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SELF DRIVE CLASSICAL TOUR WITH NAFPAKTOS

8 Days / 7 Nights
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Athens, Nafplio ,Olympia, Mycenae, Argolis, Nafpaktos and Delphi

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What is included in this package

  • 3 night- accommodation in Athens.
  • 1 night- accommodation in Nafplio..
  • 1 night- accommodation in Olymplia.
  • 1 night- accommodation in Nafpaktos.
  • 1 night- accommodation in Delphi.
  • Guided evening-walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Car rental as per itinerary.
  • CDW insurance, excess amount Eur 750.00
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance 
  • All transfers as per description.
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Daily breakfast

What is not included in this package + Optional Supplements

  • Gratuities (optional) and Personal expenses.
  • Optional (Athens Sightseeing)
  • Fuel and tolls
  • GPS, snow chains, child seat and additional driver upon request.
  • Add extra nights in Athens, Nafplio, Olympia and Delphi by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of your rerservation.Where applicable, any additional nights will also include additional days of car rental.
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  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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Package Tour Itinerary: Self Drive Classical Tour With Nafpaktos

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you have have. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay at this destination by adding nights at Step 1 of 3!

DAY AT LEISURE  AND ATHENS BY NIGHT
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DAY AT LEISURE AND ATHENS BY NIGHT

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 enjoy a guided walking tour through the most stunning areas of Athens, such as Anafiótika, Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka.

Greca Tip: Enjoy a tasty souvlaki in some tavern near Monasteraki Square.

FROM ATHENS TO CORINTH, MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO
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FROM ATHENS TO CORINTH, MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO

After an exquisite 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

Greca Tip: Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Old Town and sip your drink at the port taking in the amazing view of Bourtzi – always lit up at night.

FROM NAFPLIO TO THE ANCIENT OLYMPIA
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FROM NAFPLIO TO THE ANCIENT OLYMPIA

After a delicious 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 Kalavrita, a city with magnificent views and its steep slopes, river springs and pine forests.  At a distance of about 17 kilometers from Kalavrita, 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 Kalavrita. 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

Greca Tip: Relax and make the most of your hotel's amenities or hike through the beautiful surrounding countryside.

FROM OLYMPIA TO NAFPAKTOS
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FROM OLYMPIA TO NAFPAKTOS

After a delicious breakfast, you will depart from Olympia and cross the Río Antirío Bridge, one of the great jewels of modern European architecture, which crosses the Gulf of Corinth, to continue our route to Náfpaktos, also known as Lepanto, since it was the scene of the Naval Battle of Lepanto.

The historic Battle of Lepanto between the Holy League Navy and the Ottoman Turks resulted at the end of the Ottoman Empire in the eastern Mediterranean.

On one side of the wall there is the statue of Miguel de Cervantes, a famous Spanish writer, who participated in the battle and lost his left hand. Hence, its nickname "El Manco de Lepanto" (The one-handed from Lepanto).

On the other side of the Venetian port, there are also the old lighthouse and the Fethive Tzamí mosque, built at the end of the 15th century, both worth visiting! 

After exploring the city, you can rest at our hotel in Nafpaktos.

Total distance: 121 km.

Greca Tip: Another site that we suggest visiting is the Lepanto Castle with incredible views of the Corinthian Gulf.

FROM NAFPAKTOS TO THE DELPHI ORACLE
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FROM NAFPAKTOS TO THE DELPHI ORACLE

After an exquisite breakfast in Nafpaktos, you will continue your way to the famous Delphi oracle.

Driving on you will arrive at Galaxidi, a picturesque fishing village with an elegant touch of tradition and a long naval history. There, sailors who sailed in the Mediterranean Sea used to find shelter in the two natural harbors, Agorá and Girólakas. Galaxidi also has beautiful beaches where you can take a short break.

Finally you will arrive at Delphi, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the center or navel of the ancient world where the renowned Delphic Oracle was found (consulted by kings and pilgrims alike). There are also the archaeological remains of the Temple of Apollo, which is essential in your visit to this area.

After all your questions to the Oracle of Delphi, you will enjoy a well-deserved rest at the hotel!

Total distance: 98 km.

Greca Tip: At night we suggest visiting the neighboring and picturesque town of Arájova.

FROM DELPHI TO ATTICA, THE RETURN
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FROM DELPHI TO ATTICA, THE RETURN

After a delicious Greek breakfast, you will start your journey back to Athens

You will drive along the slopes of Mount Parnassos rising to 2457 meters height and you will make a short stop in Arachova, a popular winter resort full of taverns and handicraft shops. 

Further down the road you can visit the town of Lebadeia, which, in ancient times, flourished and rose into importance in consequence of its possessing the celebrated oracle of Trophonius, found in a cave.

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: 186 km

Greca Tip: In the village of Arachova you can shop for local products, such as the traditional woven carpets, honey and the local formaela cheese.

FAREWELL - GOODBYE GREECE!
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FAREWELL - GOODBYE GREECE!

At the appopriate time, our driver will transfer you to Athens International Airport to board your international flight back home.  You will check in your luggage and benefit from any tax return you may be eligible for as a result of your last minute "tax free" shopping. Undoubtedly, and after spending a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you soon to create new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory. Have a nice trip! Or as Greeks say: "Kalo taksidi!"

Greca Tip: As a going away gift you can choose from a wide range of brightly colored flokati rugs, handmade sandals, embroidered covers and Greek honey or olive oil.

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