Travel from your home town to Greece
After settling in, take a stroll through the colorful neighborhoods of Plaka and Anafiotika. You’ll have numerous views of the Acropolis nearby — a visit is highly recommended. If interested in Greek culture do not miss a visit at the Benaki Museum which houses a first rate collection of Greek art from Neolithic to present times. The museum is located in a beautiful Neoclassical mansion with an intriguing history and famed rooftop view. End your day at Gazi where Athenians “in-the-know” discover go for a night on the town. This neighborhood has developed into one of the trendiest in Athens and hosts a plethora of traditional tavernas, bars, restaurants, and clubs. Have dinner at Gazi or head back to Plaka for a meal at a traditional Greek taverna.
Temple of Poseidon at Sounio
After breakfast you’ll the opportunity to mingle with the crowds that come every weekend to this part of Athens to shop at the famous Monastiraki flea market. Locals and visitors come to this weekly market to search for all kinds of unique items. After Monastiraki, we suggest heading to one of the beaches in the southern Athenian suburbs —less than an hour away. After the beach, dine at a seaside restaurant. You are not too far from one of Greece’s most notable landmarks, The Temple of Poseidon. Head there to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece. Alternatively, catch a movie in one of Athens’ open-air cinemas. Movies in Greece are subtitled and often show have the most current releases. Sit with a refreshment on a warm evening, look up at the Parthenon, watch a late night movie. Great stuff!
Epidaurus to Nafplio
Today let us take you to an excursion to the north-east district of the Peloponnesian peninsula, Argolida. First stop, the ancient theater of Epidaurus. Built with limestone, the theater still features ancient Greek plays and offers a magical theatrical experience. Epidaurus is considered to be the best preserved example of a classical Greek amphitheater. Your excursion will continue to the second most important historical site of the Argolida district — the old city of Mycenae, once the most powerful city-state in Greece. Allow the past to become part of the present while you walk through the famous Lion Gate and visit the bath of Agamemnon. Your last stop is the beautiful seaside town of Nafplio. Relax at one of the charming waterfront restaurants for a traditional Greek meal and enjoy the view of the Palamidi Fortress overlooking the town.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the to the spectacular town of Monemvassia which clings to the side of a 1,148-foot rock. Once under Byzantine, Venetian, and Ottoman rule, it is believed that the location may have served as a trading post for the Minoans in antiquity. Explore the old citadel and the fortifications built by the Venetians, or seek solitude with a magnificent view of the deep blue sea from the 13th century church of Agia Sofia on top of the rock. Whether you choose to wander around the old citadel or relax at one of restaurants or cafes in the new part of the town, you will be rewarded by the its romantic and unique atmosphere.
Day at the Beach
Spend the day visiting the area of Zaraka, north of Monemvassia, an area full of medieval built high in the mountains alongside ruined castles, churches and houses. South of Monemvassia lies the seaside market town of Neapoli. Hop on a ferry from there and transfer to Elafonissos where the beach stretches for miles. Swimming, fishing, sun and sea are the way of life here.
Travel to Kythera
After breakfast you will have plenty of time to spend exploring more of Monemvassia before transferring to Neapolis port to meet your ferry to Kythira Island. Spend the balance of your day at leisure. Kythira’s countryside offers some ideal places for a romantic picnic. Visit Viaradika and the water springs of Ai Giannis then head to the canyon near the village of Mitata to have a picnic next to the water springs. After your picnic take the small path at the end of the village that leads to the canyon of Trifyllianika. From there follow the small river to second water spring. On Kythira there is no shortage of picturesque places to stop and enjoy nature.
Magical Villages and Beautiful Beaches
Spend your day exploring the island. Start at the magical village of Avlemonas and visit the many churches and the Venetian castle of Myloportamos. Then head to one or more of the beautiful beaches on the island. Our suggestions include Kaladi, Paleopoli, Kalami, Diakofti, Fyri Ammos, and Melidoni. The island offers numerous tavernas and cafes for a short break or a delicious meal during your excursions. Nightlife is concentrated on the beach of Kapsali.
If you enjoy walking there is no better way to explore the island than on foot. Kythira is relatively small with many villages and a vast network of footpaths and roads. The countryside is rough but also charming and there are examples of its turbulent past everywhere. These contrasts make every walk both special and full of surprises. The old path from Trifyliianika to Paleochora is considered one of the best walking paths on Kythira. The starting point is from the canyon of Trifyllianika ( follow the signs) and the finish line is in the former capital of the island , the abandoned village of Paleochora. Trifyllianika is a beautiful village in the north part of the island. Paleochora, built in the 12th century, was once a magnificent village but was abandoned when the city was destroyed in 1537 by Admiral Hayreddin Barbarossa of the Turkish fleet.