2-Day Private Tour to Olympia, Mountain Villages, Lousios Gorge and Monasteries from Athens or Nafplio

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Enjoy this, summer or winter, PRIVATE trip for 2-7 related people & experience the birthplace of the Olympic Games but also authentic non-touristy Greece of the mountain villages. This is a unique two full day tour to the mountain villages, gorge/river and monasteries of the central Peloponnese and to the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece; Olympia.On Day1 explore the beautiful villages of Dimitsana & Stemnitsa. Visit a couple of cliff hanging monasteries, taste local food, visit the  Water-Powered Museum. Enjoy real lunch ("meze") with the locals. Wander around one of the stone built villages and spend your night in a beautiful traditional guest house. Day2 starts with breakfast in the mountains. Then, a 45 minutes drive to ancient Olympia the “Valley of Gods” and the birthplace of the most important athletic event of all times, the Olympic Games. You will have a chance to run down the original Olympic track and visit the museum.
> Mountain villages & Olympia ItineraryIdeal combination for those looking to visit the long distance Olympia site! Avoid wasting time driving for several hours and enjoy the local life. Day1: Meet your private driver/guide for your 8:00 a.m. departure. In a short trip of no more than 2 1/2 hours we shall reach our destination in this “real Greece” experience. If departing from Athens, we drive towards the Corinth canal and make a quick stop to see the canal. Alternatively,traveling from Nafplio town, the Corinth canal is not on your route. Head towards the mountainous center of Peloponnese and start our village exploration of mount Mainalo in the region of Arcadia. Not for nothing is the name Arcadia used as a shorthand for bucolic beauty. The main destinations are the awesome villages of Dimitsana & Stemnitsa and also a couple of cliff hanging monasteries. Dimitsana is one of the most attractive villages in the mountainous Arcadia region, set on a double hump overlooking Lousios river. Next visit the Water-Power Museum containing a watermill, tannery and gunpowder mill. Stemnitsa village has a medieval feeling with the stone made houses, cobble-stoned alleys in an amphitheatrical structure. The amazing Prodromou & Emyalon monasteries will be visited and of course Lousios river, the gorge and the remainings of ancient Gortys. All monasteries are in the beautiful gorge of Lousios river and one of them requires an easy 15 minute hike. The gorge of Lousios is one of the most important and beautiful natural monuments of Peloponnese, ideal for hiking and rafting, while a drive round will reveal amazing landscapes. Somewhere in between these sites, let you private driver/guide treat you to a typical Greek lunch in a non touristy location surrounded by locals. There will also be free time for to wonder around through the narrow stone build roads of both villages before relaxing and spending your night in a beautiful stone built guest house.Day2: Start with breakfast in the mountain air and the view of Lousios gorge, before a 1h.20" drive to ancient Olympia. You can walk though the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory ,3000 years ago. In front of the Temple of Hera burns the Olympic Flame during modern day Olympic Games. You can also visit the world famous museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the marble temple of Zeus and the famous Hermes carved by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Tour the monuments of the archaeological site, including the former gymnasium and Palaestra, stadium, hotel & crypt. Let you imagination run to the times that Greece’s finest athletes strove to honor the gods through the Olympic ideal.At the end of the day, we return to your base.

What’s included

  • Private tour for 2-7 related only people (families, couples, friends)
  • Brand new 2017 vehicle: For 2-3 people (5 door vehicle) or 3-7 related people (luxurious minivan)
  • Always a highlight of this private tour is the authentic lunch on both days and is a treat from your guide in non touristy locations with local people. Also included for day-2 of the 2 day tour option
  • Optional white water rafting (easy & great fun) can be arranged for the 2 day tour. Contact the tour operator for details and arrangements after your 2 day booking
  • For the 2 day tour: Accommodation (BB) in first class traditional stone built guesthouses, based on double or triple occupancy depending on your group/family. Contact the tour operator if the offered room combinations do not fit for your group
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Non smoking vehicle and driver/guide
  • In the car wifi, information booklet, snacks and bottled water
  • Each person is allowed one normal size suitcase and one small carry on bag
  • Mobile phone (local number) to instantly communicate with your driver/guide at any times you self explore

What’s not included

  • Pickup and drop-off in areas outside of Athens or Nafplio
  • Excess luggage not allowed
  • Entrance fees to the sites (Olympia €12 and €6 during off season - Water power museum €3)
  • Dinner on day one in our base at one of the mountain villages (but your guide will let you know the best places to eat out)
  • Professional guide
  • Shopping & touristy stops unless required by your group
  • Gratuities (optional)