My friend and I are meeting up in Athens, renting a car and exploring Peloponnese, which sounds beautiful, for a week. We've never been and we're very excited to explore, learn and discover this ancient and vibrant region. After a ton of research here's my latest itinerary. I'd be grateful for any insights by more seasoned travelers.
Arrive in Athens, stay at Athens Gate Hotel.
Explore Athens historical sites, dinner somewhere fun.
Get a rental convertible, drive to Kardamila via Mystras
Sleep in Kardamila
Day hike in Kardamila, check out Diros caves, leave for Monemvasia
Sleep somewhere in or near Monemvasia.
Explore Monemvasia. Sleep there again.
Day trip up the coast to Nafplio. Sleep there.
Explore Mycenae or Epidauros from Nafplio base. Sleep in Nafplio again.
Sadly, drive to Athens airport from Nafplio and leave. Sigh.
I'm getting a bit worried that we're packing in too many sites, and not leaving enough time to just explore and let things happen.
Any thoughts? I'm thinking that Monemvasia looks pretty, but might be a bit boring. Maybe it's best for a single night? Are the Diros caves worth it? Should we do two nights in Kardamila, then a day trip to Monemvasia, then three nights in Nafplio?
Thanks very much in advance.