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Self-drive tour mainland Greece

12 days from CAD6,290pp

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Tour highlights

  • Soak up the history of ancient Athens and the modern Acropolis Museum on a private tour.

  • Enjoy dinner with a local Athenian, learning about Greek food and culture.

  • Hike above the Meteora monasteries.

  • Explore the ancient ruins at Delphi and Olympia archaeological sites.

  • Stay in a villa in the seaside town of Nafplio.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Meet your private driver at the airport for a transfer to your hotel in Athens. In the evening, visit a local home and enjoy dinner and conversation with a native Athenian.

  • You’ll meet your private guide this morning for a tour of the Acropolis, seeing one of the top sights in Greece and delving further into its history at the modern Acropolis Museum.

  • Make your own way to the car rental office, collect your car, and head north toward Kastraki, located next to the Meteora monasteries. On the way stop at the vibrant university town of Trikala and explore the narrow alleyways and quaint houses of the old town.

  • Meet your hiking guide and hike from Kastraki uphill to the Meteora monasteries. From here take a path above the monasteries and hike the paths away from the crowds.

  • Drive south to the seaside village of Galaxidi. En route, stop in Delphi and meet your guide for a private tour of ancient Delphi, located in a dramatic position on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Your guide will bring the remains to life — these were once home to the legendary Oracle of Delphi.

  • Today is at leisure in Galaxidi. You can explore the nearby beaches or head inland and visit the mountain village of Arachova.

  • Today drive into the Peloponnese to the village of Olympia. This evening enjoy dinner in a local Olympian resident's home.

  • This morning you’ll meet your guide for a walking tour of ancient Olympia — the original setting for the Olympic Games — along with the Olympia Museum. The afternoon is yours at leisure to relax by the hotel pool.

  • Depart for Nafplio, but stop at Epidavros along the way and meet with your private guide. Together you’ll explore the ancient Greek theatre where performances are still held today, and the adjacent site which was once a healing retreat. Afterward continue onto a nearby olive oil producer for a tour and some olive oil tasting.

  • Meet some locals in Nafplio today and learn about their lives. Visit a local cheesemonger, beekeeper and ouzo producer to learn about their professions and enjoy some food and drink tastings.

  • Your last day is at leisure. We suggest a visit to the sandy beaches located just outside of Nafplio, or a visit to the archaeological site of Mycanae.

  • Drive to Athens airport where you will drop off your rental car.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Athens
 
Delphi
 
Galaxidi
 
Olympia
 
Nafplio
 

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