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Greece+Albania off-season UNESCO sites tour 22 days from Athens. Visit most of UNESCO Greece mainland and Albania sites.


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The tour will start and finish in Athens (Greece) and will take 22 days (21 nights). During this tour you will visit Corinth, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Mycenae, Argos, Sparta, Mystras, Kalamata, Messene, Olympia, Patras, Rio, Nafpaktos, Mesolongi, Arta, Butrint, Lëkurësi, Porto Palermo, Apollonia, Berat, Gjirokastër, Ioannina, Meteora, Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae, Delphi, Hosios Loukas, Livadeia located in Greece, Albania.

Overall, with this tour you will visit 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 sites currently on the UNESCO Tentative List (sites that were submitted to the World Heritage Committee, and are awaiting to consider for nomination, and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List).





This page describes details of the multiday private car tour #145 offered by Monterrasol Travel. The company, Monterrasol Travel, is an independent tour operator specialized in cultural and destination tourism. This tour has been developed by Monterrasol Travel based on its own experiences and belongs to the group of private car tours with pre-designed itineraries. If you like this tour but you would like to change something, please do not hesitate to contact us and mention the ID number of this tour: #145. The custom itinerary will cost you nothing, it's free from our side.



Tour itinerary

Tour start in: Athens, Greece

day 1: travel to Corinth canal, visit Corinth canal landmark, travel to Corinth to see Corinth archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Epidaurus to see Epidaurus coastal town, accommodation in Epidaurus
day 2: visit Epidaurus archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Nafplio and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Nafplio, accommodation in Nafplio
day 3: travel to Mycenae, visit Mycenae archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Argos to see Argos archaeological site, travel to Tiryns to see Tiryns archaeological site, travel to Nafplio for accommodation
day 4: visit Nafplio castle, travel to Tripoli to see Tripoli cathedral, travel to Sparta to see Sparta archaeological site, accommodation in Sparta
day 5: travel to Mystras, visit Mystras ancient settlement (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Kalamata to see Kalamata cathedral, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Kalamata, accommodation in Kalamata
day 6: travel to Messene, visit Messene archaeological site, travel to Olympia and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Olympia, accommodation in Olympia
day 7: visit Olympia archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Patras to see Patras cathedral, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Patras, accommodation in Patras
day 8: visit Patras fortress, travel to Antirrio to see Antirrio fortress, travel to Nafpaktos and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Nafpaktos, accommodation in Nafpaktos
day 9: visit Nafpaktos fortress, travel to Mesolongi to see Mesolongi landmark, travel to Iniades to see Iniades archaeological site, travel to Arta for accommodation
day 10: visit Arta fortress, visit Arta museum, travel to Parga and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Parga, accommodation in Parga
day 11: visit Parga fortress, travel to Sarande and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Sarande, accommodation in Sarande
day 12: travel to Butrint, visit Butrint archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage), visit Butrint fortress, travel to Lekuresi to see Lekuresi castle, travel to Sarande for accommodation
day 13: travel to Porto Palermo, visit Porto Palermo castle, travel to Vlore and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Vlore, accommodation in Vlore
day 14: travel to Apollonia, visit Apollonia archaeological site (UNESCO tentative list), travel to Berat and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Berat, accommodation in Berat
day 15: visit Berat castle (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Gjirokaster and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Gjirokaster, accommodation in Gjirokaster
day 16: visit Gjirokaster fortress, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Gjirokaster, travel to Ioannina for accommodation
day 17: travel to Dodoni, visit Dodoni archaeological site (UNESCO tentative list), travel to Ioannina to see Ioannina castle, visit Ioannina museum, accommodation in Ioannina
day 18: travel to Meteora, visit Meteora monastery (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Kalampaka and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Kalampaka, accommodation in Kalampaka
day 19: travel to Meteora, visit Meteora monastery, travel to Kalampaka to see Kalampaka museum, for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Kalampaka, accommodation in Kalampaka
day 20: travel to Trikala, visit Trikala castle, travel to Lamia to see Lamia castle, travel to Loutra Ypatis and for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Loutra Ypatis, accommodation in Loutra Ypatis
day 21: travel to Thermopylae, visit Thermopylae monument, travel to Delphi to see Delphi archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage), for the rest of the day enjoy free time in Delphi, accommodation in Delphi
day 22: travel to Hosios Loukas, visit Hosios Loukas monastery (UNESCO World Heritage), travel to Livadeia to see Livadeia medieval old town, return to Athens

Tour finish in: Athens, Greece

Planned distance of this tour: 1994 km.



