Kalamata, Tour - Mystras - Every Friday.
Travel through the beautiful Taygetos Mountains where, situated on the lower slopes near Sparta, you will find the ruined Byzantine city of Mystras. Dominated by the Frankish Castle built in 1249, the ruined buildings and beautiful churches of the walled city spread out on the slopes with panoramic views of the valley below.
The Palace of the Despots is being restored to former glory but the only inhabitants are the few nuns who still live and worship in the famous Pantanassa Monastery.
Your journey takes you from sea level to a climb of 1400 metres through the mountains where you stop at the highest point for a comfort break and to take in the views. Then travel through the spectacular Langada Pass which many believe to be the most beautiful route throughout all of Greece.
You arrive at the beautiful city of Mystras, once the capital of the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) which clings to the side of a mountain overlooking the valley below. It really is like an open air museum, steeped in history, built approx 800 years ago; it was once the main centre for learning
You have free time to explore the site of Mystras where you find, at the top, the fortress, 650m high, the walls, the Gates, the mansions and houses, the churches, of which there was originally more than 25 and where you can still see many of the original frescos, The Palace (under restoration), the convent which is still used to this day and the monastery.
(Please note that if you wish to visit the convent shoulder wraps must be worn)
After Mystras you will take a short trip to the to a lunch location before returning home.
Recommended: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat
Availability: Not available
An escort who throughout the journey will provide information about the surrounding area, points of interest.
Site entrance fee of 5 Euro