Sites of the northern Peloponnese
After exploring Athens we head south into the Peloponnese to Nafplion. A worthwhile visit in its own right it provides the perfect base from which to visit Epidavros and its stunning 4th century BC theatre. From here we head south to Mycenae which, myth tells us, was founded by Perseus but which is more popularly associated with Agamemnon, then travel on to Areopolis and Deep Mani.
Adventures in Mani
The Mani is the southernmost peninsula of the mainland, a land of dramatic mountain vistas, tower houses, proud people and strong traditions. We have time to explore the caves at Diros by boat and there's time to walk to the port-village of Limeni just 3 km away. There is the opportunity to make a full day trip to Monemvassia, the incredible Byzantine seaport perched eyrie-like on a monolithic rock and reached only by crossing a causeway once constructed of swaying wooden bridges.
Pylos, Olympia & Delphi
We explore the Byzantine ghost-town of Mystras, a highlight of any visit to the region, and travel on to Pylos where we can make optional trips around the Bay of Navarino before continuing to Methoni to visit a 15th C. Venetian fortress. For many our final two visits are the highlight of our journey as we spend time exploring the magnificent and surprisingly extensive site Olympia, home of the first games in 776 B.C. and Delphi, whose oracle guided the ancients and whose Temple of Athena is an easily recognizable icon to lovers of Greek history.
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