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Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-34493
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Athens, Greece
  • Ends Athens, Greece
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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.
Start and end in Athens, the "Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive" trip is a self-guided self-drive or vehicle rental trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Athens, Diros Caves, Mycenae and 7 other destinations in Greece. "Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive" is a private trip which includes accommodation, transport and others.

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.
  • Day 1: Arrival Athens
  • Day 2: Athens: Hop-on/ Hop-off Tour
  • Day 3: Car Pick-up / Athens – Nemea Wines –mycenae Pottery – Nafplion (170km – 3hrs)
  • Day 4: Nafplion - Sparta (245 Km – 3.5 Hrs)
  • Day 5: Sparta - Monemvasia (97 Km – 2 Hrs)
  • Day 6: Monemvasia – Diros Caves - Limeni (120 Km – 3 Hrs)
  • Day 7: Limeni – Stoupa – Kalamata (80 Km – 2 Hrs)
  • Day 8: Kalamata - Pylos Nestor’s Palace – Departure Athens (370 Km – 5.5 Hrs)
  • 7 nights' accommodationACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Hop on Hop off bus Athens sightseeing (Day 2)CAR HIRE from day 3:
  • Day 1-2 Athens:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Arion or similar 3*
  • Day 3 Nafplion:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Park or similar 3*
  • Day 4 Sparta:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Menelaion or similar 3*
  • Day 5 Monemvasia:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Flower of Monemvasia or similar 3*
  • Day 6 Limeni:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Kastro Mani or similar 3*
  • Day 3 Kalamata:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Elite City Resort or similar 3*
  • Car Group B = Citroen C3 or similar
  • Pre/Post-Night in Athens:
  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Arion or similar 3*
  • Meet & Greet (Day 1)
  • 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.
  • 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  
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive tour. You can cancel the tour up to 35 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 34 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 September 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 September 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 34 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Grand Peloponnese, Self-drive tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has implemented smaller group sizes than normal, allowing for more personal space on the vehicles, sights visited, hotels and restaurants.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this trip. Wearing a mask, hand washing and general sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are furthermore regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
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