Swain Destinations uses cookies to enhance your Browsing experience. By using this site, you agree to our updated Privacy Policy and our Cookie Policy. Close
Swain Destinations
Start Planning Today
1-800-22-SWAIN
or Call Your Travel Advisor

Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores

Embark on a luxurious journey through ancient Greek history, where culture and deep-rooted traditions pair magically with breathtaking mainland vistas and serenading island shorelines. Experience one of the most spectacular corners of Greece. Step where the birth of Greek culture began and encounter the ancient Byzantine and Venetian heritage of the area. Stroll along inviting beaches. Wander picturesque villages. Savor magnificent sunsets as the Mediterranean scenery captures your eye at every turn.

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan

Gallery

Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores
Athens and Beyond: Sunsets and Seashores

Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Athens

Welcome to Athens. Upon arrival, please make your way into the arrivals hall where you will be met by a local representative. An English-speaking driver will transfer you by private vehicle from the airport to your city accommodation.

This evening, enjoy an early dinner in a rooftop garden overlooking the Acropolis and Parthenon.

Starting Accommodation: Athens Capital MGallery
Meals: Dinner


Day 2 – Athens City Sights

Today you will enjoy an exciting, guided tour of downtown Athens. Visit the Old Royal Palace which has housed the Greek Parliament since 1934. Stroll along the tree-lined Syntagma Square before heading to Panathinaiko Stadium – an historic attraction known for being the only stadium in the world to have been made entirely of marble. A tour of Athens would not be complete without spending time at the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum. Return to your hotel via a walking tour in the bustling Plaka neighborhood. A delicious local lunch is included today.

Starting Accommodation: Athens Capital MGallery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3 – Athens to Nafplion, via Mycanae

Head out of Athens and cross over from the mainland to the Peloponnese region on your journey. Stop at the Corinth Canal—a man-made marvel that once offered shorter passage for trade vessels. Continue towards the ancient city of Mycanae, a former influential Greek kingdom that is home to the largest surviving sculpture in the prehistoric Aegean—The Lion Gate.

According to Greek mythology, Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae founded Mycanae. This ancient city sits atop a small hill between two larger hills on a fertile plain. The acropolis dates back to the Bronze-age and is one of the great cities of the Mycenaean civilization that played a vital role in classical Greek culture. Despite inspiring poets, writers, and artists throughout the centuries, it was ultimately abandoned more than 2,000 years ago.
Travel to the coastal town of Nafplion. Lunch or Dinner at a restaurant in Nafplion will be included today.

Starting Accommodation: Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4 – Epidaurus and Wine Tasting Tour

Today you will enjoy a guided tour of Epidaurus and its museum. This unique archaeological site is a live, ancient theater that holds up to 14,000 spectators. The theater hosted music, singing and dramatic games that were included in the worship of Asclepius. It was also said to heal, as there was a belief that the observation of dramatic shows had positive effects on mental and physical health. Next, swap the theater for gastronomy with a visit to a winery for a tasting and lunch amongst the vines.

Starting Accommodation: Amphitryon Hotel, Nafplion
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 5 – Nafplion to Mystras, via Sparta

Depart Nafplion and travel inland, past farms and villages to Sparta. Here you’ll visit the Archaeological Museum located near the main square or platia. The building itself is of historical importance; built in 1876, it was the first museum in a provincial town and contains artifacts from ancient Sparta that continue to be discovered from numerous excavations going on in and around the city. Visit the Olive Oil Museum before continuing to the picturesque hillside town of Mystras. Enjoy lunch at a traditional taverna.

Starting Accommodation: Euphoria Retreat, Mystras
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 6 – Mystras Walking Tour

Wander through this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage town, and marvel at the various influences that have left their mark over the centuries on its Acropolis, palace, churches, and residences.

Starting Accommodation: Euphoria Retreat, Mystras
Meals: Breakfast


Day 7 – Monemvasia Day Tour

Meet your driver and travel to the southern point of the Peloponnese. Monemvasia is fondly known as the ‘Gibraltar of the East’. Linked to the mainland by a small causeway, this medieval city hosts a fortress and offers dramatic views of the tall cliffs backing it. Stroll the tiny, narrow lanes and find ruined houses and Byzantine churches dating back to the 13th century. Climb to the upper town for an up-close look at the castle. Wander the lower town lined with Venetian mansions, many of which have been lovingly restored. Coastal views peek through the pathways that wind between terra-cotta-colored homes.

