Peloponnese highlights tour, 8 days

“An eight day, small group tour of the Peloponnese peninsula. Visiting the great ancient sites, but also walking and basking in its stunning natural heritage. Staying in small hotels in Tripoli and Kalamata.”

Highlights

Athens | Ancient Corinth | Tripoli | Arcadia | Mycenae | Epidaurus | Mystras | Sparta | Kalamata | Messinia beaches | Museum of museum of Ancient Olympia | Birthplace of the Olympic Games | Caves of Diros | Cape Tenaro

Description of Peloponnese highlights tour, 8 days

This Peloponnese highlights tour will cover the cultural and natural highlights of every state within the biggest island of Greece: Peloponnese. Each region has something unique to offer the visitor, with a wide array of archaeological, natural and cultural sites.

Peloponnese includes some of the most important archaeological sites in the whole of Greece, many of them protected as UNESCO's world heritage monuments. These include the world famous Epidaurus, Mycenae and Ancient Olympia. We will also visit see some of Greece’s finest beaches where the sea is crystal clear water and perfect for swimming.

We have created an itinerary which includes not only cultural visits but also plenty of adventure, such as hiking along the Lousios River, visiting the Diros caves in Mani and picnicking or dining on superb Peloponnese food in some equally superb locations.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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2018: 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
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Environment

Having been born and raised in the Peloponnese region, we want to contribute to the good conservation of our region and its flora and fauna.

At our office we make organized recycling of paper, plastic, glass and metal, which we collect and carry them ourselves to a recycling company, which pays us according to the weight and type of recyclable materials we take. The money we collect is offered to local institutions according to their needs.

In addition, we encourage our guests to walk to the places we visit to get to know the place better and to reduce the harmful use of the car for short distances in the city or around the area we visit.

Also, the activities of this tour promote the acquaintance with the local wildlife, flora and fauna and promote the respect for it. We inform our guests about the local plant and animal species that exist in the area. Depending on the season, we show them the species of plants and herbs used for healing purposes all around Greece and we inform them about the way we use them.

Community

In general, our philosophy is to support local producers and suppliers in the wider region of the Peloponnese. That is why we host our guests in small hotels that are mostly family-run with few rooms that employ staff from the area. We also propose our guests small local taverns that serve local dishes made with pure ingredients from our place.

The welcome gifts we offer to our guests are made with pure materials, like pure virgin olive oil and beeswax, which we only buy from local producers, thus ensuring maximum quality and encouraging the agricultural production of our country.

Our guides and people who help us are young people with knowledge and love for their place. In general, we are trying to empower young people to keep them in Greece and not to leave their country and to contribute to the maximum we can in reducing unemployment that plagues Greece. Being young people, we know that you have to motivate young people to stay in the province and that is what we are trying to do through their welfare and the recognition of their offer.

We make a great effort through the tours we organize to benefit as many people as possible and encourage youthful entrepreneurship.

4 Reviews of Peloponnese highlights tour, 8 days

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Reviewed on 11 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We loved everything! Ancient sites, hiking, coffee with monks in a monastery up a sheer cliff, swimming, driving through the country. A memorable day
was when we followed the mobile chicken man who had a truck with an open back door, so that you could see the chickens eating, looking about and
enjoying the fresh air from their cages. He also played them loud music as he drove!
We were also surprised to find such great food and wine. We have passed on our eating recommendations and any wine from Nemea or Naoussa is worth a
try especially with the local St George or Agiorgitiko and the Moschofilero grape varieties.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it! It was reasonably priced, the hotels were good, the guide was helpful and flexible. If you want a guided tour of any of the archaeological sites, do this
before you leave. We were happy to look around ourselves, but sometimes a guide helps.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the people running our tour lived and worked in the area and knew it well. This meant they were able to take us on the best routes and point out the local
colour and highlights.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was fantastic! Nikos our driver was intelligent, informative and passionate about Greece in general and the Peloponnes in particular. He was also an
extremely good driver and genuinely nice guy - essential as nearly each day's trip involved driving over mountains! Angela from the operator was also great
- she responded helpfully and professionally to any requests and took us on the hike in the mountains (and made a local cheese savoury picnic lunch) which was a memorable highlight.

