Trails of Classical Greece
An amazing journey through history
- 10 Days touring mainland Greece on your own.
- Spend a whole week with a hired car the country.
- Two full days in Athens to visit the capital in depth.
- In addition to archeology, you can visit beaches, towns and cities.
- Discover the culinary delicacies of Greece.
- 9 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Return flights (tax included)
- 6 days car rental
- Plan your trip at the tourist office Greece .
- To understand the context should read a book on the history of Greece. Our recommendation is The Story of the Greeks of Indro Montanelli
- Enjoy Greek cuisine. It is a great unknown.
- Accommodation: we recommend you to choose hotels from 3* category and no less.
Day 1Flying to Greec
e. Check-in at your local airport 90 minutes before the designated departure time of your flight destination Athens. On arrival, transfer on your own to your hotel in Athens city center. Depending on the time of your arrival, start exploring the city. Overnight in Athens.
s. After breakfast you will have a full day to discover the city. Nothing better than spending the morning at the incredible Acropolis, with the Parthenon, the temple of the Caryatids, etc.. As the weather warms, we suggest you to visit the new Acropolis Museum, a real wonder. In the afternoon we suggest a walk around the Platka neighbourhood. It is a captivating, full of charm area with plenty of places to dine and sample traditional greek cuisine. Overnight in Athens.
. Breakfast and another full day to visit Athens or its surrondings. You can do a morning walk through the neighborhoods of Monastiraki with its neoclassical houses, the Tower of the Winds, beautiful ancient mosques, the old Turkish bazaar and beautiful Byzantine churches. At noon you can visit the National Archaeological Museum, perhaps the world's most important museum devoted to the classical period. Spend the afternoon at the Neoclassical Athens: the Olimpeion ruins, Panatinaico Stadium (which hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896), the National Gardens, Ermu Shopping street and small twelfth-century Byzantine churches, etc.. Finish the day taking the funicular up to Mount Lycabettus. You can enjoy the views and sunset and maybe dine on a terrace. Alternatively you can spend the day in one of the islands which are easily reached by ferry from Piraeus port. Overnight in Athens.
. In the morning, pick up your rental car and drive to the Argolid crossing the famous Corinth Canal. The first stop will be Mycenae, an ancient acropolis which includes the infamous “Lion Gate” and the Tomb of Atreus. A little further on there are the nice Tirinto ruins of a Mycenaean citadel. Spend the afternoon at Epidaurus, which highlights the spectacular theater, the best preserved in Greece. Finish the day strolling through the charming town of Nafplion. The night will be spent in Tolo, 15 min. from Nafplion. 210 Km.
. On your way to Sparta, stop off at Argos, to visit the excavations where the theater stands. But quickly go south to visit Mystras, an ancient XIII century walled town, the largest cultural center of Greece in the Middle Ages. There are still numerous Byzantine churches, monasteries and a castle from that time. Night at Sparta. 130 Km.
Day 6Sparta, Olympia
. We suggest an early breakfast. Start your day going to Pylos to visit Nestor's Palace (check if it is opened again). Afterwards you will follow the Ionian coast with its small beaches (ideal for a refreshing dip). Heading inland you will be able to visit the Temple of Bassai, over 1000 m. height, known as the best preserved in Greece. Continue through the mountains to Olympia, where you will spend the night. 270 Km.
i. After breakfast spend much of the day to enjoy Olympia. This ancient city was the seat of the famous ancient Olympics and also an important religious center. Today, it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Stroll the excavations early morning. And when the heat start to push you can visit the wonders of the museum. Around late afternoon drive to Delphi crossing the new bridge Rio-Itniron. Overnight in Delphi. 230 Km.
a. At the foot of Mount Parnassus, Delphi had always been the most sacred place in Greece. As this was the plece of the Temple of Apollo and the Oracle. Spend the morning visiting the excavations of the Sanctuary and the Temple of Apollo. When temperatures go up there is a very good museum awaiting you. After lunch drive towards north, but do not forget to visit Arahova, famous for its carpets and cheese "Formaela". The journey is long but crosses beautiful landscapes. Overnight in Kalambaka. 230 Km.
. Meteora is an imposing group of rocky mountains. What makes this a unique place are the othodox monasteries of the XIV-XV centuries perched on top of the rocky peaks like eagle nests. They are accesible by steep stairs cut into the rock but you have to dress decently, women must wear skirts. The most recommended are Varlaám, Megalo Meteoro and Agios Stefanos. After lunch is time to drive back to Athens, where you will spend your last night in Greece. 350 Km
Day 10Flight home from Athens
. Wether your flight time permits, spend the morning with last minute shopping in Athens. You have to drop-off the rental car at Athens airport around 120 minutes before the designated departure time of your flight. Check-in and flight departure to your local airport from Athens. Upon arrival end of your trip to Greece.
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