Places on the route

Corinth, Greece

Known for ancient theatre, archaeological site, beach, bridge, coastal town, fortress, landmark, viewpoint.

The Corinth currently mean few important places. Before all, it is two cities, Corinth (as modern city) and Ancient Corinth, brothers, one with shops and long sandy beach, and other, smaller, with ancient ruins. Exist also so called Acrocorinth, the acropolis of Ancient Corinth, which is a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth. Currently, Acrocorinth is one of the most important medieval fortress sites of Greece. And last, exist the Corinth Canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island.



Epidaurus, Greece

Known for ancient theatre, archaeological site. UNESCO World Heritage.

Epidaurus was a small town (polis) in ancient Greece, on the Argolid Peninsula at the Saronic Gulf. Two modern towns bear the name Epidavros: Palaia Epidavros and Nea Epidavros. Since 2010 they belong to the new municipality of Epidaurus, part of the regional unit of Argolis.



Nafplio, Greece

Known for beach, coastal town, fortress, marina, viewpoint. UNESCO tentative list.

Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. To the Nafplio belong 2 castles and his center is old fortified town.



Mycenae, Greece

Known for ancient settlement, archaeological site, viewpoint. UNESCO World Heritage.

Mycenae is an archaeological site near Mykines in Argolis, north-eastern Peloponnese, Greece. It is located about 120 kilometers south-west of Athens and is UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Argos, Greece

Known for ancient settlement, ancient theatre, archaeological site, castle, orthodox cathedral. UNESCO tentative list.

According to mythology, it is considered the most ancient city of the world. Built at the center of the fertile Argolic plain, along with Thebes, it was the most powerful city of Ancient Greece. Argos, one of the beauties of the famous Peloponnese, is an enchanting destination just a stone’s throw from Athens. The surrounding area has plenty of other sights as well.



Sparta, Greece

Known for ancient settlement, archaeological site.

As the great rival of Athens in ancient Greece, Sparta prided itself on the iron-hearted warrior culture that remained the backbone of their civilization. Ancient Sparta was mostly a military city-state. The Spartans believed that their purpose was to become strong soldiers and protect their homeland even with their lives. A Spartan should be strong in body, healthy in mind and brave in character.



Mystras, Greece

Known for ancient settlement, medieval old town, viewpoint, orthodox monastery. UNESCO World Heritage.

Mystras is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Mystras is situated on the slopes of Taygetos Mountain, near Sparta. Mystras served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Kalamata, Greece

Known for beach, castle, museum, orthodox cathedral.

Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula (southern Greece) and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. Kalamata is renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance and Kalamata olives.



Messene, Greece

Known for ancient settlement, ancient theatre, archaeological site, landmark, viewpoint. UNESCO tentative list.

The vast Archaeological Site of Ancient Messene, relatively new, has been largely excavated and restored to the point that is one of most impressive sites in Greece. Highlights are the theater, the stadium, the gymnasium architectural complex and the Hellenistic sanctuary of Asclepius among others.



Olympia, Greece

Known for archaeological site, museum. UNESCO World Heritage.

Olympia is a small town on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. Olympia is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Patras, Greece

Known for archaeological site, beach, castle, coastal town, museum, seaport, viewpoint, winery, orthodox cathedral.

Patras is Greece's third-largest city and the regional capital of Western Greece, in the northern Peloponnese, 215 km west of Athens. The city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras. The core settlement has a history spanning for four millenniums; in the Roman period it had become a cosmopolitan center of the eastern Mediterranean whilst, according to the Christian tradition, it was also the place where Saint Andrew was crucified. Patras and its region is home to various Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine Monuments, including the Roman Odeon, the Fortress of Rio and the Fortress of Patras.



Rio, Greece

Known for beach, bridge, coastal town, fortress, seaport, viewpoint.

Rio is a town in the suburbs of Patras and is the northernmost municipal unit of the Peloponnese peninsula, Greece. Rio has been a strategic point since antiquity. From early 19th century at the cape over Rio is located an old Turkish castle (the "Castle of the Morea").



Nafpaktos, Greece

Known for beach, castle, coastal town, marina.

