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Sparta - The Land of Heroes and Epic Battles

TRIPS OUT OF ATHENS

FULL DAY

Duration 10-11 Hours

SPARTA

The motherland of brave men and great warriors who became immortal throughout the centuries!

FROM €330

€330 Luxury sedan up to 4 pax
€380 Mercedes Mini Van or similar up to 7 pax
UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

We depart from Athens in the morning, follow the coastal National Highway and drive through the Corinth Canal.  We continue towards the south of Peloponnese and in approximately 3 hours time we arrive to our main destination.

Sparta was founded in the 9th century BC and it was the most powerful military city of Ancient Greece.  The Spartans had dedicated their lives to serving their country with courage, honor, by all means and with no fear:  King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans are still to this day considered the embodiment of determination and strength.  The colossal bronze statue of King Leonidas is located in the central stadium of Sparta!

Modern day Sparta, capital of the prefecture of Lakonia, lies on the eastern foothills of Mount Taygetos in the Evrotas River valley.  The city has been built upon the site of ancient Sparta.  To the southwest stands Mount Taygetos with its towering peaks and wild beauty.  To the east of the city stands the forested Parnonas mountain range.   The natural environment of the region will surely enchant you.

In Sparta, our tour includes a visit to the Acropolis, the Ancient Theater and the Archaeological site of Menelaion.  You will also have the chance to visit the Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine fortified city of Mystras, just 7 km from Sparta.  Continue to see some of the monasteries and churches with impressive frescoes, plus you will have the chance to walk through the ancient castle and admire the Byzantine ruins.

Some details about the Byzantine archeological site of Mystras, a Unesco World Heritage site: was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, 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.

During the tour you will have a chance to take a lunch break at a traditional tavern of 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.

Tips

What is included in this private tour

  • Pick-up service from your hotel in or near the center of Athens OR your cruise terminal.
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
  • An English-speaking professional driver with a good knowledge of history and culture of Greece.
  • All taxes, road toll fees, fuel charges and parking.

What is not included in this private tour

  • All Meals & Beverages.
  • Admission Fees for the Archaeological sites and museums.*
  • Licensed official tour guide (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)

*Admission Fee Sparta €2 – Mystras €12 (minors under 18 years of age entrance is free)

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Sparta - The Land of Heroes and Epic Battles

€330 Luxury seadn up to 4 pax, €380 Mercedes Mini Van up to 7 pax, UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

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