Epic 10-Day Grand Tour of Greece’s South and West

Epic Grand Tour of Greece’s South and West

Embark on a journey through the stunning landscapes of southern and western Greece. Discover ancient ruins, picturesque villages, and pristine beaches along the way. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this region, from the majestic Acropolis of Athens to the charming streets of Nafplio. Indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine and soak up the sun on the beautiful shores of the Ionian Sea.

This 10-day adventure promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with unforgettable memories and breathtaking sights. Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and history of this enchanting region.

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Destinations: Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Sparta, Diros, Gytheio, Messene, Andritsaina, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Metsovo, Zagorochoria, Papingo, Ioannina, Lefkada island
Region: Peloponnese, Central Greece, Thessaly, Macedonia, West Greece, Ionian Islands
Accommodation: Nafplion, Gytheio, Andritsaina, Delphi, Kalambaka Meteora, Papingo, Ioannina, Lefkada island
Tour Language: English
Age Range: 1- to 99-year-old
Available: All Year Round
Departures: Daily

Itinerary of the 10-day tour adventure

Day 1: Athens, Corinth canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion
Day 2: Nafplion, Sparta, Diros Caves, Gytheion
Day 3: Gytheio, Messene, Andritsaina
Day 4: Andritsaina, Olympia
Day 5: Olympia, Rio-Antirio, Delphi
Day 6: Delphi, Arachova, Meteora
Day 7: Meteora, Zagorochoria, Papingo
Day 8: Metsovo, Papingo, Gorge of Vikos, Cave Perama, Ioannina
Day 9: Ioannina, Lefkada Island
Day 10: Lefkada Island, Corinth canal, Athens

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

Uncover SW Greece Gems

Embark on a grand tour of Southwest Greece. Discover hidden treasures. Experience the beauty and culture of Southwest Greece! A grand tour of South-West Greece is a journey filled with ancient wonders and breathtaking landscapes.

From the historic city of Corinth to the stunning beaches of Kalamata, this region offers a perfect blend of culture and natural beauty. Explore the ruins of ancient temples and amphitheaters, indulge in the delicious local cuisine, and unwind on the picturesque coastlines. This tour promises an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Greece’s rich history and striking scenery.

Corinth Canal

ship passing through corinth canal

The tour starts from Athens early in the morning. We will be driving along the lovely and picturesque coastal road towards Corinth.

The first highlight of our tour is the Isthmus of Corinth and Corinth Canal. The Corinth Canal is an impressive man-made canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. The Canal is 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) long. Construction began in 1881, but was hampered by geological and financial problems and was not completed until 1893. However, the idea of a shortcut to save boats from sailing around the Peloponnese peninsula dates back over 2000 years.

We will have a short stop here for pictures and we will continue towards Ancient Corinth.

Ancient Corinth

temple of apollo in ancient corinth

In the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth, you will see the unearthed agora, shops of ancient times, and a variety of interesting structures of antiquity.

The city of Ancient Corinth was one of the largest and most important cities of Greece, with a population of 90,000 in 400 BC.

The Archaeological Museum of Corinth is also a must-see since it houses some astounding pieces from ancient times, dating back to the 5th century AD, as well as some impressive artifacts and statues from the Roman times, such as the gorgeous Lucius statue.


lion’s gate at mycenae
Lions’ Gate at Mycenae

Our next stop will be Mycenae, which is one of the definite highlights of this full-day private tour. Mycenae was a fortified late Bronze Age city and the center of the Mycenaean civilization between 1600-1100 BC.

Mycenae was the birthplace of the Mycenaean civilization and its archaeological site proves the importance and grandeur that this city-state used to have in Ancient Greece. The gigantic Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the impressive arched Royal Tombs will stay in your memory for a long time! The Lion’s Gate is the main entrance to the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae, erected around 1250 BC.

Following our exploration of Mycenae, the private tour will proceed to Nafplion, a picturesque city situated by the sea.

