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Excursions

Loutraki’s location is the ideal place for you to start your excursions. The options for a one or a two-day trip are many and our office, with our experience and consistency, can organize the best ones.

We specialize in Private Tours and Tranfers around Greece with our lyxury mini van fleet. We are based in the town of Loutraki and there is the possibility of departing from the area you are! Let us guide you to all the important sites and monuments and make you feel like a local

Feel free to ask us about the days of departure, tour languages and prices

 

Note: All tours are organized by our offiice and carried out with our mini vans or larger buses in case of large groups.  All tours are guided or escorted in several languages. 

 

Excursion In Athens

The history of the capital of Greece starts from the 5th century B.C., continues in the Roman and Byzantine times and makes it to today.

In the heart of the city you can find elements from all the different eras of history coexisting harmoniously. Ornate temples and monuments of the classical era and the Roman civilization, Byzantine churches and neoclassic buildings of the modern times form a beautiful setting that showcases the ceaselessness of the Greek culture throughout the centuries.

 

You can watch the Changing of the Guard of Evzones, in front of the Greek Parliament and the Pantheon. Then you will visit the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), where the Olympic Games took place in ancient times and the modern games were revived in 1986. You will admire buildings of extraordinary architecture, such as the “University”, the “Academy” and the “National Library” and will end up on the Acropolis. The Acropolis of Athens is the city’s trademark and you will surely be mesmerized by its location, the majestic Parthenon, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion.

At the end of the tour you will have some free time. You can walk on cobblestone streets between traditional shops and neoclassic houses, at the foothills of Acropolis, in Plaka. In the open marketplace in Monastiraki, you can find everything you desire, souvenirs, traditional food, antiques, leather goods, clothing etc.

 

Duration: approximately 7 hours

Includes: Transportation, Guide, Entrances

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

A world of  wine-tasting in Nemea

Nemea has a long history of 3000 years and is known worldwide for organizing great athletic games (equivalent to the Olympic Games), for the first labor of Hercules (he killed the terrible Nemean lion there) and for being the biggest wine making area in Greece, and especially for the production of a unique variety of red wine.

Nemea doesn’t need to create myths and traditions about its wine since its roots are deep in the soil of the area. The archaeological finds indicate that the “red wine making” has its roots in ancient times and show that the residents of the region were well aware of the secrets of wine making and especially of the variety “Agiorgitiko”, which is produced only in that area. “Agiorgitiko” wine is highly popular and beloved and not a few wine lovers come to the region just to taste its wonderful flavor. It is even said that it seems to contain all the beauty of the Mediterranean, as it is friendly, warm and reflects the light and passion of the Mediterranean temperament.

Whether you are an expert in wine tasting, or want to make your first contact with the flavors, we arrange a visit to a winery (or a series of wineries) and offer you a great tasting experience. The colors and essences of the wines mix with the delicate flavors of traditional dishes made with fresh ingredients of the Corinthian land and create a journey of pleasures. You will also have the opportunity to learn about wine making (from fruit harvesting to bottling) while closely following all the facilities of a winery.

We will finish our tour to Nemea with a visit to the archaeological site or to the Virgin of the Rocks, a monastery built into the mountain during the Byzantine period.

 

Duration: approximately 5 hours

Includes: Transportation, Escort

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Argolis Day Tour

(Epidaurus – Mycenae – Nafplion)

An excellent suggestion if you want to experience the beauty and antiquities of our Greek culture is our trip to Argolis. Among orange groves, next to the coast and beautiful villages, the trip to Argolis promises a unique one-day tour of natural beauty and waits for you to meet its archaeological wealth!

After you fill up on energy the adventure’s first stop is at the Corinth Canal, which connects Aegean Sea to Ionian Sea. After this short stop we are heading to the “Very Rich” city of Mycenae, as Homer said. There you will admire the vaulted tombs of famous kings of the Trojan War, the Lions’ Gate, the royal palace and other archaeological findings that constitute one of the greatest and oldest civilizations that flourished in Greece.

Leaving Mycenae, the trip continues to the first capital of modern Greece, the picturesque and seaside city of Nafplio. There you will find a colorful setting of monumental neoclassical mansions, cobbled streets and Venetian castles. The famous Palamidi fortress stands on top of the town. A short stop to take pictures is also planned and then the trip continues to historical Epidaurus.

