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SELF DRIVE TOUR ACROSS THE PELOPONNESE

9 Days / 8 Nights
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Athens, Olympia, Mycenae, Argolis, Nafplio, Peloponnese and Delphi

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Athens.
  • 1-night accommodation in Nafplio.
  • 1-night accommodation in Monemvasia.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pylos.
  • 1-night accommodation in Olympia.
  • 1-night accommodation in Delphi.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Car rental as per itinerary.
  • CDW insurance, excess amount Eur 750.00
  • Unlimited kilometres
  • 24-hour Roadside Assistance 
  • All transfers as per description.
  • 24/7 Emergency Phone Assistance
  • Daily breakfast

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  • Gratuities (optional) and Personal expenses.
  • Optional (Athens Sightseeing)
  • Fuel and tolls
  • GPS, snow chains, child seat and additional driver upon request.
  • Add extra nights in Athens, Nafplio, Olympia and Delphi by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of your reservation. Where applicable, any additional nights will also entail additional days of car rental.
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  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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Package Tour Itinerary: Self Drive Tour Across The Peloponnese

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your booking!

DAY AT LEISURE  AND ATHENS BY NIGHT
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DAY AT LEISURE AND ATHENS BY NIGHT

This will be a free day in Athens, where, after a delicious breakfast, you will have the chance to visit some of the famous attractions and places of interest in the city. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll in the city center and make your own discoveries as you go along.

In the evening you will join a guided walking tour through the most stunning districts of Athens, such as Anafiotika, Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka.

Greca Tip: Enjoy a tasty souvlaki in one of the taverns in and around Monasteraki Square.

FROM ATHENS TO CORINTH, MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO
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FROM ATHENS TO CORINTH, MYCENAE AND NAFPLIO

After an nutritious breakfast, you will pick up your rental car and drive to the region of Argolis.

Just outside Athens, at a distance of about 11 kilometres from the city, we suggest a visit to the Daphne Monastery. This monastery is considered the oldest Byzantine monastery of its type in Greece and its frescoes and mosaics are masterpieces of the golden era of Byzantine art. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1990.

On your way to Nafplio you can stop at the Corinth Canal, a great engineering feat first designed in 630 BC by Periander, a tyrant that ruled Corinth and considered one of the seven sages of Ancient Greece. This 6-kilometre-long channel was built to connect the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf, thus saving valuable sailing time for the seafaring vessels. Its construction lasted a long time and was completed by the French in 1893.

About half an hour’s driving later you will reach Mycenae, one of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Greece. Here you can visit the Lion's Gate and the Treasure of Atreus. This last structure is generally believed to be a royal tomb and more precisely the Tomb of Agamemnon.

You will end a full day of cultural adventure in the comfort of your hotel in Nafplio, a charming Venetian city.

Total distance: 148 km

Greca Tip: Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Old Town and sip your drink at the port taking in the amazing view of Bourtzi – always lit up at night.

FROM NAFPLIO TO MISTRAS AND MONEMVASIA
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FROM NAFPLIO TO MISTRAS AND MONEMVASIA

After a filling breakfast, you will start driving to Monemvasia. On your way there, you can visit the mystical town of Mystras, the most amazing example of Byzantine architecture in southern Greece.

During the two centuries of Mystras's history as the Byzantine capital of the Peloponnese, many churches and monasteries were built here. The city also witnessed the coronation of the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XI Palaeologos. We suggest that you visit the Castle of Villahardouin and Agia Sofia church at its feet, the Houses of Laskaris and Frangopoulos, the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Dimitrios and the impressive Monasteries of Our Lady Pantánassa, and of Οur Lady Perivleptos. Today Mystras draws a great number of visitors as the whole city is a veritable open-air museum and offers striking views of the Sparta plain. Over the passage of time, and especially through the construction of the Corinth Canal and the change of the sea route, Mystras lost its former importance.

Upon arrival at the last destination of the day, Monemvasia we suggest taking a walk around the castle and its beautiful surroundings. The city was founded in 583 by residents of the Peloponnese fleeing from invasions by Slavic and Avar peoples. They settled here and called it Monemvasia for it had a single access. In the 10th century the Byzantine Empire fortified the city making it an important center of maritime commerce. It remained in the hands of Romans and later of the Turks until 1821, when it returned to the Greek nation. You will be able to explore its narrow cobblestoned streets, and admire the beautifully restored buildings. You may also try its culinary delights in a good restaurant from the roof of a typical tower.


Total distance 216 km.

Greca Tip: A visit to the Mystras Archaeological Museum will help you get a deep insight into the rich history of the area.

