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An authentic road trip to Athens, Peloponnese, Hydra and Crete.
Do you want to plan the holidays of your dreams that will take care of your transportation and help you experience your trip to Greece with a more local vibe? We‘ve got you covered! Live ten incredible days filled with a variety of historical sites, museums, monuments, villages, and sightseeing the breathtaking beauty. Taste magnificent delicacies and immerse yourself in the Greek culture in some of the most notable places in Greece, Athens, Peloponnese, Hydra, and Crete.
Stroll in the mesmerizing neighborhoods of Athens with your 10 days Greece Road Trip Itinerary to visit historical sites such as the Acropolis and savour Greek delicacies while taking in the vibrant atmosphere of Athens.
Catch a glimpse of the impressive Corinth Canal and explore Nafplio, one of the most picturesque seaside towns of Greece with a number of interesting monuments and beautiful attractions.
Continue your authentic Greece Road Trip with a boat trip to Hydra, a unique car-free island reminiscent of a fortified castle that will surprise you with its traditional mansions, churches and its gorgeous streets paved with marble.
Head to the region of Nemea and sample flavorsome wines made from the grape variety of Agiorgitiko. Pair your wine with local delicacies and marvel at the view of the vineyards of the valley of Nemea.
Discover the picture-perfect towns of Crete-Rethymno and Chania, locations of great historical importance that boast Venetian remains and numerous monuments and neighborhoods that will give you a deeper understanding of Crete and its culture.
Participate in an interactive workshop to learn how to make soap by using pure olive oil and pay a visit to one of the world’s most ancient olive trees that will make your Greece Itinerary unforgettable.
Athens | Peloponnese | Hydra | Crete
Arrive in the impeccable city of Athens, get picked up by your driver and reach your hotel, with a welcome pack waiting for you. Explore the vibrant city of Athens, including the numerous historical sites and museums, and visit food spots that will pamper your taste buds and make your trip to Greece unforgettable.
The lively city of Athens
The capital of Greece, Athens is the cradle of western civilization and home to countless historical sites and monuments that have stood the test of time to remind us all about our glorious past. Athens has a welcoming environment for all tourists visitors and it’s a great place to have fun and wash away the dust of everyday life, thanks to the easygoing and laid-back ambiance of the Greek culture.
Things to do in your free time in Athens
In your free time, you can visit one of the numerous food spots of Athens to try delicacies from cuisines from all over the world. Visit the Acropolis to admire Parthenon and enhance your knowledge on ancient Greek history while watching the urban landscape of Athens. If you want, book a guided tour for a more thorough experience and perceive the importance of the Acropolis on a greater scale. Stroll in the beautiful avenues and alleys of Athens, adore the architecture and buy souvenirs from the Monastiraki flea market.
Get picked up from your hotel and meet your guide at your meeting point. Wander around the streets of Athens and uncover the best spots with the help of a local guide. Admire the different buildings scattered around in the neighborhoods you visit and apprehend the urban culture of the city of Athens.
Tour in Athens
Tour around the best neighborhoods of Athens with the assistance of a local guide who will show you the contrast between the impeccable architecture of the neoclassical buildings and the political street art.
Things to do in your free time in Athens
After the tour, head to Syntagma to witness the changing of the guards at the Greek parliament and find a cool spot to enjoy a drink. Later on, visit Kerameikos and dance the night away to the rhythmic tunes of your favorite music.
Get in your car, start the engine and set out for a journey to Nafplio. On your way to Nafplio, have a brief stop to witness the Corinth Canal, built in 1890. Get your camera ready as the canal provides a stunning scenery for photos and videos. Explore the picturesque town of Nafplio and visit the top sightseeings of the area and of course, try out the flavorsome local delicacies.
The coastal town of Nafplio
Nafplio was the first capital of Greece and is among the most impressive towns of the country. With the spectacular castle of Palamidi, at the top of a hill overlooking the whole area, Nafplio is the perfect mixture of Venetian, Ottoman and Greek architecture and the perfect escape for tourists that want to escape the hustle and bustle of Athens and explore a more quiet, seaside town.
Things to do in your free time in Nafplio
Catch a glimpse of the first Greek parliament, the Vouleftikon, and capture photos of the Constitution square that is full of restaurants, bars and cafes to relax and indulge in local delicacies. Don’t forget to stroll along the port and admire the marvelous sunset and the Palamidi castle, overlooking the whole area. Make sure you have a traditional meal at a local tavern and taste some gorgeous seafood, an ideal option in the seaside setting of Nafplio.
Get on the boat and sail to the island of Hydra. Navigate the historical town of the island and see the different buildings that provide a gorgeous scenery that will excite you and your family.