Read the operator's response here:

Keryn and Rob thank you for your
comment and for your nice words.
We had a great time with you and we
are really happy you enjoyed our tour
too. With regards.

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The highlights were too numerous to mention. In all, the most valuable experience was the diversity of exploration from ancient archealogical sites to beautiful walks in wondrous gorges to visits at the most stunning beaches to some brilliant food and wine experiences. The tour gave the opportunity to experience the Peloponnese in all its rich and diverse offerings. Among the highlights:-Olympia, The caves, the gorge walk, Mycenae.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be open to exploring the two towns we spent the night in.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It supported local tourist enterprises and employment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Harry for your comments.
It was a pleasure for us to have you on
the tour. With regards.

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The best feature of this holiday was that each days' activity was different and revealed another aspect of this beautiful region of Greece. From mountain villages in Arcadia to archaeological sites (both the well known and the the less well known) and beautiful beaches, each day was a unique experience. If you wanted to spend an hour under the trees in a village square relaxing in conversation over a beer or a coffee, there was no pressure to move on a keep to a schedule. In the evenings you were free to explore the towns (Tripoli, Monemvasia and Kalamata) you stayed in and eat in local restaurants and talk to the people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it! This is a wonderful way to see Greece. Everyone has their own horror experience of large group tours in Greece or elsewhere, but with Hellasdays you have a company focused on bringing you the best in small group travel. The company is the 'Smart Car' of local tourism ( I realise that for Greeks, being compared to a German company may not seem like the compliment that is intended), but Hellasdays is small and agile and thus able to customize the experiences it offers to travelers. There are so many small, personal touches from the Welcome and Farewell Gifts to the homemade picnic lunch on the Lucius river gorge walk. Nikos and Angela are enthusiastic about their region of Greece and want people to have the best experience possible. The Greek word for doing things wholeheartedly, with soul is 'meraki' and that's exactly the type of experience you get on this trip!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Along with the concern for you to have a great holiday, Hellasdays is all about being local. The hotels are local, not members of a large chain and selected so that you have good access to the town you are staying in. All of the hotels were very comfortable and the breakfasts, varied and ample.

The visit to the Palivou Estate winery on day one was a great example of introducing people to the local product and providing the visitor with an understanding of the terroir and climate and how these influence the characteristics of these beautiful wines.

The fact that the tour groups are small also ensures that the environmental impacts of your holiday are minimal. Nikos, a trained agronomist, is keen to pass on his insights on the local areas you pass through.


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a five star experience for me. I don't often take group tours, even with small groups, but from day one I had no regrets and everyday just kept getting better. While the trip had everything that I wanted from a holiday in Greece - history, archaeology, great food and wine, mountains and beautiful beaches - the care and flexibility with which it was executed made it the perfect holiday.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Russell for your comment and for all the nice things you said about our tour and about us. We had a really nice time with you and we really hope to see you again soon.
With regards

Reviewed on 03 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was great! There was lots of variety. We really enjoyed hiking in Arcadia on our 2nd day, and visiting the monasteries and small mountain villages.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Because you visit a lot of ruins, you are doing a lot of walking. Take that into consideration if you are not in very good shape. Nicholas is very flexible, so you will always be able to enjoy.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I'd say yes. We stopped at local places for coffee and lunches in small villages. Our hotel stays were not in the big touristy cities, but were very nice and relaxing..

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an amazing trip. The only way to see the Peloponnese. Let someone else do the driving and just set back, relax and enjoy.

Read the operator's response here:

Marlys & Ron

thank you very much for your nice comments! It was a lovely tour for us too. Hope to see you againa sometime!! Take care. Efcharisto!!!

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