Discover the Peloponnese
Discover the Peloponnese Tour
Welcome to the sun-drenched playground of the Peloponnese, a captivating region in southern Greece that effortlessly combines ancient history, mesmerizing landscapes, and a warm Mediterranean ambiance. This mythical land, birthplace of legends and gods, unfolds its secrets to intrepid explorers seeking an immersive journey through time.
As the sun rises over the cerulean horizon, our adventure begins on the shores of the Peloponnese, where the rhythm of life ebbs and flows in harmony with the tides. The tour unveils an array of pristine beaches, each with its unique charm waiting to be discovered. From the vibrant, sun-kissed sands of Kalamata, where olives and azure waters converge, to the secluded coves of Elafonisos, where time seems to stand still in the face of the crystalline azure expanse. Here, travellers can bask in the warm embrace of the Mediterranean sun, lulled by the gentle symphony of waves and the salty breeze that carries whispers of ancient stories.
This 10 day small group tour around the coastal Peloponnese is more than just a trip; it's an odyssey of the senses, a voyage of self-discovery, and an homage to the eternal allure of the sea.
Day 1 – Ancient Corinth
We'll start our journey this morning by leaving Athens and heading to the famous Canal of Isthmus and Ancient Corinth. There, we'll explore the Museum of Ancient Corinth and the archaeological site. After that, we'll continue to the town of Loutraki and the Iraion, where we can enjoy the refreshing waters of Lake Vouliagmeni. Next, we drive south to Ancient Epidaurus, a well-preserved archaeological site featuring the Asklepieion, an ancient healing sanctuary. Here, we'll discover key attractions like the Archaeological Museum and the remarkable Ancient Theatre, all part of a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument. If we're visiting in the summer months of July-August, we might even get the chance to witness an Ancient Theatre performance in the afternoon. To wrap up our day, a delicious dinner awaits us at a historic tavern in Lygourio.
Overnight in Epidaurus, Nafplio or Tolo. (L)
Driving distance 210 Km: about 3 hours by bus
Day 2 - Mycenae
In the morning, we'll set off for Tiryns. This site has been recognized by UNESCO as a significant cultural monument since 1999. Just a short distance away, we'll reach Mycenae, another UNESCO-listed site and one of Greece's most famous archaeological locations. Here, we'll delve into its history as the legendary realm of Agamemnon, boasting the most important and opulent palace of the Late Bronze Age. Following this, we'll enjoy a wine tasting experience accompanied by traditional Greek cuisine at a Peloponnese winery.
There is time to unwind at the hidden beach of Karathona, nestled between two coves and the Palamidi rock. Our journey will then lead us to Nafplio, a stunning city that was Greece's initial capital. Exploring its treasures like Palamidi, Bourtzi, Syntagma Square, and Akronafplia, we'll wander through charming narrow streets. Our day will conclude with a delightful dinner in Nafplion.
Overnight at either in Nafplio or Tolo. (BL)
Driving distance 110 Km: about 1 hour and 45 minutes by bus
Day 3 – The Peloponnese coastline
Our tour of the Peloponnese continues as we travel to the captivating coastal region of Arcadia, a place that seamlessly combines the untamed beauty of mountains and the serene clarity of the sea. This historic area known as Kynouria offers a unique blend of experiences. Our first stop will be at Tserfou, a mesmerizing bay with its enchanting pebble-covered shores and crystal-clear waters, perfect for a refreshing swim. Continuing onwards, we'll travel through Leonidio, the heart of Tsakonia, an ancient Greek tribe with its own distinct language.
Our next destination is Fokianos, a hidden gem known for having one of Greece's most exquisite beaches. Nestled along the rugged eastern Peloponnese coastline, Fokianos Bay boasts breathtaking scenery. Our adventure then takes us to the edge of the world – the village of Kyparissi. This picturesque settlement is tucked into the slopes of the Parnonas mountain range, renowned for its unparalleled tranquillity. Here, we'll indulge in the expansive beaches adorned with vibrant pebbles, clear waters, and sweeping views of the seaside village. As the day winds down, we'll savour a delicious meal and settle in for the night in this captivating region.
