From the Acropolis in Athens and the gravity defying Monasteries of Meteora, to the Temple of Apollo in Delphi and ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, this epic 7 day road trip covers the highlights of the Greek mainland.
Experience rich history spanning over 3000 years in over a dozen different sights, savor the very best of contemporary and traditional mediterranean cuisine along the way, engage in outdoor activities such as river rafting, canoeing and hiking and explore ancient temples, monasteries, remote mountain settlements and castles.
Ideal for first time visitors to the country who are interested in history, culture, food as well as getting off the beaten path and engaging in outdoor activities. ? Experience the rich culture and millennia spanning history of Athens, including a guided tour of the Acropolis and the most important sights of the ancient center.
Upon your arrival at the Athens international airport you will be greeted by your bilingual tour leader and you will be transferred to your hotel in central Athens where you will get plenty of time to freshen up and rest.
Late afternoon, your tour leader as well as one of our professional archaeologists/guides will meet you and take you on a 4 hour private guided tour of the new Acropolis Museum as well as the Acropolis itself. We will also walk through most of the sights in the center and end this first day with a delicious dinner in a traditional restaurant in the historical center of Athens.
Overnight:3* - 4* Hotel in the historic center of Athens
Meals included: -
Early morning, after breakfast, we will leave Athens behind us and drive north on the highway. We will stop at the coastal fishing village of Kamena Vourla for a light lunch as well as by the statue of King Leonidas of Sparta, in nearby Thermopylae.
By late afternoon we will reach the Unesco Site of Meteora, where the 6 surviving Byzantine Monasteries defy gravity built on the rocky cliffs above the small town of Kalabaka.
We will get settled in our hotel and in the evening we will hike in the valleys around the cliffs as well as have a guided tour of one of the Monasteries.
Total hiking time: 2 hours
Overnight: 3* Hotel in Meteora
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast we will drive the scenic route to nearby Lake Plastiras, Greece's largest artificial lake.
We will have ample time to engage in an array of outdoor activities, from canoeing around the mangrove and cycling the numerous trails around the lakeshore to trying our skills in archery and water bicycles.
We will have lunch by the water before we continue with our drive south, towards the central Greek highlands and the archaeological site of Delphi, where we will spend the night.
Total canoeing time: 2 hours / Total cycling time: 1 hours / Optional activities: archery, water cycling, hiking
Overnight: 3* Hotel near Delphi
Meals included: Breakfast
After yet another hearty breakfast we will get a chance to have a guided private tour of one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Homeplace of the Oracle of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo, Delphi is comprised of two distinct areas and we will get to know the history and explore both.
Late morning we will continue south, stopping at the Isthmus of Corinth, the canal separating northern and southern Greece and the perfect place of to unwind for a bit. Soon, we will be driving through the mountain region of Arcadia and reach our destination for the next couple of days, the village of Vytina.
Overnight: 3* Hotel in Vytina
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast we will drive west towards one of Greece's most visited places: Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. We will have a private guided tour of the archaeological site and the museum and in the afternoon head back towards Arcadia for lunch.
Early evening we will flex our muscles and experience proper river rafting in the crystal clear waters of the Lousios river. We will hike, river trek and paddle down the river, stopping along the way at places of interest.
That evening we will experience some great regional dishes at a local family run restaurant before turning in for the night.
Total river rafting time: 3 hours
Overnight: 3* Hotel in Vytina
Meals included: Breakfast
Continuing our drive west, our next destination is Nafplion, modern Greece's first capital.
The coastal town has a number of great attractions, including an island fort, a castle, a couple of interesting museums and churches as well as a great promenade that takes you to 3 isolated tiny bays that are perfect for swimming throughout the year. The food scene is great in Naflpion and we encourage you to ask your guide to recommend great places while there.
You could also opt to take the short boat ride to the island fort of Bourtzi or hike up to the castle for some panoramic views of both the town and bay.
Overnight: 3* Hotel in Nafplion
Meals included: Breakfast
After breakfast and ample time for a final stroll through Nafplion's old town we will drive to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, birthplace of comedy and tragedy and one of the most important archaeological sites in the country.
Once there we will have a private guided tour of the archaeological site and the museum. Depending on weather conditions we may opt for a swim in one of the nearby white sand beaches before continuing our drive north.
