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Spring Flowers of the Peloponnese

Walking the Southern Peloponnese from Gythion on the Mani peninsula

Feel the warmth of the sun and a gentle spring breeze against your face as you walk on the wild side of the Mani Peninsula. With the sea as your constant companion, roam through carpets of vibrant wild flowers and discover ancient sites keeping silent watch on the surrounding landscape.

 

From our base in Gythion, located in the southernmost tip of the Mani peninsula, we’ll explore historical Mistra, located close to ancient Sparta, with its wealth of flowers and plants, notably anemones and orchids.

 

We’ll walk through the sparsely populated countryside dotted with small hamlets, offering spectacular coastal views, and may end with an afternoon swim or stroll on a secluded beach.

 

We’ll take dinner at Greek tavernas, meet with locals, enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and sample some of their great wines.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required.



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    09 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017

    Day 1 - Hotel Pantheon Gythion
    We fly from London Heathrow to Athens. On arrival transfer by coach to Gythion. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

    Day 2 - Hotel Pantheon Gythion
    Our gentle walk this morning takes us up the hill behind the village of Gythion with some lovely views and in season many flowers can be found along the track including orchids. Our afternoon walk again gives us good views and completes our orientation of the village and surrounding area.

    Day 3 - Hotel Pantheon Gythion
    We travel by coach to Tanero with a stop just above Vathia to see the unique architecture of the Mani en route. Our walk takes to a lighthouse with plenty of time to admire the local flora as we go. After a stop at a taverna for lunch we'll continue to Gerolimenas for a beautiful ridge walk and an early dinner in the village. We return to Gythion after dinner.

    Day 4 - nHotel Pantheon Gythion
    We head to Sparta today by coach and make a stop at the Archaeological Museum before continuing to Mistra village. From here we'll enjoy a gorge walk to the ancient Mistra site and the Kastro. There will be time to visit the site before a taverna lunch stop and our day concludes with a visit of Ancient Sparta before returning to Gythion.

    Day 5 - Hotel Pantheon Gythion
    Today is a leisure day where you may wish to relax further explore Gythion or take a local excursion. Your group leader will be able to give you more information.

    Day 6 - Hotel Pantheon Gythion
    The Langada Pass in the Taÿgetos Mountains, has been described as one of the most scenic roads in the region. We travel there today for a lovely mountain ridge walk with interesting tree line flora and great views over to Kalamata Bay and into the deep Langada Gorge.

    Day 7 - Hotel Pantheon Gythion
    The Anavryta Gorge walk is considered to be a highlight of the holiday and probably one of the best flower walks. We'll take a local bus to the start of the walk and stop at a local taverna for lunch. The afternoon offers an extended walk if you wish. Dinner is at a local restaurant in Gythion.

    Day 8 -
    We say goodbye to Gythion and transfer by coach to Athens Airport. If we didn't stop at the Corinth Canal on our arrival transfer (subject to flight times) we will try to do so on the return. At the airport we board our flight to London Heathrow.


  • Accommodation

    Hotel Pantheon, located on the sea front in atmospheric old Gythion.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights, airport transfers.
    • B&B en-suite accommodation.
    • Dinners taken at local tavernas.
    • All local transport costs.
    Supplement for single room: £125
     

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • Mistra, the finest Byzantine architecture.
    • Spectacular coastal views.
    • Mani with its unique tower houses.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Athens (c3hrs 45mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways. 
    • Upgrades to Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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