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We are just back from our trip. Thank you everyone for their advice. We had a wonderful time the Peloponnese piece was great. We rented a car and departed Athens in the morning. Stopped at corinth canal for a photo opp and then headed to Epidaurus which we really enjoyed. We then continued on to Naphilo and picked the King Othon II Hotel to stay at. Rooms were clean and our hostess friendly. Steep steps with no elevator so we left our luggage in the car. Also you need to park in the public lot as street parking is extremly scarce. Naphilo is a great town to stroll, buy worry beads have drinks on the water. We did not tour the fortress this next morning (it was hot and we slept late) but headed out to Mycenae. Also a great site. Continued on to Olympia - got there by dinner. Stayed at the Eurpopa was functional, clean and fine with the surprise being a great and relatively reasonable dinner at their outdoor taverna. We visited the site the following morning, and then headed back on the road. Went over the new bridge down the coast road and landed in Delphi early in the evening. We stayed at Hotel Varonos - our room had a great view of the mountains and Valley (again no elevator, saw Delphi the next morning and then drove back to Athens airport for the flite to Crete. Everyone was incredibly friendly, even when we got a bit lost at times. The country is beautiful and the history really interesting.

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Thanks, ad0214. I wish I'd made it to Olympia!

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A succinct & clear report. It actually shows people the time involved -- you basically can see 2 argolid sites, Nafplio, Olympia and Delphi in 4 days, if you don't dawdle. Very useful for others who are planning, and need a time frame. Thanks so much!!

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ad0214,

How was Hotel Varonos in Delphi? We are booked to stay there in July, but the last few trip advisor reviews haven't been particularly favourable, so it would be great to get your opinion, since you were there very recently.

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thanks for the kind words. Hotel Varonos was fine. Room was clean but small - with a little "juliette balcony" with an awsome view. Our host was helpful and the we didnt think the rabbit in the lobby was smelly!

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Great report ad0214!

Agree with TravlerJan that given some guide advice from fellow TA members, you can see what is possible in a very small chunk of time.

Do you think the fortress if you stayed an additional day with Naplio as base would be worth it?

Others mentioned walking around the town. Trying to nail down reservations and interested in why you chose to go straight on to epidaurus.(after photo op of Corinth).

Thanks

LadyDar

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Lady Dar, to your 2 queries:

(1) he took a Photo Op at the Corinth CANAL, not at Corinth ancient site. The major highway goes right over the canal, so you can pull over, look over the edge (whoops!), gasp at its narrow-but-Deeeeep nature and move on. Ancient Corinth requires going into mod. corinth & beyond; also many TA vets including Greeks have opined that Corinth ruins, while nice for devoted ruins-stalkers, aren't as impressive or priority as the others... if you ARE stopping after the canal, stop at Nemea (the Olympica wannabe), directly off main hiway, u can tour it in 45 minutes & continue to Nafplio.

(2) Nafplio fortress -- I assume u mean Palamidi. You don't have to climb UP the 999 steps! Follow the example of Jan and thousands of others who Hate the Stairmaster -- take a taxi (5E?) up the BACK road of fortress, take STUNNING fotos of the entire bay & town, and walk DOWN the steps... a tree-shaded taverna with a waterfall right at the bottom is a great place to plop for a restorative ice-cream Nescaf frappe!! YES it's worth doing, that-a-way.

(3) Other Nafplio delights -- (A) of course, go up top of the town cliff (Acronafplia)... at the far end of town, go up ramped road to carpark, take ELEVATOR in the rock(!) that goes up to that fancy hotel...and walk out on the point...awesome views. (B) at foot of that ramped road, go thru stone arch to water-level walkway around point of peninsula...stunning stroll to tiny pebbly Araminta beach, and take a dip! (C) check out the folk Museum on Ypsilanti, founded by a wealthy GReek lady-- at its opening, named the finest new museum in Europe.

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As usual the Ta vets were great at nailing this advice. Thanks to Travlerjan for advice on itineraries and stopping points. Looking for to stay in Naplio.

LadyDar

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Yes Lady dar, where you in the back seat? You are right, we just got off the exit, (there is a small sign to Corinth Tourist Zone) and took some pics. We went straight onto Epidaurus rather than ancient Corinth, just because as has been mentioned we had a somewhat confined time limit and couldnt see it all. If we had to do it again, We would have gone up to the fortress in Naphilo in the morning (slept a little late and felt a little lazy) and we still would have had time to go to for a nice visit in Mycenae. We liked getting up at Olympia and Delphi and then visiting the sites. I think we beat both the heat and some of the crowds.

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Thank you for the report :)

A trip report is always very very much appreciated.

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enjoyed your post! Love Naplion1