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Monemvasia & Surroundings

OVERNIGHT TRIPS

2 DAYS - 1 Night

Overnight in Monemvasia

MONEMVASIA

Discover the 6th century Byzantine fortress town, a destination of impressive and epic natural beauty

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Day 1

We begin our journey from Athens with a scenic drive until we reach the municipality of Laconia and the Byzantine fortress town of Monemvasia, ready to take its visitors on a historic journey back through the ages.  Referred to throughout the ages as the “Gibraltar of the East,” the town is situated on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese and is linked to the mainland by a causeway and bridge.  The Greek name “moni emvasia” is derived from the two words meaning single entrance, in other words, the only entrance to the fortress town and a passageway into its past, beginning in the 6th century AD.

The Lower Town of Monemvasia is a perfectly preserved medieval settlement with a unique, magical atmosphere and a fascinating history.  Castles, walls, old mansions, churches, low arches and vaults, imperial marble thrones, and Byzantine icons, all give the impression of a town untouched by time.  Wander around its narrow cobbled lanes and admire the beautifully restored stone buildings.  At the main square visit the town’s cathedral, the Church of Elkomenos Christos.  Here you will also find an important Archaeological Collection which is housed at a 16th century former mosque.

Explore the Upper Town, a steep 15 minute climb from the main square, for a rewarding panoramic view of the Lower Town and the surrounding sea.  Here you will find the Church of Agia Sofia, the only building that remains almost intact.

A Bit of History:  During the Byzantine period, the town’s geographically strategic position made it an ideal base for military operations.  The town flourished as a naval and merchant hub, resulting in the development of the Lower Town on the southeastern side of the rock, shortly after 900 AD.  Throughout its history, Monemvasia was fought over by powers who realized its geopolitical importance.  Its fate was entwined with the influence of the prevailing great powers, which over the centuries have included Franks, Byzantines, Venetians, the Pope, and Turks.

During the duration of the trip, you will have a chance to take a lunch break.  You will have free time to relax in the evening.  We spend the night at Monemvasia at a hotel inside or outside the fortress.

DAY 2

After breakfast, we depart from Monemvasia and head for a visit to the Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine fortified city of Mystras (a UNESCO World Heritage site).

As we complete our tour and before we begin our return trip to Athens, we stop for lunch at a traditional tavern in Mystras.

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Special Instructions

We recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes, preferably flat-soled.   For protection from the heat and sun, we strongly suggest you wear a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen.

Restrictions

Please note that due to strict Greek laws and regulations, your Tour Driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites.  Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle and only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving.  Please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to Traffic laws.

If you wish to have a personal licensed Tour Guide, you may hire one at extra cost.  Please include your request on the booking form.

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