Early evening we will get back to Athens and our adventure will end.
Meals included: Breakfast
In order to guarantee a memorable overall experience throughout your adventure with Bearing True South, we have carefully handpicked a mix of family-run, traditional hotels and guesthouses for your accommodation.
In all our trips, accommodation is operated on a twin share basis. This means that travelling as an individual, you will be sharing accommodation and room facilities with another person of the same sex or your partner, spouse, family, friend etc. There is also the option of booking a single room for an additional cost depending on availability at the time of booking. Our usual accommodation as described on the extra info of our tour may alter due to lack of availability. On such an occasion accommodation of similar standard will be arranged.
When travelling with Bearing True south, you will experience a great variety of delicious food, based on traditional Greek cuisine. Emphasizing on the regional cuisine of our destinations, we have carefully selected local, family run, restaurants for our groups.
Generally all breakfasts, picnic lunches as well as some lunches and dinners are included in the standard tour price. This gives our groups the opportunity to enjoy their meals all together and taste a larger variety of local dishes in each destination we visit. When a lunch or dinner on a specific day is not included, you are free to explore at your own expense, the food options in the town or village we are staying. Feel free to ask your tour leader to suggest a local restaurant. On a camping day or when we have a picnic lunch, we usually buy local cheeses, vegetables, meat and bread from local markets so you don't miss out on the specialities of the region.
For the meal plan of the tour please refer to the day to day itinerary and the extra info of the tour. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, have any food allergies or any special requests when it comes to food, please let us know at the time of booking.
The style of travel in our adventures provides a great deal of excitement, however it is dependent on several factors, such as weather, terrain conditions and technical problems of our transportation. These may create unexpected circumstances throughout our tours that we have to deal with by making minor changes to the tour itinerary or the activities included in a particular day. For that reason the described day to day itinerary is used as a guideline which gives us the flexibility to make changes when needed.
Some of the activities listed in the day to day itinerary are included in the standard tour price, while there are also optional activities at your own expense. When a guided tour at a historical/cultural site is mentioned, the cost of a professional guide is included in the standard tour price. In every outdoor activity we work with fully qualified operators whose safety track has been extensively assessed personally by us. The necessary equipment needed for every outdoor activity is always provided by the local activity operators. For your personal gear please refer to prepare for your trip below. Please note that all activities are subject to availability, while due to the time limit in each destination, it may not be possible to do all the optional activities listed in the itinerary. In the following list you can find the tour activities, included or optional as well as the approximate prices of the optional ones:
All outdoor activities and the relevant necessary equipment described in the day to day itinerary are included in the standard tour price:
Rock climbing the 'Via Ferrata' trail
Mountain biking, day trip to Agrafa villages
Hiking by the Trikeriotis River
Canyoning in the Gorge of Vothona
River trekking and camping at 'Panta Vrechi' Gorge.
Historical Athens Treasure Hunt: 35 euros pp
Acropolis Hill and Parthenon: 20 euros pp
Acropolis Museum: 5 euros pp
Half day (4 hours) Athens guided walking tour
Please refer to What's included/What's not included section for the services that are included or not in the standard price of your tour. For the optional activities of our tour, outdoor activities and cultural sites? entrance fees, take a look at the Tour Activities.
In appreciation to the outstanding quality of services provided throughout your adventure, you may also consider tipping your Tour Leader and Local guides. Although tipping is not compulsory and it may not be customary to you, it works as a kind voluntary gesture to the people who will guide you throughout your adventure.
Each traveller is different when it comes to spending money while travelling. Take your spending habits and requirements into account and prepare your tour budget allowing for food, drinks, souvenirs and participation in activities not included in the tour price.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in Greece. You can exchange your currency for Euros at the airports or in major towns. Cash may also be drawn for ATMs available in most of our destinations. Credit cards are widely accepted in Greece. However, you should always have some cash on you, as in some remote villages no ATMs may be available.
At Bearing True South, we operate 'Land Only' based adventures. This means that flights to the Athens International Airport (ATH) are not included in the tour price. Travellers are responsible to make their own travel arrangements and make sure that they will be able to join the group at the joining point and time announced when booking, as described at the overview of the tour. Please note that the finishing point of the tour is always the same as the joining point
Our 'Land Only' adventures provide you the flexibility to join one of our tours as part of longer holiday in Greece. You may spend a couple of days before or after your tour in Athens or even visit another Greek region, combining adventure, leisure and rest. If you want post tour accommodation for Athens let us know and we can arrange it for you.
In Athens, you may also consider joining one of our day activities. Take a dive at one of Greece's numerous wreck sites, easily accessible from downtown Athens, or participate in our Historical Athens Treasure Hunt, a 'walk-through-history' game around Athens.
Bearing true South travellers are required to be in good physical health in order to be able to participate in one of our adventures. Please read through the day to day itinerary carefully and take into account the 'Level of Difficulty' icon that appears on each one of our adventures, before booking your place.
If for any reason you are not able to participate in activities included in the tour itinerary, please inform us before booking. For any other important health issue please don't hesitate to contact your tour leader.
Travellers with Bearing True South are required to hold valid travel insurance, covering a minimum medical expenses due to accident or sickness and 3rd party liability. We strongly advise you to ensure that your insurance covers you for all outdoor activities you intend to participate in during your adventure. There might be an additional charge for certain ones. Your travel insurance needs to be evident when you join our tours.
Holding a valid passport and visa in order to visit Greece is your responsibility. Generally EU citizens or citizens of Member-States of the Schengen Agreement do not need to display a visa in order to travel to Greece.
Visas are not required by holders of valid passports from the following non-E.U. countries if they want to visit Greece and remain in the country for up to 3 months (90 days): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Israel, Monaco, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein
For travellers not coming from the above countries, please contact your local Greek embassy/consulate for visa information. Please also note that most countries expect you to have at least 6 months validity on your passport in order to be issued a visa.
Before you travel, we encourage you to learn about the region you'll explore while on a tour. From local weather conditions to information on geography, local history and culture, all are essential in order to make the most out of you tour, while minimizing the possibility to face unexpected, unpleasant circumstances.
Greece in general has warm and humid summers lasting from May till October while temperatures reach mid thirties Celsius especially between June and August and the possibility of rain is generally low. In May and October weather can be less predictable with some rain and chilly temperatures being possible especially in Greek mainland. Greek winters are generally mild, with temperatures rarely getting lower than 5 degrees Celsius in most of our destinations. In the mountains, weather can be tough to predict all year round. Generally, cool temperatures and occasional rainfalls occur especially at night, a fact that you have to take into account when packing for your adventure.
When touring with us, you are expected to bring with you a backpack or suitcase that you should keep as light as possible, as well as a daypack for your personal items and valuables (for the times when long outdoor activities are part of the tour).
Travel documents: Passport, visa if required, valid travel insurance,valid international driving license (for self-driving tours), diving certificates (for diving tours)
Personal health care items: personal medication, sunscreen, insect repellent, travel sickness tablets, sunglasses, insect bite gel
Clothing/walking/camping gear (depending on the season and tour): fleece/soft-shell jacket, waterproof & windproof jacket, thermal underwear, waterproof trousers, wool hat, gloves, sun hat, long trousers (wearing shorts is not permitted in monasteries), shorts, swimming costume, t-shirts, hooded tops, waterproof hiking shoes/boots, trainers/walking shoes, wool socks, personal mattress and a 3-4 seasons warm sleeping bag (when camping is included in the itinerary), torch, umbrella.
If our dates don't suit your plans, or if you want to experience one of our adventures with your family or group of friends, we can arrange a private tour just for you on the dates that suit you, based on one of our existing itineraries.
Furthermore, with a minimum number of 8 participants, all of our tours can be customised as far as date of departure, activities and itinerary are concerned, according to your group's requirements. For groups of less than 8 travellers, standard tour prices are subject to change. In that case, please contact us in order to get a new quote.
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Duation: 7 days
Level of Difficulty: 2/5
Group Size: Generally 6-12, for larger groups please contact us, a minimum of 4 persons is required
Ages: 12 years and older
6 nights 3* and 4* hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
Minibus rental costs, fuel costs, toll costs, insurance
Bearing True South Tour Leaders, Outdoor Activities Instructors, Local Guides, licenced archaeologists for the guided tours inside archaeological sites
All outdoor activities and day trips as listed in Tour Activities
Optional activities as listed in Tour Activities