10 Days | 9 Nights
Kalimera and welcome to Greece! Meet your driver in the waiting hall Athens Airport, who will transfer you to your hotel in Athens. Rest of the day free to relax or explore your neighbourhood.
Pickup from your hotel and we drive along the coastal road to the Corinth Canal, where a short stop will be made to take pictures. Until 2004 the bridge over the canal was the only way leading into the Peloponnese Peninsula. Continue to Epidaurus to visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios and Theater of Epidaurus, famous for its remarkable acoustics. We will proceed to the port town of Nafplio, the first capital of the modern Greek state. Stroll the narrow, cobble-stoned roads of the Old Town. Our next stop will be Mycenae where you will visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Our tour will conclude in Olympia after passing through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia.
In the morning you will visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. See the Ancient Stadium where the Olympic Games were hold from 776 BC until 393 AD and the Archaeological Museum houses plastic art masterpieces like the Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike of Paionios. Driving through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, we will cross the magnificent bridge that connects Peloponnese with mainland Greece. Built in 2004 it became the second connection point between the two regions. Passing the picturesque towns of Naupactus and Itea, we will arrive at the village of Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.
Pickup from your hotel and head 3 hours for Delphi at the foot of Mount Parnassus, considered by the ancient Greeks as the navel of the earth. See here the Temple of Apollo, the Oracle and the Stadium, where the Pythian Games were held and considered as sacred as the Olympic Games held in Olympia. In the Ancient Theatre more than 5,000 spectators could have a seat. And of course the Museum of Delphi, where you can admire the Charioteer, one of the best bronze statues ever! Delphi is perhaps best known for the oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. After departing Delphi, we will reach Kalampaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic rocky formation called Meteora. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
In the morning, we will visit the Byzantine Monasteries of Meteora, listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six of an original twenty four monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. We pay an inside visit to two of these monasteries. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae. In Thermopylae we will make a brief stop at the statue of the Spartan King Leonidas. It is a memorial of his battle with his fellow 300 Spartan warriors, supported by 700 Thespian warriors, against thousands of soldiers of the Persian Emperor Xerxes, in 480 BC. Overnight in Athens.
In the morning, we will start our Athens city tour. You see the Parliament, the University, the Library, the Presidential Residence (Ex-King Residence) with the traditional guards. Other stops are at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896, and the Temple of the Olympian Zeus. On foot we proceed to the Acropolis, where you can enter the Pantheon, and the New Acropolis Museum. After lunch, we will drive to Cape Sounion to visit the ancient Temple of Poseidon, the God of the Sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. Late in the afternoon we will drop you off at your hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Early in the morning, transfer to the Port of Piraeus to take the boat to the Cyclades island of Mykonos. It is popular for its beaches and its exciting nightlife, its picturesque houses. Our bus will pick you from Mykonos port to transfer you to your hotel. Free time to discover the Island of the Winds with windmills from the 16th century. Stroll in Little Venice with its fishing houses at the waterfront of the island. Or walk through the narrow streets of "Matogianni" to shop local items. Optional: Afternoon guided cruise tour to Delos. Chance to do a half-day trip to the sacred island Delos, believed to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. You visit the remains of the Temples of Apollo, the sanctuary of Artemis, the old city and the theater and walk down the celebrated Lion Street. Overnight in Mykonos.
Today take another ferry from Mykonos Port to the famous Santorini Island in the Aegean Sea. Our bus will pick you from port to transfer you to your hotel. You have free time for yourself to explore the beauty of Santorini. Visit one of the volcanic beaches, explore villages with white and blue painted houses and walk along the narrow streets. Enjoy a drink or dinner at one of the hundreds places located just on the rocks above the blue sea. Optional Sunset Cruise Tour to Volcano with buffet on Board. Our driver pick you up from your hotel to start the cruise tour to the volcano’s ridge. We have a stop at the hot springs located on the west side. Dinner on Board, relax and enjoy our Greek tasteful buffet while capturing amazing photos of the Aegean Sea. After sunset return to the island. Overnight in Santorini .
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to Santorini Port to take the ferry back to Piraeus. Meet and assist at Piraeus port and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Depending on your departure time transfer to Athens Airport to say farewell!