Roads of Power in the Peloponnese

Nafplio, Pylos, Monemvasia & Mani


7 days


year round


english, french

Travel to a realm of castles, palaces and ancient strongholds. Discover fortified medieval towns and villages, as well as ancient citadels, all located among landscapes of breathtaking natural beauty.


  • You'll get lost in the medieval monument of Monemvasia that will travel you back in times of knights and princesses
  • You'll enjoy the unique combination of charming seaside villages and beautiful beaches
  • You'll immerse into the rugged area of Mani, where proud Greek fighters first declared a war of independence against the Ottomans in 1821
  • Explore at your own pace, with the ease of mind that our customized app gives you: seamless navigation,  local tips, audio storytelling

What you can expect

On this road trip, you'll discover the Peloponnese: a place of soaring mountains and friendly seas. It’s a region that has always had immense historical importance, from the rise of its great Bronze Age civilization at the very dawn of European history, through the glory of Ancient Greece and the long conflicts of the Middle Ages right up to the heroic founding of the modern Greek state. 

Our app will give you the freedom to modify and adjust your itinerary according to your interests and pace, while maximizing your time. All content is presented in a clear and simple way to give you a deeper understanding of Greek history and culture. 

Day 1: Ancient myths and engineering marvels | Corinth - Mycenae - Nafplio

After leaving Athens, you'll cross the Corinth Canal, a marvel of 19th-century engineering before heading to Corinth, famous for its ancient rivalry with Athens and Apostle Paul's stay during Roman rule. You'll head up to the evocative ruins on Acrocorinth, the ancient city's towering acropolis. The spectacular and much-mythologised site of Mycenae was Agamemnon's palace and one of the most important prehistoric citadels in the world. Nafplio is a charming historic harbor town with narrow lanes, an alluring waterfront, stunning Venetian fortresses and grand 19th-century mansions.Overnight in Nafplio.

Day 2: For wine lovers and warriors | Sparta - Mystras - Agia Fotini

Today, you’ll travel from the ancient to the medieval to the modern. The legendary city of Sparta was the birthplace of antiquity's greatest warriors, while medieval Mystras was once the last great center of Byzantine culture. The beautiful wine country around Mantinea has a special church of its own, the contemporary eccentric masterpiece of Agia Fotini: the work of one architect-artist, this 1970s house of worship is a unique modern Orthodox monument. Overnight in Monemvasia.

Day 3: Footprints in the sand | Elafonissos - Gerakas - Pavlopetri - Agios Nikolaos Geopark - Monemvasia

Plant your feet in alluring golden sands of the famed Simos Beach on the island of Elafonissos. Gerakas is a small fishing village that's concealed behind a curving coastline. Its small dock is popular with yachts and the waterside tavernas are a hit with everyone who discovers them. With a snorkel, you’ll explore the underwater prehistoric settlement of Pavlopetri, the world's oldest known submerged town, with some parts dating back 5,000 years. Agios Nikolaos Geopark is a three-million-year-old petrified forest where it seems time has stopped for eons. Finally, the magically romantic medieval castle town of Monemvasia, where the Venetians held out against the invading Ottomans. Overnight in Monemvasia.

Day 4: Stone and self-determination | Gythio - Gerolimenas - Agia Fotini - Vathia - Areopolis - Kardamyli

The Mani peninsula boasts wild countryside and a a fierce history of self-determination. You’ll see it in the picturesque port towns of Gythio and Gerolimenas and feel it in the gray stone ghost town of Vathia. The mountain village of Areopolis was the proud birthplace of the Greek revolution of 1821 and we’ll end our day at the delightfully slow-paced seaside village of KardamyliOvernight in Kardamyli/Areopoli.

Day 5: Strong foundations | Kastania - Stoupa

The remote traditional mountain village of Kastania has a charming, traditional atmosphere. The Mani tower, a fortified structure where families could shelter during deadly feuds, is a hallmark of local architecture. Then it's back down to sea level for a wander through Stoupa, a popular beachfront settlement where the mountains meet the narrow coastal plain. Overnight in Kardamyli/Areopoli.

Day 6: Countryside and coastline | Kalamata - Ancient Messene - Castle of Methoni - Pylos

You will enjoy the lush landscape of the Messinian countryside; the city of Kalamata, with its quaint Old Town and its bustling shorefront promenade; the vast archaeological site of Ancient Messene, an early and important example of ancient urban planning; the formidable Castle of Methoni, the largest medieval fortress in the Peloponnese. End the day with majestic sunset views over historic Navarino Bay in the welcoming town of PylosOvernight in Pylos.

Day 7: Cradle of life | Yalova Wetlands - Palace of Nestor - Kyparissia

The dreamy lagoon at the heart of the Yalova Wetlands is a thriving natural habitat home to more than 270 bird species. The impressive archaeological site of the Palace of Nestor, is the best-preserved Mycenaean palace complex, which archaeologists date to 1,500 BC. The town of Kyparissia is our final stop, with its modern Lower Town, medieval Upper Town and haunting castle ruins which overlook them both.



  • Departure from Athens
  • Ancient Corinth 
  • Old town of Nafplio 
  • Lunch in Nafplio 
  • The Homeric site of Mycenae, seat of the Bronze Age Mycenaean civilization 
  • Overnight in Nafplio 


  • Departure from Nafplio 
  • The Medieval Mystras castle town
  • Legendary Sparta
  • Lunch in Sparta 
  • Overnight in Monemvasia


  • Monemvasia castle town exploration 
  • Elafonisos island 
  • Lunch in Elafonisos 
  • Gerakas port, the only fjord in Greece
  • Overnight in Monemvasia


  • Departure from Monemvasia
  • The town of Gytheio, the gateway to the Mani peninsula 
  • Vathia abandoned village, the most well-preserved settlement of the Mani
  • Lunch in the Mani peninsula
  • Areopoli, the historic town of the Mani
  • Overnight in Kardamyli 


  • Kardamyli seafront town 
  • Lunch in Kardamyli
  • Kastania traditional village
  • Overnight in Kardamyli


  • Departure from Kardamyli 
  • Ancient Messene 
  • Lunch in Methoni 
  • Pylos, the largest natural harbor in the Peloponnese 
  • Overnight in Pylos


  • Departure from Pylos
  • Nestor Mycenean Palace 
  • Lunch in Kyparissia 
  • Return to Athens

Practical info

7 days
english, french
year round

What's included

  • Rental of category D car for 7 full days (Toyota Auris or similar), with Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver*, Vehicle Theft Waiver*, Airport surcharge, 1st additional driver free of charge, 24h road assistance (for accidents or mechanical breakdowns), Local Taxes
  • Six accommodations at boutique hotels & traditional guest houses on the 3* & 4* scale
  • Six traditional Greek breakfasts
  • Customized trip app featuring:
    • thematic detailed itinerary & navigation
    • enriched content, audio storytelling & advice from a top-rated guide at each location
    • optional stops, local tips & points of interest
    • suggestions for tours, audio guided tours & activities
    • restaurant recommendations in each area

Our rates are based on the rental of one car per 4 people, one double room per 2 people, one triple room per 3 people and one quadruple room per 4 people. In case your group has different requirements please contact us for a customized offer.

*with excess based on category booked


Not included

  • Car delivery and collection (stations available at Athens airport, Athens city center, Halandri & Metamorfosi)
  • Gas & tolls
  • Site entry fees 
  • Meals
  • (Optional) local guided tours / audio guided tours / activities
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