Gythio is a beautiful fishing town on the southern side of Peloponnese. Gythio is an area of mainland Greece which belongs to Peloponnese region. Former port of Sparta in the antiquity.
Hidden in southern Greece, in the mysterious region of the Mani in the Peloponnese, it’s easily overlooked as a tourist destination.
The pastel colored neo-classical buildings and the long promenade with many tavernas, bars, and shops at the sea front, are the first things that will catch your eye when you arrive in the Greek town of Gythion at the Mani Peninsula in Greece.
Sparti lies in one of the valleys of Taygetos mountain range,on the same site where the ancient city stood.
Modern Sparta is located between the mountains of Taygetos and Parnonas at the valley of Evrotas River. It is constructed at the same location with the homonym ancient city and is surrounded by a fertile valley of olive trees, orange and lemon trees.
5 km away, at the top of a hill overlooking the Eurotas valley, we will visit the deserted city of Mystras which was , from 1250 until 1450 , the Byzantine capital of the Peloponnese.The massive fortress,the elegant churches and monasteries with domes, all decorated with marvellous frescoes, show that Mystras was once a brilliant and glorious city !!
Feel like Leonidas in his homeland or Last Byzantine Emperor Palaiologos and learn about the way of living in the ancient Laconian era.
Prices / minimum 4 persons
Prices / 5 up to 8 persons
For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.
We have also many suggestions for shore excursions from all the ports of calls around Peloponnese such us :
1. Kalamata – Ancient Messini – Mavromati – Ithomi – Kalamata.
2. Kalamata – Nestor’s Palace – Pilos – Methoni – Koroni –
3. Kalamata – Mistras – Sparta – Kalamata.
4. Gythion – Caves of Diros – Gythion.
5. Monemvasia – Mistras – Sparta – Monemvasia.
6. Nafplion – Palamidi castle – city tour.
7. Nafplion – Mycenae – Ancient Epidavros – Nafplion.
Pls don’t hesitate to ask the detailed programmes and our best rates for all the above shore excursions.Less
We shall drive from Gythion through the Eurotas Valley to Mystras ( approx. 50 km) for an extensive visit of the ruins of this dead Byzantine City , with its numerous churches, palaces and forts. Founded in 1249 by William le Villehardo uin , a few years later it passed into the hands of Byzantine and it remained their capital of Peloponesse until the Turkish conquest in 1460.The ancient city consisted of three distinct sections : The Castle built by the Villehardouin ( Kastro) , the Upper Town for the aristocracy We shall drive from Gythion through the Eurotas Valley to Mystras ( approx. 50 km) for an extensive visit of the ruins of this dead Byzantine City , with its numerous churches,palaces and forts.Founded in 1249 by William le Villehardouin , a few years later it passed into the hands of Byzantine and it remained their capital of Peloponesse until the Turkish conquest in 1460.The ancient city consisted of three distinct sections : The Castle built by and the Lower Town , which we shall visit , where the citizens lived among the many churches.We shall see the most important monument on our ascent , the Metropolitan ( St.Demetrios Cathedral ), which was the first to be built.On the floor of the Cathedral is the two-headed eagle, a symbol of the Palaiologos Dynasty , carved into a plaque, showing the place where Constantine Palaiologos was said to have been consecrated as Emperor of Byzantium in 1449.The 13 Century - 14 Century frescoes originated from several sources and one wing of the Cathedral houses the Museum.Further west along the street is the Mortuary Chapel of the Evangelistria ( 14C-15C) and towards the northern corner of the enclosure the impressive Brontocheion ( Vrronto- hion) Monastery with two grear churches : St.Theodore 's Church and the Church of the Virgin Hedegetria ( Odigitria) also known as Afendiko ( Belonging to the Master ) whose wall paintings hold you spellbound.From here we take the uphill path leading towards the Pandanassa Monastery ( Queen of the Universe) dedicated in 1428.Today it is a hospitable convent with clean cells looked after gentle nuns, the only beings in Mystras , engaged in very fine embroidery work.The beautiful church is a combination of two plans : a three - aisle basilica surrnounted by a six-domed cruciform desigre.it offers a magnificent view of the Eurotas Valley.We shall then return to the main entrance and the coaches, for thereturn journey to Gythion.If time permits, we shall take a short stop in the Picturesque,little town of Sparta.
This outdoor activity is available all year, depending the weather conditions-national holidays and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.
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.
Comfortable casual shoes - clothing.
Bottle of water.
Sunscreen especially during summer months.
Meeting time according the arrival of your cruise ship.
Meeting point next to the dock of your cruiser.
Final time and information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour.
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.
Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.
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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.
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..