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Ancient Greek ruins and mythology, fortified medieval towns, vineyard hopping, and beach relaxation, on mainland Greece’s southernmost peninsula.

Connected to mainland Greece by a tiny isthmus near Corinth, the Peloponnese is a mountainous peninsula that’s steeped in legend. It’s from here that the Argonauts set sail, and it’s where Heracles (widely known as Hercules) slayed the Nemean lion. Combining sandy beaches, historic towns, a thriving wine region, and some of Greece’s most revered archaeological sites, it’s a place our specialists love to explore. They’ll use their first-hand knowledge to help you decide what to experience on your Peloponnese vacation.

Inland lie six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Olympia and the acoustically perfect theatre at Epidavros. Nearby, the ruins of Mycenae highlight the role the Mycenean people played in this area of Greece. You can also tour the Byzantine castle of Mystras with a guide, who’ll tell you more about its historical importance through the centuries.

Spreading across the heart of the Peloponnese is the long-established Nemean wine region, where you can hop between wineries tucked among vine-covered hills.

Along the south coast, you can join a local guide for a private walking tour of Monemvasia, a fortified medieval town set on its own tiny island. Or, head west to the Messinia region, where age-old coastal villages offer soft-sand beaches. This is also where you’ll find Costa Navarino, which boasts luxe resorts and seafront restaurants where you can toast the sunset.

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Places to visit in the Peloponnese

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Peloponnese, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Peloponnese

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Peloponnese, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of the Peloponnese

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around the Peloponnese

    Accommodation choices for the Peloponnese

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Peloponnese. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Kinsterna Hotel, Monemvasia

      Kinsterna Hotel

      First Class

      A thoughtfully restored Byzantine mansion overlooking the Aegean, this luxe Peloponnese hotel offers a combination of authentic Greek charm, luxe modern comforts, and exceptional water views. You’re also just a short drive from the old town of Monemvasia.

    • Pool, The Romanos

      The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort

      Deluxe

      This Costa Navarino hotel combines the facilities and conveniences of a modern resort with traditional Greek influences. It’s a luxury stay on a quiet stretch of beach, with enough dining options and activities to suit everyone from families to those seeking a more secluded escape.

    • Hotel Europa, Olympia

      Hotel Europa

      Medium

      With a scenic yet convenient location just outside central Olympia, the Hotel Europa is a comfortable and cheerful option with its own taverna in the garden. It serves as a good base for exploring the ruins of ancient Olympia.

    • Nafplia Palace Villas, Nafplio

      Nafplia Palace Villas

      First Class

      Set by a large, cliff-top hotel, the Naflia Palace Villas are chic and stylish and many come with pri-vate plunge pools and sweeping views over Nafplio and the waterfront. Easy access to the main hotel pool and restaurant is an added bonus.