7 Days Private Tour: Argolida - Sparta - Monemvasia - Mani - Olympia & Delphi

This tour gives our guests the intellectual pleasure of visiting numerous ancient and historical sites and the spiritual pleasure of being in this unique environment, the mountainous land, the sun and the sea for 7 days.

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$2,506

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Duration

7 days

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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Bottled water
    What's excluded :
    • Accommodation (We work with some of the best hotels. We have to know the number of the rooms)
    • Entrance Fees
    • Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
    • Licensed Tour guide on request (Additional cost)
    • Entry/Admission - Sanctuary of Asklepios
    • Entry/Admission - The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Site Mycenae
    • Entry/Admission - Lion Gate
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Museum of Ancient Mycenae
    • Entry/Admission - Citadel and Treasury of Atreus
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Site of Mystras
    • Entry/Admission - Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil
    • Entry/Admission - Caves of Diros
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Site of Olympia
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Museum of Olympia
    • Entry/Admission - Museum of the Olympic Games
    • Entry/Admission - Temple of Apollo
    • Entry/Admission - Delphi Archaeological Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Hosios Loukas

  • Day 1: Corinth - Epidaurus - Mycenae - Nafplion

    Stop At: Corinth Canal, Isthmia, Corinth 201 00 Greece
    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 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.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sanctuary of Asklepios, Epidavros 210 52 Greece
    After just a short drive you will be able to visit one of the most important ancient sanctuaries dedicated to the God Asclepius, the god of healing and medicine, located in an ideal environment and spread over a hilly area.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Ethniki Odos Isthmou Archaias Epidavrou, Epidavros 210 52 Greece
    Its highest point is the theater of Epidaurus. The best preserved ancient Greek theater dated 4th century B.C.E.It is proof of what fantastic miracles the ancient Greek minds could create. You can test the acoustics, great even today. Climb up until the upper seats just to close your eyes and dream you attended an ancient Greek tragedy.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Archaeological Site Mycenae, Mycenae 21200 Greece
    Next we will visit one of the Unesco protected monuments. Mycenae (dated to the 2nd millennium B.C.E) represents the era of Achilles, Agamemnon and Helen of Troy, You will visit the cyclopean walls, the burial circle A and the remains of Agamemnon’s Palace.Dated to the 2nd millennium B.C.E., this citadel gave its name to a whole era!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lion Gate, Mycenae Greece
    In the site, you will see the renowned Lions Gate, the oldest architectural sculpture in Europe.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Archaeological Museum of Ancient Mycenae, Mycenae Greece
    Worth visiting there is also a modern museum exhibiting the findings of the “City Of Gold".
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, Mycenae Greece
    Just before leaving the site we will make a small stop at the treasury of Atreus, the best preserved Tholos tomb found and one of the finest examples of the Mycenaean architecture.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Nafplio, Nafplio, Argolis Region, Peloponnese
    We will move towards a more recent history of Greece and the city of Nafplion. Considered as the most scenic city, Nafplion functioned as the capital of Greece until 1834. This romantic city offers you an outstanding combination of fortresses and castles (Palamidi, Bourtzi), a huge harbour open to the Aegean Sea and the unique architecture of the old city of Nafplion revealing Venetian, neoclassical and oriental elements.
    After walking around the picturesque old city we will stop for lunch at a traditional tavern by the sea. We will overnight here.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Acronauplia, Nafplion 211 00, Greece
    We’ll drive up until the castle of Acronafplia for a panoramic view of Nafplio.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Bourtzi, The Harbor, Nafplio Greece
    Bourtzi is a little islet with a fortress in a huge port opened to the Aegean Sea.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Nafplio in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 2: Mystras - Sparta

    Pass By: Mystras, Mystras, Sparta Municipality, Laconia Region, Peloponnese
    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.

