Visit the most important archaeological sites of Peloponnese, admire the most beautiful traditional villages, explore the cave of lakes and take a ride with the odontotos railway.
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- Since all the tours we offer are private we have the flexibility to discuss with you any changes you wish to make in the itinerary.
- During summer time because of the hot climate conditions in Greece we always suggest you to wear light clothes, bring with you a hat and sunscreen and make sure to wear non-slipper comfortable shoes due to the slippery terrain in the archaeological sites.
- Also we always provide child seats or boosters whenever is needed with no extra cost. In case there are children between the passengers and you need a child seat we can provide it with no extra cost.
Our Alternative Peloponnese 4-day tour starts by driving out of the city along the scenic coastal road towards west. Our first stop is the impressive Corinth Canal where you can take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking view by walking on the bridge of the Canal. After 20 minutes driving, we will arrive to Ancient Corinth where you will visit the archaeological site and admire the monolithic Temple of Apollo, the Pirene and Glafki fountains, the Bema where Apostle Paul was judged, the Ancient Agora, the Ancient Theater, the Roman Odeon and the archaeological museum of Corinth. Acrocorinth will be our next stop to take pictures of the imposing fortress and the breathtaking view of the Corinthian Gulf.
Continuing our Alternative Peloponnese 4-day tour we will drive through beautiful villages and you will enjoy a scenic drive passing through orange tree fields and vineyards, our next stop will be Mycenae. The ancient citadel of Mycenae was the kingdom of glorious Agamemnon and the Mycenean civilization was one of the most important pillars in the Greek history. In the archaeological site you will admire the Cyclopean walls of the citadel, you will walk through the Lion Gate (symbol of the Mycenean civilization), and see important Mycenean tombs. You will also visit the archaeological museum and a little further down you will be impressed by the tomb of King Agamemnon.
We will continue our tour heading south towards the town of Nafplion, one of the most historical towns in the modern history of Greece. You will admire historical buildings and explore the beautiful small alleys of the town and right after you will enjoy your meal in a local restaurant. After lunch we will check in at the hotel and get some rest for a while.
Before leaving Nafplion you will visit the fortress of Palamidi which was built by the Venetians and its located above the town. You will enter the fortress and you will be amazed by the panoramic view of the town. Our last stop for the day is the Asclepieion of Epidaurus which is located 30 min away from Nafplion.
In the archaeological site you will visit the ancient theatre of Epidaurus which is regarded as the best preserved ancient theatre in Greece in terms of its perfect acoustics and fine structure. The Asclepieion of Epidaurus used to be a therapeutic and religious center dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing. After you complete your visit there we will return to Nafplion for your overnight.
We will start our second day after your breakfast and we will head to glorious Sparta. As soon as we arrive in Sparta we will stop in front of the statue of King Leonidas known from the battle of Thermopylae. Right after we will visit the archaeological site and see the ruins of ancient Sparta.
We will continue our tour by driving you to the fortified city of Mystras. In the fortified city you will admire the palaces of Michael Palaiologos, who was one of the Byzantine emperors from 1261 until his death, and numerous Byzantine churches. After you complete your visit there we will drive you to a local restaurant to enjoy your lunch.
Our last destination for the day will be Monemvasia. Monemvasia is a famous fortified town on southwestern Peloponnese, it is built on limestone rock and has a length of one and a half kilometers, a maximum width of 600 meters and a height of 195 meters. It is linked to the mainland by a 200-meter short causeway, the shape of which resembles a human neck. Monemvasia was founded in the 6th century AD, after Sparta residents were relocated there. Its strategic position, the power of its fleet and the alliance with the Byzantine emperors, turned Monemvasia into a famous and powerful city. We will overnight in Monemvasia.
We will start our third day after your breakfast and you will visit the fortified town of Monemvasia, after exploring the area we will continue our tour heading north. We will drive through the mountains of Peloponnese and first stop at the village of Karytaina which is located in Arcadia. The Castle of Karytaina was built in the mid-13th century on a steep rocky outcrop by Baron Geoffrey of Briel. The area returned to Byzantine control in 1320, and came under Ottoman control in 1460. After a brief period of Venetian rule (1687–1715), Karytaina returned to Ottoman control, and prospered as an administrative and commercial centre. Karytaina and its inhabitants were among the first to rise up during the Greek War of Independence. You will also have lunch in a traditional tavern.
Next we will drive you to the village of Dimitsana which is famous for the stone buildings. In Dimitsana you will have time to visit and discover the Open-Air Water Power Museum. Our last destination for the day is the beautiful village Lagkadia where we will check in at the hotel and overnight there.
We will start our fourth day after your breakfast and we will head to the Cave of Lakes which is almost one hour away. On our way we will pass through the beautiful village of Vytina and we will make a quick stop at the historical vinetree of Pausanias. After so many centuries, what one sees are massive trunks of vine that have crept onto the trees in the courtyard of the church of Agios Nikolaos. It is said that the total length of the nine trunks exceeds 100 meters and the age of the vine is close to two, or even three, millennia.
After 20 min driving we will arrive at the Cave of Lakes. This is one of the most beautiful caves in Greece, where you can admire the stalactites and stalagmites, which have formed after the passing of many thousands of years. You must enter accompanied by a guide and once you enter, the spectacle is breathtaking! After you complete your visit there we will head to the village of Kalavryta.
We will first visit the the Monastery of Agia Lavra which is placed among trees and lush vegetation, 5 km from the town of Kalavrita. It consists of an imposing cluster of buildings, at an altitude of 961m, which provides an open view to the Vouraikos river valley. On the right side of the court lays the famous small chapel where the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Turks was declared. Next we will drive you to Kalavryta and you will visit the Holocaust museum and after that you will enjoy your meal in a traditional tavern. You will also have some time to enjoy your coffee and then you will take the small train, the popular “Odontotos” (gauge rack railway), which will pass through a route more than magnificent. You will enjoy a very scenic route through the forest and rivers that will be unforgettable. The train will stop in Diakofto village where the driver will be waiting for you. The tour ends by driving you back to Athens and to the place we picked you up.
- Corinth canal
- Ancient Corinth (Temple of Apollo, Pirene and Glafki fountains, Bema, Corinth museum)
- Acropolis of Mycenae
- Lion gate
- Tomb of Agamemnon
- Mycenae museum
- Old town of Nafplion
- Palamidi fortress
- Asclepieion of Epidaurus
- Ancient Theater of Epidaurus
- Statue of Leonidas
- Sparta site
- Mystras fortified town
- Diakofto village
- Agia Lavra Monastery
- Holocaust Museum
- Odontotos rack railway
- Kalavryta village
- Cave of lakes
- Lagadia village
- Dimitsana village
- Stemnitsa village
- Monemvasia (fortified city)