Category Archive : Guided Tours

The Greek people welcome you.

Greek people in majority are good manored, smiling, helpful, and optimistic personalities. English language is widely spoken, especially by the younger generations. Athens, was and still is one of the safest European capitals, although there are areas that there is no need for you to visit them.
Ask the locals, your local travel agent, or the hotel employees. They know better, and they can advise you about the areas that you must avoid.
During your visit to Greece. learn the Greek way of communication–dancing. Grab each other by the arm and begin dancing, just like the Greeks do.
It’s very likely you’ll be as charmed by the Greek people as you will be, by Greece’s beautiful landscape.

Guided tours from Athens:

* Morning sightseeing tour with Acropolis’ museum
* Afternoon sightseeing tour with Acropolis’ museum
* Morning walking tour of Athens historic centre
* Afternoon tour to Sounio, and Poseidon’s temple
* One day tour to Delphi including museum & site
* One day tour to Mycenae, Nafplion & Epidaurus
* Two day tour to Delphi at  “slow pace”
* Two day tour to Nafplion at “slow pace”
* Two days to Delphi (site only) & Meteora
* 3 days, 1 night in Delphi & 1 in Kalampaka
* 3 days Delphi with 2 nights in Kalampaka- Explore Meteora
* 3 days Classical tour – Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia & Delphi
* 4 days Classical with Meteora monasteries tour
* 4 days Monday’s special Classical tour. O/n Nafplio
* 5 days Monday’s Classical & Meteora. O/n Nafplio
* 5 days tour to Northern Greece
* 7 days Grand tour of Greece

Independent trips, by train:

* One day tour to Meteora by train & local taxi
* Two days train & hotel trip to Kalampaka
* 2 days Meteora, with “morning” and “sunset” tours
* By train, Meteora and Delphi, 3 days/2 nights
* By train, Meteora and Thessaloniki, 5 days/4 nights
* One day trip to Delphi by intercity bus
* Two days to Olympia by intercity bus

 

Private tours to:

* Half day tour to Marathon, museum and tomb
* One day private tour to Olympia, museums & site
* One day private tour to Delphi, and Ossios Lucas
* One day private tour to ancient Corinth & Argolis
* 2 day tour to Olympia & Nafplion(o/night)
* Two days tour to Delphi & Olympia(o/night)

 

Cruises to the Aegean islands

* One day cruise to Hydra, poros & Egina
* 3 days to Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Heraklion, Santorini
* 4 days to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi
* 7 days cruise to Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Kusadasi

Other services that we offer:

* Private transfer services from Athens’ airport,
* Car, minibus, and motorcycle, rental services,
* Mountain cycling & trekking expeditions
* Sailing holidays in Greece (Sunsail holidays)
* Yacht chartering, all over Greece

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The rock of Monemvasia or Gibraltar of Greece

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The island of Monemvasia, known as the “Gibraltar of Greece,” is a massive rock rising from the sea and connected to the mainland by a causeway.

The medieval town of Monemvasia dominated by a protective fortress can be reached only through a tunnel; Its name, comes from the words moni, meaning “single,” and emvasi, meaning “entry.” It is truly an amazing sight.

As you approach from over the hills you are hit with the image of an enormous rock in the sea, connected to the land by a narrow bridge.

From the land it looks like just a mountain and if you look more closely you may see a tiny church perched on the top.

However if you cross the bridge and walk around the side of the mountain you will suddenly come to a wall stretching from the sea to the mountain.

Behind the wall is an ancient town protected from all sides by sea, wall and mountain.

Explore the narrow, cobbled streets of this charming town, which was the commercial center of Byzantine Morea in the 13th century.

History

2000 years ago people built up a town at the top of a 300 meter rock to be protected from the barbarians.

The Rock was separated from the mainland by an earthquake in 337 AD and today the Monemvasia rock with its castle is actually an island accessible only through an entrance which many years ago used to be a portable, wooden bridge.

This causeway links Peloponessus with the Rock of Monemvasia.

The settlement is divided into two sections, built at different levels, each with a separate fortification.

They built their town on top of the cliff (300m), and it was named upper town.

Then they built a neighborhood close to the sea also protected from walls which was named lower town.

The castle fall to the Franks after 3 years of surrounding in 1249 but they gave it back to the Byzantines in 1262 after the battle in Pelagonia. The Byzantines kept it until 1460. Those two centuries where the golden ages for Monemvasia.

