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Kalamata – 1821 Arcadian footsteps of Greek Heroe Th.Kolokotronis | Village to Village Trail

Created with Sketch. Dimitsana,Greece
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11-12 hours

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Specific Tour

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50 people

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Overview

The Greek Revolution of 1821 as a pivotal chapter in Greek history and a piece in the puzzle of world history. The goal of this tour is to comprehend the Greek Revolution of 1821, to highlight its significance, its relationship with other revolutions and wars for independence that flared up... More

The Greek Revolution of 1821 as a pivotal chapter in Greek history and a piece in the puzzle of world history.
The goal of this tour is to comprehend the Greek Revolution of 1821, to highlight its significance, its relationship with other revolutions and wars for independence that flared up at approximately the same time, and the effect it had on the rest of the world and how it was affected by it.

The Greek War of Independence, also known as the Greek Revolution referred to by Greeks in the 19th century as simply the (Greek : Agonas) “Struggle”, was a successful war of independence waged by Greek revolutionaries against the Ottoman Empire between 1821 and 1830.
The Greeks were later assisted by Great Britain, France and Russia, while the Ottomans were aided by their North African vassals, particularly the eyalet of Egypt. The war led to the formation of modern Greece. The revolution is celebrated by Greeks around the world as independence day on 25 March.

Do you dream of getting away from your daily routine and enjoy a trip in the countryside? The villages of mountainous Arcadia are beautiful all year round, and it’s up to you to discover their magic.  Mountainous Arcadia :  A masterpiece of nature in the Peloponnese, time-honoured traditions, historic villages, monasteries and ancient civilisations.

A tour  to mountainous Arcadia, a mythical destination in the Peloponnese, known for its historic villages with traditional architecture and unique monuments. Limbovisi, Xrysovisi , Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, Karytaina villages where the leader of the Greek Revolution has lived and left his liberating traces.

Limbovisi or Limbovisti

Tucked away in the fir forest and in the large ravines of Mainalo, at an altitude of 1200m., between Chrysovitsi and Piana and in a beautiful and inaccessible location, is Limbovisi (or Limbovisti), the glorious village of the Kolokotronians. The village obviously has a Slavic name, like other villages in the area. The people of Kolokotronians lived here, and General Th. Kolokotronis grew up and lived from time to time.The only houses it contains are the reconstructed house of the Kolokotronians, the old church of Ai – Giannis, where the Elder of Moria (Nickname of Th.Kolokotronis) and his lads used to go to church, a refreshment room as well as a small house of the guards. The reconstructed house of Kolokotronis is a stone building built according to the testimonies according to the standards of the old and in a place – apparently – next to its original location (right next to it there are ruins of an old house).Today the house functions as a museum and houses modern iconographic material from the life and work of Th. Kolokotronis.
Near Limbovisi is Arkoudorema, a magical location of Mainalo, where there was the homonymous village from where the ancestors of Th. Kolokotronis started. Our route between villages Piana-Xrysovitsi, pass through the dense fir forest and are enchanting.

Xrysovitsi
Beautiful forest village in the fir-covered slopes of Mainalo at 1,100m. We distinguish the church of the Assumption with the icon of the Virgin Mary worshiped by Kolokotronis, its stone-built houses and fountains and the Museum of Forest History of Mainalo

Dimitsana.
One of the most beautiful and well-preserved villages of mountainous Arcadia, with unique architecture, atmospheric hostels, impressive monasteries, the gorge of Lousios and the fir-covered Mainalo within walking distance, is Dimitsana.
The architectural landscape of the traditional settlement, with the high, stone tower houses that spread on two opposite hills, is unique. Walk the cobbled streets with the imposing mansions and visit the historic library with rare editions and the small ecclesiastical museum housed in the renovated house of Patriarch Gregory V.
Just outside the village, the excellent open-air Water Power Museum ( Hydrokinesis), unique in Greece, guides you to the pre-industrial technology of the area, while you take a beautiful walk in nature following the flow of water from the flour mill to the tannery and the gunpowder mill (during of the Revolution, the historic Dimitsana was the most important center for the supply of gunpowder).

Karytaina,the “Toledo” of Greece.
Karytaina is perched at an altitude of 582 meters, with the 13th century castle standing sleepless guard on top of the rock behind it and its red tile roofs creating the perfect contrast with the green of its background.You will see the historic Castle of Karytaina, where Theodoros Kolokotronis had settled during the Revolution and the beautiful, five-arched bridge with the “integrated” church of the Nativity of the Virgin, dating from the 13th century. The fifty meter long bridge is hidden under the modern one.

Monastery of Virgin Mary ( Panagia of Th.Kolokotronis)
The “monastery of Kolokotronis”, as it is also known, because he had taken care of its reconstruction in the years 1822 to 1825 after its destruction by the Turks. We have the first report of the monastery as a new monastery in 1322, in a gold bullion of Andronikos Paleologos.

 An unforgetable experience which help you to live the Greek Revolution and Culture !

Prices / minimum 4 persons

  • 95€/person for minimum 4 participants.
  • 80€/Kid age 8+ for 4 participants.

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 90€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 75€/Kid age 8+ for 5 participants.

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

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel like a pioneer explorer in unknown unspoilted villages of mountainous Arcadia with a rich history and outstanding natural beauty !!
  • An unknown and undiscovered enviroment of ecosystems and traditional settlements with rich history,authentic villages,small rivers with with running waters.
  • Hidden gems of Mountainous Arcadia with traditional villages and settlements with or without inhabitants such as Limbovisi, Chrysovitsi,Stemnitsa,Dimitsana, Karytaina.
  • The open-air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana.
  • The Folklore Museum of Stemnitsa.
  • At Chrysovitsi, the Museum of Forest History of Mainalo.
  • Karytaina,the "Toledo" of Greece,with the Castle and the stone bridge.
  • Monastery of Virgin Mary of Kolokotronis.
  • A unique Trail with the traces of the Leader of the Greek Revolution,Theodoros Kolokotronis.

Itinerary

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Summary - Activity plan :
Summary - Activity plan :

This tour is available during all year,depending the weather conditions 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.

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

Comfortable athletic clothing that allows you to move freely.
Hat.
Sunglasses.
Bottle of water 1,5lt.
Sunscreen (especially during summer months).
Hiking shoes (low or high). Trainers, open shoes like sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable.
One day hiking backpack 20lt (if available).
A windstopper jacket.
Appropriate clothes for the season.

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

Difficulty level : Easy,suitable for adults and children (minimum age 8 years).
Season: all year.
Duration (total): 11-12 hours​.
Meeting point: At your accommodation,in Kalamata.​
Departure time: 08:00 a.m.

Final meeting time,point and information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour/activity.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Great for solo travelers, couples, friends, and parents with young children (8 years minimum)

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.

Difficulty level : Easy, suitable for children and adults​.

Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn​
Duration (total): 11-12 hours​.

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 your resort in Kalamata.Option for transfer from other resorts in Messinia with extra cost.
  • Tour planning – Sightseeing.
  • English speaking escort.
  • Picnic Lunch with local products.
  • Photos, bring you usb stick or your email.​
  • Taxes and fees.​
  • Liability insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages (Optional).

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Dimitsana,Greece

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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?
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