Welcome to Monemvasia


These days Monemvasia incorporates both the rock, with its medieval village enclosed within the walls of its kastro (fort), plus the modern mainland village of Gefyra, just across the causeway. ‘You can find everything you want in this city – except water’, observed an 18th-century Turkish traveller. Remarkably – given that for most of its existence Monemvasia's only source of drinking water came from the sky – Monemvasia has remained inhabited to this day. These days, though, only around 20 people live in the kastro permanently – the rest go home to Gefyra after a day's work. In spite of Monemvasia's immense popularity, the extraordinary visual impact of the medieval village – and the delights of exploring it – override the effects of mass tourism.


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$1358.34 Private & Custom Tours

Peloponnese 5-Private-Days: Olympia-Sparta-Mycenae-Epidaurus-Messene-Mani-Diros-Monemvasia

Ideal tour for those looking to visit some amazing sites without wasting time driving in & out of Athens; but instead overnighting & enjoying beautiful locations with the locals such as: Dimitsana village, Sparta & Mystras, Monemvasia, Nafplio town. All at great accommodation that you can't experience in Athens.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 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, the water powered Museum, ancient Gortys and then let you guide treat you to a typical Greek lunch in a non touristy location with the locals. Relax in a great stone built guesthouse.Day2: 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 stone builders. Walk though the impressive ruins of the area where athletes trained and run in the stadium; just as ancient Olympians did after victory, 3,000 years ago. See the temple of Hera and some unbelievable sculptures such as the temple of Zeus and Hermes of Praxiteles before heading to Messene which is one of the most important cities of antiquity. The city has the rare advantage of not having been destroyed or covered by later settlements. This landscape combines the mountainous majesty of Delphi and the lowland riverine tranquillity of Olympia. Lunch, and next is SPARTA; the ancient rival of Athens known for her fierce warriors! Wander around the byzantine castle-town of MYSTRAS. Overnight at lively Sparta or Mystras.Day3: Leaving Sparta the obvious route is to Mani peninsula and the amazing DIROS caves that you will explore with a guide and a boat. Next is the awesome Mani coastline with beautiful villages such as Itilo, for lunch next to the sea. Then on to MONEMVASIA town which is located on a small island linked to the mainland by a short causeway. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period.Day4: Enjoy the morning at Monemvasia before driving (1 hour) to the top of Parnon mountain in ARCADIA (for lunch) and then to NAFPLIO town via the beautiful coastline.Day5: Starts with MYCENAE; home to some of Greece’s most famous ancient ruins. Wander around the site&museum before hopping back in the vehicle and exploring the "old town" of Nafplio, the famous Venetian fortress of PALAMIDI. Then head to EPIDAURUS, home to an ancient, beautifully preserved theater. Once you’ve finished your explorations, return to your vehicle and head back to Athens, in roughly 1.5 hours drive.Expect a very flexible and personalized tour from this private tour operator, with lots of authentic experiences and great food.

$63.29 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Athens Private Wine Tasting Tour - Dionysian Grapes

After meeting with our Wine Expert outside the Acropolis Metro Station, we will begin our 2 hour journey through the grapes and wines of Greece by taking a wonderful tasting of wines and various products from all over the country.Greece is the first territory in Europe and one of the oldest regions ever to produce wine in the world. It is easy to understand that, with the earliest evidence of wine production going back at least 6.500 years, the art of wine making is deeply rooted in the traditions, religion and habits of Greece. From ancient times it has always been ranked among the five primary elements of our diet along with water, salt, oil and cereals. Wine from every part of the country was exported extensively and all around the Mediterranean, whether it was the prestigious Greek wines reaching Italy under the Roman Empire or the various wines exported from many Greek ports during the medieval times.Greek wine was always characterized by a great variety and the highest of quality. During our tasting you will get great advice on how to identify, select and taste wine by our expert sommelier. You will go on a journey through the wine regions of Greece and get a much better understanding and knowledge about wine in general. In our preferred wine bar, situated only a few minutes’ walk away from the Acropolis Museum, we will offer you a marvelous taste of 8 glasses of wine from all over the country. Discover the differences between the extraordinary wines of Santorini, Crete, Monemvasia and Northern Greece.By his refreshing approach, our sommelier will take you through a variety of products to build up your Greek wine knowledge. You will also learn how to combine our wine with various cheeses and smoked hams, all produced exclusively in Greece. You will be taken through the old varieties of Greek grapes, how and where they grow and the many styles of wine they make.You will learn a lot about our wonderful wines and understand first hand why everyone in Greece loves enjoying a glass of wine. One thing is certain, when our tasting reaches its conclusion, you will for sure have fallen in love with all types of Greek wine!

$195.64 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Monemvasia Private Tour from Athens

ITINERARYDAY1. Corinth Canal, Medieval Nafplion, Monemvasia (option to visit either the UNESCO site of Epidaurus or Ancient Mycenae)DAY2. Return to Athens (option to visit either the UNESCO site of Epidaurus or Ancient Mycenae or Ancient Corinth)DETAILED ITINERARYDAY1. From your hotel or cruise ship terminal you will travel in style in one of our new model black Mercedes E Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minibus vehicles with full leather & WiFi as your informative driver takes you west from Athens for our first stop to see the impressive Corinth Canal & learn about its short but eventful history before continuing 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, constructed and added to by the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans until its liberation in the Greek War of Independence in the early 19th century. Originally only reachable by ship, we can now traverse the long narrow causeway onto the rock & up to the imposing walled entrance where we must continue on foot into the old and well preserved city. After checking in to one of the many charming converted guesthouses your evening is free to wander the living history of its twisting labyrinthine streets, heritage buildings, multi colored bougainvillea covered guesthouses and sea views.DAY2. After an unhurried breakfast we head north towards Athens & visit either of the UNESCO sites of Epidaurus, Ancient Mycenae, and the well preserved Archeological site of Ancient Corinth before our arrival back in Athens. The tour is flexible so more or less time may be spent in any location on request.

