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Kalamata Historic Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino, Greece
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket

Overview

Visit Kalamata, one of the most appealing cities in the Peloponnese, on a private day trip from Costa Navarino. Explore the hilltop 12th-century castle, Church of Ypapanti, and Monastery of the Nuns, an 18th-century sanctuary where the nuns make hand-woven silks, as you learn about the city’s history, including its 1986 earthquake. Your visit includes free time for shopping and lunch (own expense). Hotel pickup and drop-off included. Entrance fees are not included.
  • See the highlights of Kalamata, including the Church of Ypapanti and ruined medieval castle
  • Visit the Monastery of Nuns, where the nuns hand-weave silk
  • View the 11th-century Church of Agioi Apostoli and cave-style St. John Church
  • Learn about Kalamata’s culture and history, including its 1986 earthquake

What's Included

Driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance fees - 2 eur per person
Food and drinks - Between 5 and 30€ / person, depend on the client's request!
Gratuities
Guide
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel Lobby

Departure Time

9:00 AM
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What To Expect

After pickup from your Costa Navarino hotel, journey through Greece's picturesque countryside by private, air-conditioned vehicle toward Kalamata.

On route, learn about this lovely city, the second-largest in the Peloponnese, hearing how it centers on a hilltop Frankish castle encircled by an old town that was severely damaged by a 1986 earthquake.

On arrival, hop out at pretty Ypapanti Square in the old town. Admire the silver-domed 19th-century Church of Ypapanti, and learn how the earthquake exposed remnants of ancient Kalamata underneath it, including fragments of the original city wall, statues, and pottery.

Climb up to the crumbled 12th-century castle and explore the old stones and walls as you hear about the Villehardouins, the noble French family who built it, including tales of the 13th-century Princess Isabella and her father, William.

Stop below the castle to see some well-preserved, early 19th-century houses that survived the earthquake, and pass Kalamata’s first free hospital after 300 years of Turkish rule.

See the cave-built Church of St. John, used as a secret school during the Turkish period, and visit the Monastery of Nuns, a working monastery founded in 1796. The original nuns were versed in the cultivation of silkworms and silk-making, and their modern-day counterparts produce exquisite hand-woven scarves and handkerchiefs, forever linking Kalamata with this beautiful fabric. See the courtyard and churches here, and perhaps buy some silk (own expense) from the shop.

Then, continue to the 11th-century Church of Agioi Apostoli, Kalamata’s oldest, and enjoy free time for shopping and coffee in the surrounding roads and square. Stroll along Kalamata’s pedestrianized main street, admiring its neo-classical and 20th-century inter-war buildings, including the City Hall.

Finally, choose a restaurant, perhaps one recommended by your guide, and relax over a lunch (own expense) of local cuisine. Your trip then finishes at your Costa Navarino hotel.
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Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ypapanti Church
We will pick you up from your hotel and after 1 hour we will be in the square of the Ypapanti, the largest church and patron saint of the city, from where our tour begins. The selection of the starting point of our tour is not by chance! In 1986 a large earthquake exposed the ancient city of Kalamata (Farai), hiding just under the sanctuary of Ypapanti’s Church. Parts of the fortification wall of the ancient city, statues and pottery sherds, slept for centuries in the bowels of the church and now they are in the Acropolis Museum of Athens.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Church of Agioi Apostoloi
Our ride continues south, to the oldest church of the city, the church of Agioi Apostoloi. It was built in the 11th century AD. The church’s square, picturesque and full of stores, coffee shops and restaurants, will make you want to take your time and rest. So, you can relax and enjoy your coffee in one of the many small traditional cafes or buy souvenirs or traditional local products.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castle of Kalamata
We will continue walking around the city’s castle, the one that Villehardouins’ family decided to built during the 12th century. At its base, we will have the opportunity to see two houses preserved from 1821, despite the years that have passed and the earthquake that tore down all the other buildings. We will see also the first hospital of free Kalamata, after 300 years of slavery under the Turks.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Kalamata Municipal Railway Park
We will admire the church of St. John, which was built inside a cave and was used by the Greeks as a secret school for their children during the Ottoman era.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Holy Monastery of the Ioannis Prodromos
the monastery of nuns, will bring us back to reality and the modern history of Kalamata. Inside the monastery, the nuns were the first ones taught how to cultivate the silkworm and the art of weaving silk handkerchiefs. In that same place, they taught it to the young women of the region. Silk scarves become Kalamata’s trademark well known throughout Greece.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kalamata Beach
The pedestrian street that we will follow later is Kalamata’s commercial centre. You will be able to admire some of the greatest neoclassical and classical buildings but also buildings from the inter war era. The main city hall will impress you. Surely by then you will be hungry. Since you are in Kalamata, it is not possible to miss the opportunity to taste our Mediterranean cuisine. We have so many choices from which you can choose the one that satisfies most your preferences.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Hotel Pickup
This experience is eligible for hotel pickup. Once your purchase is complete, you’ll be able to coordinate pickup details directly with your operator.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Maximum is 4 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

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