Ancient Corinth - Nemea - Nafplio - Ancient Epidaurus - Tripoli - Sparta - Mystras - Ancient Olympia - Nafpaktos - Arachova - Delphi - Thermopylae - Meteora - Metsovo - Chaeronea
Let's discover ancient Greece. Let's walk among Leonidas, Aristomenes, Aristotle, Archimedes, Pythagoras and Socrates. Discover magical archeological temples, walk at ancient stadiums, learn the history of Greece at breathtaking museums and be there where Olympic Games began!
Olympia is one of the most influential ancient Greek sanctuaries, located in western Peloponnese, in Elis. It is is positioned in a serene and rich valley at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers. In antiquity it was famous beyond the borders of mainland Greece for hosting the Olympic Games every four years, starting in 776 BCE. The archaeological site is located withing walking distance of the modern village called Ancient Olympia and it includes ruins from Bronze Age to the Byzantine eras. The site covers an expanded area of ruins scattered among low trees, as well as the ancient stadium where the Olympics took place. An impressive array of artifacts which were unearthed during excavations are on exhibition at the nearby Olympia Museum.
The archaeological site of Olympia, one of the largest in Greece, yielded a singularly rich concentration of monuments and works of art, such as the famous statues of Hermes by Praxiteles and Nike by Paeonius.
Let the journey begin
Drive in luxury through a beautiful road trip at canal of Corinth. The Corinth Canal is an important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Continue at Ancient Corinth where you can navigate in this magnificent monument. In Greek Corinth there were cults to Aphrodite (protectress of the city), Apollo, Demeter Thesmophoros, Hera, Poseidon, and Helios and various buildings to cult heroes, the founders of the city. Just few km further we arrive at Nemea. The Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea developed in the beginning of the 6th century BC, with the institution of the Panhellenic Nemean Games in a region where human activity had been present since prehistoric times. The Stadium of Nema was built 400 m SE of the Temple of Zeus. Drive to Argolis through wonderful off road routes where you can enjoy and take photographs of this magical ancient site. Continue at beautiful Nafplio and to our resort. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal. This afternoon we ll travel at one of most beautiful, breathtaking ancient theatres in the world, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Due to its excellent acoustics and condition, the ancient theater is still used today
This morning after you have a good breakfast we drive to Argolis through wonderful off road routes where you can enjoy and take photographs of this magical ancient site. Argolis was the seat of power of the Mycenaean empire that ruled Greece from 1600 to 1100 BC. Traces of this mighty civilisation lie scattered across the region in the shape of tholos (tombs shaped like beehives), citadels and ancient theatres. Continue at breathtaking Mycenae. The Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns, located in the Regional unit of Argolis in the North-East Peloponnese, are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, renowned for its technical and artistic achievements but also its spiritual wealth, which spread around the Mediterranean world between 1600 and 1100 BC and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. We continue to Tripoli. Tripoli is the largest city and the capital of Arcadia county. Great significant archaeological sites, museums, caves, Lousios River for rafting or trekking, cooking lessons in local cuisine are some of the things you could choose to do in the surrounding area.
Today we begin our trip to mythical Mantineia, a town only 14km away from Tripoli and is one of the most ancient cities of Arcadia. The most important monument here is the ancient theater which was constructed initially in 370BC and was embellished by the Romans later. In the archaeological site of Mantineia you could also visit the Agora, the temples of Hera and Zeus and the imposing “Vouleftirio”. Close to Mantineia there are the remains of the sanctuary of Poseidon, who was one of the most worshiped gods in Ancient Arcadia. We continue though a beautiful off road route to Sparta. In the center of the city is the Archaeological Museum. The ruins of ancient Sparta lie north of the city. Entering by the South Gate of the Acropolis, known as Lakedaemonia, there is the Rotunda, the Theatre and the Temple of Athena Chalkioikos to the West. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, visit the museum of oil, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
After taking a good breakfast and visiting the market of Sparta we drive to famous Mystra, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, 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. Mystras is the best preserved example of medieval walled town in the Greek region, is today a standing ghost city that fascinates the modern traveler with its castle, churches and the palatial complex of the ruling Byzantine dynasty, bearing witness to its bygone greatness. Private houses and mansions still standing today provide a rare source of information for the domestic architecture and urban planning of the late Medieval period.The 13th to early 15th centuries frescoes of Mystras churches represent the peak that the Byzantine religious painting had reached: Some of the most important works of the 14th century will be found at Afendiko, Perivleptos includes a synthesis of rare aesthetic quality and deep theological significance, while at Pantanassa, the visitor is struck by the lengths to which the Byzantine painting has gone in respect of color range. After this magnificient medieval experience we head to the heart of ancient Greece. The magical town of Ancient Olympia.
