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Nafpaktos makes an ideal stopover to break up your journey between Central Greece and the Peloponnese. A historic town wraps around the scenic fortified old port, where you’d never guess the naval battle of Lepanto took place in the 16th century. The waterfront promenade, central square with views of the old port, and statue of Miguel de Cervantes (to honor his participation in the Battle of Lepanto), have made Nafpaktos a favorite spot for locals and visitors.

Visit the hilltop Venetian castle or stroll around the historic port for a scenic view of the now-calm harbor and the Rio bridge that connects Central Greece and the Peloponnesian peninsula. The Fethiye Mosque is the largest Ottoman-era mosque in the city, complemented by the old mansions along the streets. 
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Monastery of Panayia Pantanassa at Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 7 Days

Take a week to drive through the mythological territory of mainland Greece with this itinerary. Your seven days will start and end in Athens, covering the historical sites and sprawling castles of the Peloponnese along the way.

A traditional village at Mani, Greece
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 14 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 14 Days

Take in the sights and flavors of the countryside on this two-week road trip around mainland Greece. Starting in Athens, you'll explore the Acropolis and sample local delicacies before making your way to the Peloponnese. Here you'll encounter traditional villages, ancient castles, beautiful Byzantine architecture, and fascinating archaeological sites. Go wine tasting in Nemea, consult the oracle at Delphi, and see the birthplace of the Olympics along the way.

View from the archaeological ruins at Mycenae
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 8 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 8 Days

In just over a week, this itinerary will take you from the Acropolis in Athens to the Byzantine ruins of Mystras to the hills of Delphi. Along the way, you'll visit important archaeological sites, stroll the pretty streets of towns brimming with history and culture, and enjoy unforgettable views.

Byzantine church and the ruins of Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 15 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 15 Days

Travel from Athens to the vineyards, castles, and archaeological sites throughout the Peloponnese with this itinerary. After exploring the Acropolis and the local delicacies of the capital, head to the countryside, where you'll discover Byzantine castles and monasteries, ancient palaces, and sip on wine worthy of Dionysus. You'll see where the Olympics were born and where Helen of Troy lived, and consult the oracle at Delphi along the way.

The ancient theater of Epidaurus
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 16 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 16 Days

On this 16-day road trip of Athens and the Peloponnese, you'll see historical sites, sample local flavors, and discover beautiful castles and monasteries. Spend a few days in the capital learning about the Acropolis and enjoying culinary delights of the modern era. Then make your way west for wine tasting in Nemea, stops at several archaeological ruins, and visits to charming villages before ending your journey back in Athens.

Byzantine church rooftop in Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 17 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 17 Days

Take a drive through the scenery and history of mainland Greece with this 17-day itinerary.  Begin in Athens, then make your way through the seaside towns, vineyards, scenic castles, and historic sites of the Peloponnese.

View from Palamidi Castle, Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 9 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 9 Days

Visit fascinating archaeological sites and enjoy the beauty of the Greek countryside with this 9-day itinerary. Starting in Athens, you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis before heading for the historic seaside town of Nafplio. Go wine tasting in Nemea, discover the Byzantine ruins of Mystras, consult the oracle at Delphi and more on this road trip adventure.

One of the lakes in the Zagori region
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 9 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 9 Days

Spend nine days adventuring through mainland Greece, from the clifftops of Meteora to the Nafplio seaside. You'll start and end in Athens, hiking up to the monasteries, over the stone bridges of Zagori, and down past the Venetian and Ottoman architecture of Nafplio in between.

View from the ruins of Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 10 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 10 Days

Get ready for gorgeous views and a healthy dose of history on this 10-day tour of Athens and the Peloponnese. You'll learn about ancient Greek mythology at the Acropolis, visit the home of Helen of Troy, and see where the Olympics were born. Along the way, you'll sample wines at the vineyards of Nemea, explore the Byzantine castle of Mystras, and consult the oracle at Delphi.

A traditional stone bridge in Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 10 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 10 Days

This 10-day active itinerary will take you from the lively streets of Athens to charming traditional villages to the shores of Nafplio. You'll tackle the mountains of Meteora, hike the hills of Zagori, and unwind with a relaxing dip in the lakes and waterfalls of the northern Peloponnese. End your adventure with a coastal bike ride and a paddle in the turquoise waters of the Aegean.