Ancient Epidaurus is a World Heritage Site and home to great archaeological findings that’s why thousands of people from around the globe visit it every year. According to mythology and the poet Hesiod, Asclepius, God of Medicine, was born there and in his name the famous Asclepiion infirmary was built, one of the most famous health institutions of ancient Greece and the whole Mediterranean region, because of the many and serious cases that were cured there. The infirmary was the reason for the rapid development of the city and due to that, in the 4th century BC, the famous and worldwide known Ancient Theater of Epidaurus was built. This construction is known to be the most perfect sample of an ancient theater in Greece and one of the most amazing ones in the world, from a symmetry and perfect acoustics point of view.

 

Duration: approximately 9 hours

Includes: Transportation, Guide

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Excursion In Loutraki Area

(Saint Patapios’s Monastery – Lake Vouliagmeni – Hera Temple – Lighthouse)

Just before the top of Gerania, built on the side of the mountain, stands the monastery of Saint Patapios, constructed in the 11th century. Guests can admire the wonderful view overlooking the Corinthian and the Saronic Gulf, and also the Byzantine frescoes preserved in the cave where the hermit saint used to live and where his relic still lies.

After the total relaxation from the visit to the monastery the trip continues to the foot of Gerania, where the mountain meets the blue waters of the Corinthian Gulf and creates a magical setting! This dreamy picture gets complete by the Melagkavi Cape, where one of the largest lighthouses of Corinth stands. The endless deep blue surrounding you and the one of a kind view of the cliffs will take your breath away, and then you will discover the ruins of the famous Temple of Hera, which dates back to 800 BC.

Our trip ends at the famous Vouliagmeni Lake. One of the most beautiful lagoons of Greece with fine white sand and surrounded by a natural pine forest. It is connected to the Corinthian Gulf through a narrow channel, big enough for only fishing boats to cross. The waters are crystal clear and reflect the green landscape. On shore you can enjoy coffee or food, try your skills at some water sports or swim in the lake’s tranquil waters.

 

Duration: approximately 4 hours

Includes: Transportation, Escort

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Ancient Corinth & Nemea Half Day Tour

One of the oldest cities in Greece, Corinth, extends from the Canal and beyond. Passing through the current city of Corinth, which is the economic and cultural center of the county of Corinth, you can see the ancient city built on a hill and on top of that hill its castle, Acrocorinth.

 

By walking through the city you can get to know its long history, from the ancient times (Temple of Apollo) to the Roman times (roofed passages, public baths) and the Christian times, during which Apostle Pavlos (Saul) taught at its market. In the archaeological museum of the city will have the chance to admire interesting findings.

 

The tour continues in Nemea, known since the ancient years for organizing the great local games “Nemean”, but also known by a famous fable, according to which Nemea was the place where Hercules killed the terrifying lion, that had been devouring the state, and thus completed his first task. Furthermore Nemea is known for the production of red wine, which is one of a kind. You will have the opportunity to visit a local winery and learn how wine is made, try the delicate taste and buy wine for yourself or your loved ones.

 

Duration: approximately 5 hours

Includes: Transportation, Guide

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Kalavryta Day Trip

The trip to Kalavryta is a special experience for nature lovers and also for those who want to get to know a piece of the Greek history.

Arriving at Diakopto, a trip to your dreams awaits. Boarding the scenic train, the Cog Railway,you will go up on the green slopes of Helmos, a tour described as one of the six rarer train tours in the world. You will cross the beautiful gorge of Vouraikos and find picturesque villages dressed in green, the color of nature. The tour takes 60 minutes until you reach the beautiful village of Kalavryta.

Kalavryta is a typical mountainous Greek village, where you can walk around in the little streets, buy fresh local products (jams, cheese, pasta) and enjoy greek cuisine or fragrant coffee and fresh pastries.

Five kilometers southwest of Kalavryta, on a hillside, you will see the historic monastery of Agia Lavra, which was built in the 10th century and became the center of the national liberation fight of the Greek people. In the monastery they keep the gospel – a gift for the Russian Empress Catherine II, the relics of the saints, manuscripts on parchment and a unique collection of ancient books.

The last stop of the tour is “Mega Spileo” (the Great Cave), one of the most famous and ancient monasteries in Greece. According to legend, in a remote cave a miraculous carved image of Holy Mary was found by chance, made of resin and wax. At that point the monk-brothers Simeon and Theodore built the monastery, which today has a large number of valuable assets, a rare banner with a picture of three Byzantine emperors, a precious cross and the relics of the saints.

