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Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive
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Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive

Journey deep into the heart of Greece during this spellbinding eight-day self-drive tour exploring the historic regions of Peloponnese. Discover one of the most romantic cities of Greece, Nafplion, and get a glimpse of the medieval era while walking between the walls of Mystras, and its magnificent castles. Discover the only way how to get to the Monemvasia, tower town nestled at the edge of a big rock by the sea and visit the spectacular Diro cave complex hidden in the depths of the earth. Explore the Mediterranean vibe of these ancient towns, taste the local specialities and indulge into the elegance and pride of the long-standing Peloponnese. TOUR HIGHLIGHTSPlaka: Athens’ oldest historical neighbourhood. It’s located right under the Acropolis and its charming atmosphere will captivate your heart. Walking around the narrow, colourful streets, the ancient ruins, the Byzantine temples and the renovated neoclassical buildings is an unforgettable experience. Nafplion: It has a fantastic centre with small neoclassical historical houses and mansions, elegant Venetian houses, squares and churches, attractive narrow streets and interesting museums. Nemea: The mountainous village famous for wine production. The Agiorgitiko grape variety that produces Greece's most important red wine.Mystras: With its medieval castle, the Frankish Acropolis, and the four fortified settlements holds inside its walls magnificent houses and palaces. It is also famous for the post byzantine monuments, the monasteries and the churches with the beautiful frescoes, scattered in the archaeological sites.Monemvasia: Built on a rock accessible only through a causeway, the castle of Monemvasia was populated by the Laconians, in order to protect themselves from the Arabic invasions. It is named after this bridge, as “Monemvasia” meaning “single entrance”.
Journey deep into the heart of Greece during this spellbinding eight-day self-drive tour exploring the historic regions of Peloponnese. Discover one of the most romantic cities of Greece, Nafplion, and get a glimpse of the medieval era while walking between the walls of Mystras, and its magnificent castles. Discover the only way how to get to the Monemvasia, tower town nestled at the edge of a big rock by the sea and visit the spectacular Diro cave complex hidden in the depths of the earth. Explore the Mediterranean vibe of these ancient towns, taste the local specialities and indulge into the elegance and pride of the long-standing Peloponnese. 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Plaka: Athens’ oldest historical neighbourhood. It’s located right under the Acropolis and its charming atmosphere will captivate your heart. Walking around the narrow, colourful streets, the ancient ruins, the Byzantine temples and the renovated neoclassical buildings is an unforgettable experience. 

Nafplion: It has a fantastic centre with small neoclassical historical houses and mansions, elegant Venetian houses, squares and churches, attractive narrow streets and interesting museums. 

Nemea: The mountainous village famous for wine production. The Agiorgitiko grape variety that produces Greece's most important red wine.

Mystras: With its medieval castle, the Frankish Acropolis, and the four fortified settlements holds inside its walls magnificent houses and palaces. It is also famous for the post byzantine monuments, the monasteries and the churches with the beautiful frescoes, scattered in the archaeological sites.

Monemvasia: Built on a rock accessible only through a causeway, the castle of Monemvasia was populated by the Laconians, in order to protect themselves from the Arabic invasions. It is named after this bridge, as “Monemvasia” meaning “single entrance”.

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Itinerary

ARRIVAL ATHENS

On your arrival in Athens airport or Piraeus port, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. The afternoon is free at leisure. Take the opportunity to rest and recover after the flight or head out into the city for your first glimpse of life in Greece´s sprawling capital. You may visit Syntagma Square and get into the city’s vibe or go shopping in one of the most popular streets of the city in the Kolonaki area or Ermou. Take a pleasant walk at the beautiful alleys of Plaka (the old district) where you can also find a big number of small shops selling souvenirs and other local artefacts. And if you want to explore the city by night, you can book our optional tour Night out in Athens.



Night out in Athens: your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city centre and on the slopes of the sacred hill you will be able to see, admire and take photos of the illuminated Acropolis. Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you at a typical Greek tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.



Overnight in Athens. 

  Hotel:  None

ATHENS: HOP-ON/ HOP-OFF TOUR

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then head out to the center! Today is for you to explore and discover this awe-inspiring city on your own. Take a sightseeing tour in an open double deck bus (incl.) that takes you around and encompasses central Athens, commencing at Syntagma Square. Tracing the history and culture of Athens from ancient times to the present day and passing a plethora of various shopping opportunities that are along the route. You can easily visit the many things to do including World famous museums, with spectacular views of ancient temples, the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens represents the juxtaposition of ancient history and modern life which is a very rare experience and one not to be missed.



Overnight in Athens. 

  Hotel:  None

CAR PICK-UP / ATHENS – NEMEA WINES –MYCENAE POTTERY – NAFPLION (170km – 3hrs)

Enjoy your breakfast, then pick up your car from the down town Athens office after 09:00 am and leave driving towards to Nemea village. Short stop at Corinth canal which divides the mainland from the Peloponnese. While arriving at Nemea area you can stop to visit one of the local wineries and taste delightful and sensuous wines of different styles or continue to Malandreni village to visit one of the most important wineries in Greece, the “Skouras” winery. Degustation of the most awarded wine labels that the domain produces and wine making procedure will give you a glimpse of the wine tradition in Greece. Continue to “Silo Art” gallery where you will meet an artist who will guide you around his exhibition. Do not miss to get some pictures of the “Trojan” horse. Next stop is ancient Mycenae – the city of the legendary king Agamemnon. Walk through this impressive archaeological site and visit the Tomb of Agamemnon. To wrap up your first day continue to Nafplion for exploration of this marvellous city and then onto your hotel for overnight.

