The fortress town - Mythical Greece
Mythical Greek Fortress Towns Tour
2 UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES
Mythical Greek Fortress Towns capture the glamor of the medieval era through an astonishing 5-day tour to Medieval Greece including 2 UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The highlights of this mythical tour in Greece are Monemvasia, the “Gibraltar of the East”, Mystras, the “wonder of the Morea” Sparta the city of King Leonidas and finally Athens, the capital of Greece with the most known monument, the Acropolis.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Ultimate
Group Size Large Group
AT A GLANCE WHAT WE WILL VISIT AT PELOPONNESE AND MAINLAND GREECE
5 days in Mythical Greece including 2 UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites
- The strategical Corinth Canal
- Monemvasia, also called the “Gibraltar of the East” including the fortress town, the medieval castle, the upper and lower city and the Byzantine churches
- Mystras, also called the “wonder of the Morea” including the late Byzantine city, the palaces complex and the Metropolis or church of Hagios Demetrios, Hodegetria and Pantanassa
- Sparta, the city of King Leonidas including the Museum of the Olive and Greek Oil, the National Stadium, the Roman theater and the Acropolis of Sparta
- Athens, the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Theatre of Dionysos, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the Tower of the Winds, the National Gardens, the Parliament and Changing of the Guard, the Panathenaic Stadium Sanctuary of Apollo, Acropolis Museum
Excellent value of money
- Transfer from and to the airport
- Hotel accomodation 4 & 5 stars
- Breakfast every day in buffet style
- Dinners in all destinations except Athens
- Professional and local English speaking tour leader for the entire journey
- Full coverage travel insurance and other emergencies
- Transportation – Tours of the program with luxury air-conditioned vehicle and free wifi
- Entrance fees to archaeological sites and museums
- All transfers as per itinerary
- Flight tickets
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Liquors, beers, drinks and bottled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
- Tour Guide in all archaeological sites, upon request
- Hotel accommodation tax
- Other possible taxes
- Anything specified as optional
ATHENS - MONEMVASIA
We depart from Athens to visit Monemvasia, also called the ”Gibraltar of the East”. On our way to the amazing medieval castle city, we will take a stop at the Isthmus of Corinth where we will enjoy our coffee. We arrive at the hotel, get settled and enjoy a delicious dinner. Free time for relaxation or for walking in the narrow and paved streets which are suitable only for pedestrians.
We take our tasteful breakfast at the hotel and we depart for the upper city of Monemvasia. During the tour in the fortress town, we will visit monuments from various phases of the city’s historical route until today. We will admire the temple of Saint Sophia, which is a faithful copy of St. Sophia of Constantinople, on a smaller scale. Afterward, we will enjoy the magnificent view and we will go downhill for the lower city of Monemvasia. We will admire the arches, landmarks of the medieval time still standing in many buildings and more than 40 churches in the lower city. We will also visit the home of one of the greatest Greek poets of Yiannis Ritsos. We return to the hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner. Free time for relaxation or for walking in the folklore streets.
MONEMVASIA - MYSTRAS - SPARTA - MYSTRAS
We take our tasteful breakfast at the hotel and we depart for the UNESCO’s World Heritage Archaeological site of Mystras, also called the ”wonder of the Morea” which retained its completeness as a fortified urban unit of the late-Byzantine period. We arrive at the hotel, get settled and start our journey to the fortress town of Mystras with the outstanding universal value. We will visit the well-preserved monuments which strongly demonstrate its importance as one of the most notable administrative and ecclesiastical centers of its era. Specifically, we will admire the Metropolis or church of Hagios Demetrios, Hodegetria and Pantanassa as well as the palace complex, the old and majestic mansions and houses. Once our tour of Mystras is completed, we will take the road to the city of Sparta, with a stop at Kaiadas, the chasm of death, the place where the Ancient Spartans threw the criminals, the traitors, the prisoners and possibly even deformed infants, as Pausanias and Thucydides wrote. In the city of Sparta, we will visit the Museum of Olive and Greek Olive Oil, which is the introduction to the history and culture of olive oil production in Greece. We will continue our tour on foot and we will sightsee the bust of King Leonidas the stands at the entrance to the National Stadium of Sparta, where it’s believed that the bones of the kings of Sparta and the heroes of Thermopylae still lie buried there. We will climb up to the ancient Acropolis of Sparta and we will admire the Roman theater as well as the outstanding view of the city that spreads out like a chessboard. We return to the hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner. Free time for relaxation.
MYSTRAS - ATHENS
We take our tasteful breakfast at the hotel and we depart for the most known UNESCO’s world heritage archaeological site, the Acropolis Sacred Rock. We will admire the Parthenon, the place where Democracy developed, and then we visit the New Acropolis Museum. Leaving behind the amazing monument, we walk to the pedestrian streets visiting the Theatre of Dionysos, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, the Tower of the Winds and the Stoa of Attalus. We continue our day to the National Gardens, the Parliament and Changing of the Guard, Zappeion, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic StadiumTemple. In the afternoon you deserve free time for relaxation, shopping or get ready for a unique nightlife experience.
ATHENS - DEPARTURE
We take our tasteful breakfast at the hotel and we depart for the airport to return back home.
Unesco's World Heritage Site - Mythical Greece
All the hotels that collaborate with Mythical Greece provide excellent services in order to satisfy the most special requirements of our customers. It is for granted that most of the hotels will surely surprise every foreign traveler with the Greek hospitality, also called “filoxenia” and the fresh ingredients that they use at breakfasts, meals and dinners. We strive to accomplish the most unique experience on every tour package that we organize.
- Hair dryer
- Internet connection
- 24 hour Front Desk Services
- Room services
- King size bed
- Our rates do not include the residence tax of Article 53 of Law 4389/2016, per daily use of each room/suite, effective from 1 January 2018. Room rate per night is charged directly at the hotel. In the event of a change, through a clarification of the Ministry of Finance, the way this tax or other tax/fee is paid, our pricing policy will be modified accordingly
Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement. All citizens from EU and Schengen countries travel to Greece only with the Identity Card or the passport. Citizens coming from countries that have not yet signed the Schengen Agreement must acquire further detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to their nationality from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important to check for the latest information. Visas are the responsibility of all travelers.
No way! Our travelers’ safety is the most essential and necessary part of every tour. We have the best agreement with Loyd’s and the travel insurance cost included in the final price.
Tap water is safe in Greece unless it’s marked on some of Greece’s small and remote islands.
Credit cards are accepted by most stores in Greece. The best is to ask first the stores that you are going to visit before buying anything. Make sure to carry cash in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available in most towns and cities in Greece.
The Internet can easily be accessed at hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants, museums and central squares in most cities and major towns.
Ensure that global roaming is activated with your service provider before arriving in Greece. Mobile phone coverage is very good, however, on some of Greece’s more remote islands, it may not be available.
The tour guide for the archaeological sites can be included in the tour only upon request.
The presence of the tour guide is considered optional and its fee is not included in the final price of the tour. Based on the demand, the cost for his service will be shared and the tourist guide will be paid on site.
You can fill our form as an interest-bearing event and you will be informed of the cost before your arrival.
Some important costs you need to know are the following:
Water (0.33 liter bottle): 0,50€
Greek takeaway coffee: 1-3€
Greek coffee in a cafe: 3-5€
Greek takeaway souvlaki: 2-3€
Beer in a bar or cafeteria: 4-6€
One-way Ticket (Local Transport): 1,40€
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat: 7€
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 10-20€ / per person
Tips are optional in Greece.