 

Duration: approximately 8 hours

Includes: Transprtation, Guide

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Meteora – Delphi Two Day Trip

The tour begins with a passing through the picturesque village of Arachova, famous for its handmade carpets and other handicrafts. Then we meet Delphi, which in ancient times was considered the center of the world. There stood the temple of Apollo in whose name the oracle Pythia made the most famous prophecies. There you can also find the natural spring Krystallia, the water of which is said to have anti-aging properties, as well as an archaeological museum with amazing exhibits. (eg Charioteer)

You will have the opportunity to taste Greek cuisine in a traditional tavern and then continue to check in at the hotel in Kalambaka.

On the second day it is Meteora’s turn. Various monasteries are built on steep cliffs, which together form the second largest monastic unit in Greece. The access to them is special, as is done through narrow paths carved in the rocks or through bridges hanging over the void. We will visit two monasteries where you will have the opportunity to learn about the daily life of the monks, exploring ancient temples, murals and old pictures. In those monasteries are preserved ancient relics and priceless manuscript collection. On the way back there will be a short stop at the monument of Thermopylae.

 

*Meteora can also be done in one day tour

 

Duration: Two Days

Includes: Transportation, Guide, Hotel including Breakfast

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

One Day Cruise In The Argosaronic Gulf

Aegina – Poros – Hydra

Poros: ‘Charming’ Poros, as characterized by many, is a small but beautiful green island in the Saronic Gulf, where it is actually two islands separated by a small sea channel. The sandy beaches and pine trees all along the island create an ideal setting for relaxation, romance and rest. A walk on the narrow streets, the neighborhoods, the white houses with the bougainvilleas, and the historic clock that rises up the hill of the island, will offer you a trip back in time. Entering the harbor we see a seafront full of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy your coffee or a drink, snack or meal.

Aegina: Known since ancient times for its naval force and for being the first capital of the independent Greek state, Aegina is located in the center of the Saronic Gulf and is the perfect Greek island to visit. Greenery, Byzantine chapels, picturesque villages and neoclassical architecture create a beautiful view, completed by the ancient Temple of Aphaia and the modern church of Agios Nektarios, a miracle-worker saint of the Orthodox Church. Before leaving the island, do not forget to buy fresh peanuts, which only grow in Aegina, and traditional delicacies made out of peanuts.

Hydra: One of the most picturesque islands of the Saronic Gulf and one of the most favorite of those who visit Greece. Hydra looks like a painting with gray, white and blue colors above the blue of the sea, a model of architecture and aesthetics that offers a unique experience with its amphitheater built harbor and the old mansions.

You will have free time for swimming in the blue waters and take a walk on its narrow streets.

 

Duration: approximately 12 hours

Includes: Bus Service to the port, Boat ticket

Departs from Corinthia

 

Sailing Across Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is one of the largest construction projects in the history of Greece. To avoid having ships sail around the Peloponnese, there have been many attempts to unite the two seas, since ancient times. The project of the opening of the canal of Corinth was pioneer in the 19th century, a construction dream – a challenge that lasted 2.300 years.

In July 1893 after 11 years of 2.500 workers working hard, this construction dream came true and finally this technical exploit became a reality. The Corinth Canal is about 6 kilometers long, and thousands of tourists, from all over the world, visit each year to admire this masterpiece project with the breathtaking view.

The sailing across the canal is a unique experience. The color of the water has many amazing shades of emerald and the rocks, with their sprouting bushes and pines, rise imposingly at 70 meters. The trip starts from the port of Isthmia, which is located near the exit of the canal in the Saronic Gulf, heads west towards Posidonia and returns. The trip takes about an hour.

Be a piece of this extraordinary construction project and admire the natural beauty of the Isthmus.

 

Duration: approximately 1 hours

Includes: Boat ticket

Departs from Corinthia

 

One Day Cruise (Agistri – Aegina – Corinth Canal)

The cruise starts from the village of Isthmia with a small and elegant cruise ship.

First stop: Aegina, built amphitheatrically towards the sea. The church of St. Nicholas “Of the Sea” at the harbor entrance is combined with the neoclassical buildings of the city and this will give the visitor their moneys’ worth from the first look. You can use the carriages or just walk around to get to know the picturesque streets of the island, surrounded by colorful houses and tidy gardens or you can enjoy delicacies and traditional sweets at the taverns and cafes by the beach. Great interest, from an archaeological point of view, shows the Temple of Aphaia, while a very famous orthodox monastery is that of St. Nektarios “the Wonderworker”, whose relic is openly displayed for worship. Before leaving the island don’t forget to buy fresh peanuts, produced only in Aegina.

