The Peloponnese, located on the southern part of the country, is the most popular region of the Greek mainland with the most undiscovered beauties. Geographically the Peloponnese has the shape of a plane tree leaf, hosts the most important archaeological sites of Greece, has picturesque seaside places, gorgeous beaches, castles and ski centers. The Peloponnese is an all year round destination and with our 10 day tour program of the Peloponnese you get to see the highlights.
Following is the program of the popular 10 day tour of the Peloponnese.
1st day: Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast of the Saronic Gulf, until we reach the Corinth canal with its breathtaking views and make a short stop. Shortly after we reach the Ancient town of Corinth where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. Back in ancient times Corinth was one of the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo’s Temple (6th century B.C.)
Once we complete our visit of the Ancient town of Corinth we will drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides – the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets, where we will visit the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs.
Then we will continue for Nafplion through the fertile plain of Argolis and ancient Tiryns, (Set on a bluff in the centre of a plain, the fortress of Tiryns is a Cyclopean structure dating from the 13 century BC, a well preserved masterpiece of ancient military architecture.) The first day closes in Nafplion, the first capital city of Greece in modern time , at a traditional hotel located on the top of the old city, just under the castle.
2nd day: After taking our breakfast we will visit the castle of Palamidi and then some quality time for shopping in Nafplion, where you will find many traditional shops and boutiques or enjoy a swim in the crystal waters under the castle. Later in the afternoon we will drive to Epidavros to visit the Ancient theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its acoustics. (On summer weekends ancient plays take place) and return to Nafplion.
3rd day: We leave Nafplion in the morning, through Central Peloponnese. We’ll drive south by the scenic coast of the Argolis Gulf, from the town of Astros we will turn to Central Peloponnese, (Arcadia), through the village of Agios Petros with a short stop. Agios Petros became capital city of Greece for 24 hours and then off to Karies on the slopes of the mount Parnon.
Shortly we will arrive in Sparta, the modern town was developed in the reign of King Otto after 1834. We wiill visit the archaeological site, the Acropolis and the theatre of Ancient Sparta and then on to visit the Medieval state of Mystras.
4th day: Leave Sparti behind us for Monemvasia, which is built on an island rock attached by a causeway to the mainland. On the way we will visit Githeo, a seaside town, the port of ancient Sparta. Then drive on to Areopolis a large village, with taverns, in the typical Maniot style, tower houses and churches. We will visit Vathia forsaken by almost all its inhabitants, Vathia and Kita are the most impressive of the tower communities which are characteristic of the Mani. Time for swimming in the most southern part of mainland Greece Cape Tenaron. We will end the 4th day at Areopolis.
5th day: We will drive down the west coast of Mani to the Diros Bay. At Diros are two caves which were explored after the Second World War. The largest, called Glifada, is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Greece. We’ll visit the Caves and Museum of Diros. The cave is well organized for visitors with floating lights and colored light projectors. The guided tour consists of a boat trip (about 2km) along both arms of the river which splits in two in the cave.
6th day: We depart for Kalamata, to visit the city and do some shopping and off for Pylos, better known as Navarino (Battle of Navarino: “an untoward event”, this was how the Duke of Wellington described the naval engagement which took place on 20th October 1827 between the allied fleet, made up of English, French and Russians and the Turkish fleet which was at anchor in the bay). The focal point of Pylos near the port is Three Admirals Square which is shaded by trees and bordered by arcades, a small archaeological museum, cafes, taverns. Later in the afternoon we’ll visit Methoni, the watchtower of the eastern Mediterranean and stay in Kalamata for the night.
7th day: We leave for Olympia driving along the coast of the Ionic sea. On the way we will visit the ancient Messinia/Ithome, one of the nicest and biggest archaeological sites in Greece. Arrive late afternoon in Olympia.
8th day: Visit the ruins of Olympia the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus and the Museum. This is the largest archeological site of Greece situated in the idyllic Alfios Valley. There you will see for yourself the grandeur of the ancient sanctuary which through the Olympic Games was a symbol of Greek unity – the cradle of the Olympic Games. Later in the afternoon we can enjoy a swim in the hotel pool. Overnight in Olympia.
9th day: In the morning we depart from Olympia for the plains of Elias and Arcadia. We take the small country road through the mountains for Kalavryta, a pleasant summer or winter resort (there is a ski center) at 750m above sea level ringed by mountain peaks with a spectacular panoramic road and a famous narrow – gauge rack railway. We spend the night at Kalavryta in a traditional hotel.
10th day: Take the Rack railway from Kalavryta to Diakofto. The narrow gauge railway, which was built late in the last century between Diakofto on the coast and Kalavryta, which is a particularly bold feat of engineering. We will wait for you in Diakofto to return to Athens.
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