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Itinerary highlights

  • Experience an informative walking tour of Athens
  • Hike scenic coastal trails in Nafplio
  • Scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters of the Argolic Gulf
  • Trek through the famous national forest of Samaria Gorge
  • Cycle around the beautiful White Mountains in Crete

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  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • An expert local guide
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At a glance

If it’s adrenaline-inducing activities that you’re after, this tour of curated adventures throughout Greece will do this trick. Beginning in the capital, Athens, you’ll explore the highlights of the cradle of Western civilisation with a guided walking expedition, in between enjoying refreshments at one of the many cafés.

Your next destination is Nafplio, but you’ll make a stopover at Acrocorinth, an epic monolithic rock, on the way. Your time in Nafplio will encompass hiking across the rugged, coastal terrain to arachnological monuments, a tour of this historic city and sailing across the waters of Argolic Gulf. You’ll also get the chance to dabble in an assortment of watersports, such as snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and paddleboarding, before winding down with a private yoga session 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'll 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's located 3.5 km south of ancient Korinthos, at the peak of a 575m high hill and is the oldest, largest and most impressive castle in the Peloponnese, whose walls were built during the Middle Ages. Make sure that you check out 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 wildflowers.

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 along 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

Enjoy a tour around this 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 archaeological 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 sip on a cup of 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 snorkelling, paddleboarding 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. Onboard, you'll find a variety of soft drinks, snacks, fruits and water for your convenience. Your captain and the friendly crew look forward to hosting you onboard 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'll set off early in the morning, taking a boat transfer from Nafplio marina towards two selected islets, where you'll suit up and dive in the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. Before your dive, you'll cover the basics of scuba diving in an 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'll have the perfect warm-up before you arrive at the beach where you'll 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

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 makes 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. At the end of the hike, you'll 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'll be driven to the south coast to enjoy 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 the hands-on cooking experience with his wife, all culminating in a feast around the Cretan table. Whatever way you choose to fill the day, you can be sure you'll enjoy a culturally rich experience and a memorable time surrounded by great scenery, fresh flavours and welcoming people.

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Cycling in the White Mountains Cycling in the White Mountains

You'll be taken to the mountain village of Lakki where you'll be kitted out with safety gear and a bicycle. Surrounded by olive fields and orange groves, you'll pass through the village of Fournes and onward to Meskla. The cycling part of the tour complete, you'll 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 to Theriso and its impressive gorge.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Chania Airport

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