Gythion, Greece

Introduction to Gythion, Greece

A lively, charming little harbour town.

A typical Greek environment is created with its long seaside promenade, colourful fishing boats, narrow streets and stairways. Only a small Roman theatre is left from its ancient past, but a shore excursion to Mystras near Sparta offers a look into the incredible past this area has to offer.

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Tour D

MEDIEVAL MONEMVASIA & WINE (TOUR C)

  •  Explore the historical town of Monemvasia on the east coast of the Peloponnese
  •  Admire the old stone buildings, picturesque lanes and Byzantine churches
  •  Savour a tasting of local olive oil and wines at a traditional olive press house
Wine Tour
Price£60.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 5 ½ Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Explore the historical town of Monemvasia on the east coast of the Peloponnese
  •  Admire the old stone buildings, picturesque lanes and Byzantine churches
  •  Savour a tasting of local olive oil and wines at a traditional olive press house


Monemvasia, often referred to as the Gibraltar of Greece, is undoubtedly unique with its fortified medieval town built on a reddish-brown rock, and is surrounded by the blue sea.

Begin your tour with a drive to Monemvasia, situated on a small islet linked to the mainland by a bridge that looks as though it is floating on the edge of the Myrtoon Sea. Upon arrival, you will explore the town on foot by entering the only gate of the city. Monemvasia is split in two, the lower town and upper town. Your walking tour will take you through the main narrow cobbled Byzantine alleys, flanked by shops, and you can admire the wonderful architecture of the houses as you make your way through to the main square of Elkomenos. The square is dominated by the Church of Elkomenos on the left, a mosque converted into a museum on the right and an old Turkish cannon in the middle.

Continuing with your walk, you will make your way up to the upper town, where you can view the octagonal Church of Agia Sofia, which was built by the Emperor Andronicus in the 12th century AD. It is regarded one of the most beautiful worship spots in Greece, offering impressive views of the walled city and the sea.

Following your walking tour you will board your coach for a short drive to a traditional olive press house, which was once the family house of the great Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos. Here you can enjoy a guided tour around the house, which is also home to an olive press museum and a cellar-wine tasting area. You will have the chance to sample olive oil and Monemvasian wines together with fresh homemade bread and handmade local products including olives and feta cheese. Next, enjoy a three-course lunch, which will be served at the grounds of the estate. After lunch you will re-board your coach for the drive back to Gythion and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled ground and some parts can be steep and slippery when wet. There will be some steps to negotiate, therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.  
 


Tour D

SPARTA & OLIVES (TOUR D)

  •  Visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, the first of its kind in Greece
  •  Learn more about the processes involved in olive production


 

Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £25.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil, the first of its kind in Greece
  •  Learn more about the processes involved in olive production


Greece is one of the top three olive oil producing countries. On this tour, visit the Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta, and learn more about the olive and olive oil production.

Travel to the destination of Sparta, the administrative capital of the prefecture of Laconia, where you will visit the Museum of Olive and Greek Olive Oil. The museum showcases the culture and technology of the olive and olive production, which are inextricably linked with the Greek and Mediterranean identity.

Following your insightful visit to the museum, you will re-board your coach and proceed to the statue of Leonidas, the Greek hero-king of Sparta famous for the Battle of Thermopylae. After a brief photo stop here, continue your journey back to Gythion.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking. There are just a few steps to negotiate. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility providing they can board the coach unaided. However this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.  

 


Tour A

THE BYZANTINE CITY OF MYSTRAS (TOUR A)

  •  Magnificent, spectacular and glorious, Mystras is one of the most exciting cities in the Peloponnese
  •  Seek out this abandoned Byzantine city, situated in the mountains near to the ancient town of Sparta
  •  Walk through the ruined streets and admire the largely intact buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
  •  Magnificent, spectacular and glorious, Mystras is one of the most exciting cities in the Peloponnese
  •  Seek out this abandoned Byzantine city, situated in the mountains near to the ancient town of Sparta
  •  Walk through the ruined streets and admire the largely intact buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site


Discover the city of Mystras on this walking tour, and marvel at the impressive remains of this archaeological site.

Arriving in Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', you can enjoy a guided walking tour where you can learn about the history of this wonder. The city, which was under Byzantine rule in medieval times, was topped by a castle, and was once known as ‘the Florence of the East’. Mystras was abandoned in 1832, but the ruins, which include a fortress, palace, churches and monasteries, still stand today. Rising from the valley, they serve as a reminder to visitors of the stories of historical kings and governors.

At the end of your walking tour through the Byzantine city of Mystras and after taking in many of the highlights it has to offer, you will board your tour coach for the return drive to Gythion.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled ground and hilly terrain, which can be steep and slippery at times. There will be a lot of steps to negotiate throughout the tour, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

 


Tour B

THE DIROS CAVES (TOUR B)

  •  Discover the Diros Caves, one of the most important natural sites in Greece
  •  Admire the impressive geological formations during a boat ride and walking tour through the caves

 

Boat Tour
Price£55.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Availability
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
  •  Discover the Diros Caves, one of the most important natural sites in Greece
  •  Admire the impressive geological formations during a boat ride and walking tour through the caves


Located on the western coast of the Laconian peninsula in the Bay of Diros, approximately 50 minutes from Gythion, lies the Diros Caves, one of the most enchanting lake caves in the world.

Formed thousands of years ago, the caves weren’t explored until 1949, when their hidden wonders were first discovered. With a known length of 14 kilometres, they comprise individual caves – Alepotrypa, Katafygi and Glyfada, which is almost at sea level. Side chambers, with stalagmites and stalactites, open off the central cave and are reached through a maze of corridors.

Upon arrival, you will board a small lake boat, which will take you on a visit of the site, which is full of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Each chamber was given a name according to its shape by the speleologists who first explored the caves. During your visit, there will be some free time to explore independently and capture photographs, before it is time to return to Gythion and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2014 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, some of which will be over cobbled ground, which can be steep and slippery at times. Please wear appropriate footwear and exercise due care and attention. From the entrance of the cave there is a downhill path, slippery in certain areas, to get to the point where guests will embark the small lake boats, please take care. There is an approximate ten-minute walk that has to be done to reach the boats. Guests will have a 40 minute boat ride in this network of water caves which ends at the other side of the lake where you will disembark the boats to return to the coaches by foot which is an approximate 10 minute walk back to the tour buses. There will be some steps to negotiate throughout, therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.
 


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