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Sparta and Mystras
Kalamata Shore Trip - Sparta and Mystras


 



This 5.5 Hour Private Shore Excursion Includes:
  • Meet at the Port or your Hotel in Kalamata
  • Private English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Round Trip Transportation in Private Vehicle
  • Included Interior Visits- Archeological Site of Sparta
Please Note: The prices shown below are not valid on Sundays or local National Holidays. If your only day in this city is Sunday, please Contact Us for pricing and availability.

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Tour Number:
GKALA-02

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2 People - $338 Per Person (Private Tour)
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8 People - $151 Per Person (Private Tour)
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TOUR DESCRIPTION MORE INFO
 
Type: Antiquities, Charming Village, Culture, Scenic Drive
Length: 5.5 Hours
Walking: Difficult (some stairs and cobblestone streets)
Mobility: No wheelchairs
Guide: Licensed Guide
Language: English

Kalamata Shore Excursion - This tour visits the ancient site of Classical Sparta, once the largest state in Greece. You also visit the fortified town of Mystras which is located on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta.

After meeting your guide you start the drive to Classical Sparta which was once the largest and most powerful state of ancient Greece. The majority of towns on the mainland of Greece were in an alliance with Sparta. In the Peloponnesian War Sparta defeated Athens to become known as the mistress of Greece. But not for long as soon she was defeated by other Greeks. Even in the best of times Ancient Sparta was more like a large village. There were no grand public buildings, nor city walls or towers. Sparta residents were proud of saying that their brave warriors were the city walls. In modern times Sparta is a thriving city and the home of the first king of independent Greece Otto in 1834.

Next you drive to Mystras which served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries but was eventually abandoned and today is an interesting site that allows visitors a peak into the past.

As you approach Mystras you will feel as if you were making a pilgrimage to Byzantine Greece. The modern town of Sparti has a population of about 4,500 people and is built along the waterfront and up the lower slopes of a 600 foot hill, crowned by the ruins of the Mystras.

Going up the hill, you enter Mystras through the castle gate, which welcomes you to wander through the narrow lanes of this once invincible fortress. The most important and oldest monument that you will visit on your way up the hill is the Cathedral of Agios Dimitrios. On the floor of the church is the two-headed eagle, the symbol of the Palaeologos Dynasty, carved into a plaque. According to tradition, this is where Constantine XII stepped when he was crowned king. Next to it stands the richly carved 17th century walnut throne.

Strolling through the narrow lanes of the dead city, you will visit the Church of Agia Sophia, the Palace of the Despots and the Monastery of Pantanassa, with its brilliant frescoes.

After your visit to Mystras, the Last Byzantine Stronghold, you are driven back to your ship in Kalamata.


If you cannot find what you are looking for, our Kalamata tours and Kalamata Shore Excursions can also be customized to fit your needs. If you have a larger group, we can offer you a private Kalamata tour using a mid-size bus or full size coach. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a customized quote.
Shore Trip Timing - The shore excursion times are approximate based on your interests and traffic conditions.
  • Meet Guide and Drive to Sparta - 1 Hour and 40 Minutes
  • Visit Sparta - 1.5 Hours
  • Drive to Mystras - 10 minutes
  • Free time in Mystras - 40 minutes
  • Drive back to Kalamata - 1.5 Hours