The Monemvasians where trading a sweet red whine called Malvasia, produced from surrounding area.

The people of Monemvasia where very wealthy at that time due to the extensive trading, the privileges they had from the emperors of Costantinople (Istanbul), and due to the fleet they owned.

When Greece was occupied from the Ottomans (Turks) the Monemvasians preferred to pass their town to the Venetians and that was the first occupation by the Venetians, 1464-1550. During that period the Venetians transplanted the wine Malvasia in Crete, Italy and Malta where you may find this kind of wine with small variations.

The castle passed later to the hands of the Turks. A small period of Venetian occupation followed again 1690-1715 and finally Monemvasia was liberated in 1823 during the Greek revolution.

Remains of numerous Byzantine and post-Byzantine buildings are preserved in the area of the Upper Town which is not inhabited today.

The first building when you enter Lower Monemvasia is a house of Greek poet and writer Yannis Ritsos (1909 – 1990). He was born in Monemvasia in the noble family of landowners. His grave is not far from this house.

More info about Ritsos: http://www.mikis-theodorakis.net/ritsos_e.html

What to see and do

What to see and do

After breakfast, walk up to the church on the edge of the cliff atop Monemvasia castle and try your hand at throwing a small iron or steel metal object to the sea (it will be drawn in towards the side of the hill, never reaching the sea, due to a magnetic field emanating from the rocks below).

Beaches: To the north and south of Monemvasia there are beaches 2-3 km from the causeway at Gefyra. Some well liked beaches slightly further away are at Plytra (20 km) and the stretch from Viglafia to Neapoli (35 km) both of which on the west side of the peninsula, across from Monemvasia. The island of Elafonisi has some of the more scenic beaches.

Archaeology: The Richia Museum of Folklore: Richia, about 25 km from Monemvasia in a building of 1875, which was the first school in the village. With farm tools, spinning wheels, clothing and woven items.

Monastery of the Annunciation of the Virgin and Agios Georgios of Gerakas near Gerakas village, founded in 19th century.

There are many caves within easy reach:  Kastania – at Kastania Voion (south of Monemvasia near Neapolis).

Vri Cave is north of Monemvasia with a precipice which you can climb down. You can find the entrance on the south west side and there is a lake below with crystal clear water.

21 km farther a very neat place to visit is Porto Geraka, a small village which landscape reminds small Fiord of the south.

Where to eat & drink – Monemvasia

If want to stay close, choose one of the four tavernas in Monemvasia. Inside the castle there is the Cafe Angelo which is at night a bar and in the morning breakfast is served, with the sound of classic music and a wonderful view. There are also two cafes to enjoy your coffee.

The tavernas on the seafront, over the causeway, at Gefyra, offer good food at good prices. A little further in the new town of Monemvasia you must taste the octopus fried with Ouzo. As there is just one “main” street – only about 200 metres long – you will find the shops, cafes and restaurants in one stroll through the castle.

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Most of Monemvasia’s residents today live by the port (Gefyra), which is a modern town with supermarkets, travel agency, bus connections and other services. The Rock is about 2 km from the modern port of Monemvasia, about a 20-minute walk or a few minutes by car. Cars aren’t allowed inside the walls of the old town and the parking is outside of the fortifications.

Most of the old town’s buildings are made from stone, and many have been renovated as summer homes for Greeks and foreigners. It’s a sunny town of tiled-roof houses, attractive shops and cafes, pleasant squares, and churches.

 

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

The castle or the rock of Monemvasia

Fighting for Athens: the Battle of Marathon

Fighting for Athens: the Battle of Marathon

A tour to the historical Marathon battle area

A visit to the archaeological site, the Tymvos burial mound in an olive grove with a plaque that commemorates the great victory and the Marathon Museum and if the weather permits it, a swim at the sandy beach of Shinias where the Persian fleet landed, is one of the things you must do when you visit Athens.

