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Crete and Mainland Greece : Road Trip

🇬🇷Greece

Discover ancient treasures, rural tavernas and turquoise waters

12 Days
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Food
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Magnificent archaeological sites prove there is much to Greece beyond its gorgeous sun-drenched beaches.

Discover Crete, Meteora, Athens and all the dreamy villages in-between, on this magnificent road trip. This scenic drive offers a rich tapestry of olive farms, charming villages, delicious cuisine and ancient treasures. The open road beckons!

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Itinerary Highlights

  • Visit magnificent Meteora! Six monasteries perch on huge sandstone pillars in a truly extraordinary landscape - a breathtaking sight!⁠
  • See the rock of the mighty Acropolis, crowned by the dramatic ruins of the Parthenon
  • See sweeping views of Athens from Lycabettus Hill
  • Learn the secrets of Greek olive oil production
  • Explore Crete's natural wonders and hike the Samariá Gorge
  • Swim in beautiful turquoise waters and wander dreamy coastal villages
  • Admire the archaeological site of Olympia, the birthplace of the most famous sporting event in the ancient world

Discover the Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    • TRAVELFlight to CHQ Airport
      Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Ethniki Odos Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania, Greece
    • Taxi to Thallos The Boutique Hotel
    • ACCOMMODATIONThallos The Boutique Hotel
      Thallos the Boutique Hotel, Καλλινίκου Σαρπάκη, Chania, Greece
    • ACTIVITYExplore the Splantzia Neighbourhood
      Splantzia, Chania, Greece
    • ACTIVITYWander the Old Venetian Port of Chania
      Old Venetian Port of Chania, Agiou Markou, Chania, Greece
    • ACTIVITYWalk to the Lighthouse of Chania (harbour views)
      Lighthouse of Chania, Chania, Greece
  • Day 2

    • ACCOMMODATIONThallos The Boutique Hotel
      Thallos the Boutique Hotel, Καλλινίκου Σαρπάκη, Chania, Greece
    • Taxi to CHQ Airport (pick up hire car)
    • OTHERCar hire
      Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Ethniki Odos Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Balos Beach (1.5 hours)
    • ACTIVITYViews of Balos Beach
      Balos Beach, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Monastery Estate Retreat (2 hours)
    • ACCOMMODATIONMonastery Estate Retreat
      Monastery Estate, Moni Sougia, Greece
    • ACTIVITYRelax at Monastery Estate Retreat
    • FOODAn to Petyxeis Taverna Kafe
      Αν το πετύχεις, Eparchiaki Odos Chanion - Sougias, Kandanos Selinos, Greece
  • Day 3

    • OTHERCar hire
      Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Ethniki Odos Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania, Greece
    • ACCOMMODATIONMonastery Estate Retreat
      Monastery Estate, Moni Sougia, Greece
    • ACTIVITYHike Lissos Gorge
      Lissos gorge, Anatolikos Selinos, Greece
    • ACTIVITYRuins of ancient Lissos
    • ACTIVITYLissos Beach
      Lissos beach, Anatolikos Selinos, Greece
    • TRAVELBoat back to Sougia
  • Day 4

    • OTHERCar hire
      Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Ethniki Odos Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania, Greece
    • ACCOMMODATIONMonastery Estate Retreat
      Monastery Estate, Moni Sougia, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Samaria Gorge Entrance (45 mins)
      Samaria Gorge Trailhead, Mousoures, Greece
    • ACTIVITYHike Samaria Gorge
      9:00 AM
      Samaria Gorge Trailhead, Mousoures, Greece
    • TRAVELFerry : Agia Roumeli to Hora Sfakion (see card notes)
    • TRAVELBus : Sfakia to Samaria Gorge Entrance (town of Omalos/Xyloskalo) (see card notes)
    • TRAVELDrive to Monastry Estate Retreat
  • Day 5

