An Adventure in the Peloponnese
This action-packed, six-day trip to the glorious Greek Peloponnese has it all. Based in unspoilt, wild and mountainous Arcadia, you'll get to explore the area with fun activities before relaxing in a boutique hotel and having your fill of delicious, authentic Greek cuisine. An adventure you'll never forget.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Explore beautiful Levidi on your own fun ATV tour
- Get back to nature with a hike in the spectacular Lousios Gorge
- Enjoy an adrenaline-rush as you raft through the rapids in the River of Zeus
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Day 1: Welcome to Greece
Once you land in Kalamata, it's an hour-and-a-half drive to your guesthouse in Levidi. We can help you book a hire car so that you're ready to start your adventure as soon as you land.
Check into your beautiful guesthouse and freshen up before our Concierge fills you in on what you have to look forward to over the next five days.
Spend the rest of your day relaxing in the pool, taking in the incredible views of the surrounding area and its picturesque pine-clad mountains, before enjoying some fine-dining at the hotel.
Day 2: Heading Off-Road
Start the day with an indulgent Greek breakfast at your guesthouse - fill up on olive bread, local cheese and cold meats, or go for creamy Greek yoghurt, drizzled with honey and topped with fresh fruit.
Once you've had your fill, your guide will pick you up to take you on a fun ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) tour around Levidi. Hop in your quad and follow your guide off-road for a unique, hour-long sightseeing experience, driving around charming, traditional mountain villages, idyllic lakes, fragrant forests and ancient Greek monuments. Whether you're a total beginner or an experienced driver, you'll have no problems getting to grips with your own quad - in fact, you might be quite reluctant to say goodbye to it at the end of your adventure.
In the afternoon, take a trip to Kapsia Cave, a spectacular subterranean world made up of dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. So far around 6,500sqm of the cave has been explored, with findings including Neolithic fossils and lamps dating back to the 4th century A.C. The otherworldly landscape manages to be both eerie and beautiful, and it's an experience that will stay with you for a long time.
There's time to chill out, before a leisurely dinner with some excellent local Mantineia wine.
Day 3: Hiking in Lousios
After breakfast, your local guide will meet you at the guesthouse and you'll be driven to the pretty village of Stemnitsa, to start a spectacular guided hike along the Lousios Gorge trail paths.
The gorge is a dream come true for walkers and everywhere you look you're greeted with jaw-dropping views. There's a chance to visit some of the secluded, centuries-old monasteries precariously perched along the sides of the gorge, walk past old water mills and even the ancient city of Gortys. Wild, untouched and utterly beautiful, it's a real slice of Greek paradise and the perfect place to enjoy an al-fresco picnic in the sun, before being driven back to your hotel.
You have the rest of the afternoon free to wander around Levidi - you're guaranteed a very warm welcome as your explore the village - or relax at the hotel.
Day 4: Ready, Steady, Raft!
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the guesthouse before meeting your guide and heading off towards the Lousios river for a morning of rafting.
The River of Zeus, so-called because legend has it this is where Zeus, the father of the Olympian gods, bathed after his birth, has stunning crystal-clear waters just waiting to be explored. Led by your expert guide, you'll navigate moderate rapids as you raft along this hidden natural paradise, taking in the sights while getting an addictive adrenalin-rush. We'll put on lunch at the rafting base, then drive you back to your hotel, where you can put your feet up.
Day 5: A Culture Hit
You can't come all the way to Greece without experiencing its fascinating history, so today there's a chance to visit Ancient Mycenae on a behind-the-scenes tour - one of the most important archaeological sites in the country.
You'll be chauffeured to Mycenae in the northeast Peloponnese, for a day exploring the atmospheric hilltop ruins of this ancient site at your leisure. Mycenae was a major centre of Greek civilisation from 1600 to 1100 B.C. and there's a lot to see today. The Lion Gate - imposing gates, guarding the entrance to the old citadel, the Palace of Mycenae and the Tomb of Agamemnon are all well worth a look, to get a feel for what this powerful kingdom was once like. After you've had your fill of ancient Greek culture, we'll transport you back to the hotel for your last night.
Day 6: Time to Go Home
Your adventure-packed holiday to the Peloponnese has to come to an end, sadly, so today enjoy your last breakfast feast before checking out of your hotel. We'll help you arrange transport back to Kalamata airport, where you'll catch your flight back home.
Francesca, Arran and Kate L are our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.