Active and culture tour in the Peloponnese

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Period of operation :Throughout the year
Price :

Self Drive (Hotels & Activities): 650€/person for min. 4 participants

Guided – Full Board (all included): 1350€/person for min. 4 participants

Duration :7 days/6 nights
Minimum attendance : 2 participants
Level requirements :Basic physical condition

Varied and rich in history. A perfect combination of interchanging mountain and sea scenery with traditional villages, historical sites, trekking paths, rivers, gorges and much more…. This tour combines some of the area’s most important sites with a lot of fun, action and touring. The aim is to show you as much as possible of the “musts” but also to escape you from the touristy places only and reveal you the hidden beauties of the Peloponnese. The trip starts and ends in Athens, depending on your time available we can tailor it specifically to your needs, add or take out destinations, or combine a visit to the south of the Peloponnese or even the island of Kythera.

Day 1: Athens to Nafplio

We are leaving the lively city of Athens behind with destination Nafplio. Short stop at the Corinth Canal, the six-kilometer waterway connecting the Ionian and Aegean seas. We continue our scenic drive to Mycenae and Epidaurus. Mycenae, a place intrinsic in the works of Homer, 9th century BCE poet. Enter the Mycenean citadel through the Lion's Gate and wander through the remaining ruins. Admire the enormous Cyclopean walls - still a wonder how they were created- and enter the imposing Lions gate to the site that dates back to 1350-1200BC.  Just outside the walls, do not forget to visit the Vault-shaped tombs of Lions, Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra, and the Treasury of Atreus. Also visit the third-century theater of Epidaurus, one of the best-preserved classical Greek structures renowned for its superb acoustics. Epidavre site was set up in honor of the God of Medicine, Asklepios, son of Apollo and Coronis and enjoy the wonderful location of the shrine which is on the Unesco World Heritage list. Sick people came on a pilgrimage to the shrine to spend the night in the hope that Asklepios would appear in their dreams with a diagnosis and a prescription. Asklepios could not only heal the living, but also raise the dead to life to such an extent that Hades from the underworld complained. Our day ends in Nafplion, considered one of the prettiest towns in Greece, the first capital after independence and a major port since the Bronze Age. ON Nafplio. Distance: 135Km’s about 2 hours drive 

Day 2 – Trekking in Lousios Gorge (or River Trekking in Neda during summer time)

Early in the morning we continue to a less touristy but very inspiring mountainous region in central Peloponnese, renowned for its rich in history villages like Dimitsana, Stemnitsa and Karytaina. Today we will hike in the inspiring Lousios Gorge. The hike offers a beautiful combination of history with nature. We will walk amongst trails of dense vegetation going parallel and criss crossing the Lousios River. We visit monasteries that appear to be literally hanging from the cliffs and end the trek at the archaeological site of Ancient Gortys. This is one of the most stirring of all Greek sites as it is based along the rushing river known in ancient times as the Gortynios. O/N in Dimitsana.

Distance: 135Km’s about 2 hours drive 

Day 3 – Rafting in Lousios Gorge (or River Trekking in Neda during summer time) and drive to Ancient Olympia

Loussios river is where Zeus used to bathe himself! In the spectacular densely vegetated gorge and in the river’s crystal clear waters, we invite you to enjoy rafting and discover the hidden natural paradise of the area. The descent is of 2nd-3rd  degree of difficulty, starting from Lousios, continuing to Alfios River, and ending to the spectacular bridge of “Koukos”. Optional activity during summer time River Trekking in Neda Gorge. Having enjoyed our traditional Greek lunch we then continue our journey to Olympia. O/N in Olympia. Distance to Olympia: 86Km’s about 2 hours drive 

Day 4 – Olympia & drive to Pylos

Explore the areas numerous historical sites, namely the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, the archaeological and Olympic Games Museum, the monument of Cubertin. Afterwards drive via the west coastal road all the way to Pylos. En route you can stop for swimming in the sandy beach of Kyparisiakos gulf– this is one of the longest sandy beaches in Greece renowned for the biggest concentration of sea turtle caretta caretta nests.

