TOUR IN PELOPONNESE
We view Modern, Classical, Historical, Biblical sites from all different Angles
Day 1: Our Private Tour in Peloponnese takes the scenic road to Patra. A unique road which follows the coast line and let us admire the Corinthian Golf.
Continue for Diakopto (we stop for a beach brake - swim). Take the rack railway, taking you through the gorge of Vouraikos to Kalavryta, a fantasy scenery that is not to be missed. Kalavryta is one of the martyred villages in Greece that were destroyed in the Second World war. We will visit the famous Monastery of Agia Lavra, as it is known well, from the Independence war at 1821. Overnight on slopes of Mount Helmos.
Day2: Early morning visit the school Museum,with a detailed description of the massacre from Nazi soldiers. Depart for Olympia through the Arcadian Mountains, one of the most unique roads in Greece. Olympia is located NW in Peloponnese (the cradle of the Olympic Games). Visit the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus, Gymnasium, Fidias workshop, Hera's temple, the famous Stadium and the Archaeological Museum, one of the best in Greece. Overnight in Olympia.
Day 3: Peloponnese tour departs for Pylos and Methoni. We will visit Nestor's Palace. The palace, widely identified with that of Mycenaean-era Pylos, was a two-story building with store rooms, workshops, baths, light wells, reception rooms and a sewage system. The site is the best preserved Mycenaean Greek palace discovered. Depart for Pylos and Navarino bay (Known for Navarino Naval battle at 1827) continue to Methoni. Visit the Castle a medieval fortification. A deep moat separates the castle from the land and communication was achieved by a wooden bridge.
Day 4: Peloponnese tour departs for Messinia. Hidden alongside the town of "Mavromati" translated means Black Eye, lies Ancient Messini which is 25 km from the major city of Kalamata. You may have heard of the famous Greek Kalamata olives which come from this region. As it is not well advertised very few tourist visit the ancient city. As we enter the ancient city we can see the Acardian gate ( a wall that circles the city which is still in a good shape).
After sightseeing we can enjoy a wonderful meal at cafe Ithomi, which is owned by Niko Kountouris. From his external veranda which sits high above the ruins you obtain a full view of the ancient city whilst enjoying a cold beer of a glass of local wine. Next we drive to Kalamata and we will take a unique scenic coastal road to Mani... Mani is an open Museum, with the tower houses and the unique morphology which combines Mountains and Sea. Drive on to Areopolis a large village (with taverns) in the typical Maniot style, tower houses and churches.
Day 5: Visit the famous Caves of Diros (99% in beauty scale). If you like Medieval settlements we recommend to stay an extra day as we'll have the chance to visit Cape Tenaron and Poseidon Death Oracle. Leave the area of Mani to Gythion.
It was the seaport of Sparta. Gytheio used to be an important port until it was destroyed in 4th century AD. Today it is the largest and most important town in Mani. ( Short stop for Photos ) Continue for Monemvasia a name which derives from moni emvasis, the Greek for "single entrance", is a truncated mass of rock attached, tentatively, to the eastern coast of Laconia by a slender modern causeway. A true island known as the "Gibraltar of Greece", Monemvasia was settled in the sixth century AD. by Lacedaemonians fleeing Sparta.