Half-day private trip from Kalamata to Ancient Messene in an air-conditioned vehicle. See a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation that still has much to offer.
What to Expect
The tour starts from your hotel, preferably in the morning and in less than an hour you will be in Ithomi hill where Ancient Messene is located. During the trip you will have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery and learn about the myths, traditions and secrets of the area.
First stop will be at the source of village Mauromati. You will recount of the legend that reveals the name of the village: a myth that reaches back to the years of ancient Greeks’ mythology and is related to the upbringing of Zeus. You will be amazed by the structures of the city’s fortification wall and the only surviving entrance gate to the ancient city. They are standing there since 369 BC. You will enter through the Arcadian Gate and can admire its splendor and try to imagine how it felt to be a Messenian warrior going to battle.
You will walk through the same paths where once stepped Epaminondas, the famous General from Ancient Thiva, who founded the city of Ancient Messene on the ruins of Ancient Ithomi. Ruins that were the result of the Spartans’ invasion.
Just above the ancient city, Nikos’ traditional coffee shop, will host you for about an hour before entering the main site. There, you will learn everything about the foundation of the city, its history and the continuously changing history of its rulers. You will be taken to the entrance and let you walk around at your convenience, as long as you need within the ancient city. When you will finish the guide will be waiting right there with cool water and ready to answer all your questions.
- Transfer by private vehicle
- Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
- Free WiFi
- Local guide
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees (12 EUR)
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Licensed guide (upon request with extra cost)
Know Before You Go
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended