Day 1 – June 5, Saturday
Arrive Athens and taxi/Uber on your own and check into your hotel. The sexy and appropriately named New Hotel, with its spa and views of the city, you’ll find both comfortable and terribly chic. Arrive early and spend some time in the spa or even an extra night if you wish to really discover Athens.
Our trip will begin this evening when we meet at 7pm for cocktails on our roof terrace bar. We’ll watch the sunset as we carry on later with our dinner at the hotel in their charming New Taste restaurant.
Day 2 June 6, Sunday
Breakfast at our Hotel
This morning we’ll embark on an “Athens by Bike” trip with Kostos, who is both a PHD in Greek history and a triathlete. Don’t worry, this is a leisurely trip lasting 2 hours and is guaranteed fabulous! Alternative: A guided trip of the Acropolis will be available if you’ve never seen it.
Lunch today will be at a Classic Greek Taverna near the Plaka, the old part of town at the foot of the Acropolis.
After our lunch a van will pick us up and we’ll travel south through the Northern Peloponnese to the Korinth canal were we’ll stop for a photo op and a quick explanation.
Our next stop will be at the Ancient Amphitheater of Epidavros, the most well -preserved ancient theatre in Greece, constructed in the 4th century BC. Here we’ll take a trip with our English speaking guide.
We’ll arrive to our destination in the late afternoon or early evening and unpack for the next two nights. Napflio is a historic town on the Saronic Gulf and was the original capital of Greece up until the early 19th century.
Time to stretch your legs, walk around town a bit or refresh in your lovely room at the 3-Sixty Hotel. We’ll dine at the top-rated, eco-friendly Aiolos which is only a few minutes walk. This Taverna is completely authentic.
Day 3 June 7, Monday
Today we’ll trip the fortress of Palimidi built in the early 18th century to protect the Greeks from the Turks and the Ottoman Empire. The commanding view of the Saronic Gulf will take your breath away. We’ll enjoy an history trip here with a knowledgeable guide.
Afterwards we’ll continue into the Old City of Napflio to take our “Savor Napflio” Culinary History walking trip which will act as our lunch today.
This afternoon there will be free time to shop at the quaint affordable boutiques which boast Greek designer labels or perhaps pick up some worry bead shops or check out the antiques or art galleries. Take a little break at Arapakos cafe on the sea wall for perfectly grilled octopus or drunken mussels with a glass of wine or sample Ouzo at Karonis Distillery tasting room.
After a rest at our hotel, we’ll head out for a cool cocktail, snacks and a light dinner during our sunset sail with the expert crew at Sail Nafplio. You might even want to jump in for a late afternoon swim!
*For those who still need more of a nibble, we’ll hit the town for a simple meal of Moussaka or homemade grape leaves.
Day 4 June 8, Tuesday
In the morning, we’ll walk over to the Archeological Museum, housed in a splendid Venetian building on Syntagma Square, featuring some of the ancient vestiges of the Paleolithic Era. Close by on the square we can stop for a coffee at Sokaki Cafe, one of the oldest gathering places in the city.
After checking out of our hotel we’ll head further south to our final seaside hotel. Lunch will be at our destination in Porto Heli along the harbor at the Ostria Bar.
We’ll spend the afternoon shopping and exploring the harbor town of Porto Heli where the wealthy Athenians spend their summers which is considered the Riviera of Greece. Keep a lookout for the former King of Greece, Constantine the II keeps a villa here.
In late afternoon we’ll head back to check-in and refresh a bit at our hotel – one of properties belonging to the famous Nikki Beach collection. This 5-star hotel will spoil you with its luxurious spa, its superior design, its 3 bars, lovely pool and lavish amenities.
Dinner will be at the hotel tonight at their rooftop terrace (weather permitting) where we will dine in style at their Japanese Robatayaki (hot coal cooking) and Sushi Restaurant.
Day 5 June 9, Wednesday
Today we’ll learn a bit about our environs. We’ll check-out the local honey combs, discover the olive grove and olive press, and have a tasting at the winery. All of these natural artisans offer small local production with English speaking guides, of course.
Be sure you bring your swimsuit because we’ll be driving to a hidden beach for swimming, relaxation and lunch at a classic seafood focused Taverna.
After the beach, we’ll head back to our hotel for rest and to refresh ourselves. Nikki Beach has a boat dock and the bay is calm, so you might want to try out one of their paddle boards during this or another down-time.
Tonight meal will be at a local taverna on the water very close to to our hotel. Hinitsa Taverna is hyper local, in very scenic and quiet location, and only a 5 minute taxi ride away.
Day 6 June 10, Thursday
Today we’ll get an earlier start by making a stop for delicious coffee and award-winning sweets at Drougas Bakery in Ermioni.
We’ll take a guided trip through the local market where we will pick-up some picnic items. Then, we’ll take the small ferry to Hydra Island.
Once on this delightful island, which is not encumbered by any cars or trucks, we’ll walk up through town up for a Mansion and Museum trip with our friend Anna Maria. Then we will spread out our picnic lunch in the garden on the mansion grounds.
This afternoon we’ll return to town and meet the lovely very Irish Harriett for a horseback ride along the sea wall ending at the beach. From there we’ll take the water taxi back to port. (Alternatives abound for those who are not horsey).
The afternoon is reserved for shopping. We’ll take a trip to Isabella’s jewelry store and check-out the hand-made pottery along the port.
Tonight’s meal will be an early one at the terribly chic Sunset Restaurant with a drop-dead gorgeous view overlooking the port and the island’s fort.
Ferry back to Porto Heli for a peaceful night’s rest at Nikki Beach.
Day 7 June 11, Friday
Today we’ll be able to sleep in and after breakfast at our hotel we’ll take a short ride to our sea taxi which will deposit us onto the tiny and adorable Spetses island just 10 minutes away.
We’ll embark on a mid-morning trip of Boubloulia Museum, which exhibits over 4000 years of the island’s cultural history and is housed in a beautiful mansion, the original home of Lascarina Bouboulina, the female Greek heroine who hails from the island.
After our trip we’ll e-bike around the island to the more deserted side complete with picturesque hidden beaches and tavernas on of which where we’ll stop for lunch. Manolis taverna is your quintessential Greek beach taverna with fresh fish on offer or pasta with a view of the cove beach and the sea. After nourishing ourselves we’ll continueon around the island until we return to the town’s center.
This afternoon we’ll shop and explore the boutiques and galleries at our own pace. Around 5pm we’ll meet up at the imposing 5* Poseidonion Grand Hotel. Theirterraceis ideal at this hour for a refreshment with a gloriously expansive view.
After relaxing we’ll take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the old harbor to Mourayo for early dinner. This lovely restaurant which has been serving since 1975 is an absolute classic. We’ll enjoy our last greek feast together and celebrate new friendships made and a week-full of fun in the sun.
A water taxi with pick us up at Mourayo and return us to Nikki Beach for our slumber.
Day 8 – June 12, Saturday
We sadly must head back to Athens today, but we’ll do it the romantic, fast and easy way, via ferry from Porto Heli. You’ll find sailing home to be quite nice and leisurely, an excellent way to end your trip of this undiscovered corner of Greece.