TOWARD SOUTHERN PELOPONESSE: FROM MONEMVASIA TO PYLOS
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TOWARD SOUTHERN PELOPONESSE: FROM MONEMVASIA TO PYLOS

After a delicious breakfast, you will be ready to leave Monemvasia and continue the journey along the Peloponesse coast. Your first stop will be Gythio, a small fishing village that opens the way to the peninsula of Mani. According to the legend the city was founded by Apollo and Heracles as a sign of reconciliation after a dispute they had in Delphi.

The next stop we recommend for the day is Kalamata, considered the largest shopping center in the Peloponnese, besides Patras. It is also famous for the cultivation of table olives, which are used by chefs and cooks around the world.

The last destination of the day is Pylos, a beautiful seaside town in the large bay known as Navarino bay. There you can visit not only the Neocastro castle founded in 1573, but also the highest peak in the city, which is the tower of the Paliocastro castle. The starting point of many tourist tours is The Three Admirals' Square dedicated to the admirals who joined the Battle of Navarino. 

Total distance: 264 km

Greca Tip: At night we suggest strolling along Pylos waterfront, one of the most romantic places in the city, to watch the sunset, while enjoying dinner or a glass of wine in one of the local taverns.

FROM PYLOS TO OLYMPIA, CRADLE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES
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FROM PYLOS TO OLYMPIA, CRADLE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

After a generous breakfast, you will leave the small town of Pylos to continue towards Olympia.

On the way, and shortly after leaving Pylos, you can make a stop at Voidokoilia bay. The place has a lovely golden-sand beach that seems to be an ancient natural theater. Voidokoilia is declared a “landscape and archaeological site of unique beauty” since the excavations revealed significant ruins of numerous monuments like a Mycenaean tomb and the remains of a 13th-century medieval castle. From this castle, known as "Paleokastro", you will enjoy the best views of the beach.

After such an irresistible stop, you will arrive at the destination of the day, Olympia. Here you can visit the remains of the ancient Olympic stadium, where the first Games took place by 776 B.C. The importance of the Olympic games was undisputed due the massive participation and because the Greek cities maintained a truce for their whole duration. Olympia was also the most important ancient Greek sanctuary, a place of worship to Zeus.  It was here where one of the seven wonders of the ancient world once stood - the gigantic sculpture of gold and ivory of Zeus made by Phidias himself.

Total distance: 140 km

Greca Tip: Pamper yourself with the hotel's amenities or take a stroll around the beautiful surrounding countryside.

FROM OLYMPIA TO THE DELPHIC ORACLE
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FROM OLYMPIA TO THE DELPHIC ORACLE

After a delicious breakfast, you will leave Olympia and cross the Korinthian Gulf over the Rio Antirio Bridge, the longest cable bridge in Europe and one of the great jewels of modern European engineering. 

You will continue to Nafpaktos, the town known as the location of the naval battle, where Miguel de Cervantes, the man who would one day write the great novel, Don Quixote, also took part. Here you can visit the old port and the castle of Nafpaktos with incredible views of the Gulf of Corinth. 

Your next stop will be Galaxidi, a picturesque fishing village with beautiful beaches. Finally, you will arrive at Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the centre or 'navel' of the ancient world, where the renowned Delphic Oracle was located (consulted by kings and pilgrims alike). When all your prayers and petitions to the Delphi Oracle have been made, you will enjoy a well-deserved rest at your hotel! 

Total distance: 212 kms

Greca Tip: In the evening we suggest taking a leisurely walk in the neighbouring and picturesque town of Arachova.

FROM DELPHI TO ATTICA, THE RETURN
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FROM DELPHI TO ATTICA, THE RETURN

After a delicious Greek breakfast, you will start your journey back to Athens

You will drive along the slopes of Mount Parnassos rising to 2457 meters height and you will make a short stop in Arachova, a popular winter resort full of taverns and handicraft shops. 

Further down the road you can visit the town of Levadeia, which, in ancient times, flourished and grew in importance as a consequence of its possessing the celebrated oracle of Trophonius, found in a cave.

Back in Athens, you will return your rental car to the station and your adventure through Greece at our own pace will have come full circle. Now it is time to have a well-deserved rest with the memories of all the places you have seen and the people you have met still fresh in your mind.

Total distance: 186 km

Greca Tip: In the village of Arachova you can shop for local products, such as the traditional woven carpets, honey and the local formaela cheese.

FAREWELL GREECE!
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FAREWELL GREECE!

At the agreed time, our driver will transfer you to Athens Airport to board your international flight back home or to your next destination.  You will check in your luggage and benefit from the tax return resulting from any last minute "tax free" shopping for family and friends.

Undoubtedly, and after spending a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again soon to create new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory.

Have a nice trip! Or as Greeks say: "Kalo taksidi!"

Greca Tip: As a going away gift you can choose from a wide range of brightly colored flokati rugs, handmade sandals, embroidered covers and Greek honey or olive oil.

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