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Mystras Private Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino, Greece
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

The mountaintop city of Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage site and among the most impressive Byzantine ruins in Greece. This private full-day tour from Costa Navarino offers ample time to explore the ruins, including the Kástro, Ayía Sofía church, and the Despots’ Palace. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day private tour of Mystras from Costa Navarino
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Mystras, once an important Byzantine city
  • See the Kástro, Ayía Sofía church, the Despots’ Palace, and more
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and private transport
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
Your tour begins with morning pickup from your central Costa Navarino hotel. Traveling by private vehicle, set out on the journey to Mystras, following a spectacular route through the tunnels, ravines, and forests of the Taygetos mountains.

Along the way, learn more about the legendary city of Mystras, founded by William Villehardouin II in the 12th century AD, and hear stories of Byzantine emperors, glorious conquests, and bloody wars. Stop to take photos at the Keadas, and learn how Ancient Spartans would bring newborn sick children to be thrown from the cliffs, an act they believed would protect their race from defective genes. Then, continue climbing the mountainside to the Náfplio Gate at the top of the city.

From here, you will be given a map and free time to explore the ruins independently. As you follow the paths downhill, stop to admire the Ayía Sofía church, the grand Despots’ Palace, the Monemvasiá Gate, and the remains of a mosque.

After meeting back up with your guide, you’ll have chance to enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, before setting out on the return journey.

Back in Costa Navarino, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Bay Course - Costa Navarino
Our journey will start from your hotel, preferably in the morning and in less than two hours we will have reached our destination, the castle town of Mystras. The route is spectacular, as we will cross the famous mountain of Taygetos so full of myths and traditions. Passing through ravines, tunnels, caves and green forests we will have the opportunity to get to know each other better to adjust our tour to your travel needs.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mystras
During our trip, you will learn everything about the foundation of the castle town of Mystras, by William Villehardouin II, during the 12th century AD. You will learn about his defeat by the Byzantine emperors and stories about the families of Katakouzenos and Paleologos, who brought Mystras to the peak of its glory in the 13th and 14th centuries AD. You will be informed about the long history of wars that followed, and the changing conquerors. We'll leave you at the upper gate, along with a brochure for each attraction separately. The route that you will follow leads gently downhill where we will wait for you at the exit gate. You will have the opportunity to walk around the Acropolis of William, which dominates the top of the castle town and narrow streets where once walked princesses and Byzantine emperors. You can also visit museums within the cluttered walls, full of elements of daily life and monasteries where nuns still live.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Archaeological site Keadas
Our first stop for photos will be in Keadas. This was where the Ancient Spartans would bring newborn sick children and throw them over, to avoid the continuation of defective genes, to protect their proud and perfect race.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mystras
Finally, if you're hungry, remember that you are in Greece. Mediterranean traditional dishes at local restaurants are waiting for us. If not, we can take you back to your hotel to enjoy your afternoon swim in the sea!
Duration: 45 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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