In the Odyssey, King Nestor receives Odysseus's son, who comes seeking word of his missing father. Join the long list of storied guests to Nestor's palace and others with this 12-day itinerary. Go from the Acropolis through historic sites at Nafplio, Mycenae, Pylos, and Olympia before sailing to the island of Zakynthos to explore its villages and vineyards, then return to watch the sun set over the Athenian Riviera.
If you're in Nafplio, you can't help but notice the imposing fortress that overlooks the town. You'll start your tour here, at Palamidi Castle. Enjoy the incredible views over the red rooftops and out into the sea. From here, you can view Bourtzi Fort on a small island in the middle of the harbor. As you make your way downhill, explore some of the other important landmarks with your guide.
First, you'll walk through the Gate of the Land, which was once part of the city's original walls. Next, visit the Vouleftikon building, the very first Greek Parliament, and Constitution Square, also known as Syntagma Square, the main square in Nafplio. Other tour highlights include Fillelinon Square, the seafront, and the Town Hall, a beautiful neoclassical building.
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Itineraries with Nafplio Old Town & Palamidi Castle Walk
Live like a local in Greece's idyllic Argolic Gulf with this active 8-day itinerary. You'll explore Athens for a few days and even hop onboard a fishing boat with an expert fisherman before you head to seaside Nafplio, home to winding streets and a historic water fortress. Explore this beautiful area of mainland Greece via foot, bicycle, and kayak, then get hands-on in an olive grove and try shepherding for a day.
Delve into Greek traditions with this 16-day itinerary. You'll arrive to a welcome dinner in Athens before heading to Nafplio to explore the history and agriculture of the Peloponnese. Then it's time for a trip to the islands, where you'll sample some of the favorite foods of Tinos, Mykonos, and Naxos and learn to create your own.