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The key greek spots in complete freedom

Take to the roads of mainland Greece to discover the most beautiful archaeological sites and breathtaking mountain scenery
Self-drive tour in Greece

15 days / 14 nights

Discover Greece and its key wonders!

This self-guided tour of Greece is a compendium of the most beautiful sites in the Peloponnese and the rest of mainland Greece. From archaeological sites to mythical cities, you’ll travel through 4,000 years of history. But there’s also the beauty of the Mediterranean landscape: olive groves, sandy and pebble beaches, small coves, villages perched on mountainsides… And above all, there’s the chance to meet the Greeks in the markets, taverns and byways.

We can also customize this itinerary to suit your needs. We can also tailor this itinerary to suit your budget and your choice of accommodation.

Regions visited during this trip : Athens & Peloponnese | Delphi & Greek Mainland

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The route
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Situated on the Peloponnese coast with its impressive beaches, Nafplio is a city of exceptional beauty with neoclassical buildings. With its old quarters, large squares and tiled roofs, Nafplio is a veritable living museum city.

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Located in the south-east of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia will charm more than one visitor! This fortified town nestled on a rocky outcrop offers an incredible panorama of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Magne

The Magne is a region of wild, arid landscapes and fortress-like stone villages.

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As the cradle of ancient Greece, you'll need more than a single visit to discover Olympia's surprises. Marvel at Praxiteles' famous Hermes, and imagine the presence of one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world: the 13.5-metre-high gold-and-ivory statue of Zeus.

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Located on the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth, in Western Greece, the village of Naupacte will seduce you with its small harbor lined with ramparts, and its castle which allows you to take a beautiful stroll between pines and cypresses, with the Gulf of Corinth in the background.

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En arrivant à Préveza, vous aurez la sensation d'avoir mis le pied sur une île. Entre les multiples plages, son port charmant aux bateaux à voile, ses restaurants et son histoire, la ville de Préveza vous transporte dans une atmosphère joyeuse, idéale pour déconnecter.

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Ioannina is a mountainous region with a variety of landscapes. In the heart of this modern city, you'll find an oriental quarter and an island covered with Byzantine churches.

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Kalambaka is a small Greek town in Thessaly, wedged between a low-lying mountain and the famous Meteora Mountains, on which the Meteora monasteries were built.

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Veria is a small town in Macedonia that is still relatively unknown. It is the closest town to the site of Vergina, where the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia is located.

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Traditional mountain village at an altitude of 650m created around the monastery of "Panagias de Portarea". It has a magical natural beauty, with lush vegetation, cobbled streets and old houses.

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A seaside town sheltered from the wind by the surrounding mountains. A living tribute to Greek sailors, it embodies the spirit of the past, with its neoclassical houses adorned with maritime-themed statuettes, picturesque alleyways and pretty port.

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Your trip to Greece in detail

Day 1

Athens – Mycenae – Nauplion


Get your vehicle at the airport and leave for the Peloponnese.
After the hustle and bustle of built-up areas and motorways you will see a more traditional side of Greece. On the way to Athens be sure to stop at the Corinth Canal, a dramatic stretch of water that cuts through the rock.
Visit Mycenae. While it is difficult to distinguish myth from historical fact at Mycenae, you can still walk in the footsteps of Homer’s heroes. The 3000-year-old citadel, still surrounded by outer walls, is sure to impress you the most. It is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

Distance covered: 130 km. 2 hours.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Nauplion.

Day 2

Epidaurus – Nauplion

Epidaurus Sanctuary
Epidaurus Sanctuary

A short journey to Epidaurus. You will marvel at the largest and most impressive ancient theatre, where events are still held during the summer months. The sheer size of the theatre demonstrates the importance of the sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine.
Be sure to visit Palea Epidaurus where you can enjoy fresh fish for lunch while looking out over the sea.
In the afternoon, upon your return to Nauplion, you can climb the 900 steps leading to the imposing Venetian fortress that towers above the town. In the evening why not soak up the atmosphere in the town centre and bars along the seafront.

