11 days in Athens, Peloponnese & Hydra Itinerary

11 days in Athens, Peloponnese & Hydra Itinerary

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11 days in Athens, Peloponnese & Hydra Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Athens
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Nafplio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kalamata
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Petrochori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Sparta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Elafonisos
— 1 night
Travel:  6​h
7
Hydra
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Athens

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Tower of the Winds, explore the world behind art at Vorres Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Panathenaic Stadium. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Poseidon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Athens tour planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Athens is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Athens, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Wildlife Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Temple of Poseidon, Eleftherios Venizelos Permanent Exhibition, Scuba & Snorkeling, Donkey's Land, Vorres Museum
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Tower of the Winds ©
Tower of the Winds
Temple of Poseidon ©
Temple of Poseidon
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Nafplio

Nafplio ©
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
On the 16th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Nauplion, get engrossed in the history at War Museum of Nafplio, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Palamidi, then take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, and finally sample the fine beverages at Karonis Distillery.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nafplio trip planner .

Drive from Athens to Nafplio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Athens in April, Nafplio is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kalamata.

Things to do in Nafplio

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Archaeological Museum of Nauplion ©
Archaeological Museum of Nauplion
Fortress Palamidi ©
Fortress Palamidi
Nauplion Promenade
Nauplion Promenade

1
night
Kalamata

Kalamata ©
Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras, in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, browse the fresh offerings at Kalamata Farmer's Market, delve into the distant past at Ancient Messene, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Church of Agioi Apostoloi, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Messenia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ypapanti Church.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kalamata trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nafplio to Kalamata takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nafplio in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kalamata, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Petrochori.

Things to do in Kalamata

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Antigua Mesenia
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Antigua Mesenia ©
Antigua Mesenia
Military Museum ©
Military Museum

1
night
Petrochori

Petrochori ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): kick back and relax at Petrochori Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Voidokilia Beach, and then explore the historical opulence of Palace of Nestor.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Petrochori day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kalamata to Petrochori takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Petrochori can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sparta.

Things to do in Petrochori

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Palace of Nestor
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Voidokilia Beach ©
Voidokilia Beach
Palace of Nestor ©
Palace of Nestor

2
nights
Sparta

Sparta ©
Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Kastora Canyon, explore the ancient world of Archaeological site of Mystra, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, then see the interesting displays at The Camera Museum - Takis Aivalis, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Koumantareios Art Gallery of Sparta. On the next day, see the interesting displays at War Museum of Tripoli, learn more about the world around you at Archaeological Museum of Tegea, then contemplate the long history of Mystras, and finally delve into the distant past at Amyklaion and Sanctuary of Apollo.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sparta travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Petrochori to Sparta takes 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Sparta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Elafonisos.

Things to do in Sparta

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mystras, Kastora Canyon, War Museum of Tripoli, Archaeological Museum of Tegea, Amyklaion and Sanctuary of Apollo
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Archaeological site of Mystra ©
Archaeological site of Mystra
Mystras ©
Mystras
Archaeological Museum of Tegea ©
Archaeological Museum of Tegea

1
night
Elafonisos

Elafonisos ©
Elafonisos is a small Greek island between the Peloponnese and Kythira. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Pounta Beach and then kick back and relax at Lefki Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Elafonisos holiday maker site .

Getting from Sparta to Elafonisos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Hydra.

Things to do in Elafonisos

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Pounta Beach ©
Pounta Beach

1
day
Hydra

Hydra ©
Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Harriets Hydra Horses, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Komiseos Theotokou Monastery, then explore the world behind art at Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra, then get engrossed in the history at Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion (National Historical Museum), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Agios Matronas.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elafonisos to Hydra. In April, daytime highs in Hydra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hydra

Outdoors Museums Trails
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Harriets Hydra Horses ©
Harriets Hydra Horses
Historical Archive - Museum of Hydra ©

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