Epidaurus Theater & The Asklepieion at Epidavros

Epidaurus Theater
Epidaurus Theater

After lunch, the private tour will continue towards Epidaurus, where you will have the chance to admire the famous theater of Epidaurus one of the most significant theatres in the world with impressive acoustics.

This is the hub of the summer Greek festival, with theatrical plays and music concerts all summer long.

After visiting Epidaurus the full-day private tour ends, thus we will be heading to Nafplion late in the afternoon. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Nafplion.


During wintertime, there will be slight changes in the itinerary due to the fact that the archaeological sites close at 3 pm while remaining open till 5-7 pm during summertime. Athens Tours Greece offer you the chance to create your own plan and customize it staying on the same route based on your preferences and requirements, making the most of your valuable time. Also, the full-day tour is available for driving with a minibus or bus, for larger groups.

In this case, the itinerary can also be customized and will be shorter (due to international driving safety regulations), again based on your specific needs and requirements. Your private guide is at your disposal at any time to discuss and plan your private full-day tour accordingly.


beautiful balcony of house with flowers in nafplion

After breakfast, the private tour will continue towards Nafplion, the lovely Venetian town of Argolis Prefecture that used to be the first capital city of modern Greece in the 19th century. Nafplion was an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia.

We will have the time to see the imposing fortress of Palamidi that stands above the town and enjoy a nice, leisurely walk in the streets of the town, where you can see the authentic old houses of the town, but also an impressive variety of local shops that sell all kinds of handmade objects and jewelry.

In Nafplion, we will also enjoy our lunch!

Diros Cave & Sparta

Diros Cave
Diros Cave

Greek Odyssey: Must-See

Uncover the picturesque cities of Peloponnese like Nafplion and its hidden gems. Step back in time in historic Sparta. Discover ancient legends and more.

Start your day in the charming town of Nafplion, and take a relaxing morning stroll through its quaint streets filled with charming shops. Nafplion is known for its stunning beauty and welcoming atmosphere, with a majestic fortress towering over the town.

Afterwards, we will travel to Sparta, the legendary city of the brave, and explore the renowned Caves of Diros, a captivating natural wonder showcasing a variety of fascinating fossils, stalagmites, and stalactites.

Continue on to Gytheio, a delightful seaside town, where you can enjoy a leisurely afternoon, a delicious dinner, and spend the night.

Exploring Gytheio: A Hidden Gem of Sparta

Geitheio Laconia
Geitheio Laconia

Exploring the Enchanting Beauty of Gytheio

Nestled on the beautiful southern coast of the Peloponnese region in Greece lies the charming town of Gytheio. Known as the ancient port of Sparta, Gytheio is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by travelers seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path destination.

Gytheio, a picturesque coastal town in Greece, boasts stunning views of the sea and traditional Greek architecture. Gytheio boasts a rich history dating back to ancient times when it served as one of the most important ports of the Laconian Gulf. The town was a crucial naval base for the Spartans and played a significant role in their maritime activities. Today, visitors can explore the remnants of this storied past through archaeological sites such as the ancient theater and the Roman baths.

With its charming streets and delicious seafood restaurants, Gytheio offers a perfect blend of history and modernity. A visit to Gytheio promises a relaxing experience, where you can soak in the sun, explore local culture, and indulge in fresh Mediterranean cuisine.

Free evening. Overnight in Gytheio.


Exploring the Magnificent Ancient City of Messene


On the third day of our tour, we will embark from Geitheio, setting our sights on Messene, a captivating location steeped in ancient history.

Located in the heart of the Peloponnese region in Greece lies the ancient city of Messene, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by history enthusiasts and adventurous travelers alike. With its rich history, well-preserved ruins, and captivating archaeological sites, Messene offers a glimpse into the glorious past of the region.

