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6 day - Peloponnese Self Drive

Greece is an ideal destination for a self-drive holiday and is perfect for the independent traveller who wants to travel at their own pace. Take in the iconic sights of the Peloponnese on this 6 day self drive tour. Pick up the car in Athens and begin your journey to Nafplio. Along the way enjoy a short stop at Corinth Canal. Continue the drive to ancient Epidaurus- renowned for the fantastic acoustics of its incredibly preserved third century theatre. From here drive over country roads to Nafplio. Relax in the afternoon or swim at the very pretty beach tucked behind the old town. Overnight in Nafplio before taking the short drive to Ancient Mycenae - The World Heritage listed ruins which dominate the barren hilly landscape. Continue to Sparta and visit the archaeological museum. The next day depart for a scenic drive to Monemvassia, via the rustic, remote village of Skala, Molaoi and Sikea in Laconia's heartland. Arrive early afternoon in Monemvassia Medieval fortress monolith - lying just offshore from the mainland, connected by a short bridge at Gefyra town. Wander around the steep cobbles alleyways, or visit Agia Sophia chapel. Leave the next day for the picturesque fishing town of Gythio, From here go to Kalamata then take the costal road of the Messinian peninsula the next day, via the Venetial port town of Koroni- with its impressive castle, the seaside town of Methoni, and picturesque Pylos and Giavola. Early evening arrive in Olympia for overnight. The final day takes you from Olympia back to Athens. Note: Visits & entrance fess to sites mentioned not included.

Intinerary

Day 1: Athens-Corinth Canal- Epidaurus-Nafplio

Pick up your car from the Athens downtown office at 9am for drive to Nafplio. Along the way enjoy a short stop at Corinth Canal. Continue the drive to ancient Epidaurus-renowned for the fantastic acoustics of its incredibly preserved third century theatre. From Epidaurus drive over country roads to Nafplio. Depending on time, we recommend stop for optional lunch in Ligourio village. Relax in the afternoon or swim at the very pretty beach tucked behind the old town. Overnight in Nafplio at the Amalia Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Nafplio-Mycenae-Sparta-Mystras

Depart Nafplio, for the short drive to Ancient Mycenae - The World Heritage listed ruins which dominate the barren hilly landscape. The hills nearby are one of Greece’s premiere wine producing regions, the ideal place for an optional lunch stop along with a little wine tasting. Continue to Sparta where visit the archaeological museum; in the modern town itself there is scant evidence of Sparta’s infamous might and military dominance of ancient times. Overnight in Mystras at the Byzantion Hotel. (B)

Day 3: Mystras-Sikea-Monemvassia

Depart Mystras for our scenic drive to Monemvassia, via the rustic, remote villages of Skala, Molaoi and Sikea in Laconia’s heartland. Arrive early afternoon in Monemvassia Medieval fortress monolith - lying just offshore from the mainland, connected by a short bridge at Gefyra town. Wander around the steep cobbled alleyways, or visit Ag Sophia chapel - dramatically perched on a precipice. Overnight at Monemvassia at the Byzantion Hotel similar. (B)

Day 4: Monemvassia-Gythio-Kalamata

Leaving Monemvassia drive to picturesque fishing town of Gythio - once the port of Ancient Sparta. Along its waterfront are pastel coloured 19th century buildings, behind are crumbling Turkish houses on ramshackle streets winding up the steep hill. From Gythio to Kalamata, the town most famous for its black olives. Overnight at Kalamata in Pharae Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 5: Kalamata-Koroni-Methoni-Pylos-Gialova-Ancient Olympia

Today is a longer driving day, taking the scenic coastal road of the Messinian peninsula, via Venetian port town of Koroni- with its impressive castle, the seaside town of Methoni, and picturesque Pylos and Giavola. Many lovely beaches and sheltered bays along the way offer good swimming. Early evening arrive at our luxurious, family run hotel in Olympia, offering fantastic mountain vistas. Overnight in Olympia at the Arty Grand Hotel. (B)

Day 6: Olympia-Athens

Check out of our hotel after breakfast and drive to ancient site of Olympia. Spend morning at the site, soaking in the history, perhaps sit inside the ancient stadium and imagine watching athletes compete in classical Olympic Games. Afterwards return to Athens to drop off car downtown. (B)

Inclusions