Pylos is a small picturesque town amphitheatrically built at the historical Navarino Bay. Pylos has the biggest natural port in the Peloponnese and it is one of the most important touristic destinations in the prefecture of Messenia, thanks to the exceptional natural beauty of the region, as well as its glorious history.It features magnificent beaches of golden sand or pebbles and numerous sights, such as its Old Castle, its New Castle and —of course— the Palace of Nestor, which is the best preserved Mycenaean palace. O/N in Pylos. Distance: 110Km’s about 2 hours drive 

Day 5 – Hike between wetland Pylos (Voidokilia beach-Paleokastro)

In the western part of the county where the Ionian sea embraces the Messinian shore, we meet the lagoon of Yalova or Divari. The area being integrated into the environmental program natura 2000 is the largest wetland in southern Greece and offers shelter to wild migrating birds, which we have the opportunity to observe. Here lives the endangered African chameleon while numerous birds such as herons, kestrels, aegean seagulls, flamingos, ospreys, royal eagles and other migratory and endemic birds take shelter at this hospitable and safe environment. Following the path around the lagoon, we have the opportunity to observe its ecosystem and receive knowledge and information about this unique and sensitive natural environment. Along the way we cross the beautiful beach of Voidokoilia and then we go up the hill of the peninsula of Koryfasio. On our way we get the chance to explore the cave of Nestor, the mythical king of Pylos. At the top of the hill we discover the medieval castle of Paleocastro and we walk over its fortifications. We learn about the intense past history of the castle and that its strategic location made it a valuable trophy for every conqueror over time. At this point we discover the rare geomorphology, the beauty and uniqueness of the landscape. While standing between the waterland we enjoy the panoramic view of the Ionian Sea, the lagoon of Yalova, the beach of Voidokilia and the bay of Navarino. O/N in Pylos.

Day 6 –Sea kayaking Navarino bay – drive to Mystra

We begin our tour to explore the major sights of the historic bay of Navarino, near the amphitheatric town of Pylos. Within a landscape of incredible natural beauty we enjoy clear blue waters, golden sandy beaches where sea turtles return to lay their eggs, and well-built medieval castles standing over historical shipwrecks outlining the rich naval history of the area. In the beginning, we have a briefing about the route we are about to follow and about the basic techniques in sea kayaking. We begin our journey paddling around the bay with original destination the imposing monolithic islet of Fanari with the impressive arch formed in the northern end of it. We continue to the island of Sfaktiria making a short stop for snorkeling at its southern tip. Heading north we explore the coastline of the island until we reach the dock leading to the Russian monument. At this lush part of the island we take a break to rest and enjoy a picnic with fruit and traditional delicacies. From that spot the whole bay of Navarino is at our feet. In this journey we will meet the sights and all the monuments dedicated to those who fought in the historic battle and will be informed about the outcome of this significant event in the course of history.

From Pylos we will drive via Kalamata and  the northern slopes of impressive Mt. Taygetus to Sparta and the byzantine citadel of Mystras. O/N Sparti.

Day 7 – Visit Mystra and drive back to Athens

Mystras was a fortified town in Morea (the Peloponnesus), on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta. It lies approximately 8 kilometers west of the modern town of Sparti. The town of Mystras was built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. In 1989 the ruins, including the fortress, palace, churches, and monasteries, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrival in Athens. 

 

Guided – Full Board (all included)

Self Drive (Hotels & Activities)

 

1350€

650€

Included:

  • Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels in with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights in quad room
  • Car rental, fuel, tolls
  • English speaking Trekking Hellas Guide & driver
  • Activities: 2 hikes, 1 sea kayak, 1 rafting activity.
  • Professional Guides in Epidaurus/Mycenae/Olympia and entrance fees
  • Meals Full Board (starting from lunch on day 1 until lunch on day 7)
  • Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels in with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights
  • Activities: 2 hikes, 1 sea kayak, 1 rafting activity with lunch
  • Professional Guides in Epidaurus/Mycenae/Olympia
  • Maps and Trip Dossier with navigation guidelines