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How Many Days Should You Spend in the Peloponnese?

This less-visited Greek peninsula offers a wealth of historic treasures, so it’s worth taking an entire week to explore if you can. But with only a day or two, you can explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Ancient Sparta, taste regional culinary delights, and visit a timeline of castles from the medieval to the Byzantine eras. Rent a car to explore the region from end-to-end on your own time, and don’t worry about bad weather thwarting a tight schedule: the Peloponnese is predictably pleasant throughout the year.

The old Venetian fortress in the town of Methoni
Best Time of Year to Visit the Peloponnese

Located southwest of Athens, the Peloponnese peninsula is home to some of Greece’s most historic spots. Although summer is the busiest season, crowd levels won’t be on par with Athens or the popular Greek islands, so you can relax and soak in the pleasant weather and attractions year-round. The weather in the Peloponnese is similar to the Greek capital; expect hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters, with a temperate spring and fall. Read on to learn more about the best times to visit.

Exploring history in the Peloponnese
Top Highlights of the Peloponnese Region

The Peloponnese region is the little-visited underbelly of Greece. It's a hotbed of history—the Olympic Games were birthed here, it was the home of ancient Sparta, and even today Arcadian Greece survives largely intact here. The Peloponnese is worth a trip, whether you make a day trip from Athens or road trip through the region on a cultural, culinary, or active tour.

Peloponnese Itineraries

Monemvasia's Preserved Old Town
Hidden Gems of Mainland Greece - 12 Days

This dynamic road trip takes you through some of mainland Greece's best kept secrets, starting with a mythology tour of the Acropolis in Athens and a visit to the wineries in Nemea. Then head into the picturesque Peloponnese Region where you'll discover the ancient ruins in Sparta, the medicinal tales of Ascelpius, and the charms of historic Mani villages. Visit the birthplace of the Olympics in Olympia, hike to an alpine lake for a swim, and visit a family-operated olive farm to learn all about the production process and to taste different varieties.

View from Palamidi fortress in the seaport town of Nafplio
Map of Argolic Gulf Adventure - 8 Days
Argolic Gulf Adventure - 8 Days

Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this active 8-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days and even hop onboard a fishing boat with an expert fisherman before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece via foot, bicycle, and kayak, then get hands-on in an olive grove and try shepherding for a day.

The view from Navarino Castle overlooking Pylos Bay
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 12 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in history and culture on this 12-day trip encompassing Athens and the Greek countryside. Learn about Greek mythology straight from the source at the Acropolis before heading west to the Peloponnese. Go wine tasting at the vineyards of Nemea, visit Byzantine castles, and stroll the streets of traditional villages. See where Helen of Troy lived and where the Olympics were born, and consult the oracle at Delphi before ending your road trip back in the capital.

The ruins of the castle at Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 11 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 11 Days

Get an in-depth look at the Greek countryside on this 11-day road trip around the Peloponnese. Begin in Athens, where you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis. Then head west to the wineries of Nemea and the ruins of Mycenae, Pylos, Mystras, and more. Top it all off with a visit to the oracle at Delphi before ending your tour back in the capital.

The vineyards of Nemea
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 13 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 13 Days

In just under two weeks, you'll see traditional villages, fascinating historical sites, and beautiful views on this road trip around the Greek countryside. Begin in Athens, where you'll delve into ancient mythology and enjoy a culinary tour before setting out for the Peloponnese. As you make your way around the hilly landscape, you'll go wine tasting, visit castles, stroll the streets of old fishing villages, and see some of Greece's most famous ancient sites.

Byzantine church rooftop in Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 17 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 17 Days

Take a drive through the scenery and history of mainland Greece with this 17-day itinerary.  Begin in Athens, then make your way through the seaside towns, vineyards, scenic castles, and historic sites of the Peloponnese.

View from the ruins of Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 10 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 10 Days

Get ready for gorgeous views and a healthy dose of history on this 10-day tour of Athens and the Peloponnese. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology at the Acropolis, visit the home of Helen of Troy, and see where the Olympics were born. Along the way, you'll sample wines at the vineyards of Nemea, explore the Byzantine castle of Mystras, and consult the oracle at Delphi.

View from Palamidi fortress in the seaport town of Nafplio
Map of Argolic Gulf Adventure - 10 Days
Argolic Gulf Adventure - 10 Days

Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this active 10-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days and even hop onboard a fishing boat with an expert fisherman before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece via foot, bicycle, and kayak, then get hands-on in an olive grove and flute away as a shepherd for a day.

A traditional village at Mani, Greece
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 14 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 14 Days

Take in the sights and flavors of the countryside on this two-week road trip around mainland Greece. Starting in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and sample local delicacies before making your way to the Peloponnese. Here you'll encounter traditional villages, ancient castles, beautiful Byzantine architecture, and fascinating archaeological sites. Go wine tasting in Nemea, consult the oracle at Delphi, and see the birthplace of the Olympics along the way.

