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$208.67 Private & Custom Tours

Mountain Villages of Peloponnese, Monasteries and Lousios River Private Day Trip

For those seeking to discover real Greece, this off the beaten path tour to the country side of Greece is a must visit and just as beautiful at summertime or winter (our preference)! This can optionally be an ideal 2day/1night tour if you love to meet real Greek life in an amazing landscape & authentic food with the locals. You won't run out of things to do, see, taste! ... see "Additional info" So, meet your private driver/guide for your 8:00 a.m. departure. In a short trip of no more than 2 1/2 hours from Athens or just 1 1/2 hours from Nafplio, we shall reach our destination in this "real Greece" experience. Starting from Athens, we drive towards the Corinth canal and make a quick 10 min stop to see the canal. Starting from Nafplio town we head directly towards the mountainous center of Peloponnese and start our village exploration of mount Mainalo in the region of Arcadia. Not for nothing is the name Arcadia used as a shorthand for bucolic beauty. The main destinations are the awesome villages of Dimitsana & Stemnitsa, a couple of cliff hanging monasteries, Lousios gorge & river, ancient Gortys and the Open Water Power Museum. Dimitsana is one of the most attractive villages in the mountainous Arcadia region. It is set on a double hump overlooking the Lousios river. In this beautiful stone built village, there are six beautiful churches since the Frankish and Norman rule. We shall be visiting the Water-Power Museum containing a reconstructed watermill, tannery and gunpowder mill showing how the basic pre-industrial techniques used water as the main energy source for the production of various products. It is closed on Tuesdays and a few Greek national holidays, so please take into consideration, if this is a must visit for you. Stemnitsa village has a medieval feeling with the stone made houses, cobble-stoned alleys in an amphitheatrical structure. The amazing Prodromou & Emialon monasteries (where u can order your authentic icon!) will be visited and of course Lousios river/gorge and the remainings of ancient Gortys. Monasteries are in the beautiful gorge. One of them requires an easy 15 min hike/walk. The gorge of Lousios is one of the most important and beautiful natural monuments of Peloponnese, ideal for hiking, rafting and kayaking while a drive round will reveal amazing landscapes. You'll enjoy short walks through the narrow stone build roads of the villages. At lunch time, let your driver/guide treat you to some authentic Greek culinary delights in a non touristy location observing the locals in their every day life. An important part of all our tours, as we love authentic food and mixing with the locals and you get a real feeling of the country. At the end of the day, back to your base in Athens or Nafplio via a different route. Do consider the 2day-1night tour (more info included) if you enjoy the countryside and what has to offer.

$2069.69 Private & Custom Tours

The 3-Peninsulas of the Peloponnese 3-Day Private tour

DAY1. From your hotel or cruise ship terminal you will travel in comfort in one of our new black Mercedes E-Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minibus models with free WiFi as your informative driver takes you west from Athens to reach the historic Nafplion & first capital of modern Greece with its dominating Palamidi castle overlooking the Venetian quarter now housing many local crafts shops which are a joy to explore. Enjoy lunch in one of the seafront taverns in view of the impressive Bourtzi fortress lying in the bay before continuing for around two hours to Monemvasia. Originally separated from the mainland by an earthquake, the Gibraltar like rock of Monemvasia was an ideal inaccessible natural fortress for settlement in the 6th century by the local inhabitants seeking protection from Slavic invaders in the 6th century. Sitting on a plateau 100 meters above sea level you will find a remarkable walled city without cars, constructed and added to by the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans until its liberation in the early 19th century. Continue on foot into the old and well preserved city check in to one of the many charming converted guesthouses & wander the living history of its twisting labyrinthine streets and sea views. DAY2. After an unhurried breakfast we travel around 3 hours deeper into the Peloponnese to the rugged Mani Peninsula. Famous for its tower houses built to protect the local population from the piracy & dangerous times during medieval life up to the nineteenth century. its inhabitants are also the descendants of the Ancient Spartans & this combination of geography & hardy people kept the region independent to develop its own character from the rest of Greece. During our stay our route is chosen to visit the most impressive of its scenery & villages such as Vathi at its southernmost tip before continuing to Methoni in the evening with time to enjoy this ancient location with its castle & beaches. DAY3. After visiting the castle in the morning our return route travels through the mountainous interior of the Peloponnese with a stop at the mountain village of Dimitsana with its renovated nineteenth century stone mansions & wonderful views to the plains below.