Founded in 369 BC by the Theban general Epaminondas, Messene played a significant role in the ancient world. The city was strategically located on the slopes of Mount Ithome and served as a fortress against Spartan aggression. Over the centuries, Messene flourished as a center of culture, arts, and politics, leaving behind a legacy that still fascinates historians and archaeologists today.
One of the highlights of visiting Messene is exploring its well-preserved ruins, which offer a glimpse into the city’s former grandeur. The ancient theater, built in the 3rd century BC, is a testament to the city’s cultural sophistication, while the impressive city walls and gates showcase its strategic importance in the region. Walking through the ancient agora, temples, and sanctuaries, one can’t help but be awestruck by the architectural marvels of the past.

Concluding the day, you’ll end up in KastrakiKalambaka, ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and spend a relaxing night.

Unveiling the Hidden Gem of Greece: Andritsaina


On the third day of our tour, we will embark from Messene, setting our sights on Andristaina, a captivating location steeped in ancient history.

Nestled in the lush mountains of Greece lies a small, picturesque town that is often overlooked by tourists but holds a charm that is hard to resist. Welcome to Andritsaina, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by those seeking a true taste of authentic Greek culture and beauty.

Andritsaina is a place where time seems to stand still, where cobblestone streets wind their way through traditional stone houses and ancient churches. The town is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes, including the awe-inspiring Lousios Gorge and the majestic Mainalon Mountain. The air is crisp and fresh, the atmosphere serene and peaceful.
The town is steeped in centuries of history, with archaeological sites dating back to the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Visit the impressive Monastery of Aimyalon, perched on a cliff overlooking the gorge, or wander through the cobblestone alleys lined with preserved mansions from the 18th century.

No visit to Andritsaina is complete without indulging in the local culinary delights. Sample traditional dishes such as slow-roasted lamb, grilled feta cheese, and honey-drizzled pastries made with local ingredients. Wash it all down with a glass of the region’s famous wine, and you’ll be in foodie heaven.

Concluding the day, you’ll end up in Andritsaina, ready to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and spend a relaxing night.

Olympia Begins

Ancient Olympia Greece
Ancient Olympia Greece

Olympia; The most glorified sanctuary of ancient Greece

Prepare to embark on a captivating journey through the past and present of the Olympic Games, as we take you to the very birthplace of this iconic event. Olympia, where the Games were first conceived and held every four years, awaits your exploration. For the adventurous, the original race track beckons to be conquered. Visit the sacred sanctuary of Zeus and immerse yourself in the history of the Olympics at the museum, where a wide array of artifacts will guide you through the evolution of these ancient Games to their modern counterparts. Prepare to indulge in a delightful lunch after your venture around the enchanting ancient Olympia.

While journeying to Delphi along the scenic Corinthian Golf, you will make a brief pause cruising Rio-Antirio biggest cable bridge in Europe which unites the western and eastern regions of Greece, as well as the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture some unforgettable photos.

After capturing some pictures from the ferry, we will head towards Delphi.

Delphi, Greece
Delphi, Greece

Arrival in Delphi

After Arachova, the tour will take you to Delphi, the ancient sanctuary of Apollo.

Our private tour includes a visit to the Delphi Museum where you can see among others the archaeological treasures of the ancient oracle, the unique bronze Charioteer, and the sacred way to the Athenian treasury.

Arrive in Delphi, check in in your hotel and free evening. Overnight in Delphi.

Delphi: Navel of the Earth

Delphi, Temple Of Athens Pronea
Delphi, Temple Of Athens Pronea

After taking in a hearty breakfast, get ready to embark on an exciting city tour of Thessaloniki – Greece’s second largest city and a significant place for St Paul, who founded a church here (Acts 17:1-10).

After our visit to the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi, we will enjoy a tasteful lunch in Delphi.  We will continue our private two-day tour driving through the towns of Central Greece (Amphissa, Lamia, Trikala).

We will drive through the Thessaly plain, the granary of Greece, to reach Kalambaka late in the afternoon, where we will spend the nigh

Your accommodation for the night will be in Kalambaka-Meteora, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.

