DAY 1 : Pick up from your Hotel and we will drive along the mainland coast to Peloponnese, we will make our first stop, 1 hour later, at the Canal of Corinth (6 km length and 80m height). Soon we reach at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the best Ancient Theatres worldwide with amazing acoustic. We will stop for lunch or a coffee break, at one of the most romantic towns of Greece, the seaside town of Nauplio, first capital city of Modern Greece, and then we will continue to the archaeological site of Mycenae, an ancient town with great power during the ancient years, with the famous ‘’Gate of Lions’’ and ‘’Atreus King Tomb’’. Our first day will come to an end at the famous town of Sparta for an overnight.
DAY 2 : During our second day we will first visit the unique Museum of Olive Oil of Sparta, a great Museum showing the unique history of olive production in Greece. We continue to the nearby glory Byzantine town of Mystras and let yourself be captivated by this destination’s medieval splendour. Wander around the castle city the Upper and the Lower Town, and sense through the silence the city's sheer grandeur: the Palace of the Despots (Anaktora), the Houses of Laskaris and Frangopoulos, the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Dimitrios and the impressive Monasteries of Our Lady Pantánassa, and of Οur Lady Perivleptos. Aftyerwards, we visit the second famous Tower Town of Peloponnese, Monemvasiá, a mystical stone-built settlement, nestled at the edge of a big rock by the sea, that was founded by the Byzantines in the sixth century. Peer into the history of the fortress –the so-called “Gibraltar of the East”–, which was occupied by the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Venetians, and the Turks in the past. Wander around its narrow cobbled streets, the Upper and the Lower part of the town, and admire the beautifully restored stone buildings. Taste culinary delights at a fine restaurant on the roof of a tower house. Late in the afternoon we return in Sparta for overnight.
DAY 3 : After breakfast, we will leave Sparta and after a short stop at the picturesque small coastal town of Gythio, we arrive at Areopolis and Diros, famous for its marvelous subterranean caves as a part of an underground river. About 5,000 meters have been exposed and accessible by small boats and through narrow passageways and one is surrounded by formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Caves have served as places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times and their inhabitant believed that the caves were the entrance to the underworld. We can also visit the local museum and then we continue to some of the most beautiful places of Northern Peloponnese, the coastal villages of Stoupa and Kardamili, for swimming or lunch. We pass by the town of Kalamata and we finally arrive at Ancient Olympia for overnight.
DAY 4 : Today we will be visiting the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, the Museum and the Stadium, where first Olympic Games took place on 776 B.C. We continue and we will cross over the amazing bridge of Rion – Antirion, one of the biggest in Europe and we will stop at the beautiful seaside town of Naupaktos for a coffee break. Second famous sightseeing of the day that we visit, is Delphi, with the ancient stadium, the oracle and the museum. Afterwards, we visit for lunch the most famous winter resort in Greece, Arachova, a traditional and at the same time modern small city in an altitude of 1000 meters. Returning to Athens, we can make a last stop at the beautiful St. Loukas Monastery in Levadia. Late in the afternoon we arrive back to Athens and at your Hotel.
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