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From Athens: Private Delphi and Thermopylae Guided Day Trip

1. From Athens: Private Delphi and Thermopylae Guided Day Trip

See the Gates of Fire, deriving from the hot sulphur springs and the cavernous entrance to Hades. Experience the monument of King Leonidas, erected in 1955 and created by the sculptor Vasos Falireas. At the Thermopylae Museum, learn about the 480 BC battle that changed the course of Greek history and western civilization before seeing the baths of Thermopylae. In Delphi, see the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Theater, the Stadium, the Athenian Treasury, the Gymnasium, and the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. The Naxian Sphinx, which dates to 560 BC, is a fascinating stop before seeing the Metopes of the Athenian Treasury, Omphalos, Kleobis and Biton, Statue of Antinoos, and the famous Charioteer. Enjoy a traditional lunch on the Caldera at Delphi, overlooking fabulous Itea and Amfissa before driving back to a designated location in Athens.

From Athens: Ancient Sparta and Mystras Private Day Trip

2. From Athens: Ancient Sparta and Mystras Private Day Trip

This amazing tour will give you an excellent to the discovery of the history of Laconia combining Ancient Greek and Medieval Greek history. We will begin with a drive along the coast. On the way, you passing some Greek seaside villages and the heroic Salamis Island (where the historical naval battle took place between the Athenians and the Persians). Soon after will be our first stop at the Corinth Canal. Operating since 1892 dividing the Peloponnese Peninsula from the rest of Greece while connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. Walking across the pedestrian bridge will be in awe of what has been accomplished here, on some days bungee jumping is an option. Leaving the canal we will head towards Mystras driving into the southern Peloponnese Peninsula through the mountainous landscape of the Greek countryside. Reaching Mystras you will automatically understand why this location stands so unique within the Greek sites. Known as the ghost city, fortified on a citadel, Mystras is one of the two locations in Greece that preserves not only medieval churches but also ordinary houses, mansions and palaces of the Byzantine Empire in combination with Frankish elements. Walking in the site on the upper point you will reach the citadel and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding areas while walking downhill you will meet the palaces and the Royal courtyards. Although known as the ghost city most of the monasteries are still in use and the monks will gladly show you around their small society. Before you exit you will come across the chapel of St. Demetrios, on its floor survives a plaque depicting a two head eagle (the symbol of Byzantium). It was on this very plaque that Konstantine Palaiologos kneeled before he was crowned the last Byzantine emperor. Before visiting Sparta we will stop at a traditional Greek tavern at the small village of Mystras. Following we will spend the rest of our time in Sparta, known as the eternal rival city of the Athenian Democracy. Sparta revolved around a different Cosmo theory for the ancient Greek standards. Initially known as the birthplace of Helen of Troy and the Kingdom of Menelaus (in the Mycenaean period), Sparta was organized as a purely military society in the ancient Greek period. It was the city of the two Kings were a few aristocrats ruled and of course the city where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans marched from to face the Persian army in Thermopylae in 480BCE. The city whose one soldier counted as ten soldiers from any other Greek city. Reaching Sparta we will visit the ancient citadel of Sparta where you will have a view of the ancient theater being revealed gradually in front of your eyes. Continuing we will pass in front of the stadium where the statue of King Leonidas stands marking the ending point of Spartathlon race (Athens – Sparta 245,3 km). Lastly, we will visit the archaeological museum of Sparta and before we depart for Athens we will also visit the museum of (olive and) olive oil.

From Athens: Sparta Tour

3. From Athens: Sparta Tour

On this tour you will have the chance to visit the famous Corinth Canal, Sparta and Mystras, while you will also admire the picturesque landscape of the Peloponnese. The tour starts early in the morning. After a short stop at the famous Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea, the tour continues to Sparta and Mystras. Sparta is one of the most historical destinations, an ancient center which is famous for its well organized ancient army. It was founded by the Dorians in the 9th century and developed into the most powerful military city by Lycurgus. Leonidas was also a warrior king of the Greek city-state of Sparta. In 480 BC the king Leonidas and 300 Spartans won the huge Persian army during the famous battle of Thermopylae. Mystras or Myzythras is located only 7 km from Sparta. It was the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Morea the second most important city and a fortress of the Byzantine Empire as well. Finally, when the tour is over, you will return to Athens.

