Charming 4-day private tour to Nafplion, Sparta, Monemvasia

Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Southern Greece

When it comes to exploring the rich history and breathtaking landscapes of Greece, many travelers tend to focus on popular destinations like Athens and Santorini. However, the southern region of Greece is home to some hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. From the engineering marvel of the Corinth Canal to the ancient ruins of Corinth and the picturesque towns of Nafplion, Sparta, and Monemvasia, this lesser-known part of the country offers a truly unique and enriching experience for those willing to venture off the beaten path.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Destinations: Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Nafplion, Sparta, Monemvasia, Athens
Region: Peloponnese, Argolis, Laconia, Attica
Accommodation: Nafplion, Sparta, Monemvasia
Tour Language: English
Age Range: 1- to 99-year-old
Available: All Year Round
Departures: Daily

Itinerary of the Classical Greece Tour

  • Day 1: Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Nafplion,
  • Day 2: Sparta, Mystras, Diros caves,
  • Day 3: Diros Cave, Monemvasia,
  • Day 4: Monemvasia, Athens

  • The engineering marvel of Corinth Canal
  • Ancient Corinth one of the most powerful and prosperous city-states in Greece
  • The picturesque town of Nafplion
  • Historical Sparta
  • The impressive caves of Diros
  • The fortress-town of Monemvasia

Discover the wonders of Ancient Corinth, the stunning views of Nafplion, the rich history of Sparta, and the hidden gem of Monemvasia on a once-in-a-lifetime tour through Greece. Each location offers a unique glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty and ancient ruins of these historic destinations with expert guides by your side. Create unforgettable memories and experience the magic of Greece like never before with this unforgettable journey! Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or simply soaking in the beauty of Greece, these destinations have something to offer every traveler!

Corinth Canal Greece
Corinth Canal Greece

The four-day private tour will start from Athens in the morning; after a 1-hour drive along the Saronic Gulf, you will reach the Corinth Canal, which offers you breathtaking views of the sea. It’s a fascinating waterway connecting two seas in a truly awe-inspiring manner.

The Corinth Canal, completed in 1893, is a 6.4-kilometer-long and 21.4-meter-wide canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf. After a short stop for some – gorgeous – pictures, we will head towards Ancient Corinth, with its magnificent remains.

Ancient Corinth

The temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth
The temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth

Our knowledgeable driver will guide us towards ancient Corinth, where we will have the opportunity to marvel at the gems of the city. Ancient Corinth, a bustling city-state in its heyday and a center of trade and culture. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Greeks as you explore the ruins of temples, theaters, and marketplaces. Marvel at the intricate mosaics and statues that offer a glimpse into daily life in this once-thriving city. Don’t forget to visit the Acrocorinth, a fortified hill offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

St Paul lived and preached in Corinth for two years, but Corinth has lots more to show since it was one of the most important city-states in ancient Greece. The Temple of God Apollo, the ancient port of Kechrae, and the ancient agora are just some of the places we will be visiting.

Following lunch, the exclusive tour will proceed to the charming town of Nafplion, once the initial capital of Modern Greece.

Nafplion, the charming seaside town

Bourtzi Castle, Nafplion
Bourtzi Castle, Nafplion

During your private tour, you’ll be immersed in the beautiful town of Nafplion, once a significant capital of Greece. Enjoy a lovely lunch and stroll along the charming cobblestone streets filled with unique shops and a stunning seaside walkway. Take in the amazing view of the impressive fortress of Mpourtzi and the nearby sites of the city.

During the period of 1821 to 1834, Nafplion played a vital role as the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and the Kingdom of Greece. As you explore the town, your tour will lead you to the magnificent Acronafplia fortress, offering breathtaking views of Nafplion, Palamidi fortress, Mpourtzi fortress, and the stunning beauty of the Argolic Gulf.

Evening at leisure. Accommodation is arranged in Nafplion for the evening.

Sparta, King Leonidas
Sparta, King Leonidas

The second day of the tour will begin in Nafplion and then we will head to Sparta.

Sparta is famous for King Leonidas and his small army of 300 men who bravely faced off against thousands of Persians at Thermopylae.

Although Sparta is a modern city now, it still retains remnants of its ancient glory. During the tour, you will visit the archaeological museum, the Museum of Olive, the statue of King Leonidas, the Temple of Goddess Artemis, and the impressive fortified town of Mystras.

Mystras is a UNESCO protected site that is a fortified settlement from the Byzantine era, showcasing beautiful Byzantine churches and structures from that time period. Free evening. We will be staying overnight in Sparta.