In the small and beautiful island next to Aegina, Agkistri, you will feel like you are visiting heaven on earth. You can spend time relaxing, swimming in the clear blue waters of the Saronic Gulf or wandering the hillsides full of plants.

On the way back you will have the opportunity to live a unique experience … sailing across the Corinth Canal!

 

Duration: approximately 11 hours

Includes: Bus transfer to the Port, Boat Ticket

Departs from Loutraki

 

Olympia

The blessed land of Olympia, as characterized by many, is a home to the most praised sanctuary of ancient Greece, dedicated to the father of the Gods, Zeus. It is the place where the most significant games of ancient Greece, the Olympic Games, were born, which were held every four years since 776 BC in honor of Zeus, a splendid institution of nationwide importance from antiquity until today. The lighting of the Olympic flame takes place in ancient Olympia before each Olympic Game and proclaims the start of the Games.

On the archaeological site of Olympia you will visit the Temple of Zeus, which used to host the gold and ivory statue of Zeus, a work of the famous sculptor Phidias and known in antiquity as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. All around you can see temples and buildings related to the worship of the Gods, and also buildings related to the Olympic Games such as: sports facilities, additional buildings, utilitarian and administrative, but also buildings of socializing kind. The ancient Olympic stadium is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Just a few meters outside the archaeological site you can find the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, which is considered one of the most important Greek museums and includes excavation findings dating from prehistoric times to the early Christian years. Some of the most important exhibits are “Hermes” of Praxiteles, the pediments of the temple of Zeus, “Nike” of Paionios and the cup that belonged to Phidias.

You will have free time to walk around town and have some lunch.

 

Duration: approximately 11 hours

Includes: Transportation, Guide

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Mountains And Nature Of Corinthia – One Day Tour

Driving past the peaks of the mountains Ziria and Helmos, we relish a scenic route filled with ex-traordinary natural beauty. Firstly, we meet the Lake Stymphalia where, according to Greek my-thology, the Stymphalian Birds used to live in and whose extermination constitutes the Hercules ‘s sixth labour.

Stymphalia is also the home to the first Environmental Museum in Greece which aims at promoting the love of humans for nature and their harmonious coexistence, while it is the first time that a mu-seum offers the opportunity to its visitors to observe closely the flora and fauna of the area. The Museum also informs the visitors about local traditions and customs trying to keep them untouched by the development of civilization.

We continue our trip to Doxa Lake (which means the lake of glory). In the middle 1990s, a dam, which was raised and constructed in the riverbed of Doxa Lake (in the northwest part of the basin), created a new water surface, the artificial Doxa Lake, which captures your interest and your admi-ration from the very first moment with its huge size and its clear blue waters. This beautiful lake is located in an altitude of 890 meters and is surrounded by green firs, pine and oak trees which reach the banks of the lake and create a picturesque “Swiss landscape” as it has been described by so many visitors. The highlight of this natural beauty is the small chapel of St. Fanourios, which is connected to the mainland by a thin stripe of land which literally floats on the water.

Finally, the villages of Ano, Mesea and Kato Trikala, in close distance one from another, constitute a favourite destination for a “weekend getaway” from the city offering very good infrastructure both in taverns and cafés, as well as accommodation. Planes, oak, walnut and chestnut trees compose a colourful natural scenery for all nature lovers travelling around the villages of Riza and Karia to the villages of Goura and Panorama of Feneos.

 

Duration: approximately 8 hours

Includes: Transportation, Escort

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Classic Tour of Greece – 3 Days

Greece is a country full of myths, traditions, history and a vibrant culture. By choosing the classic tour of Greece, get ready to get to know this magical place and be enchanted by its unique natural beauty and its rich historical heritage.

Day 1

Our tour starts at the Corinth Canal, giving you the opportunity to admire this stunning construction project that unites Central Greece with the Peloponnese. We hop on the bus and head to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, one of the most important monuments of our country and famous for both its special architecture and its remarkable acoustics. We continue to the seaside picturesque Nafplio. We make a short stop to admire the first capital of modern Greece with the paved streets and the Venetian castles. We hop on the bus and head to “Golden” Mycenae, as reported by Homer. There you will admire the vaulted tombs of the famous Trojan war kings, the Lions’ Gate, the royal palace and other archaeological findings that constitute one of the most important and ancient civilizations that flourished in Greece. Having taken a strong taste of the historical region of Argolis, we continue our trip through the Central Peloponnese and the cities of Tripoli and Megalopoli to get to the place of the ancient Olympic Games, beautiful Olympia, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2

