Set sail through the Saronic gulf exploring 4 heaven-sent islands and spice up your vacations with some of the very best highlights of the most historic parts of the Peloponnese. Get to visit Mycenae, Ancient Epidaurus, Elafonisos, Monemvasia and Nauplio!
Why you’ll love this tour
Cruise the Saronic gulf on a hired small cruise boat and fish your meal or let the others do it when snorkelling
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Snorkel the clear clear blue waters of Aponisos and Agkistri
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Romance the stones of Aegina and of uninhabited small islands
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Visit Elafonisos, the Caribbean of Greece! The island of the pirates, with the turquoise crystal clear waters, and it’s lost underwater city
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Visit Ancient Epidaurus, where tragedy and comedy flourished in a theatre of exemplary acoustics
#history #theatre #culture
Walk into the narrow streets of the romantic Nauplion, the first capital of Greece
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Explore Mycenae, the legendary kingdom of the Atreides, surrounded by massive “cyclopean walls
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Travel back in time in Monemvasia,the uniquely preserved medieval city. Walk this carved in stone city of knights, crusaders emperors and pirates!
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Visit Sparta, the glorious city of Leonidas and the 300
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Accommodation • 7 overnight stays in double / twin rooms
Hotels 3* or Apartments*For single rooms a 180 € supplement is required.
• 7 breakfasts • 5 lunches with a soft drink or beer or local wine (250 g) & • 2 dinners in traditional taverns with a soft drink or beer or local wine
Transportation •Ferry to Aegina and Elafonisos •Cruise Boat •Minivan
Activities Included •Private Cruise in the Saronic gulf •Wine Tasting •Morning hike & sunrise view to mount Elanion in Aegina
Museum Tickets and Archaeological Sites
Transfer to and from the Airport
Drinks and soft drinks (except the above)
1st Day: The isle of Aegina
Hotel pick up to Piraeus. Take the boat to the island of Aegina, the princess of the Saronic gulf –Coffee in one of the many Café of the port. Walk around the streets near the port and we visit the temple of Apollo and the archaeological museum–We visit the miraculus Agios Nektarios Monastery, the Church and the Palaia Chora hill with the numerous churches on it–Then we move towards the famous Temple of Aphaia Athena laid in a beautiful pine forest with a marvelous view to the Aegean Sea. We drive down to the coastal village of Agia Marina (Swim-Ouzo-Meze)-Later in the afternoon we make a semicircular round of the island and return to Aegina city –Dinner – Night out.
Overnight in Aegina.
2nd Day: Aegina
We start with an early hike up to the mount Ellanion (1 hour- optional) to enjoy the wonderful view to Attica, the Aegean sea, the Peloponnese peninsula and the other Saronic islands. We walk down to Perdika- a nice coastal fish village to take the boat to Moni, the superb small island. -Swim in the clear crystal waters enjoying Ouzo + Meze in the company of the animals of the uninhabited island such as the Chamois Cretan goat- deer and peacocks – Return to Aegina city -Dinner-Greek music-Overnight
3rd Day: Angistri - Aponisos - Poros
We are leaving Aegina for the isle of Angistri with a hired small cruise boat. We are swimming, fishing and snorkeling in the small bays of the central Saronic gulf uninhabited small islands. At noon we barbeque by the sea or we have lunch in a fish-tavern. In the afternoon we sail towards the shores of the Peloponnese and drive to the picturesque island of Poros. We spend the night here.
4th Day: Hydra
Early departure for the cosmopolitan island of Hydra. Explore the vibrant life of the island. Walk the steep narrow paths of the historical town with this particular architecture. Swim in the lovely beaches of the island. Free day to enjoy at your own pace.
Overnight at Hydra (may change in high season) or Poros.
5th Day: Epidauros - Nauplio - Mycenae
Today we visit the archaeological site and the huge theatre (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument), famous for its symmetry and beauty and admired for its exceptional acoustics , used again today for dramatic performances. We continue to a local winery near Argos city for wine tasting, walk through the vineyards and have a traditional lunch. Then we visit the archaeological site of Mycenae (another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument), the famous center of the Mycenaean Civilization. The period of Greek history between 1600 BC until around 1100 BC. is called “Mycenaean”, referring to Mycenae Homer first reports the city describing it as “golden”. We admire the Gate of the Lions, the Royal Palace, the treasure of Atreus and the tomb Klytemnestra.
We make our way towards the picturesque town of Nafplio. We walk in the narrow streets of the town, the once capital of Greece-we step up the 999 steps of the Venetian castle of Palamidi.
