Full Day Private Tour of Sparta and Mystra

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Full Day Private Tour of Sparta and Mystra ( With professional licensed local tour guide)

DURATION  12 Hours

Depart in the morning for a full day tour of Sparta and Mystra via the coastal National highway for the Corinth canal (short stop). After the Corinth Canal, through the new National highway road we will enter the region of Argolis, continue to Sparta (Sparti) the capital of Laconia prefecture built in the Evrotas river valley, on the same site where the ancient city stood.

Visit the remains of the ancient Acropolis, the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia (6th C. BC), the tomb of Leonidas (5th C. BC) , the Menelaion, the ancient theatre and the museum of Sparta, housed in a neoclassical building in the centre of town.

The green plain of Lakonia spreads out around Sparta and in the distance Mount Taigetos.

Time for lunch in Sparta

After lunch we continue for Mystras occupying a steep hill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, 6km. NW of Sparta. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader William II de Villeharduin. Later in 1262 it came under Byzantine control, and at the middle of the 14th century the seat of the Despotate of Moreas. In 1448 the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XI Palaeologos, was crowned at Mystras. In 1460 the hill was captured by the Turks and in 1464 Sigismondo Malatesta of Rimini managed to capture the city but not the castle. For a short period Mystras came under the control of the Venetians (1687-1715) but was again taken over by the Turks. It was one of the first castles of Greece to be liberated in 1821. The foundation of modern Sparta by king Otto in 1834 marked the end of the old town’s life.

Inside the castle we will visit the monuments of:

The Fortification: The Frankish castle with the battlements and towers was founded by William II de Villeharduin and was later reinforced by the Greeks and the Turks.

The Walls: The two strongly fortified circuit walls were strengthened by tall, rectangular towers, dated to the Late Byzantine period.

The Cathedral of St. Demetrios: of a mixed architectural type it is a three-aisled basilica on the ground floor with a narthex and a bell tower (dated to the second half of the 13th century), and a cross-in-square church on the upper floor (added in the first half of the 15th century). The interior is decorated with wall paintings of many different styles, dating to the period between 1270- 1280 and the first quarter of the 14th century. The wall paintings of the dome date to the 15th century.

The Church of St Theodore: built between 1290 and 1295 by the monks Daniel and Pachomios. It is of the octagonal type, with lateral chapels, and is decorated with wall paintings dating from the end of the 13th century.

The Church of Our Lady Hodegetria (The Leader of The Way): Built in 1310 by abbot Pachomios. It belongs to the mixed architectural type with a narthex and lateral chapels and is decorated with excellent wall paintings, dated to 1312-1322, some of which are connected to the Constantinopolitan art.

The Church of Aghia Sophia (Holy Wisdom): Domed, cross-in-square, two-column church, built in the middle of the 14th century. It has side chapels and a bell-tower. Remarkable wall paintings are preserved in the sanctuary and the chapels.

The Monastery of Our Lady Peribleptos: The catholicon (main church) is a domed, two-column, cross-in-square church with chapels. Beside it stands the Tower-Refectory. The church is decorated with wall paintings of exceptional artistic quality, made by various artists of the third quarter of the 14th century.

The Church of Our Lady Evangelistria (of The Annunciation): Domed, cross-in-square, two-column church decorated with wall paintings of the beginning of the 15th century.

The Monastery of Our Lady Pantanassa (The Queen of All): The catholicon belongs to the mixed architectural type and has exterior porticoes and a bell tower. Fine wall paintings dated to ca. 1430 are preserved on the upper floor and in the sanctuary, while the wall paintings on the ground floor date from the 18th century.

Palaces of The Mystras Despots (Kantakouzenoi and Palaeologoi): Large building complex, L-shaped in plan. It contains many buildings of different functions, erected in different phases between the 13th and the 15th centuries.

In the afternoon we will take the road back to Athens, arrive in Athens in the evening.


  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned vehicle
  • Luxury air-conditioned vehicle at your disposal
  • Pick-up service from most of the hotels in Athens
  • Βottled water
  • Tolls and all taxes
  • Entrance fees to the sites
  • Food and drinks
  • Brunch
  • Snacks
  • Tips

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Option 1 Luxury Limousine Mercedes E220 Pickup included   € 650.00 Option 2 Premium 6-seater Minivan Pickup included   € 790.00 Option 3 Premium 14-seater Minibus Pickup included   € 930.00

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