NAFPLIO --- Continued (Rick doesn't like long postings!)
SIGHTS around Town -- The Visit Nafplio website will tell you what's around to see ... I'm sure you will be "burnt-out" on ruins by then, so just relax & enjoy what the Greeks call the Most beautiful Old Town in their whole country ... in fact it's been called "the proposal capital of Greece," because so many men take their sweethearts there for a romantic place to pop the question. once you're there, you'll understand.
CAR RENTAL -- Many Rental Agencies have offices right there near the ferry docks, and certainly can deliver to a hotel. Typically you also can do a drop-off at an Athens hotel, or the rental agency's Central Athens office OR at the airport, without an added fee. If you hve a "deal with Avis or Hertz or other international firm, you may want to book thru them, otherwise you may get a b etter deal from an Athens-based agency. This one -- http://www.athens-carrental.com -- has repeatedly received raves from people who rent year after year. There are 2 important things to know and act on promptly: (1) INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS PERMIT (IDP) is required of all non-EU drivers in order to rent. This is NOT a "test" item, just a permit, you get it in 15 minutes by stopping by your closest AAA office with your driver license; costs $20 including photo. (2) if you can drive stick-shift you'll get a lower rate; most of the fleet cars are this; so DO book in advance if you require an automatic. With your 3 teens, you'll plrobably need something like a Honda Accord size (or its equivalent in a Hyundai, the most common fleet car in Greece, or Volkswagaen equiv model). You will not need anything superpowered, its mainly level-driving, no mountains.
HIGHLIGHTS EN ROUTE --
(1) NEMEA -- Quick stop on OUTBOUND trip --- about 15 miles (10 Km?) after crossing Corinth Canal, JUST at the point where the Southbound road to Argos/Nafplio shows up ... there is also a brown signpost for ANCIENT NEMEA, about 3-4 miles NORTH of the big Green Road... and this is an unvisited GEM your teens will love. Nemea is the Sacred Games Site that was "runner-up" to Olympia. It was unexplored, almost totally buried until about 50 years ago, UCal BErkeley teams excavated, restored - & it's a quick thrill, with no tour crowds! Temple, ruins, SUPER stadium where girls can march thru athlete "hero tunnel" and race each other on ancient track lanes. Nemea now presents every 4 years the Revived Nemea Games --Here's a great video for your girls - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXnuoKb2dQ8 - of the 2012 event, which drew more than 1,000 competing, from 50 different countries. You have just missed the 2016 Games (in mid-June) but your girls can run and imagine cheering crowds! This stop can take you under an hour & you can zip on to Nafplio.
(2) STOP on INBOUND trip -- EPIDAURUS. Instead of taking same route back, cross the "thumb" to ANCIENT EPIDAURUS... this is a big ruins site... but you can skp everything but the the wonderful THEATRE ... a world-famous theatre, buried for 1500 years & only rediscovered in the 1880s... seating 15,000, with the worlds BEST Acoustics. Every day people climb to the topmost row, and can hear someone whispering from the stage. A real "dont-miss" ... and takes less than 1 hour if you skip all the rest of the site.
(3) INBOUND or OUTBOUND -- the CORINTH CANAL If you stick on the Big Green Highway, you can't even see this amazing canal (soooo deep! soooo narrow!!). So either going or coming, whichever you choose, keep eyes peeled for the turnoff sign to "ISTHMIA" or "ISTHMUS" ... the little town right at the crossing... a couple blocks off the Big Intercity is the lttle old bridge you can stand on & look down... with luck, there will be a super-skinny boat sliding thru, almost touching on either side. GREAT photo-op!