Eternal Greece Ltd

Loutraki Spa and Gourmet Experience, Two-Day

The sights and beauties of the lovely coastal town and its surrounding promontory, combined with a soothing wellness treatment at the renowned, luxurious Loutraki Thermal Spa and gourmet...

Introduction

This is a two-day, one-overnight tour for a minimum of six participants. Individuals are also most welcome to join.

The programme combines the sights and beauties of  the lovely coastal town of Loutraki and its surrounding Perachora promontory, with a soothing wellness treatment at the renowned, luxurious Loutraki Thermal Spa treatments and gourmet Greek cuisine.

Loutraki  is a wonderful sea-side town located on the coast of a pine-tree covered mountainous peninsula jutting westwards into the Gulf of Corinth. It was known in antiquity as the ancient town of Thermae (from Thermos meaning warm, after its thermal waters) and was the first resort mentioned historically. Now known as Loutraki (from the Greek ‘loutro’ = bath), it is just 85 km (53 mi) for central Athens on the modern motorway and conveniently close to such must see-sights and sites as the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth and the Acrocorinth.

The town is being celebrated since antiquity for its thermal and mineral waters welling up from deep within the Earth’s crust . The old legends about the quality and attributes of its thermal water have been conclusively demonstrated by scientific analysis and research which substantiate its reputation at a top international level.

At the same time, Loutraki boasts the facilities for traditional gourmet food experiences, providing an opportunity to combine wellness and relexation with fine food, an opportunity that simply cannot be missed.

The first day is devoted to the spa treatment in the a.m., followed by light but delicious lunch and an afternoon of strolling, discovery and relaxation all capped by a gourmet dinner at a delightful Greek taverna preparing daily traditional gourmet dishes.

In the second day, the beauty of the region comes alive with a visit to the blue lagoon of Vouliagmeni, the wonderful archaeological site of the Heraion situated in a secluded cove and the Melangavi lighthouse at the tip of the promontory, followed by typical Greek lunch at the picturesque taverna right on the shores of Vouliagmeni lagoon.

Are you more independent-minded?
This programme is also available in a self-drive version!
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Points of interest

Some of the points of interest include the following. Clicking on a name will open a new tab rich in information on the respective point of interest.

Itinerary

Pick-up from your central-Athens hotel at 09:00 and transportation by luxury air-conditioned minibus or coach to the hotel at Loutraki. The distance is around 85 km (52 mi) by modern motorway.

After check-in, walk or transportation to the luxurious spa and its thermal waters for which Loutraki (ancient Thermae) have been recognised and celebrated since antiquity for a relaxing / healing treatment of your choice.

A light but delightful lunch follows and the afternoon is free for you to discover the delights of Loutraki and its 4 km (2.5 mi) – long seaside promenade. The evening culminates with a gourmet dinner at a small but delightful Greek taverna.

This is the day we visit beautiful natural spots as well as an archaeological site and a lighthouse. After breakfast, the coach takes us past the striking blue lagoon of Vouliagmeni, a saline lake connected to the Gulf of Corinth by a small channel, to our first destination of the day, the Sanctuary of Hera near the tip of the Perachora peninsula. This ancient site is situated in a secluded cove and dates back to the 9th century BC.

We then proceed on a scenic walk of about 20 minutes to the lighthouse at the tip of the Perachora promontory, a rocky prow jutting into the Gulf of Corinth and affording impressive views of the northern coast of the Peloponnese and its rugged uplands as well as the southern coast of mainland Greece, with the lofty Mt Parnassus and Mt Helicon prominent on the horizon.

A short drive back to Vouliagmeni lagoon will enable us to explore its shores, the channel linking it with the sea and, indeed, the nearby coast of the Gulf of Corinth itself. This very fulfilling day is appropriately capped with a well-earned sampling of the delights of Greek fare at a taverna on the coast of the beautiful lagoon.

All good things coming to a temporary end, the coach will take you back to Athens and to you your hotel, only to turn the page in the illustrious chapter of your visit to this very special country which is Greece.

Included

  • Professional, non-smoking driver
  • Professional, non-smoking group leader
  • Gourmet meals (two lunches and one dinner)
  • Overnight stay at a highly-rated hotel in Loutraki, bed and breakfast basis.
  • Local tour transportation by luxury, air-conditioned minibus
  • Transportation from and our Central Athens hotel by luxury, air-conditioned minibus.

Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa programmes / treatments
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites

Points to note

The tour is accompanied by an experienced group leader. Transport is by air-conditioned car or coach, accommodation is at European standard high-class country hotel basis bed and breakfast. The programme price includes two lunches and one bottled mineral water daily. The price is basis double-room sharing. Pick-up and return is to and from from your central Athens hotel or other pre-agreed point.

The programme does not include flights to and from Greece and personal travel insurance. An example of how to obtain travel insurance can be found here. For the full list of what is and what is not included in the price, please see below.

Should the minimum participation requirement not be met by the date of the tour, a new date will be suggested or the client is free to cancel and receive a full refund of the amount paid. If more people sign in for this tour for the specific date, a partial refund may be granted if the respective rate for the shared group tour is lower than the amount paid at the time of booking.

Testimonials

  • In addition to the museum and ancient site we felt privileged to be part of a small group gaining an insight into its history from the man who has been so instrumental in bringing it back to life. Yet again, we were struck by the friendliness and thoughtfulness of the people we met. Small acts of helpfulness and kindness stay with us for a long time, making them some of the best memories. For instance, the taverna owner near Nemea, going out of his way to help us and the taxi driver taking us back to the airport is a great advert for your country.

    Iain Gordon

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