Greece grand tour from Athens to Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion and Epidaurus, Caves of Diros, Gytheio, Messene, Andritsena, Olympia, Rio bridge, Nafpaktos, Delphi, Meteora, Meteora, Monasteries, Tempi, Dion, Katerini, Thessaloniki, Pella, Vergina, Zagori, Papingo, Perama, Cave Ioannina, Gorge of Vikos, Igoumenitsa, Preveza, Nafpaktos, Athens
Highlights of the Thirteen (13) Days Grand Private Tour in Greece
- The most important monuments of Greece
- Enjoy modern life of Greece
- Taste authentic Greek dishes
- Admire the picturesque landscape of the country
- Experience unexplored Greece
Description of the Thirteen (13) Days Grand Private Tour in Greece
Day 1: Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion
Athens Taxi Tours will drive you along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf until we reach the Corinth Canal where we will make a short stop to take in the breathtaking view of the Isthmus. Shortly thereafter we reach and visit ancient Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached. Back in the ancient times Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the large ancient agora (marketplace) and Apollo’s Temple (6th C.B.C). We will visit the Isthmus at the site of the ancient port of Kenchreai where St. Paul disembarked when he arrived to Corinth. We will visit MYCENAE, the remains of the ancient city, including the Lion Gate, the tomb of Agamemnon and the Palace. Then we’ll drive through ARGOS on to NAFPLION. After lunch Athens Taxi will drive you to EPIDAURUS and its ancient Epidaurus theater, famous for its remarkable acoustics. we will return to Nafplion for dinner & overnight.
Day 2: Nafplion – Diros Caves – Gytheion
After having breakfast at your leisure, we will drive in the morning with Athens Taxi to Diros. Experience the Caves of Diros in Vlyhada. See the featured fossils, stalagmites, and stalactites dating 2million years back in a unique place that is considered one of the greatest caved lakes in the world. Free afternoon in Gytheio, dinner & overnight.
Day 3: Gythio – Messene – Andritsena
Athens Taxi will take us to Messene, an ancient city founded by Epameinondas (c.369 BC) under Theban auspices to be a capital and fort for the Messenians, who had been freed from Spartan domination after the battle of Leuctra. The ruins are well preserved, most notably of the city walls dating to the 4th cent. BC. The modern city of Messíni is at some distance and is highly developed. We will have dinner & overnight at Messini or Andritsena, a nearby town.
Day 4: Andritsena – Olympia
Athens Taxi will drive you to the city of Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Despite being secluded near the western coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most important religious and athletic center in Greece. Olympia is a unique place, featuring lush greenery and a vast array of monuments and landmarks. The most important sanctuary of Zeus is situated here, as well as Altis and the original stadiums of the Olympic Games Ancient Olympia has been the center of attention during the ancient years, and still today is the departure point of the Olympic Flame that is lit here, every four years prior to the new festival. The starting line in the original Olympic stadium is still visible, take your position, and run this historical course, competing with the athletes of the past, or simply some of the numerous tourists that visit this area. Your sightseeing tour also includes a visit to the Olympia Archaeological Museum and the Museum of the Olympic Games, where artifacts and collections related to both ancient and modern Games are housed. Dinner & overnight.
Day 5: Olympia – Patra – Rio – Antirio – Nafpaktos – Delphi
In the morning Athens Taxi Tours will drive you from the Peloponnese to the other side of Greece (West Greece) crossing the new bridge from Rio to Antirio. We’ll make a short stop in Nafpaktos and we’ll head on through a spectacular landscape to Delphi. We’ll overnight in Delphi or Arachova.
Day6: Delphi – Arachova
Drive with Athens Taxi, to ancient DELPHI, the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Visit the Delphi Museum where one can see among other archaeological treasures, the unique Bronze Charioteer, then proceed through the sacred way to the Athenian Treasure House. Visit the Temple of Apollo. Overnight & dinner in Arachova a picturesque mountain village, the meeting place of the Greek jet set in winter, built on the southern slopes of Parnassus.
Day 7: Delphi – Meteora – Tempi valley – Katerini – Thessaloniki
In the morning Athens Taxi will drive you to the breathtaking METEORA and its monasteries built on the top of high rocks. The visit included the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
The most important monasteries of Meteora are:
- The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron. It is the biggest of the Meteorite monasteries.
