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Road Tripping in Greece

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7 days

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March - October
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Road Tripping in Greece

Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

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Located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece caters for every free spirit. Ancient sun-bleached ruins pierce blue skies as the Aegean laps at the endless coastline. And Greek culture is alive with passionate music, inspired cuisine and thrill-seeking activities. Greece is a premier-league travel destination. Its incredible historic sites span four millennia, encompassing both the legendary and the obscure. Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches, while its mountainous interior urges you to explore. Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands, ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Athens

Arrive at Athens International Airport. Our team will pick up from Athens Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Athens’ heyday was around 400 years BC, that’s when most of the classical monuments were built. During the Byzantine and Turkish eras, the city decayed into just an insignificant little village, only to become the capital of newly-liberated Greece in 1833.

Ahead of the 2004 Olympics, almost the entire infrastructure was transformed: the Metro, trams, new ring roads and viaducts have eased the pressure of the heavy traffic. Athens is still a rather messy and chaotic place—it wouldn’t be Athens otherwise—and despite all the improvements, still retains a great deal of its oriental charm. Explore the mighty Acropolis & immerse yourself in the Athens ancient history while also learning about the modern Athens as it is today on a jam-packed mythology Athens Mythology Private Tour. Immerse yourself in the city’s ancient history while also learning about Athens as it is today on this jam-packed. Walk along streets lined with historical sites, from the famous to the unknown. Learn about Athens’ history and modern-day life from a local perspective instead of a guidebook.

Witness the Greek changing of the guard (The Evzones) Admire the Athenian Trilogy, the picturesque botanical garden in Athens, The Panathenaic Stadium (the Stadium of the first Modern Olympic Games), Zappeion Megaron, Olympian Zeus Temple, The Arch of Hadrian and Pnyx Hill. Uncover fascinating stories from ancient Greek mythology, decode their meaning and the real-life events hidden behind them!

Explore the Mighty Acropolis & Immerse yourself in Athens Ancient History

Activities

  • City Tour

Accommodation

Check into the Electra Metropolis Hotel - The City

Day 2-3

Self-drive to Epidaurus & Nafplio

Your self-drive adventure starts after breakfast. Our staff member will deliver your rental car at your hotel and with the help of our printed & online “self-drive” brochure you will explore the best of mainland Greece.

Your drive will lead you to the city of Nafplion, which was the first capital of the modern Greek state. Named after Nafplios, son of Poseidon, and home of Palamidis, their local hero of the Trojan war and supposedly the inventor of weights and measures, lighthouses, the first Greek alphabet and the father of the Sophists.

Before arriving to what is called “one of Greece’s most beautiful cities) you stop to admire the Corinth Canal, the waterway that crosses the narrow isthmus of Corinth to link the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf. As such, the canal separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese, turning it into an island.

Your self drive takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidavros.

Visit the Unesco World Heritage Site of Epidavros.

Activities

  • Self Drive

Optional Activities

  • Guided Tour Of Epidavros

Accommodation

Check in at Hotel Amymone and Andiandi Hotel or similar

Day 3-4

Immerse in Byzantine mysticism & epic nature.

Set off on a self drive from Nafplio to Mystras, Sparta to the Mani Region. Mani Peninsula is a region of Greece that covers the middle southern peninsula of Peloponnese. Despite the inhospitable landscape of barren rocks and cliffs that dive into the deep sea, this region is one of the most authentic and traditional places a visitor can experience in Greece.

Mystras History in a Nutshell: The region of Mani stretches from the mountain range of Taygetus to the southernmost point of mainland Europe, Cape Tenaro.

Stroll around the mythical Byzantine tower town of Mystras, listed on Unesco World Heritage Sites Chill out at the stone-made tower villages of Areopolis and Limeni in Mani Region.

Stroll around the Mythical Byzantine Tower town of Mystras

Activities

  • Self Drive

Accommodation

Hotel Limeni Village

Day 4-5

Head towards the Olympia Archaeological Site to Nafpaktos

After a delicious Greek breakfast, drive to the green, olive-filled region of Messinia, a region of beautiful beaches, traditional villages and many important monuments and historical places of interest.

On your way to Ancient Olympia you should explore Messinian Mani, which is a lush land with traditional villages of red- roofed stone houses compared to Lakonian Mani. Enjoy your time while exploring charming Kardamyli village.

