Day 1 :
Our tour starts with the visit of Canal of Corinthos (Isthmus) which connects the Saronic & Corinthian Gulfs & separate Peloponnese from the rest Greek mainland. After spending a little time in the Canal (taking photos, etc), we proceed with the archaeological area of Ancient Corinthos where, amongst others, you will see the Temple of Apollo (one of the earliest Doric temples in Greece), the Peirene Fountain, the Glauke Fountain, the famous Bema of St. Paul & you will visit the Archaeological Museum with finds from the pre-historic period. We continue with the visit of Mycenae, the Kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. In this fortified Acropolis & the surroundings funerary sites you will see important monuments such as the Great Cyclopean Walls, the magnificent Lions’ Gate, the impressive Treasure of Atreus (Tomb of Agamemnon), the Grave Circle B’ & you will also visit the Archaeological Museum with areas’ finds.
We proceed with the last visit of the day to the romantic city of Nafplio, which became the first capital of the Greek state in 1827 after the Greek revolution against Ottomans. You will discover the medieval old town with the narrow cobblestone alleys & the neoclassical historic buildings. You will visit the Palamidi Castle (climbing its 999 steps) in Acronafplia & you will finally enjoy your dinner in a Greek traditional tavern by the sea while attending the marvelous Bourtzi, a small Venetian fortress located in the Agioi Theodoroi small rocky island. You will finally spend the night in one of the families run hotels in the town.
Day 2 :
The day starts with the visit to Ancient Epidaurus. You will explore the Sanctuary of Asklepios, you will see the famous Ancient Theatre with its unique acoustic & you will visit the Archaeological Museum with finds from the sanctuary. We continue driving until reaching the city of Sparti, a famous city-state in ancient times & the capital of Lakonia. You will visit the Archaeological Area (with ruins of the Tomb of King Leonidas, of the ancient Theater & of the Temple of Artemis), the Archaeological Museum & the Olive Museum.
We continue our day with the visit to the famous Mystras (an Unesco’s protected site). In this medieval fortified castle, located in the top of a hill, you will find palace premises of the Mystras Despots, the Cathedral of St. Demetrios, many churches & monasteries. You will conclude your stay there with the visit to the Archaeological Museum with finds from the area. Our second day ends with driving to Ancient Olympia. You will enjoy your dinner and you will spend the night in one of the families run hotels in the town.
Day 3 :
The day starts with the visit of the Archaeological Area of Ancient Olympia where, on 776 B.C., the Olympic Games took place in honor of Zeus & instituted the sacred ekecheiria. The area includes the impressive sanctuary (dedicated to Zeus) & many ancient athletic premises. You will discover the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Ancient Stadium, the Ancient Gymnasium, the Prytaneion, the Bouleuterion (Council House), the Palaestra & many other important monuments. Lastly you will visit the Archaeological Museum with the permanent exhibition of the twelve galleries full of important finds from the area (Hermes of Praxiteles, Statue of Nike by Paionios, the sculpted decoration of the Temple of Zeus, etc).
After having lunch in a Greek traditional taverna in the town & after paying a visit to a local winery (taste greek wines), we start driving towards our third main destination of the tour. Passing via Patra, crossing the unique Rio – Antirio Bridge & having a short stop for refreshment in Nafpaktos, we finally reach the city of Delphi. You will enjoy your dinner & you will spend the night in one of the boutique hotels in the town.
Day 4 :
The day starts with the visit of the Archaeological Area of Delphi. While visiting the area, you will have the opportunity to see great monuments such as the Tholos of Athena Pronaia, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, the Stoa of the Athenians, the Sacred Way, the Castalian fountain, the Treasury of the Siphnians, the Polygonal Wall & the Ancient Theater. You shall then continue with the Archaeological Museum where you will admire rich collections of finds from the Delphi sanctuary through the permanent exhibitions. Time for lunch in a traditional taverna in the town of Delphi & we continue our tour with driving via mount Parnassus. We shall pass via scenic places & traditional villages & we finally reach Kalampaka / Meteora. Time for dinner & you will spend you night in an area hotel.
Day 5 :
In the morning we start our wandering to the impressive Byzantine Orthodox Meteora Monasteries (Unesco’s World Heritage Listing). Most of the monasteries were built in 14th century on the top of natural sandstone rock pillars. You will visit at least five (from the six / depending on the day) monasteries such as the monastery of Great Meteoron, the Varlaam Monastery, the Monastery of St. Stephanos, the Rousanou Monastery, the Monastery of St. Nikolaos Anapafsa & the Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity).
You will then enjoy your lunch & we shall start our returning back to Athens. While on route we shall have a last stop in Thermopylae (hot springs). It is the area where the famous battle between the Persians & Greeks (the 300 of Leonidas) took place in 480 B.C. You will admire the impressive statue of King of Sparta, Leonidas.
Our five days trip comes to the end with the returning to Athens in the evening.
The above tour, as a private one, has flexible itinerary.
This means that you may choose to spend more or less time in specific sights/areas or even skip some in accordance to your wish & within the specified duration. Contact us for further info/details.