THE ARGOSARONIC GULF AND PELOPONNESE
7 days itinerary
14 day itinerary
Day 1 - ATHENS - POROS
Day 1 - ATHENS - POROS
ATHENS: The city of the Olympic idea, the crossroad of west and east cultural and fashion events. Filled with contrasts, ancient and Byzantine, neoclassical and modern, crowded and solitary, it is a “must” for visitors to Greece. Sights: Acropolis, Parthenon, Theatre of Dionysus connected with Herod Atticus Odium where festivals are hosted every summer, the National Museum one of 18 museums. Plaka, the oldest and most picturesque and attractive corner with narrow alleys flanked by single story houses set next to elegant mansions. Lykabettus covered with pine trees and crowned by the white chapel of St. George offering a panoramic view over the entire city. Keramikos its with tavernas and cafes for tranquillity and numerous other highlights.
AEGINA: A favourite yacht man’s island near Athens, with a town which is busy all year round. The fish and the fruit market close to the port remind one of a bazaar. Sights: The remains of the Temple of Aphrodite.
POROS: A small islet separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow channel. Picturesque and attractive, the town is built on rocky slopes covered with pine trees and attracts yachting friends all year round. Sights: Temple of Poseidon, Lemon forest.
HYDRA: A mountainous island close to Athens that attracts visitors all year round. Popular worldwide for the historical town, which is built amphitheatrically around the picturesque port, it is the favourite resort of the rich and famous. The absence of vehicles makes Hydra peaceful during the day; however, the crowds fill the many tavernas and clubs during the evenings.
SPETSES: A green island with pine trees and a beautiful old harbour with neo-classic mansions.
NAFPLIO: The ex-capital of Greece, divided into a new and old town, marked by Roman, Byzantine and Venetian civilization. Sights: Three castles from each civilization.
MONEMVASIA: A Byzantine area of Greece connected to the Peloponnese by a strip of land, with remains of a fortress wall and numerous Byzantine churches, it is a must for visitors who love history.
ELAFONISOS: A small islet close to Kithira well known for white peddled beaches and clear blue waters. Sights: Remains of Venetian towers.
PYLOS: A historic and attractive town known for the battle of Navarino, where the Turkish fleet was destroyed. Sights: Castles.
KYPARISSIA: A beautiful town divided into the new and the old, surrounded by green valleys and fertile land. Sights: Castles
10 days itinerary
15 day itinerary
Day 1 - ATHENS – KEA
Day 1 - ATHENS – KEA
SOUNION: The Temple of Poseidon with its Doric columns, built in 5th century B.C. makes this cape well known worldwide. It is usually a stop during itineraries to the Cyclades islands where passengers enjoy a swim in the clear waters.
ANDROS: This northernmost and second largest of the Cyclades islands is also among the most beautiful ones. There are successive ranges of mountains with steep sides, rivers and mineral springs with famous sparkling medicinal waters, large valleys planted with olive, fig, orange and lemon trees as well as grape vines. Andros is a blend of rocky and green landscaping with superb beaches. Sights: Archaeological museum with finds from the Geometric, Classical, Roman and Byzantine periods, Museum of Modern Art, Nautical Museum, monasteries, Geometric and Byzantine temples, Andros town with neo-classical mansions. Delicacies: Almond pastries.
TINOS: The Holy Island of the Virgin Mary, where pilgrims come to pray or fulfill a vow. There are beautiful villages on the slopes of a line of mountains whose highest peak was the home of the Wind God Aeolus in Greek mythology. There are also numerous caves along the coast with sandy or pebbly beaches. Sights: Church of Virgin Mary with the miracle icon, Archaeological Museum, Gallery of Greek painters, ruins of medieval castles. Delicacies: Local wines.
SYROS: The capital, Hermoupoli, which is also the main harbour, stands on a natural amphitheatre site with neo-classic building, old mansions and white houses cascading down to the harbour. The varied landscape makes the hinterland outstanding, while the coastline is indented with beautiful inlets of all sizes nestled between capes. Sights: Archaeological finds, Town Hall built by Ziller in 1876. Apollo Municipal Theatre which is miniature copy of La Scala in Milan, monasteries, unique architecture, casino. Delicacies: “Loukoumi” and “halvadopita” delights from egg white, sugar and almonds.