For olive oil lovers, you'll have the opportunity to visit the traditional olive farm "The Olive Routes" and participate in any of the olive oil tasting tours. Then, continue your drive to myhtical Ancient Olympia. The Olympic Games were held here every four years beginning in 776 BC.

Alongside your guide, you will walk through the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and ran in the ancient stadium. The Olympia museum is a must visit, including some of the most important works of Classical art such as the sculpted decoration of the temple of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the famous Hermes of Praxiteles.

After lunch in a nearby village, you will head to the coastal city of Nafpaktos, where you will stay overnight.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the famous Hermes of Praxiteles

Activities

  • Self Drive

Optional Activities

  • Olive Farm
  • Guided Tour Of Ancient Olympia

Accommodation

NAFS Hotel in Nafpaktos

Day 5-6

Drive from Nafpaktos to Delphi, Arachova & Meteora

Delphi Archaeological Site was considered to be the Center of the World in Ancient Greece. Moreover, it is one of the most important archeological digging sites in Europe. There you can admire one of the most famous monuments “the Temple of Apollo”. While there, try to spot the well known ancient engravings on the stone such as ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Nothing in Excess’, used in the Socrates philosophy works!

Your awarded archaeologist guide will help you understand the secrets and myths of this sacred site.

After so much history, you will have time to stroll around the historic village of Arachova. The undoubted mistress of Parnassus is built in an amphitheatric way and it spreads magnificently to the southern hillsides of Parnassus, at an altitude of 960 meters, ending up at a cliff where Pleistos river flows.

Arachova is full of life. The wild beauty combined with the unaltered traditional character, its cosmopolitan face and the numerous activities the majestic Parnassus offers, place it rightfully at the top of the Greek tourism list with the top destinations.

Local gastronomy: At Arachova’s taverns and restaurants, you can taste local meats such as the famous mutton kontosouvli and kokoretsi, traditional homemade pies, traditional tidbits and sarmas (cabbage rolls) from the ovine and caprine animals of Parnassus, homemade taglierini and trahanas. And of course, you will find everywhere the famous cheese from Arachova, Arachova’s formaela, in various forms. Formaela has been registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin. Accompany your meal with the popular brousko wine from Arachova and complete your meal by enjoying local Greek yogurt with honey or traditional desserts from Arachova and spoon sweets.

In the afternoon after lunch depart through Central Greece and the cities of Lamia (short stop), Trikala crossing the Thessalian plain, to Kalambaka which is a small town built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks, and crowded by the Meteora Monasteries.

The Wild Beauty combined with the Unaltered Traditional Character.

Activities

  • Lunch
  • Delphi Archaeological Site & Museum Tour

Accommodation

Monastiri Guesthouse Kalmbaka

Day 6-7

Self-drive to Athens Airport via Trikala & Thermopyle

You'll start driving back to Athens. On the return Journey back to Athens, have a short stop to the charming city of Trikala.

Here in the homeland of the iconic doctor of antiquity, Asclepius, a veritable treasure trove of cultural attractions await you.

The Lithaios River flows through the city which is distinguished by historical Monuments, excellent urban planning, spacious squares, parks and pedestrian streets.

Then, you will pass by Thermopylae the place where one of the most important battles of the Greek antiquity took place in 480 BC and see the monument of the heroic Spartan King Leonidas!

Thermopylae the place where one of the most important battles of the Greek antiquity

What's Included

Accommodation

4 * hotels and local accommodation experiences

Flights

International flights and travel insurance are excluded

Ground Transport

Transfers to and from the airport

Meals

As specified on the trip itinerary

Created by
Rebecca Skevaki

Grecianlux is a Greek destination management company (DMC) and tour operator with headquarters in Australia and Greece, specialized in Luxury Travel options, where luxury means exclusive experiences.

With many years of experience, an inimitable network of partners and strong knowledge of the industry enables us to offer you a complete and tailor-made experience in Greece. As the starting point, we identify your needs and wishes, then swiftly propose the best solutions to meet those requirements.

At Grecianlux, we select and provide you with the most high-end travel experiences in Greece for leisure and business. Our services are designed in the smallest detail and tailored on the customer’s needs and interests. As a company born in Greece, we can provide you with the most local insights to help you discover the beauty of our country.

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