Nafpaktos, also known as Lepanto during part of its history, is one of Greece's most beautiful beach towns, located on a bay on the north coast of the Gulf of Corinth. Nafpaktos will seduce you with its traditional character and peaceful atmosphere.



Mesolongi (Messolonghi), Greece

Known for beach, coastal town, lake, landmark, wildlife.

The Messolonghi Lagoons complex, classified as a national park, is not only one the most important wetlands in the Mediterranean, protected by the Ramsar Convention and included in the Natura 2000 network, but also one of the richest natural fish production centers of the country which is formed between the deltas of the Acheloos and Evinos rivers. The site is important for breeding, staging and wintering waterbirds and exhibits a considerable degree of endemism in plant and fish species. Wintering birds include the globally threatened Pelecanus crispus. Messolonghi Lagoon is a favourite birding destination all year round.



Arta, Greece

Known for bridge, byzantine empire, castle, museum, orthodox cathedral.

Arta is a city in northwestern Greece, and was known in ancient times as Ambracia. Arta is known for the medieval bridge over the Arachthos River, for well-preserved 13th-century castle. Byzantine period in Arta's history is reflected in its many Byzantine churches.



Ioannina, Greece

Known for ancient settlement, fortress, lake, museum, park, venetian empire, orthodox monastery.

The charming Ioannina, the capital and largest city of the Epirus region, with a picturesque historic center, a castle built in 528 AD that is the oldest Byzantine fortress in the country, among other landmarks worth discovering, is a great year-round destination. Undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric cities in this corner of the country, Ioannina is set on the shore of Lake Pamvotida.



Meteora, Greece

Known for landmark, nature, viewpoint, orthodox monastery. UNESCO World Heritage.

The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.



Trikala, Greece

Known for castle, park.

Trikala is a city with a rich history and a gateway into the mountainous region of northwestern Greece.



Lamia, Greece

Known for castle.

Lamia, a vibrant and lively city all year-round. The city is famous for its castle located on a rocky hill that offers great views and its local cuisine, among other things. Lamia is also the gateway to Iti National Park.



Thermopylae, Greece

Known for landmark, monument.

The Spartan king Leonidas and the historic Battle of Thermopylae.



Delphi, Greece

Known for ancient theatre, archaeological site, museum. UNESCO World Heritage.

This day we will visit the impressive Archaeological Site of Delphi, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site, set at the foot of Mount Parnassos. The Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi is home to the most famous oracle of ancient Greece that welcomed kings and commoners, coming from across the ancient world to hear from the oracle of god Apollo. Considered the center of the world in ancient times, Delphi was the cultural and religious hub of the Hellenic civilization.



Hosios Loukas, Greece

Known for orthodox monastery. UNESCO World Heritage.

Hosios Loukas is a historic walled monastery situated near the town of Distomo in Greece. It is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.



Livadeia, Greece

Known for castle, medieval old town, river, waterfall.

An ancient mountainous town, mentioned by Homer, that participated in the War of Troy and home of the famed Oracle of Trofonios Zeus, close to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites and a lot more. Delightful location, regardless the time of the year.





Border crossing for this trip

This route require border crossing. You must have valid travel document with you. Please check with your embassy which documents are requested for border crossing to Albania.



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Last updated on: 20 March 2020

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€ 5,561

€ 7,086

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€ 4,491

€ 5,458

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€ 4,316

€ 5,262

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€ 4,148

€ 5,073

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€ 3,986

€ 4,890

The max amount of people in this tour: 5

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Towns and places on the route

Argos, Greece

Arta, Greece

Corinth, Greece

Delphi, Greece

Epidaurus, Greece

Hosios Loukas, Greece

Ioannina, Greece

Kalamata, Greece

Lamia, Greece

Livadeia, Greece

Mesolongi, Greece

Messene, Greece

Meteora, Greece

Mycenae, Greece

Mystras, Greece

Nafpaktos, Greece

Nafplio, Greece

Olympia, Greece

Patras, Greece

Rio, Greece

Sparta, Greece

Thermopylae, Greece

Trikala, Greece





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• transport with driver

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• tour director all time with you

• transportation for your group only, no foreigners

• accommodation in *** hotels or pensions

• accommodation in double rooms

• accommodation with breakfast only

• english spoken driver and tour director





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• accommodation in single rooms

• hotel tourist tax

• professional tour guide

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