This road trip is a journey of discovery towards the origins of Western Civilization. It combines the most important historical sites of Greece with places of unique natural beauty and cultural interest: Argolis, land of Iliad’s heroes, Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Delphi, the center of the Ancient World, Nafplio, the first capital of the Greek State, Meteora, the world-famous monasteries, but also roads off the beaten path, like the Koziakas mountain range, the Forest of the White River and its villages. Each day has a theme, to make your trip more fun and insightful!
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Day 1: The Land of Legends I Nafplio, Mycenae - Olympia
Start your trip to explore the central part of the Peloponnese peninsula. Opt for a stop at the Corinth Canal or Epidaurus, the finest and best-preserved theatre of the ancient world. Then visit the fabled homeric city of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
You'll then head towards the historic seaside city of Nafplio, a romantic, picturesque town, which was the old capital of modern Greece, crowned by Venetian fortifications and embraced by a beautiful seafront. From Nafplio, your trip will take you through the beautiful Peloponnesian countryside and to end the day in Olympia. Overnight in Olympia
Day 2: An “Athlos” for a Good Life I Olympia - Galaxidi
Start your day with a visit to the ancient site and museum of Olympia, the most important athletic, religious and political center of the ancient Greek world, birthplace of the Olympic Games and the ideals of world peace.
After lunch drive over the Rio-Antirio bridge, the longest fully-suspended bridge in the world and stop for coffee at the impressive medieval harbor of Nafpaktos. Continue your trip along scenic coastal roads till you reach one of the most beautiful seaside villages of Greece, Galaxidi. Overnight in Galaxidi.
Day 3: Mountains and waters, a source of divine inspiration I Delphi - Meteora
Enjoy a swim in the refreshing waters of Galaxidi, before driving to the highlight of the day: the ancient site and the museum of Delphi, the most important Oracle of antiquity and a monument of incredible beauty.
After Delphi, you can enjoy a traditional Greek lunch under century-old plane trees in a beautiful, abandoned village, followed by a drive through the mountains and valleys of central Greece. 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 and dinner in Meteora. Overnight in Meteora.
Day 4: Between Heaven and Earth I Meteora
After breakfast 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 can also visit a prehistoric cave and admire how people lived in the area 130,000 years ago. Then, explore the town of Kalambaka and learn about local society and how it has developed under the shade of the Great Rocks. For lunch you can enjoy delicious local food in a nearby village or learn all about local wine by visiting one of the best wineries in the area. Finish the day with a scenic sunset and photo-stop route around Meteora rocks. Overnight in Meteora.
Day 5: In search of the divine in the Greek mountains I Pindos - Athens
This day is dedicated to a road trip in Pindos, the most scenic mountain range of central Greece. You will explore the little-known Forest of the White River, a wild area of small mountain villages hidden in the depths of a massive forest. We'll also show you the secret path to one of the most beautiful -but rarely visited by tourists- monastery with thirteen domes, before visiting the spot where three rivers meet. Here you can take a dive in turquoise waters and continue your drive through the gorge to enjoy one of the most scenic routes along the Pindos Mountain range before you head back to Athens.