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Crete to Athens : Cultural & Historical Road Trip

🇬🇷Greece

Discover ancient treasures, rural tavernas and turquoise waters

9 Days
Culture
Outdoor
Food
Road Trip
Nature
History
Beach
Architecture
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Magnificent archaeological sites prove there is much to Greece beyond its sun-drenched beaches.

Discover Crete, Meteora, Athens and all the dreamy villages in-between, on this cultural 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 in a beautiful outdoor setting
  • Explore Crete's natural wonders and hike the Samariá Gorge
  • Admire beautiful turquoise waters and wander dreamy coastal villages
  • Admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations

Discover the Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    • TRAVELTravel to Crete
    • OTHERPick up hire car
    • ACTIVITYBalos Beach
      Balos Beach, Kissamos, Greece
    • ACTIVITYElafonisi Beach
      Elafonisi Beach, Greece
  • Day 2

    • ACTIVITYHike at Samaria Gorge
      Samaria Gorge, Sfakia, Greece
  • Day 3

    • ACTIVITYOlive oil tour
    • ACTIVITYMalia Palace Archaeological Site
      Malia Palace Archaeological Site, Malia, Crete, Greece
    • OTHERReturn car hire
    • TRAVELOvernight ferry - Heraklion Port to Piraeus Port
      Heraklion Port, Platia Kountourioti, Heraklion, Greece
  • Day 4

    • OTHERPick up hire car
    • ACTIVITYVisit Meteora
      Meteora, Kalabaka, Greece
  • Day 5

    • ACTIVITYOlympia’s archaeological site
      Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaia Olympia, Greece
    • ACTIVITYMystras
      Mystras, Greece
  • Day 6

    • ACTIVITYLimeni village
      Limeni, Greece
    • ACTIVITYVisit Diros Caves (COVID-19 restrictions - not fully open)
      Caves of Diros, Pyrgos Dirou, Greece
    • ACTIVITYGythio
      Gythio, Greece
    • ACTIVITYDimitrios shipwreck
      "Dimitrios" Shipwreck, Greece
  • Day 7

    • ACTIVITYEpidaurus Ancient Theatre
      Epidaurus Theatre, Epidavros, Greece
    • ACTIVITYCorinth Canal
      Corinth Canal, Greece
    • ACTIVITYAncient Corinth
      Ancient Corinth, Argous, Archaia Korinthos, Greece
    • OTHERReturn car hire
  • Day 8

    • ACTIVITYHop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus tour
    • ACTIVITYAcropolis & Parthenon
      Acropolis of Athens, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYAcropolis Museum
      Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYPanathenaic Stadium
      Panathenaic Stadium, Leoforos Vasileos Konstantinou, Athens, Greece
  • Day 9

    • ACTIVITYViews from Lycabettus Hill
      Lycabettus Hill, Likavittou, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYCentral Municipal Athens Market
      Athens Central Meat and Fish Market, Athens, Greece
    • ACTIVITYExplore the Plaka Neighbourhood
      Plaka, Athens, Greece
    • TRAVELTravel Home