• Duration: 10 hours
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Description

We will begin with a drive along the coast. On the way, are you passing some Greek seaside villages and the heroic Salamis Island (where the historical naval battle took place between the Athenians and the Persians). 

Soon after, our first stop at the Corinth Canal will take place. Operating since 1892, its main goal is dividing the Peloponnese Peninsula from the rest of Greece while connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. Walking across the pedestrian bridge will be in awe of what has been accomplished here, on some days bungee jumping is an option.

Leaving the canal we will head towards Mystras driving into the southern Peloponnese Peninsula through the mountainous landscape of the Greek countryside. Reaching Mystras you will automatically understand why this location stands so unique within the Greek sites. Known as the ghost city, fortified on a citadel, Mystras is one of the two locations in Greece that preserves not only medieval churches but also ordinary houses, mansions and palaces of the Byzantine Empire in combination with Frankish elements. 

Walking in the site on the upper point you will reach the citadel and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding areas while walking downhill you will meet the palaces and the Royal courtyards. Although known as the ghost city most of the monasteries are still in use and the monks will gladly show you around their small society. 

Before you exit you will come across the chapel of St. Demetrios, on its floor survives a plaque depicting a two head eagle (the symbol of Byzantium). It was on this very plaque that Konstantine Palaiologos kneeled before he was crowned the last Byzantine emperor. Before visiting Sparta we will stop at a traditional Greek tavern at the small village of Mystras.

After that, we will spend the rest of our time in Sparta, known as the eternal rival city of the Athenian Democracy. Sparta revolved around a different Cosmo theory for the ancient Greek standards. Initially known as the birthplace of Helen of Troy and the Kingdom of Menelaus (in the Mycenaean period), Sparta was organized as a purely military society in the ancient Greek period. It was the city of the two Kings were a few aristocrats ruled and of course the city where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans marched from to face the Persian army in Thermopylae in 480BCE. The city whose one soldier counted as ten soldiers from any other Greek city.

Reaching Sparta we will visit the ancient citadel of Sparta where you will have a view of the ancient theatre being revealed gradually in front of your eyes. Continuing we will pass in front of the stadium where the statue of King Leonidas stands marking the ending point of Spartathlon race (Athens – Sparta 245,3 km). Lastly, we will visit the archaeological museum of Sparta and before we depart for Athens we will also visit the museum of (olive and) olive oil.

Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. You can select your hotel from the list or select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process.

Itinerary

Corinth Canal

We will begin with a drive along the coast. On the way you will view of some Greek seaside villages and the island of Salamis (where the historical naval battle took place between the Athenians and the Persians). Our first stop the Corinth Canal. Opened in 1892 and separating the Peloponnese peninsula from the rest of Greece and connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. You will have time to walk across on a pedestrian bridge to admire the canal closer, (if you’re game,) on some days bungee jumping is an option. 

Mystras

After the stop at the canal we will head towards Mystras driving into the southern Peloponnese peninsula through the mountainous landscape of the Greek country side. Reaching Mystras you will automatically understand why this location stands so unique within the Greek sites. Known as the ghost city, fortified on a citadel, Mystras is one of the two locations in Greece that preserves not only medieval churches but also ordinary houses, mansions and palaces of the Byzantine Empire in combination with Frankish elements. 

Archaeological Site of Mystras

Walking in the site on the upper point you will reach the citadel and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding areas while walking down hill you will meet palaces and the Royal courtyards. Although known as the ghost city most of the monasteries are still in use and the monks will gladly show you around their small society. Before you exit you will come across the chapel of St. Demetrios, on its floor survives a plaque depicting a two head eagle (the symbol of Byzantium). It was on this very plaque that Konstantine Palaiologos kneeled before he was crowned the last emperor of the Byzantium.

Acropolis and Ancient Theater of Sparta

Following that we will spend the rest of our time in Sparta known as the eternal rival city of the Athenian Democracy. Sparta revolved around a different Cosmo theory for the ancient Greek standards. Initially known as the birth place of Helen of Troy and the Kingdom of Menelaus (in Mycenaean period), Sparta was organized as a purely military society in the ancient Greek period. It was the city of the two Kings were a few aristocrats ruled and of course the city where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans marched from to face the Persian army Thermopolis in 480 BCE.

Leonidas Monument

Continuing we will pass in front of the stadium where the statue of King Leonidas stands marking the ending point of Spartathlon race (Athens – Sparta 245,3 km). 

Museum of Olive

We will visit the museum of (olive and) olive oil.

Athens

We will drive back to Athens

What's included

  • Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off 
  • Transport by private vehicle 
  • Skip the line to purchase site tickets. [16€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
  • Bottled water  

What's excluded

  • Entrance Fees [16€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
  • Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost - 250 €]
  • Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost) 
  • Lunch cost.

What do I need to bring

Suitable clothing and athletic walking shoes are recommended for your comfort

Hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion are highly recommended.   

Important information

  • Not suitable for pets.
  • No public transportation nearby.
  • The duration of the tours is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
  • The drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us.
  • We suggest that the tour starts at 8:00 am. If for any reason this is not convenient for you we will adjust the time according to your needs.  

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • CITY BREAK
  • CITY TOURS
  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • LAYOVER TOURS
  • MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS
  • NATURE
  • PRIVATE CAR TOUR
  • PRIVATE ROUNDRIP
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION
  • TRANSFERS AND GROUND TRANSPORT
  • WEDDING AND HONEYMOON
  • VIP AND EXCLUSIVE

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