MYKONOS: A world famous island, attracting visitors from around the globe, including well-known artists and intellectuals. They are attracted by the more than twenty sandy beaches with clear waters for delightful swimming. Visitors also enjoy wandering through the whitewashed narrow streets with brilliant white box-shaped houses adorned with bright coloured doors and balconies and stepped walls for sitting on. After a leisurely day enjoying the quiet private corners of the island, ordinary vacationers nestle happily side-by-side with the jet set and yacht setters in the numerous bars and discos with their nightlife and sounds that never end. Beach parties, happenings, and fashion shows take place every summer, or if they choose, visitors can still find quiet places for a tranquil afternoon. Sights: Aegean Nautical museum, over a hundred small churches, the Agricultural Museum housed in a converted windmill. Delicacies: “kopanisti” a pepper flavoured white cheese, “Amygdalota” almond delights, and “soumada” fermented almond cordial.
DELOS: Uninhabited today, this is the sacred island birthplace of the God Apollo and Goddess Artemis of Greek mythology. This vast archaeological site, whose superb monuments cover almost the entire island, reflects the wealth and beauty of its ancient way of life. Sights: Archaeological museum, Hermes House, Sacred Way of Lions, Sanctuary of Artemis, Sanctuary of Apollo, Agora of the Lions, Theatre Houses, Stadium, Gymnasium along with many others.
PAROS: An attractive island, popular not only for its numerous excellent sandy beaches and blue clear waters, its wild rocky landscape with white box-shaped houses whose yards are filled with basil, jasmine, honeysuckle and bougainvillea, but also for its nightlife. Paros is ideal not only for those in search of cosmopolitan bustle, but also for lovers of solitude. Sights: Picturesque Venetian castles, the famous church of Ekatondapiliani which is a Byzantine monument, monasteries, exhibition of traditional crafts, ornamental pottery and fine silver jewellery. Delicacies: Wine and olive oil.
NAXOS: The largest and most fertile of the Cycladic Islands. Naxos' landscape includes meadows running down the vast white beaches, cliffs that sink suddenly into the sea, rocky mountains nestled side-by-side with valleys filled with meandering streams and springs. The island's clear waters and secluded bays are well known to the yachting set. Sights: Venetian castles, Archaeological Museum, “kouros” statues dating from the 6th century BC, items to buy include embroideries and woollens. Delicacies: Honey, various cheeses, citrus drinks, woven goods.
AMORGOS: The steep and rocky coastline of this oblong mountainous island contrasts sharply with its quiet shady bays with clear waters. The white-washed houses, superb beaches and traces of ancient architecture all make Amorgos very picturesque and unique. Sights: Archaeological museum, monasteries and castles.
FOLEGANDROS: A wild beautiful island whose landscape includes huge rocks alternating with sandy beaches. There are charming villages offering handmade pasta and local wines to delight visitors. Sights: Castles, monasteries.
SIKINOS: Inhabited since ancient times. This island has retained all of its local character and offers tranquillity and peace to its visitors. Sights: Monasteries, stone mansions, churches.
IOS: The island of the ancient poets offers a landscape of vineyards and olive trees that wind down the mountains to the crystal clear sea and its superb sandy beaches. The beautiful capital with its white cubic houses and row of windmills also offers visitors a lively nightlife. Sights: Archaeological and Folkloric museum, Museum of Modern Art, numerous churches.
ANAFI: From a distance this island looks like an isolated rock in the ocean. Her green valleys with white churches, beautiful secluded beaches and monasteries make her a jewel of the Cyclades. Sights: Monasteries, churches.
SANTORINI: The best known island in Greece is the home of a huge volcano that erupted, leaving the town perched high on its famous white cliffs. The only way to reach the city is by donkey, walking up the 587 narrow steps to the top, or by cableway. The sea approach to the island is spectacular! Black sandy beaches, cliff side towns and bright white houses make Santorini an island of contrast and undoubtedly a must for travellers.
THIRASSIA: Thirassia was formed by volcanic activity and today has a single village built on top. There are tavernas offering local wine and traditional hospitality to visitors.
