Ancient Greece can be recaptured in so many places, but on this land mass one easily finds the great empire of Hellentic times at every turn. It is easy to see a place like Nauplion or the Epidaurus Theater as a day trip from Athens. For the real experience you will want to visit Mani, the living castle of Monemvassia, or perhaps a beautiful fishing village like Githion. The countryside is so beautiful that one needs to drive it to fully appreciate it. Choose your destination before you depart, and leave free days in between. Be aware that there only a few accommodations in some areas, such as Monemvassia, so one should call ahead for reservations.