Day tour to Ancient Olympia,Kaiadas,Apollo,Sparta,Mycenae

4. Day tour to Ancient Olympia,Kaiadas,Apollo,Sparta,Mycenae

**Our trip starts from Athens** Join me and let's visit the most majestic archaeological sites of Greece from Athens. You will see all this monuments in A day when other operators need at least 2-3 days. Value for Money full day tour in Peloponnese. Our tour Starts early in The morning and we will return late in the night.!! On this amazing full day tour you will see the most beautiful sights and scenery. On our way I will give you a lot of information about history, mythology and culture. We will have the opportunity to visit some of the most majestic archaeological sites of Greece, such as Ancient Olympia, cave of Kaiadas, Temple of Epicurean Apollo, Ancient Sparta and Mycenae. I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. You are welcome to inform us on any special requests you have. Do not waste your time in multi day tours - bus tours Book your private tour Now..!! Private - Luxury- Fast- Value for Money ONE DAY tour in Peloponnese.!!

Visit Ancient Corinth Mycenae Nafplio Canal Private Tour 8H

5. Visit Ancient Corinth Mycenae Nafplio Canal Private Tour 8H

1. Corinth Canal, Isthmia, Loutraki 201 00 Greece, 20 minutes The Corinth Canal is a waterway that crosses the narrow isthmus of Corinth to link the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf. As such, the canal separates the Greek mainland from the Peloponnese, turning it into an island 2. Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos), Argous 105 Corinth was a city-state on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Sparta. The modern city of Corinth is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northeast of the ancient ruins. For Christians, Corinth is well known from the two letters of Saint Paul in the New Testament, First and Second Corinthians. Corinth is also mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles as part of Paul the Apostle's missionary travels. 3. Ancient Korinthos village, Corinth 200 07 Greece, 1 hour 30 minutes 4. Akrokorinthos, Corinth 200 07 Greece, 30 minutes Acrocorinth, "Upper Corinth", the acropolis of ancient Corinth, is a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth, Greece. With its secure water supply, Acrocorinth's fortress was repeatedly used as a last line of defense in southern Greece because it commanded the Isthmus of Corinth, repelling foes from entry by land into the Peloponnese peninsula. 5. Archaeological Museum of Corinth, Old Corinth, Corinth 20010 Greece, 30 minutes 6. Archaeological Site Mycenae, Mycenae 21200 Greece, The fortified citadel of ancient Mycenae, the seat of the mythical and mighty King Agamemnon. An impressive and well-preserved site, the city of Mycenae gave its name to an entire civilization 7. Mycenae, Mycenae, Argolis Region, Peloponnese, 1 hour 8. Lion Gate, Mycenae Greece, 29 minutes Archaeological Museum of Ancient Mycenae, 9. Mycenae Greece, 45 minutes Citadel and Treasury of Atreus, Mycenae Greece, 15 minutes 10. , Nafplio, Argolis Region, Peloponnese, 1 hour 30 minutes Nafplio is a seaport town in the peloponnese in Greece that was expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf.The town was an important seaport held under a successsional of royal houses in the middle Ages as a part of the loardship of ARGOS and NAUPLIA 11. Palamidi Castle, Eikostis Pemptis Martiou, Nafplio 211 00 Greece, 30 minutes One of the most well-preserved castles in all of Greece, Palamidi offers spectacular views of the city from its loopholes, wonderful routes inside and terrifying terrain in the hole-prison of Kolokotronis 12. Akronafplia Fortress, Nafplio Greece, 10 minutes 13. Bourtzi, The Harbor, Nafplio Greece, 10 minutes Nafplio, Nafplio, Argolis Region, Peloponnese, 1 hour A) Shopping B) Free time C) Lunch Greek Traditional Taverna

