Peloponnese crossing Private

Setting off from Athens, take a snapshot 9-day guided multisport adventure tour that will take you across the Peloponnese and down to Kythira Island in a private luxury minibus. Activate all your senses as at every turn you take in bright images, colours, aromas and sounds while rafting in bubbling rivers, hiking to scenic heights and diving in crystal waters. Take a boat-trip to one the most captivating caves in the world; enjoy chatting with hospitable locals and taste their traditional delicacies; soak up the magnificence of the region’s vibrantly lush flora and fauna; stay in time-honored wood/stone, family-run cottages.

Price per person: from 2380€ based on 4 people double occupancy
Single supplement: 280€
Please request your date for exact pricing

Highlights

Athens city introductionRaft and hike around Lousios River in ArcadiaVisit Dimitsana’s historic Open Air Water Power MuseumHike Vyros Gorge and bike in the wild and flourishing seaside town of Kardamyli
Visit the magnificent Diros caveStroll amongst the Mani towers in AreopoliDiscover the striking ambience of Monemvasia Castle townExplore and hike around Kythira island

Itinerary

Welcome to Athens, a vibrant city brimming over with striking ancient landmarks at every turn and lively, ultramodern museums, multi-arts spaces, shops and cafes. Take a leisurely stroll and explore the beating heart of the city; lose yourself in the colourful network of streets in the town centre and in the island-like paths of Anafiotika neighbourhood in Acropolis, and end your day relishing an elegant Greek dinner at a scenic restaurant overlooking the beautifully-lit Parthenon.

Off we go! Right after breakfast hop into our van travelling to lush Arcadia, where an energizing rafting experience awaits you at Lousios river. Enjoy rafting in the rush of crystal clear waters past the eye-catching scenery of the lush gorge, in a 2nd degree difficulty descent. From Lousios river you will continue to Alfios River and conclude at a quaint bridge, where we will kick back in the coolness of the waterfalls.

After an action-packed morning, you will check in and refresh yourself at a lovely family-run cottage.

Next it’s time for lunch in picturesque Stemnitsa village, perched on the lush hillside of Mt Mainalon, where you can unwind as you choose for the rest of the day. The village was where revolutionary leader Theodoros Kolokotronis was based during the War Of Independence, and in more modern times was known for its people’s traditional know-how in the art of silver-smithing and other crafts.

After a visit to the impressive Philosophos Monastery, the oldest in Arcadia, where we will see 10th Century murals and enjoy stunning views, we will follow a gentle upward trail toward picturesque Dimitsana village, all the while embraced by luxuriant vegetation and pausing to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views.

In Dimitsana we will visit the unique Open Air Water-Power Museum, which showcases fascinating pre-industrial mechanisms and workshop rooms that utilized water power to manufacture numerous major utilitarian products. The museum includes a restored gunpowder mill, as Dimitsana was one of the country’s most important bases of revolutionary fighters during the Greek War of Independence.

Following your exploration of Dimitsana, we take you to Kardamylli, which oozes quaintly old fashioned, traditional charm, with landmarks such as antique monasteries and medieval tower houses that stand out in landscapes of dazzling cobalt-blue seas, sheer cliffs carpeted in many shades of green and deep olive groves beneath towering Mt Taygetos. The area, beloved to ‘explorers’ like the legendary author Patrick Leigh Fermor and his friend Bruce Chatwin, now attracts a larger variety of eclectic visitors from around the world for its rich history, natural beauty, welcoming locals and exceptional ambience.

After a hearty early bird breakfast, set off on a hike of the  Viros gorge (we offer several hikes in and around the gorge to accommodate all ages and levels), in the heart of Messinian Mani. Descending from the foot of Mt Profitis Ilias and disgorging itself into the sea at Kardamili, Viros is known as an area of unparalleled beauty. The hike, following well-marked paths among tall cypress trees, will take you past pretty villages with stone houses and historic churches such as Moni Lykaki, the interior walls of which are covered with antique, richly colored frescoes.The hike concludes in ancient Kardamyli.

In the evening, enjoy a relaxing and rewarding dinner at a fantastic taverna serving fresh and delicious local food, looking out to the horizon and an outstanding sunset.

From Kardamyli you can opt for a seaside mountain bike ride to nearby villages, after which we will drive to the magnificent Diros cave, taking in remarkable natural sculptures created by the stalactites and stalagmites, during a half hour boat ride along the underground lake. Lunch will be enjoyed in Limeni, a picturesque little fishing village where the traditional houses are built almost right to the edge of the rocks above the sea.

After returning at your Areopolis hotel, stroll through the narrow, cobblestone streets of Areopolis village, named after Ares, God of War. During your walk, you will see the impressive historical Towers of Mani, built in the late 13th Century.

Next, you will enjoy a local dinner at a traditional taverna, trying specialties such as fresh cheeses, ‘siglino’ salt-cured pork, lalagia fried dough vermicelli and handmade pasta.

 

In the early afternoon you will arrive at the fairytale-like castle town of Monemvasia in the southeastern Peloponnese, known as one of Greece’s most stunning and romantic destinations, which you can explore right after checking into your accommodation.

Once reachable only by boat, the medieval town was carved out of the rock on which it stands, rising up majestically from the sea. Everywhere you look as you stroll along
narrow, cobblestone streets, you will be awestruck by dramatic sea views and gorgeous architecture that travels you to another era.
Dinner awaits you on a terrace overlooking the Upper Old Town and the magnificent Byzantine Castle of Aghia Paraskevi, as you sip the delectable local Malvasia wine. Night owls are welcome to join us for after-dinner cocktails at Monemvasia’s stylish and cozy bars.

