Peloponnesos Tour

Optional day: Arrive in Athens, Transfer from the airport to your hotel by the Acropolis. We'll visit the Acropolis and the highlights of Athens. Optional tour Athens by night.

1st day: Starting from Athens we drive westwards towards along the scenic coast of the Saronic Gulf until we reach the Corinth canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Shortly after we reach the Ancient town of Corinth (visit). Back in ancient times Corinth was almost one of the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th c. B.C.)
Visit Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides - the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. (Visit the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs e.t.c.).
Proceed to Nafplion, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Overnight in a traditional hotel, located in the centre of the old city, just under the castle.
2nd day: After a breakfast taken on the beautiful veranda with the best view over the city, visit the castle of Palamidi. Time for shopping in Nafplion, where you will find many traditional shops and boutiques or enjoy a swim in the crystal waters under the castle.  
Later in the afternoon we drive to Epidavros to visit the Ancient theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its acoustics. (On summer weekends ancient plays  take place) Return to Nafplion (overnight).
3rd day:  Leaving Nafplion in the morning, we drive south along the scenic coast of the Argolic Gulf, at the town of Astros we turn to Central Peloponnese, Arcadia  and take the country road through the village of Agios Petros, (the village became capital city of Greece for 24 hours, short stop) and  Karies on the slopes of mount Parnon we arrive in Sparti where we visit the Acropolis and then on to visit the Medieval city of Mystras (overnight in  a hotel, with a swimming pool)

 

Sparta, the modern town was developed in the reign of King Otto after 1834. Visit the archaeological site, the Acropolis and the theatre of Ancient Sparta and then on to visit the Medieval state of Mystras

4th Day: Leave Sparti for Mani an undeveloped rocky wild area strewn with 15th 16th c. stone tower houses. On the way visit Githeo, a seaside town the port of ancient Sparta.

Drive on to Areopolis a large village (with taverns) in the typical Maniot style, tower houses and churches. Visit Vathia forsaken by almost all its inhabitants, Vathia and Kita are the most impressive of the tower communities which are characteristic of the Mani.
 Stony paths wind between the silent towers and the empty houses mount to the top of the hill: view of Cape Mattapan (Akrotirio Tenaro) .
Time for swimming in the most southern part of mainland Greece (also of Europe). Overnight in Areopolis in a traditional 17th c. mansion .

5th day Part way down the west coast of Mani, opening into Diros Bay are two caves which were explored after the Second World War. The largest, Glifada, is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Greece. We'll visit the Caves and Museum of Diros tel. (0733) 52.22. The cave is well organized for visitors with floating lights and colored light projectors.

The guided tour consists of a boat trip (about 2km/1.25mi) along both arms of the river which splits in two in the cave. Daily 8a.m to 5p.m (2.30p.m winter) Entrance fee 10 Euro child (under 12) 5 Euro. we will visit the other villages of Mani.

6th day: Depart for Kalamata, (visit the city -shopping...) On the way we will visit the villages of Vassai and Adritsaena. Arrive late afternoon in Olympia. Overnight in a hotel with a large pool.

7th day: Visit the ruins of Olympia the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum.

8th day: Visit the largest archeological site of Greece situated in the idyllic Alfios Valley, see for yourself  the grandeur of the ancient sanctuary which through the Olympic Games was a symbol of Greek unity - the cradle of the Olympic Games. Later in the afternoon enjoy a swim in the hotel pool. Overnight in Olympia.


9th day:  Departure in the morning either to return to Athens or continue on for:  the plains of Elias and Arcadia, and take the small country road  through the mountains for Kalavryta, a pleasant summer or winter resort (there is a ski center) at 750m/2461ft above sea level ringed by mountain peaks with a spectacular panoramic road and a famous narrow - gauge rack railway. Overnight in a traditional hotel.

10th day: Take the Rack railway from Kalavryta to Diakofto. The narrow gauge Duncanville railway, which was built late in the last century between Diakofto on the coast and Kalavryta, is a particularly bold feat of engineering. It runs for 22km/nearly 14 miles along a vertiginous route - through tunnels, along overhangs, across bridges and viaducts and on a rack in certain sections where the incline is steeper than 7%. I will wait for you in Diakofto to return in Athens.

Daily: 8.00am. Return approx 7.00 p.m.
on tenth day .
Comment:
See the main cultural and archaeological, historical and religious highlights of Greece. Time is allowed for gentle walks, swimming and coastal relaxation. Most of the driving is on mountain and coastal roads.

Closed on Holidays: January 1st. March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00. Ps : Have in mind that most of the Archaeological sites in winter close at 2.45 pm. 

 

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