Marathon is still one of Attica’s loveliest and well known spots. Everyone has heard the story of the Persian army defeat at Marathon at the hands of the Athenians. Imagine marching several thousand miles only to be wiped out 27 miles from the city you came to conquer by an army a fraction of your size. There is not much to see of the battlefield really. Main source of information about the battle in Marathon is the historian Herodotus. According to him, the Persian fleet landed 100,000 troops on Shinias in the year 490 B.C. Against this huge army the Athenians brought 10,000 soldiers and with the help of 1,000 Plataian soldiers, thanks to an ingenious strategic plan of the Greek army commander, Miltiades, they were victorious. They formed the Greek letter (Pi) with weak centre and strong sides, and when the battle started, the central section retreated and the sides closed in and squeezed the panicked Persian soldiers. Thousands of Persians were killed or drowned in the swamp nearby, (where the rowing venue of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games is), while the Athenians had 192 soldiers dead, all burried in the tymvos area. It is E.N.Gardiners’ observation that, ” the victory of the Greeks over the Persians…was the victory of a handful of trained athletes over the hordes of flabby barbarians.”

Legend wants an Athenian soldier named, Philippides, to run from the battlefield all the way into Athens in order to bring the good news. He ran all the way from Marathon to the Athenian Agora. He collapsed and died immediately after he delivered his one word message; Nenikikamen (We have won). In memory of this great victory, the Marathon run was performed in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and since then, it is the last event of the Olympic Games. Here is the starting point of the authentic distance. If you think that you are fit enough, you are free to try your physical condition on this classical Marathon run 42,195m.

Today’s amazing thing about Marathon is the marble dam, the only dam in the world made out of marble, that holds the water that supplies Athens.

 

HALF DAY TOUR TO MARATHON

Upon request, we organise half day tours (+/- 5 hrs) from Athens to Marathon driving along the Athenian North suburbs. At Marathon we visit the “tymvos” burial mound, the museum and end the tour at the sandy beach of Shinias for a swim.

 

Following the paths of monks to Meteora

The Meteora is a complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries built on natural sandstone pillars. The sandstone pillars are beautiful. Today six are open to the public. Four monasteries and two nunneries.

If there is one place that you must visit is Meteora in central Greece. This huge Eastern Orthodox monastic complex is unlike anywhere else in the world – and despite how overused this phrase is nowadays, at Meteora it means the exact picture. If the unearthly landscape of massive pillar-like mountains and columns weren’t striking enough, monks went ahead and built huge monasteries ON TOP of them 800 years ago. 6 of them are still working monasteries nowadays and are open to the public if you are willing to make the trek up to them.

A view from Meteora is spectacular no matter where you stand, and it will make even the most seasoned traveler say “wow” out loud. In fact, While Greece is full of beautiful vistas and spectacular sites, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more unique and with so many fabulous views as you get in Meteora.

The World Heritage monasteries of Meteora, in the middle of Greece, are one of the most extraordinary sights.
Built on top of huge pinnacles of smooth rocks, the monasteries

Meteora map

Meteora map

provided monks with peaceful havens from increasing bloodshed as the Byzantine Empire waned at the end of the 14th c. The earliest monasteries were reached by climbing removable ladders. Later, windlasses were used so monks could be hauled up in nets, a method used until the 1920s. Apprehensive visitors enquiring how often the ropes were replaced were told ‘When the Lord lets them break’.

These days access to the monasteries is by steps hewn into the rocks and the windlasses are used only for hauling up provisions.

Don’t miss this unique place at this special price!

Athens city morning sightseeing

Morning sightseeing tour including Acropolis and the New Acropolis museum.

The tour price includes:

Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach.
Pick up / drop off service from the hotels mentioned in the list shown in the footer.
The lecture of the knowledgeable Professional Guide all along the tour,
The entrance fees to the Acropolis hill and the New Acropolis museum.

ACROPOLIS

Acropolis

Acropolis

ACROPOLIS
It is the symbol of Athens, the sacred rock, the connection between ancient and contemporary civilizations. The monuments that stand today on the Sacred Rock are dated from the prehistoric period up to the ancient times. There is not even one person (Greek or foreign visitor) that does not want to pay due honour to this sacred rock and see its beauty and glory. A visit to the sacred rock of the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum is a must and an unforgettable experience.

On the top of the list of all Athens attractions, the greatest and finest sanctuary, dedicated to goddess Athena, the city’s patron, dominates the center of the modern city from the rocky hill known as the Acropolis. The Acropolis of the 5th c.BC is the most accurate reflection of the splendor, power and wealth of Athens at its greatest peak, “the golden age of Perikles”. A plan to undertake large-scale conservation and restoration on the Acropolis, is still in progress.

