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Eastern Peloponnese – Argolis, Nafplion & Monemvasia

THIS TOUR IS FULLY BOOKED
Please contact us as there may be cancellations

Named after the legendary King Pelops, the large peninsula of the Peloponnese boasts some of the most spectacular
and varied scenery in Greece, as well as some of the most renowned monuments of Greek history, including the
fortified mediaeval city of Mystras, the ancient theatre at Epidaurus and Homer’s Mycenae “rich in gold”.

Highlights

The countryside itself is as varied as the history, offering a breathtaking range of scenery from Mt. Parnon,
clad in pine and fir to the spectacular gigantic rock island joined to the mainland by a causeway and with
the Byzantine city of Monemvasia on its flanks.

The whole region is dotted with castles, fortresses and towers left by the Byzantines, Crusaders and Venetians.
It also boasts perhaps the most elegant of all Greek towns – Nafplion – with its magnificent Venetian and
neoclassical houses.

Duration
8 days

Tour content
General interest, landscapes, nature and history

Leader
Our experienced leaders have varied interests including nature, the environment, history, mythology and modern society.


ITINERARY  27 March – 03 April 2017

DAY 01 – 27 March ARRIVAL
Arrive Athens. 2 hour transfer to Nafplion with a break at the Corinth Canal. Optional dinner and overnight.

DAY 02 – 28 March NAFPLION / EPIDAURUS
Visit to the healing sanctuary at Epidaurus with its 3rd century theatre. Renowned for its acoustics, and with seating for 12,300 this is perhaps the most beautiful, best known and best preserved of all the ancient theatres. We then explore the ruins of this enormous sanctuary and enjoy the very colourful displays of wild flowers. Return to Nafplion. Optional dinner and overnight.

DAY 03 – 29 March NAFPLION / TYRINS / MYCENAE
First a visit to Homer’s fortress of “great walled Tiryns”: constructed from large black limestone boulders of immense size, some weigh 13 tons each! Then across the plain of Argos to his “golden Mycenae”. The acropolis sits on a small hilltop at the head of a valley surrounded by mountains. The massive Cyclopean walls and the Lion Gate give an idea of the grandeur of the past. From here Agamemnon went to war against Troy. We explore the remains of his palace, the royal grave circles + the monumental beehive tomb, once thought to belong to Agamemnon, now also called the Treasury of Atreus. This is one of the most impressive and complete works of early Greece.Free evening to enjoy Nafplion, one of the loveliest towns in Greece. Overnight.

DAY 04 – 30 March NAFPLION
Short drive to visit Palamidi fortress with magnificent views across the Argolis Gulf and the city below. The Venetian Lion of St Mark peers down from strategic points and the wild flower displays are magnificent. Optional walk down steps to Nafplion or return by coach. Free afternoon and evening to enjoy this elegant town. Neoclassical houses, narrow streets lined by tavernas, domed churches, Ottoman mosques, Venetian buildings and squares all nestle under its two fortresses. From the cafes on the harbour front there are wonderful views of the mysterious Bourdzi island fort and across the gulf to the mountains through which we pass tomorrow. Option: An attractive seaside walk leads round the bay. Optional dinner and overnight.

DAY 05 – 31 March NAFPLION / MONEMVASIA
Depart for Monemvasia with visit to charming little town of Leonidion and en route, as we cross the mountains and the high plateau, several stops for wild flowers. Dinner and overnight Monemvasia.

DAY 06 -01 April MONEMVASIA
Exploration of medieval Monemvasia perched high on a gigantic rock surrounded by sea and invisible from the land. Plenty of time to enjoy the amazing floral displays on the near mile long causeway and in the fortified city itself. Dinner and overnight Monemvasia.

DAY 07 – 02 April MONEMVASIA / MYSTRAS / NAFPLION
Return to Nafplion via Mystras. This stunningly beautiful semi deserted Byzantine city clings to the side of the snow capped Taygetus mountains above the plain of Sparta, (of which nothing is left). We walk from the top to the bottom of the city admiring some of the best painted churches in Greece and some very fine buildings. The monastery is hewn out of the actual rockface and the Despots Palace is now being restored. Flowers burst out of every crack and crevice and line the narrow streets. The effect is absolutely magical and is best described as “God’s garden”. Optional dinner and overnight Nafplion.

DAY 08 – 03 April ACROCORINTH/ATHENS AIRPORT
Depart for Athens Airport calling at ancient Corinth or as an option the fortress of Acrocorinth with its dramatic views down across the Peloponnese. Return flight to home.


PRICE € 839  per person 
(sharing twin-bedded room)
Single room supplement € 248

INCLUDED
• Assistance upon arrival and departure
• Coach with driver as per itinerary
• Good standard 3/4 star hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• Breakfast
• Dinners on Days 5 & 6
• Service of leaders
• VAT & taxes

NOT INCLUDED
• Return flight to/from Athens
• Tips/porterage
• Beverages, drinks, extras
• Lunches
• Dinners (except where mentioned above).
• Entrance fees to sites and museums


More Information

Flight Information
There are many daily flights to Athens. If you require further information from your point of origin anywhere in the world please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail info@naturallygreece.com.gr we would be pleased to assist you.

Group Size
15 – 20 persons

Weather
15 – 25 °C Mainly sunny, rain possible.

Evening Meals
There are some many excellent places to eat and mostly we will all eat together although anybody wishing to opt out is welcome to.

Walks
These are optional and vary between 4-8 kms. Most paths are in reasonably good condition but anybody coming should be happy to walk up steps and negotiate some moderate ascents.

 

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