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The Footsteps of Odysseus


  • Itinerary:
    Athens - Galaxidi - Olympia - Dimitsana - Nafplion - Athens
  • Duration:
    15 days / 14 nights
  • Price:
    from £ 1,980.- per person (excluding flights)
Greece is soaked in culture, epic road trips and stunning beaches around every corner. Take two weeks to get on the road and explore it for yourself. Discover ancient remnants in Athens and Olympia, test your cooking skills in Galaxidi, hike across green canyons in Dimitsana and taste traditional ouzo in Naflpion – all in 13 days, phew!
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Days 1-4 – Ancient Athens

While many travellers stay in the cosy 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 cosy and friendly atmosphere on the terraces and along the souvenir shops. The nice thing about Athens city centre is that you meet both tourists and local Greeks as you get lost in its maze of narrow, cosy 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 archaeological 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 Theatre, the oldest theatre 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 breath-taking vistas that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds you. When you get there, you’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 flavourful 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 flavours and wholesome ingredients that make Greek cuisine so beloved.

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Days 7-9 – Olympia: faster, higher, stronger

Today you’ll travel to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the town of (you guessed it) Olympia. Surrounded by the hills, this area is famed for its olive oil production and some great vineyards waiting to be explored. You’ll stay in a rural hotel with a swimming pool not far from the town itself.

The next morning head to the main event before it gets crowded. Wander among the ancient temples ruins, picture the first ever Olympic Games taking place. Walk across the gymnasiums where the Greek athletes were training to take part in the games, held at this very spot. There are 2 museums dedicated to the ancient and modern Olympic Games on site, both well worth visiting.

In the early afternoon head to the local vineyard, where Amanta, your host, will welcome you to their small family-run business. Walk through the vineyard, learn about the wine production process and visit the cellars where dozens of wine barrels mature. Finish your tour by tasting 4 different wines with freshly made snacks. Yamas!

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Days 9-12 – Mountain goats in the green canyon

Today you’ll drive from Galaxidi to Dimitsana. The journey time is approx. 4 hours. You’ll arrive in the picturesque village of Dimitsana, nestled amidst a breath-taking mountains cape. Here, time seems to stand still, allowing you to immerse yourself in a traditional Greek experience that harkens back to the bygone eras. Discover the charm of this enchanting village, where traditional stone houses and picturesque alleys create a captivating ambiance that will transport you to a simpler time. Upon arrival, check into your charming mountain lodge with spacious rooms. Unwind by the crackling fireplace and indulge in a glass of tsipouro, a traditional Greek spirit that adds a touch of authenticity to your experience.

After a hearty breakfast and picking up some snacks from the local baker, you will head to the awe-inspiring Lousios gorge. Along the way, you’ll traverse ancient bridges and follow the path along the fast-flowing river, encountering different monasteries, each offering a glimpse into the spiritual heritage of the region. Keep an eye out for the resident monks, whose warm hospitality will greet you with refreshing water and delightful treats like loukoumi, a delectable Turkish delight. We will provide you with a comprehensive walking route (via an app) with useful tips for start and end points.

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Days 12-15 – Sipping ouzo in Nafplion

Today you’ll drive from Dimitsana to Naflpion. The journey time is approx. 1.5 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 Amphitheatre 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)!

On your final day, you’ll drive from Nafplion to Athens. The journey time is approx. 2 hours. Once there, you’ll drop your car off at the airport and fly back to the UK, with hundreds of beautiful pictures and an unforgettable experience.

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The Footsteps of Odysseus