On the 3.5-hour morning sightseeing tour, drive through one of the oldest cities of the world and see the best of modern Athens.

Take a coach tour of the city’s top sites, and with the expert guide, discover and hear his lecture about some of Greece’s greatest treasures

Highlights

Highlights

The 3.5-hour sightseeing tour of Athens combines modern Athens with the city’s ancient sites. See top attractions such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Constitution Square and the all marble Panathenaic Stadium, see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and learn about the glory of ancient Athens. Finally, climb to the top of the Acropolis hill and see the world-famous Pantheon temple, the Parthenon, listening to its incredible features from the expert guide.

Itinerary


Itinerary:

07:30am The pickup service bus starts from central hotels and bring everybody to the terminal. From here, near Syntagma square area, your tour of Athens begins at about 08:45am. As the bus passes in front of top Athens’ attractions, the professional tour guide talks about the historical importance of this glorious city. You pass by the Greek Parliament building with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (this was the first palace of Greek King Otto in 1834), the all marble Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held followed by driving on Panepistimiou Avenue and the so called trilogy of Athens: The old University, the National Library and the Academy, 3 beautiful neoclassical buildings, built by the Bavarian architects that Otto’s father, king Ludwig of Bavaria, (1825-1848), brought with him to Greece. See the gigantic temple of Olympian Zeus — completed in the 2nd c, AD, and Emperor Hadrian’s Arch, before you arrive at the masterpiece that everybody admires: the Acropolis witrh its monuments. Stroll up to the site that served as the citadel, and walk around the buildings as you hear about its glorious days during the 5th c. BC. Explore the Acropolis on foot, see the glorious Parthenon and the other highlights, such as, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechteion with the karyatides.
 Take advantage of the free time and explore the rest of the site independently. Continue your tour with a visit to the New Acropolis museum, one of the world’s best museums. Your ticket lets you stay as long as you wish inside the museum, even after the guided tour has finished. After the end of the guided tour you are allowed to stay and explore the museum independently. Walk around the spectacular Parthenon Hall with the incredible sculptures. See its incredible friezes, and other archaeological exhibits. Wander around in the galleries. There are more than 4,000 ancient objects to view and admire.

Read more about Parthenon in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon

Archaeological Site of Kolona aegina

Spend a day on Aegina

Visit Aegina, capital of Greece (1827-1829), on a day trip from Piraeus

Take the morning ferry from Piraeus and in 1h20m. you arrive in Aegina. The tiny church of Agios Nikolaos, at the port of the island, welcomes you. The beautiful neoclassical buildings remind you of the glory of the island.

What can you do in Aegina

What can you do in Aegina

Visit the Archaeological Site of Kolona.

Archaeological Site of Kolona aegina

Archaeological Site of Kolona aegina

The Hill of kolona was inhabited in prehistoric times through the classical period. Extensive walls and foundations have been discovered and excavations are still in progress. One single column is still standing, the only remaining from the Temple of Apollo built in the 6th c. BC.,

 

The small Museum  (Tue-Sun 08:30-15:00), containing a small but rich collection of pottery and sculpture from all periods of Aegina’s history. One of the most significant exhibits is the statue of the Sphinx (460 BC), which was dedicated to the Temple of Apollo. It is an extraordinary sculpture, with a head of a woman and a body that is half eagle and half lion,

 

 The Doric temple of Aphaea

The Doric temple of Aphaea

The Doric temple of Aphaea that we see today in a very good condition, was built about 490 BC of local porous sandstone. It stands on top of a pine-clad hill above Agia Marina. The first temple on the site (700 BC) was dedicated to Aphaea, a deity from Crete. Aphaea was worshiped at this sanctuary but the myth can be traced back to the 14th c. BC. and according to Greek mythology she was a beautiful young lady, another illegitimate child of Zeus. King Minos of Crete had fallen in love with her. Trying to escape from him she jumped into the sea but was caught in the net of fishermen. They took her on their boat. A fisherman, captivated by her beauty, fell in love and wanted to keep her for himself. Aphaea escaped, got out in Aegina, and asked for help from her half sister, goddess Artemis. She vanished in the woods of the island. When the fishermen arrived on the spot, they found only a statue. “Aphaea” in Greek means ‘invisible.’
On a clear day, you can see the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio, as well as the Acropolis of Athens. These three temples form the sacred triangle of antiquity, an isosceles triangle, between North, East and South. (Open daily 08:00-17:00, Museum: Tues-Sun 08:30-14:15).\

 
The Church of Agios Nektarios (named after its patron).