Distance covered: 60 km. 1 hour
Overnight stay in the same hotel.

Day 3

Nauplion – Mystras – Monemvassia


You will travel deeper into the Peloponnese. The road winds its way round mountains and makes its way over passes, where you can discover the jagged coastline of the Gulf of Argolis.
You will pass Sparta, where little remains of its prestigious past, before arriving at Mystras. Explore the town built by William II of Villehardouin, which thrived under the Byzantines. Nowadays the town is deserted, but you can enjoy roaming the labyrinth of streets and visiting the numerous churches.
Arrive in Monemvassia at the end of the day.

Distance covered: 220 km. 4 hours.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 4



The medieval city is located on a dramatic peninsula facing the sea. It is protected by a network of fortifications. You must venture to the top of the medieval town at the top of the headland if you are to take in the impressive view overlooking the labyrinth of streets below. You can also swim in the lower town and you will find some beautiful beaches 5 kilometres away.

Overnight stay in the medieval city or in a hotel near the harbour.

Day 5

Monemvassia – The Mani Peninsula

Mani Peninsula
Mani Peninsula

A beautiful coast road will take you along the Gulf of Laconia. You will cut through huge olive groves and orchards, coming across many inlets, where you can take a lovely dip! The landscape of the Mani Peninsula is different. You will travel through an arid, dry region where the mountains drop spectacularly into the sea. Tower houses are the remains of a turbulent past.

Distance covered: 110 km. 2 hours.
Overnight stay in Itylo, a small fishing harbour near Areopoli.

Day 6

The Mani Peninsula – Olympia


The road winds through valleys along the coast as it ascends to the plateau. The climb is slow but the views are breathtaking.
Make a detour via Messene to see the impressive fortifications protecting this ancient city. If you do not want to spend the day driving, take the coast road towards Olympia. It is a much quicker route, but less scenic.
Or else you could take the beautiful road that cuts through mainland Peloponnese and enjoy the greener, wooded landscapes. You could also stop at Karytaina, a former fortress.

Distance covered: 220 km. 5 hours.
Overnight stay in a charming modern city next to the ancient site.

Day 7

Olympia – Naupactus

Port of Nafpaktos
Port of Nafpaktos

Visit the site at Olympia and the museum. You are bound to enjoy walking around the shaded ruins; just imagine what the ancient games were like.
After Patra you will travel over the impressive suspension bridge, taking you over the Isthmus of Corinth towards Nafpaktos. You can go for a beautiful walk around the Byzantine citadel. It is also the site of the famous battle of Lepante between the Holy League and the Ottoman fleet, resulting in Cervantes losing his arm.

Distance covered: 160 km.  2 hours 30 minutes.
Overnight stay in Naupactus.

Day 8

Naupactus – Preveza


After Naupactus, rather than travelling by motorway, why not take either the mountain or coast roads to get to Preveza.
Preveza is a quaint seaside town located at the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf.
Explore the Nicopolis site. The remnants of this Roman city that later became Byzantine are spread far and wide. Nicopolis was founded by Octavian following his victory over Antony at the Battle of Actium.

Distance covered: 160 km. 2 hours 30 minutes.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Preveza.

Day 9

Preveza - Ioannina

Dodona Theater
Dodona Theater

If you are there at the right time of year, go and enjoy the beach before heading north, back up the Louros valley. On your way, visit Dodona, the oldest sanctuary in Greece. Pilgrims would come from far and wide to consult the oracle of Zeus and hear about their futures through the rustling leaves of an oak tree. The theatre of Dodona with its 2,000 seats and the beautiful natural setting make this little-visited site well worth seeing.
You will arrive in Ioannina, the capital of the Epirus region, during the afternoon. You will have time to visit the city and fortress. This city’s beautiful architecture reflects its historic Ottoman and Jewish past.

Distance covered: 150 km. 2 hours.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Ioannina.

