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Ancient Sparta & Mystras Private Day Tour from Athens

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    This amazing tour will give you an excellent to discover the history of Laconia combining Ancient Greek and (the lesser known) Medieval Greek history. We will begin with a drive along the coast. On the way, you passing some Greek seaside villages and the heroic Salamis Island (where the historical naval battle took place between the Athenians and the Persians). Soon after will be our first stop the Corinth Canal. Operating since 1892 and dividing the Peloponnese Peninsula from the rest of Greece while connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. Walking across the pedestrian bridge will be in awe of what has been accomplished here. If your game, on some days bungee jumping is an option.

    Leaving the canal we will head towards Mystras driving into the southern Peloponnese Peninsula through the mountainous landscape of the Greek countryside. Reaching Mystras you will automatically understand why this location stands so unique within the Greek sites. Known as the ghost city, fortified on a citadel, Mystras is one of the two locations in Greece that preserves not only medieval churches but also ordinary houses, mansions and palaces of the Byzantine Empire in combination with Frankish elements. Walking in the site on the upper point you will reach the citadel and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding areas while walking downhill you will meet the palaces and the Royal courtyards. Although known as the ghost city most of the monasteries are still in use and the monks will gladly show you around their small society. Before you exit you will come across the chapel of St. Demetrios, on its floor survives a plaque depicting a two head eagle (the symbol of Byzantium). It was on this very plaque that Konstantine Palaiologos kneeled before he was crowned the last Byzantine emperor. Before visiting Sparta we will stop at a traditional Greek tavern at the small village of Mystras.

    Following we will spend the rest of our time in Sparta, known as the eternal rival city of the Athenian Democracy. Sparta revolved around a different Cosmo theory for the ancient Greek standards. Initially known as the birthplace of Helen of Troy and the Kingdom of Menelaus (in Mycenaean period), Sparta was organized as a purely military society in the ancient Greek period. It was the city of the two Kings were a few aristocrats ruled and of course the city where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans marched from to face the Persian army in Thermopolis in 480BCE. The city whose one soldier counted as ten soldiers from any other Greek city. Reaching Sparta we will visit the ancient citadel of Sparta where you will have a view of the ancient theater being revealed gradually in front of your eyes. Continuing we will pass in front of the stadium where the statue of King Leonidas stands marking the ending point of Spartathlon race (Athens – Sparta 245,3 km). Lastly, we will visit the archeological museum of Sparta and before we depart for Athens.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick Up Time: 08.00 am

    We suggest that the tour starts at 8:00 am.

    If for any reason this is not convenient for you we will adjust the time according to your needs.

    Ports
    Piraeus Port
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    10h
    Inclusions
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Local taxes
    • Bottled water
    • Driver/guide (The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    • Transport by private vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Entrance Fees
    • Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
    • Licensed Tour guide on request (Additional cost)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator.
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Our guide/driver, Dem made our trip exciting, memorable and very special. We even got to add a stop to the itinerary, even though it was not included. I am going back with a promise to recommend this company and its services to my friends and family. Thank you for the lovely day!
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    Response from oliveseatravel, Front Office Manager at Ancient Sparta & Mystras Private Day Tour from Athens
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Thank you for sharing your feedback for your private tour with our driver Dem. Our driver Dem as the rest of our team of Olive Sea Travel works hard to provide you with high quality of services. We try to offer you a cultural, relaxing and leisure private tour in Athens. We hope to see you again! Best regards, Eleftheria Nikoloudaki
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    This was a great experience and well worth it. We loved getting out of Athens to see the beautiful countryside. Mystras is a beautiful site and we had a wonderful time exploring the ruins. Dem was a great driver and very knowledgeable.
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    Response from oliveseatravel, Διευθυντής at Ancient Sparta & Mystras Private Day Tour from Athens
    Responded 6 May 2019
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that Dem, our professional driver, has a deep knowledge of Greek history. He tries to give you all of our historical and mythical knowledge of the monuments. Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You learned about the Byzantium years. There is a religious monument and a unique Byzantine Castel city in Greece offers you an incredible view. It is located in the top of the mountain Taygetos. We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best regards, Vasilis Vlachos
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    Reading the reviews written by previous visitors, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot. But I’m very interested in the history of Sparta. So using history, reading a little beforehand, asking plenty of questions, and taking the time to explore the ruins that are there, I think I had a
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    Response from OliveSea, Manager at Ancient Sparta & Mystras Private Day Tour from Athens
    Responded 2 Apr. 2018
    We love to show off our beautiful country. Thank you for such a detailed and delightful review.
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