Road Trip Greece
Day 1 Athens
Arrival in Athens
Transfer to your hotel and check in at the hotel.
Visit of Acropolis and the new archaeological museum of Acropolis.
Few major cities in the world contain as much physical history as Athens. Spread throughout the metropolis are archeological wonders including the Parthenon, Acropolis, Erechtheion, the Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Olympieion, Kerameikos and Panathenaic Stadium, also called the Kallimarmaro Stadium, which was built in 330 B.C. to host the ancient Panathenaic games. Lunch in Plaka and in the afternoon visit Parnitha mountain and see Athens from above. Night in Athens
Day 2 Athens Corinthos- Mycenae-Nafplio
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Corinthis and Nafplio.
Corinthos : For a taste of classic ancient ruins -- namely, remnants of immense temples, with columns and crumbled facades -- visit Corinth. The city was prominent even in pre-ancient times due to its strategic position on the Isthmus of Corinth, which divides the Peloponnese from northern Greece. Highlights in ancient Corinth, which is a few miles from the current city, include the Temple of Apollo, one of the country’s oldest stone temples (6th century B.C.) and far-more-crumbled Temple of Octavia. There are also numerous ruins from when the city was under Roman rule, starting in the first century B.C., including the Peirene Fountain.
Nafplio : This town of Venetian houses and seaside mansions, about 90 miles southwest of Athens, was a sovereign nation-city in ancient times and, from 1829-1833, the capital of Greece (prior to Athens). It is renowned for its romance and beauty -- credit its seaside location beneath 2 fortress-topped mountains -- and is a big draw for weddings and honeymoons. Nafplio is a mere 24 miles from the Epidaurus Theater, one of the best preserved ancient theaters in Greece, dating to the late 4th century B.C. Next to the theater is the Asclepieion, a healing temple where the sick were brought to receive care directly from Asclepius, the Greek god of healing.
Night in Nafplion
Day 3 Nafplio-Diros Caves-Kalamata-Nafpakto
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Diros caves.
The famous Alepotripa and Vlichada caves are located in Pirgos Diros. They were explored by the speleologists Ioannis and Anna Petrochilos. The Alepotrypa cavern was discovered in 1958. Archaeological research begun in 1970 under the direction of archaeologist Georgios Papathanassopoulos. In the course of the late Neolithic period (4000 - 3000 BC), the cave was extensively used as shelter, dwelling, workshop, storage place for goods, cemetery and a place of worship. The richness and quality of the unearthed findings witness the existence of a populous society in Alepotripa, which developed over time into an important centre that engaged largely in trade, maritime travel, farming and stockbreeding. Strangely enough, human skeletons were found on the surface, meaning that entombment had not taken place.
This led archaeologist G. Papathanassopoulos to the conclusion that these Neolithic people died suddenly during a strong earthquake, which in turn generated huge rockslides from the ceiling, thus blocking the cave's entrance. The passageways of Alepotrypa, decorated with stalagmites and stalactites, measure 500 m in length. The cave covers an area of 6,500 m2. The central cave ends in a very beautiful lake attaining a maximum depth of 6 m. The cave is not open to the public, yet.
The cave of Vlychada covers an area of 16,700 m2 and since 1949 about 2,800 water passages have been explored. A 2.5-km-long winding passageway is the main route for sightseeing. During a 40-min boat trip, the visitor comes across an intricate network of passages and galleries, decorated with gleaming stalagmites and stalactites, whose reflection in the water accentuates their natural beauty. The guided tour into the cavern of Vlychada takes place by boat and on foot - part of it is on land.
Day 4 Nafpakto-Meteora
Departure from the hotel and direction to Meteora.
Immense, breathtaking rock formations, 'sculpted' by the very hand of God, with high tops conquered by men of strong faith and will, who sought to find the immortal life. No wonder why Meteora is truly a place 'out of this world'…,
This place has been amalgamating and the monasteries occupy many of the rocky terraces, most of which were built during the Byzantine era and have changed little over the centuries. Check in at the hotel and in the afternoon short walk around the monasteries.
Night in Kalambaka
Day 5 Meteora-Olympus Mt.
Breakfast at the hotel and after we leave for the mountain of Gods… Mt. Olympus.
In 1938, Olympus, the highest Greek mountain, the residence of the twelve ancient gods, was the first area which was declared as a National Park. About 50 years ago a special regime was enforced to protect this unique part of our country.
The aim was the preservation of the natural environment; of the flora, fauna and natural landscapes, as well as of its cultural and other values. Scientific research had to be supported and people had to become aware of the environmental conditions. Furthermore tourism had to be developed in the wider area.
Specific laws prohibit any kind of exploitation in the east side of the mountain, about 10,000 acres, which constitutes the core of the National Park. The wider area around it was designated as “peripheral zone of the National Park” so that its management and exploitation won’t affect negatively the protection of the core.
Olympus is internationally known as for its important ecological characteristics and incomparable natural beauty as well as for its strong relationship with ancient Greek mythology. The importance of the National Park has been recognized not only in Greece and Europe but all over the world. In 1981 UNESCO declared “Olympus a Biosphere Reserve”. The European Community has included Olympus in the list of “The Most Important Bird areas of the European Community”.
Day 6 Litochoro-Prionia-Volos-Pelion.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Prionia where the path to Olympus starts.
Optional hike Enipeas gorge, from Prionia all the way to Litochoro. An amazing gorge which will bring us to the village.
Afterwards, we will visit Dion and departure for Volos and Pelion mt.
Day 7 Volos and visit the villages of Pelion.
We will explore the most amazing villages of Pelion.
Departure for Athens. From Volos, we drive south to Atalandi and Athens, drive to the airport according your departure!
Have a nice flight back home!!!
Drive throughout Athens.
Athens-Corinthos 78 km - 1 hr
Corinthos-Mycenae 38 km - 20 min
Mycenae-Nafplio 21 km - 15 min
Nafplio-Diros caves 167 km - 2hr + 44min
Diros Caves-Kalamata 91 km - 2 hr
Kalamata-Nafpakto 241 km - 3 hr
Nafpaktos-Meterora 311 km - 4hr + 22 min
Meteora-Litochoro 154 km - 2hr
Litochoro-Prionia 19 km - 40 min
Prionia-Volos-Pelion 142 km - 2 hr
Pelion 100 km
Volos-Athens 327 km - 3 hr
Total km in the program 1.689
Total driving time 24 hours + 35 min
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Period: On Request Basis all year round.
Transportation: We travel by our own vehicles with our baggage, to the next place where we will stay for the night.
Accommodation: Hotels in the cities, village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities).
Food: Every morning we have breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunch en route and a dinner at local tavern. (Vegetarians are welcome on the trips)
Price per person: 1.480,00€
Group Size: minimum 4 participants.