Active and culture tour in the Peloponnese

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Period of operation :Throughout the year
Price :

Self Drive (Hotels & Activities): from 845€/person for min. 4 participants

Guided – Full Board (all included): from 1500€/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 Kardamyli

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 Kalamata and then to Kardamyli a pittoresque tiny village. . 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. On our way we  can also  pay a visit to Ancient Messini, a less known and advertised but very impressive archaeological site. The remains of this vast ancient city are as extensive as those of Olympia and Epidavros, yet Ancient Messini receives only a fraction of their visitors. Picturesquely situated on a hillside below the village of Mavromati and still undergoing excavation, the site comprises a large theatre, an agora (marketplace), a vast Sanctuary of Asclepius and the most intact and impressive of all Ancient Greek stadiums

Distance: 160Km’s about 2,5 hours drive without stops. 

Day 5 – Sea Kayak n Kardamyli

Our trip starts from the old harbor of Kardamyli, the place we meet. At the beginning of the activity we attend a brief but comprehensive introduction to the basics of sea kayaking. We get our kayaks and begin to enjoy an excursion where each little cove hides a special surprise such as hidden caves, cliffs with spectacular formations and unique beaches with sand or pebbles such as the well-hidden beach of Foneas with the white pebbles and the sandy beach of Delfinia. Weather and time permitting we head to Stoupa and the beach of Kalogria with its fine golden sand and turquoise waters. The beach of Kalogria is known as the beach of Zorbas, as this was the place where writer Nikos Kazantzakis met his hero of his book Zorba the Greek. Halfway we make a relaxing stop for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic with local traditional delicacies. After our activity we travel even further in deep Mani and overnight in Limeni  another beautiful sea village .

Day 6 –Tour of Deep Mani: Areopoli – Diros Caves – Vathia – Cape Tenaro 

We start our day with a visit at Diros Bay where we will tour the impressive Glyfada sea caves. These caves, open to the public since 1963, are rated amongst the best of their kind in the world. You can visit the caves by boat and admire the delicate stalactites and stalagmites. We then drive or bike towards Cape Tenaro, the southernmost point of mainland Greece.

On our way, we will stop for a short visit to the partially restored tower village of Vathia. The basic settlement of Vathia was formed mainly after the 18th century, flourished in the 19th and began to decline in the 20th. A little further down the coast, you will start the day’s walk. A route will take you from the settlement of Kokinoghia and along the coast to a lighthouse. At kokkinogia there used to be a temple to God Poseidon, but it was converted by Christians into a church. At the beginning of the path from Kokkinogia towards Tenaro, you will see a decorative mosaic dated to the 1st century AD, which is from the floor of a Roman villa. After 45 mins walking from Kokkinogia, you will end up the southern-most tip of mainland Greece. There you will find a lighthouse. On the West of the lighthouse is a cave that Greek legend claims was the home of Hades, the god of the dead. As the southern-most tip of mainland Greece, Tenaro is famous for being on the migration path of birds headed to Africa. You can end the day with a refreshing swim. Overnight in Limeni.

Day 7 – Visit Mystra and drive back to Athens

After our breakfast we travel the via the southern  slopes of impressive Mt. Taygetus to Sparta and the byzantine citadel of Mystras.

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)

 

  • 1750€ (Boutique 4 star hotels)
  • 1500 ( 3 star hotels)
  • 980€ (Boutique 4 star hotels)
  • 845 ( 3 star hotels)

Included:

  • Accommodation in local guesthouses and/or hotels in with breakfast for 7 days/ 6 nights sharing double rooms
  • 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/Mystra 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 and entrance fees in Epidaurus/Mycenae/Olympia/Mystra
  • Maps and Trip Dossier with navigation guidelines