Greece Self Drive 3 - Classical Roads of Greece

Athens - Argolis - Olympia - Delphi - Athens

About Greece Self Drive 3 - Classical Roads of Greece

Summary

Explore Greece's world-famous classical sites near Athens, across the Peloponnese and in the mountains around Delphi.

Activity code: GRFDCL03

Duration: 8 Days

START / FINISH - Athens

This classic holiday itinerary is a full highlights tour of mainland Greece, focusing also on the beautiful scenery in-between locations. The itinerary includes some iconic places such as Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae and simply stunning scenery such as the Peloponnese and the mountains en route to Delphi.

This recommended and very popular route is a tried and trusted itinerary which allows plenty of time to enjoy the countryside as you travel; however if you are looking for a modification of any kind then we can also offer a completely tailor made itinerary.

Highlights of the Classical Roads Fly Drive

  • Athens: Hadrian's Arch, Temple of Zeus, Odeion of Herodus Atticus and the sacred rock of the Acropolis crowned by the Parthenon. Don't miss the impressive Acropolis Museum, housing 4000 priceless finds. Soak up the atmosphere of Plaka with its busy winding streets, watch the changing of the guards at Syntagma Square. So much to see and do....
  • Corinth Canal: This feat of engineering joins the Ionian to the Aegean and helped make Pireaus into the international port it is today. The idea of a canal was first mooted during Roman times but it wasn't until the 1890s that it was actually constructed.
  • Mycenae: Homer wrote in the Iliad and Odyssey of a 'city, rich in gold', the capital of Agamemnon. The German businessman and archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, believed that many of the places in these works actually existed so he set about trying to find this golden city. He successfully located Mycenae and began excavations - what he unearthed there made Mycenae one of the richest treasures in the classical world.
  • Epidavrus: a stunning theatre, which dates from the 4th century BC. This 14,000 seat theatre blended so perfectly with its surroundings that it wasn't discovered until the 19th century. Nowadays many events are held here thanks to its fantastic acoustics.
  • Nafplion: one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Greece. It boasts a wonderful mediaeval old town with cobbled alleyways, a lovely promenade and is overlooked by the Palamidi Fortress. From here you have stunning views over the bay and the Mycenae Plain (you do have to make some effort though as there are 999 steps to the top!) Nafplion is also known for 'Bourtzi' the Venetian fortress situated on a rocky islet just off the coast, originally this was built to protect Nafplion from sea attack, this became home to executioners in days gone by.
  • Olympia: enjoys a beautiful location in a valley with wild olive and plane trees. This is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You'll see where the athletes trained, the Stadium, the wrestling school, the altars and the various temples.
  • Delphi: enjoys the most fabulous location on the slopes of a mountain terrace, dwarfed by Parnassus. In ancient times it was believed to have been the centre of the earth but it became most famous for its oracle. People used to journey there to consult the oracle on matters of love, business affairs or war. A sacrifice would be made, the priestess would chant the prophesies, which were then interpreted by a priest.

What's included:

  • 7 days car rental with unlimited mileage, full insurance, CDW, taxes, delivery and airport drop off.
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation at a grade of your choosing.
  • Bed and breakfast basis throughout.
  • all local taxes
  • Fully protected for your peace of mind.

Extra Information:

NB. All our fly-drive customers receive a welcome pack on arrival in Athens which contains maps, hotel vouchers and a detailed programme with hotel information and confirmation of emergency contact details.

If you would like to visit these wonderful places without driving then we can supply a private driver for the duration of the tour.

Please contact us if you would like a completely tailor made fly drive itinerary. All we would need to know are approximate dates of travel, what standard of hotel you would prefer, and if there are any particular areas or classical sites which you would like us to include (or to exclude!) in your itinerary . Your fly drive can be as active or leisurely as you please. Staying one night at each stop allows the maximum amount of sightseeing; two or more nights will allow you to do side trips, whilst staying in one place will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the local area.

Why not extend your stay in Greece with a relaxing few days on one of the islands or on the mainland. Please ask us for further details or suggestions!

Contact us to book this recommended holiday for any date.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Athens

    Arrive into Athens Airport, collect your car and check in to your city centre hotel.

    Rest of the day and overnight in Athens.

    * Alternatively you may prefer to have a private transfer into Athens and have the car delivered to you on the morning of Day Three.

  • Day 2: Athens

    You have the day at leisure in Athens and a chance to explore its wealth of history. Visit the city centre: Constitution Square, the Houses of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Evzones in their picturesque costume, the Presidential Palace, the Panathenaic stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis you can visit its museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion and finally, the Parthenon. Alternatively we can arrange a half day guided tour of the city.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • Day 3: Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidauros - Nafplion

    After breakfast you can leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. Drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides – the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. See the Lions’ Gate, the royal tombs, the Cyclopean walls. Nafplion is sometimes referred to as the most picturesque and romantic town in Greece, nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress.

    In the afternoon you may like to visit Epidaurus to visit the theatre (4th century BC) famous for its astonishing acoustics.

    • Overnight in Nafplion.

  • Day 4: Nafplion - Central Peloponnese - Olympia

    After breakfast make your way westwards to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the ruins of the most important monuments in the archaeological site such as the Temple of Zeus, the sacred Altis, the temple of Hera, the Gymnasium, the Philippeion and so many others. Afterwards visit the museum which contains the famous Hermes of Praxiteles.

    • Overnight in Olympia.

  • Day 5: Olympia - Patras - Delphi

    Drive to Patras after breakfast and from there make your way across the magnificent Rion-Antirion bridge. Continue your journey to Nafpaktos, a small picturesque town with a Venetian fortress, where you might like to stretch your legs. Drive on to Delphi, the centre of the Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (navel) of the Earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. In a landscape of majesty and unparalleled beauty lie the ruins of the temple of Apollo Pythios, the various treasure houses and votive offered by ancient cities, the Castalian Spring and the theatre.

    • Overnight in Delphi.

  • Day 6: Delphi - Athens

    In the morning after breakfast you may like to visit the museum in Delphi which contains masterpieces of sculpture such as the athlete Agias and the famous bronze Charioteer.

    In the afternoon return to Athens.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • Day 7: Athens (optional sightseeing / excursions)

    Breakfast at the hotel. All day at leisure.

    • Overnight in Athens.

  • Day 8: Departure from Athens

    Breakfast. Drop off car at the airport for flight home.

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