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Splendors of Southern Peloponnese:
Athens, Nafplion & the Peloponnese Coast
The mythical heart of Greece, Peloponnese is home to the gods on Mount Olympus. Paris met Helen of Troy here; and from here Jason and the Argonauts set sail to find the Golden Fleece. But more than myth, the region offers spectacular scenery, sandy beaches, fresh seafood and excellent wine.
• 2 Nights Athens
• 1 Night Nafplion
• 3 Nights Peloponnese Coast
• All Private Transfers
• Athens City Tour
• One Dinner in Athens
• One Dinner in Nafplion
• Private Messinian Castles Tour
  with Lunch
• Daily Breakfast
Arrival at Athens:

Collect your luggage, then find your driver for the private transfer to your Athens hotel.

(Accommodations, Athens)

Sightseeing in Athens:

Today enjoy a five-hour tour of the highlights of the city, both ancient and modern. Visit the Acropolis, the crowning beauty of ancient Athens, with its many monuments: the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus and see the Panathinaikon Stadium—site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Visit Constitution Square to see the 19th century government buildings including Parliament House. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue to see many other impressive buildings, then end your tour at the new Acropolis Museum, where you can see a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. The tour returns you to your hotel, and you have the rest of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy a traditional dinner at Kuzina Restaurant. From your rooftop table, enjoy views over the Acropolis.

(Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodations, Athens)

Athens to Nafplion:

After breakfast, your private transfer takes you across the Corinth Canal to Nafplion, a charming seaport city that was the first capital of the newly independent Greece in the 1820s and 30s. After arriving at your hotel you have time to explore the narrow streets of the Old Town, filled with Venetian palaces, cafés and restaurants, and walk along the waterfront to admire views of the Venetian fortress built on an islet in the harbor. Tonight, enjoy a traditional meal at a local seaside restaurant.

(Breakfast, Athens; Dinner & Accommodations, Nafplion)


This morning, free time to further explore Nafplion. The Palamidi Fortress, reachable by taxi, is three separate citadels that sit above the town and provide spectacular views of both the town and the gulf beyond. The Archaeological Museum sits inside a beautiful Venetian Palace and has exhibits from the earliest human settlements in the Peloponnese up through the sophisticated Mycenaean Civilization. In the afternoon, you have a private transfer from Nafplion to your chosen hotel on the Peloponnese Coast.

(Breakfast, Nafplion; Accommodations, Peloponnese Coast)

Full Day Castle Tour:

Today you will visit two of the most famous seafront castles of the area. First you will visit the awe-inspiring castle of Methoni where you will discover the castle's history and beauty and have a chance to take your own photographs of the famous Bourtzi. Next you will travel to the historic town of Pylos where you will visit the Neo Catro, learning about the battle of Navarino bay and take in the breathtaking views.

Lunch will be served during this tour. At the conclusion of the castle visits, you are returned to your hotel.

(Breakfast, Lunch & accommodations, Peloponnese Coast)

Peloponnese Coast:

A free day to explore the nearby beaches. Or consider an optional excursion to the Palace of King Nestor, mentioned in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and the best-preserved castle of the Mycenaean Era. It was built about 1300BC. You will see paintings and drawings that represent how the palace would have looked 3300 years ago, as well as observing modern-day excavations.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Peloponnese Coast)


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and take a private transfer to either Kalamata or Athens Airport, to continue on to your next Avanti destination!

(Breakfast, Peloponnese Coast)

** Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change