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Peloponnese & Saronic Islands

Visit the unknown Peloponnese and the secluded Islands of Aegina and Hydra! The following itinerary is depending on the schedule of the ferries we’ll use for transportation. Just to give you an idea; we’ll introduce this new and exciting program!

Day 1: Early morning departure for the Island of Aegina by ferry.
Today we’ll visit the 5th century BC Temple of Aphaia, a rare gem, situated in a  dense pine forest. After the coffee break time for a stroll in the deserted capital of the Island, Paleachora with its many Byzantine churches. Lunch at a fish tavern at the sea. PM free time in Chora.

Day 2: We’ll catch the ferry to the beautiful Island of Hydra, where no cars or motorcycles are allowed by law!
The inhabitants still use donkeys or a bicycle. We’ll walk the small cobbled streets and visit the Monastery of the Dormation of the Virgin. Hydra played an important role during the War of Independance and has a rich naval history, as can be seen in the many attractive captains-mansions. Dinner and overnight on Hydra.

Day 3: Per hydrofoil departure to the Peloponnese. Depending on time of arrival, visit to the unique town of Monemvasia.
Monemvasia means ‘single entrance’, owing its name to the small bridge connecting this still inhabited Byzantine fortress situated on an impressive rock, to the Mainland. Walking the cobbled alleyways one only hears their own footsteps for all noise, cars and daily stress of modern life is left outside the ancient walls guarding the city!  Of course we’ll take the steep steps up to the interesting Church of St. Sophia. Dinner and overnight in Monemvasia.

Day 4: Getting to know the Peloponnese!
The Southern part of Greece is home to many olive- and wine fields, it is the main source of income for the inhabitants. We’ll visit a renowned vineyard and tast the local wine. Visit of the town of Areopolis, ‘City of  Ares’, god of war and modern capital of the Mani. It was in this city that the Maniat clan declared war against the Ottomans after 400 years of occupation. Dinner and overnight in the Mani.

Day 5: Today we’ll explore the impressive countryside of the Mani!
Its location on the fringes of Southern Europe, its turbulent history and its rugged natural beauty give the visitor an unforgettable experience. We drive to the Caves of Pirgos Dirou. The impressive network of stalactite-studded caves are seen from a punt, holding no more than 6 people.  We continue our journey and stop at the village of Vathia with her particular towerhouses, built as a defense system. Furthermore a visit to the ‘Entrance of the Underworld’ can not be missed! Dinner at a fish tavern with the catch of the day! Overnight in Mani.

Day 6: A visit to Ancient Messinia is a must!
An impressive archaeological site with the remains of an Asklepion, an impressive and very well preserved Stadium for athletic games and the entire city walls are still intact. These are known as the Great Wall of Europe! Dinner and overnight in Sparta.

Day 7: The history of Sparta is known all over the world;
it was known in ancient Greece for its unique social system and constitution, which completely focused on military training and excellence! Sparta was the focus of admiration in its own day, as well as in the West following the revival of the classical learning! Today not much of the glorious past of the city remains…

We travel further north and visit the first capital of modern Greece, Nauplion. The city is beautifully situated on the Bay of Argolis. A lovely walk will reveal the secrets of this town. We say goodbye and travel back to Athens.

End of tour.