$195.64 Private & Custom Tours

Athens to Nafplion and Monvemvasia Private 2-Day Tour

DAY1: After pickup at your hotel, cruise ship or Airport by your private & informative tour driver, sit back & relax in one of our new Black Mercedes E Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minibus models with full leather & WiFi as you set off towards the Corinth Canal into the green Peloponnese countryside passing through one of the most beautiful coastal routes with the blue Aegean beside us for most of the way. After around 90-minutes we reach the historic Nafplio & first capital of modern Greece with its dominating Palamidi castle overlooking the Venetian quarter now housing many local crafts shops which you can explore before relaxing for lunch at any of the seafront taverns in view of the impressive Bourtzi fortress lying in the bay. Depending on your needs & wishes your guide will take you to the castle to enjoy its extensive fortifications overlooking the city below, stroll around the old town pointing out many interesting sights and their stories such as bullet holes in the wall where the first head of the Greek state was assassinated in 1831, the mosque from the Ottoman period, along with modern wonders such as one of the best ice cream shops in Greece with all the time you need to enjoy this city before continuing at your leisure deeper into the Peloponnese peninsula towards your evening retreat in Monemvasia. DAY2: Originally separated from the mainland by an earthquake, this Gibraltar like rock 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, constructed and added to by the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans until its liberation in the Greek War of Independence in the early 19th century. Originally only reachable by ship, we can now traverse the long narrow causeway onto the rock & up to the imposing walled entrance where we must continue on foot into the old and well preserved city, a delight and a living history in which to wander with its twisting labyrinthine streets, heritage buildings, multi coloured bougainvillea covered guesthouses and sea views. We take the time to enjoy this unforgettable highlight before your return to Athens. DAY3 OPTION: Especially romantic at night time with its hilltop castle alive with illumination, choose to extend your trip by adding one nights stay in Nafplio (inquire on booking).

$2000.10 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Monemvasia and The Mani Peninsula Private Tour

DAY1. Corinth Canal, Medieval Nafplion, Monemvasia (option to visit either the UNESCO site of Epidaurus or Ancient Mycenae)DAY2. Tour of The Mani PeninsulaDAY3. Return to Athens (option to visit either the UNESCO site of Epidaurus or Ancient Mycenae or Ancient Corinth)DAY1. From your hotel or cruise ship terminal you will travel in style in one of our new black Mercedes E Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minibus models with full leather & free WiFi as your informative driver takes you west from Athens for our first stop to see the impressive Corinth Canal & learn about its short but eventful history before continuing 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, constructed and added to by the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans until its liberation in the Greek War of Independence in the early 19th century. Originally only reachable by ship, we can now traverse the long narrow causeway onto the rock & up to the imposing walled entrance where we must continue on foot into the old and well preserved city. After checking in to one of the many charming converted guesthouses your evening is free to wander the living history of its twisting labyrinthine streets, heritage buildings, multi colored bougainvillea covered guesthouses 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 tipDAY3. Saying goodbye to Mani we venture north towards Athens & visit either of the UNESCO sites of Epidaurus, Ancient Mycenae, and the well preserved Archeological site of Ancient Corinth before our arrival back in Athens. The tour is flexible so more or less time may be spent in any location on request.

$4804.60 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Private Tour of the Peloponnese Including the Mani Peninsula

ITINERARY IN BRIEF DAY1. Departing from Athens, Corinth Canal, Epidaurus (UNESCO), Ancient Mycenae (UNESCO), Medieval Nafplion DAY2. Medieval Monemvasia DAYS 3 & 4. The Mani Peninsula DAY5. Sparta, Ancient Messini, Mystras (UNESCO) DAY6. Ancient Olympia (UNESCO) DAY7. Patra city, (Achaia Clauss Winery option), Ancient Corinth & return to Athens DAY1. From your hotel or cruise ship terminal you will travel in style in one of our new model black Mercedes E Class or AudiA6 vehicles with full leather & WiFi as your informative driver takes you north from Athens for our first stop to see the impressive Corinth Canal & learn of its short but eventful history before continuing to see many of the most significant and unique sites in Greece in your first day. Our next stop explores the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Sanctuary of Asklepios and working Theater of Epidaurus with its amazing acoustics (you are welcome to recite poetry or sing opera in the center circle if you wish!), to the UNESCO listed site of Ancient Mycenae with its palace of Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks in the Trojan war, its awe inspiring ‘beehive’ tombs & first class museum. , In the afternoon we reach the historic Nafplio & 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. After checking into your hotel you are free to dine in one of the seafront taverns in view of the impressive Bourtzi fortress lying in the bay. DAY2. After enjoying an unhurried breakfast, we continue south for around three hours to Monemvasia. Originally separated from the mainland by an earthquake, this Gibraltar like rock 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, constructed and added to by the Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans until its liberation in the Greek War of Independence in the early 19th century. Originally only reachable by ship, we can now traverse the long narrow causeway onto the rock & up to the imposing walled entrance where we must continue on foot into the old and well preserved city. After checking in to one of the many charming converted guesthouses you are free to wander the living history of its twisting labyrinthine streets, heritage buildings, multi colored bougainvillea covered guesthouses and sea views. DAY3. From Monemvasia we travel around 3 hours deeper into the Peloponnese for 2 days dedicated to the Mani Peninsula. DAYS 5 to 7 We continue our journey & explore the sites of Messini, Mystras, Ancient Olympia, Patra city, Achaia Clauss Winery, and Ancient Corinth before your return to Athens.