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Getting There

By Car -- This is a long trip but not as tedious as the bus ride, which makes many stops. For the fastest route, take the National Road Athens-Corinth-Tripolis, and then head south to Githio (Gythion) and Areopoli via Sparta.

By Bus -- It's possible to travel from Athens to the Sparta bus station (tel. 27310/26-441), and from Sparta to the Githio bus station (tel. 27330/22-228) or the Areopoli bus station (tel. 27330/51-229), but this is a full-day trip. For schedule information, call tel. 210/512-9233, 210/512-9410, or the numbers above for the bus stations in Sparta, Githio, and Areopoli. For general information on Athens-Peloponnese schedules, try tel. 210/512-4910 or www.ktel.org.

By Ship -- At press time, Flying Dolphin (hydrofoil) service from Piraeus to Githio had been suspended. For an update, try tel. 210/419-9200 or 210/419-9000, or check www.hellenicseaways.gr. There is service from Githio to the islands of Kythera and Crete. The Rozakis Ship Brokers & Travel Agency, 5 Vas. Pavlou, on the harborfront (tel. 27330/22-650; fax 27330/22-229; rosakigy@otenet.gr), has information on sailings (including the Patras-Ancona Super Ferry service). The agency can make reservations and issue tickets.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.