From Athens: Marathon and Thermopylae Full Day Private Trip

6. From Athens: Marathon and Thermopylae Full Day Private Trip

One of our favorite tours, dedicated to those who fell in the name of freedom. This special tour was designed to accommodate those interested in ancient Greek battles, those who want to discover two major battlefields of the Persian wars, the plane of Marathon and Thermopylae. We head out from Athens to the sacred plain of Marathon driving through Attica Highway and Marathon Avenue. This is the course of the original Marathon Race, as you will see by the signs that count each kilometer. Later we will reach the Tumulus of the Athenians; the site portrays courage, bravery and finally the victory of the Athenians against the Persians in 490 BCE. Moving on we will also see the Marathon Battlefield, its Archaeological Museum and a prehistoric cemetery that produces proof of the first civilized presence in this location. Driving by the present city of Marathon our last stop in this area we will be Marathon Lake, on the slopes of Mt Penteli. It is an artificial lake operated as the main water reservoir for Athens. Besides the magnificent view, you see the Marathon Dam, a miracle of engineering, unique due to the fact that it’s the only one in the world made entirely of Pentelic marble (king of all marbles, used for the Parthenon, on Acropolis Hill). Moreover, at the bottom, you will see an excellent modern model of the treasury of the Athenians which was located in the sanctuary of Delphi. Next, we will be back on board for a drive to Thermopylae. It was here that 10 years after the Battle of Marathon, King Leonidas and his 300 brave Spartans heroically faced the Persian army. In the Historical Center, an informative 3D movie will be shown. As if traveling through time you will feel the presence of heroes who stood their ground for their freedom against a foreign conqueror. To conclude you will visit the statue of Leonidas standing exactly opposite Kolonos Hill where the persistent Spartans left their last breath. A place too sacred for words. Heading back to Athens we will stop at the coastal town of Kammena Vourla, where we will enjoy a relaxing, traditional Greek lunch by the sea. And to terminate the tour we will drive back to Athens safe and sound.

Sparta & Mystras - Bred for Battle! The legendary period!

7. Sparta & Mystras - Bred for Battle! The legendary period!

After a short drive through the center of Athens, your personal tour driver will take the scenic coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, towards the Peloponnese peninsula. After approx 50 minutes drive, you will reach the famous Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian sea (West Greece) with the Aegean sea (East Greece). Stop for spectacular pictures from the canal bridge, and continue towards Sparta and Mystras. Sparta… A city-state founded by the Dorian’s in 11C BC well known for its citizen soldiers, strict military training, and powerful army with excellent skills. The most famous battle of the many in their history is the battle of Thermopylae. In 480 BC, a huge Persian army was trying to invade Greece. Barring the way at the mountain pass of Thermopylae where 300 Spartan soldiers led by King Leonidas, along with a few hundred Arcadians and Thespians. Do Not Miss To Visit: The Archaeological Museum of Sparta with its amazing artifacts and statues,- contains; Roman sculptures, small objects from sanctuaries at Sparta, mosaics, Laconian reliefs, inscribed Stella from the temple of Artemis Orthia, prehistoric collections. The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil witch is nicely set and it is very informative of the history of olive cultivation and the produce of olive oil since ancient times. Here you will find out about the many varieties of olives and all the relevant details, and see many works of art figures from over fifteen thousand years old fossilized leaves coming from Santorini. The Acropolis of Sparta is situated on a hillside just outside the town center and consists of the ancient Roman Agora, Temple of Athena Chalkionos, the Theatre, the church of the Christ Savoir, the cyclical building, and the remains of many other elements. Visiting the remains of the Acropolis, you may still see traces of the Spartan glory. The Menelaion is one of the world’s most astounding places, and you will be in a beautiful setting with the most glorious views. You look over the ancient Evrotas valley and Sparta and see the majestic peaks of the Taygetos mountains. There are two impressive monuments at this place, a bronze age palace, and a classical/Hellenistic shrine. Both are well preserved (not reachable today due to the extremely bad condition of the road). An emblem and an important monument of modern Sparta is the tomb of Leonidas. Also known as Leonidion. It is located north of Sparta’s modern city. Excavations of the previous century have brought in to light an impressive building measuring 12.5X8.30m. Mystras only 7km from Sparta, Mystras was the capital of the Despotate of Morea and the second city of the Byzantine Empire for a long period of its history. A unique site for anyone into history and the relation art/history/religion/culture. The place is mystic with Byzantine ruins and you can walk inside the ancient castle. At the end of visiting the sites, your private driver will drive you back to Athens arriving late in the afternoon.

