3-Day Private Tour: Corinth, Acrocorinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, Hydra Island, Epidaurus

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This totally private -for your group only- 3day tour focuses on what makes Greece unique. The thrill to discover authentic Greece of hospitality, food & drink, harmony, warmth and spontaneity!Setting off from Athens, you’ll make your way to the home of most of Greece's famous sites. The mythical Peloponnese region. Explore ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth. Visit the Unesco site of Mycenae and explore the seaside town of Nafplio with its Palamidi fortress. In between, allow your guide/driver to treat you to some authentic lunch where the locals eat. Overnight just opposite the cosmopolital island of Hydra, the highlight of your day-2. On day-3, discover the ancient theater of Epidaurus, another Unesco site, famous for its accoustics.Enjoy 2-nights accommodation in a large charming guesthouse with great sea views. Driving distances are short and relaxed!
>>Day 1: Athens – Corinth Canal – Ancient Corinth & Acrocorinth - Mycenae – Nafplio - ErmioniAfter an 8am pickup in a private vehicle from your accommodation or port in Athens (or directly from Athens International Airport), set off for the Peloponnese. As you head west from Athens, pause for a quick stop-off at the Corinth Canal before your first main destination: ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth. Then, to Mycenae, an essential archaeological ruin and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have ample time to explore, after which it’s on to the seaside village of Nafplio, for a walk in the old town before a traditional lunch, drink, and dessert with the locals where food is always the best. After you’ve been fortified, hop back in the vehicle and head to Nafplio's Palamidi Fortress where you can explore and then optionally climb down the 999 steps with the amazing views of Nafplio peninsular. After six or seven hours spent exploring, the day winds down with an easy 45 min drive opposite Hydra island at the peninsular town of Ermioni, where you can enjoy dinner at a seaside taverna (own expense). Overnight accommodation is provided by TreeHouse Holiday Homes, and consists of large private apartments with sea views.>>Day 2: Hydra IslandStart the day with a breakfast of local produce in your apartment, preferably on the balcony overlooking the sea. Then, head out in the company of your guide for a short tour of Ermioni’s sights before hopping aboard the boat to the island of Hydra, in a 20-minute trip from the mainland. Hydra, which is home to a picturesque port, cosmopolitan town, and other quirky charms. For instance, donkeys are the main transport available on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, coffee, and a walk at your leisure; you’ll have until late afternoon to meander its esplanade, wend your way through its narrow streets, and otherwise soak up the scenery. You’ll have plenty of time for a relaxed wander and a dip in the sea before returning to your boat in the early afternoon. In the late afternoon, board the boat to the mainland, where you will be met by your guide. In the evening, enjoy another tavern dinner & drinks in Ermioni village before an overnight stay at your peaceful apartment.>>Day 3: Epidaurus Ancient Theater – Corinth Canal - AthensEasy late start on the final day to head to another famous Unesco-listed archeological site. Epidaurus, home to one of the best-preserved open-air theaters from ancient times. Pleanty of time to explore and test the accoustics. Then, heading towards Athens from the alternative coastline route, we cross the Corinth canal but -making best use of this tour- from the submersible bridge! Fully flexible ... so coffee by the coastline is available!The tour concludes when you’re deposited at your original point of departure, with other drop-off locations available upon request.

What’s included

  • This tour is all about what tourists really love about Greece;the hospitality that the people in the most remote corners eagerly offer to the unknown tourist who is not looking for the luxurious offering but for the authentic and spontaneous.
  • Private tour for 2-7 related people
  • Brand new 2017 vehicle: For 2 (5 door vehicle) or 3-7 related people (large minivan)
  • Lunch on day-1 in a non touristy location, treat of your driver/guide in a location where locals eat out
  • 2-night accommodation in a large private apartment/s and/or studio (depending on the number of passengers) with village and sea view opposite Hydra island and a bottle of red wine to welcome you
  • 1-4 people are accommodated in a 2 bedroom apartment and 5-7 people are accommodated in two separate apartments on the same premises
  • Breakfast on a self catering basis with all necessary items included, which are local (mostly organic) and some home-cooked products
  • Driver/guide and transportation by private brand new 2017 vehicles
  • Non smoking vehicles and drivers
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Mobile phone for communication while self exploring
  • In car WiFi, bottled water, and a tour information booklet
  • Optional home-cooked meals can be ordered from the local tavernas
  • PS. Food and drink is an important part of all of the organizers tours so expect extra treats at your accommodation

What’s not included

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Entrance fees at (3) sites and museums (roughly €12, or €6 during the off-season, per person, for each site)
  • Boat to and from Hydra island (€5 to €6.5 each-way/person)
  • Professional guide to the sites
  • Tourist stops to souvenir shops, etc
  • Pickup and drop-off in areas outside of Athens (possible additional cost)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Corinth Canal – Ancient Corinth & Acrocorinth - Mycenae – Nafplio - Ermioni After an 8am pickup in a private vehicle from your accommodation or port in Athens (or directly from Athens International Airport), set off for the Peloponnese. As you head west from Athens, pause for a quick stop-off at the Corinth Canal before your first main destination: ancient Corinth and Acrocorinth. Then, to Mycenae, an essential archaeological ruin and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have ample time to explore, after which it’s on to the seaside village of Nafplio, for a walk in the old town before a traditional lunch, drink, and dessert with the locals where food is always the best. After you’ve been fortified, hop back in the vehicle and head to Nafplio's Palamidi Fortress where you can explore and then optionally climb down the 999 steps with the amazing views of Nafplio peninsular. After six or seven hours spent exploring, the day winds down with an easy 45 min drive opposite Hydra island at the peninsular town of Ermioni, where you can enjoy dinner at a seaside taverna (own expense). Overnight accommodation is provided by TreeHouse Holiday Homes, and consists of large private apartments with sea views.>>
Day 2: Hydra Island Start the day with a breakfast of local produce in your apartment, preferably on the balcony overlooking the sea. Then, head out in the company of your guide for a short tour of Ermioni’s sights before hopping aboard the boat to the island of Hydra, in a 20-minute trip from the mainland. Hydra, which is home to a picturesque port, cosmopolitan town, and other quirky charms. For instance, donkeys are the main transport available on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, coffee, and a walk at your leisure; you’ll have until late afternoon to meander its esplanade, wend your way through its narrow streets, and otherwise soak up the scenery. You’ll have plenty of time for a relaxed wander and a dip in the sea before returning to your boat in the early afternoon. In the late afternoon, board the boat to the mainland, where you will be met by your guide. In the evening, enjoy another tavern dinner & drinks in Ermioni village before an overnight stay at your peaceful apartment. >>
Day 3: Epidaurus Ancient Theater – Corinth Canal - Athens Easy late start on the final day to head to another famous Unesco-listed archeological site. Epidaurus, home to one of the best-preserved open-air theaters from ancient times. Pleanty of time to explore and test the accoustics. Then, heading towards Athens from the alternative coastline route, we cross the Corinth canal but -making best use of this tour- from the submersible bridge! Fully flexible ... so coffee by the coastline is available! The tour concludes when you’re deposited at your original point of departure, with other drop-off locations available upon request.
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