Classic Greece in Action

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Period of operation :Through out the year
Price :

From 520€/person (self drive 6 participants)

Guided and Self Drive Options based on number of participants - Check Pricing Tab below

Duration :6 days / 5 nights
Minimum attendance :2 participants
Level requirements :Basic Physical Condition

This tour takes you to some of the country’s most important classic sites in a short period of time, namely Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. We designed this program through the eyes of ourselves that we don’t like to go to the most touristy places and leave without having experienced what more Greece has to offer that is nature, less known spectacular sites, scents and tastes of the Mediterranean ! So we added some stops and visits in some beautiful parts like a light hike, a wine tasting experience or even some adrenaline action repelling in Meteora. Most important, our guides will take you to small taverns and friendly hotels and will avoid the tourist masses, will talk to you about life in Greece and we bet that you will want to come and visit our country again!

Day 1: From Athens travel to  Nafplio

We are leaving the lively city of Athens behind with destination Nafplio. Short stop at the Corinth Canal, the six-kilometer waterway connecting the Ionian and Aegean seas. Then we make a small deviation from our route for a winery visit in Nemea, famous for its “Agiorgitiko”, one of the finest Greek red varieties, has grown for many years in the wider area of Nemea (about 6,700 acres), where it is said that the famous red wine of Fliasion was produced in antiquity (4th century BC).

We continue our scenic drive to Nafplio. Considered one of the prettiest towns in Greece, Nafplio was the first capital after independence and has been a major port since the Bronze Age. After settling in our hotel, visit the old town of Nafplio for an evening stroll and dinner in the charming old town. (B,L,D) Distance: Total driving including Nemea 260Km’s about 3 hours’ drive

Day 2: Mycenae – Epidaurus and travel to  Dimitsana

Today we will explore some of the best preserved and world-known sites of Greece, Epidavre and Mycenae.

Mycenae, a place intrinsic in the works of Homer, 9th century BCE poet. Enter the Mycenean citadel through the Lion's Gate and wander through the remaining ruins. Admire the enormous Cyclopean walls - still a wonder how they were created- and enter the imposing Lions gate to the site that dates back to 1350-1200BC.  Just outside the walls, do not forget to visit the Vault-shaped tombs of Lions, Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra, and the Treasury of Atreus.

Also visit the third-century theater of Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved classical Greek structures renowned for its superb acoustics. Epidavre site was set up in honor of the God of Medicine, Asklepios, son of Apollo and Coronis and enjoy the wonderful location of the shrine which is on the Unesco World Heritage list. Sick people came on a pilgrimage to the shrine to spend the night in the hope that Asklepios would appear in their dreams with a diagnosis and a prescription. Asklepios could not only heal the living, but also raise the dead to life to such an extent that Hades from the underworld complained.

Early in the evening we continue to a less touristy but very inspiring mountainous region in central Peloponnese, renowned for its rich in history villages like Dimitsana, Stemnitsa and Karytaina. O/N in Dimitsana. (B/L/D)

Distance: 110Km’s about 1,5 hours drive 
 
Day 3: Trekking in Lousios Gorge (or rafting) and travel to Ancient Olympia

Today we will hike in the inspiring Lousios Gorge. The hike offers a beautiful combination of history with nature. We will walk amongst trails of dense vegetation going parallel and criss crossing the Lousios River. We visit monasteries that appear to be literally hanging from the cliffs and end the trek at the archaeological site of Ancient Gortys. This is one of the most stirring of all Greek sites as it is based along the rushing river known in ancient times as the Gortynios. Having enjoyed our traditional Greek lunch we then continue our journey to Olympia. O/N in Olympia (B/L/D)

Distance: 80Km’s about 1,5 hours drive 
 
Day 4 :  Ancient Olympia and drive to Delphi

The site of Olympia is one of the largest and most beautiful sites in Greece. Your guide will walk you along through the valley of wild olives and plane trees to the Ancient Ruins as you walk under the frame of the great temple columns you will feel the awe of the Olympian history. The guide will then take you to visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum. As this is one of the most important historical sites in Greece you will spend a comprehensive guided tour, and some free time to enjoy the ambience of the sight.

In the afternoon we will start by heading towards the capital of the Peloponnesse “Patra”. The drive will offer us the opportunity to cross the impressive bridge over to western Greece via the “Little Dardanelles” from Rio to Antirio. Once we cross over we will drive through the picturesque town of Nafpaktos and finally arrive via a beautiful coastal route to Delphi.  O/N in Delphi (B/L/D)

Distance: 240Km’s about 3,5 hours drive

Day 5: Delphi – Meteora

After our breakfast we will follow the road to the remains of an archaic fountain house in Delphi, the celebrated Castalian Spring. Visitors to Delphi in ancient times (only men were allowed in the early centuries) were obliged to purify themselves in its waters. Across and below the road from the spring you will be taken to the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, whom the Delphians worshipped as Athena Pronoia. A place of unique energy and beauty, we will savior our moment in Delphi by a short meditation practice on site.

We will then visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios and the Museum. Then drive through the wide Thessalic plain drive to Kalambaka, the small town at the foot of Meteora rocks. In this far – off corner of Thessaly there is a strange and magnificent region which is justly famous as one of the wonders of the East. Just above Kalambaka stand the famous Meteora Monasteries, glued to the sides of the rocky pinnacles. O/N in Meteora (B/L/D)

Distance: 230Km’s about 3,5 hours’ drive

Day 6:  Trekking in Meteora (optional rappel / abseiling) and drive back to Athens or other destination

Hike amongst the gigantic rocks of Meteora rising perpendicularly 250-300 m from the point where the Peneus river emerges from the deep canyons of the Pindos range. Swinging between the sky and the earth, unworldly mysterious, bearing a unique religious ecstasy. Walk around western Meteora, following the same old paths the monks used to use, which wind their way amongst the tall rock – towers. These paths go up to the rocks and take us to the cliff top monasteries, the high places of the Greek – orthodox spirituality. Visit the world-famous monasteries of Meteora, Megalo Meteoron and Agios Stefanos. After lunch we return to Athens. O/N ATHENS.

Distance: 350Km’s about 4 hours drive

 

Group Size

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6 participants

1245€

1320€

520€

570€

4 participants

1500€

1600€

665€

755€

2 participants

2375€

2500€

910€

975€

Included:

 

  • Transport by private car
  • Fuel and tolls throughout the trip
  • Accommodation in hotels liste sharing a double room
  • Meals Full Board (Starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 6)
  • English Speaking Trekking Hellas Guide
  • Entrance fees to Mycenae-Epidavros, Olympia, Delphi, 2 monasteries in Meteora
  • Professional licensed guides in Mycenae-Epidavros, Olympia, Delphi.
  • One trekking activity in Lousios gorge
  • One trekking activity in Meteora
  • Wine tasting session
  • Accommodation in hotels as listed below  star category sharing a double room
  • Professional licensed guides in Mycenae-Epidavros, Olympia, Delphi.
  • One trekking activity in Lousios gorge  
  • One trekking activity in Meteora
  • Wine tasting session

 

 

Accommodation

Local Info
Getting to Meteora, Monasteries Timetable
Guesthouse Sotiriou
right under the rocks