Take a week to self-drive through the mythological territory of mainland Greece with this itinerary. Your 8 days will start and end in Athens. We strongly recommend this package to those who want to get a taste not only of the cultural capital of Greece and its mainland with Olypia, Mycenae, Argolis, Nafplio, Delphi and Meteora Enjoy Greece mainland with its unique monuments, numerous shopping stores, wine and culinary flavors. Don’t miss out on the opportunity ! Make the smart choice and book now!
Accommodation : 4**** / First class hotels with breakfast
3-night accommodation in Athens.
1-night accommodation in Nafplio.
1-night accommodation in Olympia.
1-night accommodation in Delphi.
1-night accommodation in Kalambaka.
Meals: 7 breakfasts
Transport : Arrival and departure transfers and Car rental as per itinerary. (Type Opel Corsa or similar)
CDW insurance, excess amount Eur 750.00
24-hour Roadside Assistance
Other included : Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
Personal expenses and optional activities
Stay over taxes (3€ per person per night for 3*** hotels, 4€ per person per night for 4**** hotels, 5€ per person per night for 5**** hotels) to be paid directly to the hotels
Day 1Athens Arrival
On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our minibus or taxi driver. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight :Athens Meals: N/A
This will be a free day in Athens and, after a delicious breakfast, you will have the chance to visit some of the numerous places of interest or simply stroll at your own pace and explore this vibrant city.
In the evening you will join a guided walking tour through the most stunning areas of Athens, such as Anafiótika, Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka.
Day 3Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Nafplion
After breakfast, you will pick up your rental car and drive to Argolis region.
After your departure from Athens, we suggest a visit to Daphne Monastery, which can be found at a distance of about 11 kilometres from the city. This monastery is considered the oldest Byzantine of its type in Greece and declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1990. Its frescoes and mosaics are masterpieces of the golden era of Byzantine art.
On your way to Nafplio you can make a short stop at the Corinth Canal, a great engineering feat first designed in 630 BC by Periander, a tyrant that ruled Corinth and considered one of the seven sages of Ancient Greece, and completed by the French in 1893. This 6-kilometre-long channel, connects the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf thus saving valuable sailing time for the ships.
About half an hour’s driving later you will reach Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Greece. There you can visit the Lion’s Gate and the Treasure of Atreus. This last structure is generally believed to be a royal tomb and more precisely the Tomb of Agamemnon.
You will end a full day of cultural adventure in the comfort of your hotel in Nafplio, a charming Venetian city.
Total distance: 148 km Overnight: Nafplio Meals: Breakfast
Day 4Nafplio - Olympia
After breakfast, you will have time to discover Nafplio in the morning. There you can get in touch with the locals by visiting an olive oil mill and tasting the famous and appetizing Greek olives.
After leaving Nafplio, you will drive through the picturesque mountains of Arcadia towards the ancient Olympia.
On the route, you can make a detour to Kalavryta, a city with magnificent views and its steep slopes, river springs and pine forests. At a distance of about 17 kilometers from Kalavryta, you will come across the Cave of the Lakes. The cave extends for 2 kilometers underground and has 15 lakes inside. The combination of the colors and waterfalls together make an impressive spectacle.
Alternatively, you can drive to Diakofto and from there catch the train known as “Odontotos” towards Kalavryta. This train rises to a hight of 750 meters above sea level and crosses the entire Vouraikos gorge. The views are splendid, with lush forests, waterfalls, and tunnels carved into the rocks. This is the tour of such striking beauty, that you should not miss out on the chance of taking it.
After these two compulsory stops, you will arrive at the destination of the day, Olympia. There, you will visit the site of the former Olympic stadium, where the first Games were held (776a.C). The importance of the Olympic games was such that all Greek cities ceased hostilities and participated on a large scale.
Olympia was also the most important sanctuary of the Ancient Greeks, a place to worship Zeus, the king and father of all gods. Here also stood his gold and ivory statue, a gigantic sculpture made by Fidias himself and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Total distance: 157 km Overnight: Olympia Meals: Breakfast
Day 5Olympia - Delphi
After your breakfast, you will leave Olympia and cross the Korinthian Gulf over the Rio Antirío Bridge, the longest cable bridge in Europe and one of the great jewels of modern European engineering.
You will continue your way to Nafpaktos, the town known as the location of the naval battle, where Miguel de Cervantes also took part. There you can visit the old port and the castle of Nafpaktos with incredible views of the Gulf of Corinth.
Your next stop will be Galaxidi, a picturesque fishing village with beautiful beaches. Finally you will arrive at Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the centre or navel of the ancient world, where the renowned Delphic Oracle was located (consulted by kings and pilgrims alike). When all your prayers and petitions to the Delphi Oracle have been made, you will enjoy a well-deserved rest in your hotel!
Total distance: 212 kms Overnight: Delphi Meals: Breakfast
Day 6Delphi - Kalambaka
After your breakfast, you will leave Delphi, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus to head towards the plains of Thessaly where the city of Kalambaka is located.
