Athens - Ancient Epidaurus - Nafplio - Mycenaes - Kalavryta - Planitero
Experience the serenity at Greece's most beautiful monasteries, breathtaking landscapes and admirably archaeological sites.
Our journey takes us from breathtaking landscapes of Nafplio and Kalavryta to wonderful archaeological sites of Ancient Epidaurus and Mycenaes, to magical monasteries all over Peloponnese!Peaceful guardians of faith, history, language and tradition, the monasteries of Greece has provided a lot during the difficult moments of Greek history, functioning as cradles of culture and as rare spiritual centres. Nowadays, in a lot of monasteries they practice and still develop traditional arts, such as embroidery, biological beekeeping and painting of icons, and their products are excellent and help them cover their expenses. The warm hospitality of the monks becomes evident through the time they dedicate to visitors and their treat which consists mainly of coffee and traditional sweets.
Our journey begins with at Corinths canal where you can admire this meajestic construction and take some wonderful pictures. The Corinth Canal is an important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. At a pine-tree area, 3 km from Chiliomodi, is the Monastery of Faneromeni, which is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. Initially it was higher, approximately at a distance of 4 km from the present day monastery, at a location with excellent view of the surrounding area up to Acrocorinth. We continue at Epidaurus where lies one of most beautiful ancient theatres in the world, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Due to its excellent acoustics and condition, the ancient theater is still used today. On our route to Nafplio and our resort we meet the Monastery of Agios Dimitrios Augos. It is a three-storey monastery complex, consisting of cells and other areas adjacent to the catholicon, and are shaped to fit into the hollows of the steep natural rock that dominates the valley.
After a tonic breakfast we head to the monastery of Agion Anargiron. Located near of the Argos Fortress, in a mid-mountain environment, this monastery seems surreal. Pleasant and calm, this enormous monastery deserves to stop there. We dive into history with a visit at breathtaking Mycenae. Continue through beautiful off road route at impossing monastery called Lady of the Rock. The monastery is located on the east side of the rock called Polyfeggos, in the mountain of Panagia (Our Lady), at the entrance of Nemea. The ruins of a medieval settlement are on the south part of the rock. At the same area, in the rock, lie the remains of the old church of Our Lady of the Rocks. Drive to historic town of Kalavryta through the wonderfull lake Stymfalia and to our resort. A dreamy setting with picturesque squares, stone-paved streets and cute little houses welcomes the romantic souls. The trademark of Kalavryta is its small train, the “Odontotos”. Its 22 km journey from Kalavryta to Diakofto is one of the most spectacular rack & pinion rail trips! The narrow gauge tracks follow the Vouraikos River through tunnels, over water-falls, along cliffs and through forests of pine and oleander.
This morning we drive to famous monastery of Mega Spileo. According to a lot of people, it is the oldest Monastery of Greece and one of the most impressive Christian Orthodox pilgrimages. It is built on the slopes of a steep side of a rocky hill, at a height of 120m, providing great views from its balcony.The Monastery also hosts a museum that displays carved wooden crosses, antique manuscripts and Holy Gospels. Next stop the Makelaria Monastery, a 6th-century Eastern Orthodox monastery. The monastery, one of the oldest in Greece, was founded in 532 AD and is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos Serene. We continue to Planitero. The village is known for its natural springs and waterfalls that run from the Aroanios river and also the mouth watering trout, served at local food joints. Beautiful stone houses located within the village add to its appeal. Many hiking paths pass through or near this village and lead to the breathtaking plane forest nearby and to the source of Aroanios river.
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