Diros Cave
Diros Cave

The third day of our tour will begin with an exciting stop at the intriguing cave of Diros.

Exploring the Mysteries of Diros Cave: A Hidden Gem in Greece
Nestled in the picturesque region of Mani in the southern Peloponnese peninsula of Greece, lies a hidden gem that has captivated adventurers and history enthusiasts for centuries – Diros Cave. This stunning underground marvel is a testament to the natural beauty and rich history of the region, offering visitors a glimpse into the wonders of the past.
Unraveling the Secrets of Diros Cave. Diros Cave, also known as Vlychada Cave, is a network of underwater caves that stretches for over 3,500 meters, making it one of the longest cave systems in Europe. The cave was formed millions of years ago through the slow erosion of limestone rocks by underground rivers, creating a labyrinth of stunning stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the cave’s chambers.
One of the most unique features of Diros Cave is its underground river, which flows through the caverns, creating a magical underground world that is both enchanting and mysterious. Visitors can explore the cave by boat, gliding through the crystal-clear waters and marveling at the intricate rock formations that have been sculpted by nature over millennia. Once you finish your amazing visit to the cave of Diros, we’ll be making our way to Monemvasia, the historic castle city in Greece.

Overnight in Monemvasia Kalambaka.


Discover the Enchanting Monemvasia: A Hidden Gem in Greece

On the fourth day of the tour, prepare to be awestruck as we journey to the magnificent castle city of Monemvasia.

Nestled on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, lies the picturesque town of Monemvasia. This hidden gem is a place where history and natural beauty converge, offering visitors a truly unique and enchanting experience. Monemvasia, often referred to as the “Gibraltar of the East,” is a fortified medieval town that dates back to the 6th century. Its name, which translates to “single entrance,” perfectly encapsulates its unique geography. The town is built on a massive rock that juts out into the sea, connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. The town’s well-preserved Byzantine architecture, churches, and mansions offer a glimpse into its rich history as a major trading hub during the Middle Ages.
Embracing Natural Beauty. Beyond its historical significance, Monemvasia is also a haven for nature lovers. The town is surrounded by crystal-clear waters, rugged cliffs, and lush landscapes, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can explore hidden coves, go hiking along scenic trails, or simply relax on one of the town’s pristine beaches.

No visit to Monemvasia would be complete without indulging in the local culinary delights. The town is renowned for its fresh seafood, traditional Greek dishes, and world-class wines. Be sure to sample local specialties like “gyros,” “souvlaki,” and “pastitsio” at one of the charming tavernas or cafes scattered throughout the town.

As the day draws to a close, our Classical Greece tour concludes with our return to Athens. You’ll have the option to be dropped off at your hotel or another preferred location in the late afternoon.

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Your tour will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking driver or escort possessing in-depth knowledge of Greece’s history and culture. They will provide insightful commentary throughout the journey, guiding you until the entrance of archaeological sites and museums. However, please note that drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside these venues.
  • If you desire a licensed state tour guide to escort you within the archaeological sites and museums, providing comprehensive insights and explanations, we can gladly arrange one for an additional cost. These licensed guides are freelance professionals, and their availability is subject to your tour date.
  • When a licensed tour guide or English-speaking tour escort accompanies a group, the professional driver may not necessarily speak English fluently. Their role is focused on providing safe transportation.
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Athens. Extra charge for hotels outside Athens.
  • Pick up and drop off at Piraeus Port or Athens Airport.
  • Pick up and drop off at our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athens, Greece.
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Wine tasting fee (for wine tours)
  • Olive oil tasting fee (for olive oil tasting tours)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the Differences between a Tour Guide and a Tour Driver

Cancellation Policy

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Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.
  • City Tax for Hotel Stays: Effective from January 1st, 2018, a City Tax for hotel overnights is applicable and not included in our excursion rates. Clients will need to pay this tax directly at their hotel upon check-out. The amount per room is as follows: 5-star hotel: €4/overnight || 4-star hotel: €3/overnight || 3-star hotel: €1.50/overnight
  • Opening Hours and Entrance Fees for Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece
  • Entrance Fees for Children from Non-EU Countries: Starting November 1st, 2019, children aged 6 and above from non-European Union (non-EU) countries will be required to pay the full entrance fee for Museums and Archaeological sites. For children from EU countries, the existing rates remain in effect. However, it is crucial to have their passports readily available to prove their nationality.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
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