The Church of Agios Nektarios aegina

The Church of Agios Nektarios aegina

St Nektarios, died in 1920 and was canonized in 1961.

His memory is celebrated on 9 November.

You may have lunch in a taverna at the port, swim in a nice sandy beach and in the afternoon board the ferry back to Piraeus.

 

Guided tour to Delphi

DELPHI – the centre of the universe

Operating days and prices

From April – October this One day guided tour is organized daily.
From November – March the tour is organized every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sun
All the guided tours in Greece are organized by 3 big tour Operators and all the travel agents sell the same tours at discounted prices. OUR DISCOUNTED OFFERS for the 1 day guided tour to Delphi, are:
1) For the guided tour with lunch = 80.00 €
2) For the guided tour without lunch = 70.00 €
3) For the guided tour, NO lunch and NO entrance fees = 59.00 € (enabler’s price)
4) For the guided tour, NO lunch and NO entrance fees = 49.00 €, (Student’s enabler price),
To avoid misunderstandings and frictions, please, CLICK and read what “enabler student” price means.
ONLY ISIC is accepted as proof and ONLY holders of such cards are eligible to such discount.
5) The prices quoted in the above price list, are in euro, perperson and are valid until 31st October 2018.

The prices include:
– transportation on modern air-conditioned buses
– Pick up / drop off from your hotel or near your hotel (See the list of hotels at the footer of the website)
– Services of the professional tour guide.

– Lunch and entrance tickets are optional and depend on the price that you decide to pay
The tour does not include visit to the Athena Pronaia temple and the sports’ facilities (gymnasium, etc) and a visit the Byzantine monastery of Ossios Lucas.

This ONE DAY DELPHI TOUR can also be organized as a private tour from Athens (cost shared between the passengers):
Transportation of 1-4 passengers costs 260.00 euro, 5-8 passengers the extra cost is 10.00 euro extra per person
A local professional tour guide, can be arranged to meet you in Delphi at the extra cost. In this private tour, entrance fees, lunch, and drinks are not included in the price.

Please, read the rules on HOW TO BOOK AND SECURE a booking that you find in the footer.
When we receive the message that the money have been deposited, we shall send you the voucher.
There is a cancellation deadline if the bookings are not paid on time.

The history of Delphi


If there is a site to visit in Greece then Delphi is this place. The sheer magnificence and grandeur of the location strikes you. God Apollo had chosen the best spot to build his temple. Below the site, a valley ringed by mountains, provides breathtaking views from any location within the site.

According to the myth, Zeus released two eagles. The one flew east and the other one flew west. They both met over Delphi, determining that the centre of the world was there. A temple dedicated to god Apollo was built there in the 7th c BC. The Temple of Apollo housed the great Oracle of Delphi, the world’s greatest source of income for a thousand years. The oracle of Apollo became a religious centre where common people and kings alike, came to consult “Pythia”, the priestess of the sanctuary. By the side of the Pythia stood the priests, and interpreted her vague and wild cries, and put them into ordered language.

Above the entrance to the temple it reads ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Nothing in Excess’. These sayings were read and pondered upon by all of the great kings, warriors and noblemen who came here for advice. The true wisdom of the Oracle lies not within the words of the Oracle’s priestess, but within the walls of the temple itself.

The site & the museum


Delphi was the most sacred place in the ancient world and thousands of pilgrims visited here, from kings and philosophers to common people to hear the prophesies of the Oracle and to watch and compete in the ancient games held here, the Pythian Games, similar to the Olympics.
The archaeological site is one of the best in Greece with ancient temples and shrines placed on the side of Mt Parnassus, makes Delphi one of the best places to visit all year round. The site consists of the temple of Apollo, the treasury houses, the ancient theatre, the stadium at the top of the hill, while the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia consists of the best known landmark – the “tholos”, a circular structure with 3 of its original 20 doric columns restored, the gymnasium and the sports fascilities, used for training for the athletes that took part in the “Pythian or Delphian Games”.
The ancient site, bellow the road, where the temple of Athena Pronaia, the Tholos and the Gymnasium are located, is not visited in the guided tour. You can choose the tour without lunch and visit them on your own, without the tour guide.