The ancient theater of Epidaurus
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 16 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 16 Days

On this 16-day road trip of Athens and the Peloponnese, you'll see historical sites, sample local flavors, and discover beautiful castles and monasteries. Spend a few days in the capital learning about the Acropolis and enjoying culinary delights of the modern era. Then make your way west for wine tasting in Nemea, stops at several archaeological ruins, and visits to charming villages before ending your journey back in Athens.

Byzantine church and the ruins of Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 15 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 15 Days

Travel from Athens to the vineyards, castles, and archaeological sites throughout the Peloponnese with this itinerary. After exploring the Acropolis and the local delicacies of the capital, head to the countryside, where you'll discover Byzantine castles and monasteries, ancient palaces, and sip on wine worthy of Dionysus. You'll see where the Olympics were born and where Helen of Troy lived, and consult the oracle at Delphi along the way.

Colorful Greek home
Map of Athens and Nafplio - 5 Days
Athens and Nafplio - 5 Days

Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this 5-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days, including a unique guided tour of some of the city's most important ancient sites before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece, then get hands-on in an olive grove before you head home.

View from Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 9 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 9 Days

Visit fascinating archaeological sites and enjoy the beauty of the Greek countryside with this 9-day itinerary. Starting in Athens, you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis before heading for the historic seaside town of Nafplio. Go wine tasting in Nemea, discover the Byzantine ruins of Mystras, consult the oracle at Delphi and more on this road trip adventure.

Taking in the Parthenon
Map of Family Holiday in Athens and Nafplio - 5 Days
Family Holiday in Athens and Nafplio - 5 Days

A short but sweet itinerary perfect for your short people. This five-day trip takes you to some of the child-friendly highlights of Athens and neighboring Nafplio, with storytelling at the Acropolis, a seaside bike tour,  a castle built to defend against pirates, and plenty more to see and entertain regardless of your age.

A traditional stone bridge in Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 10 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 10 Days

This 10-day active itinerary will take you from the lively streets of Athens to charming traditional villages to the shores of Nafplio. You'll tackle the mountains of Meteora, hike the hills of Zagori, and unwind with a relaxing dip in the lakes and waterfalls of the northern Peloponnese. End your adventure with a coastal bike ride and a paddle in the turquoise waters of the Aegean.

Aegina island
Map of Greek Mainland & Saronic Islands Sailing Trip - 10 Days
Greek Mainland & Saronic Islands Sailing Trip - 10 Days

Discover the storied heart of Ancient Greece in this 10-day escorted journey. Begin your trip in Athens before taking an idyllic sail around the Saronic Islands. Spend three days island-hopping, enjoying small seaside towns, beautiful beaches, and a relaxed ambiance. Once back on land, head to the Peloponnese peninsula, home of the original Olympic Games and the famously warring cities of Sparta, Corinth, and Argos. Your journey ends where it began, with a bike tour through the iconic capital city.

Off the coast of Zakynthos
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 15 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 15 Days

Travel across both the Peloponnesian peninsula and Greek history with this 15-day itinerary. After a brief start in Athens, you'll go down to the sea to visit Nafplio and neighboring mythical Mycenae, then over to the castles of Mystras and Monemvasia. Set sail for the quintessential Greek island of Zakynthos to end your journey on its turquoise shores before you return to Athens for one final temple sunset.

View from the archaeological ruins at Mycenae
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 8 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 8 Days

In just over a week, this itinerary will take you from the Acropolis in Athens to the Byzantine ruins of Mystras to the hills of Delphi. Along the way, you'll visit important archaeological sites, stroll the pretty streets of towns brimming with history and culture, and enjoy unforgettable views.

Bright Nafplio balconies
Map of Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 8 Days
Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 8 Days

Enjoy theater, nature, and sport like the ancient Greeks on this family-friendly tour of the country. Your family can take on the roles of Olympic athlete, Peloponnesian shepherd, Classical actor, and more as you travel from Athens to Nafplio in just over a week.

Charming Nafplio
Map of Athens and Nafplio - 6 Days
Athens and Nafplio - 6 Days

Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this 6-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days, including a unique guided tour of some of the city's most important ancient sites before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece, then get hands-on in an olive grove before you head home.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the Acropolis
Map of Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 6 Days
Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 6 Days

Take a six-day spin through Greece with this family-friendly itinerary.  Whether you're listening to stories of the city's founding on the Acropolis, channeling your inner Olympic athlete, or watching a play on an ancient stage, there's something to keep everyone entertained.

Colorful tables in Athens' Plaka district
Map of Family Holiday in Athens and Nafplio - 11 Days
Family Holiday in Athens and Nafplio - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary can appeal to all ages, mixing cultural experiences parents will enjoy with enough engaging entertainment for children. The first half of your trip will be set in Athens, with games in the Olympic stadium or atop the Acropolis. Then head to the seaside city of Nafplio, where you can play shepherd or actor for a day.

