This dynamic road trip takes you through some of mainland Greece's best kept secrets, starting with a mythology tour of the Acropolis in Athens and a visit to the wineries in Nemea. Then head into the picturesque Peloponnese Region where you'll discover the ancient ruins in Sparta, the medicinal tales of Ascelpius, and the charms of historic Mani villages. Visit the birthplace of the Olympics in Olympia, hike to an alpine lake for a swim, and visit a family-operated olive farm to learn all about the production process and to taste different varieties.
Today, Monemvasia is a living medieval castle-town, one of the most beautiful of the Mediterranean Sea. A private guide will take you through the castle's narrow cobbled paths and under vaulted arches to admire the historic architecture. The entire town sits on the island's rugged southern side, walled on both sides and down to the sea. You'll visit the many traditional shops and tavernas inside the old walls while learning about the castle's fascinating history, culture, and mythology.
After visiting the Old Town, you'll start your trek through the Upper Town. The massive cliffs in the middle of the castle stand at nearly 1,000 feet (300 m). The walk to the top is quite difficult and steep, but your hard work will be rewarded with incredible views and a visit to the Church of Aghia Sofia.
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Itineraries with Monemvasia Castle & Upper Town Tour
On this 16-day road trip of Athens and the Peloponnese, you'll see historical sites, sample local flavors, and discover beautiful castles and monasteries. Spend a few days in the capital learning about the Acropolis and enjoying culinary delights of the modern era. Then make your way west for wine tasting in Nemea, stops at several archaeological ruins, and visits to charming villages before ending your journey back in Athens.