Greece: Legends and Landscapes 2024

Greece: Legends and Landscapes 2024

12 Days



Greece: Legends and Landscapes 2024

12 Days Starting and ending in Athens, Greece

Visiting: Athens, Naxos, Corinth Canal, Nafplion, Mystras, Gytheio, Caves of Diros, Areopoli, Kardamyli, Kalamata, Olympia, Nafpaktos, Delphi, Itea, Arachova

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:


Age range:


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Trip Styles:

Small Group


Boat/Cruise Excursion

$3916 (USD) The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$206

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Tour Overview

Step into a world of myth and magic. Where ancient art and culture flourished. Philosophy was founded. And gods were made. From awe-inspiring archaeological sites to sleepy towns and coastal treasures, Greece rewards with every twist in the journey. Shrouded in secrets and stories, the legend lives on in this 12-day adventure.


  • Learn from the masters in a traditional Greek cooking class

  • Discover the charms of Naxos, an authentic gem within the Cyclades islands

  • Uncover the secrets of sacred Delphi – a UNESCO World Heritage Site


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Day 1 : Athens (Greece)
Location: Athens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Elia Ermou Athens (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner

Athens: where myths are born and legends live on. Welcome to the start of our Grecian adventure! This evening, we’ll learn more about our like-minded travel companions over our first included dinner.

Day 2 : Athens
Location: Athens
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Elia Ermou Athens (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Time travel back over 3,000 years: the iconic Acropolis awaits! This astounding temple complex stands guard over the city – an enduring symbol of Greece’s classical spirit and the blueprint for Western civilisations to come. We’ll uncover its secrets with a local guide, including the extraordinary Parthenon – dedicated to Athena, the goddess of war and reason. Wisdom topped up, the rest of the day will be ours for exploring! Discover more remarkable feats of the ancient world at the National Archaeological Museum, or settle into a traditional taverna for a hearty serving of moussaka.

Day 3 : Athens – Naxos (Cyclades)
Location: Athens, Naxos
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Xenia (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The piercing blue waters of the Aegean are calling! Following breakfast, our path will lead us towards Naxos – a lesser-explored and unspoilt gem of the Cyclades islands. We'll slow the pace with a scenic ferry journey, soaking up seafaring views as we go, before docking at the namesake island capital. This green, verdant island, hugged by mist-topped mountains, oozes authentic Greek charm. Take a stroll around the maze of lantern-lit cobbled streets before we dine together this evening.

Day 4 : Naxos
Location: Naxos
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Xenia (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

There’s an exclusive local experience in store today as we make tracks towards a working family farm. Here we’ll sample a selection of flavourful local cheeses and homemade marmalades. Then: roll up your sleeves and dive in! We’ll prepare our own traditional Greek lunches under the guidance of the experts, before touring the farm and digging into our creations. Appetites satisfied, when we return to the city the evening is ours to spend as we please. Why not round off a day of local discoveries with a tangy glass of kitron – Naxos’ trademark spirit, made from the fruit and leaves of the citron tree. Yiamas!

Day 5 : Naxos
Location: Naxos
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Xenia (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Winding lanes blushing with crimson flowers. Neat sugar cube houses snuggling grand Venetian mansions. Twisted vines smothering cosy cafes. The treasures of Naxos are yours for the taking today! Meander up to the Kastro – a medieval citadel housing an archaeology museum. Or amble along the coast and indulge in a spot of people watching. As the sky transforms to pink, stroll along the causeway to Portara – or the ‘Temple of Apollo’ – a vast sixth-century marble doorway that stands proudly on a neighbouring islet. Behold as the sun sinks into the sea! And when darkness descends? Legend has it that Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, blessed Naxos with fertile land; so dine like gods and feast on the island’s bounty of rich cheeses and local meats!

Day 6 : Naxos – Corinth Canal (Greece) – Nafplio
Location: Naxos, Corinth Canal, Nafplion
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Grande Bretagne Nafplio (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Westwards! Today we’ve got the handsome coastal city of Nafplio in our sights. Once back on the mainland, we’ll wind our way through mountainous, vineyard-speckled landscapes – stopping at the striking Corinth Canal as we go. Wedged between sharp cliff faces, this distinctive canal is the narrowest in the world; a streak of blue connecting the two bordering gulfs. Though most modern ships would find it tricky to navigate its 25-metre width! Upon our arrival in Nafplio, take a moment to admire Bourtzi Castle – an atmospheric Venetian fortress floating in the middle of the harbour – before sampling the local fare in a homely tavern.

Day 7 : Nafplio – Mystras – Gytheio
Location: Nafplion, Mystras, Gytheio
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Stavros Tou Notou (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

857. That’s how many steps it takes to reach the top of Palamidi Castle (or a short taxi ride!). Snaking up a hillside, this formidable fortress looms over the city and offers spectacular 360-degree vistas of the sea and valley. The perfect way to spend your free morning, if you so choose! After enjoying a spot of lunch at our leisure, we’ll regroup and make our way to mysterious Mystras. This fortified medieval city – once the Byzantine capital – perches along a steep mountainside, and harbours plenty of nooks and crannies to explore! Later the road will lead us to the peaceful port town of Gytheio, where we’ll share stories of the adventure so far over our included dinner.

