12 Day Peloponnese Self Drive Holiday
Have you ever just wanted to explore a country and enjoy it like a local? This self drive tour of the Peloponnese comes as close as you can get to creating a relaxing holiday that hits up the top destinations chosen by locals. It combines stunning beaches, ancient ruins and fascinating sights at your own leisurely pace.
Your trip begins in the hustle and bustle of Athens where you will pick up your vehicle and enjoy the historic monuments and sights. A short drive away is one of the most popular beach towns, which you will have the distinct pleasure of calling home for three nights. Tolo boasts golden beaches, beach bars, and tavernas that overlook the bay, and an entertaining nightlife atmosphere. It offers many water sports and is a central location for day trips to Epidaurus and other ancient sites.
Next on your drive will be to the Elafonisos, with a beach that has been rated among the top three beaches of the Mediterranean. You will spend two days in the crown jewel of the Peloponnese.
Driving through the challenging Taygetos Mountain will be well worth the effort when you arrive in Mani that has it all: castles, architecture, churches, mountains and beautiful beaches.
Heading west to Pylos in the Messinia region will give you the chance to explore its many sandy beaches, the palace of Nestor, and a Venetian castle.
Your final night will be in Kastro and you can enjoy a dip in the waters of the Ionian Sea. If time permits, you can drive to Ancient Olympia or enjoy the healing thermal baths of Kyllini.
On your last day, you will take a scenic 3 hour drive back to Athens where you will return your vehicle to the airport before your flight home.