The Footsteps of Odysseus

2-Week Highlights Holiday Itinerary - Greece

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Duration13 days / 12 nights

DepartureDaily

ItineraryAthens - Galaxidi - Dimitsana - Nafplion - Athens

Suitable for families

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Overview

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 remains in Athens, test your cooking skills in Galaxidi, hike across green canyons in Dimitsana and taste traditional ouzo in Naflpion – all in 13 days, phew!

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Airport transfer in Athens
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Your day-by-day itinerary

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. You wouldn’t know it now, but this originally working-class neighborhood used to be the slum of Athens, it’s changed a lot and is now full of street art, old craft shops, vintage shops, atmospheric restaurants and trendy bars. 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.

ruins and forest above buildings

Delicious Delphi

Today you’ll leave modernity behind and head to the Greek countryside, enjoying stunning views form the winding mountain roads towards Galaxidi. For the next few nights you will sleep in a simple but attractive room in a Greek mansion, looking out over the mountains or the sea from your balcony. After you’ve settled in, take it easy and go for a swim in one of the nearby fishing coves. Within walking distance of the hotel you will find several restaurants, cafes and shops. In the evening you can take a walk to the marina to end the day with a cool drink on one of the terraces.

a woman takes a selfie in from of some greek suins

After breakfast this morning, make your way to Delphi and with a bit of luck you’ll see the mist slowly clearing above the crumbling pillars. You have now entered the mystical heart of Greek culture, where ancient Greeks believed was the centre of the world. Following in the footsteps of the pilgrims, you’ll gradually ascend the site to the remains of the Temple of the Oracle. In the afternoon we will arrange a cooking workshop at your hotel, where you will prepare a spanakopita, a typical Greek savoury pie filled with vegetables. Once ready,  you will be left to you to enjoy this delicious, well-earnt meal.

Greek ruins sit above a green valley

Mountain Goats in the Green Canyon

Today you’ll arrive in the scenic village of Dimitsana. Located in the middle of the mountains, it is as traditional as you would hope to find here. Little has changed in recent decades and you will find traditional stone houses and picturesque alleys. Check into your picturesque mountain lodge, where the rooms are spacious and after a long day of walking, you can relax by the fireplace and relax with a glass of tsipouro.

a tall building overlooking a valley

After a hearty breakfast and picking up some snacks from the local baker, you will head to the Lousios gorge, passing over old bridges and along a fast-flowing river, encountering different monasteries along the way. Look out for the resident monks who will be more than happy to welcome you with water and loukoumi (Turkish delight). We will provide you with a walking route (via an app) with useful tips for start and end points.

white buuilding built into the side of a mountain

Sipping Ouzo in Nafplion

Arrive in Nafplion feeling like the first king of Greece who resided here in the mid-nineteenth century, before it became a popular seaside resort for the inhabitants of Athens. In addition to the colourful Italian-style buildings, you will also see Turkish mosques and fountains. Walk through the streets full of shops and tavernas to the harbor, where you can see the Twin Fortresses built along the rocky coast to protect the region. Check into your traditional guesthouse, perfectly located in the heart of the old city, and take the evening to relax.

a boat in a harbour with the sun

The next day you are free to 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.  Not many travellers know it, but in Nafplion you can visit one of the oldest ouzo factories in the country and this evening you’ll be doing just that! This typical Greek anise drink has been traditionally distilled here by the same family for five generations. The friendly owner will give you a short but interesting tour of the factory  and tell you more about the history and production of ouzo. Of course there is also a tasting afterwards and you can enjoy the Greek hospitality with a small snack. Yamas (cheers)!

a line of drinks on a bar
David on a rickshaw

Speak to our Greece specialist, David

"For me, it's the hidden sandy beaches that made me fall in love with Greece. Everything is so picturesque and the local hospitality is just so welcoming."


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