Today, next to the archaeological site, there is an impressive museum, displaying findings from the local excavations, that started 1892. The highlights are offerings by the oracle visitors, such as the famous Charioteer, the statue of Antinoos, the two “kouros” statues, the “omphalos”, being the sculptured stone that represented the navel of the world, and many others.

When you finish with the sightseeing, you proceed to a local restaurant for lunch (optional), and after lunch the driver stops for 40 minutes at the nearby traditional village of Arachova. The bus arrives in the centre of Athens at +/- 18.30.

Timeplan & map

Time Tour Plan Services
7:30 Start the pick up service Depart from the terminal at 08.30
11:30 Arrival in modern Delphi village On the way, 20 mins break near Levadia
11:45 Visit the museum & the ancient site Entrance fees – See the price you paid
14:30 Drive to a local restaurant for lunch Lunch, is optional – See the price you paid.
15:50 Take the return towards Athens Stop at the village of Arachova
18:30 Arrival in the centre of Athens Hotel drop off by 19.30

Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia & Delphi

April-October, the 3 day tour is organized on Mon, Tue, Sat & selected Thu.
November-March, the tour is organized only on Mondays.

Places visited

Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, Olympia & Delphi

The Amazing open THEATRE OF EPIDAURUS
The priests of the sanctuary of god Asklepius were excellent surgeons. On the ground of the sanctuary, the administration of the Asklipeion, in order to entertain the patients, decided to build a theatre. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asklepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests, excellent surgeons, to perform even brain operations.

NAFPLION – the “Venice” of Greece

Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.

MYCENAE – “City in gold”
Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. The site was uncovered in 1874 by Heinrich Schlieman, who also excavated the site of Troy. You enter the citadel through the impressive Lions’ Gate.

OLYMPIA & the OLYMPIC GAMES
The site of Olympia, was the location of the ancient Olympic Games, with the first recorded win in 776BC. In addition to the numerous temples and sanctuaries, there are remains of sporting structures, such as the ancient stadium, the gymnasion, the paleastra and others.

DELPHI – The famous “temple bank”.
The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, location on the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual centre of the Greek world. Situated in a spoectacular natural setting on the mountain of Parnassus, it was the symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards.

Highlights

Highlights

Visit of Epidaurus Theatre
Visit of Mycenae Archaeological site & Tomb of Agamemnon
Visit of Olympia Archaeological site & Museum
Visit of Delphi Archaeological site & Museum
Visit of Meteora Monasteries (2 monasteries)
Entrance fees to the sites included
Short stop at Nafplion
1 night hotel accommodation at Olympia
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
1 night hotel accommodation in Kalambaka (Meteora)
3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Professional guide
Transport by modern air-conditioned coach
Pick up / drop off service from most of the hotels in Athens
All taxes

Excluded:
hotel night tax
Personal expenses, drinks and beverages at dinner,
Tips to your drivers & guides

Operating days and prices

Our prices are discounted and paid in advance.
Please, read in the footer of this page “how to make and secure a booking”.

Languages: Mondays & Wednesdays=English + French. Thursdays and Saturdays in operation=English

HOTELS at Olympia: NEDA, KRONION, ANTONIOS, or similar (Tourist) OLYMPIAN VILLAGE, EUROPA, ARTY GRAND (First)
During 2018 (especially in May and June) there is a PROBLEM WITH HOTEL AVAILABILITY AT OLYMPIA.
HOTELS in Delphi: FEDRIADES, HERMES, PARNASSOS (Tourist) and AMALIA (First)

PRICES per person in euro

IN TRIPLE ROOM IN DOUBLE ROOM IN SINGLE ROOM
Tourist class 250.00 265.00 320.00
First class 323.00 340.00 420.00

* Dinner is offered in some tourist hotels. The cost is 12.00 euro per night extra.
* Upgrade the 3 star hotel at Olympia to the 4 star OLYMPIAN VILLAGE by paying 12.00 E p.p.
* The above prices are valid for departures until October 31, 2018.

April-October, the tour is organized Mon-Tue-Sat & selected Thursdays.
November-March, the tour is organized only on Mondays

More info

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These tours are organized by 3 Tour Operators. The Travel Agents sell them at discounted rates.

Start the communication, and choose the travel agent that sells the tour that you want at the price that suits your budget.

