60 days in Greece & Turkey Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 7 nights
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 8 nights
Fly to Kos, Ferry to Bodrum City
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Bodrum City, Turkey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chios Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Demre (Kale), Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fethiye, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Drive to Marmaris, Ferry to Rhodes, Drive to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly
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Chania Town, Greece
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Heraklion, Greece
— 6 nights
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Drive to Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Drive to Monemvasia
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Monemvasia, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mystras, Greece
— 1 night
Drive
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Nafplio, Greece
— 2 nights
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Athens, Greece — 7 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visit Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Poseidon for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Archaeological Site of Thorikos (in Thoricus) and Panagia Faneromeni (in Vouliagmeni). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Erechtheion, get engrossed in the history at Byzantine and Christian Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Cycladic Art, and don't miss a visit to Ancient Agora of Athens.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Athens trip website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in April, expect Athens to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kalambaka.
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Kalambaka, Greece — 2 nights

The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Meteora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Great Meteoron, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Byzantine Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, see the interesting displays at Hellenic Culture Museum, then see the interesting displays at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, then stroll through Varlaam Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ieros Naos Kimiseos tis Theotokou.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kalambaka road trip tool.

You can drive from Athens to Kalambaka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in April, with highs in Kalambaka at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Thessaloniki.
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 8 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai (Vergina) and Ladadika District. Visit Hagios Demetrios and Monastery of St. Theodora for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Thessaloniki: Pella (Archaeological Museum of Pella & Archaelogical site of Pella), Veroia (The Byzantine Museum of Veroia & Archaeological Museum of Veria) and Balkan Wars Museum (in Gefyra). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, steep yourself in history at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Panteleimon, and learn about winemaking at Ktima Gerovassiliou.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City, Turkey — 5 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Visit Castle of St. Peter and Turgutreis Merkez Cami for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Myndos and Herakleia. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum, and explore the galleries of Ender Guzey Museum ARThill.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Thessaloniki to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Thessaloniki to Bodrum City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Thessaloniki in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Bodrum City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Chios Town.
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Chios Town, Greece — 2 nights

On the 24th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, then examine the collection at The Chios Mastic Museum, and then wander the streets of Pyrgi. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Nea Moni Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Osmanie Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Giustiniani Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Chios Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chios Town trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Chios Town takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bodrum City to Chios Town is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Bodrum City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chios Town, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Demre (Kale).
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Demre (Kale), Turkey — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Arykanda and then delve into the distant past at Arykanda Antik Kenti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Myra Antik Kenti, delve into the distant past at Sura Ancient City, then get engrossed in the history at Likya UygarlIklarI Muzesi, and finally don't miss a visit to Andriake Ancient City.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Demre (Kale) road trip planner.

You can drive from Chios Town to Demre (Kale) in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Chios Town in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Demre (Kale): temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.
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Fethiye, Turkey — 6 nights

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Tlos and Fethiye Port. Ancient Rock Tombes and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Xanthos Antik Kenti (in Kalkan), Marmaris (Halici Ahmet Urkay, Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi, &more) and Patara Amphitheatre (in Patara). And it doesn't end there: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Abandoned Village of Kayakoy, delve into the distant past at Pinara Antique City, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Fethiye online travel planner.

You can drive from Demre (Kale) to Fethiye in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Lindos.
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Lindos, Greece — 2 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, then steep yourself in history at The Church of the Panagia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Thari Monastery, and finally stop by Ebonas Winecellar. On the next day, kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plakia Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Feraklos Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Michael the Archangel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lindos travel planner.

Getting from Fethiye to Lindos by combination of car and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Fethiye to Lindos. Traveling from Fethiye in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lindos, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rhodes Town.
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Rhodes Town, Greece — 2 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
On the 7th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Kahal Kadosh Shalom Synagogue, examine the collection at Rhodes Jewish Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Castle, then contemplate the long history of Street of the Knights, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Olympic Stadium - Rhodes. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, then get to know the fascinating history of Medieval City, then see the interesting displays at Bee Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Filerimos Monastery.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rhodes Town day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Lindos to Rhodes Town in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rhodes Town are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Chania Town.
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Chania Town, Greece — 3 nights

The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Greek National Football Museum and Archaeological Museum of Chania. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to German Military Cemetery and Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chania Town: Beer Tastings & Tours (in Platanias) and Ancient Olive Tree (in Vouves). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at MINOAN'S WORLD, learn about all things military at Maritime Museum of Crete, steep yourself in history at Venizelos Graves, and do a tasting at Manousakis Winery.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chania Town road trip app.

