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Athens and Mythical Peloponnese Drive Journey
10 day/9 night package featuring Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, and Kalamata. Discover this beautiful, ancient land at your own pace, either self-drive or with your own private driver. Explore the stunning beauty and fascinating history of Athens and the Peloponnese, from the ancient treasures of its many archaeological sites to the warmth and charm of seaside villages nestled between crystal-clear turquoise waters and rugged mountains.
- Rental car
- Emergency assistance
- Private arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary
- Accommodation at a hotel of your choice
- Your choice of recommended sightseeing and activities
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Rental car gas, parking and tolls
- Local city taxes
Athens – Arrival
Upon arrival, you are greeted at the airport where your English-speaking assistant will help you pick up your rental car (for self-drive option) or transfer you to the hotel (for private driver option). This afternoon is at leisure to rest, relax, and explore the city.
In the morning, we recommend a private half-day tour of Acropolis Hill and Museum to get acquainted with the ancient heart of this iconic city. Marvel at some of the most famous archaeological landmarks in the world and learn from your expert guide about the history and influence of ancient Greek culture. This afternoon, you may choose to explore the city at your leisure, or you may choose an optional Athens Flavors tour to visit local artisanal food producers and specialty gastronomic boutiques to sample sweet and savory treats and learn about traditional Greek recipes and culinary traditions.
Athens to Nafplion
This morning, set out for a scenic drive from Athens to the archaeological site of Mycenae (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours). Explore the glory of the ancient Mycenaean civilization and discover the gems of Nafplio, one of the best-preserved neoclassical towns in Greece with a guided tour of the site and museum. Admire the ruins of this fascinating civilization and learn from your expert guide about the Mycenean people and their way of life. Afterwards, visit the picturesque and romantic seaside town of Nafplio. Stroll along the cobblestone alleys and take in the beautiful architecture while learning about the town’s long and illustrious history. You will also have a chance to stop at the spectacular archaeological site of Epidaurus to admire the ancient theatre and the famous Asklepion shrine.
Choose your adventure in the beautiful Argolis region. Visit the historic site of Epidaurus and see the most beautiful open-air ancient theatre in the world, the acoustics still perfect after thousands of years, set against a lush green landscape. Or get a taste of authentic Greece on the islands of Hydra and Spetses. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you wander through these picturesque fishing villages: the island of Hydra is pedestrian-only, its peaceful charm attracting many artists over the years, and Spetses offering the delightful atmosphere of a small town with a fashionable flair.
Nafplion to Olympia
Drive through the central Peloponnese and visit the charming mountain villages of Vytina and Dimitsana. Enjoy the stunning views from these picturesque towns as you stroll the cobbled paths among ancient stone houses and discover a local restaurant for an authentic Greek lunch. Continue your journey as you drive through beautiful landscapes and reach the famous town of Olympia in the afternoon.
Explore Olympia, one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites and home to the first ancient Olympic Games. Visit the Ancient Stadium, the temples of Zeus and Hera, and the impressive Archaeological Museum, showcasing the area’s rich history and findings from local excavations.
Olympia to Kalamata
Enjoy a comfortable drive from Olympia to Kalamata, a small coastal city with gorgeous beaches, stunning architecture, and plenty of chances to sample the delicious namesake olives. In the afternoon, you may choose to visit one of the area’s many attractions, including the Archaeological Museum, Old Town, Railway Museum, or the ancient city of Messini, or simply relax by sparkling turquoise waters on one of the lovely beaches.
Options abound in beautiful Messenia. You may choose to visit the charming town of Pylos and its imposing historic castles, explore the twin castle-towns of Methoni and Koroni, once gems of the Republic of Venice and today home to picturesque stone houses, long, sandy beaches, and an abundance of small cafes and tavernas. Or you might decide to explore the mysterious Mani region to enjoy its rugged mountainous beauty, isolated traditional villages, and rich history.
Kalamata to Athens
Return to Athens to see more of this incredible city. Do some last-minute shopping, explore the city’s many unique neighborhoods, and partake in Athens’ lively café and taverna scene.
Athens – Return
Today, return your rental car (for self-drive option) before catching your flight or you will be transferred to the airport for your next destination (for private driver option).