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16 DESTINATIONS IN GREECE

ATHENS – ANCIENT NEMEA – MYCENAE – NAFPLIO – ANCIENT EPIDAURUS – SPARTA – MONEMVASIA – GYTHEIO – DIROS CAVES – GULF OF KYPARISSIA – ANCIENT OLYMPIA – KALAVRYTA – DIAKOPTO – ANCIENT CORINTH – LOUTRAKI – TEMPLE OF HERA – ATHENS

8 DAYS

PREMIUM QUALITY BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

LUXURY STAY IN 4-5 STAR HOTELS

6 PEOPLE MAX (MORE UPON REQUEST)

ENGLISH-SPEAKING CERTIFIED GUIDE

SEMI-PRIVATE & CHILD-FREE GROUPS (MINIMUM AGE 16)

AVAILABILITY

WEEKLY FROM SEPTEMBER TO MAY

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to a magical trip to Greece! We take you by the hand and lead you into the joyful celebration of Greek life through exploring, adventuring, tasting, and sharing the hidden corners of this magnificent place.

Traveling in Greece does not only include amazing Greek food and wine, it also unwraps unique experiences that make you escape from your comfort zone, create lifetime memories, and broaden your horizons.

As we dive into the extremes of our home country, you will be embraced with an endless source of surprise and fascination. There is no doubt that Greece is much more than just the most beautiful country on earth. It is History, Culture, Nature, a brand new way of living!

As you unwind among its best-kept secrets, this heaven will ignite a sort of awakening and it will inspire and overwhelm you with passion for nature and life.

THE JOURNEY

Our tour to Paradisial Peloponnese starts from Athens, the capital of Civilization and of charming contradictions. We welcome you under the stars, with a dramatic view of the Acropolis and a delicious Greek dinner. The next day, you have a life-changing experience with our in-depth private guided tour of Athens.

We travel to the superb setting of Mycenae, one of the most evocative archaeological sites of the world – part of the Unesco World Heritage List – and taste the exceptional Nemea – Agiorgitiko wine which is adorned by myths. This place and the wines from this place are as ancient as any in the world, perhaps more so and yes…this is indeed the land of Hercules. We furthermore visit Nafplion, the first capital of Greece and one of the most elegant and romantic cities in the country currently. The beautiful old city has a wealth of narrow alleyways and a lovely seafront promenade but the best is perhaps just watching the sun coloring the bay an ecstatic red. The road leads us to the ancient theater of Epidaurus, a one-of-a-kind archaeological site famous for its symmetry and incredible acoustics.

We reach Monemvasia, an exceptionally well-preserved medieval castle well hidden from the land. The unique ambiance of the castle offers the visitor a journey back in time, a benchmark for his traveling experience. Our next destination is Diros Caves, their beautiful shapes formed by the stalactites and stalagmites make a fantastic spectacle as you travel a subterranean river length of 1,600 m.

Ancient Olympia, the sanctuary of Zeus and birthplace of the Olympic Games, hides amazing antiquities and a landscape of great natural beauty. It is magically beautiful at sunrise, the light of the low sun like liquid gold beaming through the cypress trees. You will be fascinated by Kalavryta with its fir-covered slopes, famous monasteries, and vertiginous Vouraikos Canyon which is among the Global Network of Geo-parks and a geological monument of world heritage. You can admire this natural richness by enjoying a magical journey with the cog railway.

We touch the unfolding beauty of Ancient Corinth, surrounded by fertile plains and blessed with natural springs, and then we reach Loutraki, the oldest bath city in Greece dating back to antiquity and the favorite city of the Gods. Finally, we dive into the kalos of the Temple of Hera, a magnificent unspoiled place of tranquility and spirituality, before we head back to Athens.

