The trip to the Peloponnese will reward you as all the history and nature of the Mediterranean lies in this place. Destinations of authentic beauty, each with its own special features, Argolida, Corinth, Messinia, Ilia, Arcadia, and Laconia.
In the Peloponnese you will have the opportunity to admire the splendor of ancient Greece – discover Ancient Olympia, the place where the Olympic Games were born, tour the “Mycenae” of Homer and mythical Atreides, visit Epidavros with it’s famous ancient theater, that is also the world’s finest open theater, and the Asclepieion – Unesco World Heritage Site. Visit the impressive and well-preserved castle of Mystras in Sparta and Pylos.
The olives and olive oil of the Peloponnese are famous throughout the world, and you will have the opportunity to learn the history and the way of production.
You will have the chance to sample the wines of the most diverse vineyard and discover its wealth while exchanging views and having fun. You will try wines from native varieties like Agiorgitiko, Moschofilero, Moschato, Kydonitsa, and also from international varieties like Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay – all from the authentic vineyards of the Peloponnese.
You will taste local flavors from all the regions – each has its own specialty!
Follow Porto Planet on a journey of tastes and delights of culture and history, and get to know the authentic side of the Peloponnese.
Day 1. ATHENS:
Arrival. Reception at the airport. Transportation and check into our hotel. You will have the rest of the day to relax or take a stroll along the streets of Athens to enjoy the flavor of the city. Depending on the time of arrival: (Lunch / Dinner)
Day 2. ATHENS-CORINTH:
We start our day with the Athens city tour including the Acropolis – Parthenon and the archaeological museum of Athens. We will visit the Parthenon, which is the brightest monument of the Athenian state and the colonial Doric temple and has been included in UNESCO’s UNESCO list of monuments of world cultural heritage. As a physical venture, it is the most credible evidence of an advanced technological and aesthetic culture, which more or less has significantly influenced the development of the modern so-called “western” world.
You will admire the Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum centered on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens.We will head to Corinth.
Accommodation of Corinth
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 3. CORINTH-ANCIENT CORINTH-CORINTH WINE ROAD-NAFPLION:
We will visit ancient Corinth. Ancient Corinth was an important city-state of the ancient Peloponnese and was considered the richest city in the ancient world.
We will visit the Corinthian Wine Route The Corinthian Wine Roads cover most of the wine-growing zone of the PDO Nemea wines, which is the largest in Greece, both in the area of vineyards and in production (2nd on a geographic area). We will visit two wineries and taste local and foreign varieties. The vineyard of Nemea is the kingdom of Agiorgitiko, but it is also planted elsewhere in the Peloponnese, Greece and … in the world. Nemea, with the homonymous PDO Nemea wine, is the largest wine red wine designation zone in Greece.
After the wine tours, we will head to Nafplion in the first capital of Greece.
Accommodation Nafplio. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 4. NAFPLIO-MYCENAE-ARGOLIDA WINE ROAD-EPIDAUROS-NAFPLIO
We will visit Mycenae, one of the largest centers of Greek civilization, forming a strong military fortress that dominated most of southern Greece. The period of Greek history between 1600 BC until around 1100 BC. is called “Mycenaean,” referring to Mycenae. You will admire it
(most of the gold and are characterized by their marvelous art), the treasure of Atreas (vaulted tomb), the vaulted tomb of Clytemnestra, the Lions Gate, the Royal Palace, the temple, the North Gate as well as the Underground Tank etc .;
Then we will take the Argolida wine road and visit the local winery.
After the wine tasting and tour, we will visit Epidaurus and the Asklepieion. The theater of Epidaurus is considered the finest ancient Greek theater in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. With a maximum capacity of 13,000 – 14,000 spectators, the theater hosted the musicians, song and drama struggles included in the worship of Asklepios. The Asclepieion of Epidaurus became the most famous of all aspicides in ancient Greece because of the many and serious cases that were cured there. In this, they arrived from all over Greece and from the Mediterranean basin sick, begging of divine mercy. Its area was very large and it had hostels, a gym, a stage and the famous, for its acoustics, Theater, for the entertainment of the people.
Return to Nafplio and take a walk through the local tastes of the area.
Accommodation Nafplio (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 5. NAFPLIO-KAPSIA CAVE-ARKADIAS WINE ROAD-SPARTI
Arrive in Arcadia and visit the Kapsia Cave. Kapsia Cave is 15 km away from Tripoli and 1.5 km from the village of Kapsia. Experts rank it in the list of the 10 most valuable caves in the Greek territory. It is located on the periphery of the closed geological basin of the Mantinea Plateau and is connected to the complex system of natural sinks that characterize the aquifer. Among the findings of the cave are human bones and earthenware utensils. One of the places in the cave of Kapsia has the name “Hall of the Wonders”. Explosive colors, red and yellow and blue create a work of art of incomparable beauty made of nature itself.
We will take the wine of Arcadia and we will visit two wineries.
Arcadia has a lot to tell about wine and it is no accident that the god Dionysus and his faithful follower Panas, according to mythology, lived in Mainalo. There, among the mountains of Parnonas and Mainalos are hidden the vineyards of the strong PDO zone of Mantineia. Approximately 5,500 acres are cultivated with one of the most important white Greek varieties, Moschofilero.