After recharging our batteries, we start our tour at the place where the Olympic Games, the most important games of ancient Greece, were born. We will visit the archaeological site of Olympia, with the Sanctuary of Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum, where you will admire important findings from excavations that date from the prehistoric to the early Christian times. We hop on the bus and continue our trip passing through the fields of the regions of Ilia and Achaia, all the way to the impressive Rio-Antirio Bridge, which goes across the Corinthian Gulf. Passing by the picturesque cities of Nafpaktos and Itea, we arrive at Delphi where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 3

On the 3rd day we will visit the museum and the archaeological site of the famous village of Delphi. Delphi, in ancient times, was considered the center of the world, that’s why thousands of people visit it every year. There used to stand the temple of Apollo, where Pythia gave the most famous oracles. We will have free time to walk around and then we head to the cosmopolitan town of Arachova. Arachova, which is considered to be the “Lady of Parnassos”, is a mountainous town built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, at an average altitude of 960 meters and known for its traditional houses, the beautiful streets with the picturesque stairs and the “wild” beauty of its nature. Having inhaled enough pure oxygen, we start our journey back through Livadia and Thiva and our adventure will end late in the afternoon in Athens.

Duration: 3 full days

Includes: Bus Service, Guide, Entrances, Hotels, Breakfast, Lunch

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Classic Tour of Greece – 4 Days

Greece is a country full of myths, traditions, history and a vibrant culture. By choosing the classic tour of Greece, get ready to get to know this magical place and be enchanted by its unique natural beauty and its rich historical heritage.

 

Day 1

Our tour starts at the Corinth Canal, giving you the opportunity to admire this stunning construction project that unites Central Greece with the Peloponnese. We hop on the bus and head to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, one of the most important monuments of our country and famous for both its special architecture and its remarkable acoustics. We continue to the seaside picturesque Nafplio. We make a short stop to admire the first capital of modern Greece with the paved streets and the Venetian castles. We hop on the bus and head to “Golden” Mycenae, as reported by Homer. There you will admire the vaulted tombs of the famous Trojan war kings, the Lions’ Gate, the royal palace and other archaeological findings that constitute one of the most important and ancient civilizations that flourished in Greece. Having taken a strong taste of the historical region of Argolis, we continue our trip through the Central Peloponnese and the cities of Tripoli and Megalopoli to get to the place of the ancient Olympic Games, beautiful Olympia, where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2

After recharging our batteries, we start our tour at the place where the Olympic Games, the most important games of ancient Greece, were born. We will visit the archaeological site of Olympia, with the Sanctuary of Zeus, the ancient stadium and the archaeological museum, where you will admire important findings from excavations that date from the prehistoric to the early Christian times. We hop on the bus and continue our trip passing through the fields of the regions of Ilia and Achaia, all the way to the impressive Rio-Antirio Bridge, which goes across the Corinthian Gulf. Passing by the picturesque cities of Nafpaktos and Itea, we arrive at Delphi where we will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 3

On the 3rd day we will visit the museum and the archaeological site of the famous village of Delphi. Delphi, in ancient times, was considered the center of the world, that’s why thousands of people visit it every year. There used to stand the temple of Apollo, where Pythia gave the most famous oracles. Then we head to the beautiful city of Kalambaka, which is built at the roots of the Meteora rocks. You will enjoy your walk through the city with the magnificent view of Meteora to accompany you everywhere.

Day 4

On the 4th day it’s time to visit the imposing village of Meteora. You will be in awe of the towering dark rocks, on which many monasteries are built, that constitute the second largest monastic unit in Greece. The access to them is tricky, as it is through narrow paths on the carved rocks or bridges hanging over the void. We will visit a monastery, where you can admire exquisite examples of Byzantine art. After this tour we head south, going through Trikala, we will cross Lamia, Thermopylae, where in a short stop we will admire the famous monument of Leonidas, and our adventure will come to an end late in the afternoon in Athens.

Duration: 4 full days

Includes: Bus Service, Guide, Entrances, Hotels, Breakfast, Lunch

Departs from Loutrakis’ Central Square (25 Martiou sq)

 

Note to the Ladies: during the visit to the Monasteries you are asked to wear a skirt or long trousers if you wish to enter indoors spaces.

 

Grand Tour of Greece – 7 Days is also available. Ask us for more

More Private Tours are provided upon request:

Nemea Wineries, Athens – Sounio, Delphi One day, Mystras, Monemvasia, Mountainous Arxcadia, Hydra Island, Spetses Island, Transport To Airports and Ports

 

* The days of the trips’ departures change according to seasonality. Ask us for the dates that interest you.

 

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