Day 8 : Gytheio – Diros Cave – Areopoli – Gytheio
Location: Gytheio, Caves of Diros, Areopoli, Gytheio
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Stavros Tou Notou (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

It seems magical Diros Cave has leapt from the pages of a fairytale. After breakfast, we’ll delve into this subterranean wonderland with a local guide. A spellbinding maze of turquoise waterways and astonishing, lava-like rock formations, this otherworldly experience is truly unforgettable. Next: it’s back above ground as we pay a visit to the captivating town of Areopoli. Prepare to be charmed as our expert Tour Leader reveals the hidden corners of the rustic stone-built streets. When we return to picture-perfect Gytheio there's an abundance of seafood restaurants to choose from for dinner. And it would be rude not to visit a traditional ouzeri for a taste of the country’s renowned liquor, wouldn’t it?

Day 9 : Gytheio – Kardamyli – Kalamata – Olympia
Location: Gytheio, Kardamyli, Kalamata, Olympia
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Amalia Olympia (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Beware of beasts! Today’s journey takes us deeper into the remote Peloponnese peninsula: the heartland of Greek legend. It’s here that the monsters and gods of mythology were born – and where the drum of traditional rural life beats slowly among neat rows of vineyards and snow-capped mountains. Kardamyli is our first port of call: a picturesque fishing town with a sleepy pace. After free time for lunch in nearby Kalamata, a traditional tasting awaits at a long-standing olive farm in Olympia – where we’ll receive a masterclass in the art of olive oil production. When our day of exploring comes to an end, we’ll reflect on the highlights so far over our group dinner.

Day 10 : Olympia – Nafpaktos – Delphi
Location: Olympia, Nafpaktos, Delphi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kastalia Boutique (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Limber up! Our day begins with a locally guided tour of legendary Olympia – the birthplace of sporting glory. This landmark archaeological site sparked off the Olympic Games in 776 BC – the world’s greatest athletic event founded on values of peace and healthy competition. As you wander the shaded ruins imagine the roar of the crowd ringing as the athletes entered the arena. Leaving Olympia behind us, our next stop is the lovely seaside town of Nafpaktos. Brimming with history, Nafpaktos is one of the locals’ best-kept secrets – sporting a dramatic Venetian castle and delightful, historic port. Finally, Delphi – considered the centre of the world by ancient Greeks – is a fitting end to an evocative day.

Day 11 : Delphi – Itea – Delphi
Location: Delphi, Itea, Delphi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kastalia Boutique (or similar)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Start the day with sacred stories as a knowledgeable local guide shares Delphi’s secrets with us. This ancient mountainside site was the epicentre of religion and culture, as well as home to Pythia – the oracle or ‘high priestess’. Pythia made prophecies and was consulted about all major decisions taken in the classical world. Be sure to embrace the view of the stunning surrounding valley before we depart for our next destination – where a sweet treat’s in store! We’ll live out Winnie-the-Pooh’s fantasy with a delicious local honey-tasting experience in Itea. Later, upon our return to Delphi we’ll dine as a group for the final time and cheers to one extraordinary adventure. Opa!

Day 12 : Delphi – Arachova – Athens
Location: Delphi, Arachova, Athens
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we awaken to the final day of our Greek journey. But it’s not over quite yet! As we take the scenic trail back to Athens, we’ll call in at the elegant town of Arachova, which nestles along the foot of mighty Mount Parnassus. Back in the capital, it’s time to say our goodbyes. Until next time!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Entrance Fees

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Will there be an escort accomanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discrection of the guest

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Will I know the names & details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Can you assist with pre or post accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • As detailed in the itinerary

    No they are not.

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Is the coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Are all of the relevant entry visa's included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

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Wow what an incredible trip! Backroads thought of everything and the staff were incredible. We had an unbelievable experience.

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13 trips and still amazed!


This was my 13th trip with Backroads and it definitely exceeded my expectations, which is harder and harder to do!

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Backroads is a premium travel/adventure...


Backroads is a premium travel/adventure company. They provide structure but also promote making the journey your own. Guides highly trained and totally focused on making each person’s experience safe, fun and memorable. They seek out the best opportunities to play hard and rest well. Hands down the best tour company I have experienced.

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I had a wonderful experience...


I had a wonderful experience touring Italy, this July 2023, with Backroads. Our tour leader was exceptional in her knowledge of all things around us. Our driver did an amazing job under VERY difficult circumstances. Bravo Luciano. The accommodations were fantastic. The provided meals were delicious.(not to mention the wine tasting🍷 or the ‘two a day’ gelato rule🍦, so we won’t)😁 The scenery as we passed through was astounding, particularly Tuscany and then up into the northern mountains. Breathtaking. Thoroughly enjoyable. Roger.

Debbie Waltermine  

First Experience?


This was our first experience with Backroads and it was wonderful!! Your staff at the office and your group leaders are wonderful—you made it so easy to organize and plan all we needed. Truly a 5 star experience!

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We have just come off...


We have just come off a Back Roads Highlights of Britain Tour 2023! Our tour guide and bus driver were amazing! Shabby our guide absolutely created magic for the whole bus! Magnificent itinerary, incredible commentary from young Shabby with music included to pay homage to the districts we were in! 🎶genius! Talk about an experience of a lifetime! A small group means going to the places the big buses can’t and time to get to know your fellow adventurers! Loved this tour and Back Roads if you’re reading this you have struck gold with your guide Shabby! Highly recommended 👍

Stephanie Breedlove  

Commitment to travellers is brilliant!


The Backroads commitment to a personal level of service is apparent and so very appreciated. The genuine interest and execution of so many detailed extras made a significant difference in the experience. Backroads is truly a Small Giant.

Fiona Balsillie (Google Reviewer)  

Currently on a Portugal tour,...


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  • Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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