Once in Kalambaka you will visit Meteora, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. It combines the natural beauty of the region with the eternal monasteries or meteors hanging on the rocks. The first monastery, “The Great Meteoro”, was built by Athanasius after being expelled from Mount Athos, in order to escape from his pursuers. Nowadays, only six of them remain in use: five for male residents and one for female residents.
Dress code in monasteries: Over-the-knee shorts or skirts are prohibited. Men are not allowed to enter wearing sleeveless shirts. For women sarongs are available at the entrance if needed.
Total distance: 237 kms Overnight: Kalambaka Meals: Breakfast
Day 7Kalambaka - Athens
After your breakfast, you will start your return journey to Athens. Along the way, you can drive through The Thermopylae, where the statue of the Spartan king Leonidas I is to be seen. Leonidas was the intrepid leader who confronted the Persians and perished in the homonymous battle.
In the same area you can also try out a relaxing bath in the sulphurous thermal springs, from which Thermopylae takes its name. The admission to the spring waters is free.
Back in Athens, you will return your rental car to the station and your adventure through Greece at our own pace will have come full circle. Now it is time to have a well-deserved rest with the memories of all the places you have seen and the people you have met still fresh in your mind.
Total distance: 350 km. Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast
Day 8Athens departure
After your breakfast , at the appopriate time, our driver will transfer you to Athens International Airport to board your international flight back home.
Overnight: N/A Meals: Breakfast
What are the car rental requirements?
You must be at least 21 years old for renting a vehicle (25 years old in some categories). There are no maximum age restrictions.
A credit or debit card will be requestedat the time of picking up the vehicle by rental car company and will be used for the security deposit (prepaid cards are not accepted).
Authorized driving license:
If your driving license was issued by any of the countries that are in the following list, Congratulations! Your license or card type is valid and does not require the presentation of any additional documentation:
Albania, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates United, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Russian Federation, Philippines, Finland, France, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan , Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Norway, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan,Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.
– For the countries not mentioned above, the driving license is required to be accompanied by an international license.
New Health Protocols for Traveling to Greece
No one has remained unaffected by the historically monumental event that was the covid-19 pandemic. We extend our sympathies to everyone that has suffered in his or her own way during these tumultuous times. As life is slowly starting to resume to normal rhythms, we must not throw caution to the wind, but take heed of the lessons we had to learn in the past few months moving forward.
The aftermath of an unprecedented global health crisis, finds the rules of travel vastly changed in a short amount of time. The governments of the countries least affected by this crisis have taken measures to ensure everyone’s safety as they are starting to welcome back travelers. Greece remains one of the safest destinations worldwide, having exceptionally handled a difficult situation and in the same spirit of responsibility has instituted a new public health protocol to retain the status quo.
We are here to help you navigate through the steps you need to take to travel to Greece in a safe and responsible manner. Starting July 1st 2020, the following guidelines have been issued by the Greek authorities:
Passenger Location Form (PLF)
The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the process. All travelers are obliged to complete their PLF at least 48 hours before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece.
You can fill out the passenger location form here.
The following protocol has been put in place for passengers traveling to any Greek airport via international flights:
Arrival of passengers at the arrival gate.
Transfer to the area where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
Screening personnel direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area or to the exit (baggage claim area or passport control). Until the screening results become available, passengers tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening, they are directed towards the exit.
All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
For domestic flights, all passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
International Sea Travel
The following protocol has been put in place for passengers traveling to any Greek port from abroad:
Arrival of incoming passengers on foot at the main entry gate.
Incoming passengers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.
All passengers are transferred to areas where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
Depending on passengers’ QR code, screening personnel either direct them to the screening area or allow them to enter the country. Until the screening results become available, passengers who are tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening they are allowed to enter the country.
All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
Domestic Sea Travel
As part of the guidelines announced by the Greek Authorities, all passengers must complete a “Pre boarding information” form and submit it to the vessel’s Chief Purser along with their ticket, when boarding, prior to the vessel’s departure. YWe will will send you the appropriate form prior to your departure. In addition, all passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
In alignment with the Greek public health protocols, our fleet of land vehicles for domestic transfers has been equipped with all the necessary equipment to ensure our guests’ safety and comfort. Our personnel is equipped with protective masks and hand sanitizer is provided for passengers. Transfers are conducted at reduced capacity to observe social distancing during your trip.
We have always utilized our decades of experience in the travel industry to select the finest hotels for our guests to stay in. In these times, this has become a matter of utmost importance. As a result, and with the safety of our guests at heart, we are only working with hotels from which we have been assured that health protocols are kept in their premises.
What happens with confirmed cases?
It’s always prudent to prepare for the worst, so in case an infection is confirmed, the Greek state will cover expenses related to hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms. This includes transfer to a hospital and medical costs as well as stay in a quarantine hotel if needed. In the event of a confirmed infection, close contacts of the case will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. Remaining guests will continue their holidays.