- The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery after the Great Meteoro.
- The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. It is dedicated to ‘The Transfiguration’ but consecratedto Saint Barbara.
- The Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas. It is the first we will come across on our way from Kastraki to Meteora.
- The Holy Monastery of St. Stephen. It is one of the most easily accessible, as one does not have to climb innumerable steps to reach it.
- The Monastery of the Holy Trinity is very difficult to reach. The visitor has to cross the valley and continue high up through the rock before we arrive outside the entrance.
Driving through central Greece we’ll stop in the valley of Tempi, witch was dedicated to the god Apollo. It was a large fortified settlement used by both Romans and Byzantines. After lunch Athens taxi will start the drive through the towns of Central Greece crossing the Thessalian plain, the granary of GREECE, Larisa, Tempi mountains, Katerini to reach late in the afternoon Thessaloniki the capital of northern Greece. Free night and Overnight.
Day 8: Dion – Thessaloniki
After breakfast Athens Taxi will drive us to the famous, sacred Macedonian town of DION . Lunch in Katerini in a nice taverna by the sea. We then continue our private tour to THESSALONIKI, the largest town in Northern Greece. Visit the most interesting museum of THESSALONIKIand and enjoy a sightseeing of the city with its modern unique night life. Overnight.
Day 9: Thessaloniki – Pella – Vergina – Veria
In the morning Athens Taxi will take us to visit PELLA, Alexander the Great’s capital. We’ll continue to VERGINA to visit the tomb of the King PHILIP and the famous ‘’Vergina Treasures’’. Then we’ll head on to LEFKADIA where you can visit the excavations. We will return to THESSALONIKI through VERIA. Overnight & free evening.
Day 10: Thessaloniki – Zagorohoria – Papingo
Today, you can see the ruins of the fortress and the temple of the gods. Our next stop will be gorgeous Zagorohoria located in northwest Greece, with its traditional Western Greek Architecture. The stone bridges and cobblestone paths, maintained in an excellent condition, are the trademark of this region. You will overnight at Papingo, where we guarantee that you will be amazed by the relaxing and rejuvenating feeling as well as the beauty of the place.
Day 11: Papingo – Perama cave – Ioannina – Metsovo
Next morning Athens Taxi will drive us to the Gorge of Vikos,the deepest Gorge in Europe. Outdoor activity clubs and trekking groups visit this impressive area, traveling from all over the world to cross it. Our next stop is at the Cave of Perama, in Ioannina, the largest cave in Greece and one of the largest in Europe, covering a total area of 14,000 sq. meters. It is located 4km from
Ioannina, in Perama, at the foot of Mt. Goritsa. Follow the main road of Ioannina to the north, the 20/E90. At the northern end of the city is a turnoff right towards Metsovo, Trikala, Larissa, 6/E92. Perama is the first village after about 2km.
The Cave of Perama was discovered in 1940 by a resident of the village who was looking for a shelter to avoid bombardments during the Greek-Italian war.
In 1951-1955 the speleologists IOANNIS PETROCHEILOS and ANNA PETROCHEILOU explored the cave and discovered teeth and bones of ancient cave bears.
In 1956 the cave was opened to the public.
This Athens taxi private tour will take you inside the caves where you can see fossils and remains from the prehistoric Era and impressive murals dedicated to the Gods of the Underworld, Pluto and Persephone. Free evening in Ioannina. You will enjoy your dinner over the lake with its magnificent view to the island in the lake. Overnight in Ioannina.
Day 12: Ioannina – Igoumenitsa – Parga – Preveza – Nafpaktos
In the morning we will depart at our leisure from unforgettable Ioannina and Athens Taxi will drive us through Igoumenitsa- Parga – Preveza offering the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Ionian Sea waters and some of the Ionian Islands. Visit & overnight at the wonderful town of Nafpaktos.
Day 13: Nafpaktos – Rio – Antirio – Corinth Canal – Athens
In the morning, after breakfast we will continue our private tour crossing Rio Bridge and the Corinth Canal and we will return to Athens in the afternoon.
You can customize this private tour at any time, either on the way together with your private chauffeur or in advance by contacting our Athens Taxi Tours team.