The ruins of the castle at Mystras
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 11 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 11 Days

Get an in-depth look at the Greek countryside on this 11-day road trip around the Peloponnese. Begin in Athens, where you'll learn about ancient mythology at the Acropolis. Then head west to the wineries of Nemea and the ruins of Mycenae, Pylos, Mystras, and more. Top it all off with a visit to the oracle at Delphi before ending your tour back in the capital.

Approaching the Lion Gate at Mycenae
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 11 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 11 Days

Some of the most dramatic feats of athleticism of the ancient world took place at Olympia, but you won't need to train quite at that level to take on this 11-day itinerary. After hearing the myths of the Acropolis, your tour will take you to seaside Nafplio, historic Mycenae, and the former stadium grounds at Olympia. Then head to the island of Zakynthos for four nights on the seashore before you return to Athens.

The historic red roofs of Nafpaktos
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 11 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 11 Days

Go from the bustling metropolis of Athens to the tranquil hills of Zagori to the beaches of Nafplio on this 11-day adventure. Along the way, you'll climb to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora, swim in the refreshing waters of the northern Peloponnese, and tackle sea waves on a kayaking excursion with a view.

Walk any number of streets for a view of the Acropolis
Map of Best of Athens & Ancient Greece - 12 Days
Best of Athens & Ancient Greece - 12 Days

Long dominated by the omnipresent Parthenon, Athens mingles its classical past with a budding art scene and bustling markets. You'll spend twelve days exploring this city's many cultural treasures and cool neighborhoods—along with day trips to archaeological sites in nearby Eleusis, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. See why the epicenter of antiquity and philosophy is well worth a trip today.

The view from Navarino Castle overlooking Pylos Bay
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 12 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 12 Days

Immerse yourself in history and culture on this 12-day trip encompassing Athens and the Greek countryside. Learn about Greek mythology straight from the source at the Acropolis before heading west to the Peloponnese. Go wine tasting at the vineyards of Nemea, visit Byzantine castles, and stroll the streets of traditional villages. See where Helen of Troy lived and where the Olympics were born, and consult the oracle at Delphi before ending your road trip back in the capital.

Bourtzi Castle in Nafplio Bay
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 12 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 12 Days

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.

On the way to the beach in Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 12 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 12 Days

Make the most of your 12 days in Greece with this adventurous itinerary around the mainland. You'll discover the sights and sounds of Athens by bicycle before hiking in the hills of Meteora and Zagori. Stop for a swim in the waterfalls and lakes of the northern Peloponnese, and then head for the historic coastal city of Nafplio for biking and kayaking with a view.

The vineyards of Nemea
Map of Mainland Greece Road Trip - 13 Days
Mainland Greece Road Trip - 13 Days

In just under two weeks, you'll see traditional villages, fascinating historical sites, and beautiful views on this road trip around the Greek countryside. Begin in Athens, where you'll delve into ancient mythology and enjoy a culinary tour before setting out for the Peloponnese. As you make your way around the hilly landscape, you'll go wine tasting, visit castles, stroll the streets of old fishing villages, and see some of Greece's most famous ancient sites.

Bay of Laganas on Zakynthos
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 13 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 13 Days

Take 13 days to meet some of the stars of Greek history with this itinerary that will take you through the tales of the Peloponnese. After an Acropolis mythology tour in Athens, you'll go through Mycenae, once home to Helen of Troy; the vineyards of Nemea believed to have come from the vines of Dionysus; Nestor's palace in Pylos; and the sanctuary at Olympia. Then sail to Zakynthos to end your trip on its shores, topped off by paying tribute at the Temple of Poseidon in Athens before you depart.

Vikos Gorge in the hills of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 13 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 13 Days

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the Greek mainland with this 13-day itinerary. Begin in Athens, where you'll see all the sights from two wheels. Then stretch your legs with hikes in the mountains of Meteora and Zagori. Take a refreshing dip in the lakes of the Peloponnese before heading for the coast for a sea kayaking excursion. Finally, reward your hard work with a sunset at the Temple of Poseidon.