    Stop At: Archaeological Site of Mystras, Mystras, Sparta Municipality Greece
    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 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 emperor of the Byzantium.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Acropolis and Ancient Theater, north end of Sparta, Sparta, Sparta Municipality Greece
    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 inThermopylae in 480 BCE.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Leonidas Monument, Sparta, Sparta Municipality Greece
    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).
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, 129 Othonos Amalias Street, Sparta, Sparta Municipality 231 00 Greece
    We will visit the museum of (olive and) olive oil and learn interesting things about greek olives and olive oil.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Sparta in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 3: Monemvasia

    Stop At: Monemvasia Fortress, Monemvasia, Monemvasia Municipality 23070 Greece
    Monemvasia is a living old city, developed on an island that is connected to the Greek mainland. A fortress and a prosperous city of the Byzantine empire Monemvasia (literally means one entrance) still survives, the narrow streets, the mansions, the small houses, the churches , the wall, the gate and the citadel, the city is still inhabited. Here history comes truly alive, we will spend half of our day at Monemvasia where you can have lunch by the sea upon the old wall and walk in the city continually discovering new points of interest.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Agia Sofia Church, Top of mountain, Monemvasia, Monemvasia Municipality 230 70 Greece
    Agia Sofia (St Sophia's Church), the main sanctuary in Monemvasia's upper town, is a large Byzantine church built on the edge of a cliff with a vertiginous view of the bay below. Beyond the Venetian loggia that makes up the façade, the interior is palpably calm and refreshing. Admire the impressive dome, finely sculpted marble capitals and fragments of 13th c. frescoes.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Monemvasia in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 4: Gytheio - Diros Cave - Areopoli

    Stop At: Gytheio, Gytheio, Laconia Region, Peloponnese
    Gytheio is in the southern Peloponnese. It is a port town with lots of good fish restaurants, some great ouzeries. It also has some amazing old buildings built in the last two centuries. Gytheio (or Gytheion) is a pleasure to wander through with the neo-classical houses, shops and spectacular old apartment buildings, hugging the side of Mount Koumaros all the way down to the sea. It makes you feel like you are in the type of Greek port that disappeared with the introduction of mass tourism into the country.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Caves of Diros, Diros 230 62 Greece
    The cave of Diros, is found 10 km from Gytheio and 5 km from the Pyrgos Dirou. Actually there are three caves, the Alepotrypa, Katafigi and Glyfada. This is a unique experience traveling barely a subterranean river length 1,600 m. The magic of the color, and the beautiful shapes, formed by the stalactites and stalagmites makes a unique spectacle. After the ongoing research at the cave of Diros to date, the total length reaches 6.500 meters and is still unknown the final length.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Areopoli, Areopoli, Laconia Region, Peloponnese
    The word Areopoli, which means "city of Ares", the ancient Greek god of war, became the official name in 1912. It was the seat of Oitylo municipality. The Greek War of Independence was started at Areopoli on March 17, 1821 by Petros Pierrakos, also known as Petros Mavromichalis, the last bey of Mani. Now Areopoli has grown into a flourishing town. Its tower houses, constructed with field stones, are distinct from the traditional blue and white buildings that characterize many Greek villages.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Areopoli in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 5: Kardamili - Kalamata - Messini

    Stop At: Kardamili, Kardamili, Messenia Region, Peloponnese
    Kardamili is a wonderful, picturesque, historic, coastal village of Messiniaki Mani which is situated 35km southeastern to the city of Kalamata. There, the visitor can admire overgrown mountain sides, olive groves, wonderful beaches, well cared stone mansions of traditional architecture of Mani, verdant gardens and the lovely, picturesque small port.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Kalamata, Kalamata, Messenia Region, Peloponnese
    Kalamata is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras, in southern Greece and the largest city of the homonymous administrative region. The capital and chief port of the Messenia regional unit, it lies along the Nedon River at the head of the Messenian Gulf.
    Kalamata is renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance and Kalamata olives.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Messini, Messini, Messenia Region, Peloponnese
    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 sizeable Sanctuary of Asclepius and one of the most impressive Ancient Greek stadiums. Entry includes the small museum at the site turn-off; don't miss the impressive Arcadian Gate 800m beyond, either.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Olympia, Olympia, Elis Region, West Greece
    We will overnight at the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Olympia in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 6: Olympia - Nafpaktos - Arachova

