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8 Days of Adventure, Food & Culture On Mainland Greece

Day 1: Ancient Greece & Greek Street Food

Awaken in Athens to a traditional Greek breakfast crafted by your guide, offering a taste of local life. Delve into the city's rich history at the ancient Agora, the birthplace of democracy, where philosophy and politics first intertwined. For lunch, experience the local favorite, Gyros, at Hocut, a true culinary delight. The afternoon is dedicated to exploring the Acropolis, including the majestic Temple of Athena Nike and Temple of Apollo, followed by an insightful visit to the Acropolis Museum. Conclude your day with a dinner of Souvlaki at a cherished Athenian eatery, and relax at a rooftop bar overlooking the illuminated Acropolis, a perfect blend of history, culture, and modern vibrancy.


Day 2: High-End Hellenic Eats & Beautiful Greek Marble Feats

Begin with breakfast at Philos Athens, a gem in Athens' culinary scene. Explore the grandeur of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, marveling at its historical significance and architectural splendor. Lunch at Avocado in Plaka offers a contemporary twist on Greek cuisine. Visit the Panathenaic Stadium, a marvel of marble and a testament to Greece's athletic legacy. Ascend Mount Lycabettus for a breathtaking sunset, followed by dinner at local favorite Seychelles, offering a fusion of traditional and modern flavors. The night caps off at Six D.O.G.S., an artistic haven perfect for unwinding.

Day 3: Athenian Riviera & The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

Start with a visit to Lake Vouliagmeni, nestled in the Athenian Riviera. This natural thermal spa is a geological wonder, offering relaxation and rejuvenation. Continue to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, a monument steeped in myth and history. Enjoy a secluded beach experience near the temple, with an introduction to freediving, embracing the beauty of the Aegean Sea. Dinner at a nearby seafood restaurant promises the freshest catch, capping off a day of exploration and natural beauty.


Day 4: Mt. Pelion & Farm Stay

Embark on a journey to Mt. Pelion, a mountain rich in myth and natural splendor. Join the Karaiskos Family Farm for a cooking class, learning to create authentic Pelion dishes with organic ingredients. Savor a meal complemented by Greek organic wines, immersing yourself in the local culture and hospitality. The night at their cozy bed and breakfast offers a peaceful retreat in the heart of nature.

Day 5: Meteora Day Hike & Ioannina Evening

Witness the awe-inspiring rock formations of Meteora, home to ancient monasteries perched precariously on high cliffs. Lunch in Kalabaka provides a taste of local cuisine before traveling to Ioannina. Explore this vibrant city, the cultural heart of the Epirus region, and dine at a renowned restaurant, indulging in Epirus's culinary wonders.

Day 6: Waterfall Swimming Holes & White-Water Rafting Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Arachthos River, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Discover hidden waterfalls and swimming holes, enjoying a BBQ lunch in nature's embrace. Return to Ioannina for a lakeside dinner, reflecting on the day's adventures and the tranquil beauty of the region.

Day 7: Skala Vradeto/Beloi Hikes & Vikos Gorge

Step into a world of unparalleled natural beauty in Vikos–Aoös National Park. Your hike begins with the Skala of Vradeto, an engineering marvel from bygone times. This stone staircase, carved into the heart of the Pindus Mountains, winds its way up to Vradeto, the highest village in Zagori. Vradeto itself, a timeless village, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, a testament to Greece's rugged beauty. Here, traditional stone architecture and the serene pace of village life provide a glimpse into the region's rich cultural heritage. After enjoying lunch in a quaint art studio/coffee shop in Vradeto, continue to the Beloi viewpoint. This vantage point presents a dramatic panorama of Vikos Gorge, acclaimed as one of the world's deepest canyons. The gorge, with its lush vegetation and diverse wildlife, is a naturalist's paradise. Its geological formations tell a story millions of years old, making it a significant site for both nature enthusiasts and scientists alike.


Day 8: Delphi Ruins & Corycian Cave Hike

Your final day takes you to the ancient site of Delphi, once considered the center of the world in ancient Greek civilization. Explore the sanctuary of Apollo, where the oracle once dispensed her enigmatic prophecies. As you wander among the ruins, feel the weight of history and the mystical aura that still lingers here. The journey continues with a hike to the Corycian Cave, a site steeped in myth and history. This cave, dedicated to the nymph Corycia and later the god Pan, was a place of worship and refuge since ancient times. The interior, with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites, creates an otherworldly atmosphere. According to legend, it was also a meeting place for the Maenads, the frenzied followers of Dionysus. This hike not only offers a physical journey but also a passage through time, connecting you to the myths and legends that are the fabric of Greek history.

This itinerary, crafted by Food, Music, & Love Adventures, offers a deep dive into Greece's rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes, ensuring a transformative and immersive experience.

Included: All meals (3 per day) and standard beverages, luxurious accommodation in private local villas, entry fees to all sites, and in-country transportation. Not included: Visas, travel insurance, international flights.

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