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7-day itinerary in Greece for a perfect summer

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Greece is one of the most popular travel destinations for a Mediterranean summer. It has hidden treasures you can discover whether you're a seasoned hiker, a culture chaser or a foodie (like me!). Hiking the tallest mountains in the Peloponnese, paddling on the speechless Mani Peninsula, or just sipping some of the finest wines the country will make you fall in love with this fantastic country.

The best time to visit is probably September or early October. According to this travel microblog, it's also when the prices are the lowest (this post mentions Santorini but it's the same for the entire region).

I was there 2 weeks and I can tell you: some trails were packed with tourists... Maybe I was unlucky :'(

Day 1: Athens

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Oh my! Athens is fantastic! I think you can easily get lost if you don't have a plan in mind. even if a lot of blogs are telling you to "lose yourself", I wouldn't recommend doing that. Make sure you know what you want to do, otherwise you'll get frustrated. For this first day, I suggest to wander in the Anafiotika neighborhood, next to the wonderful Acropolis.


Day 2: Kayaking in the Lousios River

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Go to Arcadia. Once you are at the Lousios River, get prepared for some water splashing. Raft through speechless gorges to Alfios River, you'll be greeted with breathtaking waterfalls and ancient bridges.

In the afternoon, get some refreshments in the village and head back to Stemnitsa for lunch. This picturesque village sits in the green hillside of Mt Mainalon. You'll thank me later ;)

Day 3: Dimitsana Trek

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Mark this day as your first hiking day! Get hiking boots (don't make the mistake to put on running shoes, the trail is pretty rocky and uneven).
Start your trek from Dimitsana and find your way through thick vegetation and narrow paths surrounded by imposing mountains. Along the way, take a quick break at the 10th-century Prodromos Monastery. Then go back to Dimitsana and head to Kardamyli - another medieval place where ancient monasteries and tower houses will offer you plenty of opportunities to take photos.

Day 4: Kardamyli

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Today, wake up early, wear your hiking boots and bring your swimsuit because what you're about to see is fantastic (and also you want to keep your afternoon free for some kayaking): Viros Gorge. I'd write a song for Viros Gorge (even if I'm a terrible writer and a worse singer). This gorge is fantastic and you will find yourself "wowing" multiple times. I don't have enough words to describe it - sorry :'(. The gorge starts at the foot of Mt. Profitis Ilias and runs to Kardamyli. Cypress trees are everywhere, surrounding stone villages and historic churches.

If you're not tired after this hike (2-3 hours), you're ready to kayak on Mani in the afternoon. There are many hidden caves hot pools and water holes. Don't hesitate to stop and swim - it's so relaxing.

For your last days in Greece, you have only two stops left: Kardamyli and Athens.

Day 5: Kardamyli Road Trip

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On your last full day in Greece, it's time to visit Diros Cave on a half-hour boat ride. It's an underground lake lined with incredible stalactites. The ghost-village of Vathia you'll stop at has 16th-century houses and towers that will give you a few ideas for an horror-movie script.

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After that refreshing stop, continue your walk to Cape Tenaro for a very short hike. At the end of the hike you'll see a cave where sits the Gates of Hades. Beyond Cape Tenaro, a lighthouse will open your view to the marvelous Cretan Sea

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Day 6 & 7: Athens

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You'll have two days for the Acropolis and so much more.

Visit the Parthenon, temple where Athena enchanted its visitors since its construction dated back in 438 BC.

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After this fill of culture and history, explore the Tower of the Winds, then stroll down Aiolou Street to stop at shops and cafes. Relax, these are your last days so take it easy ;)

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The Monastiraki flea market has probably a few souvenirs you'd like to buy. That's how I've spent my last day in Athens, along with some lazy walks in the city with ice-creams

Posted by sam_travels 01:34 Archived in Greece Tagged greece hiking athens kardamyli dimitsana prodromos lousios

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