PERSONAL MANAGER
CERTIFIED GUIDE
LUXURY HOTELS
FULL BOARD DAILY
WINE TASTING
COOKING LESSONS
PRIVATE MINIVAN
PRIVATE TOURS
MUSEUM TICKETS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
CREDIT & BANK FEES
Off-the-beaten-track itinerary
Walk through history with our private guided tours
Visit the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia
Spend a night in the medieval castle of Monemvasia
Discover the unearthly world of Diros

Level 1: Flat route and leisurely walks

Level 2: Well-established footpaths and a few short hilly sections

Level 3: Uneven rural paths and a few sections over rough ground

A detailed description of each day’s pace level can be found under our weekly plan.

OUR WEEKLY PLAN

(Friday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 1

(Saturday) - ATHENS

Pace level: 3

(Sunday) - NEMEA, MYCENAE & NAFPLIO

Pace level: 2

(Monday) - ANCIENT EPIDAURUS & MONEMVASIA

Pace level: 3

(Tuesday) - CAVES OF DIROS & KYPARISSIA BAY

Pace level: 2

(Wednesday) - ANCIENT OLYMPIA & KALAVRYTA

Pace level: 2

(Thursday) - ANCIENT CORINTH & LOUTRAKI

Pace level: 2

(Friday) - TEMPLE OF HERA & ATHENS

Pace level: 3

TOUR INFORMATION

Traveling with children

We always keep a calm atmosphere so that all people within the group can relax and learn from the useful information provided by the tour guide, therefore we have an age requirement: 16 and above. This is also the policy of some of the hotels we stay in. In case you travel with children, tailor-made trips can be planned for your group. Please send us your request.

Traveling with pets

No pets allowed.

Traveling solo

All hotel rooms provided are twins, double, or triple and the tour price is room-based with a minimum of 2 people per room. For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of 500.

Traveling in a group

All hotel rooms provided are twins, double, or triple and the tour price is room-based with a minimum of 2 people per room. In case you are three people, it is advisable to book a triple room. If you are a family of more than three people, you will be placed in one of the above room types or you will have the possibility to be upgraded to a family suite, depending on each hotel’s availability. Please send us your request by the time of booking.

Physical Demands

While this isn’t a rigorous trip and time to relax is incorporated into the itinerary, please understand that it is an active trip and involves a lot of walking. If you have mobility issues or concerns, please check with us ahead of booking to determine if this trip is right for you. A detailed description of each day’s pace level can be found under our weekly plan.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed inside our vehicles, the archaeological sites, museums, and restaurants we visit. Generally, it is also not allowed on hotel premises but you can smoke on your balcony.

Payment Methods

Kindly note that full payment of the tour is required at the time of booking if the selected tour starts in less than 30 days. In any other case, you have the option to pay a deposit equal to 50% of the total cost and the final payment upon your arrival.

We offer three payment methods: online payments, bank transfers, and payment links.

  • If you wish to make an online payment, please note that we accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and MAESTRO cards.
  • If you wish to pay by bank transfer, you will have an option to submit the payment receipt and your transaction ID from your bank, on your dashboard page. Please wait for the verification process after submitting the receipt. Your booking will be automatically canceled if the payment is not processed within 7 days.

PICTOURS OF GREECE does not charge any additional fees for using VISA, MASTERCARD, or MAESTRO cards, when you pay with GooglePay, or when you choose to pay by bank transfer for our tours. Therefore for bank transfers feel free to choose BEN (beneficiary).

For more information about payments, deadlines, and cancellation fees please see our Terms & Conditions.

Cancellation Policy

In case you decide to cancel or change your booking in any way (your chosen departure date, passenger’s name, etc), please note that a fee will be payable unless your request is sent 30 days prior to departure. Any request must be made in writing.

Days prior to Departure / Fee as per % of the paid amount

>30 0%

30 and =<21 20%

21 and =<14 30%

14 and =<7 40%

>7 and =<1 50%

Non-show 100%

For more information about payments, deadlines, and cancellation fees please see our Terms & Conditions.