Getting from Rhodes Town to Chania Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Rethymnon.
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Rethymnon, Greece — 7 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Get some historical perspective at Monastery of Arkadi and The Monastery Arsaniou. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ancient Eleutherna and Wooden Museum. Explore Rethymnon's surroundings by going to Lake Kournas (in Kournas), War Museum Askifou (in Askifou) and Winery Dourakis (in Alikampos). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Chromonastiri Military Museum, steep yourself in history at Minoan grave of Filaki, and wander the streets of Rethymnon Old Town.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rethymnon day trip site.

You can drive from Chania Town to Rethymnon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Heraklion.
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Heraklion, Greece — 6 nights

Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Natural History Museum of Crete and Historical Museum of Crete. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Palace of Knossos and Monastery Savvathiana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heraklion: Kommos Archaeological Site (in Pitsidia), Gortyna (in Agioi Deka) and Vrondisi Monastery (in Zaros). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, browse the exhibits of Church and the Museum of St. Aikaterini, see the interesting displays at Museum of Cretan Ethnology, and step into the grandiose world of Castello del Molo (Koules).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Heraklion travel planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Rethymnon to Heraklion in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Monemvasia.
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Monemvasia, Greece — 2 nights

Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monemvasia Fortress and Liotrivi Monemvasia - Historical Mansion. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Christ in Chains (Christos Elkomenos) and Agia Sofia Church. Take a break from Monemvasia with a short trip to Vlychada Beach in Richea, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Hrisafittisa, stop by To Kelari - Kastro Monemvasias, do a tasting at Monemvasia Winery Tsimbidi, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Collection of Monemvasia.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monemvasia trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Heraklion to Monemvasia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Mystras.
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Mystras, Greece — 1 night

Mystras or Mistras, also known as Myzithras in the Chronicle of the Morea, is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Camera Museum – Takis Aivalis, then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Koumantareios Art Gallery of Sparta, and finally contemplate the long history of The Menelaion.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mystras trip planner.

Drive from Monemvasia to Mystras in 1.5 hours. In May in Mystras, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nafplio.
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Nafplio, Greece — 2 nights

Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Panaghia, then see the interesting displays at War Museum Nafplio Branch, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Antiminsio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ieros Naos Evaggelistria, see the interesting displays at Komboloi Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Agios Spyridonas.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nafplio trip maker app.

Getting from Mystras to Nafplio by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mystras in May, Nafplio is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Greece travel guide

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Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Chios travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Mastic Island
Rich history and scenic landscapes make Chios one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Aegean. Nicknamed the "Mastic Island" because it remains one of the world's major producers and exporters of mastic gum, Chios offers visitors a chance to explore medieval villages and age-old monasteries. Start at the ancient settlement serving as the island's center of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Alternatively, make the southwestern port of Mesta your base for touring a cluster of satellite islands reachable by boat or ferry. The island is nearer to the Turkish coastline than the Greek mainland, and as a result shares much of eastern Turkey's topography of rugged crags and fragrant citrus groves.
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Rhodes travel guide

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Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.
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Chania Prefecture travel guide

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Beaches · Marinas · National Parks
Covering Crete's western section, Chania prefecture features some of the island's least spoiled natural areas, as well as its only freshwater lake. Most tourists concentrate on the prefecture's namesake capital, overlooking the dramatic landscapes of the region's sprawling national park. Designated as one of UNESCO's biosphere reserves, the park contains a rugged gorge known for sheltering many endemic plant species and providing a much-needed refuge for the rare kri-kri goat. Test your best hiking shoes by exploring this nature lover's paradise on day trips from the town of Chania, or settle in one of the nearby villages and spend your vacation touring the island's less-frequented southwestern shore.
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Heraklion Prefecture travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · History Museums
Situated at the center of Crete, Heraklion prefecture remains best known for its eponymous capital city, the birthplace of artists El Greco and Nikos Kazantzakis. A crowded tourist mecca, the vibrant city serves as the starting point for day trips to the prefecture's main attraction, an ancient complex of Minoan palaces. This important archaeological site contains traces of Europe's oldest city, from which the mythical King Minos allegedly ruled the region. Venture farther away from the prefecture's big city and popular northern resorts to discover a less-trodden landscape of tiny villages, fertile green plains, and low mountain ranges.
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Peloponnese travel guide

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Scenic landscapes and a high concentration of ancient sites make the Peloponnese one of the most desirable sightseeing destinations in Greece. Separated from the Greek mainland by a narrow gulf, the region contains well-preserved archaeological reminders of the country's eventful history. The Peloponnese also boasts impeccable beaches, local cuisine, and a slew of tiny mountain villages. This region remains relatively uncrowded and lets you discover a quieter and greener corner of Greece, one ruled by traditional hospitality and the simple pleasures of life.
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