About Greece Self Drive 3 - Classical Roads of Greece
Explore Greece's world-famous classical sites near Athens, across the Peloponnese and in the mountains around Delphi.
Activity code: GRFDCL03
Duration: 8 Days
This classic holiday itinerary is a full highlights tour of mainland Greece, focusing also on the beautiful scenery in-between locations. The itinerary includes some iconic places such as Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae and simply stunning scenery such as the Peloponnese and the mountains en route to Delphi.
This recommended and very popular route is a tried and trusted itinerary which allows plenty of time to enjoy the countryside as you travel; however if you are looking for a modification of any kind then we can also offer a completely tailor made itinerary.
If you would like to visit these wonderful places without driving then we can supply a private driver for the duration of the tour.
Please contact us if you would like a completely tailor made fly drive itinerary. All we would need to know are approximate dates of travel, what standard of hotel you would prefer, and if there are any particular areas or classical sites which you would like us to include (or to exclude!) in your itinerary . Your fly drive can be as active or leisurely as you please. Staying one night at each stop allows the maximum amount of sightseeing; two or more nights will allow you to do side trips, whilst staying in one place will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the local area.
Why not extend your stay in Greece with a relaxing few days on one of the islands or on the mainland. Please ask us for further details or suggestions!
Arrive into Athens Airport, collect your car and check in to your city centre hotel.
Rest of the day and overnight in Athens.
* Alternatively you may prefer to have a private transfer into Athens and have the car delivered to you on the morning of Day Three.
You have the day at leisure in Athens and a chance to explore its wealth of history. Visit the city centre: Constitution Square, the Houses of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Evzones in their picturesque costume, the Presidential Palace, the Panathenaic stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis you can visit its museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion and finally, the Parthenon. Alternatively we can arrange a half day guided tour of the city.
After breakfast you can leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. Drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides – the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. See the Lions’ Gate, the royal tombs, the Cyclopean walls. Nafplion is sometimes referred to as the most picturesque and romantic town in Greece, nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress.
In the afternoon you may like to visit Epidaurus to visit the theatre (4th century BC) famous for its astonishing acoustics.
After breakfast make your way westwards to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Visit the ruins of the most important monuments in the archaeological site such as the Temple of Zeus, the sacred Altis, the temple of Hera, the Gymnasium, the Philippeion and so many others. Afterwards visit the museum which contains the famous Hermes of Praxiteles.
Drive to Patras after breakfast and from there make your way across the magnificent Rion-Antirion bridge. Continue your journey to Nafpaktos, a small picturesque town with a Venetian fortress, where you might like to stretch your legs. Drive on to Delphi, the centre of the Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (navel) of the Earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. In a landscape of majesty and unparalleled beauty lie the ruins of the temple of Apollo Pythios, the various treasure houses and votive offered by ancient cities, the Castalian Spring and the theatre.
In the morning after breakfast you may like to visit the museum in Delphi which contains masterpieces of sculpture such as the athlete Agias and the famous bronze Charioteer.
In the afternoon return to Athens.
Breakfast at the hotel. All day at leisure.
Breakfast. Drop off car at the airport for flight home.
"Overall a lovely holiday. All the arrangements worked well, the hotels were 'small and local' which is what we like. The itinerary was just right - covered everything we wanted to do. Travel was easy- the roads were surprisingly empty beyond Athens."
T Eldridge, Oct 2019