$1608.09 Outdoor Activities

Hiking the Menalon Trail

Daily plan:Day 1 :Upon arrival to Athens airport you depart to Vitina village where you settle to your hotel. Evening meeting with your local representative in order to brief you and give you all necessary information for the following days.Day 2 :From the first day we are given the opportunity to enjoy one of the most spectacular places of the region starting from Stemnitsa the village of goldsmiths and ending in Dimitsana the village of watermills. These are two of the most important settlements in the Peloponnese and one of the most picturesque of Arcadia. We end our journey at the Open-Air Water Power Museum, in Dimitsana, a place highlights the importance of water power in traditional society.Day 3 : Starting from Dimitsana we cross the village passing by its most important buildings. We ascend gently arriving to the outskirts of the fir forest enjoying splendid views of the basin of Lousios river. We arrive at Zygostiti through a nice cobbled path that runs beside a series of threshing floors another important element in traditional society.Day 4 :Our trail, partial a cobbled path and wooded path, leads us to springs where the villages of the western Mainalo are watered. Points that have been known since antiquity as this water never stopped flowing there since then. We continue on the old mulberry road linking the two villages, we walk into a section of riverine vegetation and plane trees, meeting the ruins of three watermills. We ascend to Vitina and we reach the central square. Vytina is the major village of the area and offering all the facilities and services.Day 5 : Leaving Nymfasia back, the route enters in a beautiful oak forest, descending to the bridge of the women's monastery of Kernitsa, a large monastic complex with an abbey and ascetic houses nestled in an impressive monolith. Walking over a combination of cobble paths and dirt roads, we visit some of the ascetic houses that are built in fine spots of dense forest and fresh water springs. We continue on an old alley until we reach Magouliana, the highest inhabited village of Peloponnese at 1.275 m.Day 6 : Our route starts from the square in Valtessiniko, we pass next to the impressive stone-built school and climb to the Byzantine Castle of the village. We continue maneuvering, and we pass under an impressive watermill complex. The trail crosses meadows with low vegetation and passes near fragrant cedar trees. We end up in Lagadia, a stone village that literally hangs on the cliff. This is the very end of our weeklong hiking adventure..Day 7: Breakfast at the hotel and Transfer back to Athens or Kalamata Airpot. Explore Messinia reserves the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or technical difficulties.

$378.22 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Private Tour to Olympia, Mountain Villages, Lousios Gorge and Monasteries from Athens or Nafplio

> Mountain villages & Olympia ItineraryIdeal combination for those looking to visit the long distance Olympia site! Avoid wasting time driving for several hours and enjoy the local life. Day1: Meet your private driver/guide for your 8:00 a.m. departure. In a short trip of no more than 2 1/2 hours we shall reach our destination in this “real Greece” experience. If departing from Athens, we drive towards the Corinth canal and make a quick stop to see the canal. Alternatively,traveling from Nafplio town, the Corinth canal is not on your route. Head towards the mountainous center of Peloponnese and start our village exploration of mount Mainalo in the region of Arcadia. Not for nothing is the name Arcadia used as a shorthand for bucolic beauty. The main destinations are the awesome villages of Dimitsana & Stemnitsa and also a couple of cliff hanging monasteries. Dimitsana is one of the most attractive villages in the mountainous Arcadia region, set on a double hump overlooking Lousios river. Next visit the Water-Power Museum containing a watermill, tannery and gunpowder mill. Stemnitsa village has a medieval feeling with the stone made houses, cobble-stoned alleys in an amphitheatrical structure. The amazing Prodromou & Emyalon monasteries will be visited and of course Lousios river, the gorge and the remainings of ancient Gortys. All monasteries are in the beautiful gorge of Lousios river and one of them requires an easy 15 minute hike. The gorge of Lousios is one of the most important and beautiful natural monuments of Peloponnese, ideal for hiking and rafting, while a drive round will reveal amazing landscapes. Somewhere in between these sites, let you private driver/guide treat you to a typical Greek lunch in a non touristy location surrounded by locals. There will also be free time for to wonder around through the narrow stone build roads of both villages before relaxing and spending your night in a beautiful stone built guest house.Day2: Start with breakfast in the mountain air and the view of Lousios gorge, before a 1h.20" drive to ancient Olympia. You can walk though the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as the ancient Olympians did after their victory ,3000 years ago. In front of the Temple of Hera burns the Olympic Flame during modern day Olympic Games. You can also visit the world famous museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the sculpted decoration of the marble temple of Zeus and the famous Hermes carved by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Tour the monuments of the archaeological site, including the former gymnasium and Palaestra, stadium, hotel & crypt. Let you imagination run to the times that Greece’s finest athletes strove to honor the gods through the Olympic ideal.At the end of the day, we return to your base.

