Be part , feel like an archeologist and support the new excavations of Ancient Thouria as a tourist and supporter !!
Ancient Thouria as a perioikos polis played a very important role in Messenia, as it was the most significant city of western Messenia and, after 369 B.C. when Messene was founded, the second in power city after Ancient Messene.For this reason, the sea area from the regions of Avia and Phares up to the outfalls of Pamisos River was called “Thouriates gulf”. The excavation of ancient Thouria at the site called “Panagitsa”, approximately 10km north-west of Kalamata, started in 2007 under the then Director of the 38th Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Messenia, Dr. Xeni Arapogianni and continues to the present day. In 2009 the excavation became “systematic” under the auspices of the Archaeological Society at Athens and under the same Director.
The financial support of the excavation of Ancient Thouria by individuals – Sociaty of Friends of Ancient Thouria – or organizations can be realized via the Archaeological Society at Athens after communicating with the Director of the excavation, Dr. Xeni Arapogianni.
The wonderful location of Thouria that dominates across the fertile plain of Kalamata, offering a unique view, with the Mountain of Ithome to the northwest and the sea to the south, was already inhabited since the prehistoric period.
In our tour you will have 2 options one to join a small hike route of aprox 2 km and second option the big one for 5-6 km by a making a big round route. Both options have the same visits during our day dedicated to ancient Messinian Antiquity.
Starting from Aipeia from Mycenaean Necropolis with a visit of the 16 tombs vaulted tombs in a beatutiful area in a private Olive groove with spectacular view to Messinian Valley.Our next visit will be the ancient Theater on the same hill among olive trees and fine view to the valley and the Greek sky. In our way to Asklipeion of Ancient Thouria you will have a stop to the Monastery of Palaiokastrou Ellinikon. Our last visit for today will be the temple of Asklipeion, dedicated to to Asclepius and Hygeia.You will have the opportunity to see uncovered the façade of the temple along with its three altars, part of the foundations of the ionic stoad, which seems to continue towards the east defining thus the area of the sanctuary from the north.
Feel like an archeologist for one day , be part of the big project and joy a wonderful tour in the traces of ancient world in the Messinian beautiful countryside !
Prices / minimum 8 persons
Prices / 9 up to 22 persons
For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.Less
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.
Comfortable athletic clothing that allows you to move freely.
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 spare T-shirt for change after hiking-walking.
A windstopper jacket.
Appropriate clothes for the season.
Difficulty level : Easy,suitable for adults and children (minimum age 8 years).
Season: all year.
Duration (total): 4-5 hours.
Meeting point: At your accommodation in Kalamata. Option for transfer from other cities or villages with extra costs.
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.
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.
Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.
Difficulty level : Easy, suitable for children and adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Duration (total): 4-5 hours.
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..