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Ano Verga-Sunset | Altomira “Stars-Planets-Greek Mythology” Night Sky wachting

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Duration

6-7 hours

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

8 people

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Overview

A unforgetable sunset from Ano Verga ,overlooking the Messinian Bay and the city of Kalamata , an evening spent as a sky watcher is pure magic, as participants explore the fantastic legends and romantic heroes that surround the heavenly bodies with which we share this universe. Listen to your hobby... More

A unforgetable sunset from Ano Verga ,overlooking the Messinian Bay and the city of Kalamata , an evening spent as a sky watcher is pure magic, as participants explore the fantastic legends and romantic heroes that surround the heavenly bodies with which we share this universe.

Listen to your hobby astronomer- instructor, navigate the solar system and weave fantastic tales about the constellations above as you peer through the telescope or sky binoculars provided for you.

Bask in the soft light of the night sky, allowing your imagination to transport you to faraway worlds of gods of Greek Mythology and monsters while munching on complementary Mars, Venus and other Planets.

Pause for a moment and ask those questions about the universe which are nagging at the back of your mind as you refer to the personalized constellation sheet provided to you as part of the tour…

Each Sky watching tour is designed to reflect the interests of participants, whether there are two or 2,000 like the stars above us…

This unique and entertaining combination of lore and reality can last up to 3  hours and is priced on a per person basis. Before the tour, participants can familiarize themselves with the night sky  located at the tour’s starting point in Altomira village that offer information on constellations, planets and the solar system.

Ano Verga Sunset..
Sunset from the village of Ano Verga, aA historic place perched on the mountainside with a plethora of old stone houses, narrow alleys and springs with crystal clear waters.
We discover an authentic traditional Greek village lost among walnut, mulberry and chestnut trees and belted with numerous chapels. The view from here over the Messinian Bay and the city of Kalamata is breathtaking, offering also cool and fresh air even on the hottest summer days.
You will have an unforgetable moment with a Sunset overlooking Kalamata and the Messinian Bay that you will never forget !!

Altomira, The Stone Village..
Altomira is a village made of stone.
And there on the rock slope of Taygetos, among the arbutuses, the oaks, the firs, the people have made underground cisterns, threshing floors, their homes…

A few kilometres from Kalamata, going up the slope of the mountain, the alteration of landscape comes as a surprise. After the olive trees the wild vegetation contrasts with the Messenian bay that lies on our right like a blue carpet. While from time to time, during the winter, the sunshine turns into mist recalling a picture taken from the Alps. The stone fountain spouting clear water greets us at the entrance of the village. This water once powered the mills that were used to grind the wheat sowed by the residents in every inch of the scarce soil of the slope. The plain buildings of the village made of natural materials perfectly match with the colors and the modestly face the mountain’s bulk.

Some entries date back to 1618, when the village was recorded to have 20 families. It is said that the thief, Altomoros, was hiding on that rock and finally took refuge up here giving his name to the settlement and thus leaving his imprint in time. This is one view but there is another more realistic one in relation to the landscape and history. It comes from the Latin words alto & myro, meaning high wall, a meaning that fully complies with Altomira.

The slope of Altomira is located opposite the gorge Rintomo, which leads through Koskaraka to the beach of Santava, between Akrogiali and Kitries. In the past residents used to communicate with the lowlands through the incredibly picturesque cobblestone path called Mpiliovo, which is considered to be one of the most important examples of street architecture in pre-war Greece.The houses at the village are excellent examples of Mani architecture.

According to the number of sky binoculars and telescopes included in the program, guides are assigned to assist and amuse participants as they discover the magic of our solar system, the Greek Mythology , the Greek Gods,Myths and legends !!

Jupiter,Saturn, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Uranus, Neptune, Pluton and the whole Planet system are waiting to watch them** …under the Greek sky in the village of Atlomira !!

Important notes :
1.
The observatory belongs to a hobbist astronomer in Altomira and has capacity inside only for 3-4 persons max. and for this reason the tour is only for private partitipation till 8-10 persons max. In order all members to be satisfied and to have equal time for sky watching, we will be divided into smaller groups.
2.
This tour is not available all year around , depending the sky and weather conditions. Also as the Observatory is private, we can not guaranntee you the specific prefferabled booked dates  due to onwer’s availability and presence in the area.
3.
**Depending of the season of the year !!

