Day 1 –Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio
You will start from Athens in the early morning. After a short stop to the Corinth Canal and a scenic drive you will reach the archeological site of Mycenae. There, you will enjoy a guided tour of the site and museum, and get to admire the monumental remains that beautifully blend with the surrounding landscape. Your guide will offer interesting information about the history of one of the most important civilizations and insights into the way of life of the Myceneans at the location where everything took place. You will then continue to the spectacular archaeological site of Epidaurus to admire at the world famous ancient theatre, the sanctuary of Asklepius and the Ancient Stadium of Epidaurus. (Option for an afternoon visit to Epidaurus depending on time of year is suggested during hot summer months).
Once you have marveled Epidaurus, you will set off to the picturesque town of Nafplio, to enjoy a delicious lunch and some leisure time for strolling the city. You driver will be available for short rides in the afternoon should you desire to visit Palamidi castle or a nearby beach.
FOR KIDS EDITION: POTTERY Workshop
Inspired by their visit in Mycenae, the family can leave their imagination travel back in the Mycenaean times and create pottery artifacts which they can take home with them.
*Pottery workshop replaces the guided tour and entry fees at Epidaurus – Visit can still be conducted in the afternoon if the family in interested
Day 2 –Arcadia and Olympia
Today you will depart Nafplio to reach Nemea, the most famous wine region of Greece, and explore the wines of this popular Greek appellation, famous for its fleshy reds and characterful whites. You will enjoy a visit to one of the best Greek wineries and off course enjoy a wine tasting.
You will then depart to Olympia through a drive to the beautiful Arcadia mountain region.
Your journey will continue through the picturesque mountains. You will have a lunch stop to Dimitsana village where you will also have the opportunity of a visit to the very interesting open air water power museum.
In the afternoon you will reach Olympia and check in to your hotel to freshen up, before heading to explore the site of one of the most celebrated sanctuaries of ancient Greece.
With your guide you will walk through and learn everything about the impressive ruins and you will marvel the numerous attractions of the site such as the massive temple of Zeus, the Museum, and the ancient stadium where athletes used to train and run 3000 years ago.
For this tour, we will also provide an I-pad mini per person. Through the special augmented reality program of the I-pad, you will be able to see full 3D colored reconstruction of statues, buildings and ancient objects as if they were real!
FOR KIDS EDITION:
Handmade Olive Oil soap Workshop
Arkadia is famous for the soaps that has been traditionally produced for ages. You will visit one of the villages of the region where a traditional olive oil soap making production facility operates. You will have the unique opportunity to enjoy a workshop there, where you will get to make your own 100% pure soap from Olive Oil and learn everything about this traditional process.
*Olive Oil workshop replaces the winery visit and wine tasting
Day 3 –Galaxidi Leisure day
You will decide with your driver what time you would like to depart this day, to leave the Peloponnese peninsula and head to mainland Greece. During your drive, you will have the opportunity to cross the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, an impressive construction that is the longest multi-span cable-stayed fully suspended bridge in the world. After crossing the bridge, you will have a short coffee and lunch stop at Nafpaktos, a picturesque town with an intense medieval style and a relaxing atmosphere. Famous as the location of the great naval battle of Lepanto in 1571 AD, the small port of Nafpaktos charms visitors at first sight, while a large Venetian Castle dominates on the hill above the town.
When in Galaxidi, you will check in to your guesthouse and have lunch. You may then refresh yourselves with a dip to the calm sea of Galaxidi or have a relaxing walk.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a short private cooking lesson and bake a traditional local pie with your hosts.
FOR KIDS – and not only, additions
Cooking lesson Traditional pie cooking lesson. – Open the phyllo and bake a delicious pie for a truly local dinner!
Ancient Trail Hike
Follow the footsteps of pilgrims from all over the ancient world on to their way to worship Apollo at Delphi and consult with Pythia, the famous oracle widely credited for her prophecies.
This walk begins at the medieval coastal village of Kirra with its wondrous lighthouse, passing through lush olive groves, offering beautiful views to the Plistos Valley. Through a climb to a winding paved path you will reach the Byzantine country chapel of ‘Ai Giorgis’ situated in the village of Chrisso, where you may enjoy a well-deserved dinner!
Speed boat Sea excursion
Enjoy a 2 hour Private High Speed rib boat sea excursion. Marvel beautiful Galaxidi from the sea, visit the uninhabited islands of Itea bay and enjoy snorkeling and fun sea activities.
Day 4 –Delphi and Osios Lukas
After enjoying a delicious, award winning breakfast at your guesthouse you will visit Delphi. Once believed to be the Centre of the world and the site at which Apollo spoke through his oracle, Delphi is one of the most important Archaeological sites of Greece. Your guide will explain everything about the functions of the oracle and the role it played during the ancient times.
You will then enjoy lunch to the mountain village of Arachova and a leisurely stroll there. In the early afternoon you will depart to Meteora
Day 5 –Meteora
This day will be dedicated to the unique site of Meteora. You may explore the site in different ways:
Option A/ Vehicle tour
Visit 2 main monasteries of Meteora and Theopetra prehistoric cave and discover the natural beauty and the cultural heritage of this area. We will go back to the dark ages and the first hermits and monks laying the foundations of what later on became the monastic community of Meteora. This tour will not exclude some of the most beautiful spots for amazing views and photos.
Option B/ Hike
The hiking tour of Meteora is one of the best ways to enjoy this unique geological phenomenon and to learn the history of an UNESCO World Heritage Site, while enjoying great views other visitors will never get to see!
Stories, legends and thousand years of history will be revealed to you while you will be enjoying the beautiful mountain passes. The hike ends with a visit to the monastery of Great Meteoron or Varlaam. Time allowing a visit to a second monastery can be added.
The day will continue with lunch, before heading back to Athens. On the way you will also have a short stop to Thermopylae battlefield, where the famous battle of the 300 Spartans lead by Leonidas against the Persian Army in 480ad took place. Return back to Athens hotel or the airport.
- 5-day excursion
- Private vehicle (Minivan or sedan)
- English speaking Insider driver and guide
- Gas and toll costs
- Driver accommodation expenses
- Fridge with water, refreshments and snacks
Private Guided tours
- Mycenae (1.5hr) - State licensed guide
- Epidaurus (1.5hr) - State licensed guide
- Olympia (2hrs) - State licensed guide
- Augmented reality IPads
- Delphi (2hrs) - State licensed guide
- Meteora Monasteries (4 hrs) – Specialised local guide
- Meteora Monasteries
- Pottery workshop for Kids (in replacement to Epidaurus guided tour)
- Winery visit & wine tasting OR Olive oil soap making
- All legal taxes
Accommodations including breakfast
- Hotel Accommodations in Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora 4*s
- Day 1 – Lunch in Nafplio
- Day 2 – Lunch in Dimitsana or Olympia
- Day 3 – Lunch in Nafpaktos or Galaxidi
- Day 4 – Lunch in Arachova
- Day 5 – Lunch in Meteora
May be customizable along the way. Some sites may be closed during Greek holidays. Check with your agent for your departure time.
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