CIRCLE OF PELOPONNESE: Nafplion, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Sparta, Mystras, Monemvasia, Mani, Cave Diros, Kalamata, Messinia, Olympia 8 DAYS
The ancient city of Athens is today a vibrant metropolis of non-stop nightlife, creative cuisine, and ancient - modern sites. Peloponnese, whose name derives from ancient Greek mythology from the legend of Pelops, who had conquered the whole region. Complete package that includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers and visits.
Highlights: Athens, Peloponnese (Mycenae, Nafplion, Mystras, Monemvasia, Mani,
Kalamata, Messinia, Olympia)
The ancient city of Athens is today a vibrant metropolis non-stop nightlife, creative cuisine, and ancient - modern sites. Peloponnese, which its name derives from ancient Greek mythology from the legend of Pelops, who had conquered the whole region. Complete package that includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a hotel of your choice with breakfast, transfers and visits.
>DAY 1: Nafplion – Epidaurus
Arrive to Nafplion. Short transfer to the site of Epidaurus. You will admire the most spectacular ancient theater where performances are still given today in the summer. The size of the site shows the importance of the sanctuary of Asclepius. Have a lunch at Palea Epidauros. In the afternoon, back to Nafplio, you still have to climb the 900 steps that allow you to access the imposing Venetian fortress overlooking the city. At night enjoy the lively city center and waterfront bars. Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.
>DAY 2: Nafplion – Mycenea
At Mycenae, walk on the streets of the Homer’s heroes. 3000 years later, the citadel, enclosed in a chamber still imposing in place, is one of the places that mark the journey over Greece. Lunch time near the archaeological monument. Back to Nafplio. Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.
>DAY 3: Nafplion – Sparta
Visit Sparta with broad streets full of trees, large squares, neoclassical buildings and nice hotels, scented by the olive, orange and lemon trees of the nearby valley of the Eurotas River.Visit the Archaeological Museum: its exhibits cover a tremendously long period (Neolithic to late Roman age).
Visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive oil: get to know the culture and technology of a natural product that is inextricably connected with the Greek and Mediterranean identity. Take a trip to the perched on the sides of mount Taygetos villages of Ksirokampi, Koumousta and Anavryti with the traditional stone houses and the old stone fountains. In Ksirokampi, visit the church of Ayios Nikonas with the frescoes of the 14th century. Dinner and overnight in Sparta.
>DAY 4: Sparta – Mystras –Mani
Morning visit of Mystras, the city built by William of Villehardouin and prospered under the Byzantines. Today the town is deserted but you will have a great pleasure to travel the maze of narrow streets and visit many churches. After, in Mani, the landscape changes. You raise an arid and austere region where the mountain plunges dramatically into the sea. The houses are fortified towers traces of a turbulent history. The road goes on set, bypasses the valleys and along the coast: your progress is slow but the views are stunning. Dinner and overnight in Mani.
>DAY 5: Mani – Cave Diro – Monemvasia
Trip to Cave Diros. A stimulating trip into the eternal magic of shapes and colours. The lake cave of Vlyhada or Glyfada consists of several halls which have been given names with a poetic flair, such as “Poseidon’s Palace”, “The Sea of Wrecks” and “White Chambers”. The Neolithic Museum of Diros at the entrance of the cave hosts all the relevant findings. In the cave of Katafygi the stalactites and stalagmites do not only provide a spectacular site, but also marvellous acoustics in the “Hall of Apotheosis”. Drive to Monemvasia. Lunch in one of many restaurant on the harbor before exploring Monemvassia. The old town is located on a peninsula in a beautiful setting overlooking the sea. Dinner and overnight in the old town or in a hotel near the port.
>DAY 6: Kalamata – Messinia
Start your way and make the detour to Messinia to admire the impressive fortifications protecting this ancient city. Otherwise feel free to take the splendid road through the interior of the Peloponnese through the still green and wooded landscapes, sometimes unfortunately destroyed by fire. You also make a stop at Karitania, ancient Crusader fortress. Head to Kalamata, a beautiful small city with picturesque coffee shops and taverns. Dinner and overnight in Kalamata.
>DAY 7: Olympia
Short walk in Kalamata and drive to Olympia, visit the site and museum. You will enjoy walking through these shaded ruins and imagine the ancient games. Dinner and overight in the charming modern city near the ancient site.
>DAY 8: Olympia – end of trip
Small tour of the village and head to Nafplion, to leave your vehicle.
- 8 days car rental category A (including VAT, unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance, delivery and recovery)
- 7 nights Hotel on Bed and Breakfast
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