Overnight at either in Kyparissi region(BLD)
Driving distance 150 Km: about 2 hour and 30 minutes by bus
Day 4 - Monemvasia
Our Greek tour visits the charming port of Gerakas, a small medieval village nestled by the sea and blended harmoniously with the landscape. This spot offers visitors unique and captivating sights. Following a short 20-minute drive, we'll arrive at the enchanting Monemvasia. Here, we'll explore the remarkably preserved medieval castle-city, wandering through its arched alleyways, churches, and grand homes. Next on our itinerary is Elafonisos, known as the island of pirates, boasting incredibly clear turquoise waters and stunning beaches. We'll enjoy a swim at Simos Beach, where we'll be treated to a splendid view of Kythira Island. We then continue along the island's beautiful coastline, uncovering its hidden gems. We'll conclude our day with a delightful dinner, gazing out at the scenic vistas of either Elafonisos or Neapolis, depending on the ship schedules.
Overnight at either Elafonisos or Neapolis. (BL)
Driving distance 100 Km: about 2 hour and 15 minutes by bus (and boat)
Day 5 - Sparta
Today we visit Sparta, the renowned ancient city of Peloponnese steeped in history and myth. This was the city of heroes like Tindareos, the Dioscuri, Menelaos, Helen, and the legendary Leonidas. Sadly, not much remains of this heroic city today, as 18th-century European Catholic priests, along with earthquakes and the passage of time, caused its destruction. Our first destination is the captivating castle of Mystras, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. From its hilltop perch, we'll explore the maze-like pathways and streets of the castle-city. We'll discover Byzantine churches and the palace of Palaiologos, the final rulers of the Byzantine Empire. Moving on, we'll visit modern-day Sparta, seeing the Evrotas River, the statue of Leonidas, and the archaeological site.
Continuing our tour, we'll head to Gytheion, the largest and one of the most beautiful cities in Mani. We'll take a stroll along the city's docks and the isle of Kranai, where Paris and Helen are said to have spent their first night before departing for Troy. Our next stop is Cape Tainaron, situated on the middle leg of the Peloponnese peninsula. Here, we'll explore the small temple of Poseidon, believed to have once served as a necromantic site, its cave linking the lower and upper worlds. Following a well-trodden path, we'll reach the 1882 French-built lighthouse that commands the Cape Tainaron, said to be the second southernmost point of Continental Europe. The days journey then takes us to Areopolis. Here we can walk through the traditional part, marvelling at its towers, before enjoying a meal at a local tavern either in Areopolis itself or the charming seaside village of Limeni in Mani.
Overnight at Aeropolis area. (BL)
Driving distance 280 Km: about 5 hours and 45 minutes by bus
Day 6 – Underground Caves and Kalamata
Our exploration of the Peloponnese continues with a visit to the breathtaking Diros Cave, a place of remarkable beauty and intricate formations. A boat tour takes us through underground caves, on a 30-minute boat trip followed by a 10-minute walk. These subterranean wonders are among the world's most stunning lake caves, adorned with sparkling stalactites and stalagmites in shades like rose, green, amber, black, blood red, and purple.
The tour then heads to the enchanting city of Kalamata, the capital of Messenia district. Along the way, we'll pause at Stoupa for a refreshing swim in the sandy beach of Kalogria and a dive into the fantastic bay of Phoneas gorge. Nearby, the village of Kardamili awaits, known for its coastal charm and delectable traditional cuisine. Kalamata is a picturesque city filled with noteworthy sites including the castle, Old Town, Ypapanti Square, 23rd March Square, and the bustling port. We'll enjoy a swim at Kalamata's beach and enjoy dinner at a local tavern.
Overnight either in Kalamata or the coastal town of Petalidi. (BL)
Driving distance 100 Km: about 1 hour and 50 minutes by bus
Day 7 – Stunning Beaches
We'll start our journey to Polylimnio, an intricate collection of lakes and waterfalls formed by the rugged terrain. After enjoying some time swimming in the waterfalls, we'll head to the charming town of Koroni. Here, we'll explore the impressive castle, wander through picturesque narrow streets, admire traditional houses, and take in the stunning seaside views. UNESCO has recognized Koroni as a representative Mediterranean Diet community. A delicious meal awaits us at a lovely tavern in Vounaria.
