A watercraft can whisk you to crowd-free beaches on uninhabited islands, or to picturesque, cosmopolitan gems like Spetses and Hydra, both delightfully car-free and known for their rich maritime heritage. Explore tiny Spetses by horse-drawn carriage, admiring its neoclassical architecture, before stretching out horizontally on a pine-fringed beach. Meanwhile, Hydra is a yachting paradise with a buzzing atmosphere, crammed with harbourside restaurants and exclusive shops. Charmingly traditional, the most popular mode of transport on Hydra is a donkey!
Costa Navarino is a luxury golf destination, offering superb facilities on Greece’s first two 18-hole signature courses. Wrapped in a stunning sea and olive grove setting, The Dunes Course was designed by US Masters Champion, Bernhard Langer, while The Bay Course is another knockout from Robert Trent Jones Junior. Great year-round weather means great year-round play and there are various golfing packages on offer.
The Peloponnese is a land of majestic natural beauty just begging to be explored – boasting sandy beaches, rocky coves, vast gorges, shimmering lakes, snow-capped mountains, fertile valleys, dense forests, rivers and caves. Places to note include Gialova Lagoon, a main stopover site for migratory birds and sole European refuge for the African chameleon. Taygetos is the tallest mountain in the Peloponnese, standing at 2,407m tall; showcasing prolific plant-life, it is a haven for botanists and eco-tourists. There is also the tremendous gorge of the Neda River, named after a nymph who looked after baby Zeus, alongside the stunning Polylimnio Waterfalls, a great spot to cool off in the midday heat.
The Peloponnese’s coastline is dramatically jagged, revealing unexpected and pretty coves of sand, which tend not to be as crowded as other parts of Greece. Relax along the Costa Navarino’s pristine shores of sweeping strands and idyllic, golden-sugar coves, or head to the clean, turquoise seas at Finikounda. The astonishingly pretty bay at Voidokilia is home to an extraordinary semi-circle of fine sands sitting below the Old Frankish castle and cave of Pylos’s mythical King Nestor. Nestled between pretty, gnarled olive trees and warm, translucent waters, Voidokilia has won accolades for its historical and geological significance.
Shrouded in the mists of time, a top pick in The Peloponnese is the archaeological jewel that is the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, a huge site overlooking the Saronic Gulf and known for its giant 14,000-seat theatre (hosting ancient Greek drama in summer). Discover the chequered past of Ancient Messini, built in 369BC and boasting well-preserved ramparts stretching 9km, or visit Ancient Olympia, famed as the ‘Birthplace of the Olympic Games’ and home to a magnificent stadium. Next, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius is a splendid example of Classical design, while the superb Byzantine monastery of Andromonastiro and the elaborate royal Palace of Nestor are also worth a glimpse.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
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All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
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In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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