Day 1: Arrival in Athens
Day 2: Isthmus of Corinth – Mycenae – Nemea Winery - Nafplio
Day 3: Nafplio – Mystras - Sparta
Day 4: Sparta – Monemvasia – local winery - Kalamata
Day 5: Kalamata - Ancient Olympia - Patras
Day 6: Patras – Kalavryta – Mega Spilaio - Patras
Day 7: Patras – Nafpaktos – Galaxidi - Delphi
Day 8: Delphi - Athens
Day 9: Panoramic Tour of Athens - Acropolis Museum-Filopappou
Day 10: Acropolis / walking tour (Theseion, Monastiraki Flea Market, Plaka, Anafiotika)
Day 11: National Archaeological Museum - Sounio
Day 12: Return back home
End of Tour
…Locals in Attica & Peloponnesus claim to have the best of everything to give. And that’s no myth….
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities. Peloponnesus and Athens had the most powerfull ancient civilazations. With its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years and its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC.
Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of the port of Piraeus, which had been a distinct city prior to its 5th century BC incorporation with Athens. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.
The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of Ottoman monuments.
In modern times, Athens is a large cosmopolitan metropolis and central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece.
With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of history and edginess. Cultural and social life plays out amid, around and in ancient landmarks. The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, reminds Greeks daily of their heritage and the city’s many transformations.
Although individuals have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city is on the rise. There is crackling energy in galleries, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings. This creates a lively urban bustle, but at the end of the day, Athenians build their own villages in the city, especially in open-air restaurants and bars where they linger for hours.
Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, as well as very good beaches, such as those near historic Marathon.
The Peloponnese or Peloponnesus is a peninsula and geographic region in southern Greece. It is separated from the central part of the country by the Isthmus and Gulf of Corinth. During the late Middle Ages and the Ottoman era, the peninsula was known as the Morea, a name still in colloquial use in its demotic form.
In 2016, Lonely Planet voted the Peloponnese the top spot of their Best in Europe list.
The peninsula has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its modern name derives from ancient Greek mythology. Specifically the legend of the hero Pelops, who was said to have conquered the entire region. The name Peloponnesos means “Island of Pelops”.
The Mycenaean civilization, mainland Greece’s (and Europe’s) first major civilization, dominated the Peloponnese in the Bronze Age. Its stronghold’s remains at Mycenae at the north-east of the peninsula is simply brathtaking. The Mycenean civilization collapsed suddenly at the end of the 2nd millennium BC. Archeological research has found that many of its cities and palaces show signs of destruction. The subsequent period, known as the Greek Dark Ages, is marked by an absence of written records.
The stuff of legends…
The Peloponnese is the stuff of legends. Literally. It is here that Hercules fought the Nemean lion and gods walked the earth, meddling in mortal affairs. Celestial and mythological charms aside, this region bears tangible traces of the many civilisations that once called it home. This is evidend in its classical temples, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine cities, and Ottoman, Frankish and Venetian fortresses.
The very topography that kept invaders at bay for centuries – lofty, snowcapped mountains, vast gorges, sandy beaches and azure waters – now draws visitors of a very different kind. Filoxenia (hospitality) is as strong here as anywhere in the country. The food is among Greece’s best and the region’s vineyards are contributing to Greece’s wine renaissance.
Locals claim to have the best of everything to give. And that’s no myth….
Delphi is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia; the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or centre) of the world, as represented by the stone monument known as the Omphalos of Delphi.
It occupies an impressive site on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus, overlooking the coastal plain to the south and the valley of Phocis. It is now an extensive archaeological site with a modern town of the same name nearby. It is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in having had a phenomenal influence in the ancient world, as evidenced by the rich monuments built there by most of the important ancient Greek city-states, demonstrating their fundamental Hellenic unity.
Thankfully Ancient Greeks chose Delphi as their navel of the earth and built the Sanctuary of Apollo. Otherwise, someone else might have made this eagle’s nest of a village a go-to tourist attraction. Its cliffside location is spectacular and, despite its overt commercialism and the constant passage of tour buses through the modern village, it still has a special feel. Ancient Delphi (and the adjoining village of Delphi) is 178km northwest of Athens.
- Accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room.
- All transfers from/to the airport.
- All transfers/tours as per the program.
- Choice of selected Hotels.
- Half-board (Breakfast & Dinner).
- Experienced Tour Guide.
- Civil Liability Insurance.
- Entrances to all museums and archaeological sites as per the program.
- Drinks, souvenirs and personal expenses.
- Whatever is Optional as per the itinerary.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Air fares are not included in the price. Return Airfare can be arranged/included upon agreement.
- Prices are based on groups of 25 travelers.
- Prices can/will be subject to change depending on the number of participants and the duration of the journey.
- The program might be altered on the day but no visits/tours shall be missed.