Tour in Hydra
Arrive on the tranquil island of Hydra and walk through the cobblestone streets filled with taverns and squares and savour a more laid-back vibe. Stroll around the port with its 18th century mansions, old churches and streets paved with marble, and locate the spots where numerous films were filmed, like the ‘Boy on a Dolphin’. Walk along the waterfront and pay a visit to the different museums and neighborhoods of the secluded yet fascinating Hydra.
Things to do in your free time in Hydra
Have you ever seen a church with a bell tower made of marble? The Church of the Assumption is a great example and it’s located at the port of Hydra. Also, make sure you see the cannons scattered around the port that were used as protection in the past from the enemy. Visit the museum of Hydra which provides a glimpse into Hydra’s culture with artifacts displaying the history of the island.
Get to Nemea from Nafplio by car and participate in an astounding tour which will help you unravel the beauty of winemaking, a great way to spice up your trip to Greece.
Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and Nemea is a great example for producing wine of great quality. The grape variety of Agioritiko gives Nemea a competitive advantage against other wineries, as it ages very well and acquires an otherworldly taste.
Tour in Nemea
Join an incomparable wine tasting experience with a professional guide who will take you to three wineries known for their excellent quality of wine and meet oenologists that know all the secrets in making the best wine. Delve into the history of wine making in Greece and taste traditional products from the region of Nemea while admiring the views of the vineyards of Nemea valley.
Travel to Crete by plane and go to the temple of Zeus by car. Spend some time exploring and get amazed by the stalagmites and stalactites hiding in the cave. Finish your day by diving in the refreshing waters of Crete before you head to your next destination.
Tour in Crete (Dikteon Cave)
Unravel the secrets of the Dikteon cave, one of the most famous caves in Crete with the help of a certified guide who will share his knowledge with you. Learn interesting mythological facts and come across a great number of stalagmites and stalactites. The Dikteon Cave is one of the 3,000 most important caves in Crete and will definitely be the highlight of your trip to Greece.
Things to do in your free time in Crete
After some fun time exploring the majestic Dikteon cave, have a stop at one of the magnificent beaches of Crete to refresh your body and spirit before you move on with your Greece road trip itinerary.
Visit Rethymno by car and stroll in the astounding town with several urban and historical elements as well as numerous remains from the Venetian-era. After some time of exploration, get in the car and continue your trip to Greece in Chania.
Tour in Rethymno
Explore the monastery of Arkadi, a national sanctuary in honor of the Cretan resistance and perfect example of Roman architecture with baroque elements. Continue your tour in Eleftherna, an ancient city of Crete which is situated close to Mount Ida. Next up, feel inspired by the seaside town of Rethymno, boasting the Venetail Fortezza, an impressive Venetian fortress which will surprise you with its excellent state.
Things to do in your free time in Rethymno
Roam around the city’s streets, relish the lighthouse and of course, capture photos of the charming scenery. If you want to learn more about the history of Rethymno, check out the historical & folk art museum to see collections of pottery, coins, weapons, photographs, and textiles. Another great museum is the museum of Cretan Lyra which is a workshop of lyras and the optimal place to learn more about the traditional music in Crete.
Travel to Chania by car and locate the best spots that will make you dig deeper into the local culture. See important landmarks and decide where you want to go and have some relaxing time later.
The postcard town of Chania
Chania is an exquisite place for vacations as it offers gorgeous beaches and numerous tourist attractions. Chania’s medieval architecture along with its rich history, make it one of the most visited tourist destinations in Crete.
Things to do in your free time in Chania
Stroll in the neighborhoods of Topanas, Splantzia, Kolobo and Kasteli and admire the perfect view of the harbor. Walk through the municipal market and garden of Chania to grab a bite and if you want to enjoy the island’s nature, pay a visit to the botanical gardens.
Spend a fantastic day in the outskirts of Chania and engage in an interactive workshop which will help you learn the principles of soap making. Move on with some brief stops at the world’s oldest olive tree, an olive mill, and finish your day with a tour at a winery.
Tour in Chania
Enroll in an educational soap production workshop during your trip to Greece and create your own soap with high quality ingredients. Pay attention to your guide who is an experienced soap maker and learn the history of soap throughout the years. The setting is at a remarkable location, the village of Tavronitis, with excellent outdoor facilities including a kid’s corner. The tour includes a brief visit to the world’s most ancient olive tree & museum in Vouves village and stops at an olive mill and winery. There, you will indulge in olive oil tasting, wine tasting and you’ll pair the right product with the ideal delicacy to create an astonishing combo.
Things to do in your free time
Find a spot in the old town and enjoy a refreshing drink on the roof garden of a bar. If you’re wondering what to do in Chania in the evening, head to Daliani street and have a seat at one of the restaurants to enjoy a fabulous dinner.
All good things come to an end. Enjoy your last breakfast in Chania and pack your bags for your journey back home. The driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport.
We wish you a safe flight!
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