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Private Tour Of Sparta & Mystras From Athens

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Duration

12 hours

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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! Sense through the silence the city's sheer grandeur while you pay your respects to the warriors of Sparta.

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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 archeological remains from Archaic and Classical Sparta.

Mystras is one of the best preserved Byzantine fortress cities located on top of Mt Taygetus, 5 km outside Sparta. The “Wonder of the Morea” was built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 1249 by William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832 leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins standing in a beautiful landscape.

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 UnescoWorld 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. 

Sparta

  • Pickup from your chosen hotel in Athens
  • 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.
  • 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 back to your chosen hotel in Athens
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • casual clothing

  • non slip shoes

  • sunscreen

  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points

  • Private tour

  • Transport by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

  • Native English speaking drivers

  • Handmade candies

  • Refreshment wipes

  • Bottled water

  • WiFi

  • Fuel surcharge

  • Parking fees

  • Goods & Services tax

  • Entry or admission fees

  • Food & drinks

  • Tip or gratuity

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