Adventure awaits on this exciting 10-day tour of Athens and the Peloponnese! You'll start in Athens with a tour of the Acropolis, a Jeep excursion around the mountains and lakes outside the city, and a day trip to nearby islands aboard a classic sailboat. Then move on to bustling Kalamata, where you'll base yourself for a few days as you enjoy a sea kayaking trip and a hiking excursion to the famous Polylimnio Waterfalls. Finish the journey in Nafplio with a guided culinary tour and a tour of the ruins of the Ancient Sunken City.

Highlights

  • See the Acropolis on a guided history tour of Athens
  • Explore mountains and lakes on a Jeep excursion
  • Sample traditional Greek delicacies on a food tour of Nafplio
  • Go sea kayaking along the pristine Greek coastline
  • Swim in the refreshing waters of the Polylimnio Waterfalls
  • Snorkel in the breakwater near the Ancient Sunken City

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Athens & Sightsee Athens
Day 2 Explore the Outdoors on a Private Jeep Tour Athens
Day 3 Tour the Acropolis Athens
Day 4 Boat to Agistri, Moni & Aegina Athens
Day 5 Transfer to Kalamata Kalamata
Day 6 Sea Kayak Along the Coast Kalamata
Day 7 Hike to the Polylimnio Waterfalls Kalamata
Day 8 Go on a Food Tour of Nafplio Nafplio
Day 9 Discover the Ancient Sunken City Nafplio
Day 10 Depart Greece - End of Trip  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Athens & Sightsee

Monastiraki Square and Sunset over Plaka
Monastiraki Square in Athens

Welcome to Greece! Your private driver will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Athens. In the afternoon, get out for some sightseeing. Those interested in history and mythology might choose to visit the National Archaeological Museum, the Museum of the Ancient Agora, or the Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos. View fine art at Benaki Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, or the National Gallery. You could also go off the beaten path at the Museum of Cycladic Art, where you can buy truly unique souvenirs, or the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology. You'll overnight in the city. 

Day 2: Explore the Outdoors on a Private Jeep Tour

Athens Private 4X4 Tour to Mount Corinth, Ziria Plateau, Lake Dasiou and Doxa Lake
Exploring lakes outside Athens
Escape the big city today for a private tour of the surrounding mountain landscape in a 4x4 vehicle. Start by entering the forest of Ziria, continuing on an off-road route to Lake Dasiou, surrounded by firs and wild mountain vegetation. Drive through the woods, crossing wild horse pastures as you follow the path to the picturesque village of Gkoura and Lake Doxa. Next, you will have lunch in a traditional Greek tavern. After lunch, travel onward towards Feneos River and then to the impressive Saint Paul's Church in Tarsus. Enjoy panoramic views of Trikala Korinthias on the journey back to Athens. The evening is yours to relax.

Day 3: Tour the Acropolis

The Parthenon at the Athenian Acropolis

Today you'll visit the Acropolis, taking in views of the world-famous Parthenon. This temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, has enchanted visitors since its construction was completed in 438 BCE. Afterward, the tour continues at the Athens Central Food Market (Varvakios Agora), where you'll sample regional delicacies made by Greek cheese-makers, pastry chefs, and food vendors of all kinds. The evening is free to relax or explore the city.

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Day 4: Boat to Agistri, Moni & Aegina

Full Day Boat Tour Unique Sailing Experience to Agistri Moni Aegina
Snorkeling off the boat
Set sail for the Saronic IslandsAgistri, Moni, and Aegina — aboard a spacious Greek sailboat. Find your favorite spot on deck to soak up the Mediterranean sun while island-hopping! From ancient temples and wild peacocks to pristine beaches and an optional bike ride, there’s something for everyone at each stop along the way. Swim and snorkel right off the boat, then indulge in a delicious Greek lunch served on the boat.

