We will discover the castles and fortresses of the Peloponnese region in Greece.
The need to protect themselves from the invasions of their enemies led the Greeks to build great fortifications and imposing castles that many of which date back to Byzantine times.
The trip will begin in Athens and take us to the South of the Peloponnese. On the way, some of the most beautiful places in Greece are visited. The archaeological treasures of Epidaurus and Mycenae, the charming city of Nafplio with its neoclassical buildings and the fortress of Palamidi from where you will enjoy wonderful views of the city. Traveling further south awaits the Byzantine city of Mistras and the walled city of Monemvasia, a treasure hidden behind a huge rock that protects it. A walk through the narrow alleys of the castle illuminated by lanterns of warm light will travel you to medieval times of knights and pirates.
Arriving at the Mani Peninsula the landscape changes, the terrain becomes rugged and barren. Towers rise on the numerous cliffs. Villages like Vatheia, Gerolimenas will enchant you.
The last days in the Peloponnese visit the southwest of the region, the province of Messina with its castles of Methoni and Pylos and the important city of ancient Messina one of the best-preserved of ancient times.
Day 1 – Athens
Transfer to Athens and transfer to the hotel.
Spend the night in Athens.
Day 2 – Athens
Breakfast and a free day to visit the city of Athens.
Spend the night in Athens.
Day 3 – Nafplion
Breakfast, pick up your rental car and departure to start the journey through the Peloponnese. On the way to Nafplion, you will pass by the Corinth Canal linking the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea and visiting the archaeological sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae. Arrival in the afternoon in the city of Nafplion where you can visit the fortress of Palamidi and enjoy the views of the city and the castle of Bourtzi built in the sea near the port of Nafplion. Overnight in Nafplion.
Day 4 – Monemvasia
Breakfast and departure to the city of Monemvasia. On the way, you can pass through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mistras, a pleasant mountain path where you can see the remains of numerous Byzantine churches, the Palaeologos palace, monasteries and other buildings.
Arrival in Monemvasia and overnight at your hotel.
Night in Monemvasia.
Day 5 – Mani
Breakfast in Monemvasia, free time to walk around the city and departure towards the Mani region and the beautiful village of Limeni. Nightlife in Limeni
Day 6 – Kalamata
Breakfast and departure to the south of Mani where we recommend to visit the caves of Diros. The tour consists of a wooden boat ride, where the boatman drives the ship with a long rod. The route takes us through the subterranean lake through narrow tunnels and caverns with stalactites and stalagmites. The Diros caves were considered by the ancient Greeks, one of the entrances to the underworld where the dead were carried across the subterranean river by a boatman named Charon.
After the visit of Diros, head south to the villages of Vatheia and Gerolimenas, some of the most typical of the Mani region. In the afternoon departure to the city of Kalamata. Night in Kalamata.
Day 7 – Kalamata – Athens
Breakfast and departure to the south-west of Peloponnese to visit Methoni. Methoni, is a small town known for its Venetian castle built in the 13th century. It emphasizes the bridge of 14 arches that connects the castle with the border and the symbol of Venice, the lion of San Marcos that dominates the door of the castle.
Near Methoni is the seaside town of Pylos with its imposing castle and the impressive beach of Voidokilia with its old castle Navarino.
In the afternoon return to Athens. On the way it is worth visiting the most important archaeological site of Messinia is the Old Messini (Messene) a large and very good state of preservation that is still under excavation.
It is built on the side of a mountain below the village Mavromati and among other things has the advantage of not having been destroyed or covered by later settlements.
Among the most remarkable constructions of the archaeological site are the architectural complex of the Stadium and the Gymnasium, the sanctuary of Asclepius, the temples of the goddess Messana in the Agora and Artemis Limnatis and Eilethyia in Mount Ithome, the source of Arsinoe, Remains of a Roman villa and several funerary monuments. Finished the visit departure towards Athens. Night in Athens.
Day 8 – Athens
Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the return flight.
* The trip can be extended with more nights on the peninsula or by combining a stay on islands
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Price per person in double room from 745€
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Transfers airport – hotel – airport in Athens
3 nights in Athens in a 3 * hotel with breakfast included
1 night in Nafplion in a 3 * hotel with breakfast included
1 night in Monemvasia in a 3 * hotel with breakfast included
1 night in Mani in a 3 * hotel with breakfast included
1 night in Kalamata in a 3 * hotel with breakfast included
Rental car from day 3 to day 8 (Peugeot 207 or similar with unlimited mileage and third party insurance included – pick up at the hotel in Athens / drop off at the company office in Athens)
24/7 telephone assistance
Detailed travel information on places to visit, schedules, recommended routes, etc.
Price does not include:
Tickets to museums, archaeological sites, monasteries, etc.
Drinks and food
Everything not included in the program
Other expenses of a personal nature