Today we walk among the ancient Gods, we will discover where the first Olympic Games took place and we ll dive into Ancient Greece through magical monuments and breathtaking museums. Welcome to Ancient Olympia. Olympia, the sanctuary of Zeus and birthplace of the Olympic Games, lies in a verdant valley of the western Peloponnese at the confluence of the rivers Alpheios and Kladeos. A landscape of great natural beauty, the whole valley was in ancient times thickly wooded and full of wild olive trees, from the leaves of which were made the wreaths that crowned the Olympian champions. The archaeological site of Olympia, one of the largest in Greece, yielded a singularly rich concentration of monuments and works of art, such as the famous statues of Hermes by Praxiteles and Nike by Paeonius. Throughout antiquity, each century added its own structures, which gradually formed the complex topography of the sanctuary: the sacred precinct of Zeus, namely the temenos of Altis, enclosed the temples and structures related to the religious activities. Outside the enclosure lay the athletic venues, the officials' quarters, the guesthouses and baths for athletes and visitors alike. Only some of the best archeological sites that settle here are The temple of Hera, The temple of Zeus, The Philippeion, The stadium of Olympia, The Bouleuterion.
We continue our journey to Nafpaktos. With an intense Medieval character, Nafpaktos Greece charms visitors with the small Venetian port, the relaxing beaches and the green surroundings. The port is the most picturesque spot of the town. A long clean beach starts from the port and extends for long. On the hill above the town, there is a strong Venetian Castle with great view to the sea and the opposite coasts of Peloponnese. Nafpaktos is a town with rich history. The famous battle of Lepanto took place there, and every year at the beginning of October the visitor can see the reenactment of the battle. After visiting this beautiful city we head to Arachova through a wonderfull off road route where you will be amazed by the breathtaking landscapes.
At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. Continue at historical Thermopylae where the battle of Leonidas and the 300 come true. There, in August 480 BCE, during the second Persian invasion of Greece, a small Greek force under the Spartan king Leonidas defended Attica and Boeotia against the southward advance of Xerxes’ Persian army. You can almost hear the clash of steel and the screams of the wounded. The real meaning of heroism and the glory of dying for the idea of freedom stand revealed. The power and force of the site’s symbolism move you more than you expect.
Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. Our last destination is Metsovo. Metsovo is full of life throughout the year generously offering you its natural surrounding beauties. Half hidden in the fog or wrapped in a snow blanket as winter sets in; Metsovo practically looks like a painting. A village where you can see art and culture introducing you to an ongoing tradition, revive your senses by hiking in the mountains and crossing the rivers.
After a good breakfast and a tour at beautiful village of Metsovo we ll head for the famous Lake Plastira. Also known as "Little Switzerland", is surrounded by an idyllic landscape of incomparable natural beauty that captivates the mind at first sight. Dreamlike in all aspects, it is one of the largest artificial lakes in Greece created in a location where in antiquity we could find the confluence of the rivers Tavropos and Achelous. The grandeur of the lake is crowned with the surrounding alpine peaks; snowcapped or green, with rushing streams that flirt with lacy coves, narrow inlets of water between cliffs that create fjord-like scenes and a single luscious green islet in the middle create a mind-blowing landscape which is mirrored in the emerald waters of the lake. The Agrafa’s Mountain Shelter is the starting point for a network of hiking routes which have properly marked as guidance for hikers. Our last stop is Athens and the wonder of Acropolis
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