Travel Insurance

All our packages are covered by a Travel Insurance program that includes covers for common situations such as trip cancellation, travel delays, or the loss/delay of luggage and/or documents, as well as 24/7 medical assistance providing help in case of any emergency during the trip.

Hygiene Measures

Our vehicles are thoroughly sanitized prior to the start of the tour and we will be cleaning and disinfect all surfaces on a daily basis. Furthermore, we offer hand sanitizer throughout the whole tour. All our accommodation and restaurant partners follow hygiene protocols, appropriate physical distancing of tables, in the lobby, and other public areas. All museums and sites we will visit during the tour are now fully complying with the hygiene standards.

COVID-19 Information

All our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For the safety of our customers, each participant should be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the start of the tour. You will be requested to present your vaccination certificate upon your arrival.

Visa Information

Greece tourist visa is required in some cases depending on your country of origin. Please check at https://greece.visahq.com/

Currency Information

The EURO (€) is the official currency of Greece as part of the European Union.

Dietary Requirements

Our tours basically focus on authentic local Greek food which is one of the main aspects of the total experience offered. However, in case some of our clients have special food requirements we can provide vegetarian meals. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about food, we shall make our best to please you.

Weather

Before you pack for the trip please check the average weather conditions and bring the appropriate clothing with you.

What you Should Bring

Here is a rundown of what items you may want to pack:

Lightweight clothing that can be layered

Long-sleeved shirts

Sweaters or fleece jacket

Comfortable walking shoes

Hat or sun visor

Electric converters and adapters. In Greece, the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Please note that a raincoat or an umbrella will be offered to each participant in case of rain.

Arrival Information

When you book your flight tickets to Athens, please keep in mind that this tour starts on Friday afternoon at 7 pm at your hotel, (Parthenonos str 19-25, 11742 Athens), where your tour guide will offer you a welcome meeting and later on your first Greek dining experience. If you arrive earlier, you will be able to check in after 3 pm – the front desk receptionist will guide you.

Kindly note that you have always the option to add our extra service of a private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Athens, no matter what time you will be landing. If you do so, please add a note with the arrival time and the code of your flight when you book one of our trip packages or send us an email, at least two days before your arrival. Our private driver will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport, holding a placard with our company’s logo and your name on it.

A voucher will be sent to you at least one week prior to your arrival.

Should you experience any arrival complications please call our emergency number: 0030 6972026519 (24/7).

Departure Information

When you book your flight tickets back to your country, please keep in mind that this tour ends on Friday afternoon at 4 pm, when the minivan reaches the central square of Athens, Syntagma. Due to the fact that you need at least one hour and a half to reach the international airport of Athens, it is advisable to book your return flight after 7:30 pm or arrange to stay one more night in Athens. Should you need any hotel recommendations, please feel free to contact us.

Kindly note that you have always the option to add our extra service of a private transfer back to the airport. If you do so, please add a note with the departure time, the code of your return flight, and the name of your hotel, when you book one of our trip packages or send us an email, at least two days before your arrival. Our private driver will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby, holding a placard with our company’s logo and your name on it.

Accommodation

In Athens, our guests stay in Divani Palace Acropolis, a modern 5-star hotel for two nights, located in the heart of the city with unique views of the Acropolis.

In any other destination in Greece, our guests stay in traditional 4 or 5-star hotels, excluding Monemvasia where the accommodation is offered inside a castle built in 1540AD, offering an experience of a lifetime.

Luggage

For reasons of travel flexibility, it would be advisable that your luggage pieces may not be large as we often change destinations.

Meals

A traditional Greek breakfast made with local products is offered daily at your hotel. Lunch and dinner made of traditional Greek recipes are offered daily at high-end restaurants or in wineries and hotels privately. For more information, please see the daily description of our journeys. Although all our menus are plenty, extra dishes can be obtained at your own extra cost. Drinks are not included.