The historic red roofs of Nafpaktos
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 11 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 11 Days

Go from the bustling metropolis of Athens to the tranquil hills of Zagori to the beaches of Nafplio on this 11-day adventure. Along the way, you'll climb to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, swim in the refreshing waters of the northern Peloponnese, and tackle sea waves on a kayaking excursion with a view.

Monemvasia fortress on the Aegean
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 14 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 14 Days

Take two weeks to cross the stories of the Peloponnesian peninsula with this 14-day itinerary.  Start with the classics on the Acropolis, then make your way down through to the site of the kingdom of Mycenae, ancient vines of Nemea, and stadium at Olympia. Top it off with four days of shipwrecks and sea turtles on the island of Zakynthos before you return to Athens and thank Poseidon for your journey.

Aerial view over Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 14 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 14 Days

You'll tackle clifftop monasteries, river rapids, and the southern coastline on this two-week adventure. Start in Athens, where you'll explore the sights by bicycle. Then make your way to the curious rock formations of Meteora and the picturesque mountain villages of Zagori. After an excursion to the waterfall pools and alpine lakes of the Peloponnese, head to Nafplio for more hiking, biking, and a sea kayaking trip with stunning views.

One of the lakes in the Zagori region
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 9 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 9 Days

Spend nine days adventuring through mainland Greece, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Nafplio seaside. You'll start and end in Athens, hiking up to the monasteries, over the stone bridges of Zagori, and down past the Venetian and Ottoman architecture of Nafplio in between.

Columns at Delphi
Map of Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 9 Days
Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 9 Days

Hear the stories of Greek mythology from a new perspective on this family-friendly tour. You'll start with an interactive experience of the myths of Athens and the Olympic games before you go south to Nafplio, where you'll transform into a shepherd or ancient actor on Greece's timeless stage. Top it off with a food tour of Athens to sample everything the city has to offer.

On the way to the beach in Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 12 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 12 Days

Make the most of your 12 days in Greece with this adventurous itinerary around the mainland. You'll discover the sights and sounds of Athens by bicycle before hiking in the hills of Meteora and Zagori. Stop for a swim in the waterfalls and lakes of the northern Peloponnese, and then head for the historic coastal city of Nafplio for biking and kayaking with a view.

One of the roads up to Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 21 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 21 Days

Clamber over the corners of mainland Greece on this three-week itinerary. You'll start by experiencing the Classical myths and modern street art of Athens. Then make your way out of the capital and up to the sky-high Meteora monasteries and Zagori mountain villages, where you'll learn to cook like a local. Hop in the waters of the Peloponnese before you end your trip in seaside Nafplio, home to biking, kayaking, and the chance to channel your inner Pan as a shepherd for a day.

Monastery of Panayia Pantanassa at Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days

Take a week to drive through the mythological territory of mainland Greece with this itinerary. Your seven days will start and end in Athens, covering the historical sites and sprawling castles of the Peloponnese along the way.

Colors of Classical architecture
Map of Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 10 Days
Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 10 Days

Blend education and relaxation with this itinerary for the whole family. You'll explore the streets and archaeological sites of Athens with interactive tours and hands-on experiences. Then, head to coastal Nafplio for some shore time and a glimpse into Greek agriculture that can be enjoyed by travelers of any age.

Stroll through the vines
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 10 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 10 Days

Legend has it the grapes of Nemea were brought to the people by Dionysus, and you can try the "fruit of the gods" for yourself on this 10-day culinary itinerary. Tour a working Peloponnesian olive grove and learn about the oil making process, cook your own Cycladic feast on charming Tinos, visit a traditional Mykonian farm, and of course, sample the native varietals of Nemea's wineries.

National Library of Greece
Map of Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 7 Days
Family Holiday in Athens & Nafplio - 7 Days

Spend a week discovering the playful side of Greek history with this seven-day family itinerary. Whether you're touring bustling Athens, consulting the oracle at Delphi, or biking through the streets of Nafplio, you'll be accompanied by expert guides who can tell you stories of Greek history to keep all your participants engaged.

Bay of Laganas on Zakynthos
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 13 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 13 Days

Take 13 days to meet some of the stars of Greek history with this itinerary that will take you through the tales of the Peloponnese. After an Acropolis mythology tour in Athens, you'll go through Mycenae, once home to Helen of Troy; the vineyards of Nemea believed to have come from the vines of Dionysus; Nestor's palace in Pylos; and the sanctuary at Olympia. Then sail to Zakynthos to end your trip on its shores, topped off by paying tribute at the Temple of Poseidon in Athens before you depart.

The atmospheric mountains of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 16 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 16 Days

In two and a half weeks you'll go from the bustling capital to the peaceful villages of Zagori to the Venetian side streets of Nafplio with this active itinerary. Get ready to discover the Greek mainland by bicycle, kayak, and on foot, as you climb to the clifftops of Meteora, bike along the coast, and paddle in the sea below imposing castles. After all that effort, reward yourself with a sunset finale at Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon.

Vikos Gorge in the hills of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 13 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 13 Days

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the Greek mainland with this 13-day itinerary. Begin in Athens, where you'll see all the sights from two wheels. Then stretch your legs with hikes in the mountains of Meteora and Zagori. Take a refreshing dip in the lakes of the Peloponnese before heading for the coast for a sea kayaking excursion. Finally, reward your hard work with a sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

The shores of Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days

You'll explore Athens and Greece's stunning countryside with this 19-day adventurous itinerary around the mainland. Bike your way around the capital and learn to fish like the locals before hiking to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Then make your way to the picturesque villages of Zagori, where you'll tackle the rapids of the Voidomatis River. Spend some time swimming under waterfalls before heading to Nafplio on the coast, where you'll kayak around a castle and learn how to make cheese the Greek way.

Sunset over Meteora
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 20 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 20 Days

Delve into Greece's culture and history with this 20-day adventure around the mainland. Discover Athens by bicycle, and learn about classical mythology and modern art along the way, before hiking in the mountains of Meteora and the villages of Zagori. Tackle some rapids and take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese. Then head to Nafplio, where more hiking, biking, and some cheese-making await!

The meadows and mountains of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 17 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 17 Days

This 17-day adventure will take you from the sights and sounds of Athens to the clifftops of Meteora to the tranquil villages of Zagori and the crystal waters of the Peloponnese. Along the way, you'll hike, bike, and paddle your way around mainland Greece's stunning landscapes. End your journey with a trip to coastal Nafplio and a sunset finale at Sounion.

The Propylaea on the Acropolis
Map of Historic Greece By Land & Sea - 14 Days
Historic Greece By Land & Sea - 14 Days

See Greece's expansive history both archaeological and nautical with this two-week itinerary. You'll start off atop the Acropolis before you head down for a bike ride through the Athenian city streets. Then set sail across the Saronic Gulf for your own personal island experience, stopping on Aegina, Poros, and Moni. Get back on land to proceed through ancient Epidaurus, Mycenae, and Corinth before you return to Athens.

So much to stumble upon
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 14 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 14 Days

Spend two weeks treating yourself to some of Greece's finest food and wine traditions. You'll start with four days among the fields of Nafplio in the Peloponnese, followed by a full week in the Cyclades where you'll learn to cook on Tinos, visit a Mykonian farm, and tour the tavernas of Naxos. Cap it off with a cooking class under the Acropolis upon your return to Athens. 

Taverna in Athens' Plaka neighborhood
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 11 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 11 Days

You've probably heard of feta, but what about graviera? Mizithra? How about their cousin kefalotyri? Meet every member of the Greek cheese family and more on this 11-day itinerary. You'll see them straight from the source along with other culinary and cultural highlights as you play shepherd for a day, learn how to put them to use in a Cycladic cooking class on Tinos, and visit the many other cheese habitats with a Naxos food tour before you return to Athens.

Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days

Get ready to see mainland Greece by foot, bike, kayak and more on this 18-day adventure. First, you'll explore the capital on two wheels and immerse yourself in the street art scene. Then learn the traditional Greek way of fishing before tackling the mountains of Meteora. Head to the hilly villages of Zagori, where you'll explore by raft. Next, make your way to to the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese for a swim under a waterfall and a dip in mountain lakes. Finally, travel to coastal Nafplio for a sea kayaking excursion around its famous castle, and more!

The Island of Poros and Peloponnese Mountains
Greek Odyssey: Athens, Saronic Islands, & the Peloponnese - 10 Days

Explore Greece's ancient wonders on this adventurous 10-day tour. Starting in the vibrant capital of Athens, you'll spend a day discovering the mysteries of Delphi before setting sail across the Saronic Gulf, mooring at the spectacular islands of Aegina, Poros, and Moni. Back on land, set off on a self-guided exploration of the Peloponnesian Peninsula, visiting the Bronze Age ruins of Mycenae, the fairytale carved village of Monemvasia, and the Byzantine mountain monasteries of Mystros.

Not your average cafe views
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 15 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 15 Days

Get up close with Greek cuisine on this 15-day itinerary.  You'll start on the mainland, exploring olive groves, vineyards, and farms to get the full picture of the food chain. Then sail south to the Cyclades, where you'll see those ingredients in action in cooking classes, food tours, and fresh farm dinners.

Bourtzi Castle in Nafplio Bay
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 12 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 12 Days

In the Odyssey, King Nestor receives Odysseus's son, who comes seeking word of his missing father. Join the long list of storied guests to Nestor's palace and others with this 12-day itinerary. Go from the Acropolis through historic sites at Nafplio, Mycenae, Pylos, and Olympia before sailing to the island of Zakynthos to explore its villages and vineyards, then return to watch the sun set over the Athenian Riviera.

Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Map of Family Trip to Ancient Greece - 12 Days
Family Trip to Ancient Greece - 12 Days

This family-focused trip features all that Greece has to offer, but with a kid-friendly twist. Start in the bustling capital of Athens where you'll take an interactive language class and tour the incredible Acropolis, followed by an archeological tour and beach day in Nafplio. End the trip on the island of Crete, where you'll visit beaches, enjoy guided tours of historic sites, and become archeologists and artists in a simulated excavation and a mosaic-making class.

A slew of sampling options
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 12 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 12 Days

Greece produces more feta cheese than any other country, and you can do your best to make a dent in their supply on this 12-day itinerary. Eat your way through both the mainland and the islands in olive groves and amid vineyards before learning to cook under the Acropolis to cap it all off.

Views from Nafplio's Palamidi Castle
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 16 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 16 Days

Delve into Greek traditions with this 16-day itinerary. You'll arrive to a welcome dinner in Athens before heading to Nafplio to explore the history and agriculture of the Peloponnese. Then it's time for a trip to the islands, where you'll sample some of the favorite foods of Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos and learn to create your own.

Nafplio taverna
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 13 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 13 Days

The best way to show love is through food, so let Greece show you how much it loves you with this 13-day culinary itinerary. Whether it's with fresh goat cheese, Agiorgitiko wine, or olives, you'll be wooed by hands-on sampling tours, cooking classes, and at-home meals from Athens through the Cycladic islands.

The prizewinner in the wild
Map of Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 9 Days
Cyclades & Peloponnese Culinary Heritage - 9 Days

Athena won over the citizens of Athens by providing them with an olive tree—on this tour, you'll see all the ways in which the mighty olive continues to dominate Greek culture. Visit a working olive grove, learn to put olive-based ingredients into practice in a Tinian cooking class, and sample more local specialties at a farmhouse dinner.

Peloponnesian views of the Aegean
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 10 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 10 Days

Helen of Troy may have made a dramatic exit from Mycenae, but you may find yourself wanting to stay a little longer with this 10-day itinerary packed with historic sites. Whether you're atop the Acropolis, strolling the Venetian streets of Nafplio, or wandering the former palace halls at Mycenae, you'll be surrounded by stories to fuel your afternoon daydreams as you conclude your itinerary with four nights on the island of Zakynthos.

The Erechtheion Temple at the Acropolis, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Delve into Greece's rich history and culture with this jam-packed trip through the mainland and the islands. Beginning in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an excursion to Delphi. Then set sail for historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. Discover charming Crete and walk the Minotaur's labyrinth before making your way back to the mainland. See where Helen of Troy lived at Mycenae, visit the birthplace of the Olympics, and more, before ending your trip with a magical sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

The rock formations of Meteora
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 15 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 15 Days

Spend just over two weeks discovering Greece's stunning mainland, from the clifftop monasteries of Meteora to the tranquil waters of the Peloponnese to the historical shores of Nafplio. You'll explore Athens by bike before hiking the hills and rafting the rivers of Zagori. Finish your journey with a kayaking excursion beneath imposing castles and an unforgettable sunset finale.

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Take a deep dive into the history, culture, and beauty of Greece with this itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll begin by exploring the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by stops in Mykonos, the sacred island of Delos, and ancient Naxos. You'll also visit prehistoric Akrotiri on Santorini and Crete's Palace of Knossos on your tour of the islands. Then return to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics and the Temple of Poseidon on the Athenian Riviera.

The Minoan Palace at Knossos
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 25 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 25 Days

You'll have plenty of time to see some of Greece's standout regions with this 25-day itinerary. Start with day and evening experiences of the myths and modern neighborhoods of Athens and the surrounding region before you head to the islands, with farm dinners in Mykonos, catamaran cruises in Santorini, and the landscapes of Crete all on the agenda. Then it's back to the mainland to experience some of the stars of Greek history, culture, and scenery.

Terrace of Lions on Delos
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Travel through the rich mythology and history of Classical Greece from the mainland to the islands and back. You'll start and end in Athens, beginning by taking in the city from above from the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon. Then down into the islands, with stops at the sacred site of Delos off of Mykonos, prehistoric Akrotiri in Santorini, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. Return to the mainland to see the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae, stroll the stadium grounds at Olympia, and more before your return to the modern era.

Domed church in Mykonos
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

Three weeks gives you enough time to take in Greece from all angles. Survey the city of Athens from atop the Acropolis before you move to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and caldera cruises. Crete awaits next, full of stone villages to explore, before you return to the mainland to travel back in time to famous spots like Delphi, Meteora, and Mycenae.

The bells of Santorini
Map of Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 16 Days
Greek Panorama: Cyclades, Crete, and the Mainland - 16 Days

See the highlights of Greece from the Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus and the islands in between. Start in Athens with a mythology tour, ferry to the Cyclades to tour the countryside of Mykonos, and cruise the caldera on Santorini. Head to Crete next to take in the natural beauty of the Samaria Gorge and the wonders of Knossos and Chania, visiting the temples at Delphi and Epidaurus before you depart.

Approaching the Lion Gate at Mycenae
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 11 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 11 Days

Some of the most dramatic feats of athleticism of the ancient world took place at Olympia, but you won't need to train quite at that level to take on this 11-day itinerary. After hearing the myths of the Acropolis, your tour will take you to seaside Nafplio, historic Mycenae, and the former stadium grounds at Olympia. Then head to the island of Zakynthos for four nights on the seashore before you return to Athens.

The theater at Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 16 Days

This itinerary offers a chance to experience the rich history and mythology of ancient Greece from up close. Start in Athens with a tour of the Acropolis and the Parthenon, followed by an island-hopping adventure to historical sites in Mykonos, Delos, and Santorini. In Crete, you'll explore the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland. Next, you'll learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit the home of Helen of Troy at Mycenae, and see the best-preserved ancient Greek theater at Epidaurus. End your journey with a spectacular sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

One of the main shopping streets in Nafplio
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

This itinerary starts with the myths of the Acropolis as you look out over the Athenian skyline. Then, on to Santorini and Mykonos, where you'll visit the birthplace of Apollo and one of the ancient world's biggest trading ports at Delos. Finish with Crete and a return to the mainland to visit the monasteries of Meteora and ancient Delphi.

Streets of Santorini
Map of Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Explore Greece from the top down, starting up on the Athenian Acropolis. After a mythology tour of the city, head to the Cyclades to see Mykonian farms, archaeological sites, and the famed Santorini caldera. Spend four days on Crete and return to the mainland to learn the ancient myths of Delphi, Meteora, and the Peloponnesian peninsula.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

Delve into the history and mythology of the ancient Greeks with this exciting itinerary. Starting and ending in Athens, you'll explore the wonders of the capital and Delphi before heading to the islands. In the Cyclades, you'll make a quick stop in Mykonos, and discover fascinating archaeological sites at Delos and Santorini. Then make your way to Crete, where you'll visit the Palace at Knossos and tackle the Minotaur's labyrinth. Return to the mainland to learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, see where Helen of Troy lived as described in The Iliad, and visit the birthplace of the Olympics.

Walk any number of streets for a view of the Acropolis
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Best of Athens & Ancient Greece - 12 Days

Long dominated by the omnipresent Parthenon, Athens mingles its classical past with a budding art scene and bustling markets. You'll spend twelve days exploring this city's many cultural treasures and cool neighborhoods—along with day trips to archaeological sites in nearby Eleusis, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. See why the epicenter of antiquity and philosophy is well worth a trip today.

Sunrise over the peninsula of Nafplio
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Whether you're on a morning bike ride through Athens, setting sail to the Cyclades, or trekking through Crete, this 23-day itinerary covers plenty of ground across the entire country of Greece. From Athens to the islands and back to Peloponnese, you'll experience much of the fun, food, and history Greece has to offer.

The curious landscape of Meteora
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Get ready to hike through the hills of Greece, go fishing in the traditional way, and surf in azure island waters with this thrilling itinerary. As you go from the mainland to the isles and back again, you'll visit clifftop monasteries, learn to cook like the locals, and explore the country by bike, horse, and kayak. You'll go off the beaten path with a trip to the island of Tinos, discover fascinating historical sites at Mycenae and Nafplio, and still have time to unwind on the beaches of Naxos and Crete.

Odeon theater on the Acropolis
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Eighteen days isn't much compared to millennia of history, but it's still enough time for you to hit the high points of Greece with this itinerary. You'll start off with a mythology tour of Athens before heading to the islands to visit the sacred island of Delos, sip wine on the edge of Santorini's caldera, and take in the architecture of Crete. Then go back to Athens as the sun sets over the Temple of Poseidon.

Temple of Poseidon at sunset
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 18 Days

Immerse yourself in the mythology and history of ancient Greece with this comprehensive itinerary. You'll begin in Athens, where you'll explore the Acropolis and its Parthenon before setting sail for the Cyclades. Discover fascinating archaeological sites on sacred Delos, ancient Naxos, and Santorini. From there continue to Crete for a chance to walk the Minotaur's labyrinth at Knossos. Back on the mainland, learn about the Eleusinian Mysteries, visit Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae, and see the ancient birthplace of the Olympics before a sunset sendoff at the Temple of Poseidon.

Port at Hydra
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

Get a full picture of Greece's offerings with this expansive itinerary. Start off with five days in Athens, then head to the islands to see the two stars of the Cyclades, Santorini and Mykonos. Down to Crete next for both trekking and village tours before you head back to Athens to explore more sites of the mainland both in the city and in neighboring Nafplio.

Mykonos table views
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Travel almost the entire length of Greece on this fun itinerary. You'll start with the myths of Athens, then travel to the modern nightlife mixed with traditional farms of Mykonos and Santorini. The ferry to Crete will take you back to the Palace of Knossos and era of stone villages, then return to Athens to use the city and neighboring Nafplio as your base for expeditions to even more ancient monuments.

Temple of Athena, Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greece, this itinerary will take you to some of the major sites both on the mainland and the islands. Begin in Athens, where you'll visit the Parthenon at the Acropolis and learn to cook like the ancient Greeks. Then set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll discover fascinating archaeological sites and get a taste of the islands' modern culture. Make your way to Crete for a trip to the Palace of Knossos and the Minotaur's labyrinth before returning to the mainland to see the birthplace of the Olympics, the Temple of Poseidon, and more. 

The pink sand beach of Elafonissi, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 19 Days

Explore Greece's beauty and culture by foot, kayak, bike, and more on this 19-day adventure. Explore the sights and sounds of Athens, and learn to fish like the locals. Next, set sail for the Cyclades, where you'll go hiking, surfing, diving, and horseback riding on the islands of Tinos and Naxos. Step back in time on Crete with a stroll through Venetian Chania and a thrilling trek through Samaria Gorge. Then head back to the mainland for a visit to the historical sites at Mycenae and Nafplio.

Bay of Nafplio and the Bourtzi Castle at sunset
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

Go from the city to the sea and back on this comprehensive itinerary. You'll start with the Acropolis and a sunset tour of the Temple of Poseidon before venturing down to Mykonos and Santorini for farm dinners and wine tasting. Next, head to Crete's charming cities and rugged Samaria Gorge before you return to the mainland, where you'll wrap up your journey among the monuments of Nafplio.

The shores of Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 20 Days

In just under three weeks, you'll explore the Greek mainland and islands by hike, horse, kayak, and more. Learn to fish the traditional way before heading for the Cyclades, where you'll go surfing on Tinos and scuba diving on Naxos. Then sail over to Crete, where you'll learn to cook like the locals and trek through the stunning Samaria Gorge. Complete your journey back on the mainland with a kayaking excursion around Nafplio's imposing coastal castle. 

Ancient columns on Delos
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 14 Days

Get up close and personal with ancient Greece on this two-week trip. Begin at the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon before ferrying to the beautiful Cycladic Islands. Archeological stops include the sacred site of Delos, prehistoric Akrotiri, and the Palace of Knossos on Crete. End your trip on the mainland with visits to mythical Mycenae, the original Olympic stadium, and more.

The National Academy in Athens
Map of Greek Panorama: Athens, the Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days
Greek Panorama: Athens, the Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

Start your grand tour with a guided trip to the Acropolis in Athens. Then, cruise to Mykonos and Santorini for some island luxuriating, trek Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge, and top it off with the Peloponnesian peninsula and a trip to a working olive grove, one connection between history and present.

Sunset over a monastery in Meteora
Map of Best of Greece: Mainland, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days
Best of Greece: Mainland, Santorini & Crete - 14 Days

Travel for two weeks across a wide span of Greece's top attractions, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Cretan seaside. You'll start by winding your way through the many columns of mainland historic attractions like ancient Delphi and Olympia. Go out to sea to Santorini for a taste of the Cyclades, then end your trip in Crete's second-largest city.

Hiking in the mountains of Samaria Gorge
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 21 Days

This three-week adventure will have you hiking, biking, and diving your way around the Greek islands and mainland. You'll explore the Athenian Riviera by bicycle and learn to fish the traditional Greek way, before heading to the Cyclades for a surfing lesson and trekking in Tinos, and some scuba diving and horseback riding around Naxos. Then you'll travel to Crete to hike the gorgeous Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for kayaking in coastal Nafplio.

Site of the Roman agora in Athens
Map of Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Greek Panorama in Athens, Mainland Greece, The Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

In two weeks, you'll traverse quintessential Greek spots from the mainland to the islands. Start out by hearing the myths of the Acropolis in Athens before you visit the Cycladic hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini. Explore the architecture of Crete next before you return the mainland to top it all off with an olive oil tasting.

Exploring Athens By Night
Discover Food, Wine, and Culture in Greece - 12 Days

This tours focuses on the amazing food, wine, and culture provided by the vibrant country of Greece, highlighting bustling cities like Athens and Chania, as well as the islands of Santorini and Naxos. You'll enjoy numerous food and wine tours, allowing you to taste Greek cuisine, delicacies, pastries, and local wines and liquors, plus your own handmade dishes with a cooking class in Crete. Along the way, you'll visit an olive farm, a family-owned cheese shop, wineries, and bustling food markets, indulging your taste buds in some of the country's most beloved treats.

The view from Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 22 Days

Get ready to hike, kayak, and surf your way around the Greek mainland and isles with this 22-day itinerary. In just over three weeks, you'll see the Athenian Riviera by bike, learn traditional fishing techniques from the locals, and spend time surfing and diving on the beaches of Tinos and Naxos. Along the way, you'll trek through the lunar landscape of Volax and Crete's beautiful Samaria Gorge before returning to the mainland for a dose of history and ancient mythology.

The ruins at Delphi
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 15 Days

Gear up for a thrilling tour of the Greek mainland and isles. In just over two weeks, you'll see the ancient ruins of Athens and Delphi, go trekking on the islands of Tinos and Crete, and discover the beaches of Naxos by bicycle. In between, you'll visit clifftop monasteries, sample local Cretan delicacies, and go sea kayaking around Nafplio's Palamidi Castle. 

Almyrida, Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 23 Days

Take your time exploring Greece by bike, horse, kayak, and much more on this 23-day adventure. You'll pedal along the shores of the Athenian Riviera and learn traditional fishing techniques on the Saronic Gulf before heading for the Cyclades. There, you'll learn to surf on Tinos and go scuba diving on Naxos before making your way to Crete for some hiking, cooking, and beach time. Finally, travel back to the mainland for a visit to some fascinating historical sites at Sounion, Mycenae, and Nafplio.

Rock formations on Agia Anna beach in Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 24 Days

You'll have plenty of time to bike, hike, surf, and explore the country of Greece in every possible manner on this 24-day itinerary. Whether you're pedaling past beaches or hiking up the Pindos mountains, the mainland has plenty to offer before you head off to the Cyclades. Climb and dive through the islands of Tinos and Naxos, then learn to cook on Crete before you return to the mainland for a visit to coastal Nafplio.

Boats off Moni island
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Sailing Holiday in the Saronic Gulf - 9 Days

Spend nine days getting your sea legs with this sailing itinerary. Once believed to be one of six entrances to the Underworld, the Saronic Gulf is now one of the most popular yacht spots in Greece. You'll travel to a new island each day, taking in harbor towns and historic temples and churches, sampling island specialties, and enjoying the sea breeze.

Zakynthos Town central port
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 9 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 9 Days

See both the current and previous capital of Greece on this nine-day itinerary. You'll start in Athens before making a stop in Nafplio, the second capital of the Greek state after the war for independence. Then spend four nights on the island of Zakynthos to explore both its seas and inland shores before you return to Athens for one final temple sunset.

Go horseback riding on the beaches of Naxos
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 17 Days

This 17-day adventure will take you from the waters of the Aegean to the mountains of Crete to the archaeologic sites of Athens and Mycenae. You'll explore the Greek mainland and islands by foot, bike, horse, kayak and surfboard on this action-packed tour. Along the way, you'll sample local delicacies, discover unexpected landscapes, and enjoy unforgettable sunsets.

The Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 10 Days

Dive headfirst into history with this tour of some of ancient Greece's most important sites. Go from Athens and the Acropolis to the oracle at Delphi to the islands of Delos, Santorini, and Crete. Along the way, you'll see fascinating archaeological ruins and visit some of Greece's most beautiful locales. Wrap up your trip back on the mainland with a stop at Helen of Troy's home at Mycenae before returning to the modern era.  

The Parthenon, Athens
Map of Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 11 Days
Historic Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades and Crete - 11 Days

This history-inspired itinerary through the mainland and islands is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about ancient Greek mythology and culture. Begin your journey in and around Athens, where you'll tour the Acropolis and visit the oracle at Delphi. Then take to the water and explore fascinating historical sites on Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Return to the mainland for one last day of historical adventures and charming Greek towns before you head home.

The beautiful interior landscape of Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 12 Days

Discover the intense beauty of the Greek mainland and islands as you hike, bike, and kayak your way around. This 12-day itinerary will take you from the bustling capital to the clifftops of Meteora to the shores of the Cyclades. You'll hike the hills of Tinos and trek through Crete's Samaria Gorge, bike along the perfect beaches of Naxos, kayak in the sea beneath a castle fortress, and more on this action-packed adventure. 

Crystal clear waters on the shores of Crete
Map of Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days
Active Athens, Mainland Greece, Cyclades, and Crete - 14 Days

On this two-week adventure around the Greek mainland and islands, you'll do everything from hiking to biking to kayaking as you explore the country's beauty and culture. You'll learn to fish the traditional way in the Aegean, go trekking through the lunar landscape of Volax on Tinos, and bike your way around the beaches of Naxos. Soak up some history along the way at Delphi, Chania, and Nafplio.