CORINTH - MESSINI - EPIDAURUS - SPARTA - MONEMVASIA - KALAMATA - OLYMPIA
With this tour you will be able to enjoy the most of Peloponnese in a very reasonable period of time. We will make sure you enjoy every aspect of the Greek civilization form the ancient times to the modern Greece.
Our first stop is Corinth canal, which divides Peloponnese from the mainland of Greece. The attempts of the opening go back in the ancient times but it was realized in 1893. After our short stop we will visit the archaeological site and the museum of ancient Corinth. Before wander around ancient Corinth, the small but significant museum will give a taste of the city’s advanced civilization. The art, such as mosaics as long as ritual and everyday items show a very refined culture for you to discover. Then the art will come alive as you will walk among great architectural structures such as the temple of Apollo, and Bema, the place where St. Paul stood and talked to the people about the new religion. Next stop is the acropolis of Mycenae. There you will witness one of the greatest civilizations in Europe that has its roots in the Neolithic Era. The tombs of the kings, and the remains of the walls along with the famous Gate of the Lions, stand there and amaze us for centuries.In Argolis region there is also the ancient theatre of Epidaurus located in the sacred Askleipieion. The theatre astonishes the visitors with its acoustics. The site that it is located in was dedicated to Asclepius the god of the doctors and was also used as a hospital and a research’s center. Our last stop is the Nafplion where we will spend the night. Nafplion’s contribution to Greek history starts in ancient times when it was a port and reaches its peak when it became the first capital of modern Greece. You will admire the neoclassical architecture and the Castles surround the town such as Palamide, Bourzi and Akronaflplia.
After visiting Nafplion we will head to Sparta where we will visit the archaeological museum with antiquities of Sparta and Laconia.The museum visitors will have the opportunity to admire retrieved material, sculptures and various artefacts. The site of Sparta is just as interesting with the remains of the ancient theater, the Acropolis and other public and private buildings. Our next stop will be the fortified town of Mystras. Mystras was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries and soon it became a significant military, cultural and religious center. Then we will drive to Monemvasia where we will spend the night. The next morning we will visit the fortitude town with its narrow streets where you will see the remains of the fort. The castle was used during the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottomans. Monemvasia will impress you with the simplicity of its beauty but also with its rich history and the immense view of the open sea. Our next visit will be at the archaeological site of Messini. Messini is an ancient town which is well preserved as excavations revealed all of the important buildings mentioned by the historians, such as the temple of Zeus, the theatre, the walls, the stadium and many others. Then we will drive towards the Palace of Nestor. A significant archaeological finding as it is one of the most well preserved buildings of the Neolithic Era. In the palace you will be able to walk through store rooms, workshops, baths, light wells, reception rooms and a sewage system. After the palace we will drive to Kalamata where we will spend the night.
The next morning you will visit the sacred site of Olympia. You will wonder around the place that the first Olympic Games were taking place at first as a religious celebration and then till today as a celebration of the human body and spirit. There you will see temple where his famous statue was standing made of gold and ivory dedicated to Zeus, the father of all gods and all men. The site also shows that Olympia increasingly became one of the most sacred places not only in Greece but all around the Mediterranean. You will see the stadium of the Olympic Games that could fit 45.000 people along with the buildings where the athletes were staying and practicing. The museum is one of the most important in Greece and the main protagonist is Zeus and is known mostly because of the statues. The statues are beautiful and will astonish you not only with their details but also with the philosophy behind them. The visit follows a meal at a local traditional restaurant and then we will drive back to Athens.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The charge for the tours and transfers is based on the vehicle used, therefore is per vehicle and not per person.
The price includes the driver and the vehicle. Our drivers are very knowledgeable and can give you all the information about the archaeological sites, ancient history but also modern life and culture, although are forbidden by law to enter the sites with you. If you wish someone to enter the sites with you, we can arrange for you to have a licensed tour guide with an extra cost.
Our prices include the driver with the vehicle, fuel and in case of a trip outside of Athens it also includes the toll fair and the driver’s accommodation. The prices don’t include the fees to the sites, meals and in case of a trip outside of Athens your accommodation.
Tips are not mandatory, it is up to your discretion if you want to give and how much!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
The combination of the archaeology, the food and wine experiences, the swimming and the generally relaxed atmosphere made for a very enjoyable tour. There was a high attention to detail. Our main tour guide was very enthusiastic and highly qualified. Excellent.
The trip was fabulous. Stella and John provided us with a wealth of information. Each place we saw left a lasting impression. Everything had been organized soooo perfect!!! I have already recommended this trip to others. Thank you once again!
Many Thanks for organising my celebration trip in Greece for 40th Wedding Anniversary by lear jet. Excellent choice of Hotels, comfortable Day Trips not too strenuous, accompanied by an excellent, careful and knowledgeable Driver, Manos. Our Sincere Thanks to you and your team.
ITINERARY & PLANNING
CORINTH CANAL – CORINTH MUSEUM – MYCENAE – ARCHEOLOGICAL AREA – ANCIENT EPIDAURUS (THEATER) – NAFPLION
NAFPLION – CASTLE -SPARTA – LACONIA – MUSEUM – MYSTRAS – MONEMVASIA
MONEMVASIA – FORTITUDE TOWN – MESSINI ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE – PALACE OF NESTOR – KALAMATA
KALAMATA – OLYMPIA – STADIUM 1ST OLYMPIC GAMES – MUSEUM OLYMPIA – ATHENS