Argosaronic Escapade: 12-Day Trip to Athens, Peloponnese, Spetses & Aegina
Unveil an alternative face of Greece by visiting the unexplored regions of Athens, Peloponnese, and the islands of the Argosaronic!
If visiting Greece has been a lifetime goal of yours but you’re not into touristy activities and overcrowded places -hey, no one can blame you, especially in post-coronavirus times- then all you have to do is join us for a multi-day trip across the undisclosed spots of Athens, the Peloponnese, and the most beautiful islands of the Argosaronic Sea. Spend your time in Greece like a local, full of original experiences and protected from the tourist traps that try to lure you in.
Welcome to Athens! Enjoy a comfortable drive from the airport to your accommodation, and after settling in and freshening up, get the first taste of Greece -literally. Walk around some of Athens’ highlights during twilight and let your first night in Greece come to a close with a welcome dinner at a local tavern!
Wake up early the next morning and seize the day with a tour that will take you around the top sights and districts of Athens, showing you the absolute must-see attractions of Greece’s capital in just 7 hours. Begin with an all-encompassing tour of the majestic Acropolis and the modern Acropolis Museum, and continue by exploring the historic city center, visiting the most-talked-about spots of Athens, such as the emblematic Syntagma Square, the vibrant Monastiraki Square, the Panathenaic Stadium, and the picturesque neighborhood of Plaka, among others.
On the third day of your trip, you’ll be transferred by your private, luxury vehicle to Loutraki, a seaside resort on the Gulf of Corinth, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a free day at the beach on the famous lake Vouliagmeni; time to bask in the bright sun and get the tan you’ve been dreaming about for months! Following your swimming endeavors, it’s time to visit Iraion, northwest of Loutraki, where the ruins of the famous sanctuary of Hera are preserved.After getting your dose of Greek history and culture for the day, your evening will be filled with delicious cocktails before heading to Nafplio, where you will spend the night.
Waking up in the most romantic city in Greece, the 4th day of your trip will give you the opportunity to explore the mesmerizing region of Mycenae. Meet your licensed guide and take a tour around the extraordinary archaeological site that used to be the kingdom of the mythical Agamemnon. After Mycenae, a Nafplio walking tour will help you experience the true beauty of Nafplio’s scenic streets that carry beauty as much as they carry history, before indulging in a flavorful Greek liquor-tasting in the evening.
On day 5, it’s time to lay back and enjoy a completely free day in Nafplio and the popular beach of Tolo, the little seaside city right next to Nafplio, known for its long, sandy coast, perfect for a long walk, sunbathing, or a dive in its sparkling blue-green waters. The choice is yours!
Let your private driver take you from Nafplio to Epidaurus and start your day with a guided tour around the historic region that hosts the world-famous Epidaurus Theater. From there, a 1,5-hour drive will take you to the port of Kosta, where you’ll hop on a ferry for a 5-minute trip to the magical island of Spetses. The rest of the day will be free for you to familiarize yourself with the scenic island!
The following morning, set on a cycling tour that will take you around the whole island on a scenic route. If you’re visiting the island with a large group of people, you can also indulge yourself and your loved ones in an all-inclusive cruise to Vathi Avlaki and Monemvasia. Soak in luxury and cruise along the coastline of eastern Peloponnese, from the isolated beach of Vathi Avlaki to the enchanting medieval town of Monemvasia; this will surely be a day to remember!
For day 8, a day trip to Hydra is due! As soon as you step foot on its scenic port, experience the magic of a place where no means of transportation is allowed and join a 1,5-hour walking tour that will introduce you to Hydra’s history, culture, and architecture, before returning to Spetses at night having gained insight into the Greek island life.
The exploration of the Argosaronic continues with you taking the ferry from Spetses to the popular Aegina, where you will have the rest of the day free for exploration.
The next day, meet with your guide and set on a private tour around Aegina’s most beautiful spots, the duration of which will be determined by you! From the picturesque village of Pachiarachi to Portes, Agia Marina, the archaeological site of Afaia, Paliachora, the monastery of Chrysoleontissa, and downtown Aegina, in just a few hours, you’ll have experienced everything you need in order to completely fall in love with the island. The traditional dinner at the end of the tour, full of local flavors, won’t hurt either!
The penultimate day of your trip, you can opt for the chance to spend a full day in the sea and customize your itinerary to include the places you want to visit the most! Cruise along the coast of Aegina, visit the islet of Moni, sail to the island of Agistri and swim in waters you thought impossible to exist!
All good thing comes to an end and therefore it is time to bid this magical 12-day trip around Greece goodbye. With a ton of fond memories on your mind, you’ll return from Aegina to the port of Piraeus and farewell our stunning country. See you again soon!
- Admiring Athens' main attractions through fascinating guided tours
- Tasting mouthwatering dishes of the local cuisine in tucked-away eateries away from the tourist traps
- Exploring the less-known islands of the Argosaronic conveniently located close to the Greek capital
- Visiting the most gorgeous regions of the Peloponnese and appreciating the striking landscape
These are our top accommodation options for this trip. We only feature particular hand-picked hotels, which our team has carefully inspected. These hotels have received great feedback from our previous guests.
Athens Ikon Hotel is a 4-star hotel that provides its guests with exclusive services and luxury amenities in the historic Greek capital.
Admire the neoclassical architecture of the historic Nafplio town and experience true splendor at Castellano Hotel.
Elia Ermou is a 4-star hotel on the most commercial street of Athens that welcomes its guest with delightful services, first-class amenities and high-end facilities.
Ergon House Athens is a luxury foodie hotel that will make your stay in the historic city a deliciously rich experience.
Make your stay in Nafplio memorable by choosing to stay in Ippoliti Hotel; a 19th-century mansion that promises comfort, luxury & warm hospitality.
- Boutique 4-5* accommodation
- All private tours as described at the itinerary
- All private transfers with luxury vehicles
- All domestic flights/ferries
- Skip the line entrance fees in all sites
- Welcome dinner in Athens
- Services of excellent licensed guides and professional drivers
- All taxes and VAT
- Meals unless mentioned in the itinerary
- All personal expenses not detailed in the itinerary & personal travel insurance
- International flights
We believe in a certain way of traveling. And this does not include big bus tour groups, nor large chain hotels or just crossing destinations off your list.
- immerse yourself in the culture and the landscape of your destination
- take a moment to appreciate your surroundings and not hop from one destination to another
- exploit your limited time with the help of a knowledgeable guide who will open your eyes about what you see and give you a real perspective of living in this country
- trust an experienced, local travel specialist with whom you will design a trip tailored to your needs, avoiding endless research and first-timer mistakes