Meteora: Unveiling the Mystical Beauty of the high rocks.

Meteora Sunset
Meteora Sunset

The thrones of Meteora

The next day of the tour starts with the visit to the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora, which is part of UNESCO‘s World Heritage Sites, built on the top of high rocks. This mesmerizing destination is a true testament to the wonders of nature and the ingenuity of mankind. From its towering rock formations to its ancient monasteries perched precariously on cliff edges, Meteora is a sight to behold for any traveler seeking a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Meteora is renowned for its dramatic rock formations that seem to defy gravity. These immense pillars of rock, some reaching heights of over 600 meters, were formed millions of years ago through a combination of geological processes. The sheer size and scale of these rocks make them a sight to behold, drawing visitors from all corners of the globe to witness their grandeur.

You will have the chance to visit byzantine monasteries of unique beauty and architecture. One of the most fascinating aspects of Meteora is its ancient monasteries that cling to the cliffs like something out of a fairy tale. Dating back to the 14th century, these monasteries were built by monks seeking solitude and spiritual enlightenment. Today, only a handful of these monasteries are still active, but they provide a glimpse into a bygone era and offer visitors a chance to connect with the region’s rich religious history.

After the visit to Meteora, the tour will take you to Metsovo, Papingo, Gorge of Vikos, Cave Perama, Ioannina. Overnight in Papingo.

Metsovo: Uncovering the Beauty of Metsovo


Tucked away in the picturesque mountains of Greece lies a hidden gem waiting to be explored – Metsovo. This charming town, located in the Epirus region, is a perfect destination for those seeking a unique and authentic Greek experience. From its stunning natural beauty to its rich cultural heritage, Metsovo has something to offer for every traveler.

As you wind your way through the rugged mountains of Metsovo, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views at every turn. The town is surrounded by lush forests, rolling hills, and crystal-clear streams, making it a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you’re hiking through the Vikos Gorge, skiing on the slopes of the nearby mountains, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets of the town, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of Metsovo. Visit the Averoff Gallery to admire works of art by Greek and international artists, explore the Metsovo Folk Art Museum to learn about the local crafts and traditions, or simply wander through the town’s charming squares and alleyways to soak in the atmosphere.

No visit to Metsovo would be complete without sampling the local cuisine. The town is renowned for its delicious food, with a focus on hearty mountain dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. From savory pies and grilled meats to creamy cheeses and sweet pastries, the culinary delights of Metsovo will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Papingo: A Hidden Gem Waiting to be Discovered.


Unveiling the Enigmatic World of Papingo

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Pindus Mountain range in Greece lies a quaint village that seems to have been frozen in time. Welcome to Papingo, a hidden gem that is sure to captivate your heart and soul with its charm and beauty. Papingo is actually divided into two villages – Megalo Papingo and Mikro Papingo. These two picturesque villages are situated in the Zagori region of Epirus, known for its rugged terrain, lush greenery, and traditional stone-built houses. The villages are part of the Vikos-Aoos National Park, home to the stunning Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world.

Why Visit Papingo?

  1. Natural Beauty
  2. Traditional Architecture
  3. Culinary Delights
  4. Warm Hospitality

You will feel welcomed and at home as you explore the villages and interact with the locals, who are always eager to share their stories and traditions. Free evening. Overnight in Ioannina.

Vickos Gorge: A Natural Wonder Waiting to be Discovered!

Vickos Gorge
Vickos Gorge

Exploring the Hidden Gem of Vickos Gorge

Located in the heart of the lush countryside, Vickos Gorge is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by adventurous souls seeking the beauty of untouched nature. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this picturesque gorge offers a serene escape into the wonders of the natural world. As you step into Vickos Gorge, you are greeted by a breathtaking landscape that seems like it’s straight out of a fairytale. Towering cliffs adorned with vibrant greenery flank the crystal-clear waters that meander through the gorge. The sound of the gentle flow of the river creates a soothing melody that resonates through the surroundings, inviting you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of this hidden paradise.

