The Perfect Mix: 3-Day Private Tour of Culture, Mountain Villages & Hydra Island

Private & Custom Tours in Athens

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Encounter real Greece of culture, people, food, mountains and islands, in this totally private 3 day tour for your group only!Setting off from Athens, via Corinth Canal (quick stop), make your way to the Mythical Peloponnese region to explore first, the off the beaten path Mountain Villages & Monasteries of beautiful Arcadia. Your overnight stay (both days) is at a charming large apartment with great sea views in a beautiful peninsula town opposite Hydra island.The following day is devoted to exploring the cosmopolitan unique Hydra island. No cars, bikes or bicycles!The final day includes the Epidaurus and Mycenae Unesco-listed sites, plus Nafplio town, before heading to Athens.Hotel pickup and drop-off, private transportation, and breakfast are all included. All driving distances of this tour are short and very relaxed.Highly recommended to add a 4th day to your tour  with overnight at the mountains or the coastline.
>DAY1: Athens – Corinth Canal – Dimitsana/Stemnitsa Mountain Villages – Ermioni peninsula villageAfter 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; Dimitsana & Stemnitsa village. The amazing Prodromou & Emyalon monasteries will be visited, Lousios river/gorge, ancient Gortys and the Water Power Museum.After 5 hours of exploring, the day winds down with a drive opposite Hydra island (Ermioni), where you can enjoy dinner at a seaside taverna (own expense). Overnight accommodation is provided at a charming accommodation of large private apartments & studios with sea views.>DAY2: To 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 a ferry to the island of Hydra, just a 20-minute trip from the mainland. Hydra's cosmopolitan town is home to a picturesque port, and other quirky charms (donkeys are the main transport available on the island, for instance). Upon arrival, enjoy lunch, coffee, and a walk at your leisure; you’ll have until late afternoon to explore through Hydra's narrow streets, and soak up the scenery. Plenty of time for a relaxed wander and a dip in the sea before returning to your boat in the late afternoon to meet your guide on the mainland side and head back to your base (Ermioni town). In the evening, enjoy another tavern dinner in Ermioni surrounded by friendly locals, or sign on for an optional homemade Greek dinner prepared by your hosts, which you can enjoy indoors or outside on the balcony (lunch and dinner are not included in the itinerary price). Finish the evening with a drink or two before an overnight stay at your apartment.>DAY3:  Epidaurus - Nafplio town & fortress - Mycenae - AthensDay3 of your itinerary will be devoted to exploring another Greek island: Hydra, also within easy reach of Ermioni. Meet your guide in Ermioni, enjoy one last drink at your apartment, before heading to Epidaurus, home of one of the best-preserved open-air theaters from ancient times. Ample of time to explore, after which it’s on to the seaside village of Nafplio, for a walk in the old town, a visit to the Palamidi Fortress, and a traditional lunch and drink. After you’ve been fortified, hop back in the vehicle and head to the second UNESCO site of the day: Mycenae, an essential archaeological World Heritage Site.Back to Athens in the late afternoon and at your original point of departure.The optional 4-day tour is highly recommended. Please (see "Additional Info" & "Inclusions")

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 people
  • Lunch on day 1 and 3 in a convenient non touristy location
  • Day 1 & 2 accommodation in large private apartments/studio with village and sea view and breakfast on a self catering basis with all necessary items included
  • Non smoking driver/guide and transportation by private brand new vehicles (2017)
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Mobile phone for communication with your guide while self exploring
  • In car WiFi, bottled water, and information booklet with all the trip details
  • Optional 4-day / 3-night tour by the coastline or mountains:a) Coastline option (Day4):
  • Day visit to the island of Spetses
  • Day 3 accommodation
  • b) Mountain option (Day2):
  • Accommodation/breakfast in a traditional stonebuilt guesthouse
  • Stemnitsa Jewellery school & small museum - hand made jewelry (possible to buy at cost)
  • Visit to the beautiful Lagadia village - home of the best stonebuilders in Greece (see "Additional Info")
  • Lunch
  • Lousios river, Ancient Mantineia (see "Additional info") & Kapsa cave

What’s not included

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Entrance fees at (3) sites and museums (roughly €8-12, or €4-6 during the off-season, per person, for each site except the Water Power museum at €3 ... closed on Tuesdays but plenty more to do if you book for a Tuesday)
  • Boat to and from Hydra island (€5-7 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)