3 days private tour of Corinth, Sparta, Mystras and Diros cave

In: 3 Days Private Tours

Duration: 3 Days | 2 Nights | Dayily departures | Pick up/Drop off: Athens hotel, cruise port. Distance: 370(km) / 230(miles)

West from Athens is Corinth .  Ancient Corinth is 76 Km/48 miles west of Athens on the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece. Ancient Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece, with a major role in the missionary work of the Apostle Paul. Ancient Corinth was first inhabited in the Neolithic period (5000-3000 BC), and flourished as a major Greek city from the 8th century BC until its destruction by the Romans in 146 BC. Nowadays, Corinth is the second largest city in Peloponnese with reach in several sites of interest  and tourists.

Sparta or in ancient Greece Lacedaemon. Sparta was a prominent city-state in ancient Greece, situated on the banks of the River Eurotas in Laconia, south-eastern Peloponnese. Sparta emerged as a political entity around the 10th century BC, when the invading Dorians subjugated the local, non-Dorian population. Then from c. 650 BC it rose to become the dominant military land-power in ancient Greece. Sparta was recognized as the overall leader of the combined Greek forces during the Greco-Persian Wars, and unique in ancient Greece for its social system and constitution, which completely focused on military training and excellence.  Spartan (Spartiates) underwent the rigorous agoge training and education regimen, and its phalanxes were widely considered to be among the best in battle.  Women in Sparta enjoyed considerably more rights and equality to men than elsewhere in the classical world. Finally Sparta was the subject of fascination in its own day, as well as in the West following the revival of classical learning and continues to fascinate Western Culture; an admiration of Sparta is called laconophilia.

Mystras: As it’s called; the ‘Wonder of the Morea’. Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, 6km. NW of Sparta.Mystras was built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 1249 by William of Villehardouin. Mystras reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832. The result of it is  leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. The Mystras complex ruins offers the image of a city with a brilliant destiny that was deserted by men and threatened, and by the return of encroaching vegetation, which is splitting the walls and covering the slopes, thus destroying here and there fragile traces of history. The beauty of Mystras churches, which during the Paleologus Renaissance had been covered with dramatic frescoes, the Mystras renown libraries, and the glory of its writers, including Georges Gemiste Plethon and Jean Bessarion who brought neo-Platonic humanism to Italy,  gave substance thereafter for the legend of the ‘Wonder of Morea.’

Diros Caves: Situated 8 Km south to Areopolis. An underground river runs through the caves, and passages of about 5000m have been explored while its total extent is 33.400sq.rn. are fascinating. Starting from the entrance, skillful, whistling gondoliers steer small boats through narrow passageways, around beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites, their colors created by rain water penetrating the calcium carbonate in the rock. The caves have served as places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times; they are thought by many to be connected to the Underworld. The cave’s temperature fluctuates from 16°C to 20°C. The temperature of the water is around 12°C. The existence of the cave has been known since 1900 and in 1949 it was explored by John Petrochilos. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful lake caves in the world. In its interior fossil animals have been discovered that existed 2 million years ago.

Itinerary:

Drive & See Stop | Walking & Visit
Athens | Elefsina | Ag. Apostoloi | Kineta | Corinth canal | Ancient Corinth | Sparta | Mystras | Lagadia | Diros Cave Athens | Corinth canal | Ancient Corinth | Sparta | Mystras | Diros Cave

Tour Greece to the most historical, Christian, and Nature private tour in Greece.

Day 1: Athens | Corinth Canal | Ancient Corinth | Sparta

Tour description:

Travel the cost line of the Saronic Golf with your Greece tours private chauffeur to reach after 50 minutes the Corinth canal – ancient Corinth and its monuments.

Tour Greece starting with Splendid Greece Tours  from Athens. We drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop for pictures).

Greece tours chauffeur will reach the ancient town of Corinth, the pace St. Paul lived and preached for two years.In ancient times Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge ancient agora ( market place) and Apollo’s Temple (6th C.B.C).  brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked.

Day 2: Sparta | Mystras | Corinth | Athens

Tour description:

Today you will visit the ancient part of Sparta and Mystra, as it’s called; the ‘Wonder of the Morea’. visit the monasteries in the castle and admire the breath taking views of Sparta. Overnight.

Day 3: Sparta | Mystras | Corinth | Athens

Splendid Greece Tours will take you today to the most famous cave in Greece, and it is regarded as one of the most beautiful lake caves in the world. In its interior fossil animals have been discovered that existed 2 million years ago.

Return to Athens  where one of the most  interesting ancient & Christian Greece Tours ends.

Special designed for cruise passengers, shore excursion.

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