Day 10

Ioannina - Kalambaka

Monastery of Kalambaka
Monastery of Kalambaka

You will cross the Epirus mountains. Why not set off early and take the main road that winds between valleys and woodland.
You will eventually arrive at Kalambaka, the village at the foot of the monasteries at Meteora. It is definitely one of the most majestic sites in Greece. Build on top of rocky peaks, these monasteries defy the laws of gravity and boggle the mind. Set aside an afternoon, or more, to explore several of them.

Distance covered: 120 km. 1 hour 30 minutes.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Kalambaka.

Day 11

Kalambaka - Veria

Veria city
Veria city

Take a beautiful mountain road and then a motorway to arrive in Macedonia. Before you reach Veria it is worth going to see the royal burial site at Vergina, including the spectacular tomb of Philip II of Macedon, finally discovered in 1977.
Arrive in Veria sometime during the afternoon. In the Middle Ages some referred to Veria as “Little Jerusalem”, on account of its 72 churches. Ten or so of the churches are still standing, so why not explore the city centre.

Distance covered: 180 km. 2 hours 30 minutes.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Veria.

Day 12

Veria – Volos - Portaria

Mont Olympus
Mont Olympus

Take the motorway down to Volos. Midway you will pass alongside Mount Olympus, which at 2,917 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in Greece. In Greek mythology the mountain was regarded as the home of the gods. If you enjoy hiking, you can walk at least part of the ascent by taking the road at Litochoro Only the last 500 metres pose technical problems.
After Volos, the large harbour located at the foot of Mount Pelion, continue your journey towards Portaria, a quaint little village tucked away in the wooded hills.

Distance covered: 200 km. 2 hours 30 minutes.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Portaria.

Day 13

Explore Pelion

Pelion Beach
Pelion Beach

Day devoted to exploring Pelion, the mountainous peninsula that forms the Gulf of Volos, with its small fishing harbours, white villages clinging to the mountains, crystal-clear inlets and magnificent beaches. Make a long stop in Pellies, the “capital” and most picturesque village on the peninsula.
Return to Portaria at the end of the day. In the evening, you could go down into nearby Volos and soak up the atmosphere along the seafront.

Distance covered: 200 km. 4 hours.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Portaria.


Day 14

Portaria – Delphi – Galaxidi


Stop off at the Thermopylae on your way to Delphi. Little remains of this heroic battle. It is hard to distinguish legend from historical fact. You must stop and pay tribute to Leonidas I, who championed democracy 2,500 years ago!
Visit the Delphi site during the afternoon. It is at the heart of Greek civilisation. It was the centre of the world for almost one thousand years. People came from far and wide to consult the oracle and make offerings. It will take you around 3 hours to explore the site on the slope of the mountain and visit the museum.

Distance covered: 240 km. 3 hours.
Overnight stay in Galaxidi, a charming small harbour in the Gulf of Corinth.

Day 15

Galaxidi - Athens

Hosios Loukas
Hosios Loukas

Return to Athens in the morning. If you have time to spare, make a detour and visit the Hosios Loukas Monastery in the heart of the Phocis mountains. A monastic gem from Byzantine Greece.

Distance covered: 220 km. 3 hours 30 minutes.
Return your vehicle to the airport.

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Your accommodation for this trip

The accommodations offered in our programs are selected according to criteria of comfort, service and location. As Greece sur mesure is a travel agency specializing in tailor-made tours, we strive to meet your expectations as closely as possible by offering you 100% customized programs. That’s why all the accommodations mentioned in our programs are only suggestions, and it’s entirely possible to modify them according to your wishes, your budget and seasonal availability.

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Estimated price per person: 1365 euros

From 1365€, this price is based on 2 participants for the selected accommodations.

The final price of your trip to Greece may vary according to the number of participants, your preferences in terms of dates and availability during the associated period.