Prices / minimum 4 persons

  • 75€/person for minimum 4 participants.
  • 65€/Kid age 4+ for 4 participants

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 65€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 55€/Kid age 4+ for 5 participants

For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the magic of our solar system, the Greek Mythology , the Greek Gods,Myths and legends under the Greek Sky.
  • Be a sky watcher and enjoy the pure magic of night in an isolated stoned village,overlooking the Taygetos mountain.
  • Unforgetable moment with a Sunset overlooking Kalamata and the Messinian Bay that you will never forget !!
  • English,German,Russian speaking hobbist astronomy owner of the Observatory with deep knowledge expert for the sky, stars and solar system.
  • Ano Verga, an authentic traditional Greek village lost among walnut, mulberry and chestnut trees and belted with numerous chapels.
  • Altomira, The Stone Village with the houses,excellent examples of Mani architecture.
  • Enjoy the night with a glass of wine or a beer or any other soft drink.

Itinerary

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Summary - Activity plan :
Summary - Activity plan :

This tour is available all year depending the sky conditions and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.

The observatory belongs to a hobbist astronomer in Altomira and has capacity inside only for 3-4 persons max. and for this reason the tour is only for private partitipation till 8-10 persons max. In order all members to be satisfied and to have equal time for sky watching, we will be divided into smaller groups.

This tour is not available all year around , depending the sky and weather conditions. Also as the Observatory is private, we can not guaranntee you the specific prefferabled booked dates  due to onwer's availability and presence in the area.

Also depending of the season of the year !!

If you don’t find any dates that are suitable for you, just get in touch by phone or email and we’ll let you know if anything can be arranged. We always do our best to get the experience that suits you best.

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Comfortable casual shoes and clothing.
Backpack.
Bottle of water.
Hat for the night.
Windstopper Jacket for the night.
Excellent mood and enthusiasm.

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Meeting point : Kalamata , Nedontos 79. Main departure point of Trigilidas travel or from your hotel in Kalamata, just to be ready 10 mintutes of the departure.

Every day meeting time : 18:30

Departure time and information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour/activity.
Optional extra transport from/to your accommodation.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.
No hiking experience required. Light walking is nessecery.

If you have any food ingredient allergy or allergy on other natural sources like egg bees, please let us know.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.

Important notice :
Important notice :

For any tour is required a minimum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.

Covid19 special information :
Covid19 special information :

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.

Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus).

The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.

Masks are required, please bring your own..

Included/Excluded

  • Transfer from/to hotels in Kalamata. Option for pick-up for hotels in other resorts with extra charge.
  • English,German,Russian speaking hobbist astronomer for the sky, stars and solar system.
  • sky binoculars and telescopes for the sky watching.
  • Light dinner at a tavern in Village Ano Verga, overlooking Kalamata, Messinian Bay.
  • Snacks with drinks win or beer or soft drinks ( Refreshments,water) at the private observatory.
  • Solar system maps and information.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above :
  • Entrance tickets to Archaelogical sites and museums.
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal Insurance
  • Any kind of extra food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages (Optional).

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Why book this tour with us ?
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Service
We are as invested in your trip as you are, every guest really matters. We aim to give you excellent customer service, the perfect holiday and to leave you with a great impression of Greece.
Value
We like to give value for money, often we are cheaper than most group tours. Our Private tours are more flexible, tailored to your needs & better value for money.
I'm not staying in a hotel, what is the closest pick up point?
You will need to provide the nearest major hotel to where you are staying, and enter these details
as the pick up in your booking request. Alternatively you can make your way to the main departure
point (Nedontos 79 str.).
Are you offering special group rates?
Trigilidas Travel as a tour organizer is specialized also to groups and private tours so please mail us at info@trigilidas.gr or info@trigilidas.com
Can I change/amend my booking?
It may be possible to amend your booking; however, this depends upon the type of amendment
required and is at the discretion of the travel service provider. Contact Trigilidas Travel
customer care department with your current booking details and specific details of your amendment,
and we will be able to advise if the change/amendment is possible.
When do I receive confirmation of my booking?
The confirmation process depends upon the booking conditions.
These are explained in the Additional Information field, located on the tour & activity information page
( Mentioned as Important Notice). Most tours are confirmed at time of booking however, others will be
advised to you within 12-48 hours. If confirmation or otherwise is not received within 48 hours,
please contact us for further assistance.

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