Overnight in Nafplion. 

  Hotel:  None

NAFPLION - SPARTA (245 km – 3.5 hrs)

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by another exciting exploration. Today you will visit two castles of the Nafplion city (Akronafplia and Palamidi island castle/jail). Afterwards proceed to Sparta town where you will have the chance to visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil that highlight the culture and technology of the olive production, which is inextricably linked with the Greek and Mediterranean identity. Unique in Greece, it is located in the heart of Laconia, one of the main olive oil producing locations in Greece. Check in to your hotel in Sparta and the rest of the day spend at leisure, discovering legendary stories about the greatest triumph over Athens of this Greek city. 



Overnight in Sparta.

  Hotel:  None

SPARTA - MONEMVASIA (97 km – 2 hrs)

After breakfast in the hotel and before you will leave Sparta, make a visit to the Byzantine castle of the city of Mystras. Mystras, the 'Wonder of the Morea' was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breath-taking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Follow to Monemvasiam, a massive rock island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, and visit the castles, fortress´s ruins and the Church of Agia Sophia perches on the edge of a sheer cliff. Once in Monemvasia, check-in to your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure.



Overnight in Monemvasia.

  Hotel:  None

MONEMVASIA – DIROS CAVES - LIMENI (120 km – 3 hrs)

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and after stroll down the paved streets of the Monemvasia castle town. You will feel like back in ancient times! Walk around elegant stone mansions up to the castle, breath taking sea view from its top will be a deserved pleasure after this short hike. Afterward drive towards village Pyrgos Dirou and visit the spectacular cave complex hidden in the depths of the earth offering the opportunity to travel back to the Neolithic era. The magic of the colour, and the beautiful shapes, formed by the stalactites and stalagmites makes this place to be a unique spectacle. The tour follows a circular route and the wet area, 2.800 meters in length, takes place solely by boat. You will be amazed by the passage of the largest and most famous sea cave in Greece! After this exciting experience continue to Limeni or Oitilo, picturesque villages with one of the most amazing sunsets in Greece. Once in Limeni, check into your hotel and take a rest before your upcoming Greek adventure.



Overnight in Limeni.

  Hotel:  None

LIMENI – STOUPA – KALAMATA (80 km – 2 hrs)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive towards Kalamata, passing the fascinating virgin Stoupa beach. Stoupa is a peaceful retreat in a quiet corner of Greece. Hugging a sweeping bay, this town is made for rest and leisure sunbathing on its long white-sandy beaches. Perhaps stop for a swim in its crystal clear waters and unwind surrounded by this tranquil landscape, before you´ll continue driving to Kalamata. Kalamata is an energetic city, in 2021 it was short-listed as European Capital of Culture. Give it a chance and discover a long white beach, decent restaurants, good shopping, lively nightlife and some excellent museums. Whether you walk along the main promenade with the palm trees or along the hip alley of Amfia with its tiny shops, you´ll fell in love with the unique vibe of this picturesque town, emphasized by the romantic sunsets over the sea level. 



Overnight in Kalamata. 

  Hotel:  None

KALAMATA - PYLOS NESTOR’S PALACE – DEPARTURE ATHENS (370 km – 5.5 hrs)

Today marks the end of your adventure. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and before leaving Kalamata, visiting Nestor’s palace, one of the best preserved Mycenean palaces in Greece, and walk around these ancient walls towards the most important compartments of the palace, the big “throne room”, with its circular heath, a room with a clay bath tube, and stores with numerous storage jars. Admire the beautiful decoration of the palace and get amazed by its unique frescos, adorning its walls and after, a bid farewell to Greece! Drive back to Athens International Airport, where you’ll drop off the car to the rental car office and catch your flight back home (We recommend you to book a later evening flight or add a post stay night in Athens). 

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 

ACCOMMODATION:

7 nights' accommodation

 

MEALS:

7 Breakfasts 

 

TRANSPORT:

Arrival shared transfer in an air-conditioning bus from Athens Airport/Piraeus port (Day 1)

 Hop On – Hop Off bus ticket (Day 2) 

 

ENTRANCE FEES & ACTIVITIES:

All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Hop on Hop off bus Athens sightseeing (Day 2)

 

CAR HIRE from day 3:

Unlimited mileage 

 CDW (Collision Damage Waiver)

 TP (Theft Protection)

 Road assistance 24/7 

 Replacement vehicle in a case of accident or breakdown 

 Safety equipment (triangle, high visibility vest, fire extinguisher) 

 Tax

 

OTHER:

Meet & Greet (Day 1)

Not Included

 Tour guides

 Domestic nor International flights 

 Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)

 Overnight city tax for the hotel effective from January 1st 2018. Clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels.

 Any visit not mentioned in the program

 Optional tours

 Porterage and gratuities  

 Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program

 Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)

 Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.

 

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PAI (personal accident insurance) 

 Fuel, Fines, Tolls, Parking

 Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving.

 Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen wipers, petrol cap, luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle.

 Damage to the engine through negligence.

 Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition.

 Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle. In the event of a fine being received there will be an administration charge.

 Incident Report Fee

 Refuelling Service Charge

 Late Return Fee and Change of Return Station Fee

 If the car is left outside of rent a car designated area on drop off, customers will be responsible for any costs generated and for any damage to the vehicle due to it being parked outside of the Rent a Car installations.

 Each additional driver.

 Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat etc.)

 Tolls  

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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