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, anceient masterpieces and authentic culinary experiences are some of the experiences Peloponnese has to offer.
Your journey will start in the intoxicating city of Athens. Follow the road east and visit one of the most interesting towns in Greece, Kalavrita. On the way you will observe the unusually natural beauty and the beautiful spruce forest that will follow you during your stay in Kalavrita. Next stop, Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games first started, picturesque Kalamata and 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 3-6 KALAVRYTA
After breakfast, you leave Athens and drive east. After only 2:30 hours you will arrive at the famous city of Kalavrita. Kalavrita, before the 2nd World War was a wealthy town and people were living a happy life into the nature. The event that marked the history of Kalavryta happened on December 13th, 1943, when the German Nazi troops executed the whole male population of Kalavryta, children, and women and burned the entire town. This unfortunate event is known as the Holocaust of Kalavryta. All over the town, there are monuments paying homage to the countless people killed in these unfortunate acts. Today Kalavryta continues to grow, with the strength of the people who managed to survive. Today, visit the museum of Kalavrita Holocaust, walk to the Place of Execution, where the Nazis gathered and executed all the male population.
The following day, visit Planitero village. Planitero is located 25 km south east of Kalavryta and north east to the village of Klitoria. The village is known for its natural springs and waterfalls that run from the Aroanios river and also the mouth watering trout, served at local food joints. You may also visit Cave of Lakes, the biggest cave in the world, where, one can admire the stalagmite and stalactite formations.
Don not forget to visit the monastery of Ayia Lavra.The monastery was built-in 961 AD and it is one of the oldest monasteries in the Peloponnese region. It has been destroyed a couple of times during the years. It played an important role in the Greek war of Independence as from this spot began the revolution against the Ottoman empire.
The train makes one of Greece’s most scenic routes as it passes the Vouraikos gorge. On the way, the visitor can admire the river, a few waterfalls, and incredible rock formations.
DAY 6 DELPHI & ARACHOVA
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. In the afternoon, visit the cosmopolitan Arachova, one of the most beautiful villages in Greece.
DAY 7 METEORA
After breakfast, start driving north towards Kalambaka. En route, you may visit the historic city of Thermopylae, where the glorious battle of Leonidas and the 300 took place! Arrive early afternoon and visit one of the most amazing places in Greece - METEORA
Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. There were no steps and the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net that was hitched over a hook and hoisted up by rope and a hand cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm. Monks descended in the nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage. Have dinner in the village Kastraki and overnight.
DAY 7-9 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 Mycanae. 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.