Our next destinations are Finikounda, a bustling fishing village and Methoni, a picturesque town known for its remarkably preserved medieval castle. It is complete with towering walls, and the renowned Bourtzi islet featuring a two-story octagonal tower. Moving forward, we'll visit the beautiful town of Pylos, nestled in Navarino Bay, and make a stop at Heroes Square for a refreshing drink. Later in the day, we'll enjoy a dip at Voidokilia beach, renowned for its circular shape, golden sands, and captivating blue-green waters, making it one of Greece's most stunning beaches. For dinner and rest, we'll settle in the village of Gialova, located next to the noteworthy Gialova Lagoon, one of Europe's vital wetlands, or in the nearby picturesque fishing village of Marathoupolis.
Overnight at either Gialova or Marathoupolis (BL)
Driving distance 150 Km: about 2 hours and 20 minutes by bus
Day 8 - Ancient Olympia
The journey today begins with a visit to Greece's most well-preserved Mycenaean Palace, the Palace of Nestor, situated on the hill above Eglianos and associated with the famous King of Pylos. We then head towards the magnificent forest and Lake Kaiafa, which is known for its thermal waters that have been revered since ancient times. These waters were believed by the ancients to be the result of forest-dwelling nymphs.
After a quick swim at Kaiafa's beach, our next destination is Ancient Olympia. Take a remarkable voyage back to the grandeur of ancient Greece and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. We'll explore the Museum, the expansive archaeological site (recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument), and the ancient Olympic stadium. Among the highlights are the Temple of Zeus, the historic stadium, and the spot where the Olympic flame is kindled before its journey to the modern Olympics. As the day winds down, we'll take a scenic evening walk along the road above the ancient stadium, leading to the premises of the Olympic Academy. Dinner at a local tavern.
Overnight near Olympia (BLD)
Driving distance 120 Km: about 1 hour and 50 minutes by bus
Day 9 - Patras
As our tour of the Peloponnese continues, we journey towards Killini, a place renowned for its thermal spas. We'll then explore the famous medieval Chlemoutsi castle, perched atop a hill. Our adventure continues to the coastal forest and wetland of Strofylia, where the region, combined with the Kotychi lagoon, forms a stunning coastal tapestry of diverse habitats. A refreshing swim awaits us at the renowned paradise beach of Kalogria.
Moving on, we'll reach the historic city of Patras, steeped in centuries of history. Exploring the city, we'll uncover its rich past and natural beauty, including a visit to the impressive Roman Conservatory of Patras, a grand structure from ancient times. Our day concludes with a delicious dinner featuring local flavours .
Overnight in Patras.(BL)
Driving distance 160 Km: about 2 hours and 45 minutes by bus
Day 10 – Vouraikos and Cog Railway
On the final day of our tour, we travel to the coastal village of Diakofto. From there, we'll take the Cog railway uphill to a point, where we'll disembark and walk towards Zachlorou, following the railway lines. Our journey takes us through the beautiful natural park of Vouraikos. Amidst this scenery, we'll appreciate the village's natural charm and even have the option of enjoying a riverside lunch at a local tavern. Returning via the Cog railway to Diakofto, we'll then take our bus to Loutraki. In this modern oasis, a unique opportunity awaits to rejuvenate both body and mind through treatments, utilizing the renowned thermal water of Loutraki. As our day winds down, we'll depart for Athens, concluding this incredible multi-day adventure with a delightful dinner overlooking the Acropolis. (BL)
Driving distance 155 Km: about 2 hours and 50 minutes by bus
Get in touch with Our Local Tour to book the Discover the Peloponnese Tour
Every Friday until 17 November 2023
Every Friday from 15 March 2024 to 28 June 2024
Price - £2699 per person (based on two people sharing)
Single Supplement - £230
Please contact us for pre and post tour hotel choices and transfers in Athens
This tour will start and end at Syntagma Square in Athens. The tours commence at 08:00 on the starting date and finish between 21:00 and 22:00 on the finishing date.