    • OTHERCar hire
      Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Ethniki Odos Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania, Greece
    • ACCOMMODATIONMonastery Estate Retreat
      Monastery Estate, Moni Sougia, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Terra Creta (1 hour 15 mins)
      Terra Creta, Kamisiana, Greece
    • ACTIVITYOlive Oil Experience Tour
      Terra Creta, Kamisiana, Greece
    • ACTIVITYSee the Olive Tree of Vouves
      Ancient Olive Tree, Ano Vouves, Greece
    • FOODNtounias
      ΝΤΟΥΝΙΑΣ-ΠΑΡΑΔΟΣΙΑΚΟ ΓΑΣΤΡΟΝΟΜΙΚΟ ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΚΡΗΤΙΚΗΣ ΔΙΑΤΡΟΦΗΣ, Keramion, Nerokouros, Greece
    • TRAVELFlight CHQ Airport to ATH Airport
      Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis, Ethniki Odos Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania, Greece
    • OTHERCar hire
    • ACCOMMODATIONVASI
      VASI, Vlachava, Athens, Greece
  • Day 6

    • OTHERCar hire
    • ACCOMMODATIONVASI
      VASI, Vlachava, Athens, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Meteora (4 hours)
      6:00 AM
    • ACTIVITYMeteora
      10:00 AM
      GREAT METEORON MONASTRY, Kalabaka, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Bold Type Hotel (3 hours 45 mins)
      2:00 PM
    • ACCOMMODATIONBold Type Hotel
      The Bold Type Hotel, Paleon Patron Germanou, Patras, Greece
  • Day 7

    • OTHERCar hire
    • ACCOMMODATIONBold Type Hotel
      The Bold Type Hotel, Paleon Patron Germanou, Patras, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Archaeological Site of Olympia (2 hours)
    • ACTIVITYArchaeological Site of Olympia
      Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaia Olympia, Greece
    • ACTIVITYArchaeological Museum of Olympia
      Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Archaia Olympia, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Dexamenes Seaside Hotel (40 mins)
    • ACCOMMODATIONDexamenes Seaside Hotel
      Dexamenes Seaside Hotel, Kourouta, Greece
  • Day 8

    • OTHERCar hire
    • ACCOMMODATIONDexamenes Seaside Hotel
      Dexamenes Seaside Hotel, Kourouta, Greece
    • ACTIVITYBeach (Dexamenes Seaside Hotel)
      Dexamenes Seaside Hotel, Kourouta, Greece
  • Day 9

    • OTHERCar hire
    • ACCOMMODATIONDexamenes Seaside Hotel
      Dexamenes Seaside Hotel, Kourouta, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Caves of Diros (3 hours 20 mins)
    • ACTIVITYThe Caves of Diros (Short Tour Lake Section & Land)
      Caves of Diros, Pyrgos Dirou, Greece
    • ACTIVITYLimeni village
      Limeni, Greece
    • FOODO Takis
      O Takis, Limeni, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to The Olive Yard (35 mins)
    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Olive Yard
      The Olive Yard, Pan. Iliadi, Selinitsa, Greece
  • Day 10

    • ACCOMMODATIONThe Olive Yard
      The Olive Yard, Pan. Iliadi, Selinitsa, Greece
    • ACTIVITYDimitrios shipwreck
      "Dimitrios" Shipwreck, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Mystras (50min)
    • ACTIVITYMystras
      Mystras, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to Ancient Corinth (1 hour 45 mins)
    • ACTIVITYAncient Corinth
      Ancient Corinth, Argous, Archaia Korinthos, Greece
    • ACTIVITYCorinth Canal Old Bridge
      Corinth Canal Old Bridge, Loutraki-Agioi Theodoroi Municipality, Greece
    • TRAVELDrive to ATH Airport to return hire car (1 hour)
      Athens International Airport (ATH), Attiki Odos, Spata-Artemida, Greece
    • OTHERCar hire
    • TRAVELMetro : ATH Airport to Monastiraki (40 mins)
      Monastiraki, Athens, Greece
    • ACCOMMODATIONVASI
      VASI, Vlachava, Athens, Greece
  • Day 11

    • ACCOMMODATIONVASI
      VASI, Vlachava, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYAcropolis & Parthenon
      Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYAcropolis Museum
      Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYPanathenaic Stadium
      Panathenaic Stadium, Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYCentral Municipal Athens Market
      Central Municipal Athens Market, Athens, Greece
  • Day 12

    • ACCOMMODATIONVASI
      VASI, Vlachava, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYExplore Kolonaki District
      Kolonaki, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYViews from Lycabettus Hill
      Lycabettus Hill, Likavittou, Athens, Greece
    • TRAVELMetro : Monastiraki to ATH Airport (40 mins)
      Monastiraki Station, Athens, Greece
    • TRAVELFlight from ATH Airport
      Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH), Attiki Odos, Spata-Artemida, Greece