Included in this travel

  • 15 day hire of a category A car (including VAT, unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance, drop-off and pick-up)
  • 14 nights in bedroom and breakfast

Not included in this travel

  • International flights to Greece
  • All meals, except breakfast
  • Drinks
  • Tips and extras
  • Tours and activities
  • Non-mandatory supplementary travel insurance
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Our tips for this self-guided tour of Greece

– If you’re traveling in fine weather, remember to pack a bathing suit, sun cream and something to cover your head.
– In Thermopyles, we recommend you try out the town’s thermal baths. These include the natural springs of Loutra Thermopylon.
– Eat in a tavern, even a fish tavern in Galaxidi, for a concentrate of authenticity. You’re guaranteed to meet the locals.
– Enjoy a real Greek aperitif with a mezze, the Spanish equivalent of tapas, accompanied by a small glass of Ouzo, the traditional Greek spirit. But perhaps you’d prefer a glass of Tsipouro?
– For the Pelion tour, we particularly recommend the small villages of Tsagkarada and Zagora, both on the eastern side of the mountain. Full of charm, these small villages are a haven of peace, with small traditional houses, numerous fruit trees and magnificent natural surroundings.
– In Milies or Ano Lehonia, also near Mount Pelion, you can take a ride on a small train called Mountzouris. A unique experience and a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside.

The options
Wine tasting Greece

Wine Tasting

Discover the local wines

Are you a wine lover? An experienced oenologist? Or do you just want to learn more about Greek wines? This wine tasting option is for you!
Visit one of the most famous wineries in the Peloponnese! Accompanied by an experienced sommelier, let us guide you through all the stages of wine tasting. Discover local grape varieties in a vineyard with thousands of years of history! Put yourself in the shoes of an ancient Greek and taste Moschofilero (a white grape with spicy flavors), Roditis (a rosé) and Agiorgitiko (a red nicknamed "the blood of Heracles"). This tasting, accompanied by cheese and breadsticks, is a journey through wine, history and mythology!
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Take part in the daily life of an Athenian

An immersive experience in the life of an Athenian

Looking for authenticity and local life? Do you prefer to get off the beaten track? Discover the Greek capital with a local who knows all its magical corners, often hidden from travelers!
Experience unforgettable moments of sharing and conviviality. Once he knows your tastes and desires, he'll be happy to take you to the city's secret spots. Don't hesitate to ask for his advice for the rest of your stay! And let him take you to the really good local restaurants that Athenians love: those where the food is truly Greek and admirably good!

3 hours

Electric bike tour of historic Athens

Athens off the beaten track with an electric bike tour of the city

Do you dream of discovering Athens off the beaten track? Combining culture and fun with a sporty twist, a tour of the city on an electric bike is perfect for all types of travelers, couples, friends and families with children.
Start at the Acropolis Hill, home to the Temple of Athena, and stroll through the typical neighborhoods of Thission, Psiri, Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
Your journey continues into the heart of the ancient agoras, such as the Kerameikos site and its ancient pottery factory.
Hike up to the sacred Mount Filopappos, whose summit offers a breathtaking view of Athens. Head back down to the historic center for a break at a traditional cafe.
Your tour ends at the Tower of the Winds, an ancient hydraulic clock decorated with divinities.

3 hours

Gourmet walk in Nafplio

Local food discovery tour

Want to get off the beaten track? Whether you're a couple or a family, head to Nafplio to discover the art of Greek cuisine! A word of advice: don't eat too much for breakfast, as the day is full of excellent food!
Let your English-speaking guide take you through Nafplio's shops and delicatessens to sample the city's finest cheeses, wines, coffees and ice creams. Take the opportunity to discover Nafplio, one of the most beautiful cities in the Peloponnese. Fall under the charm of the old town and visit its most famous monuments: the Catholic Church, Aghios Spyridon Square, Aghios Georgios Square and others! The citadel that dominates the city and the ancient fortress at the entrance to the port are there to watch over you!

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Self-drive tour in Greece

15 days / 14 nights

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