Vickos Gorge is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery. Hiking trails wind through the gorge, offering stunning views of the surrounding scenery and providing opportunities to witness the diverse flora and fauna that call this place home. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Vickos Gorge has something to offer everyone. What sets Vickos Gorge apart from other natural attractions is its untouched beauty and sense of tranquility. The unspoiled landscapes and pristine waters create a sense of magic that is hard to find in today’s modern world. As you wander through the gorge, you can’t help but feel a deep connection to nature and a sense of peace that washes over you, rejuvenating your soul and refreshing your spirit.

Discover the Charming City of Ioannina


Discover Ioannina’s Beauty

Uncover the beauty of Ioannina, a hidden gem waiting to be explored.
Nestled in the northwestern part of Greece, the city of Ioannina is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant culture, Ioannina offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path destination.

Ioannina has a long and fascinating history that dates back to ancient times. The city was once an important center of the Byzantine Empire and later became part of the Ottoman Empire. Today, you can still see remnants of these historical periods in the city’s architecture, museums, and cultural sites. One of the most iconic landmarks in Ioannina is the impressive Ioannina Castle, which overlooks the city and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. In addition to its rich history, Ioannina is also blessed with breathtaking natural beauty. The city is surrounded by lush greenery, crystal-clear lakes, and majestic mountains, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

One of the must-visit spots in Ioannina is Lake Pamvotida, where you can take a boat ride to the island of Nissi. No trip to Ioannina would be complete without sampling the local cuisine. The city is known for its delicious traditional dishes, such as the famous “pita” pie filled with cheese and herbs, as well as fresh seafood. Next, we will journey to Lefkada island. Arrive in the late afternoon in Lefkada. Free evening and overnight in Lefkada.

Lefkada Island: The paradise of the Ionian islands!

Lefkada Porto Katsiki
Lefkada Porto Katsiki

Discover the Hidden Gem of Greece: Lefkada Island

Located in the azure waters of the Ionian Sea, Lefkada Island is a paradise waiting to be explored. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush green landscapes, this hidden gem of Greece offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you are a beach lover, a nature enthusiast, or a history buff, Lefkada has something for everyone.
Beaches. Lefkada is renowned for its stunning beaches, each more beautiful than the last. From the famous Porto Katsiki with its dramatic cliffs and turquoise waters to the secluded Agiofili Beach with its crystal-clear waters and golden sands, there is a beach to suit every preference. Whether you prefer sunbathing, swimming, or water sports, Lefkada’s beaches have it all.

History and Culture. Steeped in history, Lefkada is home to a rich cultural heritage. Visit the ancient sites such as the Archaeological Museum of Lefkada or the medieval castle of Agia Mavra.
Activities. For the adventurous traveler, Lefkada offers a wide range of activities to enjoy. From windsurfing and kitesurfing in Vassiliki Bay to sailing around the surrounding islands, there is no shortage of adrenaline-pumping experiences. Explore the underwater world with snorkeling or scuba diving or take a leisurely boat trip to discover hidden coves and sea caves.

As the final day of the tour approaches, we will journey back to Athens, stopping at various intriguing locations along the way. With a late afternoon arrival in Athens, our journey will come to a close.


During wintertime, there will be slight changes in the itinerary due to the fact that the archaeological sites close at 3 pm while remaining open till 5-7 pm during summertime. Athens Tours Greece offer you the chance to create your own plan and customize it staying on the same route based on your preferences and requirements, making the most of your valuable time. Also, the full-day tour is available for driving with a minibus or bus, for larger groups.

In this case, the itinerary can also be customized and will be shorter (due to international driving safety regulations), again based on your specific needs and requirements. Your private guide is at your disposal at any time to discuss and plan your private full-day tour accordingly.

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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