Mythical Sparta and Mystras, 2 days epic private tour

Overview

The two days tour to Sparta and Mystras is a private sightseeing tour that takes you to the historical Peloponnese Peninsula. It is a well-appointed tour, for travelers who want to combine visits to the Byzantine and archaeological sites of Mystras and Sparta with a tour to South Greece, renowned for its multidimensional beauty and unique culture.

Itinerary of two days tour to Sparta and Mystras

Athens – Corinth Canal – Sparta – Mystras

Highlights of the Mythical Sparta and Mystras, 2 days epic private tour

  • A visit to the Corinth Canal
  • A visit to the gorgeous town of Nafplion
  • Visit Sparta, the hometown of Leonidas and his 300, and the Byzantine site of Mystras with its amazing churches and landscape
  • Private tour with an English-speaking professional driver

Description

Description of the two days tour to Sparta and Mystras

Day 1: Athens, Corinth canal, Sparta

The two days tour to Sparta and Mystras starts from Athens in the morning.

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King Leonidas of Sparta

The driver will take you along the coastal road of Attica towards Corinth. After a 1 hour drive, you will reach the famous Corinth Canal that connects the two major seas, the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. You will have a short stop for pictures and the private tour will continue towards Sparta, a town rich in monuments.

The main buildings of the Spartan site are the theatre, from which you can see the remaining U-shaped walls.

You will also see the Tomb of King Leonidas, which is a large quadrangular building, the foundation of the bridge that crosses River Eurotas, and remains of fortifications made in the Roman times.

You will get to see the archaeological museum, the Museum of Olive, the statue of King Leonidas, and the Temple of Goddess Artemis. The Museum of Sparta contains the inscriptions and mosaics found during the excavations.

Dinner & overnight in Sparta

Day 2: Sparta, Mystras, Athens

byzantine church in Mystras
Byzantine church in Mystras

The morning of the second day starts with a tour to the museum of Sparta (you will see the majestic statue of King Leonidas) and then to Mystras, the Byzantine fortified city with the imposing remains.

Mystras was a prosperous state during the Byzantine and Ottoman years and is still an intriguing place to visit.

It features the remains of impressive churches and still amazes with the architectural style and its fascinating aura, which explains why it was occupied by both the Venetians and the Ottomans and became the hub of Byzantine scholarships and culture during the Byzantine Era.

After the visit to Mystras, you will enjoy your lunch in the area and take the way back to Athens, via the same route. You will reach Athens late in the afternoon.

Details


Important notes

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Car and Driver
  • A professional English speaking driver or escort with good knowledge in history and culture of Greece, to guide you till you enter archaeological sites and museums. Tour drivers are not licensed to companion you inside the archaeological sites and museums. If you'd like to have a licensed by the state tour guide to escort you inside the sites and museums, we can arrange it for you with an additional cost. Licensed by the state tour guides are freelance and it is subject of availability on bookings day!
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
  • Pick-up from and return to your hotel
  • Pick-up from the Port of Piraeus
  • Private tour, Road tolls and local taxes
  • Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.

Excluded from the tour

Additional info

  • Dress: religious and marmoreal sites: shoulders and knee must be covered
  • Terms & Conditions and Frequent Questions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A voucher will be emailed to you with our contact numbers and all necessary information for your tour.
  • This is your ticket and proof of purchase. On the day of tour please present a paper voucher in order to redeem your tour/activity.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Restrictions:

  • Please note that on this tour, your tour driver is not licensed to accompany you on your climb. If you want this service you may book a licensed by the state tour guide for an extra cost.
  • In case a group is followed by a licensed tour guide or an English speaking tour-escort the professional driver is not obliged to speak English!

Opening hours & Admission fees

  • Opening Hours:Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
  • Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
  • Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.

Free admission days

  • March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
  • June 5: Environment international day
  • April 18 : International monuments day
  • May 18: International museums day
  • September 27: International tourism day
  • The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
  • National Holidays
  • Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
  • The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
  • NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day

Holidays in Greece

  • January 1: closed
  • January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
  • March 25: closed
  • Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: closed
  • Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • May 1: closed
  • Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
  • October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
  • December 25 & 26: closed


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