KEA (TZIA): An exceptionally picturesque island with small valleys nestled between mountain ranges. The valleys are sparsely planted with vines and fruit trees, and open into pretty little bays. They are dotted with miniature chapels, windmills, monasteries and flowered slopes. Beautiful villages built on top of the hills offer a breathtaking view. Visitors should make sure to visit the port of Korissia and the remains of the Temple of Smithian Apollo. Sights: Archaeological Museum, monasteries. Delicacies: Fresh fish
KYTHNOS: Famous since ancient times for the “Constitution” by Aristotle, Kythnos is a typical Cycladic island. Vineyards and fig trees provide dashes of green against the white Cycladic cottages and churches with their frescos and icons that cling to the hillsides above beautiful small bays with clear waters. Sights: Monasteries, churches, Loutra village with radioactive thermal springs-beneficial to sufferers of arthritis, dermatitis and other.
IRAKLIA-SHINOUSSA-KOUFONISIA-KEROS-DONOUSA: An earthly paradise with clear blue waters touching the barren landscape. The silent rocks, the small caves along the coastline, the chance to escape from the crowds, all attract visitors to these virtually unblemished islands. Sights: Archaeological finds, remains of Roman buildings.
KIMOLOS: As blindingly white as the chalk it produces. Kimolos was used by pirates in the Middle Ages due to its caves that are well-concealed among the superb beaches with sparkling clear waters. Sights: Remains of castles, churches.
MILOS: Notable for its volcanic soil and the rich deposits of minerals beneath, Milos owns its fame in part to the “Venus de Milo” a statue now exhibited in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Milos fascinates visitors with her monuments, her charming white villages, her extraordinary beaches with crystal waters and her strange rocky formations. Sights: Catacombs, Historical and Folklore Museum, Archaeological finds.
SERIFOS: Bare, undulating hills interspersed with small fertile valleys cover this charming island with colourful churches. The rocky coastline is deeply indented with a succession of coves and bays. The curious rock formations resemble human figures, which call to mind the myth of Medusa, Danae and Perseus, as if these prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone. Sights: Venetian castle, Monastery and fortress of the Archangels of the 18th century, churches of the 10th
Century. Delicacies: “Baklava” and other pastries.
SIFNOS: A grey landscape of rock that will surprise visitors as they discover the beautiful spots of the island, which together with the island's superb architecture, rank it among the jewels of the Aegean. Famous in ancient times for her wealth, which came from gold and silver mines, she enjoyed great prosperity in Classic times as well. Sights: Archaeological Museum, monasteries, over 365 churches, castle area, windmills. Shopping: Pottery, folklore souvenirs. Delicacies: Baked chickpeas, “Myzithra” cheese.
CYCLADES & DODECANESE
14 day itinerary
Day 1 - ATHENS – KEA
PATMOS: “The Jerusalem of the Aegean” where St. John wrote the Revelation of Apocalypse. The emperor Alexios Komninos built a holy monastery in St.John's honour, which is the landmark of the island. The majestic fortress-monastery crowns the hills above the port. It is surrounded by dazzling white, cube like houses, which spill down its flanks. Sights: Monasteries with Byzantine icons, 9th century embroideries, rare old books.
LIPSI & AGATHONISI: A group of islands with beautiful sandy beaches and translucent waters. The hamlet on the natural harbour is composed of spotless white washed houses, tavernas, ouzeri and coffee houses.
LEROS: Rolling green hills, deep caves and pretty beaches between small fertile valleys with beautiful white housed villages. Sights: Remains of Byzantine castle.
KALYMNOS: Mountainous, with two fertile valleys, it is famous as the sponge diver's island. Blessed with natural attractions such as caves, lively beaches, unspoiled scenery, multicoloured houses, it still keeps up with tradition. Sights: Monasteries, Byzantine museum, churches, thermal springs and therapeutic bathing hotels. Shopping: Sponges Delicacies: Baklava, Galaktoboureko, syrupy pastries.
TENEDOS – PSERIMOS: Tiny islands with clear waters and pretty beaches, inhabited by fishermen. Shopping: Fresh fish
KOS: Hippocrates' birthplace, Kos combines an ancient atmosphere with modern life and is a wealthy island with ideal sandy beaches. Sights: Archaeological finds, Crusader and Byzantine castles, Museums. Shopping: Ceramics, antiquity effigies.
ASTIPALEA: A mountainous island, with an indented coastline concealing numerous delightful caves. It resembles two islands joined by a ribbon of land only 105m wide. The main village is built up the side of a steep hill and presided over by the massive, austere remains of a Venetian castle. A row of windmills and closely packed white cube houses follow the contours of the hill in an unbroken band down to the sea. Sights: Venetian castle, churches, windmills.
