Journey back in time on a private day trip to Mystras, departing Kalamata for a scenic drive over the Taygetus mountains. Learn the dark story of the Keadas cavern en route to the former capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea.
What to Expect
Depart Kalamata (preferably in the morning) and journey for less than 2 hours to the fortified town of Mystras on Mt. Taygetus. Cross the Taygetus mountain range and experience a landscape full of myths and traditions, spectacular ravines, stone tunnels, caves and green forests.
Stop to take photos of Keadas, where, according to the historian Plutarch, the ancient Spartans used to throw their weak and deformed infants into the cavern. Learn the history of Mystras on the way to the site, and then wander among its many monuments and attractions.
Mystras was founded by William II of Villehardouin in the 12th century AD after he captured the last remaining Byzantine outpost on the Morea at Monemvasia. Hear stories about the legendary rulers of Mystras, including the families of Kantakouzenos and Palaeologus who brought glory in the 13th and 14th century AD. Learn about the long wars that followed, and the alternation of the various conquerors.
Wander around the Acropolis at the top of the town, and follow in the footsteps of Byzantine emperors and princesses along the narrow streets. Discover museums that reveal aspects of daily life, and the ruins of monasteries where nuns still live. Go to churches where emperors were enthroned, before time to enjoy some traditional Mediterranean dishes at one of the local restaurants.
- Transfer by private vehicle
- Hotel/port pick-up and drop off
- Free Wi-Fi
- Local guide
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees (€12)
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Licensed guide (on request at extra cost)
Know Before You Go
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for this tour