Grand Greece, 10 days private tour in Peloponnese & West Greece

Overview

Embark on a journey to the ancient treasures and the Christian miracles of the Greek history with a ten days tour in Greece that combines history and nature.

Itinerary of the 10 ten days tour in Greece

Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus, Sparta, Caves of Diros, Gytheio, Messene, Andritsaina, Olympia, Rio bridge, Nafpaktos, Delphi, Meteora, Tempi, Zagori, Papingo, Perama Cave, Ioannina, Gorge of Vikos, Igoumenitsa, Preveza, Athens

Highlights of the 10 days Grand tour in Greece

  • A tour to the most important archaeological sites in Greece, including Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delphi
  • Visit some of the most gorgeous sites and natural wonders of Greece
  • Visit the deepest gorge in Europe
  • Tour beautiful and picturesque towns in Greece, such as Nafplion and Ioannina
  • Enjoy Greece in a hassle-free way, with a well-appointed tour designed for the sophisticated traveler
  • An English speaking professional driver
  • Possibility to customize the tour the way it suits you the best

Description

Description of the Grand tour in South and West Greece

Day1: Athens, Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus

corinth canal
Corinth Canal

Start your trip early in the morning with your driver taking you along the Saronic Gulf, until you get to the famous Corinth Canal that connects the two main seas of Greece and have a short stop there for beautiful pictures to bring home with you.

Shortly afterwards you will reach Corinth, one of the major state cities of the antiquity and a renowned stop of St Paul during his stay in Greece. Some of the great remains of the city that you will have the chance to see are the ancient agora the Temple of Apollo and the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked.

Next you will visit Mycenae, the birthplace of King Agamemnon and admire the spectacular Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs and Atreus’ treasury.

Leaving Mycenae you will pass by Argos going to Nafplion for lunch. After lunch continue to Epidaurus, where you will visit the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics and the theatrical festival of the summer.

Overnight in Nafplion.

Day 2: Nafplion, Sparta, Diros Caves, Gytheion

Wake up at the beautiful town of Nafplion, and spend a leisure morning wandering around its cobblestone streets with the nice little shops.

Nafplion is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece, picturesque and friendly, with an imposing fortress overlooking the town.

boats in diros cave
Boats in the caves of Diros

Later we will drive to Sparta, the city of the braves and visit the famous Caves of Diros, an astonishing natural phenomenon where you will see an array of impressive fossils, stalagmites and stalactites.

Drive to Gytheio, the lovely seaside town and enjoy a free afternoon, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Gythio, Messene, Andritsaina

The morning of the third day you will be leaving Gytheio driving to Messene, a nearby town and an important ancient town, founded by Epameinondas of Thebes. The town boasts well preserved ruins that will give you an idea of how the city state looked like in the ancient years.

Drive to Andritsaina for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Andritsaina, Olympia

The four day of the tour will bring you to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Ancient Olympia, The Olympic flame begins
Ancient Olympia, The Olympic flame begins

Olympia is among the most recognizable names in the world, thanks to the Olympic ideal and the Apollonian beauty of the sculptures of the ancient temple.

The modern myth reaches the forest of Foloi with the Centaurs and the River Erymanthoa with the waterfalls, churches and Erymanthian boar.

The Olympic Games were dedicated to God Zeus and are still today the center of attention every four years. Run the actual race track of the Games, and visit the museum of the Games along with the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, where you can admire artifacts from the antiquity.

Dinner & overnight in Olympia

Day 5: Olympia, Patra, Rio, Antirio, Nafpaktos, Delphi

Another exciting day begins, with the tour taking you from Olympia to central Greece. Drive through Patras and cross the impressive bridge of Rio – Antirio.

You will enjoy a short stop in the seaside town of Nafpaktos, which is also one of the most beautiful Greek towns. Head to Delphi for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Delphi, Arachova, Meteora

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

The sixth day of the tour finds you in Delphi, the hub of ancient cult, the sanctuary of God Apollo, where you will have the chance to get to know everything about the Oracles and prophecies of the God.

Visit the Delphi Museum and admire the unique bronze Charioteer, the Temple of Apollo and the archaeological site.

Enjoy a tasteful lunch in Delphi or the nearby village of Arachova, which nestles at the feet of Mount Parnassus.

In the afternoon we will drive to Meteora through Karditsa and Trikala and arrive to Kalambaka, the town beneath the Rocks of Meteora late in the evening.

Overnight in Kalambaka, or Kastraki.

Day 7: Meteora, Zagorochoria, Papingo

The morning of the seventh day begins with a visit to the Monasteries of Meteora, built on the huge rock formations in the 11th century, providing a safe and quite refuge for monks and nuns till today, characterized one of the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.

village of Papingo in Epirus, North-Western Greece
The picturesque village of Papingo in Zagorochoria

Drive towards Epirus (North-Western Greece), crossing the valley of Tempi which was an important settlement in the Roman and Byzantine Era. After a short stop at the valley, you will reach Zagorochoria, the complex of traditional villages on the mountains of Northwest Greece.

The bridges, the cobblestone paths, the stone buildings and the settlements are preserved in the best possible way, providing a romantic but also picturesque destination for everyone. You will spend the night in Papingo, the largest and most beautiful of the villages.

Day 8: Metsovo, Papingo, Gorge of Vikos, Cave Perama, Ioannina

The next morning will bring you to Vikos Gorge, another natural phenomenon of Greece, which is the deepest gorge in Europe and a major trekking and outdoor destination for adventure lovers.

gorge of Vikos
Vikos gorge

Visit also the Perama Cave in Ioannina, one of the largest caves in Europe, 4km away from Ioannina, below Mt. Goritsa. In the cave you will see fossils and remains that date back to the prehistoric Era.

Head to Ioannina and enjoy your dinner by the Lake of the city that provides a unique background.

Overnight in Ioannina.

Day 9: Ioannina, Igoumenitsa, Parga, Preveza, Lefkada Island

The ninth day of the tour is another full and interesting day which brings you from Ioannina to Igoumenitsa, Parga and Preveza.

These are some of the most beautiful seaside towns in Western Greece, caressed by the blue sapphire waters of the Ionian Sea.

Parga in Greece
Parga

Spend the evening on the Island of Lefkada, famous for its gorgeous beaches, and the Scorpio island of Aristotle Onassis.

Day 10: Lefkada Island, Corinth canal, Athens

After breakfast have a quick swim in the blue – turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea in Lefkada.

It is time to head back to Athens, driving through western Greece to reach Athens in the evening.

NOTE: You can customize your private tour at any time building it together with Athens Tour Greece

Details

Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English speaking driver or escort with good knowledge in history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed by the state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you with an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject of availability on bookings day!
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
  • Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
  • Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.

Excluded from the tour

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.

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.

Restrictions:

  • Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by the state tour guide for an extra cost.
  • In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed

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