Peloponnese and Mainland Greece

Places of interest: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Mystras, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Day 1: Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Epidaurus

Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Continue with a visit to Ancient Corinth (site and museum). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon, the Lions Gate and the ruined Palace. We continue to the picturesque town of Naplion located in the Gulf of Argolis under the rocky promontory of Akronafplia and the fortified hill of Palamidi. Overnight in Nafplion.

Day 2: Mystras

Morning departure for a tour to Sparta and the Byzantine Castle city of Mystras. Modern Sparta has been built on top of the location of the townships that aparted Sparta. Therefore only few traces of the ancient Sparta are visible today. The highlight of Sparta is the small Archaeological museum that houses artifacts that have been found in various locations in Sparta. We continue with a visit to the nearby Byzantine Castle city of Mystras. Use to be the stronghold of the last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire and a significant city in medieval Greece. Nowadays is abandoned but the castle walls the fortifications and the various building are making it a very interesting historical destination. Overnight in Nafplion.

Day 3: Olympia

In the morning we continue our journey through Tripolis and Megapolis to the cradle of the Olympic Games, Olympia. Tour the site of the first Olympic Games (which ran from 776 BC to AD 393). Major structures include the 6th century BC Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Apollo, Nero's Villa, the Altis Sanctuary and a museum housing superb sculpture displays. Overnight in Olympia 

Day 4: Delphi

We continue our journey across the Corinthian Bay passing Nafpactos and Itea and arrive in Delphi. Delphi is by common consent the most spectacularly beautiful ancient site in Greece.  A visit to Delphi is divided into three parts: the Sanctuary of Apollo with the Stadion; the Castalian spring and the Sanctuary of Athena at Marmaria; and the Museum. Overnight in Delphi.

Day 5: Meteora

We continue or journey northbound to Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Visit to the marvellous monasteries of Meteora. These monasteries are breathtaking structure sitting atop gray-rock pinnacles jutting over 2km into the Sky(Meteora means "hanging between Heaven and Earth") Visit two of the four or five monasteries still in use and view the ancient manuscripts, ornate icons and Byzantine artefacts. Overnight in Meteora/Kalambaka

Day 6: Return to Athens

Return to Athens via Trikala and Lamia with a short stop at Thermopylae to visit Leonida’s Monument. Arrive in Athens in the early afternoon.