We will head to Laconia.
Accommodation Sparti (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 6. SPARTI-MUSEUM OF OLIVE OIL AND OLIVE OIL-MYSTRAS-LACONIA WINE ROAD-GYTHEIO
We will visit the Museum of olive oil and olive oil. At the Museum of Olive Oil and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta you have the opportunity to see the first testimonies about the presence of olive and the production of olive oil in Greece: Rarely fossil olive leaves, 50.000-60.000 years, Santorini, the oldest findings proving the presence of an olive tree in Greece. Linear B signs of the 14th century BC (exact copies) with the first written testimonies of olive and oil. Your museum travels to the culture, history, and technology of olive and olive oil production in Greece, from the prehistoric times until the beginning of the 20th century.
We will visit the Castle of Mystras. Built on the slopes of Taygetos, the Castle of Mystras takes the visitor on a journey in time. It remains almost uninhabited and deserted, generously offering an unprecedented cultural experience (and not only) to a landscaping landscape that awakens the senses.
Meta we will head on the road of Laconia wine and visit a winery where we will taste wines by filling our glasses. After our wine-tasting, we will head to Gytheio.
Accommodation Gytheio (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 7. GYTHEIO-AGHIA THEODORA AT VASTA ARCADIAS-MESSINIAS WINE ROAD-PYLOS
We will visit and see the chapel of Aghia Theodora with the 17 trees that come out of the roof and have entered the Guinness Book Book as a “miraculous temple” … Then we will head to the streets of the wine of Messinia.
The history of the wine of Messinia is interwoven with the history of the place and is lost in the depths of the ages. Homer refers to the pine-filled land of Pylia and then to Pausanias, according to which Dionysus first exclaimed “Ewi”, meaning he was eating, tasting a wine from Messinia. We would have a wine taste and a tour of the winery. We will head to scenic Pylos.
Accommodation Pylos (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 8. PYLOS-HLIAS WINE ROAD-OLYMPIA
We will visit the beautiful castle of Pylos with their long history and we will go to the bastions.
We will take the road to the wine of Ilia and visit the vinification of the area.
Olympia Accommodation (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 9. OLYMPIA – ATHENS
We will admire the archaeological site of Olympia as the cradle of the Olympic Games. Olympia was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece, dedicated to Zeus. It was the venue for the Olympic Games that took place during the Olympic Games, the most important celebration of Greeks during most of the antiquity, and is one of the UNESCO cultural monuments.
We will take the way back to Athens. After our arrival in Athens and the necessary rest, you will have the opportunity to admire through a gastronomic excursion the incredible flavors and perfumes from the capital of Greece.
Athens Accommodation (breakfast / lunch / dinner)
Day 10. ATHENS-Departure
Transportation to the airport for the flight back home
- 2 nights accommodation in Athens – A Class **** / double occupancy
- Athens city tour and private professional tour guide on site – entrance fees are extra
- 1 night accommodation in Corinth – A Class **** / double occupancy
- A visit to the Museum and an archaeological site and a private tour guide on site – entrance fees are extra
- 1-night accommodation in Olympia – A Class **** / double occupancy
- A visit to the Museum and an archaeological site and a private tour guide on site – entrance fees are extra
- 1 night accommodation in Pylos – 3 star **** / double occupancy
- A visit to the miracle of Nature or God/phenomenon at Agia Theodora in Vasta
- 1 night accommodation in Sparta – A Class **** / double occupancy
- A visit to the Byzantine city of Mystras – entrance fees are extra
- 1-night accommodation at Gytheio – A Class **** / double occupancy
- 2 nights accommodation at Nafplio – A Class **** / double occupancy
- A visit to the Mycenae and Epidavros (guiding/entrance fees are extra)
- All transport to and from the excursions
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included
- 9 days exclusively chartered minivan with English speaking driver
- 8 wine tours/tasting
- Athens walking tasting tours
- Athens city tour including the Acropolis – Parthenon and the Archaeological Museum of Athens
- Nafplio walking tasting tours
Entrance fees at archeological/historic sites, guiding on sites (where not mentioned) tips, drinks, anything not mentioned above
- Winery tours and wine tasting on the “wine routes” of Corinth, Argolida, Arkadia, Ilia, Lakonia, and Messinia
- You will visit the Acropolis Museum and one of the most important monuments of the ancient Greek civilization – the Parthenon
- You will visit Aghia Theodora in Vasta Arcadia and admire the inexplicable miracle of nature that dominates this peaceful landscape
- You will visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus which, from all the ancient theaters, is the most beautiful and best preserved and renowned for its rare acoustics, and the Asklepieion – a Unesco World Cultural Heritage Monument
- You will tour the “Mycenae” of Homer and mythical Atreides
- You will visit Olympia, which was the most glorious sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus and was the venue for the ancient Olympic Games
- You will visit the “dead state” of Mystra which was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Mystras and scenic Pylos with its imposing castle
- In Sparta, you will visit the Museum of Olive and Greek Olive Oil
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