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Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Excellent value for money
Free snacks included
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Free drinks included
For those seeking to discover real Greece, this off the beaten path tour to the country side of Greece is a must visit and just as beautiful at summertime or winter (our preference)! This can optionally be an ideal 2day/1night tour if you love to meet real Greek life in an amazing landscape & authentic food with the locals. You won't run out of things to do, see, taste! ... see "Additional info" So, meet your private driver/guide for your 8:00 a.m. departure. In a short trip of no more than 2 1/2 hours from Athens or just 1 1/2 hours from Nafplio, we shall reach our destination in this "real Greece" experience. Starting from Athens, we drive towards the Corinth canal and make a quick 10 min stop to see the canal. Starting from Nafplio town we head directly towards the mountainous center of Peloponnese and start our village exploration of mount Mainalo in the region of Arcadia. Not for nothing is the name Arcadia used as a shorthand for bucolic beauty. The main destinations are the awesome villages of Dimitsana & Stemnitsa, a couple of cliff hanging monasteries, Lousios gorge & river, ancient Gortys and the Open Water Power Museum.
Dimitsana is one of the most attractive villages in the mountainous Arcadia region. It is set on a double hump overlooking the Lousios river. In this beautiful stone built village, there are six beautiful churches since the Frankish and Norman rule. We shall be visiting the Water-Power Museum containing a reconstructed watermill, tannery and gunpowder mill showing how the basic pre-industrial techniques used water as the main energy source for the production of various products. It is closed on Tuesdays and a few Greek national holidays, so please take into consideration, if this is a must visit for you.
Stemnitsa village has a medieval feeling with the stone made houses, cobble-stoned alleys in an amphitheatrical structure. The amazing Prodromou & Emialon monasteries (where u can order your authentic icon!) will be visited and of course Lousios river/gorge and the remainings of ancient Gortys. Monasteries are in the beautiful gorge. One of them requires an easy 15 min hike/walk.
The gorge of Lousios is one of the most important and beautiful natural monuments of Peloponnese, ideal for hiking, rafting and kayaking while a drive round will reveal amazing landscapes.
You'll enjoy short walks through the narrow stone build roads of the villages.
At lunch time, let your driver/guide treat you to some authentic Greek culinary delights in a non touristy location observing the locals in their every day life. An important part of all our tours, as we love authentic food and mixing with the locals and you get a real feeling of the country. At the end of the day, back to your base in Athens or Nafplio via a different route. Do consider the 2day-1night tour (more info included) if you enjoy the countryside and what has to offer.
Private tour for 1-7 related only people
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private local driver with very good knowledge of the sites to be visited
Brand new vehicles 2017: 1-2 people > 5 door vehicle or 3-7 people > large minivan
Non smoking vehicle and driver
Authentic Greek lunch & drinks (traditional Greek "meze") in a convenient location. The highlight of the tour
In car Wi-Fi, information booklet and bottled water
Inclusions for the 2-Day/1 Night Tour [highly recommended if you enjoy the scent of countryside, food and local life]
Accommodation/breakfast in a traditional guesthouse, based on double or triple occupancy depending on your group
Exploring with your guide in the evening of Day1 & free time to self explore around our base/village
Dimitsana village & library/museum
Lunch is again your guide's/driver's treat
Visit to the beautiful Lagadia village - home of the best stonebuilders in Greece (see "Additional Info")
Lousios river, Ancient Mantineia (see "Additional info") & Kapsa cave
One suitcase & carry on bag/person
Optional white water rafting, winery visit/tasting, horse riding, icons, jewelry
Return to your base in Athens or Nafplio town/cruise ship
Pickup and drop-off in areas outside of Athens or Nafplio (additional cost)
The Corinth canal stop is not included if the pick up location is Nafplio
Entrance fees to the Open Air Water-Power Museum (€ 3,00)
Excess luggage not allowed
Shopping stops, unless requested
Dinner on Day-1, if you optin for the 2-Day / 1 Night Tour
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
An optional overnight stay in one of the villages' stone built guesthouses is highly recommended as a great option as a get away from Athens and enjoying the scent of real Greece and people even from the first evening. Definitely a more relaxed tour with real experiences.
A maximum of 7 related only people per booking
Each traveler is allowed one carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage are not allowed for the day trip
After your booking, please specify your optional additional arrangements (white water rafting, overnight stay, dietary requirements)
Lagadia village: A very picturesque Arcadia town with fresh water springs, two and three storey stone houses that are amphitheatrically built on a steep slope. Lagadia is the homeland of the best stone builders who for many generations built houses & churches and schools all over Arcadia, Messinia and the rest of Greece. In this way their reputation was spread everywhere in Greece. The village houses themselves are a living proof of the builders' skills and art.
At an altitude of 900 m, Lagadia is built on a steep canyon on with houses that are amphitheatrically built on the slope and facing the ravine. The beautiful central square of the Lagadia village is positioned on the edge of a ravine full of walnut trees, plane trees and fresh water streams. At this point Thoa canyon begins and stretches crossing a big part of Gortynia and eventually ending up at river Ladona.
The upper part of Lagadia, called Pano Getonia, has a magnificent view and is ideal for photo shooting. The important places to visit are the house of Deligiannis, and the historic churches of St. Taxiarchon and St. Apostolon.
Ancient Mantineia: Ancient Mantineia was, along with Tegea, a city in ancient Arcadia. Mantineia had been a member of the Peloponnesian League, but during the Peloponnesian War, the city joined Athens.
The archaeological site includes the Ancient Theater, the ruins of the temple of Zeus, the Parliament and the ruins of the Market. The digs revealed an ancient theater, close to the Market, with its stage still intact today. The digs also revealed the temples of Iraiou and Sotiros Dios, the Parliament, a wealth of sculptures (including works by Praksitelis) which are now kept at the national Museum in Athens, as well as a Byzantine church. From the theater the stage has been dug out and is still intact, along with the orchestra and some of the lower boxes of the concave.
Just opposite the Mantineia site, the church of
Agia Foteini is a must visit! A paradoxical church. The number of visitors to this area is not small and that’s mainly because they have heard about the ‘myth of stone’. It is exactly opposite the archaeological area of Mantinia. It is a piece of eclectic architecture. It combines ancient orders with details influenced by the byzantine period.
Kapsia Cave The first scientific investigation Kapsia cave was in 1892 and it was opened to the public in 2011. Its size, the human remains, the plurality and the amazing colors have made the cave one the most important in Europe. Some fo the rarest and most spectacular formations of colourful stallagmites in Greece's entire speleological kingdom explored up to date, are to be found in the so-called "Chamber of Wonders. Google "spilaiokapsia" for more details.
Athens or Nafplio hotels or port (for cruise ships). Athens International Airport or Port of Piraeus. At hotels, only if convenient parking area is available, otherwise a near by location will be set.