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Athens and Peloponnese Roadtrip - Late Sept. to early Oct. itinerary check

I'm heading to Greece for the first time for 10 days, late Sept. and ending early Oct. After tons of research and reading the Rick Steves Athens and Peloponnese guide, I'm looking for some feedback on my itinerary. Also wondering if these places are good to visit in Sept/Oct or if restaurants and services will be closed? Looking for a nice mix of relaxing coastal time and history. Also very interested in agriculture to anywhere to see olive farms, sheep, beekeepers and the like is exciting to me.

Day 1
Arrive Athens
11am

Day 2
Athens

Day 3
Rent car
Leave Athens for Mycenae, explore ruins.
Drive to Nafplio

Day 4
Nafplio,
Day trip to Epidaurus

Day 5
Leave Nafplio,
Drive to Mystras,
Arrive to stay near Glythieo

Day 6
Explore Gytheio area

Day 7
Gytheio
Areopoli, Lemini,
Stoupa Beach,
Diros Cave?

Day 8
Drive to Monemvasia,
Spend night

Day 9
Leave Monemvasia, drive back to Athens,
Acrocorinth on the way?

Day 10
Morning in Athens, head to airport

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Nothing to say about your trip, it's one of the possible combinations of itineraries in this part of the Peloponnese (I had an almost similar itinerary last month)
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For example you could also do it the other way, basically Nafplio → Monemvasia (via the coast) → Gythio → Stoupa → Kalamata → Mystras via road 82 → Athens .

You don't try to see too much which is a good thing unlike others who try to tick as many "must see" boxes for a minimum of days and find themselves spending their time in the car running between two boxes to check.
Note that except on a few major roads, the small mountain roads that you will take will cause your average speed to rarely exceed 55 km/h (35 mph).

The Peloponnese is not an area reserved for tourism. The locals live there, they go to restaurants or travel for leisure or for work, so apart from a few places by the sea which may close from October, you will have no problem finding accommodation or a restaurant or any other service.