Monemvasia fortress on the Aegean
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 14 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 14 Days

Take two weeks to cross the stories of the Peloponnesian peninsula with this 14-day itinerary.  Start with the classics on the Acropolis, then make your way down through to the site of the kingdom of Mycenae, ancient vines of Nemea, and stadium at Olympia. Top it off with four days of shipwrecks and sea turtles on the island of Zakynthos before you return to Athens and thank Poseidon for your journey.

Aerial view over Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 14 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 14 Days

You'll tackle clifftop monasteries, river rapids, and the southern coastline on this two-week adventure. Start in Athens, where you'll explore the sights by bicycle. Then make your way to the curious rock formations of Meteora and the picturesque mountain villages of Zagori. After an excursion to the waterfall pools and alpine lakes of the Peloponnese, head to Nafplio for more hiking, biking, and a sea kayaking trip with stunning views.

Off the coast of Zakynthos
Map of Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 15 Days
Historic Peloponnese and Zakynthos - 15 Days

Travel across both the Peloponnesian peninsula and Greek history with this 15-day itinerary. After a brief start in Athens, you'll go down to the sea to visit Nafplio and neighboring mythical Mycenae, then over to the castles of Mystras and Monemvasia. Set sail for the quintessential Greek island of Zakynthos to end your journey on its turquoise shores before you return to Athens for one final temple sunset.

The rock formations of Meteora
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 15 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 15 Days

Spend just over two weeks discovering Greece's stunning mainland, from the clifftop monasteries of Meteora to the tranquil waters of the Peloponnese to the historical shores of Nafplio. You'll explore Athens by bike before hiking the hills and rafting the rivers of Zagori. Finish your journey with a kayaking excursion beneath imposing castles and an unforgettable sunset finale.

The atmospheric mountains of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 16 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 16 Days

In two and a half weeks you'll go from the bustling capital to the peaceful villages of Zagori to the Venetian side streets of Nafplio with this active itinerary. Get ready to discover the Greek mainland by bicycle, kayak, and on foot, as you climb to the clifftops of Meteora, bike along the coast, and paddle in the sea below imposing castles. After all that effort, reward yourself with a sunset finale at Cape Sounion's Temple of Poseidon.

The meadows and mountains of Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 17 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 17 Days

This 17-day adventure will take you from the sights and sounds of Athens to the clifftops of Meteora to the tranquil villages of Zagori and the crystal waters of the Peloponnese. Along the way, you'll hike, bike, and paddle your way around mainland Greece's stunning landscapes. End your journey with a trip to coastal Nafplio and a sunset finale at Sounion.

Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 18 Days

Get ready to see mainland Greece by foot, bike, kayak and more on this 18-day adventure. First, you'll explore the capital on two wheels and immerse yourself in the street art scene. Then learn the traditional Greek way of fishing before tackling the mountains of Meteora. Head to the hilly villages of Zagori, where you'll explore by raft. Next, make your way to to the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese for a swim under a waterfall and a dip in mountain lakes. Finally, travel to coastal Nafplio for a sea kayaking excursion around its famous castle, and more!

The shores of Nafplio
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 19 Days

You'll explore Athens and Greece's stunning countryside with this 19-day adventurous itinerary around the mainland. Bike your way around the capital and learn to fish like the locals before hiking to the clifftop monasteries of Meteora. Then make your way to the picturesque villages of Zagori, where you'll tackle the rapids of the Voidomatis River. Spend some time swimming under waterfalls before heading to Nafplio on the coast, where you'll kayak around a castle and learn how to make cheese the Greek way.

Sunset over Meteora
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 20 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 20 Days

Delve into Greece's culture and history with this 20-day adventure around the mainland. Discover Athens by bicycle, and learn about classical mythology and modern art along the way, before hiking in the mountains of Meteora and the villages of Zagori. Tackle some rapids and take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Peloponnese. Then head to Nafplio, where more hiking, biking, and some cheese-making await!

One of the roads up to Zagori
Map of Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 21 Days
Mainland Greece Adventure Trip - 21 Days

Clamber over the corners of mainland Greece on this three-week itinerary. You'll start by experiencing the Classical myths and modern street art of Athens. Then make your way out of the capital and up to the sky-high Meteora monasteries and Zagori mountain villages, where you'll learn to cook like a local. Hop in the waters of the Peloponnese before you end your trip in seaside Nafplio, home to biking, kayaking, and the chance to channel your inner Pan as a shepherd for a day.

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