Porto Heli & Spetses Holiday
Porto Heli > Spetses
7 Night Porto Heli & Spetses Holiday
Porto Heli at the coastline of Peloponnese and Spetses island in the Saronic islands
are two of the most cosmopolitan destinations in Greece.
A long list with things to see and do as you discover some of Greece’s best secrets
like archaeological sights, day trips to smaller islands, Monemvasia and Nafplio together with extraordinary food and wine tasting.
Enjoy stunning coastlines, swimming in crystal clear blue water and spectacular day trips to unique sights and castle towns along the way.
- Private luxury transfers throughout the trip
- 3 Nights in Porto Heli in a 5 star hotel with breakfast or villa
- Private sea transfer from Porto Heli to Spetses
- 4 Nights in Spetses in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
- 24/7 Concierge service throughout your trip
- UK flights can be arranged at a supplement from a variety of UK airports
- Price per person based on low season departures. Prices may be higher during peak Summer months.
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Located in the Peloponnese, a scenic two-and-a-half hour drive from Athens in an area referred to as the “Peloponnesian Riviera,” Porto Heli is a cosmopolitan destination known for its yacht-filled marinas, magnificent summer villas, luxurious hotels, and lavish resorts. It enjoys a sun-kissed Mediterranean landscape dotted with magnificent summer villas, lavish resorts, and yacht-filled marinas. The town evolved from a sleepy fishing village into what today is a glamorous spot for tourists with its hopping nightlife, elegant eateries serving gourmet cuisine, impressive scenery, and outdoor adventure.
Once a little fishing village with a tiny natural harbor, Porto Heli is a town that’s become famous worldwide. As it sits on the Peloponnese Peninsula, linked to the mainland by a bridge, it can easily be reached by car from the mainland as well as by water taxi or ferry. Set in a nearly enclosed bay it hosts a large marina that’s well-protected from winds, where luxurious yachts, can be seen sailing in and out across the crystal-clear turquoise waters that are also dotted with Riva classics and handcrafted Greek fishing boats. Visitors can enjoy many recreational activities both on and in the water, including diving, with opportunities to view abundant marine life, including large fish and colorful sponges. Swimming is a favorite pastime too along with sunset watching when every evening a dazzling array of colors is splashed across the sea.
As one of the most luxurious destinations in Greece, there is no shortage of upscale shops and top-notch restaurants, in fact, some have referred to Porto Heli as a foodie paradise, a place where it’s virtually impossible to have a bad meal. The olive oil, olives, honey, cheese, fish and wine they serve typically comes from this very region. Visitors can also enjoy exploring archaeological finds from the town and acropolis of ancient Halieis on display in museums nearby.
Experiences in Porto Heli
Day tour to Nafplio and Mycenae
A private or semi private tour on a luxurious rib or even a traditional fishing boat is the best way to explore the wonderful coastline of Peloponnese. Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, is one of the most beautiful sea side towns in Greece with a magnificent castle on the top. Get to Nafplio by a boat of your choice and spend the day or afternoon walking around the wonderful pedestrian streets of the old town or enjoy a cocktail watching the sunset at one of the elegant cocktail bars by the sea.
Monemvasia on a luxurious rib boat
One of the most romantic escape is the medieval castle town of Monemvasia in the south edge of Peloponnese peninsula. Experience a unique private day trip to Monemvasia from Porto Heli on a luxurious rib boat, swim at secluded beaches along the way and take an optional tour by a professional guide in the castle town to learn more about its fascinating history and architecture.
Wine Tasting in Nemea
Nemea is the region where the best red wine of Greece is born every year since the old times. Take a tour to the small family owned boutique wineries of Nemea, taste amazing indigenous wine, taste the local products and delis and learn about the unique history of Greek wine and its origins.
Day tour to Ancient Nemea
A private tour offers a full day of fascinating history and picturesque sites. You’ll pass through scenic countryside, before you reach the one of its kind archaeological sight of Ancient Nemea. According to the Greek Mythology Heracles overcame the lion of Nemea. Apart of the importance of the sight, you will enjoy the scenic drive along the vine yards in the area. You can also combine the tour with a visit to the Corinth Canal.
The island of aromas, Spetses is blanketed with pine-covered hills, while lemon trees dot winding lanes and the scent of the salty sea wafts through the air. The Venetians named it “Speciz” which translates to “spice,” due to its position on a major spice route. It’s practically vehicle-free, with cars banned on the island’s town. While some get around by motorcycle, many get around via horse and buggy, bicycle or their own two feet. It’s everything an idyllic island retreat should be: postcard-perfect beaches, authentic wooden fishing boats, and fishermen selling their fresh catch while people enjoy dining on the fresh catch at one of the outstanding restaurants along the seaside promenade.
In antiquity, Spetses was called Pityoussa, or the “Pine Tree” island. It almost lost its pines when over the centuries they became the hulls and masts for successive fleets of commercial, military and fishing vessels. Thanks to a local philanthropist who purchased more than half the island in the early 1900s, replanting barren slopes with pine trees, the island retains its wonderful piney scent and lush appearance. The island’s groves of pine trees and its magnificent architecture are considered its greatest treasures. One of the most elegant Greek islands, Spetses flourished greatly from its marine and cultural traditions between the 17th– and 19th-centuries, as one can see in its many architectural gems. The capital is characterized by cobbled streets lined with aristocratic facades and mansions with pebbled yards, contrasting with the Cycladic whitewashed style. Gorgeous Neoclassical buildings rise over fine marble squares, with many homes influenced significantly by the Venetians during the Renaissance period.
This island enjoys a surprisingly authentic charm, having remained practically undiscovered by visitors despite being just a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus. Spectacular nature, postcard-perfect beaches and a rich, complex history, Spetses offers it all, yet it’s close enough to the capital city to be enjoyed as a day trip while offering plenty to see and do to those who want to stick around longer.
Experiences in Spetses
Day trip to Hydra
Explore the historic and artistic Hydra, one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, which like Spetses is part of the Saronic islands. Get on board a luxurious rib boat from Spetses on this exciting day out. Sail through the turquoise Aegean sea with time for snorkelling along the way.
Day trip to Egina
A day trip to Egina island is a great idea when in Spetses! Egina is part of the Saronic islands, it has beautiful sandy beaches and one of the most important sights of the Ancient Greek times, the Temple of Aphaia, located in a sanctuary complex which was made for the God protector of the island Aphaia.
Day trip to Vathi Avlaki and Ierakas
Enjoy an unforgettable day trip to unspoiled beaches and hidden treasures of the Greek coastline on a luxurious rib boat. Vathi Avlaki and Ierakas are only accessible by boat and are known as the jewels of the coastline. Spend the day swimming and snorkelling in azure waters, and discover the beauty of Greece away from the crowds.
Take the coastal route with breathtaking views to Spetsopoula island, stop for photographs along the way, ride on beautiful horses in Spetses as a private or semi private tour on the island. A fun experience for the whole family or for couples that search for a bespoke activity on the island of Spetses.
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