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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 holiday.

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 travellers. 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.