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Sparta & Mystras - Bred for Battle! The legendary period!

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The Battle of Sparta ! With this private tour to Sparta and Mystras, you will have the chance to visit the place that has inspired generations, countries, and so many others through the centuries.

Highlights

  • The birthplace of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans
  • The famous Corinth Canal
  • The importance of Mistras in the Byzantine empire
  • An 8 hours magnificent tour through modern and ancient history and myths
  • Experienced and skilled English speaking tour driver

Description

After a short drive through the center of Athens, your personal tour driver will take the scenic coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, towards the Peloponnese peninsula. After approx 50 minutes drive, you will reach the famous Corinth Canal, which connects the Ionian sea (West Greece) with the Aegean sea (East Greece). Stop for spectacular pictures from the canal bridge, and continue towards Sparta and Mystras. Sparta… A city-state founded by the Dorian’s in 11C BC well known for its citizen soldiers, strict military training, and powerful army with excellent skills. The most famous battle of the many in their history is the battle of Thermopylae. In 480 BC, a huge Persian army was trying to invade Greece. Barring the way at the mountain pass of Thermopylae where 300 Spartan soldiers led by King Leonidas, along with a few hundred Arcadians and Thespians. Do Not Miss To Visit: The Archaeological Museum of Sparta with its amazing artifacts and statues,- contains; Roman sculptures, small objects from sanctuaries at Sparta, mosaics, Laconian reliefs, inscribed Stella from the temple of Artemis Orthia, prehistoric collections. The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil witch is nicely set and it is very informative of the history of olive cultivation and the produce of olive oil since ancient times. Here you will find out about the many varieties of olives and all the relevant details, and see many works of art figures from over fifteen thousand years old fossilized leaves coming from Santorini. The Acropolis of Sparta is situated on a hillside just outside the town center and consists of the ancient Roman Agora, Temple of Athena Chalkionos, the Theatre, the church of the Christ Savoir, the cyclical building, and the remains of many other elements. Visiting the remains of the Acropolis, you may still see traces of the Spartan glory. The Menelaion is one of the world’s most astounding places, and you will be in a beautiful setting with the most glorious views. You look over the ancient Evrotas valley and Sparta and see the majestic peaks of the Taygetos mountains. There are two impressive monuments at this place, a bronze age palace, and a classical/Hellenistic shrine. Both are well preserved (not reachable today due to the extremely bad condition of the road). An emblem and an important monument of modern Sparta is the tomb of Leonidas. Also known as Leonidion. It is located north of Sparta’s modern city. Excavations of the previous century have brought in to light an impressive building measuring 12.5X8.30m. Mystras only 7km from Sparta, Mystras was the capital of the Despotate of Morea and the second city of the Byzantine Empire for a long period of its history. A unique site for anyone into history and the relation art/history/religion/culture. The place is mystic with Byzantine ruins and you can walk inside the ancient castle. At the end of visiting the sites, your private driver will drive you back to Athens arriving late in the afternoon.

Includes

A professional English speaking tour driver with good knowledge of the history of Greece. Transportation by air-conditioned Mercedes Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group. Pick-up from and return to your hotel in Athens. Transfer from/to Athens Airport is available under an extra cost.

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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