Athens to Sparta & Mystras Medieval Tour

Time – travel to Greece’s Imperial past. The medieval citadel of Mystras and Sparta

Available departures

  • Our tours take place all year long, in all weather, rain or shine.
  • The tours do not take place on the following public Holidays: 25 , 26 December, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and March 25, the Greek Independence Day.
  • Kindly be advised that all services are subject to availability, your request shall be secured only following receipt of a confirmation email from us and clearance of your deposit.
To ask a question or make a booking request please contact us.

Peloponese

Astonishing temples, luxurious palaces, imposing vaulted tombs, colossal walls of epic ancient cities, magnificent medieval castles next to rocky shoreline, are some of the features that characterize ‘the Island of Pelops”, the beautiful Peloponnesus or Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. These monuments reveal the glorious past of this land of heroes, gods and wise kings, Find out more about our tours in the area

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In Brief

Discover the country’s Imperial past by participating in a tour at the medieval citadel of Mystras. The last remnants of the millennial Byzantine Empire and the Frankish presence in the region unfold in front of your eyes, through an unforgettable trip far back in time, during "The Age of Chivalry", when valorous noblemen  fought for freedom and high ideals, such as truth, honor and justice.

You will have the opportunity to visit up close the Byzantine castle-city of Mystras, which is the last remaining outpost of the Byzantine Empire, also known as The Eastern Roman Empire. Today, most of the site is ruined, yet, some of the buildings have been restored, among which the palaces of the Despotate of Mystras. The impressive castle is a valuable source of information on the area’s history, art and culture during the last two centuries of Byzantium.

Road Map

  • Come along on a journey through the Middle Ages and get to know the region’s history by visiting a UNESCO’s World Heritage site in the region of the Peloponnese. You will be picked up by your driver at the designated meeting point and start your tour towards Mystras, in Laconia prefecture, via Kalamata highway, passing from Corinth - Tripoli - Megalopolis. Our first stop will be at the Isthmus of Corinth, where we will stay for approximately 20- minutes to marvel the Corinth Canal, learn some important facts and figures about it and take unique pictures. Then we’ll continue towards our prime destination, Mystras castle-city. Mystras occupies a steep hill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, 6km. NW of Sparta. We will approach the site from the upper castle gate and then, you will walk downhill, towards the lower gate at the foot of the rock.
  • After leaving the medieval site we will drive as far as Sparta, where you‘ll have the opportunity to visit an extraordinary museum, whose main concept is the olive tree and its cultivation, showcasing the machinery and technologies used by the Greeks over the last 150 years for the extraction of the olive oil, the precious “Elixir of life”, as well as it use in lighting, body care, beautification and nutrition!
  • After the visit at the museum you can enjoy lunch in a traditional tavern, tasting some local recipes and have a short rest, before returning to Athens.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal
  • Mystras Fortress
  • Archaeological Site of Mystras
  • Demetrius Cathedral
  • StTheodore church
  • Aghia Sophia Church (Holy Wisdom)
  • Monastery of Our Lady Pantanassa (the Queen of all)
  • Church of Our Lady Evangelistria (of the Annunciation)
  • Archaeological Museum of Sparta
  • Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta

Useful info

Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide substantial & enough information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.

Kindly choose one from the following below.

a/ You can have your driver - tour Leader  to accompany you. ( No additional cost)

b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.

c/ For tours that are taking place outside Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.

Whatever your choice might be,send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost, if that exists!

In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.

Our representative will welcome  you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will  help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.

duration Itinerary [total duration approx. 11½ hours]
vehicle

Car Type: For your chauffeured transportation, we provide fully air-conditioned vehicles that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:

a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)

b/ Mini Van, capacity 4 to 8 pax (depending on availability)

c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)

Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply

walking-pace Activity level: Moderate
equipment Dress Code: During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments are required for this tour.
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

 

Did you know?

  • The Last Emperor of Byzantium  Constantine XI Palaeologus, (ruler) Despot of Mystras, was crowned in Mystras. In 1448.
  • After the Franks’ defeat at the battle of Pelagonia (1259), the castle of Mystras was handed over to the Byzantine emperor Michael VIII Palaeologus and from 1262 it became the seat of "Sebastokrator". Henceforth and until mid-14th century, Mystras served as the capital of the Despotate of Morea, the largest Greek lordship in the Peloponnese. The Principality of Achaea or Moreas was founded in 1205 by William of Champlitte and Geoffrey I of Villehardouin, who undertook to conquer the Peloponnese on behalf of Boniface of Montferrat, King of Thessalonica. Achaea became one of the three vassal states of the Latin Empire, the successor of the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade. Prince William II of Villehardouin, who succeeded his father Geoffrey II in 1245, built atop the naturally-fortified hill of Myzithra (Mystra) a strong fortress and in 1249 he transferred the capital of Achaea to this newly- built fortress near ancient Sparta. The following years, the Principality reached its zenith and played an important role in the history of the Byzantine Empire during its final centuries, until it was conquered by the Seljuk Turks in 1460. From 1262, when the Byzantines became the rulers of Mystras, a brilliant period began for this medieval fortress-state. The hill was filled with houses, mansions and palaces, churches and fortified monasteries were constructed and the densely- populated city was provided two enclosure walls. After the mid-14th c., when members of the imperial family of Constantinople, the Katakouzenoi (1348-1383) and the Palaeologoi (1383-1460) – took over Mystras, the Despotate flourished and developed into an important cultural center, closely connected with Constantinople. Art and literature thrived, with important artists and men of intellect playing a significant role in the development of humanistic studies and the evolution of artistic trends in the 15th century in Europe.

Tour price

360 € (Prices applies per vehicle not per person)



  • Mercedes/Octavia 7 A/C Sedan Yellow Taxi
  • Up to 4 people
  • From Athens Center
  • For a Minivan service up to 8 persons please ask us for a quote.

Inclusions - Exclusions

inxclusions

  1. Transfer to/from the sites.
  2. Hotel pick up (for downtown Athens).
  3. Car fuel
  4. Tolls
  5. Car parking
  6. All taxes
     

exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Food or drinks
  3. Licensed guide
  4. Admissions