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The Peloponnese and Saronic Gulf

An unforgettable travel journey rich in history, one of a kind destinations and unparalleled sights. Expert guiding to fully appreciate and absorb the remarkable ancient Greek heritage. Stress-free transportation and island hopping with days of relaxation in some of the most elegant environments.

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens to Delphi

Arrive at Athens airport. Private transfer to Delphi through the fertile plain of Boeotia, passing by Oedipus’ Thebes and the towns of Livadia and Arachova famous for their colorful woolen rugs and carpets. On the slopes of Mt. Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty lies the archaeological site of Delphi, the one-time center of the Ancient world whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenistic world.

Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the Archaeological Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture, such as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Delphi.

Day 2: Ancient Olympia

Travel to Olympia in the Peloponnese to discover the ancient city, the home of the most important sanctuary of Zeus and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. One can still see the starting line etched in the marble on the stadium, inviting you to compete with the ancient athletes. Explore the museum with its fascinating treasures among which precious architectural elements of the Temple of Zeus and the statue of Hermes holding infant Dionysus.

At the Museum of the Olympic Games admire rare objects connected to the Olympiads of the last century, such as Olympic coins, medals, torches, posters, and the unique stamp collection.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Olympia.

Day 3: Arrive in Monemvasia

Take a break from antiquity with a stay in the Medieval castle-town of Monemvasia, one of the most stunning places in Greece. The entire town was carved on the backside of a rocky cliff, so it wouldn’t be visible from the mainland and for many years could only be reached by boat from the sea. The paved pathway that connects the castle-town to the mainland is how you will enter Monemvasia. Spend the rest of the day exploring this one of a kind pedestrian town sheltered from the outside world by a natural defense wall.

Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Monemvasia.

Day 4: Secluded Charm

Stroll along the cobbled alleys admiring the mansions and churches that hold the mark of the empires that once claimed the fortress. Marvel at the Venetian residences, Byzantine churches and Ottoman mosques. Many of the historic buildings are home to restaurants, shops and small hotels. The town’s atmosphere is very romantic and a bit mysterious. Once you explored the town, make your way to the beach and from there continue to the historic lighthouse or hike above the town to the ruins of a former neighborhood.

Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Monemvasia.

Day 5: Travel to Nafplio

Travel through the Peloponnese from the Myrtoan See to the northern edge of the Argolic Gulf. The large peninsula connected to the rest of Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth is the birthplace of some of the most successful city states and civilizations in the region, such as Sparta, Mycenae, Argos and Corinth.

Arrive in Nafplio, the beautiful ancient town founded by and named after the son of Poseidon. According to historical records, soldiers from Nafplio participated in the Argonautic expedition and fought in the Trojan War.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Nafplio.

Day 6: Mycenae and Epidaurus

Discover two of the ancient archaeological treasures of the Peloponnese. First, make your way to Mycenae, the greatest city of the Mycenean civilization that flourished between the 15th and 12th centuries B.C. and laid the foundation of the classical Greek culture. Mycenae inspired the poet Homer in writing his epic poems, Iliad and the Odyssey. During your visit see the remains of the pre-historic citadel fortified with cyclopean walls, the Lionesses’ Gate, the Mycenaean Palace and the Tomb of Agamemnon.

Next, drive through Argos to ancient Epidaurus to visit the Sanctuary of Asclepeios, dedicated to the ancient god of healing. Epidaurus boasts the best-preserved ancient theater in all of Greece, famous for the harmony of its design and its remarkable acoustics.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Nafplio.

Day 7: Nafplio to Spetses

Private transfer to the ferry terminal near Porto Cheli, then travel by boat to the elegant island of Spetses. A favorite getaway destination among locals, the island offers a beautiful setting and an ideal place to unwind.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Spetses.

Day 8: Splendors of Spetses

Explore the island on foot, by bike or horse-drawn carriage. Once a naval stronghold, the main town carries a maritime theme that can be seen in the pebble mosaics representing sea life, birds and mermaids to the monuments related to the heroic naval commander Bouboulina. The picturesque old port is home to a traditional working shipyard. As you stroll through town admire the refined Venetian architecture, check out the glamorous boutique stores and treat yourself to some irresistible amigdolata cookies.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Spetses.

Day 9: Hydra Island

Transfer by ferry to Hydra one of the most charming islands in the Saronic Gulf. With an atmosphere reserved to places such as Saint Tropez and Capri, this Mediterranean paradise is famous for attracting jet-setters from all over the world. A pedestrian island where you can get around on foot or on mules, Hydra is the perfect destination to enjoy the last days of your holiday.

Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Hydra.

Day 10: Sightseeing in Hydra

Explore the rich cultural heritage of Hydra, home to some remarkable museums such as the National History Museum, the Ecclesiastic and Byzantine Museum and the Historical Archives. In the old town, admire the simplicity of the fortress-like stone manors with white frames around their windows built in a traditional architectural style unique to the island. Take a mule ride or hike to one of the six working monasteries on the island. Discover the traditional seaside villages of Kaminia and Vlichos and their beautiful beaches.

Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Hydra.

Day 11: Return to Athens

Travel by ferry back to Athens. In the remaining part of the day explore the ancient city, a homecoming to the birthplace of Western civilization. Stroll through historic Plaka, ‘the quarter of Gods’ and the oldest and most picturesque district of the city lined with authentic restaurants and lively cafés.

Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Athens.

Day 9: Depart Home

Private transfer to Athens airport. Return home.

Book this itinerary for $2,560.00/person.

Pricing is based on double room occupancy with a minimum of 4 travelers. Other options (i.e. rates based on 2 travelers or a larger group) are available on request. Rates valid for travel in 2021. Trip is customizable for an extra fee.

Package includes:

  • 5-star, 4-star & 3-star accommodations with breakfast
  • Private tours of Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae & Epidaurus
  • Entrance fees to above-mentioned sights
  • English speaking licensed guides
  • Private transportation
  • Economy class ferry tickets Spetses-Hydra
  • Economy class ferry tickets Hydra-Athens
  • Hotel city tax
  • Road tolls
  • Emergency customer support

Package does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Ferry (€3/person) or water taxi (€23/group) Kosta-Spetses 
  • Personal expenses
  • Assistance with luggage
  • Gratuities

Payments

  • Deposit 35% of total – paid at booking
  • Trip balance – 90 days before travel date

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Cancellable and refundable up to 60 days before trip start date with following conditions:
    • 120-90 days before trip – 65% of total is refundable
    • 89-60 days before trip – 50% of total is refundable