Day 1: Athens
Welcome to Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world with recorded history that dates back over 3,000 years. Philosophy, tragedy, comedy, history, art and architecture – all symbols of a city that is regarded as the birthplace of democracy.
You will get your rental car from the airport and drive to your hotel in the centre of the city. After that you have some free time to get a feel of the city at your own pace. Athens is vibrant and lively all year round! Overnight in Athens.
Day 2: Athens
You will start the day with a guided tour to the world-renowned sites of the Acropolis, the Parthenon, where the massive statue of Athena made by the renowned sculptor Phidias is located, and the New Acropolis Museum. Later you will visit the famous Temple of Poseidon in Sounio and the beautiful seaside coast of the Athenian Riviera and enjoy the sunset views to the Aegean sea. Overnight in Athens.
Sunset over the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio © George Tsianakas/Shutterstock
Day 3: Rethi and Feneos
You will drive towards the direction of the mountainous region of Corinthia, to Rethi, where you will start living like a Greek hero. In Rethi you will go horse-riding, following a beautiful path across the mountain and in the forest like the ancient Greeks did. There you will also try archery and prove how well you'd have faired if you were living in ancient Greece. When you finish the Greek hero activities, you will drive towards Feneos village through a beautiful route in the forest, where you will spend the night in a tree-house in the forest with breathtaking views to the mountains. Overnight in Feneos.
Day 4: Forest of Foloi, Nemuta waterfalls and Mount Erymanthos
In the morning you will drive towards the forest of Foloi. Following the footsteps of the mythical hero Hercules, you will hike on mount Erymanthos, where according to Greek mythology the legendary Erymanthian boar inhabited the area’s foothills; cross the waterfalls of Nemuta; and explore the magical forest of Foloi, which was the residence of the wise centaur leader Pholos. When this small adventure is finished you will drive towards ancient Olympia. Overnight in Olympia.
Day 5: Ancient Olympia and Galaxidi
You will spend your morning in Ancient Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were held between 776 BC and 394 AD. This archaeological site is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is situated in an idyllic natural location. You will depart from there towards Galaxidi, a beautiful town in Phocis, 15 km southwest of Delphi. Overnight in Galaxidi.
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens which hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 © Shutterstock
Day 6: Corykion Antron, Delphi sanctuary
You will depart from Galaxidi towards Delphi and meet your guide, who will take you on a hiking adventure to the Corykian cave that was sacred to the Corycian Nymphs and the Muses, and a place of worship for ancient Greek semi-God Pan. There you will start following a beautiful path on the slopes of Mount Parnassos towards the sanctuary of Delphi. The elite ancient Greeks would come to the sanctuary of Delphi to get the prophecies of the famous oracle of Pythia. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world and was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre of ancient Greece.
Visit the archaeological site, exploring the sanctuary of Apollo, the tholos of Athena Pronaia, the stadium, the gymnasium and the theatre of Delphi, and immerse yourself in the magical world of this ancient place. After Delphi, you will depart towards Thermopylae where you will spend the night. Overnight in Thermopylae.
Sanctuary of Athena, Delphi Greece © Shutterstock
Day 7: Thermopylae and Naxos
In the morning you will visit Thermopylae museum and learn about one of the most epic battles of all time, the battle of Thermopylae where the great king of Sparta, Leonidas (ancestor of the AC Odyssey main character), fought along with his 300 Sparta warriors and 700 Thespians to the death against Xerxes and his huge Persian army. There you will also have the chance to dress up like a Spartan warrior. Later you will depart from Thermopylae towards Rafina port to take the speedboat to Naxos island. Overnight in Naxos.
Day 8: Naxos
In the morning you'll climb on top of Mount Zas, the mountain of Zeus, in Naxos, and be rewarded with a breathtaking view over Naxos and the neighbouring islands. Later you will visit the ancient marble quarries of Apollo and see the famous Kouros, an impressive half-sculpted statue. Next, you'll visit a local winery for wine tasting. Overnight in Naxos.
The beautiful beaches and clear water of Naxos island © Shutterstock
Day 9: Delos, Mykonos
In the morning you'll take a day cruise to visit and explore the small island of Delos, a unique ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then you'll explore the amazing island of Mykonos. When you return to Naxos you can visit the famous “Portara”, the unfinished temple of Apollo and witness the amazing view of this archaeological site. Overnight in Naxos.
The Terrace of the Lions on Delos Island, Greece © Shutterstock
Day 10: Return home
Your incredible journey in the footsteps of Sparta Misthios has come to an end. Transit to the airport and flight back home!
Prices start from $3,215 per person for two travellers sharing a double room. This includes 3-star Hotels in Athens, Feneos, Olympia, Galaxidi, Thermopylae and Naxos. Rental car for all days, in-country transportation, entrance fees to all of the sites and activities, and English-speaking guides. Flights, travel insurance, personal expenses, and any local taxes are not covered.
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Top Image: The Acropolis of Athens, Greece © Sven Hansche / Shutterstock