The Grand Roadtrip of the South & the North

Mani, Pylos, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora


12 days


year round


english, french

From the impossibly old Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae to the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, and from the stunning site of Delphi on Mt. Parnassus to the cliff-perched monasteries of Meteora, this roadtrip will take you to unique historical monuments, sights of stunning natural beauty and villages off the beaten path in the Greek heartland.


  • You'll visit Monemvasia, a walled peninsular town founded in the 6th century that today feels like a time capsule
  • You'll enjoy the combination of charming seaside villages and beautiful beaches
  • You'll admire the medieval monasteries of Meteora, perched on incredible rock formations soaring above the plain, that boast an atmosphere of sublime spirituality.
  • You'll explore at your own pace, with the ease of mind that our customized app gives you: seamless navigation,  local tips, audio storytelling

What you can expect

On this road trip, you'll discover the Peloponnese and the highlights of mainland Greece: both places of soaring mountains and friendly seas. Two regions that have always had immense historical, cultural and religious importance, from the rise of its great Bronze Age through the glory of Ancient Greece right up to the heroic founding of the modern Greek state. 

Our app will give you the freedom to customize your trip on the go according to your personal preferences and rythm, while optimizing your trip time.

Day 1: Strongholds of culture I Corinth - Mycenae - Nafplio

After leaving Athens, you'll cross the Corinth Canal, a marvel of 19th-century engineering before heading to Corinth, famous for its ancient rivalry with Athens and Apostle Paul's stay during Roman rule. You'll head up to the evocative ruins on Acrocorinth, the ancient city's towering acropolis. The spectacular and much-mythologised site of Mycenae was Agamemnon's palace and one of the most important prehistoric citadels in the world. Nafplio is a charming historic harbor town with narrow lanes, an alluring waterfront, stunning Venetian fortresses and grand 19th-century mansions. Overnight in Nafplio.

Day 2: Life within the walls I Mystras - Sparta - Monemvasia

Today, you’ll travel from the ancient to the medieval to the modern. The legendary city of Sparta was the birthplace of antiquity's greatest warriors, while medieval Mystras was once the last great center of Byzantine culture. The beautiful wine country around Mantinea has a special church of its own, the contemporary eccentric masterpiece of Agia Fotini: the work of one architect-artist, this 1970s house of worship is a unique modern Orthodox monument. Overnight in Monemvasia.

Day 3: Living with geological miracles I Monemvasia - Elafonisos - Gerakas

Plant your feet in alluring golden sands of the famed Simos Beach on the island of Elafonissos. Gerakas is a small fishing village that's concealed behind a curving coastline. Its small dock is popular with yachts and the waterside tavernas are a hit with everyone who discovers them. With a snorkel, you’ll explore the underwater prehistoric settlement of Pavlopetri, the world's oldest known submerged town, with some parts dating back 5,000 years. Agios Nikolaos Geopark is a three-million-year-old petrified forest where it seems time has stopped for eons. Finally, the magically romantic medieval castle town of Monemvasia, where the Venetians held out against the invading Ottomans. Overnight in Monemvasia.

Day 4: Rugged life in the land of towers I Gythio - The Mani Peninsula - Areopoli

The Mani peninsula boasts wild countryside and a fierce history of self-determination. You’ll see it in the picturesque port towns of Gythio and Gerolimenas and feel it in the gray stone ghost town of Vathia. The mountain village of Areopolis was the proud birthplace of the Greek revolution of 1821 and we’ll end our day at the delightfully slow-paced seaside village of KardamyliOvernight in Kardamyli/Areopoli.

Day 5: Vacations in pirates' land I Kardamyli - Stoupa - Kastania

The remote traditional mountain village of Kastania has a charming, traditional atmosphere. The Mani tower, a fortified structure where families could shelter during deadly feuds, is a hallmark of local architecture. Then it's back down to sea level for a wander through Stoupa, a popular beachfront settlement where the mountains meet the narrow coastal plain.  Overnight in Kardamyli/Areopoli.

Day 6: Defending life I Ancient Messene - Pylos

You will enjoy the lush landscape of the Messinian countryside; the city of Kalamata, with its quaint Old Town and its bustling shorefront promenade; the vast archaeological site of Ancient Messene, an early and important example of ancient urban planning; the formidable Castle of Methoni, the largest medieval fortress in the Peloponnese. End the day with majestic sunset views over historic Navarino Bay in the welcoming town of Pylos.  Overnight in Pylos.

Day 7: Mythical life I Gialova – Nestor Palace – Kyparissia

The dreamy lagoon at the heart of the Yalova Wetlands is a thriving natural habitat home to more than 270 bird species. The impressive archaeological site of the Palace of Nestor is the best-preserved Mycenaean palace complex, which archaeologists date to 1,500 BC. The town of Kyparissia is our final stop, with its modern Lower Town, medieval Upper Town and haunting castle ruins which overlook them both.  Overnight in Olympia.

Day 8: An “Athlos” for a Good Life I Olympia - Arcadia

Start your day with driving up the mountains of Arkadia to reach the temple of Apollo Epicurius, one of the most mystical and imposing temples of Greece.  Visit the ancient site and museum of Olympia, the most important athletic and religious center of the ancient Greek world, birthplace of the Olympic Games and the ideals of world peace. Finish the day with the 'sweetest' activity, at a beautiful honey farm or with a stroll in Katakolon port.  Overnight in Olympia.

