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Immerse yourself in ancient history as you wander through Athens, gazing up at iconic landmarks and experiencing Greek culture at its finest. This historic city is the perfect starting point for your adventure in Greece.

There’s more adventure waiting in the seaside town of Nafplio. This will be your base for the next four nights, and whilst you’re here, you’ll hike along remote coastal paths, sail and scuba dive the Argolic Gulf and relax with a yoga class on the beach.

Finally, you’ll spend four nights in Chania where you can explore the quaint streets of the old town before lacing up your boots and hiking through Samaria Gorge. And then it’s back on two wheels again for a cycling tour through the White Mountains to bring your Greek adventure to an exhilarating end.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-3

Athens

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Athens airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Athens

Accommodation in Athens

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Two nights in Athens Two nights in Athens

There are few places where the past comes to life in quite the same way as in Athens. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, it’s a city bursting at the seams with culture, intrigue, and beauty. It’s not just a place for history buffs, however, it’s also one of the liveliest European capitals. A thriving café culture ensures you’re not left waning in between all the sightseeing and you’ll never have to venture far to enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

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Athens walking tour Athens walking tour

Put the best of science, art and philosophy together in one creation and you have the definitive monument of human civilisation - the Acropolis. The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greeks and it continues to stand as a symbol of democracy, Western civilisation and European unity. During the walk you will also get to see the Hephaisteion temple, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora and the New Acropolis Museum, which is housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi.

Private transfer to your hotel in Nafplio via Acrocorinth Private transfer to your hotel in Nafplio via Acrocorinth

Acrocorinth is a spectacular place, with commanding views towards ancient Corinth and the mountains of the Peloponnesse. It was first built as a Greek acropolis and is sometimes referred to as 'the residence of the Sun God'. It is located 3.5 km south of ancient Korinthos, at the peak of a 575m high hill. It is the oldest, largest and most impressive castle in the Peloponnese, whose walls were built during the Middle Ages. It is worth seeing the ruins at the temple of Aphrodite, and the relics of the Christian Churches and the Turkish buildings, on the peak of the hill.

In addition to its archaeological significance, Acrocorinth has a rich botanical garden with numerous indigenous Greek wild flowers.

Days 3-4

Nafplio

Accommodation in Nafplio

Four nights in Nafplio Four nights in Nafplio

Nafplio is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span from the ancient times to the medieval. Venture into the countryside for beautiful views of the ocean and mountains.

Hiking in Nafplio Hiking in Nafplio

Set off to explore the rural area of Nafplio with your hiking expert guide. Walk forgotten trails, admire the views, breathe in the fresh air and explore parts of the area you would not be able to see otherwise. Argolis, and Nafplio in particular, is an ideal place for those who love hiking and trips to unfamiliar routes. Made up of ancient paths through archaeological monuments, coastal hiking trails overlooking the blue waters of the Argolic Gulf and the fortresses of Acronafplia really do make for a very special experience. Depending on your needs and ability, you can choose between numerous hiking routes.

Palamidi Castle, Nafplio, Greece
Nafplio tour Nafplio tour

Nafplio is one of the most historic cities of the region, full of spectacular monuments and sights that have stories that span from ancient to medieval times. It also hosted the first Greek parliament after the Greek War of Independence. Enjoy a tour around the city which preserves fascinating, timeless relics from three different historical phases, with elements of neoclassical, Venetian and Turkish styles found in the architecture of the buildings. The archeological museum, Agios Spiridonas Church, is another highlight, the walls of which are still scarred by the bullet marks that killed Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of the newly liberated country in 1828.

There are impregnable fortresses of the Byzantine era overlooking this quaint town and the harbour waterfront is the place to enjoy the fiery Mediterranean sunset or enjoy a coffee while you watch the world go by.

