The Archaeological Museum of Nafplio and the 17th century fortress Palamidi reveal the city's importance through the ages.
We then proceed to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, renowned for its natural acoustics.
The day can be enriched with visits to a traditional distillery where you can learn about one of the most well known Greek products, ouzo, or with a tour of an olive oil production facility at nearby Lygourio, where you will learn more about Greece's oldest export product.
In the early afternoon, we depart for Dimitsana, a beautiful traditional mountain village where we spend the night.
Dimitsana's Water Power Museum awaits us for a guided tour of how the power of the Loussios River was harnessed through time. Situated inside the Loussios Gorge, the 16th century Prodromou Monastery offers a chance for an idyllic walk along the river bank. Lunch will be served at a traditional farm before we head to Ancient Olympia where the day sums up.
The day starts with a drive to Vassae, the first Greek inclusion to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, where the majestic Temple of Apollo Epikourios is attributed to the 5th century BC architect Iktinos of the Parthenon.
Next stop is the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia for an overnight stay, after a visit to the excavated stadium, where the games were held every four years from the 8th century BC until the 4th AD, and its surrounding infrastructure. A detailed visit of the expansive site and superb archaeological museum are on the program.
Leisure departure for Central Greece via the Charilaos Trikoupis bridge, a modern marvel of engineering. We stop at charming Nafpaktos and its 15th century Venetian fortress. Nafpaktos was the stage of one of the most important naval battles in Western history, where a fleet of the Holy League, led by the Venetian Republic and the Spanish Empire, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. From there, the route climbs to the southern slopes of Mount Parnassos, heading for the legendary city of Delphi.
The final day of the tour delves into the rich past of Delphi, the city that owes its legend to the famous Oracle and its influence on most major events of ancient Greek history. We visit the site, the Tholos, the museum with the beautiful charioteer and many other unique exhibits.
As we start our return to Athens, one last stop at the 10th century AD byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas reveals a unique Christian monument protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Included in the tour price:
English speaking driver
Pick-up & Drop-off service from the hotel
Remote guiding system (“whisperers” devices) when you book guide services
All expenses of the driver (accommodation, meals, insurance)
All currently applicable taxes
Not included in the tour price:
Accommodation & meals for the guests; we can assist you with these arrangements
Entrance fees to museums & archaeological sites: these are payable on the spot, as you go