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At a glance
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
Meet and greet at Athens airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Athens
Accommodation in Athens
- 79 rooms and suites
- Rooftop lounge
Located moments from Constitution Square and within walking distance to the city’s main attractions, the NEW Hotel provides one of Athens’ most modern lodgings with playfully cutting edge design in a place otherwise synonymous for antiquity. There are 79 rooms and suites, all of which feature their own art installation and surrealist custom furniture, as well as comprehensive soundproofing, fine beds and blackout blinds. The Penthouse Suite is particularly noteworthy for its fine views to the Acropolis. The rest of the hotel is strewn with bold design features and art, some made with remnants of the original hotel that once occupied the 50s modernist building, with the restaurant perhaps the most striking space. Open from breakfast until midnight, it serves new takes on Mediterranean cuisine, and oven-fresh bread and pastries from the bakery. There’s also a fabulous rooftop lounge, a bar and wellness area with a gym and spa.
- 320 rooms and suites
- Winter Garden Restaurant
- Rooftop pool and bar
- Spa and fitness centre
- Indoor pool
Looking out across the Acropolis, Syntagama Square and Lycabettus Hill, the Hotel Grande Bretagne has some of the best views in the city. The hotel was built in 1874 and is full of old-world charm. Each of its 320 rooms and suites are beautifully styled, with antique furnishings, chandeliers and traditional tiled floors. With such spectacular views, you’ll want to head up to the rooftop pool and bar. Seeing the Acropolis illuminated at night is a truly spectacular sight so make sure you try one of their signature cocktails and enjoy the sparkling lights of the city. There’s also plenty to draw you inside, including the bright and airy Winter Garden Lounge, an extension of the hotel’s beautiful lobby. The cellar is filled with over 3,000 bottles of wine and it’s well worth enjoying a drink at Alexander’s Bar which features an original 19th-centuty tapestry depicting Alexander the Great entering Gaugamela. For when you need to relax and unwind, make a beeline for the spa and fitness centre, complete with indoor pool.
- 102 rooms and suites
In a fine location in the centre of Athens, the 1930s King George Hotel is an updated classic. There are 102 spacious rooms and suites, topped of on the ninth floor with the sprawling Penthouse and its incredible private rooftop pool with views out over the city to the Acropolis. This vista can also be enjoyed from the Tudor Hall Restaurant, a grand venue which serves authentic Greek seasonal dishes with a modern twist. As well as the ancient wonders of Acropolis, other famous sites and sights within walking distance include the Agora, Plaka district and Thissio neighbourhood, as well as many upmarket boutiques, world-renowned museums, and the city’s vibrant business district.
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation in Nafplio
- 51 hotel rooms and 33 individually designed villas
- Two restaurants and two bars
- Infinity swimming pool
The Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas sits atop the ancient acropolis of Akronafplia with fabulous sea views over the rooftops of Nafplion below. The hotel has 51 rooms and 33 individually designed villas, many with private heated pools or outdoor Jacuzzis on terraces, looking out to the Bay of Argolis. While exteriors blend into fortified city, the style inside is decidedly modern and airy. If you don’t happen to have your own pool, the Nafplia’s dramatic infinity pool more than makes up it. Dine on gourmet prepared with fresh local products at Amimoni Restaurant or take the elevator down through the rock to the waterfront Circle Restaurant the sister Amphitryon hotel. You can also choose to dine in private.
- 38 pavilion with private pools
- Four to nine-bedroom private villas
- Private beach club
Sat atop a hill surrounded by undulating olive groves, Amanzoe is a 21st-century neoclassical temple with incredible panoramic views over Argolis and down to bustling Porto Heli below. There are 38 pavilions dotted along the hillside, each private and elegantly luxurious, opening onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land or sea. Each pavilion is accessed via a stone-walled courtyard, leading to a living area and king-size bed in a marble alcove. For friends and family groups, there are a collection of spacious four to nine-bedroom villas with their own chef and host. Colonnades lead to serene garden courtyards, a vast pool and an amphitheatre, as well as the restaurant where you’ll find simple, contemporary Greek and Mediterranean dishes that emphasise locally sourced fresh ingredients delivered daily. The Amanzoe’s expansive spa combines diet, gymnastics, exercise, massage and sea bathing with modern natural products and treatments. A gym is also available, and studios host yoga and Pilates sessions Just ten minutes away, and easily accessed by complimentary transfers, the Amanzoe’s private beach club is set beside the azure Agean, with four swimming pools, small spa, casual eatery and overnight cabanas providing all the comforts of the pavilions. Sunbathe on the terrace, swim in the sea or discover the bay by kayak, paddle-board or snorkel. You can also charter a boat from the Aman fleet to sail to nearby islands, such as Spetses aor Hydra, or venture to off-shore diving spots. Porto Heli’s tavernas and countless ancient ruins, from the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus to Byzantine monasteries, are also all within easy reach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Athens airport
Flight from Athens to Chania
Private transfer to your hotel in Chania
Accommodation in Chania
- 24 rooms and suites
- Rooftop garden with hot tub
Housed in 17th century Venetian mansion which has stayed in the same family for six generations, the Casa Delfino commands an enviable position looking down to Chania’s old harbour. Sensitively restored and embellished with contrasting modern features, this boutique hotel has 24 individual rooms and suites, all with en suite marble bathrooms. Start your day with a breakfast of homemade bread and local produce in the courtyard before venturing out to explore Chania’s main attractions, all within walking distance. Return to watch the sunset from the roof garden, perhaps with a treatment in the spa before heading back out for dinner.
- Nine rooms and suites
- Bicycle hire
The Domus Renier Boutique Hotel has an enviable position on the sweeping waterfront of Chania’s Venetian harbour, the building itself the former home to the Reniers, one of Venice’s leading noble families. There are just nine rooms and suites, each a unique blend of period features and modern comforts. Most enjoy views of the harbour and Egyptian Lighthouse while a couple have jacuzzis. You couldn’t be better placed to explore Chania’s old town, either on foot or on the Renier’s bicycles. You can also take boat cruises out to Crete’s hidden beaches or (between October and March) learn the secrets of Cretan cuisine on cooking lessons and market tours with the restaurant’s wonderful chef.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private transfer to Chania Airport
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