Overnight in Nauplion
6th Day: Monemvasia - Elafonisos
Today we drive south to the eastern Peloponnese. On the road we will have a short stop in Sparta and have a photo with the statue of king Leonidas, the famous leader of the 300. After we head towards Monemvasia, the picturesque Byzantine fortress, lying for centuries on the slopes of the windswept rock. We explore the romantic city and enjoy its vibe at a majestic view cafe for a refreshing drink.
Next stop is the island of Elafonisos, the once maritime shelter of pirates and crusaders.
We enjoy the sunset and the evening sea. Overnight Elafonisos
7th Day: Elafonisos - Simos Beach
Today is a free day to enjoy the instagrammable beach of Simos, with its tyrquoize waters and the Sahara-like hills of golden sand. You may want to snorkel over the underwater city of Pavlopetri, sunken for over 3.000 years.
8th Day: Corinth Canal - Return to Athens
Today after our morning swim we head back to Athens. We stop for lunch in Tripolis, the heart of the Peloponnese.
Back on the road, we will stop to admire the breathtaking Corinth Canal. After taking pictures we return to Athens and finish our tour!
All our Epic Tours offered are accompanied by one of our local English speaker group guides. The aim of the group guide is to take the hassle out of your trip and to help you have the best experience possible.
The guide has excellent knowledge of the places visited and will provide you information throughout the whole trip, including historical, cultural and social aspects. Your guide takes care of all the essential things of the tour, offers suggestions for things to do and see and introduces you to the local communities.
We use a minimum three-star rating,conveniently located hotels and apartments with all the essential modern conveniences. Lodges that practice good eco-tourism, use products and hire staff from the local villages, walk lightly on the surrounding environment and are true to the area they represent.
Accommodation on all our trips is on a twin or double bed basis. Single upgrades are available upon request and depend on availability.
Concerning the transportation, our company cooperates with leading transfer companies which use vehicles of the latest technology with the most stringent standards. All minivans are equipped with comfortable seats, air condition and large windows.
Our experienced drivers will do everything they can so that your transfer be safe and pleasant.
In all our Epic tours offered, we have made an effort to include as many attractions as possible, therefore reducing our stay in the bus to the minimum, by making many stops.
When it comes to meals, Epos Travel & Tours strikes a perfect balance, since gastronomy is one of the main aspects of the total tour experience offered.
We include most meals (at selected seaside or traditional taverns) to save you time and money, yet we also leave enough free time so you can sample Greece’s gastronomic delights on your own.
Epos travel packages vary as to the number of meals included.All provided meals are clearly stated on the tours’s inclusions section.
As most of our hotels offer anything from coffee to a full breakfast, you can start the day the way you like best with high quality local products. Lunch is your chance to make culinary discoveries of your own – Your tour guide can give you tips about recommended places if asked.
When your itinerary includes a special experience, such as fishing on a hired boat,rafting or wine tasting, lunch will be included. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform us prior to the trip. We can provide vegetarian and vegan meals. Please feel free to contact us, regarding any questions you may have about food, so we can provide you the best options possible.
Meeting and finishing point: Most of our tours -unless otherwise stated in the trip’s information section- start and end at Syntagma square in Athens. Tours commence at 08:00 on the starting date and finish between 21:00 and 22:00 on the finishing point. Please note: In case you leave Greece on the day the tour ends,it is advisable to book your return flight at least 3 hours after our scheduled return time. That will give you the tranquillity and ease of mind, avoiding any unfortunate events that could blemish you vacation.
When you book with us, please have in mind that our tours don’t include any accommodation before or after the tour. So we advise you to make any stay arrangements for the date the tour ends. In relation to your arrival date and your stay in a hotel in Athens or in another city for one or more days before or after the trips, please feel free to contact us and we shall arrange it at no cost.
With regard to your transfer to and from the airport, we are able to help, if you ask us about it. We can arrange a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Athens and vice versa 24/7. Your private driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport, holding a placard with your name on it. Regarding the issue of your air ticket you know that the sooner you buy it the more cheap it comes. You are most likely to find lower prices in your home country. But it is worth trying together.
Please check if you belong in one of the Free or Reduced admission categories below.
Free admission for:
• Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and equivalent Chambers of member-states of the EU, upon presentation of their membership card
• Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS, upon presentation of their membership card
• Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes, Military Schools or equivalent Schools of EU member states, as well as Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card
• Young people, up to the age of 18, upon presentation of their Identity Card or passport for age confirmation.
Reduced admission for:
• Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin • Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent Schools of countries from outside the European Union, upon presentation of their student ID cards