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2 Day Private Tour of Sparta, Mystras & Monemvasia – Overnight

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Duration

2 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -15 persons

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Languages

English

Enjoy a private tour of Sparta, Mystras & Monemvasia!
Experience a romantic private getaway in the medieval towns & pay your respects to glorious Spartans.

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Tour Highlights

The site of Sparta is completely surrounded by major mountain ranges. In contrast to other ancient Greek cities, Sparta was not a compact fortified city-state center with monumental civic and religious buildings. It was a loose collection of smaller villages spaced over a large rural area and 6 low hills. The highest of these knolls served as the acropolis and location for the Temple of Athena Chalkioikos. In the Hellenistic period a theatre, stoa and agora were built near the acropolis but the Temple of Athena and the earlier remains at the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia on the West bank of the Eurotas are almost the only archaeological remains from Archaic and Classical Sparta. 

The complex of the ruins of Mystras offers the image of a city with a brilliant destiny that was deserted by men and threatened by the return of encroaching vegetation which is splitting the walls and covering the slopes, thus destroying here and there fragile traces of history. In 1989 the ruins including the fortress palace , churches and monasteries were named a Unesco World Heritage Site!Visit the mystical tower of Mystras and let yourself be captivated by this destination’s medieval splendour. Wander around the castle city and sense through the silence the city’s sheer grandeur. 

Stroll leisurely through the “Kastro” ( the Frankish Castle ) the Upper Town and Lower Town whose architecture creates a dreamy setting. With your minds eyes visualize Frankish princes and princesses living in palatial mansions;foreign delegations arriving bearing gifts and peasant pilgrims or traders filling the bustling streets. 

Monemvasia in Greece is one of the most romantic places in the country. A medieval castle Town exclusively carved on the slopes of a rock. This fantastic place was originally constructed in the Medieval Ages and has been continuously inhabited since then.A World Cultural Heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveller in the Peloponnese and the whole of Greece it has a unique magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered through out the old town. 

An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos. Today most of the old mansions have been converted into guesthouses and boutique hotels. Authentic tavernas, fabulous restaurants and cosy coffee shops also add to the spark of Monemvasia. Outside the Rock, there is a new modern town with many tourist facilities. Built in the shadow of the Rock on which the Medieval fortress stands, the new town of Monemvasia has become a lively tourist destination in its own right. A large variety of hotels restaurants and coffee bars attract thousands of visitors all year round . Both within and around Monemvasia are a number of excellent clean,crystal clear beaches.

Day 1 Sparta

  • Pickup from your chosen hotel in Athens
  • Drive to Sparta
  • Visit the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia a cult center associated with the rites of passage the young Spartans underwent through their rigorous training / agogi.
  • Visit the Sanctuary of Apollo of Amyklae, a significant political and religious center of Sparta throughout antiquity.
  • Explore the Menelaeinn at ancient Therapni. Here is attested from at least the 8th century BC the cult of the mythical King of Sparta Menelaus and his wife Helen of Troy!
  • Visit the Spartan Archaeological Museum. Its neoclassical building was constructed between 1874 and 1876 in the center of the city and it has been declared a ‘listed’ building for it’s architectural and historical interest.
  • Visit the archaeological museum houses thousands of finds from the ancient acropolis of Sport known as the Lakedaemonia. The collection’s pieces date from the Neolithic Age to the late Roman Period.
  • Drive to Mystras

Mystras

  • Visit the Palace of Despots 
  • Must see Byzantine churches… Cathedral of Agios Demetrios , Church of Agioi Theodori, Church of Agia Sofia, Church of Panagia Hodegetria, Church of Panagia Pantanassa, Monastery of Panagia Perivleptos 
  • Visit the Mystras Archeological Museum
  • Drive to Monemvasia
  • Check-in at your chosen hotel
  • Late lunch at a traditional restaurant inside the “Rock”
  • Free time to stroll through the cobblestone alleys of the medieval city

Day 2 Monemvasia

  • Breakfast at Monemvasia
  • Discover “The Rock”: You will feel overwhelmed by the magical rawness, wildness, history and profound romanticism!
  • Explore the marvelous Medieval castle: Discover the Christos Elkomenos Church featuring the heavily guarded icon of the Crucifixion. The Ritsos family residence together with a total of 40 churches will captivate you.
  • St.Sofia
  • Vathysfero cafe: Enjoy your refreshments and delicious Greek delicacies while gazing out to the Myrtoan sea.
  • Lunch at Matoula’s enjoying authentic “village style” delicacies captivated by the breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Drive back to your chosen hotel in Athens

What’s included

Hand sanitiser & face masks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Private tour

Transportation by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

WiFi

Native English speaking drivers

Handmade candies

Refreshment wipes

Bottled water

Driver/guide’s accommodation

Exclusions

Entry or admission fees

Food & drinks

Accommodation (option for hotel reservation upon request)

Know before you go

Covid-19 Health Protocols are applied for your safety. Learn More

Instant confirmation at time of booking

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

What to bring with you

Casual clothing

Non slip shoes

Sunscreen

Cancellation policy

80% refund if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the experience

70% refund if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before the experience

50% refund if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the experience

No refund if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the experience

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