Journey back in time on a small grou day trip to the ancient city-state of Sparta, departing Kalamata for a scenic drive over the Taygetus mountain range. Learn about the everyday lives of the Spartans and their rulers, including the dark story of Keadas.
What to Expect
Depart Kalamata (preferably in the morning) and journey for less than 2 hours to the historic town of Sparta. Cross the Taygetus mountain range, full of myths and traditions. Stop to take photos of the archaeological site of Keadas, where, according to the historian Plutarch, the ancient Spartans used to throw their weak and deformed infants into the cavern.
Learn the dark history of Sparta as you explore the ancient site of the former city-state of Ancient Greece. See the remains of the Acropolis of Sparta and other monuments of the sixth century BC, including the Ancient Theater, Temple of Chalkioikos Athena, stores of the agora, Persian Gallery and more. Get valuable information about each monument and learn more about the everyday lives of the Spartans and their kings.
Depart the Acropolis and visit the Tomb of King Leonidas, the most famous ruler of ancient Sparta. Feel the respect that the Spartans held for their kings, and get a better understanding of their frugal lifestyle. Continue to modern-day Sparta, where the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in the South West will allow you to reflect on the importance of the olive tree to the survival of the local people over the centuries.
Discover how the ancestors of today's residents collected the fruit of the olive trees, and how technology has evolved over the years. Savor traditional Mediterranean dishes at one of the local restaurants before your return journey to Kalamata.
- Transfer by vehicle
- Hotel/port pick-up and drop off on request
- Free Wi-Fi
- Local guide
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Licensed guide (on request at extra cost)
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Know Before You Go
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour