9. From Athens: Private Ancient Greece and Cog Railway Tour
Experience classical Greece on this trip through some of its most iconic sites. Discover ancient Corinth, Myceane, Olympia, and much more, including a train ride on the Cog Railway.
Day 1: From Athens - Corinth - Cave of Lakes - Kalavryta - Journey with Cog Railway:
Start your tour with hotel pickup in Athens in the morning and drive along the mainland coast to the Peloponnese. Make your first stop at the Canal of Corinth and continue to Ancient Corinth, a city beloved by Saint Paul. Arrive at Diakofto to take the Cog Railway, which connects Kalavrita with Diakopto through the beautiful Vouraikos Canyon. Arrive in the town of Kalavryta and continue your tour through the mysterious Cave of Lakes. Enjoy a stop for lunch at the picturesque village of Kalavrita. Spend the night in Nafplio.
Day 2: Nafplio - Myceane - Epidaurs - Olympia:
Start your day with pickup from your hotel and visit either Palamidi Castle or take a boat to visit Bourtzi, the fortress at the entrance of the harbor. Then, depart for Epidaurus and visit the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, famous for its strong acoustics that are still functional today. Next, visit the ancient town of Mycenae and see its iconic sites, including The Lion Gate, The Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Palace, and the tomb of Agamemnon. Spend the night in Olympia.
Day 3: Ancient Olympia - Delphi
Depart from your hotel in the morning and visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C., and visit its museum. Leaving Ancient Olympia, cross over the Rion – Antirion Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Europe. Reach Naupactus, a small seaside town, where you can visit the Venetian Castle, the Venetian Port, and after lunch continue to Delphi to spend the night.
Day 4: Delphi - Meteora:
Start your day with hotel pickup in the morning and visit the museum and archeological site of Delphi, perhaps best known for the oracle at its sanctuary that was dedicated to the god, Apollo. Afterwards, visit the traditional winter village of Arachova for a coffee or lunch break. Depart from Arachova and drive through central Greece to Kalambaka, a small traditional town built at the foot of the majestic Meteora Monasteries. Spend the night in Meteora.
Day 5: Meteora - Athens:
Depart your hotel in the morning to visit Meteora. Take in the unique scenery of the medieval monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens passing through the small towns of Domokos, Kamena Vourla, and Thermopiles. Finish up your tour with drop-off at your hotel in Athens in the early evening.