$547.76 Private & Custom Tours

Peloponnese 3-Private-Days: Olympia-Sparta, Mountain Villages, Mycenae-Epidaurus

Ideal combination for those looking to visit these long distance sites without wasting time driving for several hours.Day1: Mountain Villages: Meet your private driver/guide for your 8:00 a.m. departure. In a short trip of no more than 2 1/2 hours you arrive at the center of Peloponnese for this “real Greece” experience. Corinth canal is the first stop and then on to Dimitsana & Stemnitsa villages at 3,000 ft altitude. Explore the gorge, Lousios river, a couple of cliff hanging monasteries and let you private driver/guide treat you to a typical Greek lunch in a non touristy location surrounded by locals. Also visit the water powered Museum and ancient Gortys before relaxing at a great strone built guesthouse. Enjoy an evening walk and dinner at the village of Dimitsana and charge your batteries for ...Day2: Olympia, Mystras & Sparta: Start with breakfast in the mountain air and the view of Lousios gorge, before a 1h.20' drive to ancient Olympia past Lagadia, the home town of the best stonebuiders. Walk though the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the ancient stadium; just as ancient Olympians did after victory, 3,000 years ago. In front of the Temple of Hera burns the Olympic Flame during modern day Olympic Games. Visit the the world famous museum and get the chance to see some unbelievable sculptures such as the temple of Zeus and the famous Hermes of Praxiteles. Tour the monuments of the archaeological site, including the former gymnasium and Palaestra, stadium, hotel & crypt. Let you imagination run to the times that Greece’s finest athletes strove to honor the gods through the Olympic ideal. Lunch ... and next is Sparta; the ancient rival of Athens and known for her fierce warriors! Wander around the byzantine castle-town of Mystras (next to Sparta) and sense through the silence the city's sheer grandeur: the Palace of the Despots, the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Dimitrios and the impressive Monasteries of Pantanassa, and Perivleptos. Overnight at lively Sparta or Mystras only 90 min from Mycenae.Day3: Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus: Mycenae (Unesco-listed), is home to some of Greece’s most famous ancient ruins. Wander around the site and accompanying museum before hopping back in the vehicle and visiting the beautiful port town of Nafplio town, the first capital of Greece and famous for its historic architecture. Visit the famous Venetian fortress of Palamidi and optionally, walk down the 999 steps enjoying the most amazing views. Walk through the beautiful narrow streets of the old town. Enjoy another traditional Greek lunch before returning to your vehicle and making way to Epidaurus, home to an ancient, beautifully preserved theater. Discover the landmark at your leisure.Once you’ve finished your explorations, return to your private vehicle and head back to Athens in a just over 1 hour drive.

$75.20 Outdoor Activities

Menalon Trail- Dimitsana

According to Mythology, Lousios river took the name because of the nymphs that brought the newborn Jupiter into these waters for his first bath.The trail starts from the village of Dimitsana and the Open Air Warter Power Museum and ends in ancient Gortyna. Temples, Monasteries, ascetics, hermitages, watermills, water jets and barrows are ingredients that makes the scenery special. Among the most important religious monuments are the Old (10th century) and the New (17th century) Monastery of the Virgin of the Philosopher, the Monastery of Timios Prodromos (late 16th century), the watermill of the monastery of Prodromos, St Andreas Gortyn (14th century) and the Ancient City of Gortyn (3rd century BC).(ascent:120m, descent:470m, min height:480m, max height:950m)