Sip local wines and enjoy a light lunch in one of the local cafes before continuing to Gytheio, a glistening jewel nestled amongst sloping hills that overlook a stunning, natural bay. The golden sand beaches are chosen by endangered sea turtles who come here to lay their eggs during the summer months. A fishing village at its core, Gytheio also boasts mansions that hug the coastline, an ancient theatre that sits high above the town, while seaside tavernas below offer the freshest daily catch. Travel back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Euphoria Retreat, Mystras
Meals: Breakfast


Day 8 – Mani Peninsula Tour

Explore more of the Mani region today. Visit the famous Diros Caves for stalagmite and stalactite viewing. Resurface and head to the quaint village of Thalames and enjoy a lesson in oil production at an olive oil mill. Next travel to the stunning seaside town of Agios Nikolaos before continuing to Kardamili. Getting to this village by the sea can be a nail-biting experience in parts, but it’s worth the trip. The smell of jasmine hugs the air, and the breathtaking Taygetus mountain range rises up behind it. While here, visit Patrick Leigh Fermor’s House. Likened to James Bond and Indiana Jones, this famed travel writer once walked from the Netherlands to Istanbul and penned intriguing stories about his escapades. During World War II, he served as an agent in a special operations unit in Crete that kidnapped a high-ranking German officer. He fell in love with the island and ultimately choose to make Greece his home. Enjoy lunch near the setting of the Ethan Hawk movie ‘Before Midnight,’ and if the weather is favorable, enjoy a swim at one of the nearby beaches.

Starting Accommodation: Euphoria Retreat, Mystras
Meals: Breakfast


Day 9 – Mystras at Leisure

Enjoy time at leisure in Mystras. This forest clad, fortified hilltop village was originally built as an amphitheater around the fortress of the town which was erected in 1249. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and then the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Mystras’ distinct style is influenced by the so-called 'Helladic' school of Byzantine architecture. The painting of churches reflects the quality and the eclecticism of the art of Constantinople. Elements of Romanesque and Gothic art are also present as a result of the city’s wide range of contacts during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Starting Accommodation: Euphoria Retreat, Mystras
Meals: Breakfast


Day 10 – Mystras to Athenian Riviera, via Kalamata

Travel back to Athens via the second-largest populous city on the Peloponnese peninsula—Kalamata. Pass by groves of olive trees that welcome travelers to the area famous for producing Kalamata olives. Churches and monuments are tucked in beside coffee shops and patisseries, while the grand promenade beckons those who wish to wander and explore. Boat enthusiasts can head to the marina, nestled beneath a stunning mountain backdrop, while those who prefer to be in—rather than on—the water, can visit the seafront and dip their toes in the sparkling sea. Enjoy a tour of the town and a light lunch before continuing to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel, Vouliagmeni
Meals: Breakfast


Day 11 – Athenian Riviera at Leisure and Temple of Poseidon Tour, Sounio

Spend your day at leisure in the Athenian Riviera.

This evening, travel to Cape Sounio for a guided tour of Poseidon’s Temple. Perched high above the Aegean Sea, the temple was built in the 5th century to honor Poseidon, the god of the sea. The structure was built entirely out of locally quarried white marble, with the columns standing over twenty feet tall and three feet in diameter. Famous poets including Lord Byron had been known to fall under its spell, composing poetry in an ode to the marvelous structure. Witness shades of blue, red, orange, pink and purple blanket the sky as the sun sets over the cape. Enjoy a delicious dinner before traveling back to your hotel.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel, Vouliagmeni
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 12 – Athenian Riviera at Leisure

This sheltered coastline, which stretches for 43 miles along the Saronic Gulf, is where Athenians flee in summer to escape the city heat. Pretty whitewashed towns bordered by pine trees offer plenty to the sophisticated traveler. Cycle along seafront promenades and wander up to modernist Greek Orthodox churches where intricate frescoes of heralding angels adorn the interiors. Walk past crumbling Greek ruins and down steep banks to sheltered pebble beaches, with waves quietly lapping the shore. Soak in thermal springs with a backdrop of chiseled cliff-faces, sip cocktails in a private beachside cabana, and while away an evening in one of many restaurants, serving freshly caught charred octopus and crispy calamari.

Starting Accommodation: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel, Vouliagmeni
Meals: Breakfast


Day 13 – Depart Athenian Riviera

Please be in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to pick-up time to ensure adequate time to load luggage.

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred by private vehicle from your Athenian Riviera accommodation to Athens Airport for check in.

Meals: Breakfast


Pricing

Package Level: Superior

Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

12 Nights

Pricing:

Pricing on request

Destinations:

Athens; Nafplion; Mystras; Vouliagmeni

Inclusions:

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights Athens
  • Athens City Tour
  • Athens to Nafplion via Mycanae
  • 2 nights Nafplion
  • Epidaurus and Wine Tasting Tour
  • Nafplion to Mystras via Sparta
  • 5 nights Mystras
  • Mystras Walking Tour
  • Monemvasia Day Tour
  • Mani Peninsula Tour
  • Mystras to Athenian Riviera via Kalamata
  • 3 nights Athenian Riveira
  • Temple of Poseidon Tour, Sounio
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Start Planning
Email   |   Print   |   PDF