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Sparta and the untamed barren land of Mani at the southermost tip of mainland Europe, Cape Tenaron, Diros caves, the mythical mountains of Arcadia and Mystras, the heart of Byzantine Greece

  • Day 1 | Athens – Sparta – Mystras – Kalamata

    Morning departure from Athens, after a short stop to the Corinth canal we continue to Sparta. The modern city was rebuilt from 1834 roughly on the same position where the ancient one was and was the first city in modern Greece to follow a specific urban plan evident in the city center with its neoclassical buildings the spacious avenues and large squares. We visit the archaiological museum where, among varius exhibits, we can see samples of the Laconic art of ancient Sparta. We continue with direction to the west and the imposing mass of mount Taygetos. At the foot of the mountain lies the imposing Byzantine city of Mystras. Even though it is now mostly in ruins, the enormity alone of the conglomerate, at its height the home of more than 20.000 people, provides a detailed account of life in Greece in the Byzantine times. We continue our scenic drive over mount Taygetos to arrive at Kalamata. Overnight.

  • Day 2 | Kalamata – Dyros caves – Gytheio – Kalamata

    Todays tour takes us to one of the most extraordinary and rugged lands in the world. The Mani peninsula. A rocky barren land, where nothing realy grows. Most villages were inaccessible by road till a few decades ago. The myth has it that the last of the ancient Spartans retreated in this unhospitable land so as to maintain their freedom. The stone towers fitting to the wild land are testimony to the hard and dangerous life of the past. We visit the Diros caves, accessible by boats, known not only for their beauty but as home to prehistoric man. We continue south towards Cape Tenaron, the southermost edge of Europe mainland, the surrounding coves served as hiding places for medieval pirates and mercenaries. In the afternoon we arrive at Gytheion, with the picturesque port and the noble town houses from the 18th and 19th century that indicate the wealth and importance of this town at the time. Return to Kalamata.

  • Day 3 | Kalamata – Figaleia – Arcadia

    Today’s route takes us to an even less known part of Greece, the fabled Arcadia. A mythical name fitting of the land you are about to visit. At the heart of the Peloponnese this mountainous land covered in forests is a different world. Our first visit is the majestic temple of Epicurean Apollo at Figaleia, a magnificent 5th century temple, constructed my limestone at an altitude of 1.130 mts. The imposing structure appears even more impressive considering the aditional difficulties of building at such an inaccessible and rough mountain terrain. We enter Arcadia, where we visit the stone villages, Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, Lagkadia. The multistoried stone buildings demonstrate the craftmanship of the stone builders of the 16th and 17th century and the structure of isolated mountain societies. Overnight in Arcadia.

  • Day 4 | Arcadia – Tripolis – Nafplion – Epidaurus – Athens

    Today we start our descent to the seaside of Argolis. We visit Nafplion the first capital of modern Greece, between 1829 and 1834. An important port from the ancient times, the city maintains the aura of its noble past, with the traditional houses, the neoclassic state buildings and the pedestrian streets, that take us back in time. Free time in Nafplion. We continue with our tour taking the scenic route that leads us to the famous Theater of Epidaurus, still serving as an open air theater in the summer, attracting international artists and even hollywood stars. Arrival in Athens late in the afternoon.

 
Alternative pick-up points:

  • Kalamata International Airport
  • Patras Port
  • Araxos International Airport

 

  • 4 days

  • Transfer services with car or mini bus with English speaking driver/guide

    Hotel at the category of choice on BB basis

  • Does not include entrance fees to archaeological sites, museums etc.

  • 1 – 3 persons
    4 – 7 persons

 

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