    Stop At: Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archea Olympia, Olympia 27065 Greece
    We will visit the archaeological site and the museum of Ancient Olympia. This is one of the largest sites in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. Walking through the site you will pass by the Gymnasium, the Palaistra, the workshop of Phidias, the Temple of Zeus and you will end up at the Stadium where for every four years the Greeks competed for glory and for spiritual elevation honoring their cities.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Archaia Olympia, Olympia 27 065 Greece
    The museum is also quite unique as it includes the renowned statue “Hermes of Praxiteles” with its perfect analogies and tools that belonged to Phidias himself. With the tools he created one of the seven wonders of the world “the gold ivory statue of Zeus”.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Museum of the Olympic Games, Olympia Greece
    The Museum of the History of the Ancient Olympic Games hosts 463 ancient works, from the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, and other museums in the Greek territory. The exhibits cover a wide chronological range, from the 2nd millennium BC until the 5th century AD. Ancient exposed in thematic units and through them yperchilietis shows the history of the Olympic games, the longest ancient institution.
    Apart from ancient art, the visitor has the possibility of detailed information through the rich visual material.
    After a walking in the footsteps of ancient athletes we will take our lunch at the village.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nafpaktos Old Port, Naupactus 30300 Greece
    Nafpaktos known as Lepanto during part of its history, is a town and a former municipality in Aetolia Akarnania, West Greece. It was an important Athenian naval station in the Peloponnesian war. As a strategically crucial possession controlling access to the Gulf of Corinth, Naupaktos changed hands many times during the Crusades and the Ottoman–Venetian Wars. It was under Venetian control in the 15th century, and came to be known by the Venetian form of its name, Lepanto. It fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1499 and was used as naval station by the Ottoman Navy in the 16th century, being the site of the decisive victory by the Holy League in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Except a brief period of Venetian control in 1687–1699, Lepanto remained under Ottoman control until Greek independence in 1829.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Arachova, Arachova, Boeotia Region, Central Greece
    Aráchova is a mountainous village nestling picturesquely at the foot of Mt. Parnassós in Viotia, Southern Greece.It is the most cosmopolitan winter destination in Greece, a great favourite for passionate ski lovers and celebrities, or just first-time visitors who wish to relax in a dreamy mountainous setting with modern tourism facilities. Its modern ski resort, its close proximity to Athens, and its breathtaking mountainous landscape are the strongest reason why. Apart from the mountain activities, Aráchova is also famous for its bustling nightlife and as the favorite mountain resort of Athenians.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: We will have an overnight in Delphi in 3-4 stars hotel.

    Day 7: Delphi - Distomo - Livadia

    Pass By: Delphi, Delphi, Phocis Region, Central Greece
    We will drive to the site of Delphi, an ancient Greek sanctuary with a PanHellenic character dedicated to god Apollo. It functioned as an Oracle and was considered ‘the naval’ the center of the word and is today a symbol of Greek cultural unity. The scenic location allows you to have a view of the Greek mountains and two more sites the Gymnasium and the secondary sanctuary of Athena Pronea.

    Stop At: Temple of Apollo, Delphi Greece
    In the site you will visit the Temple of Apollo where Pytheia spoke to the oracles, the theater and the stadium.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Delphi Archaeological Museum, Ethniki Odos Amfissas - Livadias, Delphi 330 54 Greece
    While in the museum you will be able to see the famous charioteer and Gold Ivory statues.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Monastery of Hosios Loukas, Distomo 32005 Greece
    We will visit the monastery of Hosios Loukas, which represents the second golden age of Byzantine art (11th -12th century) in particular its golden mosaic decoration and fine architecture.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Livadia, Livadia, Boeotia Region, Central Greece
    Livadia has about 30,000 inhabitants. It is built at an altitude of 200 m, at the edge of the plain of Kopaida and the small river Erkyna flows through it. It is surrounded by mountains; Parnassos to the north of the city and Elikonas to the south. The old town of Livadia (Mideia) was built at the foot of the later. It is a unique,“properly” Greek city with a history and a mythology that became a source of inspiration for poets, painters and sculptors of all ages. We will have lunch or a coffee by its famous river and Krya Springs.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Athens, Athens, Attica
    We will drive back to Athens.

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    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.Ports
    • Piraeus Port
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Accommodation (If you need our help we work with some of the best hotels in each area, we only need to know the number of the rooms)
    • 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 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 on the phone number provided by Viator.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Our company complies with all the health instructions of the World Health Organization about COVID-19.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

7

Organised by Olive Sea Travel

Activity ID: V-63145P56

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