We did two tours with Welcome - the first to Delphi and the second to Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio and the Ancient Theater at Epidaurus. In the planning stage Margareth (customer support) was very responsive and answered all my emails promptly explaining the tours and itineraries. It was very easy to organize via email, paying a deposit via the usual electronic service used by all operators and paying the balance at the end of our tour. John, our driver, speaks fluent English. He picked us up from our apartment in Thisseo and was there when he said he would be. The days out were truly memorable and the restaurants, particularly the one in Delphi were great recommendations. The car is extremely comfortable. This was a great way to see much more than Athens (even though it has many historical riches itself) in comfort with a professional operator. I cannot recommend Welcome highly enough - they are very professional and you should choose him for your tours in and outside of Athens. The history of Delphi and Mycenae, the two star attractions for us are beyond description in how amazing they were and how special it felt to be there. They were very memorable days for us.
You can visit all the places from the list or pick only the ones you like. Just inform your driver about your choice before the ride. During the stops you can do whatever you want: visit the landmarks, take pictures e.t.c. Take as much time as you want within the overall time limit of the trip.
Athens / Starting point
Your Welcome driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Athens at a convenient time of your choice.
The Corinth Canal is one of the world's smallest ocean canals in the world and connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.
Ancient Corinth was a city-state on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece.
In the ancient city of Mycenae are the imposing ruins of a great city of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C.
Athens / Starting point
Nafplio Old Town
Theatre of Epidaurus
About the ride
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Athens with a full-day tour through the amazing Peloponnese peninsula. Your Welcomer will serve as your local guide who will share the historical facts, the necessary information about the sights and, of course, his personal input in order to immerse you into the Athenian lifestyle. The relaxing 1-hour journey will take you right along the beautiful coastline of the Megara Gulf, straight to the iconic Corinth Canal.
- Hotel pickup and dropoff from a professional English Speaking driver / local guide
- 100% Customisable & Private
Your first stop will be at the midway point between the Peloponnese peninsula and the mainland, at 2Corinth Canal. Built in 1893, this ginormous waterway splits the two gulfs and offers passage to even the biggest cargo ships. From the moveable bridge, you can see down 80 meters to the glistening water below, the best spot for some once in a lifetime photos. Ask your driver about the unique history of the canal, and the trivia behind its construction.
From the Corinth Canal, your driver will then take you through the picturesque olive fields of Peloponnese to 3Ancient Corinth. This archeological site was once the most important city in the Classical world, and was the place that inspired St. Paul to write the First and Second Corinthians books for the New Testament. While strolling through the Agora, you must visit the most important monument of Ancient Corinth, the dominating Temple of Apollo.
After soaking up all the amazing Greek history in Ancient Corinth, you will then head to the citadel of the iconic Agamemnon, 4Mycenae. This city is absolutely dripping in Greek history, starting with the 20 foot wide walls, which encase the entrance to the city. Walk through the prestigious Lion’s Gate and enter Agamemnon’s regal throne room, explore the tombs, and pay a visit to the city's fascinating on-site museum.
Your next stop will be in the quaint port town of 5Nafplio Old Town, where you can take a break from all the history and enjoy a spot of shopping. This is a great little spot to enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Ask your driver for a locally recommended place, or pick one of your own. After lunch, take some time to visit the pretty Venetian quarter, and gaze upon the Castle of Palamidi sitting high atop the surrounding hills, before returning to your Welcome car and heading to the next stop.
You will then head back through the olive fields and orchards of Peloponnese to the UNESCO listed historical sites of 6Theatre of Epidaurus. Sitting in a small valley, you will find the Shrine of Asklepios, the much-worshiped god of medicine. Standing in the South East of the site is one of the most visited historical monuments in Greece, the Theatre of Epidaurus, a stellar example of a 4th century Greek architectural masterpiece. You can also explore the site's many temples, hospital buildings and the impressive Temple of Asklepios.
Should you have time, your driver will then take you up to one of the most famous vineyards in Greece, the Nemea winery. Here you can take a tour of the wine cellars, with its impressive 1,000 French oak barrels, sample some of Greece’s finest red wine, and gaze out over the stunning vineyards as the sun begins to lower in the sky.
After you have sampled some of the country’s finest wine, you will then head back to your Welcome car, and your driver will take you on a late afternoon drive back to your accommodation in Athens.
Enjoy your travel to a maximum
You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
We hand-pick the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the city
Our customers rate us excellent on Tripadvisor and other platforms
We'd pre-booked with Welcome for a day trip in Athens and also a full day to cover the Mycenaean Greek sites & the picture-postcard-perfect town of Nafplio. Our driver, us round and was courtesy personified and a treasure trove of knowledge on Greek history and culture. We had a great time during those two days inspite of inclement weather. The icing on the cake was his recommendation for lunch at Savouras ,a fish taverna in Nafplio. A delectable experience.
Welcome was everything the reviews says it is. Our driver, John, was very prompt, a joy to talk with, and very knowledgable. He took our family on a day-long tour to Mycenae, Epidauros, Corinth and Nafplion. He brought what we read about in the tour books alive! Thank you John, we will recommend you to everyone we know who is coming to beautiful Athens and the surrounding area.
We had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeble and the sites were very interesting to see. The restaurant we ate at in Nafplio was delicious and the pickup and drop off points were right around the corner from our hostel. Highly recommend this tour!
Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Personal English-Speaking professional Driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Entrance fees for all attractions
- Official Tour Guide - Our drivers are English Speaking and very knowledgeable of the places visited
- Beverages and meals.
- Tips and gratuities
Frequently asked questionsExpand
What happens after I book?
Once you complete your booking you will receive an email with more details about the Best of Peloponnese in a Day tour, your Welcome driver, and any more information you need to know regarding this experience. Feel free to reach out to our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org for any specific questions regarding the experience.
Can I customize the tour based on my needs?
Of course, that is one of the main benefits of having a Welcome experience. You can customize every last bit of the experience, from points of visit to time spent per landmark to adding in an extra food stop.
Will there be an official tour guide?
An official tour guide is not included because the overall experience is centered around the driver and the local’s perspective. Although the drivers are very knowledgeable regarding the points of visit, at no point can they be compared with a licensed tour guide who can give more in depth information regarding historic facts and information. If you would like to include an official tour guide in the experience please let us know via email after the booking is completed.
Do I need to be in a good physical shape?
The drivers are trained to adapt the experience depending on the type of participants. Whether you have kids or elders participating, the drivers know exactly how to handle special requests and provide an enjoyable experience accordingly. The most physically demanding site would be climbing the Acropolis, so make sure you bring plenty of water with you on the way up!
COMFORTABLE CLOTHES & SHOES
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas, such as the walk up the Acropolis Hill, may have uneven or rocky ground.
In the summer months, the Greek sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
ACCESSIBILITY & SPECIAL NEEDS
Should anyone in your group have special needs or have advanced accessibility requirements, please specify upon booking and we will make sure to accommodate your needs and customize your tour accordingly.
Terms of serviceExpand
- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws
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