NISYROS: Volcanic, dark and picturesque, this island is contrasted by the whiteness of its houses and the bright colours of their doors and windows Charming villages perch on the crest of the hills above crystal waters and lovely beaches. Sights: Castles, churches and traditional houses.
TILOS: This small island captures the imagination of visitors because a prehistoric dwarf elephant once lived there. Beautiful beaches, monasteries and the ancient town within the capital will amaze visitors.
SYMI: Small green valleys punctuate the steep and rocky island with beaches indented by little coves. Cultural sights: Byzantine Monastery, museum, mansions, architecture.
HALKI: Has been a wealthy island since antiquity, judging from the coins found here. Visitors will be amazed by the stone houses built in tiers like an amphitheatre, the medieval castle occupying the site of the ancient acropolis and the wonderful beaches.
RHODES: Splendid beaches, varied vegetation, numerous cultural sites, and the largest medieval and ancient town make Rhodes undoubtedly the most attractive of the Dodecanese’s islands.
Sights: Castle of the Grant Masters, the Valley of the butterflies, temples, centuries-old houses, the famous town of Lindos.
MEGISTI & RO (KASTELORIZO): Inhabited since prehistoric times, Kastelorizo has areas where Dorian ruins can still be seen. Traditional colour and wonderful beaches abound on both islands. The island of Ro gained fame from the Lady of Ro, who raised the Greek flag every morning for 40 years until she passed away.
KARPATHOS: A mountainous island, with most settlements on the relatively flat south side. Modern architecture is combined with traditional style in both the exterior and interior of the houses. Villages that have been inhabited since the 10th century, help make citizens take pride in maintaining their traditions. The citizens still speak a dialect that contains several Dorian words and idioms. Sights: Ancient ruins.
KASSOS: A mountainous island with a steep rocky coastline and a few pleasant beaches. The island established its own merchant fleet and grew rich from trade in the 18th century. Sights: Churches, caves.
CYCLADES, DODECANESE & TURKISH COAST
21 days itinerary
Day 1 - ATHENS – KEA
MARMARIS: Offering all modern facilities, Marmaris also retains traditional colour and customs. Bazaars can be found here offering a wide variety of merchandise. There is also a fishing village that shelters yachts all year round, located in a beautiful port with pines reaching down to the sea.
DATCA: Quiet and picturesque with beautiful beaches in secluded bays.
KNIDOS: Knidos is an ancient city containing remains of the Temple of Venus and a Byzantine church. Green and peaceful it is a “must see” for lovers of antiquity.
BODRUM: Well know as “Alikarnassos” in ancient times. Bodrum is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as many other remains of her long history. Today, it is a very lively city, and this fact, along with such monuments from the past, attracts many visitors. Sights: Castles, towers, mausoleum, archaeological finds.
ASIN BAY: Built on top of the ancient city of Iasos, the bay remains tranquil with beautiful beaches. Sights: Byzantine castle, archaeological finds.
DIDYMA: In ancient times, this was known as Apollo's city, with the ruins of his Temple contrasting the modern life of the city.
KUSADASI: Ruins reveal that Kusadasi was inhabited during the Hellenistic, Roman and Medieval periods. Today it boasts a lively nightlife and shopping district to attract tourists.
SAMOS: Only one mile away from the Turkish coast, Samos is a totally green island with marvellous landscapes and springs and waterfalls cascading either to the mainland or bays with crystal clear waters. Fishing villages and ancient monuments as well as the warm and friendly inhabitants await visitors. Sights: Museums, Roman finds. Delicacies: Local dishes and wines.
IKARIA: This is a mountainous yet fertile island with pines, olive and fruit trees, inhabited by quiet, friendly people. There are fishing villages, natural springs and secluded bays with beautiful pebble beaches.
7 days itinerary
14 day itinerary
Day 1 - ATHENS – GALAXIDI
Day 1 - ATHENS – CORINTH CANAL – TRISONA
CORFU: Odysseus' last stop on his long journey to Ithaca, the island owes its sophistication and charm to the meshing of the different civilizations that have occupied it. Abundantly endowed with natural beauty, green and fertile Corfu has numerous sandy beaches as well as historical monuments to attract visitors. Sights: Fortresses, museums, churches, monasteries. Pontikonisi and bazaars in villages when they celebrate religious dates. Delicacies: Numerous dishes with Roman names, Ginger beer.
PAXI & ANTIPAXI: An exquisite miniature world. Fertile and green with pine, olive and fruit trees, vineyards and gardens all leading to amazing beaches with crystal waters, either sandy ones or rocky ones with spectacular white cliffs, punctuated by delightful coves and intriguing grottoes. Sights: 19th century villages. Venetian castle, windmills, monasteries, unspoiled beaches.
LEFKADA: Mountainous and totally green bays with coast slopes gently down to the sea, which is sheltered from the wind and dotted with thickly wooded islets. Breathtaking green bays with crystal clear waters among other natural beauties attract visitors. Sights: Ancient sites, Venetian castle, monasteries, museum.
KEFALONIA: A land of contrasts-breathtaking gold or white beaches, deep coves, rugged rocky shores, green and fertile areas with cedar-like fir trees that grow nowhere else in the world, olive and fruit trees, caves with unusual stalagmites and pale blue waters shattering into a myriad of fantasmagoric colors. Sights: Katavothres (a rare geological phenomenon, where sea enters through an opening in the rock and “disappears”), churches, ancient and Roman ruins, monasteries.
Delicacies: “Mandola” and other almond flavored sweets, local pastries.
ITHACA: Home of Odysseus, homer's hero, an earthly paradise with green mountains and captivating coves, with caves for exploring, lovely beaches for bathing, uncrowded hamlets, a lot of strong nightlife. Sights: Cave of the Nymphs, monasteries and museums. Delicacies: “Ravani” A semolina syrup sweet.
ZAKYNTHOS: According to Venetians, this was the “flower of the Orient” with the emerald green sea, the pine-studded mountains, slopes with flowers of every kind, the musical people and their famous hospitality. Sights: Venetian towers, churches of the 12th and 14th century, springs, caves. Delicacies: “Mandolato” a nougat pastry.
CORINTH CANAL: The connection between Aegean and Ionion islands with a 3.2 miles long, narrow channel, completed in 1893, offering an outstanding view either from the top or passing through the channel.
PATRA: The third largest city in Greece, with neoclassic buildings among modern ones, big squares and the harbor, where visitors may enjoy nightlife and excursions to wineries (Achaia Clauss), Medieval castles and old churches.
GALAXIDI: A beautiful town attracting visitors from Athens and other places all year round. Sights: Neoclassical buildings and stone mansions, nightlife and tavernas with fresh fish, beaches.
TRIZONIA: Not far from Galaxidi is a natural bay, set amongst green valleys with only a few inhabitants. Popular to sailing yachts, which find shelter, provisioning and water.
PARGA: A picturesque town overlooking the small harbor with houses in a full spectrum of colors, which is built on the remains of a Venetian castle. A real jewel on the mainland that has been affected by all civilizations that have possessed it.
10 days Itinerary
Day 1 - ATHENS – KARYSTOS
SKIATHOS: The pine forests meet the sea with its crystal clear waters on this totally green island. A Greek resort combining nightlife with quiet place to relax and lovely bays with crystal waters for swimming.
SKOPELOS: Famous for its plum trees, the island's tree-covered hills slope down to the many bays, covered with golden sands. Affected by the Minoan civilization, she offers colourful folklore and splendid beaches.
ALONISSOS: Well-known refuge for the Mediterranean sea, this is a green and fertile island with a typical Sporades landscape of pines and fruit-trees ending in white rocky beaches or golden sandy ones. Sights: Cave of the Cyclops. Delicacies: Fresh fish.
PERISTERA: An islet of secluded bays sheltered from the “meltemi” wind, and sparkling white houses perched on the hilltops. Sights: Remains of a castle
SKYROS: The largest of the Sporades islands. She has natural harbors and secluded bays, pine and maquis forests, and white cubist houses with flat roofs rising up the steep slopes of the ruins of an old Venetian castle.
KARYSTOS: Lying on a narrow strip of land at the foot of the high mountain range, this beautiful town can easily be seen from the sea. Sights: Remains of Venetian castle, beaches.
TRIKERI: A small islet with fishing villages and beautiful secluded bays.