Please note: If you leave Greece on the day the tour ends, it is advisable to book your flight at least 3 hours after our scheduled return time. That will give you ease of mind, avoiding any unfortunate events that could blemish you trip.
Included in the Discover the Peloponnese Tour
Not Included in the Discover the Peloponnese Tour
Government Travel Safety Advice
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Visa and Passport Information
If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.
Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training. If you are travelling to Greece and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.
To stay longer, to work or study, for business or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Greek government’s entry requirements. Check with the Greek Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit, if any, you may need. If you are travelling to Greece for work, read the guidance on visas and permits. If you stay in Greece with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through Greece as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.
You can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.
You may also need to:
show a return or onward ticket
show you have enough money for your stay
Travelling with medication
According to Greek law, a visitor can bring up to 5 different prescribed medicines for personal use, with a maximum of 2 boxes of each medicine. Some prescribed and over-the-counter medicines available in the UK, including medication containing codeine, are considered controlled substances in Greece. A doctor’s prescription is required in all cases, which should mention your details, the types of medicine and the condition treated. On arrival, Greek Customs may in some cases require you to obtain permission from the Greek National Organisation of Medicines - if you need to carry more than the permitted number of boxes, for example. The National Organisation of Medicines examines these requests on a case by case basis.
For more information on controlled medicines, contact the Greek National Organisation of Medicines (telephone: 0030 213 2040 285 / 307 / 225, open Monday to Friday, 12pm to 3pm Greece time.
What to bring on your Discover the Peloponnese Tour
Lightweight clothing which can be layered is adviseable and a warmer jumper for cooler evenings. A light rain coat is suggested. There is a laundry available in most hotels.
Lightweight comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals. Waterproof footware is recommended.
Luggage while on your tour
Please allow yourself one main piece of luggage and a day-sack. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage, so don't overload yourself, a soft wheely bag may be easier to manage than a suit case.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a torch, insect repellent and a waterbottle. A solar charger for your phone and other electronics is a good idea.
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and uses its uniform currency – the Euro. Greece, as is the case with the other Member-States of the E.U. uses eight coins as follows: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents or lepta in Greek and 1 and 2 Euros. The banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros.
Currency exchange rates are clearly displayed in every bank that accepts currency exchange, while credit card holders may acquire money from the ATMs of the collaborating banks. Greek banks are open for the public from 8:00 to 14:30 Mondays to Thursdays and from 8:00 to 13:30 on Fridays. They are closed on Public Holidays. Euros can also be exchanged for notes of other foreign currencies at exchange offices that are situated at the airport and certain main ports, in the larger cities, as well as at many tourist destinations. A passport is required when exchanging currencies.
Use of electronic devices
Electric power voltage in Greece is 230 V / 50 Hz and the plugs are F type. To avoid the danger of short circuit, make sure to have in your suitcase the necessary transformers / adaptors for your electronic devices or make sure that this will be provided by the relevant socket.
During your stay in Greece, as a consumer you are protected throughout your transactions by the Greek legislation. In case of omission or infringement of the above, you can call to Tourist Police in 1571 (24/7 in operation). In the event you need to file a complaint, you may contact with the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism.
Weather in Greece
Greece's climate is Mediterranean with long sunshine, mild temperatures and limited rainfalls. It is characterised by great variation, due to the country's geographic location, the intense relief and the distribution between the mainland and the sea. In the summer, dry hot days are often cooled by seasonal winds that are called "etesian winds" while mountainous areas are more cool.
Winters are mild in the plains with little ice and snow, but the mountains are usually covered with snow. In addition, it is a common phenomenon to combine different climate conditions in the same season (for instance mild heat near the sea and cool in the mountainous areas).
Eastern European Time (EET), UTC +2
Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), UTC +3) starts March 28, 2021
Access is unrestricted and is widely available in business centres, hotels and in internet cafés. A one month prepaid unlimited internet access card for laptops, iPhones and smartphones is available from Maroc Telecom (who also have the best national coverage).