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Laconian Mani | Diros Caves-Gerolimenas-Vathia

Created with Sketch. Caves of Diros, Peloponnese , Greece
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Duration

10-12 hours

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

50 people

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Overview

Diros caves : Located in the region of Laconian Mani, on the way to the city of Aeropolis , these caves are some of the finest in Europe. You can visit them by boat, on a subterranean city. It is not just the drop in temperature that gives you the... More

Diros caves : Located in the region of Laconian Mani, on the way to the city of Aeropolis , these caves are some of the finest in Europe. You can visit them by boat, on a subterranean city.
It is not just the drop in temperature that gives you the chills as you descend underground to start the 40-minute boat tour of Vlychada, the biggest cave of the Diros complex. It is the beautiful and dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, formed millions of years ago, when the sea, located just a few meters away, started to rise and formed the lake we see today. It is the excitement of not knowing what can be hiding in the darkness beyond the illuminated 1.5k route, and the realization of the sheer size of this underground miracle of nature: a series of vast caverns stretching 15k into the rock, with 2,800 waterways – and this is only what we know of so far.

The Mani peninsula is the southernmost part of the Peloponnese – the middle finger – and one of the most inaccessible parts of Greece. None of the many conquerors could stay in the Mani for a long time since she was ruled by family clans which were often engaged in piracy. In addition, the life was strongly influenced by the blood feud, resulting in an own architectural style. The Mani is famous for its high residential towers that form the appearance of entire villages. Gerolimenas a small fishing village lies picturesquely in a sheltered bay at the entrance to the Mani. It is famous for its squid, which is available here in all its variations.

The most popular place in the Mani is Vathia built up of defensive tower houses by which four of them have been restored and serve as a hotel and hostel. The longest feud is proved here between four families; it took 40 years and claimed 200 dead. The wild character of the residents inspired the uprising against the Turks. Today the Mani suffers from a population decline; the rural exodus is widespread, as the tower houses cannot offer the convenience of modern apartments.

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

  • 85€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 85€/Kid age 4+ for 2 participants

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 75€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 65€/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

  • Caves of Diros: Spectacular beauty hidden in the depths of the earth.
  • Navigate the subterranean caverns of Diros Caves by a stunning boat ride in an subterranean river while you discover the complex caves in the Peloponnese.
  • Get spectacular views of the sea and mountains and enjoy our route through picteresque villages and bays.
  • The fortified ghost town of Vathia on Mani's Peninsula.
  • Gerolimenas - picturesque fishing port and village in south Mani.

Itinerary

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Summary - Program:
Summary - Program:

Morning departure from Hotel for the famous Diros Caves. Arrival and enter into the cave where the first 2km are by small boats of maximum 9 people and the last 400m is on foot. You will have the chance to see what the nature has created. Unique stalactites and stalagmites cover the cave in deferent sizes, colours and shapes. After the visit we depart to the south to visit the typical Mani Village in the area full of traditional Mani Towers. Free time to walk around and take photos. Departure for a visit/break to the sea side village of Gerolimenas for a lunch/swim. Return to Kalamata.

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

Comfortable casual shoes - clothing.
Hat.
Backpack.
Bottle of water.
Sunglasses.
Sunscreen especially during summer period.

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

Start point: Nedontos street 79, Kalamata (Next to main square). Departure time 07.30am.

Pick-up points: from all hotels of city of Kalamata.

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

Entry requirements:
Entry requirements:

Basic physical condition.Light walking is nessecery.

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 minimoum 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

  • Transportation with late model vehicle.
  • English speaking escort-driver (2-8 persons).
  • Local english speaking guide (from 9-50 persons).
  • VAT.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above.
  • Entrance tickets to Caves of Diros and Neolithic Museum.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Caves of Diros, Peloponnese , 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?
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.
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