Day 9: Crossing the bridge I Nafpaktos - Rio Antirrio bridge - Galaxidi

Today, travel from one part of mainland Greece, the Peloponnese, to another, Roumeli. Drive over the Rio-Antirio bridge, the longest fully-suspended bridge in the world and stop for coffee at the medieval harbor of Nafpaktos. Continue your trip along scenic coastal roads till you reach one of the most beautiful seaside villages of Greece, GalaxidiOvernight in Galaxidi.

Day 10: Mountains & Waters I Delphi - Meteora

Enjoy the morning with a swim in the refreshing waters of Galaxidi. The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the visit of the ancient site and the museum of Delphi and the mystical role of Kastalia spring's waters. After Delphi, you will pass by villages that will give you a taste of the Greek countryside and you will finish the day with an evening walk, dinner and overnight in Meteora.  Overnight in Kastraki.

Day 11:  Greek mountains & the Divine I Aspropotamos road trip

Emerge from the shadows of Meteora to drive into the mighty Pindos mountain range; drive through the Aspropotamos region, passing through jaw-dropping landscapes and idyllic mountain villages, like Krania and Chaliki. Follow the secret path to one of the most beautiful -but rarely visited by tourists- monastery with thirteen domes. With the river god Achelous as our guide, we’ll experience traditional mountain life and eerie forests before we return back to Kalambaka. Overnight in Kastraki.

Day 12: Between Heaven & Earth I Meteora

Start your exploration of Meteora, a stunning natural phenomenon, featuring towering sandstone columns, formed millions of years ago, all pointing heavenward. These rocks became dwelling-places for Christian Orthodox monks and today you can visit six monasteries that are still functioning. You’ll be able to walk and drive around Meteora, to make sure you soak in the sights and the awe-inspiring landscape. Enjoy delicious local food in a nearby village before you hit the road back to Athens. 



  • Departure from Athens
  • Ancient Corinth 
  • Old town of Nafplio 
  • Lunch in Nafplio 
  • The Homeric site of Mycenae, seat of the Bronze Age Mycenaean civilization 
  • Overnight in Nafplio 


  • Departure from Nafplio 
  • The Medieval Mystras castle town
  • Legendary Sparta
  • Lunch in Sparta 
  • Overnight in Monemvasia


  • Monemvasia castle town exploration 
  • Elafonisos island 
  • Lunch in Elafonisos 
  • Gerakas port, the only fjord in Greece
  • Overnight in Monemvasia


  • Departure from Monemvasia
  • The town of Gytheio, the gateway to the Mani peninsula 
  • Vathia abandoned village, the most well-preserved settlement of the Mani
  • Lunch in the Mani peninsula
  • Areopoli, the historic town of the Mani
  • Overnight in Kardamyli 


  • Kardamyli seafront town 
  • Lunch in Kardamyli
  • Kastania traditional village
  • Overnight in Kardamyli


  • Departure from Kardamyli 
  • Ancient Messene 
  • Lunch in Methoni 
  • Pylos, the largest natural harbor in the Peloponnese 
  • Overnight in Pylos


  • Departure from Pylos
  • Nestor Mycenean Palace 
  • Lunch in Kyparissia 
  • Overnight in Olympia 


  • Temple of Epicurios Apollo, the first Greek site to be added to the Unesco World Heritage List in 1986
  • Lunch in Andritsaina village 
  • Crowd free afternoon visit of Ancient Olympia
  • Overnight in Olympia

DAY 9 

  • Departure from Olympia 
  • Rio - Antirio suspended bridge
  • Lunch in the town of Nafpaktos
  • Galaxidi 
  • Overnight in Galaxidi

DAY 10

  • Departure from Galaxidi 
  • Delphi archeological site & museum 
  • Lunch in Amfissa, a town of olives and craftspeople 
  • Overnight in Meteora 

DAY 11

  • Eastern Pindos mountain range and villages 
  • Greek traditional lunch in White River region
  • The rural town of Kalambaka 
  • Overnight in Kastraki village

DAY 12

  • Meteora monasteries and their surroundings 
  • Optional activities in the area 
  • Lunch in Trikala town 
  • Return to Athens 

Practical info

12 days
english, french
year round

What's included

  • Rental of category D car for 12 full days (Toyota Auris or similar), with Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver*, Vehicle Theft Waiver*, Airport surcharge, 1st additional driver free of charge, 24h road assistance (for accidents or mechanical breakdowns), Local Taxes
  • Eleven accommodations at boutique hotels or traditional guest houses on the 3* & 4* scale
  • Eleven traditional Greek breakfasts
  • Customized trip app featuring:
    • thematic detailed itinerary & navigation
    • enriched content, audio storytelling & advice from a top-rated guide at each location
    • optional stops, local tips & points of interest
    • suggestions for tours, audio guided tours & activities
    • restaurant recommendations in each area

Our rates are based on the rental of one car per 4 people, one double room per 2 people, one triple room per 3 people and one quadruple room per 4 people. In case your group has different requirements please contact us for a customized offer.

*with excess based on category booked

Not included

  • Car delivery and collection (stations available at Athens airport, Athens city center, Halandri & Metamorfosi)
  • Gas & tolls
  • Site entry fees 
  • Meals
  • (Optional) local guided tours / audio guided tours / activities
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