Explore Greece by car either on your own or with an excellent driver/ guide.
If you’re looking to combine all the things Greece is famous for in one destination, the Peloponnese peninsula is the place for you. Amazing landscape, long sandy beaches, ancient masterpieces and authentic culinary experiences are some of the experiences Peloponnese has to offer.
Your journey will start in the intoxicating city of Athens. Before following the road east, you will head north, to the ancient city of Delphi with the mysterious oracle and then, passing from Olympia, Kalamata, Monemvasia, you finish your road trip in Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, one of the most beautiful cities in Greece.
DAY 1-3 ATHENS
Your base for the next few days, a boutique hotel located in Plaka, is the perfect counterbalance to the hustle of Athens. Just a few steps from the Great Acropolis and a balcony overlooking the Parthenon, you will have the best base to explore this diverse city.
On your first morning you’ll be met by your local Greek guide for a private walking tour of the historic Acropolis hill and the Acropolis museum. You will admire the masterpieces of our glorious past and learn the contemporary way of Greek’s life.You’ll wander the pretty streets of Plaka, stopping at different landmarks, while your guide sheds light on the rich history of this fascinating city. Finish your morning with lunch at one of Plaka’s many great tavernas.
The following day, depending on your interests, spend the morning visiting one of Athens great museums, the Archaeological Museum, or simply wander in the streets of Athens, visiting its many Syntagma Square, Monastiraki area and the food market.
That afternoon, you may visit with you local guide the famous temple of Poseidon, located in Sounion, the prettiest region at the outskirts of Athens.
Tonight is all about Athens’ most famous export, night life. Head to the well known Syntagma Square and have a cocktail in a rooftop overlooking Acropolis or have a drink in one of the best bars.
DAY 4-5 DELPHI
After breakfast, you’ll leave Athens and drive north. Very soon, the scenery is different and you can enjoy the fresh air and nature.En route to Delphi, drive through Levadia and take a side trip to the Krya Springs. You will enjoy the tranquility of the place and the small waterfalls. Continue to the small town of Distomo (where in 1944 took place the unfortunate massacre by the Nazis). Also visit the famous Monastery of Ossios Loucas, known for its mosaics. Continue to one of the most beautiful towns in Greece, the mountainous village of Arachova (also famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and have lunch in one of the tavernas. Late afternoon arrive in Delphi. Overnight Delphi.
The following day, after breakfast, visit of the archaeological site of Delphi and the museum. Nestled amidst pine forests and rocky crags on the holy mountain of Parnassus, Delphi is considered the most beautiful ancient site in Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. The Castalia Springs where visitors once purified themselves before entering the sanctuary should be a special stopping place, and of course the Oracle Rock. The first oracle at Delphi was commonly known as Sibyl, meaning prophetess. According to legend, she sang her predictions, which she received from Gaia. Visit also the magnificent Museum housing the famous statue of the Charioteer.
The story of the Olympic Games
DAY 5-6 OLYMPIA & KARDAMYLI
Depart for Olympia after breakfast. Drive through the central Peloponnese, see some picturesque villages, arrive in Olympia to visit the site and the Museum. See the Olympic Stadium, the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Gymnasium, the Palaistra, but also the new Museum, one of the most important museums we have in Greece, housing the famous statue of Hermes by Praxiteles, the pediments of the temple of Zeus and some other masterpieces. Overnight Olympia.
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to the temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, really worth seeing due to its unique architecture and location, a UNESCO heritage Monument! Next stop, Kardamyli, the beautiful fishing village into the wonderful natural surroundings. Enjoy the relaxed village vibes and taste great food by the sea. Overnight Kardamyli.
Spend a morning in Kardamyli and stroll along this unique in beauty village. Drive towards the picturesque villages of Limeni and Aeropolis to reach to world-wide famous Diros Caves, one of the most important natural sites in Greece. Overnight Kardamyli.
The castle cities
DAY 7-8 MYSTRAS & MONEMVASIA
That next day head towards Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea'(an older name for the Peloponnese). The castle town of Mystras originated from a rock castle built by Frankish crusaders. Later, Mystras became the seat of the governor of the Byzantine territories in the Morea. Mystras was conquered by the Ottomans in 1460, following the fall of Constantinople in 1453, and became the seat of an Ottoman sanjak. The Republic of Venice would occupy the Peloponnese, establishing the Kingdom of the Morea from 1688 to 1715, when the region came once more under Ottoman rule. It was repeatedly raided by Albanians following the Orlov Revolt of 1770; it was one of the first places to be liberated in the Greek Revolution of 1821, but was heavily hit during the invasion of Ibrahim Pasha in 1825.
Next stop, the most impressive castle-city, Monemvasia . Located on the southeastern side of Peloponnese, Monemvasia Greece was entirely carved on the backside of a sea rock in Medieval times. This huge sea rock is not visible from the mainland so that the locals could avoid enemy attacks. The only way to reach Monemvasia was by boat, while later on a paved pathway was constructed to connect the castle entrance to the mainland. Enjoy your stay in a luxury hotel in the castle with amazing views.
The next day, do the day trip to Elafonisos beach, known as the Caribbean of Greece. Elafonissos is an exotic island, with green waters and a long white sandy beach. Enjoy the Greek sun and the fresh waters. Overnight Monemvasia.
DAY 9-10 NAFPLION
Finish your stay in Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. Nafplion is, without doubt the most picturesque city in Greece. Spend your day there, taste the famous ice- cream and visit the impressive fortress of Bourtzi and the castle of Palamidi. Overnight in Nafplion.
The next day drive to 2 of the most significant sites in Greece, the theater of Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visit the imposing ruins of the site of MYCENAE with a Local Guide, the ancient city Homer called a “city rich in gold.” It was here that the Golden Mask of Agamemnon was unearthed, along with many other treasures that matched exactly Homer’s descriptions in the Iliad. Enter the city by the Lion’s Gate and stroll up to visit Agamemnon’s ROYAL PALACE and the ROYAL TOMB OF AGAMEMNON. Continue to Naplia. Visit the EPIDAURUS THEATER, which can still seat 14,000 spectators, and the SANCTUARY OF ASKLEPIOS.Overnight Nafplion.
Start your drive to Athens airport for your flight back home. En route, make a last stop in Ancient Corinth, to visit the Agora, see the Bema where St. Paul preached Christianity. Visit also the small beautiful Museum housing some Corinthian pottery.
We may organize the above itinerary for you with an English speaking driver and an excellent licensed guide.