A DAY IN MYSTRAS
Cultural, Meal included
A thrilling excursion to discover the Laconia rural countryside , the Taygetus Massif and the marvellous Medieval town of Mystras with its majestic Byzantine ruins including the Pantanassa Monastery and the Church of Saint Demetrius. The excursion ends with the statue of famous Spartan hero Leonidas.
What we will see
- Taygetus massif
- Ghost town of Mystras
- Pantanassa Monastery
- Peribleptos Monastery
- Church of Saint Demetrius
- Statue of Spartan hero Leonidas
What we will do
- From the picturesque port of Monemvasia, a one hour and three quarter transfer across the tranquil Laconia countryside takes us to the foothills of the Taygetus massif and the ghost town of Mystras.
- The rocky spur which the ancient Medieval town is perched on dominates the valley and modern city of Sparta. With its majestic Byzantine ruins arising from the rocks and narrow plateaus, Mystras reminds visitors of the stories and fortunes of its Medieval kings and rulers dating back to 600 or 800 years ago.
- Following our knowledgeable guide, we explore the upper and lower parts of Mystras. Byzantine churches, palaces, forts, cobbled alleyways and ancient archways contribute to the peacefulness and almost celestial beauty of this place. From the main gate, we proceed along a part dirt/part gravel path taking us to the Pantanassa Monastery (Queen of the Universe), which is still inhabited by Orthodox nuns and offers amazing views over the Eurotas valley.
- The Monastery is filled with perfect examples of Late-Byzantine Sacred Art for which Mystras is rightly famous. A path and a few stone steps take us to the unique Church of Peribleptos.
- We then move on to the Church of Saint Demetrius, the oldest religious building in Mystras that is also home to a small museum. After our visit, we go back to our coach.
- After a typical lunch, we move on to Sparta to admire the statue of Spartan hero Leonidas before driving across the countryside again to return to the port of Monemvasia.
What you need to know
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. * Itinerary sequence may vary. * To access the Basilica you are requested to wear clothes that are appropriate for places of worship (with shoulders and knees covered).