Day 5: Transfer to Kalamata

Boats in Kalamata's harbor 

Today you will leave Athens behind and continue your adventure in the Peloponnese! Transfer to the seaside city of Kalamata, where the magnificent Mount Taygetos towers high above beaches that seem to go on forever. Kalamata is home to modern cafés, beach bars, great restaurants, historic markets, and a colorful port. Go for a walk along the coastline, check out the fortified castle from the Middle Ages, see a nunnery where traditional handkerchiefs are still made by hand, stop into 19th-century churches, and browse handicrafts in local boutiques.

You could start with the church of Ypapanti, which stands out with its belfries and silver domes. North of the church is the Municipal Odeon on Alexandraki Street. Nearby, a neoclassical building houses the interesting Historical and Folk MuseumThe Railway Museum, one of Greece’s first theme parks, features steam locomotives, diesel engines, passenger and freight cars, and a two-story central station building — a fun attraction for travelers of all ages.

There's time in the afternoon for an excursion outside the city, too, if you wish. A short drive north of Kalamata, the city of Messene, founded in the 4th century BCE, is one of the country's most interesting archaeological sites. Noteworthy for its outstanding perimeter walls erected in the 3rd century BCE, its massive gate, and eight surviving towers, Messene was little more than a green valley before its secrets began to be unearthed just a few decades ago.

Day 6: Sea Kayak Along the Coast

The beach in Kardamili

Discover one of the prettiest settings in the Peloponnese today when you venture to Kardamyli and Stoupa, a pair of villages located between Mount Taygetos and the blue waters of the Messinian Gulf. You'll enjoy marvelous views on a sea kayaking tour along the coast, paddling through crystal-clear waters as you explore hidden coves, sea caves, idyllic beaches, and impressive rock formations. Keep your eyes open for sea turtles!

One of the top attractions of the tour is a visit to the Blue Cave, a spectacular natural phenomenon where beams of sunshine pass through a crack in the rock. A swim in the cave is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also try cliff diving in the area. Along the tour, you'll also stop for swimming, snorkeling, and a homemade picnic of fresh local delicacies.

Day 7: Hike to the Polylimnio Waterfalls

Hiking & Archery in Polilimnio
Swimming at Polylimnio Waterfalls
Today you'll head to the gorge of Polylimnio Waterfalls, a paradise on earth and one of the hidden gems of the Peloponnese. The word "Polylimnio" means "many lakes," and this is exactly what you discover. In this region, there are numerous freshwater lakes — some fed by spectacular waterfalls — with aquamarine waters. Water flows from one lake to another and you can hike across the gorge and take breaks to swim along the way. At the end of the hike, you'll enjoy a picnic with local fruits and cheeses. Next, your guide will teach you the basics of archery and you'll try your hand at the ancient sport. 

Day 8: Go on a Food Tour of Nafplio

Nafplio from above
Nafplio from above
Today you'll travel to Nafplio. This romantic town, the old capital of modern Greece, is characterized by Venetian fortifications and a beautiful waterfront. On a food tour, you'll discover the culinary heritage of the Peloponnese. Following your local guide, taste nearly a dozen local products, including olive oil, honey, tapenade, olives, Greek sweets, local cheeses, and a selection of locally produced wines and liquors. Finish the afternoon with a stroll along this historic port’s picturesque seaside promenade.

Day 9: Discover the Ancient Sunken City

The ancient theater of Epidavros
Departing from the port of Epidavros this morning, you'll take a tour along the coastline — an untouched landscape, characterized by pristine beaches — on the way towards the ancient theater of Epidavros, built in the 4th century BCE. Next, visit the Ancient Sunken City, built in 1200 BCE. The breakwater is a terrific spot for snorkeling and underwater photography. After admiring the ruins, you'll head to a nearby farm to try traditional Greek delicacies produced onsite. Then you'll have lunch on a quiet beach and have some time to swim, sunbathe, snorkel, or take a siesta. 

Day 10: Depart Greece - End of Trip

Sunrise over Athens

The trip comes to an end today. You'll head to the airport to catch a flight out. Safe travels!

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