On this tour, we will visit many Byzantine churches and the Palace of Despots. A visit to the Archaeological Museum will help you get a deep insight into the rich history of the area.
Mystra is one of the best preserved Byzantine fortress cities located on top of Mt Taygetus, 5 km outside Sparta. The “Wonder of the Morea” was built as an amphitheater around the fortress erected in 1249 by William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832 leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins standing in a beautiful landscape. The complex of the ruins of Mystras offers the image of a city with a brilliant destiny that was deserted by men and threatened by the return of encroaching vegetation which is splitting the walls and covering the slopes, thus destroying here and there fragile traces of history. In 1989 the ruins including the fortress palace, churches, and monasteries were named a UnescoWorld Heritage Site!
Visit the mystical tower of Mystras and let yourself be captivated by this destination's medieval splendor. Wander around the castle city and sense through the silence of the city's sheer grandeur.
Stroll leisurely through the “Kastro” ( the Frankish Castle ) the Upper Town and Lower Town whose architecture creates a dreamy setting. With your mind's eye, visualize Frankish princes and princesses living in palatial mansions, foreign delegations arriving bearing gifts, and peasant pilgrims or traders filling the bustling streets.
Monemvasia in Greece is one of the most romantic places in the country. A medieval castle Town exclusively carved on the slopes of a rock. This fantastic place was originally constructed in the Medieval Ages and has been continuously inhabited since then.
A World Cultural Heritage monument and a major attraction for every traveler in the Peloponnese and the whole of Greece it has a unique magical atmosphere and a fascinating history. Monuments and churches are scattered throughout the old town. An important archaeological collection is housed in the old mosque in the Square of Elkomenos Christos. Today most of the old mansions have been converted into guesthouses and boutique hotels. Authentic tavernas, fabulous restaurants, and cozy coffee shops also add to the spark of Monemvasia.
Outside the Rock, there is a new modern town with many tourist facilities. Built in the shadow of the Rock on which the medieval fortress stands, the new town of Monemvasia has become a lively tourist destination in its own right. A large variety of hotels restaurants and coffee bars attract thousands of visitors all year round .
Both within and around Monemvasia are a number of excellent clean, crystal clear beaches.
This tour includes pick-up from the following locations:
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