Transportation

For our group’s transportation, we cooperate with leading private operators all over Greece, with the most modern fleet of minivans. Highly experienced staff perpetuates commitment to quality in service and safety in transportation. All minivans are fully air-conditioned, feature comfortable seats, and have large panoramic windows.

Guide

The guide is English-speaking, certified to offer private tours in museums and archaeological sites. The guide has excellent knowledge of Ancient and Modern Greek history and stays with the group throughout the whole trip.

For tailor-made trips, you can request a guide speaking in your own language.

Museum Tickets

All museum tickets are included in our trip packages. If you belong in one of the Free or Reduced admission categories below, please request an equal refund in cash from your tour guide.

Free Admission

Members of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and equivalent Chambers of member-states of the EU, upon presentation of their membership card

Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS, upon presentation of their membership card

Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes, Military Schools or equivalent Schools of EU member states, as well as Schools of Guides, upon presentation of their student identity card

Young people, up to the age of 18, upon presentation of their Identity Card or passport for age confirmation.

Reduced Admission

Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin

Students of University – Higher Education Institutes, Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent Schools of countries from outside the European Union, upon presentation of their student ID cards

Group Size

The maximum group size is 6 people. If you wish to run the tour as private, or if you are a bigger group of people, please send us a request.

Safety and Medical Information

Our staff will have a first aid kit and medical information for each participant. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Emergencies will be handled with due urgency and care. Of course, an emergency may incur additional costs to the participant which are beyond our control.

Reviews

You are able to leave us a review describing your personal experience after completing one of our trip packages, only by login to your account, in order to protect our website against fake reviews.

Tipping Information

If you are pleased with our services you can tip your tour guide and your manager separately at the end of the trip.

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Pete & Ellis (USA)

Couple Traveller

Every aspect of this trip was fantastic, including the accommodations, the food and the historical sites that we visited such as the Acropolis, ancient Mycenae, Epidaurus and Olympia. Our friendly tour operator, George, made sure that everything ran very smoothly and efficiently while still enjoying a relaxed, unhurried pace. Our knowledgeable guide, Babis, entertained and informed us with interesting stories about Greek culture, mythology and history. All of the accommodations were very comfortable and each offered something unique, ranging from the opulent hotel in Athens with great views of the Parthenon and the Temple of Zeus, to the charming turn of the century seaside inn at Nafplion, to a medieval castle in Monemvasia with a great view of the Aegean Sea. We enjoyed delicious, plentiful meals every day at authentic Greek restaurants, many of which were at beautiful seaside locations. The tour also featured unique attractions like the very memorable waterway tour of the Diros caves with its many stalactites and stalagmites. All in all, Pictours of Greece’s Paradisial Peloponnese tour richly deserves its 5 star rating.

November 13, 2022

Amy Mosquera

Group Traveller

This was the perfect tour from beginning to end! We wanted to review this tour because of the outstanding personnel attention to detail that George provided. From the amazing restaurants, food selections, hotels and destinations, every decision was planned with care. Our guide Stevie was also incredible, she simplified the confusing world of Greek Mythology with a sense of humor. We all had a wonderful time, learned a lot and laughed even more!

September 27, 2021

Emily A (USA)

Group Traveller

I cannot wait to encourage our friends to book with you! We were given a memorable tour and we were treated to real experiences. We feel so lucky to have found George!

September 20, 2021

Larry A (USA)

Group Traveller

Major highlights were: each meal being preplanned and designed to sample all different, unique foods; having the guide be able to fully explain each area we saw; adapting to our interests. The combination of museum tours and walking tours was perfect! George and Stevie made this tour!

September 20, 2021

Jose M (USA)

Family Traveller

There were so many highlights, including the exceptional and personal service! The Acropolis & Olympia were two favorites, but eating the most delicious food was hard to beat. All in all, the tour was way above average and the attention to detail was fantastic!

September 18, 2021
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