Mythology is part of the landscape of the land of the Peloponnese, the deepest roots of a historical course of thousands of years with visible signs in every corner: it covers the places where the exploits of Hercules evolved, the Homeric palaces of Nestor and Agamemnon existed, where the first Olympic Games took place. Peloponnese, is ancient Sparta, ancient Messina, the Byzantine castles, the locations where the Greek Revolution of 1821 began, it is also the first capital of the independent Greek State. Let us travel you to the Peloponnese!
- Myths and History of an Ancient Land
Our program includes:
An ancient city famous for the ‘Nemean’ athletic games, it is renowned nowadays for its high quality wines exported globally. This is where we visit a top winery to end our trip in joy and gracious tastes!
It is famed through the world as the birthplace of the Pan-Hellenic Olympic Games, which took place every four years since 776BC. It was the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods and became the most important athletic centre in Greece.
One of the best preserved ancient cities in Greece is ancient Messene, built in 369 B.C. by general Epameinondas from Thebes. It was never destroyed or covered by later settlements, hence it offers probably the best representation of an ancient Greek city with a theater.
We descend into the impressive Diros caves full of stalactites and stalagmites, over 15km long and created hundreds of thousands of years ago!
The area, from Gytheio (port) to Areopoli: Imposing landscapes alternating between arid and dry regions, impressive architecture with dominant family towers, the distinctive proud temperament of people, traditional villages, blue waters, picturesque bays and a lot of history… it’s an absolutely authentic place.
Climbing on a small rocky island, the fortress of Monemvasia leads us back to the medieval times: byzantine churches with frescoes, cobblestone streets, vaulted alleys, and a strong medieval air plenty of legends for knights, pirates, crusaders and emperors. Now connected with a bridge to mainland, it welcomes us for many a story!
Mystras, capital of the byzantine ‘Despotate of the Moreas’ (Peloponnese), is situated on the foothills of mount Taygetos. As we pass the monumental gate, the impressive world of Byzantium is unfolding before our eyes. Is not by coincidence that Mystras is listed as Unesco’s World cultural Heritage Monument.
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