Home to the first Olympic Games, as well as the Acropolis & the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus and the Beehive Tombs, Greece is a history lover’s mecca. On this once-in-a-lifetime private tour, you’ll travel through the back roads of Greece, visit unspoiled islands and enjoy the culture and food of this beautiful country. You’ll experience wine tastings, ride donkeys and marvel at the ruins of temples. On this 10-day, nine-night excursion, you’ll wish you didn’t have to leave.
Day 1: Arrival in Athens
Welcome to Athens! On arrival you are warmly greeted at Athens airport and transferred to your hotel.Enjoy your welcome drink during your check in. You can spend your free afternoon strolling around taking in the atmosphere of the city, or just relax in one of many quaint street cafes or local “tavernas”. Tonight you will enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant with breathtaking views tothe Acropolis. Overnight in Athens
Day 2: Athens Sightseeing
This morning enjoy a city tour of Athens. Your guide will reveal to you the secrets of the Acropolis & the Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch and the Kallimarmaro Stadium, built of marble for the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. A visit to the new Acropolis Museum is included as well. Experience the ancient wonders and relive the birth place of democracy, twist and turn through the Plaka’s narrow streets and find ancient sites, cafes and shops full of history and character. Explore the area by taking photographs of features of the Athenian life and interacting with the community. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Athens
Day 3: Delphi
This morning, we depart Athens and drive to Delphi. About 2 and a half hours later we will reach the site of Delphi. Considered by the ancient Greeks as the center of the earth. The fame of the Delphi oracle extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Phthios. We visit the site and the museum. Dinner and overnight Delphi
Day 4: Olympia
Depart Delphi for Olympia. On the way, pass through the Rio-Antirio bridge, considered and engineering masterpiece. We will stop at Patrra for a visit to St. Andreas church and then continue to Olympia for a Guided visit. In antiquity it was the sacred ground of ancient Greeks and the site of the original Olympic Games that started in 776 BC. See where the athletes trained in the gymnasium and the stadium where the actual games took place. Dinner & overnight Olympia
Day 5: Nafplion
Depart Olympia for Argolis region and enjoy a spectacular drive through the mountains of Arcadia . Today you will have the opportunity to discover the exceptional wines of Greece. A wonderful wine tasting experience awaits for you to explore the excellent wines of the region with a visit to a fine winery. Continue to Mycenae – one of the most important cities of ancient Greece, a mighty kingdom of ancient Greece- , see the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, the Lion Gate and the remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace. We also visit the amazing museum full of exquisite artifacts found on the site. Arrive in Nafplion late in the evening. Dinner & overnight in Nafplion
Day 6: Nafplion
You will enjoy an early breakfast this morning and set off for a fabulous day. You will head to the ancient site of Epidaurus, which is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco. With ruins of temples and hospital buildings devoted to the healing gods; it is considered to be the birthplace of Asklepios. For most travelers Epidaurus is known for the magnificent theater that still stands there – and is still used for plays and other performances in the summer months. The theater is considered a marvel of engineering as the acoustics are unrivaled even by today’s standards. Return in Nafplion and explore this unique city. Dinner & overnight in Nafplion
Day 7: Spetses
This morning a drive through the Argolis region will bring us to the fishing village of Costa where we take the ferry to Spetses island. Our hotel is located within 5 minutes walk where the ferry docks. Spend the day experiencing the elegant island of Spetses. The island has managed to retain its individual traditional character thanks to its well- preserved elegant mansions. Take time to indulge in the local culture. Stroll the tiny streets where no cars are allowed, visit the galleries and hip stores or take a local boat “kaiki” for an optional excursion to visit one of the beautiful beaches. Dinner & overnight at Spetses
Day 8: Return to Hydra
After breakfast we walk to the port and take the hydrofoil to Hydra island.
After an hour we will arrive to the stunning island of Hydra, where vehicles are not allowed and donkeys are used for transporting goods from the port around the town. Enjoy the unique local character of this beautiful island. Dinner & overnight at Spetses
Day 9: Athens
Enjoy the morning in this beautiful island. Later we will check out and take the hydrofoil to Piraeus port where we will meet our coach to transfer us to the
hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day in Athens. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with show in the old town of Athens. Return to the hotel for overnight
Day 10: Departure
Time to say farewell to Greece. Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight.