This four-day/three night tour starts by traveling along the Saronic Gulf’s coastal road to the Corinth Canal. The Canal is a structure of great importance, as before it was built, ships sailing between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas had to circumnavigate the Peloponnese, adding about 185 nautical miles to their journey. Visit Ancient Corinth where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians. We drive across the Peloponnese until we reach Sparta. Here you will see the huge statue of Leonidas, in his hometown, made popular by the movie "300". Also see the remains of the palace and the theater there. Next, we move on to Mystras, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, with its churches and monasteries. After our visit to Mystras we take the road for Olympia, where we will spend our first night.
Our second day begins with Ancient Olympia, which gained its fame as a sanctuary of Zeus and Hera. The site also contains a wealth of other small shrines, gymnasiums and sculptors' workshops. According to tradition, here is where the Olympic games were founded in 776 B.C.. It is from here that the Olympic torch is still lit and carried to whatever corner of the world the modern Olympiads are held in. In the museum see exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces, such as Praxiteles' Hermes, Paeoneus' Victory, Apollo and many other art treasures. We leave Olympia and will also leave the Peloponnese by crossing over the newly built bridge near Patra. We will now be back on mainland Greece and journey to the quaint village of Arahova where you will have dinner, have the time to wander through the streets and rest for the night.
The morning will be spent by seeing Delphi, once considered to be the center of the universe. Delphi is probably best-known for the oracle at the sanctuary that became dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. You will visit the archaeological site dedicated to the god Apollo and will also see the impressive museum there. We make our way to Kalambaka with a stop at Gravia. This is where Odysseus Androutsos, with about 100 men, stopped 8 thousand Turks. Over 400 of the Turks died, while Androutsos lost only 2 of his men. Now, it’s on to Kalambaka, driving through Lamia. We make a stop in Domokos for coffee and we end the day at your hotel in Kalambaka.
This day begins with seeing Meteora; a unique and impressive place with ageless monasteries that are perched on top of huge, monolithic granite rocks. Visit 3 of the monasteries that seem to be suspended between earth and sky containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Many pieces of Byzantine art are also found here. The view from the monasteries is something that you will never forget. Making our way back to Athens, we will stop again in Domokos for coffee or lunch. You will also see the giant statue of Leonidas in Thermopiles made popular recently with the movie “300”. For 3 days the Persians battled against the vastly outnumbered Greeks. Although it was clear that the Persians were going to win, Leonidas stayed and fought the final battle with only 300 men from Sparta. Our last stop is in Arkista, on the water, for a little rest before reaching Athens.
We work strictly with our A/C Mercedes sedans that can hold 4 passengers plus the driver. All tours are priced per tour not per person and do not include entrance fees to the archaeological sites or food.
Overnight tours include the drivers' hotel, meals and all tolls/gas. They do not include your hotel, meals and entrance fees to the sites.
None of the taxi tour drivers are licensed guides and would not be able to go into the sites or museums with you. We consider ourselves very knowledgeable about Greece and its history and would give you a lot of information on all the places you would visit before you go in. Licensed guides can be hired at most sites if you choose to do so.