Peloponnese self drive holiday in Greece

“11 day tailor made road trip on the Peloponnese featuring guided route notes, locally-owned B&B's and the freedom to get to know Greece in your own time.”

Highlights

Athens | Ancient Messene | Methoni | Mani | Mystras | Crossing Mt. Taygetos | Monemvasia Peninsula | Gythion | Scenic roads around Mt. Parnonas | Mycenae | Epidaurus amphitheatre | Nafplio | Detailed route notes | Locally-owned B&B's |

Description of Peloponnese self drive holiday in Greece

This 11 day tailor made tour of the Greek Peloponnese allows travellers to explore the world-famous archaeological sites and many of the region’s lesser-known locations as part of a self drive itinerary.

Once you've picked up your rental car in Athens you’ll be in control with detailed route notes allowing you to explore with confidence as you travel across the Peloponnese from one locally-owned B&B to the next.

From the Acropolis in Athens to the archaeological site of Olympia, this is your chance to experience the ancient origins and citadels of Greece without having to wait for the rest of the group to catch up or slow down.

Spend as much time at each site as you wish or build in beach days or a hike in the countryside from where organic adventures and traditional tavernas provide ample opportunities to experience real life outside of the tourist hot spots.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Try not to build too many sites into each day and allow for some free time for drivers to be able to rest and relax.
Trip type:
Self drive/tailor made
Activity level:
Relaxed
Accomm:
Small scale locally owned hotels
Included:
10 nights double room accommodation, 9 days car hire, all breakfasts, route map and detailed site descriptions, professional liability insurance
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peloponnese self drive holiday in Greece

Environment

When choosing this tour, you choose responsible holidays; as we as a company we are committed on what is called Responsible Travel. We act friendly towards local people and the environment and we treat our guests as travelers and not as tourists.

We avoid large hotel complexes and instead we book small scale hotels, some of them having adopted environmentally friendly practices.
The vehicles we propose are new and well maintained which means reduced pollutants emissions.

The communication between us and our guests is made primarily via e-mail and sometimes by telephone. You will not receive from us any printed material. We will provide you everything you need (roadbook, vouchers, travel documents etc.) via e-mail.

In the documentation we provide our guests, we include information on the local ecosystems, the indigenous flora and fauna and the rural activities of local people.

We offer 5 euros of the price per person of this trip for the environment, in selected actions, every time, which benefit the local ecosystem, such as reforestation, wild life preservation, natural reserves etc.

Community

For us local people are structural elements of each place, and each destination is primarily their home. We do whatever is possible not to disturb their lives, their customs and activities but we also intend for our trips to be beneficial for the local culture and economy.

We hire cars from a small local company and we book small scale, mainly family-run hotels.

During this tour our guests will have the opportunity of testing local cuisine in small traditional family-run restaurants and also visiting producers and/or manufacturers if they wish. We will suggest small businesses for each location, so that you have the opportunity to taste local products even buy your gifts for friends and family.

We encourage our guests to engage local guides, on the spot, if they wish to get full proficient guided tours in the archeological sites.
During this tour you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important historical sites of the western civilization, many of them listed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Sites. With your visit, you also contribute to their maintenance, by paying the entrance fees.

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Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was an all good self drive adventure which we enjoyed.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Some of the roads are to say the least difficult to drive and a bit hairy. It
was fine for us but if not confident driving think twice.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Many areas looked run down and in need of income so we can or may have
helped.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our only stressful time was at the start. Our ferry arrived 1 hour early at
Patras. Not realising our car was going to be dropped off we had no idea
where to go or what to do. The phone numbers we had were not great for
the company so when we saw the car turn up were happy. All good after
that.

Reviewed on 04 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking to the southern most point of mainland Greece and the wonderful spring flowers everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be clear where you want to go and ensure the itinerary suits you by dealing directly with the agents in Greece

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


In so much as the Peloponnese depends on tourism, yes: in all other ways no, all those hire cars, tour buses add to degrading the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We loved the place but too many visitors to most classical sites and museums.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Penny, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.
It was real pleasure creating your journey to Southern Greece.

We just like to add a few things about the responsible character of this tour:
Peloponnese depends not only on tourism but on agriculture and livestock, so visiting the area benefits locals in several ways. Tourism professionals (direct impact) and producers via the consumption of local products offered in most restaurants and hotels. We use small-scale hotels, traditional guest-houses and typical pansions. All the accommodations are family-owned. Some of them are "green" hotels since they have adoptadopted environmentally friendly practices. For the self-drive itineraries, as this holiday is, we provide our guests with hire cars, always of new technology with limited gas emissions and from reliable local companies. During this tour, the travellers have the occasion to visit 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visiting the archeological sites and museums, be it cultural highlights or less advertised but of major importance places, helps to the restoration and preservation of the monuments but also to the maintenance of local people's jobs in the sites; by paying the entrance fees.

We hope to have the honor to design your next adventure to our beautiful country. Thank you!

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