Sailing from Nafplio Sailing from Nafplio

Starting from the old port of Nafplio, sail among the natural beauties of Argolic Gulf and explore the waters with some aquatic activities, such as snorkeling, paddle boarding or fishing. During the sailing route, relax and sunbathe at leisure, or pick a spot of your liking to stop and enjoy a refreshing plunge in crystal waters. On board you will find a variety of soft drinks, snacks, fruits and water for your convenience. Your captain and the friendly crew look forward to hosting you on board the sailing boat for a memorable cruise.

Scuba diving in the Argolic Gulf Scuba diving in the Argolic Gulf

Ideal for adventurers, this experience offers a great opportunity to explore the underwater world of the Argolic Gulf side to side with your certified PADI scuba diving instructor. You will set off early in the morning, taking a boat transfer from Nafplio marina towards two selected islets, where you will suit up and dive in the deep blue of the Aegean sea. Before your dive you will cover the basics of scuba diving in a information brief given by your instructor including breathing techniques, pressure relief and security procedures.

Beach yoga in Nafplio Beach yoga in Nafplio

Walking along the coastline, you will have the perfect warm up before you arrive at the beach where you will enjoy a private professional yoga session for approximately 1.5 hours. The place has been chosen especially because of its harmony with the core essence of yoga. It's also an incredibly relaxing spot, and you'll enjoy the sound of the waves and the fresh sea breeze as you practice. Acquire flexibility, strength and peace of mind through specific exercises (karanas), yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayamas). By the end of the session, you'll be feeling completely in harmony with your body and the surrounding nature.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Athens airport

Flight

Flight from Athens to Chania

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Chania

Days 7-11

Chania

Accommodation in Chania

Beautiful street in Chania, Crete island, Greece.
Four nights in Chania Four nights in Chania

Exuding a Venetian charm, Chania is the second largest city on Crete. Scenic monasteries, traditional houses and elegant mansions are part of what make the old part of town so special. Go trekking through the mountains, or spend time exploring the quaint streets.

Traditional colorful street in Chania, Greece
Tour of Chania's old town Tour of Chania's old town

Visit some of the most important sites in Chania, including the Venetian fortifications, the Arsenals, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the Roman Catholic cathedral, and the old Jewish and Turkish quarters behind the inner harbour. You'll also get the chance to explore hidden places off the beaten track, which perfectly capture Chania's unique atmosphere.

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Trekking at Samaria Gorge Trekking at Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge is one of the most famous national forests in Greece. Starting at Omalos mountain, you'll have the chance to admire the beauty of the reserve, as well as spot kri kri (protected Cretan goats). At the end of the hike you will have some time to enjoy a refreshing swim in clear blue waters at the beach of Agia Roumeli before sailing to a nearby port. This trek is ideal for those who are fit, or used to walking long distances.

Undiscovered western Crete Undiscovered western Crete

You will be driven to the south coast enjoying a refreshing dip in the Libyan sea before taking the road up to the south cliffs of the White Mountains. You'll visit Aradena, with its impressive bridge and museum-like abandoned ghost village and then continue all the way to the end of the road and the Agios Ioannis settlement, home to just 15 residents. A small family-run hamlet will welcome you for the day from where you can choose from a number of authentic experiences. Perhaps you might like to take a short hike to one of the 'balconies' with sweeping views of the coast or a walk into the village to visit frescoed Byzantine chapels. You may also choose to visit the owner's beehives or participate in a hands-on cooking experience with his wife, all culminating in a feast around the Cretan table. Whatever way you will choose to fill the day, you can be sure you'll enjoy a culturally rich experience and a memorable day surrounded by great scenery, fresh flavours and welcoming people.

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Cycling in the White Mountains Cycling in the White Mountains

You will be taken to the mountain village of Lakki where you will be kitted out with safety gear and a bicycle. Surrounded by olive fields and orange groves you will pass through the village of Fournes and onward to Meskla. The cycling part of the tour complete, you will be driven in the support vehicle to Zourva which is a great viewing point. There may be time for a visit to a family-run taverna, before heading off the Therisso and its impressive gorge.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Chania Airport

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