Please, read the rules on HOW TO BOOK AND SECURE a booking.
When we receive the message that the money have been deposited, we shall send you the voucher.
There is a deadline and the bookings are cancelled if they are not paid on time.

Ancient Messene, known also as Ithome, is an impressive archaeological site that must be included in your itinerary.

Ancient Messene


Messene, the 2nd largest state of Peloponessus, was the capital and cultural center of Messinia, a very significant city-state in antiquity. The area is extremely fertile and lush, and many battles were fought for the control of this region.

A 9km stone strong wall, with towers and battlements, built in 370BC around it, made it one of the most strongly fortified places in ancient Greece. The ruins of the archaeological site, are very impressive, spread out across the peaceful valley of Messinia. With the Arcadian mountains on one side and the valleys down to the sea on the other, the beauty of the scenery is amazing and the view breathtaking. The site, is one of the best preserved in Greece, includes a theatre – one of the biggest in antiquity- the Arsinoe fountain house, an agora surrounded by stoas, which covers an area of about 40 acres with temples of Zeus and Poseidon, the sanctuaries of Demeter and Dioskouroi, an Asclepieion, a beautiful stadium with the gymnasium, a funerary monument, public buildings, houses, the monumental fortifications of the city etc. It also includes an early Byzantine Basilika.

The real jewel is the archaeological site, not only for its undisputed historical value but also for its sheer size. It is a place where you can get a sense of what an ancient Greek-state looked like. Coming to the ancient site, you drive through the massive, well preserved gateway that enables you to form an impression of the fortified wall that surrounded the city. This Arcadian Gate is a marvel among defensive fortifications. A double set of gates separated by a circular courtyard. Huge blocks of stone! How did they transport them, how did they raise them and how did they position them with such accuracy? The answer: this was a culture with an advanced level of technology. They knew about hoisting machines, they knew how to multiply power by mechanical means, they knew how to cut the stone and of course they knew all about its properties.

The main ancient source on Messene is the ancient writer Pausanias, who describes the city in details (155-160 AD). He writes that its walls were stronger than the famous walls of Byzantium and of Rhodes, he represents the Asklepieion as a museum of art works, and he mentions of theatres, temples, sanctuaries, statues, public buildings, springs, tombs, agora, gymnasium…

For a relatively quick visit, you will need at least two hours, since the ancient ruins are widely scattered and you will surely want some time for inner reflection in the theatre-like Ecclesiasterion and the sprawling stadium.

Extensive excavations have been carried out as well as some remarkable restoration work which allows visitors to form a vivid picture of the Asklepeion, the very well preserved Ecclesiasterion and the impressive stadium and gymnasium. Equally impressive are the techniques used for water management, including a stone aqueduct and irrigation system. In 2013, the theatre of ancient Messene, after 2 millennia of silence, opened its doors again to the public. Ancient Messene is included in the Greek list of monuments submitted to UNESCO and is expected to become part of the World Heritage Site Catalogue.

Peloponessus is full of important archaelogical sites. Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Nafplion, Mystras, Monemvasia. Combine the visit to ancient Messene in a 2 day tour with another of these amazing archaeological sites and “discover Peloponessus”, or, combine it with something quite different and visit the enchanting gorge of the lakes and waterfalls of polylimnio Messinias.

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A narrow footpath with picturesque wooden bridges winds through lush green vegetation to a veritable paradise of waterfalls and small pools! Let the pictures below and the comments of people in trip advisor tell you the rest and persuade you to visit the area.

All you need is a pair of good walking shoes, time, and a camera.

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Polylimnio Messinias. A paradise of nature with waterfalls and small lakes and pool

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Comments in the trip advisor from people that have visited the area of polylimnio in the past:

Untouched natural beauty at its best! Rejuvenating cold water along with small wild life made this trip memorable! Worth visiting!

An amazing waterfall at the end of the lakes with blue waters to swim in !! dont loose it, its an experience of a life time!

Amazing and unique. Travelled the world, but this was an amazing part of Greece. We are a family of 5. Took a day tour with Astoria Travel from Athens to ancient Messene and Polylimnia. Even though it was a long day, it was worth it!

What a discovery. Pristine landscape, gorgeous blue-green colors this area has been perhaps the best kept secret of Messinia.

Heaven on earth! We took a 3 day tour with Astoria Travel visiting ancient Messene, the Polylimnio, ancient Olympia and Nafplio. A tour full of nice memories!

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