Archaeological & literary tour of The Peloponnese

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We aim to share our experiences of this beautiful area of the Peloponnese with visitors who care about the quality of their food and the preservation of the natural environment. Lavender Lodge is intended to be a tranquil retreat for guests to enjoy local foods, explore the bountiful wildlife and nature in our gardens and grove and to receive therapeutic wellness treatments such as massages as well as participating in cultural archaeological visits and appreciating nature in areas of outstanding beauty such as waterfalls.

Energy efficiency: We heat our properties by using wood-burning stoves to burn our own wood which has been naturally pruned each year from our olive trees. We heat our water with solar panels.

Recycling: We provide separate recycling bins for our guests at Lavender Lodge and we dispose of these appropriately, recycling as much paper, plastic cardboard and glass as we can.

Water use and conservation: we encourage all guests to save water through the use of appropriate signage. We use waterbutts and onsite underground reservoirs around the property to conserve natural rain-water for irrigation of the land and for any other appropriate use. The packages we offer entirely support and uphold the preservation of ancient monuments and archaeology, culture and cultural practice in our local area of the Peloponnese.

Minimising negative Impact : we run every trip from a standpoint of environmental conservation, highlighting issues of pollution, litter or any action contrary to the preservation of the ancient artifacts or cultural importance attached to the sites which we visit.

The Impacts of this Trip

This archaeological tour is designed to promote and support the preservation of the ancient sites and the cutural artifacts of this area of the Peloponnese through educating visitors to the ancient sites.

We also encourage visitors to support the local craft makers and artisans who produce a great range of informative material and memorabilia in the museums and galleries.

Before each trip all guests are given information covering the history (both social and political) of the place to be visited in the form of a talk followed by a guided tour and they are provided with access to up to date guide book material.

We run educational guided cultural trips to Olympia (site and museum), the museum of Hora, Nestorís Palace, Pylos Castle and harbour, Epidauros (ancient amphitheatre), Messene and Mycenae with the intention of patronising local social and cultural points of interests.


1 Reviews of Archaeological & literary tour of The Peloponnese

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by

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

In the 3 days of my stay, Bill took me to a wonderful variety of archaeological sites and his knowledge, easy manner and organisation enhanced all of these trips. My most memorable part was the trip to Epidauros and Mycenae, which superlatives cannot describe.

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

Lavender lodge is extremely well-appointed, very comfortable and has superb panoramic views, but don't forget this is Greece and if you want English breakfast tea, as I do, you should bring it with you ! As for the sites, Bill knows them well and will take you round the easiest routes. However, there is still some rugged terrain involved, so bring sturdy footwear.

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

Bill and Tamara have, I discovered, used local builders and materials in the development of their facility. The food I ate was either grown by them or sourced locally and the whole facility is geared, it appears to me, to eco-friendly production and recycling...... for example: my eggshells went in their composter; power is in part solar and all cleaning products are eco- friendly. Clear advice was given as to which local Tavernas and shops to use. their approach certainly met all my requirements and standards for eco-friendly tourism.

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

Highly enjoyable, instructive and gave me real motivation to return at some point for a longer stay.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Derek for your review. We agree that the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidauros are totally breathtaking and monumental even in their state of antiquity. Rest assured, we will definitely be providing English breakfast teas to go along with our home grown herbal tea range in the future ! Glad you used our new composter, the garden will greatly appreciate it! We very much look forward to hosting a tour for you again next year.

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