Athens and Mythical Peloponnese Self Drive Explorer

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10 Days
Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, Kalamata, Athens

Discover the captivating allure and rich history of Athens and the Peloponnese region, where ancient wonders await at every turn. Delve into the treasures of numerous archaeological sites, and immerse yourself in the inviting ambiance of coastal villages embraced by clear turquoise waters and picturesque mountain landscapes. 

SELF DRIVE JOURNEY – Departs Daily. 10-Day /9-Night self-drive program including Athens, Nafplion, Olympia, and Kalamata. Includes accommodation at a hotel of your choice, private arrival & departure transfers, rental car for 7 days, Private Athens by Night Tour, and suggested sightseeing tours of your choice.


  • Sightseeing: per itinerary
  • Rental vehicle with outlined inclusions
  • Keytours 24-hour emergency assistance telephone line
  • Private arrival and departure transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodations of your choice
  • Sightseeing tours and/or activites of your choice


  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other items not mentioned as included
  • Rental vehicle gas, parking, tolls, and all other items not listed as included
  • Select local taxes where applicable
  • Travel insurance; please inquire with your Keytours travel consultant




Arrival - Athens

Welcome to Athens! Upon arrival at Athens Airport, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.




In the morning, we recommend taking one of our optional private tours to get acquainted with the ancient heart of this iconic city. This evening you will take an Athens by Night private tour to experience the city's enchanting evening ambiance. Embark on a scenic drive that winds past iconic landmarks such as the House of Parliament, the Parthenon, the Acropolis, and much more all with the city's classical buildings aglow. Next, immerse yourself in Greek culture at a local restaurant featuring live music and a spirited folklore show. Indulge in a delightful array of traditional Greek dishes and enjoy the talented dancers as they showcase their skills and heritage. As the evening unfolds, reflect on the timeless spirit of "Zorba," which continues to thrive in this modern city.




Embark on a captivating journey this morning as you collect your rental vehicle and begin a scenic two-hour drive from Athens to the ancient archaeological wonder of Mycenae. Afterward, venture to the enchanting seaside charm of Nafplio. Wander through its cobblestone streets, admiring the exquisite architecture, and absorb the rich tapestry of its history.



Explore Argolis or Hydra and Spetses

Explore the wonders of the Argolis region immersing yourself in history at the renowned Epidaurus site, where the ancient theatre boasts impeccable acoustics amidst a breathtaking green backdrop that stood the test of time. Alternatively, delve into the authentic essence of Greece on the enchanting islands of Hydra and Spetses.




Take a scenic drive lasting approximately 2 hours through the heart of the Peloponnese region to explore the captivating mountain villages of Vytina and Dimitsana. Delight in the breathtaking vistas from these idyllic towns, meandering along cobblestone pathways amidst ancient stone dwellings. Indulge in an authentic Greek lunch at a local restaurant, immersing yourself in the regional flavors. As your journey unfolds, traverse through picturesque landscapes until you arrive at the renowned town of Olympia in the afternoon, ready to uncover its historic treasures.




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.




Enjoy an approximately 1 1/2-hour 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.



Explore Messenia, Pylos, or Mani

Options are endless in beautiful Messenia! You may also 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 taverns. Or you might decide to explore the mysterious Mani region to enjoy its rugged mountainous beauty, isolated traditional villages, and rich history.




In the morning, drive approximately 2 1/2 hours back to Athens to see more of this incredible city. Upon arrival, return your rental vehicle and do some last-minute shopping, explore the city’s many unique neighborhoods, and partake in Athens’ lively café and tavern scene.



Athens – Departure

In the morning, you will be privately transferred to the Athens Airport onto your next destination.

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