the medieval, Byzantine, and Venetian castle town of Monemvasia, which is carved and built into rock. After that a short tour to a nearby winery for local wine varieties tasting that will excite you. Overnight stay in Kalamata.

Day 4: Kalamata - Ancient Olympia - Patras

Visit at the archaeological site of Olympia, the city of ancient Greece located in Elis, known for hosting the Olympic Games in classical times. The origins of the Olympic Games date to 776 BC and held every four years. Here we can see the stadium, the place where sporting activities were held, as well as the rest of the archaeological site and museum. The sanctuary to the gods has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. Overnight stay in Patras.

Day 5: Patras – Kalavryta – Mega Spilaio - Patras

This morning we’ll go to St. Andrew’s Church, patron of Patras. The church is the largest in Greece and the Balkans and was erected at the point where Saint Andrew martyred. Transfer to Kalavryta either by bus or «odontotos» (rack mountain railway). We’ll visit the Monastery of Agia Lavra, famously linked with the Greek War of Independence. Our next stop is the Monastery of Mega Spilaio (Great Cave), carved straight into the rock at an altitude of 924 meters. Overnight stay in Patras.

Day 6: Patras – Nafpaktos – Galaxidi - Delphi

After breakfast, we depart for Rio, via by the multi-span cable-stayed bridge of Rio-Antirio. It is 2,880 m (9,449 ft) long, and connects Peloponnesus with western mainland Greece. Our first stop is the seaside town of Nafpaktos, one of the most archaic Greek cities. We continue our tour to the picturesque Galaxidi. Overnight stay in Delphi.

Day 7: Delphi - Athens

Visit the ancient site of Delphi, the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world, referred as the omphalos – the ‘navel of the world’. In our tour we will admire the temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Sacred Way, the theater, the famous statues of Charioteer of Delphi and Dioscuroi, etc. Overnight in Athens.

Day 8: Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)

Visit at the archaeological site of Acropolis with its monuments, the universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world. We will visit the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena Nike and the monumental Propylaea. Walking tour to Thiseio, the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalus. Afterwards, we will visit 3 picturesque neighborhoods of Athens, namely Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika. Overnight stay in Athens.

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National Archaeological Museum - Sounio

This morning, we’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses the Antikythera mechanism, known as the Antikythera astrolabe or analogue computer. Later on we’ll go by the coastal road (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where we’ll be mesmorised by the ruins of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC), and enjoy the awesome panoramic view. Return to Athens for overnight stay.

Athens Panoramic tour, New Acropolis Museum and Filipapou Hill

Breakfast and a panoramic city acquaintance tour by our bus in Athens. We’ll see the former Royal Palace, the Stadium, Gardens of Zappeion, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. The Theatre of Dionysus, Syntagma Square, Parliament, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Academy, the University, and the National Library while finally we’ll stroll towards Athens’ Cathedral. We continue our sightseeing tour to New Acropolis Museum and then we ‘ll  move on to Filopappou Hill.

One day cruise to Argo-Saronic Gulf

Breakfast and departure for Palaio Faliro, where we’ll take the cruise-boat for a day cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra islands. We’ll stay in each island as per the ship’s itinerary; have lunch on board and get entertained with dances and songs from the orchestra onboard. The cruise will end in the evening. Transfer to the hotel and later on we’ll attend either a theater performance or dance alongside the familiar melodies of bouzouki.

Samos

Famous nowadays for its sweet local wine, Samos enjoyed a glorious past. It is birthplace of Hera, of Pythagoras and the 4thcentury BC philosopher Epicurus. It is home to Pythagoreion and the Heraion of Samos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Eupalinian aqueduct, a marvel of ancient engineering. The island’s beaches cater to all tastes. Ranging from cosmopolitan to remote, some are covered with fine sand, others with pebbles.

Discover the island’s sightseeings and visit the picturesque villages with many organized tours and excursions on offer. Summer is littered with festivals and celebrations, namely the Feast of Agia Marina and the Fishermen and Wine festivals – all held in the summer. Windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving and all sorts of outdoor activities & water sports will make your visit to Samos unforgettable.

Patmos – The Island of Revelation

As the island is small and quiet, there are hardly any organized activities to do. Patmos is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. It is here in the Cave of Apocalypse that St John composed both his Gospel and the Apocalypse. The monastery of St. Ioannis Theologos, the Cave of the Apocalypse and the medieval settlement of Chora constitute an exceptional example of Greek Orthodox pilgrimage centre.

Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Patmos is a life changing experience. Enjoy a day under the hot sun and in the afternoon have lunch in the seaside taverns. In the evening, have a drink in a lounge café-bat under the stars. Another enjoyable activity in Patmos island is hiking. Many old footpaths cross the island and lead to tony chapels, small settlements, lonely beaches and hilltops with breathtaking sea views.

Selected Cyclades Islands

  • Upon request we can prepare similar programs to other islands in Cyclades like Naxos and Paros or the Argo-Saronic Gulf in Attica (Aegina, Poros and Hydra).
  • Please be advised that accommodation prices and domestic transfer costs will differ depending on the island of choice. This will also depend upon the season of booking, the size of the group and the amenities/program requested.
  • The islands in Greece and particularly Cyclades are extremely popular and the demand is great. Please do keep this in mind when planning for such a program.
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