Few Cities are so packed with ancient monuments they do not know what to do with them. Athens is lucky enough to have such a problem! To escape the city however, follow the southern shore of the Gulf of Corinth – a beautiful inlet that separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula. The stage starts (or finishes) in the busy port of Patras, famous for hosting one of Europe's largest and most colourful carnivals. Every February, mammoth-sized satirical floats are carried around the city and extravagant balls and parades are held.