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Cyclades & Gods


  • Itinerary:
    Athens - Galaxidi - Gialova - Nafplion - Naxos
  • Duration:
    16 days / 15 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    from £ 2,798.- per person (excluding flights)
With ancient ruins, tasting traditional cuisine and plenty of outdoor adventures, this itinerary explores many of the country’s highlights in just 16 days. You’ll discover the historic city of Athens, cook up a treat in Galaxidi, cycle and siesta in Gialova, taste locally made ouzo and finish your adventure by relaxing on the beaches at Naxos.
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Days 1-4 – Ancient Athens

While many travelers stay in the cozy but touristic Plaka, we opt for the less busy, hip Psiri district where the Athenians also like to come. You sleep in a trendy hotel but are still within walking distance of Plaka and Monastiraki. In the evening there is a cozy and friendly atmosphere on the terraces and along the souvenir shops. The nice thing about Athens city center is that you meet both tourists and local Greeks as you get lost in its maze of narrow, cozy streets on your way to one of its many outdoor restaurant bars and cafes. Besides walking, the metro is the perfect way to explore Athens and is even adorned with archeological finds discovered during its construction. Head to the parliament building or the Acropolis Museum, one of the highlights of Athens. At the foot of the Acropolis is the Dionysus Theater, the oldest theater in Europe. If you want to visit some extra ruins, choose the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate.

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Days 4-7 – Delicious Delphi

Today you’ll pick up your rental car. After signing the contract and receiving a full briefing, you can set off on the open road and drive from Athens to Galixidi. The journey time is approx. 3 hours. You’ll leave modernity behind and head to the enchanting Greek countryside at Galaxidi. As you traverse the winding mountain roads, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds you. When you get there, cyou’ll be warmly welcomed to your charming Greek mansion that has sweeping views of majestic mountains and the shimmering sea, creating a tranquil backdrop for your stay. After you’ve settled in, take it easy and go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of one of the nearby fishing coves. Within walking distance of the hotel you will find several restaurants, cafes and shops. In the evening, take a walk to the marina and unwind on one of the inviting terraces, where you can raise a glass to toast the beauty that surrounds you.

After breakfast this morning, make your way to Delphi and with a bit of luck you’ll see the mist slowly clearing, revealing the ancient remnants that have captivated the imaginations of countless visitors. Following in the footsteps of pilgrims who sought guidance from the Oracle, you’ll ascend the site, each step revealing more of the remarkable history that unfolds before you. At the pinnacle of your ascent, you’ll encounter the remnants of the Temple of the Oracle, an awe-inspiring testament to the ancient wisdom and mystical practices that once thrived in this hallowed place. In the afternoon, we will arrange a cooking workshop at your hotel, where you will be guided by skilled instructors to learn the art of creating a spanakopita, a quintessential Greek savoury pie filled with fresh and flavorful vegetables. Once ready, you’ll have the pleasure of indulging in the fruits of your labour. Sit back and savour each delectable bite of your freshly prepared spanakopita, appreciating the rich flavors and wholesome ingredients that make Greek cuisine so beloved.

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Days 7-10 – Siestas in Gialova

Today you’ll drive from Galaxidi to Gialova. The journey time is approx. 4 hours. Nestled just above Pylos lies the charming seaside town of Gialova, a haven of tranquility where you can truly unwind. Gialova boasts a picturesque bay with vibrant colours, where the crystal-clear blue waters meet the golden sands of its inviting beach. Today, you’ll check into your comfortable apartment, conveniently located within a mere ten-minute stroll from the beach. As the evening unfolds, take a leisurely walk along the enchanting promenade, where a delightful array of authentic Greek tavernas and inviting terraces await you.

The following day, you’ll forget the car and discover the natural beauty of Gialova as you embark on a delightful bike ride. Before setting off, visit the local supermarkets to gather provisions for a picnic to take with you. As you pedal along the scenic route, you’ll find yourself tracing the edges of the lagoon, marveling at its serene beauty. Take the time to pause at various points along the way, capturing the perfect photo and soaking in the breathtaking vistas that unfold before you. As you venture further, the road will lead you to higher grounds, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the lagoons and their sandy beaches. Keep a keen eye out for the remarkable array of bird species that call the lagoon home, with the possibility of spotting majestic flamingos adding an extra touch of wonder to your journey.

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Days 10-13 – Sipping ouzo in Nafplion

Today you’ll drive from Gialova to Nafplion. The journey time is approx. 2.5 hours. Once the residence of Greece’s first king in the mid-nineteenth century, Nafplion has since transformed into a beloved seaside retreat for Athenians seeking respite from the bustling city. As you wander through its captivating streets, you’ll discover vibrant hues of Italian-style buildings that lend an artistic charm to the cityscape, as well as Turkish mosques and fountains. Stroll through the bustling streets, brimming with enticing shops and inviting tavernas, as you make your way towards the picturesque harbour. Here, you’ll find the Twin Fortresses, steadfast guardians of the region, standing tall along the rugged coastline. Settle into your traditional guesthouse, nestled right in the heart of the old city.

The next day, you’ll explore the northeast of the Peloponnese by car. Get up early to get to the Lion Gate of Mycenae and the Amphitheater of Epidaurus before the crowds arrive. As you return to the charming city of Nafplion, you can visit one of the oldest ouzo factories in the country, where the art of distilling this quintessential Greek anise drink has been passed down through five generations of the same family. The owner’s passion and expertise will guide you through the nuances and traditions of this beloved drink, weaving tales of generations past and painting a vivid picture of its cultural significance. And what better way to truly savour the experience than with a tasting, where you can indulge in the distinctive flavours of ouzo, accompanied by a delightful selection of Greek delicacies. Raise your glass and toast to the moment with a heartfelt “Yamas” (cheers)!

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Days 13-16 – Relax on Naxos

Today you’ll drive from Nafplion to Athens. The journey time is approx. 2 hours. We’ll then arrange your ferry tickets for the trip from Piraeus across to Naxos. The journey takes about 6 hours. We’ll arrange your ticket and reservation in advance. When you get there, you’ll be picked up and taken to your hotel. Today you’ll take to the sea and sail to Naxos, the largest Cyclades island, where we’ll arrange a transfer for you to your charming family-run hotel, conveniently situated just south of Naxos town. Within walking distance you will find the most beautiful sandy beaches, which is most people’s main reason to come to Naxos. In the evening, you have a variety of Greek cuisine at your mercy, from the meaty delight of pita gyros, freshly prepared fish or a salad bursting with locally-sourced feta.

You’ll have the next day free to do as you please, so after breakfast this morning, put your feet up, relax and unwind on the wide sandy beach that’s just minutes from your hotel. Indulge in a refreshing iced coffee feeling like a Greek god and maybe even treat yourself to a Loukoumadis – a kind of Greek doughnut. Later, head out to discover the beauty this island has to offer and take a fulfilling hike. Unlike many other parts of the Cyclades, the interiors of Naxos are lush and rich with vegetation, making it a hiker’s paradise with stunning views throughout. On your final day on the island, hop on a boat and explore the smaller Cyclades while enjoying swimming, snorkelling and lazing around on beautiful beaches.

At the end of your trip, you’ll be transferred to the airport and fly back to the UK, with hundreds of beautiful pictures and an unforgettable experience.

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Cyclades & Gods