8 DAYS ATHENS – ARCADIA

Time-honored traditions & ancient civilizations

8 DAYS ATHENS – ARCADIA

per person

The picturesque rural prefecture of Arcadia occupies much of the central Peloponnese. According to mythology, it was a favorite haunt of Pan, the flute-playing, cloven-hooded god of nature.

 

In ancient times, Arcadia, almost encircled by mountain ranges, was remote enough to remain largely untouched by the battles of the rest of Greece. Nowadays, the region is dotted with crumbling medieval villages, remote monasteries, and Frankish castles.

 

With breathtaking mountainous scenery, the place is ideal for excellent hiking opportunities and skiing in the winter, discover ancient temples & old monasteries, historic villages & tasteful stone guest houses.

 

Taste the local products, indulge in a variety of activities, learn about time-honored traditions, and enjoy an experience of a lifetime in the most mythical destination in the Peloponnese.

 

  • Destination
  • Included
    4 Star Accommodation
    5 Star Accommodation
    Breakfast
    Entrance fees at archaeological sites/museums
    Private transfer
    Private/regular tours
  • Not Included
    Airport Transfers
    Boat Tickets
    Customary tips to drivers/guides/escorts
    Personal expenses
1
Day 1
  Welcome to Athens. Your private driver will meet you at the airport & transfer you to your hotel.   Often denoted as the cradle of western civilization, the golden city of Pericles is a 2,500-year-old mishmash of cultural and historical triumph.   Have the rest of the day free to explore the city at your own pace.
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Day 2
Get to the heart of the ancient world by exploring Athens' most important landmark sites.   Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis, visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens; the Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion, and finally, the Parthenon.   Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era; the new Acropolis Museum.   Rest of the day free for personal activities
3
Day 3
  Breakfast at your hotel. At the indicated time, your private driver will pick you up and you’ll depart to the historic region of Arcadia.   Your journey begins in picturesque Dimitsana. A delightful, medieval village, this small place played a significant role in the Greek war of independence.   Once you settle in your hotel, have the rest day free at your leisure to stroll the village's paths, witness the traditional stone architecture & explore its few tourist shops selling local products such as honey and herbs.
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Day 4
A day full of adventure begins!   Lousios River is where Zeus, the King of the Olympian Gods, bather after his birth, according to Pausanias, the Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd-century a.d.   Now, you're about to descent in the river's crystal clear waters, inside a spectacular, densely vegetated gorge & discover the hidden natural wonders of the area, starting from Lousios and continuing to Alfios river
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Day 5
Hike into untouched nature following the path of history.   Walk in trails parallel and through the Lousios River gorge. Witness the astonishing scenery & visit the Prodromos monastery, hanging from the cliffs of the Lousios gorge since the 16th century.   Savor a view that is equally diving and end the trek at the archaeological site of ancient Gortyna.
6
Day 6
Your free day to relax.   Meet the locals, explore the backstreets that get quieter and romantic at night, and arm your camera to get the best shots of the mountainous landscape.   Later in the afternoon, visit the open-air water power museum, the only one of its kind in Greece, displaying the technology of the pre-industrial period that exploited the driving force of water.
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Day 7
You can't leave Arcadia without paying a visit to its capital, Tripoli.   Spend the day exploring the town of Venetian and Turkish influence. explore the neoclassical buildings and impressive churches, its large squares and parks and pay a visit to the archaeological museum, housed in a building designed by Ernst Ziller, an architect so enamored by Greece that he ended up adopting its nationality.
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Day 8
Time to return back home.   Your private driver will transfer you to Athens international airport to catch your departing flight
 
  • Enjoy a premium, all-inclusive holiday experience with 5* or 4* accommodation
  • Move about with your own private luxury vehicle and driver. Get to know Athens and its history through organized guided tours to its archaeological sites
  • Experience a rafting adventure in Lousios, Greece’s most mythical river
  • Visit Prodromos & Philosophos monasteries
  • Pay a visit to historic Tripoli, Arcadia’s capital
 

Levidi Suites

 
  • NJV Athens Plaza
  • Levidi Suites*Other hotel options are available. The choice of accommodation depends on the purpose of your travel and availability.