Athens is one of the longest continually inhabited city in the world and today it remains as vibrant as in its heyday. Streets crammed with cafes, bars and little shops, open up into agoras (market places) dating back thousands of years. The bluest of skies replicated in the bright colours dotted through the city in among the white marble of the streets. It is here that you begin your Greek adventure before travelling to Greece’s former capital Nafplio, one of the jewels of the Peloponnese and then on into the Mani, an area full of typical Greek villages and small towns. Spectacular views greet every turn in the road, from the myriad olive trees around Kalamata, the soaring mountain peaks of Mount Taygetus or the vivid blue and green of the seawater, it is impossible not to fall in love with Greece. Add in some typical Greek experiences such as some Greek dancing, olive oil indulgence, sailing and cookery lesson and you have the recipe for the perfect holiday. Yiamas!
Day 1 Arrival Day
Upon arrival you will be whisked off to your hotel to settle in, relax and perhaps enjoy a wander of Athens’ beautiful little streets, enjoying your first Greek coffee, thereby doing as the locals do. Tonight enjoy a typical Greek supper. (D)
Day 2 Annals from Athens
Today take a wander of Athens. Enjoy watching the Greek soldiers perform the guard change and along the way sample goods from Athens’ streets, such as the hounia. To burn the calories off, we walk up to the top of Mount Lycabettus for a full view of Athens from its highest point. Lunch is in the fashionable district of Kolonaki at the foot of the hill. This afternoon you head to the Acropolis before some leisure time. This evening you have a meal at a traditional Greek taverna where it’s less a case of singing for your supper than dancing for it. Opa! (B, D).
Day 3 Nafplio
Greece’s first capital city, Nafplio’s is situated on the sea, crowned by a Venetian fortress. Small, boutique-lined streets give way to lovely little piazzas crammed with cafes offering a coffee with a view. It is to here that we travel today, stopping at the Corinth Canal where the Peloponnese is separated from mainland Greece. This evening enjoy an evening drink watching the sunset before indulging in a typical Greek meal. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Nafplio, Mycenae and Epidauros
‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely actors’. The day begins with a visit to the best preserved ancient Greek theatre, that of Epidaurus, where the acoustics mean you can hear a pin drop (not an easy feat in a country known more for plate smashing than monastic silence). Having spent the morning whetting your brain’s appetite, you are now free to satiate your taste buds by tasting all the delights that Nafplio’s restaurants have to offer and the rest of the day is free. (B)
Day 5 Monemvasia: Fairytale Castles
Monemvasia is Europe’s only castle that has never ceased being inhabited. It is in a unique setting, cut off from the bottom of the Peloponnese East coast as a result of an earthquake in 375AD; it is the true sleeping beauty of the fairy-tale. Today enjoy exploring it alongside tasting a few local delicacies before an afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Day 5 Simos Beach, Elafonisi island
Today you will head to the blue waters and beautiful beaches of Elafonisi island to enjoy a day of rest and relaxation. Return to Monemvasia in the early evening for aperitiviwhilst watching the sunset. (B, L).
Day 6 Kardamili: Sampling local produce
Today it is to an area of Greece synonymous with its most famous olive: Kalamata. However, it is not to the city that you will be headed, rather a bit deeper into the Mani, an area saturated in olive trees and picturesque villages set against beautiful mountain views and dropping down to the blue upon blue sea. Today enjoy an olive oil and wine tasting at a local producer, where you will learn more about the olive and grape harvesting. This evening is at your leisure to enjoy the village delights of Kardamili. (B, L)
Day 7 Kardamili: Cave exploration and a surprise!
Today it is to the enchanting caves of Diros to wonder at the stalagmites and stalactites. The visit of the 5000 metres of subterranean caves is via boat and a short walk out of the caves. The rest of the day remains a surprise! (B, L, D)
Day 8 Ancient Athens
Today you will make your way back to Athens to enjoy an afternoon at leisure, perhaps a chance to visit the Temple of Zeus, before coming together for a final evening’s food with a view. (B, D).
Day 9 Departure
It’s time to bid farewell to Greece, but we hope this is just ‘until the next time’. (B)
Included in this trip:
Accommodation & Services:
- 3 nights in Athens, 2 nights in Nafplio, 2 nights in Monemvasia and 2 nights in Kardamili
- Centrally located, upmarket hotel.
- The services of an extremely highly qualified and experienced Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout your trip (dependent upon group size; please contact us for more information).
- Transfers to and from the airport.
- Private transport, unless otherwise stated.
- All tips. For instance, tips to tour managers, local guides, restaurants and porterage (where available) are all included in the total price; one less thing to think about.
- You will be visiting: Athens, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Mycenae, Monemvaisa, Simos Beach and the Mani peninsula
Food & Beverages:
- Breakfast and either lunch or dinner (unless otherwise stated).
- When lunch and/or dinner are included, alcohol in the form of wine and/or beer is provided, unless otherwise stated.
- Aperitivi, coffee and snacks where stated.
Entrances & Tickets:
- Palamidi Castle
- Diros Cave
Guided Tours with a difference:
- Greek dancing lesson/taverna evening
- cookery lesson
- beach visit
- winery visit, tasting and lunch
- olive estate visit
- Diros Cave visit
Flights. I would suggest you book return flights to and from Athens.