Travelling by ship: Take the motorway through Germany, Austria, Switzerland to Italy to the port you want to leave from: Venice, Ancona, Bari or Brindisi. Under this address in the internet you find the timetables and you can also compare the prices: www.faehren.info
You arrive from Ancona after 19 hours in Patras. In Patras from the port you go to the left, direction Athens. Aprox. 200 km to Nafplio. On the way you have to pay two times toll. Don't leave the motorway near Konrinthos. Follow the green signs direction "Tripoli" You may leave at the exit "Ancient Nemea" or "Argos". Follow the sings to Nafplio. In Nafplio you go straight into the centre of the town up to a big crossing. Here go to the right and look for a parking at the port of Nafplio.
Athens and also Kalamata are possible. Kalamata only in summertime.
There are only four times a day buses from Kalamata to Tripoli and
Nafplio. Athens - the cheapest way: Express-Bus
From the airport
first go into the direction "Athens", after follow the "Attiki Odos"
up to "Elefsina". There you follow the direction "Korinthos" About
after 40 minutes you will reach the "Isthmos-Area", the famous Corinth-canal.
Short stop for the big common stare in the deep groove! Take the exit
"Loutraki, Korinthos Exit A” go to the left, pass the bridge
over the canal and put your car on the parking just after the bridge
on the right side. After the stop you continue the road and after
400 meters turn to the left, there is a sign “Epidavros, Kranidi,
Ermioni”. After 500 meters turn to the right on the motorway
direction “Patras, Tripoli”. Further on see "travelling
you go to Athens and get lost, which is very likely possible, go into
the centre. Here may be you can find a road sign "Korinthos". Even when
you go to Pireas this is no tragedy. Go around the port and follow the
signs to "Korinthos". Ask the company, where you rent the car for a
map of Athens and Attica.
Good luck in the Athens permanent traffic jam! Attention! The motorcyclist in Athens use any gap and helmets they are waering only when it is raining or very cold...