The following morning we will be walking to the Upper Old Town – a challenging hike that is, however, achievable for all ages and will reward you with breathtaking views of Monemvasia town and the southeastern part of the Peloponnese, as well as a visit to the superbly preserved 12th Century church of Aghia Sophia.

After a light lunch our van will take you to Neapolis port to catch the ferry to Kythira island, off the southern coast of the Peloponnese, a hiker’s paradise with virginal nature and beautiful Venetian architecture. Also known as the island where the Goddess Aphrodite was born, the island has beautiful secluded beaches, a network of scenic traditional villages connected by old and new paths and beautiful gorges.

Check in at your accommodation in medieval Mylopotamos village, with its Venetian settlement of Kato Chora.
Next, you will take an evening walk along some of the watermills trails, which are surrounded by dense vegetation. The natural pathways connect valleys and mountainsides and were in pre-car days were used by villagers to go from one place to the other. You will enjoy the pacifying sound of fresh running water as you amble past creaks and ponds, as well as stopping to take in spectacular panoramic views.

We start with a morning visit to Ag. Sophia Cave in the gulf of Kokala, west of Mylopotamos. In the cave is a small, roofless 18th Century chapel dedicated to Saint Sophia, with beautiful frescoes and icons, while the cave itself is around 200m long made up of small chambers full of beautiful natural formations.

 After visiting the cave, you can enjoy a swim at a nearby beach before stopping for lunch in Mylopotamos.

In the evening you will visit the Chora (main town) of Kythira, crowned by the handsome ‘Fortezza’ Venetian castle that was built in the 13th Century, and from where the Cretan, Ionian and Aegean Seas could all be observed.

Early in  the morning you will visit the seaside village of Avlemonas, a pictorial fishing settlement to the east of the island. Its dinky harbour is lined with restaurants and cafes, and there are a few Venetian and 19th Century landmarks to see. Here you can have a refreshing dip in one of the pretty little coves along the rocky coastline before saying goodbye to island life.

Your return to Athens will be speedy and undemanding, as you take fifty minute flight to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

 

Included

Personality Journeys tour guideAll land transfers in a 9-seat Van or Mini busDomestic flight from Kythira airport to Athens International airportAccommodation in boutique family run cottages8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
1 Guided rafting session in Lousios river3 Guided hikes in Stemnitsa, Kardamyli & Kythira1 Guided biking tour in KardamyliEntrance fee at the Open water museum of DimitsanaEntrance fee at Diros Cave

Not Included

International flightsTravel insuranceAlcoholic beverages
Personal expensesGratuities (optional)

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ACCOMMODATION

For your accommodation we choose family run cottages in thoughtfully built or restored stone/wood buildings. Apart from being warm, cosy and welcoming, they have stunning views of the beautiful countryside of the Peloponnese.

The bedrooms are furnished with beautiful wooden furniture, comprising double or twin beds but can sleep one or two additional guests which is ideal for families.

TRIP INFORMATION

How to book

By clicking 'Booking request' you will be asked to fill out the form and one of our travel managers will be in touch with you shortly (within 24 hours).

Accommodation

We will spend one night in Athens historical center at a family run 3 star hotel and seven nights in stylish, quality traditional accommodations with en-suite facilities in the Peloponnese and Kythira island. In such case of solo travelers booking a double bed room on their own, there is a single supplement charge applied (250€).

Group size

The group size of our Peloponnese crossing road-trip is between 4 and 12 guests.

Transportation

Our vehicles are Mercedes Benz 9 seater Vito, or 20 seater Sprinter or equivalent, all complying with G.N.T.O. (Greek National Tourism Organisation) requirements.

Tour leader & hiking guides

Our tour leaders and hiking guides are qualified, native Greek professionals, fluent in English, with excellent organizational skills and vast knowledge of the regions visited.

Meals

Breakfasts are taken in the hotel or at the guesthouses. Lunches and dinners are taken at traditional tavernas, with a choice of food or we may have a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. Dinner in Athens is taken at a restaurant overlooking the beautifully lit Parthenon.

Fitness Level

We go at our own pace. We hike and bike in normal rhythms and whenever we feel like it we stop to take pictures of the stunning scenery and enjoy the views of the horizon. We will always adjust the pace to keep everyone happy.
Whether you are experienced or it is your first time you will enjoy rafting in Lousios river (difficulty level 2), .

Travel Insurance

If you have not already arranged appropriate insurance cover, please contact our recommended Travel Insurance providers. It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with Personality Journeys that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment.

Min and Max age limit

Trip participants must be at least 15 years old. Guests less than 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents.

What to bring

• Hiking shoes (with ankle support)
• A spare pare of shoes (which will get wet during rafting)
• Swimming suit and beach towel
• Base-layer shirts (long sleeved and short sleeved)
• T-shirts and/or casual shirts
• Fleece jacket or similar
• Sunhat
• Eye wear - sunglasses
• Daypack (30 - 35 litres)
• Sun protection (including for lips)
• Water bottles 1 Litre
• Antibacterial handwash
• Small padlock
• Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent.

OPTIONAL:
• Trekking poles
• Camera and batteries

Weather

The weather in the Peloponnese during spring summer and autumn is characterised by warm days and occasionally chilly evenings. Water temperature is relatively cool during spring and warm during summer and autumn.

REQUEST YOUR PRIVATE DATE

This tour is offered for private groups only. Choose your preferred dates and we will adjust this itinerary to suit your preferences. Ask us for details!

 
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Greek National Tourism Organisation
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