From Athens: 2-Day Delphi and Meteora Private Tour

8. From Athens: 2-Day Delphi and Meteora Private Tour

Your driver will be waiting for you at your hotel or apartment, having everything ready to make sure your trip is smooth and comfortable. This tour is more relaxed in time, so we usually suggest starting from Athens between 9 – 10 am, but of course we can customise this, as everything actually on this tour hence this is a private tour. Our first stop Ancient Greeks believed that this place was the center of the world and there was the most famous oracle operated by Pythia. In case you missed the hints, we are talking about Delphi and the Temple of Apollo. Your driver will hand you the tickets and make sure you will have enough time to enjoy the site. Moving on Buckle up for a 3 hour drive through some of the most jaw dropping natural landscape the Greek countryside has to offer, before you arrive in Meteora just in time for dinner at local traditional Greek tavern giving you thee chance to dive deep into Greek cuisine’s secrets. But the day isn’t over yet, as you are in for an once in a lifetime experience, watching the sunset while sitting on top the Meteora rocks. Time to rest After such a long day, full of excitment and incredible images, is a about time to get some rest. And we couldn’t find a better place than a traditional guesthouse in the serenity of Kastraki village, just below the rocks of Meteora. Day 2 Words can’t describe the feeling of walking up in a place like this, the atmosphere is nothing short of mystical and usually the morning mist will add an extra layer on top of all that. Before heading to explore the monasteries, we will take breakfast consisting entirely of hand made local products. Visiting the monasteries Nowadays there are six active monasteries one can visit, all of them part of Unesco world heritage programm. Grand Meteoro, stands out by being the biggest one and having an incredible collection of items dating back to the Byzantine era. Very impressive is Rousanou nunnery as well, which is built as natural extension of the rock and offers an amazing viewpoint. Visitors are advised to be dressed modestly, long pants for men and skirts for women. On the way back We will make a stop at Thermopylae, where one of the most famous batlles of ancient times took place. King of Sparta, Leonidas and 300 soldiers stood up to the entire Persian army and their bravery sets an everlasting example.

From Kalamata: Rock Climbing in Lagada

9. From Kalamata: Rock Climbing in Lagada

Lagada's climbing park is located at 800 meters altitude on the 45th kilometer of the Kalamata-Sparta mountainous national road. Set off for a half-day of climbing on a wide variety of routes within a spectacular setting. Benefit from included hotel pickup and drop-off in Kalamata. The Lagada climbing park is the pride and glory of the greater Peloponnese area because of the variety of grades on excellent quality limestone, combined with its enchanting location. Get picked up from Kalamata and head to one of Greece's most beautiful sport-climbing parks. From 1999 to the present day, approximately 100 sport routes ranging from 5a to 8c+ have been developed on five different fields. For the past 15 years, the local team has organized events, maintained existing routes, and developed new ones. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned climber, you will have an unforgettable experience at Lagada.

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Our Driver Anthony was the perfect host. Knowledgeable about our trip, made sure we were fully comfortable throughout our drive and pointed out many facts along the way. He gave us clear instructions about each museum drop off and was easy to find when moving to the next location. He was very personable and helped us customise our tour to our needs. Would 100% recommend to anyone needing a guide for this tour or any other tour.

The service was amazing! Alexander provided so much comfort and information about the route, history, and culture. We had plenty of time at all of our stops to truly enjoy and take in the sights and the recommended food/shops were all very fantastic. He was very flexible and we are so thankful for the experience. Truly, a wonderful first introduction to Athens and Greece as a whole 🇬🇷

We enjoyed our day trip with Andreas very much. He was very punctual on our pick up at our hotel and his vehicle is clean and comfortable and water was supplied. He is extremely knowledgeable on the subjects of the tour and happy to answer any questions. The tour was exactly as described, culminating in a lunch and free time by the coast at Nafplio before returning to Athens.

This is a must experience day trip! In addition to the history we received from our amazing and thoughtful guide as well as the incredible sites of Delphi, our lunch was one of the best of our lives, with authentic cuisine and again amazing mountain and sea view!

Tas was an amazing host, such in depth knowledge of the history and the countryside. The tour was un-rushed and paced so that we hit all the major points at the opportune times. Thanks Tas for an amazing tour