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Nafplio Medieval castles | Sea Kayaking experience

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4,5 hours

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14 people

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The Medieval Castles Nafplio Sea Kayak Tour is probably the most popular tour, paddling from the first capital of modern Greece, with 4 different fortresses in our view.

All of them rich in history and folklore stories from the ancient times, to medieval and more recent times. This is probably a global originality, and we offer this tour, at a breathtaking, dominant scenary.

The first site we visit is the famous fort of Bourtzi, built in 1473, on a tiny inlet right in front of the port. The importance of this castle throughout the years and the battles it has seen, makes it an ideal location for the first historical tales and folklore.

After enjoying the magnificent site, we paddle towards the old town of Nafplio, under the cannons of the Old Town’s 1st line of fortification, while the UNESCO World Heritage fortress of Palamidi dominates the view right above it. As soon as we exit the port, we paddle along the ancient road of Nafplio, under Akronauplia fortress, and are rewarded with the breathtaking views of the dominant cliffs covered in succulent vegetation with the fortress as its crown at the top.

We continue along the coastline until we reach a small secluded beach for enjoying our delicacies and refreshment. Once refreshed, depending on weather conditions, we start paddling back to our starting port, or reach our base at Karathonas beach, where you can enjoy other watersports, such as SUP and water-cycle before we transfer you back to Nafplio, which transfer is included in the price. There will be plenty of time for group and family photographs in the kayaks around the cliffs and forts before reaching our finishing point at our beach base.

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

  • 70€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 70€/Kid age 12+ for 2 participants

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 70€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 70€/Kid age 12+ for 5 participants.

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

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  • Bourtzi Fortress Island.
  • Akronauplia Fortress.
  • Palamidi Fortress.
  • Learn about the history of Nafplio - Peloponnese, and the folklore stories of the fortresses in our view.


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Summary - Program :
Summary - Program :

We will start from Karathona beach, favorite of locals. A beach that has the ability to turn you off from the stress of everyday life and make you part of an image, almost exotic, in few minutes. It stretches behind the Rock of Palamidi for about three kilometers, with palm trees, eucalyptus and a small island which is a place where seagulls give birth to their young ones. Passing near it, we might have a chance of watching how they teach them to swim and catch fish on their own.

In the background we can see the majestic Palamidi, the fortification build by the Venetians called Akronafplia, even the fortress of Argos in the distance. Akronafplia is the imposing rocky peninsula that once was the Acropolis of Nafplio. The Turks used to call it “Its-Kale” that means “inside the fortress”.

We will continue paddling under the shadow of the great fortress, following the magnificent coastline through picturesque beaches only accessible by sea. We will arrive at “Bourtzi” and the fortifications that protected Nafplio from pirates.

“Castello dello Soglio” was the first name of the Venetian castle, which along with Palamidi, is considered one of the landmarks of Nafplio. Nevertheless, the name that finally prevailed is Bourtzi, which in Turkish means “Island – Fort”. It was built on the islet of St. Theodoroi in1473 by the Italian engineer Gabelo and that is why its first name is Italian, meaning “castle of the throne”. Moreover, if you have heard people refer to Nafplio as “the chain harbor” (Porto Cadena), this is because there was, indeed, a moveable chain which connected Akronafplia with Bourtzi and whose purpose was to protect the harbor and the city from sea invaders.

Leaving Bourtzi behind, we will arrive at a beautiful beach to rest and relax, have some lunch, swim a bit and return to where we started.

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

Comfortable shoes - clothing.
Sunscreen (during summer months).
Water shoes.
Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, flip flops, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes.
Enthusiasm and smiles.

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

Meeting times :09:00 am - 13:00 pm or 10:00 am-14:00 pm (depending on weather conditions).
Meeting point : Karathonas beach or Nafplio Old port.

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

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.
No sea kayaking experience required.
Swimming knowledge.
Age 12 and above.
No Back Problems.
No Expectant Mothers.
No Serious Medical Conditions.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

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

Participants should feel comfortable in sea kayaking and able to paddle.

Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Difficulty level : Very Easy.
Suitability : All ages and experience levels.
Departure and return times : Dep. 09:00 am / 10:00 am - Return 13:00 pm / 14:00 pm (depending on weather conditions).
Paddling distance : 7km.
Meeting point: Karathonas beach or Nafplio Old port(Depending on the wind direction).

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..


  • Single or double Sea Kayaks and all equipment (buoyancy aid, spray deck, paddle).
  • Certified Friendly English speaking guides.
  • Sea Kayak handling/safety briefing.
  • Homemade Cooked Traditional meal and refreshments.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Big dry bag for your necessities.
  • Photos and videos sent at a later date GoPro Camera provided for your use.
  • 1st Aid and Sea Kayak safety equipment carried by your guides.
  • Liability Insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Entrance tickets to Archaelogical site and museum.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

Tour's Location

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Why book with us?
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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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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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The confirmation process depends upon the booking conditions. These are explained in the Additional Information field, located on the tour & activity information page. 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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