AROUND PELOPONNESE IN 8 DAYS (BEST OF EVERYTHING)
DAY 1: CORINTH (ISTHMOS-ANCIENT CORINTH-WINERY)
Starting from Athens and making a small stop at the Corinth Canal, we will admire this construction dream, that connects the big island of Peloponnese with mainland Greece. Our first stop is the Corinthia, the first statwe of Peloponnese and in particular we visit Ancient Corinth. The archaeological site of Ancient Corinth is located at the northern foot of the Acrocorinth hill, around the ancient temple of Apollo, the theater, the Roman Odeon, the shrine of Asklepios and healthy (Asklepion), cemeteries, pottery workshops (Kerameikos), walls and various other structures. Then we will move to a winery, famous for its vineyards and excellent wine, to learn the process of making wine and to taste various local wine varieties. Transfer to the center of Peloponnese and the picturesque Tripoli, where you can tour the city. Overnight Tripoli.
DAY 2: ARCADIA (HIKING LOUSIOS-VYTINA-STEMNITSA-DIMITSANA)
The second day is dedicated to Arcadia and the beautiful mountainous villages. The day includes hiking along the banks of Lucius river, where you will enjoy the tranquility of nature and will visit the monastery of Saint Prodromos literally perched on the mountain. After the hike, and after enjoying a picnic by the river we will take you a tour at the villages of Arcadia, cosmopolitan Vytina, picturesque Dimitsana and amphitheatrical Stemnitsa. Overnight Tripoli.
DAY 3: ARGOLIDA (MYCENAE-EPIDAURUS-NAFPLION)
Today the day is dedicated to Argolida and in particular to two of the most famous monuments of World Heritage of UNESCO, Mycenae and Epidaurus. Admire the “Rich Mycenae,” the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial center of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Then we head to one of the major clinics in ancient Greece, where cured many serious diseases of the time, Epidaurus. There lies one of the most important and well-preserved theater of antiquity, the ancient theater of Epidaurus. After our tour we will drive to Nafplio. Nafplio is one of the most beautiful cities of modern Greece since it has managed to retain its color. We can stay in Nafplio or go to one of the beautiful beaches of Nafplio, where you can enjoy the sea and sun and for the more adventurous to try water sports.Overnight Tripoli.
DAY 4: LACONIA (MYSTRAS-KALAMATA)
The current day we will take you in Laconia and particularly the most important castle of the Byzantine era, Mystras and the heroic city of antiquity, Sparta. The space, the natural fortress and strategic hill Byzantine Myzithras north Taygetos, consists of a medieval castle and fortified village, closed inside the walls of monasteries, churches, chapels, houses and palaces, in a straight path from mid 13th century up to 1953. We will also see the statue of the famous Leonidas stands to the edge of town. Then we’ll get to Kalamata, one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the Peloponnese, where you will have time to swim in the sea or walk around the city. Overnight Kalamata.
DAY 5: MESSINIS (METHONI-PYLOS-VOIDOKILIA)
Today the day is dedicated to the sun and the sea, we will wander in Messinia famed for its beautiful beaches and seaside villages. We visit Methoni with its imposing castle and Pylos with its picturesque alleys. Our Stop for swimming will be at Voidokilia, that has often taken the top spot as the best beach in the world where you will have time to relax and enjoy the sun and sea. Overnight Kalamata
DAY 6: ILIA (ANCIENT OLYMPIA-EPIKOURIOS APOLLO)
Today you live like ancient Greek athletes, at the area that gave birth to the Olympic Games. First we will visit the museum of Ancient Olympia, one of the most important in Greece, showing the long history of the most celebrated sanctuary of antiquity, which was dedicated to the father of gods and men, Zeus, and was the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Includes the permanent exhibition of findings from excavations in the sacred area of the Altis, dating from prehistoric times to the early Christian times, the most important of the Praxiteles Hermes. Then we will move to the archaeological site of Olympia, where wandering in space will certainly feel like ancient athletes. The archaeological site of Olympia includes the sanctuary of Zeus, with temples and buildings related to the cult, and various buildings that had been built around it, such as sports facilities used for the preparation and holding of the Olympic Games, auxiliary buildings, utilitarian and administrative and secular buildings. In return we will make a stop at the temple of Epicurean Apollo, the small Acropolis as they say. Overnight Kalamata.
DAY 7: MESSINIA-LACONIA (STOUPA-DIROS CAVES-TENARO)
We could not leave out of our Peloponnesian tour,a separate part of the Peloponnese which seems not to belong to any state, Mani. Starting from Kalamata we will reach the caves of Diros, which is marked as the most beautiful lake cave in the world. Glowing white stalactites and stalagmites, impressive curtains and glittering crystals adorn each corner, creating an unparalleled spectacle of breathtaking! Our journey continues to finally get to the cape Tenaro. Crossing a path for about 45 minutes you will arrive at the southern tip of continental Europe, dominated by an imposing lighthouse and an even more imposing view. On the way back we stop at Stoupa, a favorite destination of many tourists every year where you will have time to swim in the blue water, eat at local taverns by the sea and navigate the narrow streets. Overnight Kalamata.
8th DAY: DEPARTURE
With full luggage and having completed the most complete tour of the biggest island of Greece, Peloponnese will take you to your base to continue your holiday or leave back to your home. We hope to see you again with us on a journey of experiences !!!
* If the first day you are arriving late and there is no time for the program, the first day’s program is transferred to the last day.
Duration: 8 days
Price/person: 999 euros (+190 euros for single room)
Includes : transfers as mentioned in the programme, 7 overnights in double or twin room with breakfast in 3* or 4* hotels depending on availability (3 in Tripolis, 4 in Kalamata), entrance fee for archaeological sites and museums as mentioned in the programme, entrance fee for the winery in day 1, fee for the hiking in day 2, food por the pic nic in day 2, entrance fee to Diros cave in day 7, english speaking driver
What you will see and learn:
- The most important things of every single state of Peloponnese
- The most important arcaheological sites of Peloponnese, that are also of the most important of Greece
- The best beaches of Peloponnese that have been awarded many times
- Great natural’s value places, like Lousios and Diros caves
- Greek experiences like the winery
- Taste great food and sweets with our recommendations
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