This eight day private tour is not only for the history and archaeology buffs. Witness the amazing beauty of the Peloponnese and the mountains of the North. Our drivers will take you everywhere on this tour taking all of the stress of finding your way around and seeing the best of what the mainland and the Peloponnese has to offer.
Day 1 (ATHENS ARRIVAL TRANSFER)
Arrive in Athens to be greeted by your English speaking driver who will transfer you in air-conditioned modern transport to your hotel. Today is your introduction to Athens and the rest of the day is yours to explore the sights and sounds of Athens. Wander through Syntagma Square and watch the changing of the traditional guards, visit busy shopping streets and eat at local tavernas, enjoying the busting vibe that emanates from Athens.
Day 2 (CORINTH, NEMEA)
After breakfast at your hotel, our driver will pick you up by our mini bus or private car to head for the top of the Peloponnese. Corinth is your first stop, visiting the archaeological wonder that is Ancient Corinth where a mix of Venetian, Turkish, Roman and Byzantine ruins awaits you. Also see the Corinth Canal, a modern engineering wonder. After travelling through Corinth, you will visit Nemea, a famous Greek wine region and home to the archaeological site where the Nemean Games took place. After the tour you will be taken back to you hotel in Athens, and the afternoon and evening are yours to do as you wish. Enjoy the narrow streets of the Plaka in the shade of the Parthenon, visit local restaurants and enjoy your evening after a wonderful day of sightseeing.
Day 3 (NAFPLION, MYCENAE, EPIDAURUS)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and our driver will pick you up by our mini bus to head for the Peloponnese again, this time heading for Mycenae, Napflion and Epidaurus. Mycenae, home to some of the oldest ruins in Modern Europe, where the ancient city lies in ruins, but the Lions Gates, the Tomb of Agamemnon and the Palace are still evident. After Mycenae, go on to Epidaurus, home to an ancient amphitheatre with incredible acoustics, which any visit to Greece should not leave out. You will then be driven to Napflion, and the edge of the Aegean where you will spend the night. Napflion is an ancient port with a number of great beaches near the town centre. There a many restaurants near the docks and in town. Enjoy the quieter pace of life for the evening.
Day 4 (SPARTA & MYSTRAS)
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and enjoy the trip down to Sparta at the bottom of the Peloponnese we will visit Ancient Sparta, the Byzantine fortified town of Mystras. Mystras is unlike any other fortified town in Greece, with a history rich in history was once the second most important town after Constantinople and the amazing ruins and buildings are testament to this. You will spend your night in a hotel in Sparta.
Day 5 (ANCIENT OLYMPIA)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and tour to the west of the Peloponnese; we will visit Olympia and the archaeological site where the Olympic Games began over two thousand years ago. Visit where the flame that burns at each modern Olympic Games is lit amongst the well preserved ruins. The site and the ruins of the Temple of Hera are astounding. You will then be taken to the modern town of Olympia where you will stay for the evening.
Day 6 (DELPHI & METEORA)
Check out after breakfast at the hotel and we travel back to the mainland. The first stop is Delphi, home of the oracle, and one the most sacred places in the Northern Hemisphere. Learn about the mysteries, mythology and ruins that are nestled in the hills of Mount Parnassos. After wandering the amazing ruins of Delphi, we will travel to the spectacular Monasteries of Meteora. Meaning "Suspended in the Air", the ancient monasteries are perched at the top of beautiful sandstone mountains. It is an unforgettable sight as these monasteries, which are still inhabited by monks and nuns, go about their business. You will stay in the town of Kalambaka for the evening, where you are free to explore the town and be in awe of the amazing landscape that overshadows the town.
Day 7 (ATHENS)
After breakfast, check of your hotel and your driver will take you back drive back to Athens and your hotel. This is your last chance to catch up on any last minute shopping or once again amble the streets of Athens on your own, or you may choose to relax at your hotel and reminisce about the amazing sights you have seen and places you have been.
Day 8 (ATHENS TOUR & FLIGHT BACK HOME)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and we will take you on your last tour of the trip, the Half Day Athens City Tour. Be in awe of the Acropolis which looks out over all of Athens. Then it is on to The National Archaeological Museum, Athens' premiere museum and home to some of the world's greatest treasures. Then it is on to Syntagma Square and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament. Watch the changing of the traditionally dressed guards outside of parliament. The Temple of Zeus is the penultimate stop, at the base of the Parthenon, and finally it's off to the Olympic stadium, the original stadium built in the 1863 for the first modern Olympic Games that were hosted in 1896.
After the city tour we will drive you to the airport for you flight back home.
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