I am trying to put together an itinerary to travel to Kythira (to see friends for 5-6 days) from Athens with my wife and would greatly appreciate some advice. Initially we were thinking of driving from Athens to Monemvasia over a 5 days, then catching the ferry to Kythira staying 5 days and flying back to Athens. The only problem is that there is nowhere to drop the car in the South East Peloponnese...
Our travel dates are fixed. we arrive at 21:30 in Athens on 25th August and fly out again on 6th September at 21:20.
if we cant drop the car anywhere near Monemvasia then our initial itineray might be:
25th land Athens ~ 9:30pm, pick up hire car and drive to Loutraki, (seen in previous posts..)
26th Drive to Napflio via Corinth canal and spend 2 nights, visit Mycenae and other local attractions.
28th drive down to Monemvasia spend 2 nights.
30th catch ferry from Monemvasia to Kythira or drive to Neapoli and catch ferry, spend 6 nights with friends and exploring the island.
4th Sept catch ferry back to Neapoli and drive back up towards Athens, spending a night somewhere interesting on the way back.
5th Sept back to Athens, take a look at Acropolis etc, then to airport for evening flight.
My questions are:
We are considering driving from Monemvasia to Kalamata so that we can drop off the car there and catch the ferry back to Kythira on the 1st Sept. is this worth doing and staying somewhere for a night on the way? the reason to do this is so we can drop the car in Kalamata, catch the ferry and then fly straight back from Kythira to Athens on the evening of the 5th Sept.
My other question is whether there is any sense in getting the bus down to Monemvasia, after dropping the car either back in Athens or in Napflio again so that we can fly back from Kythira.
Any help would be much appreciated as we really want to make the most of our time in Greece.
The options so far involve:
1. flying to Kythira on the 26th at 11am then getting the ferry to Kalamata on 31st and driving back through the Peloponesse to Athens, not preferred due to having to spend a night between flights