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Wild flowers of the Peloponnese
The region offers a timeless rich culture and an inherent natural beauty that is at its very best in spring when the landscape is reborn with a dazzlingly display of new plant life. Ancient and fascinating, this area offers a spectacular natural landscape of towering mountains, verdant rolling hills and rugged coastlines that settle around a dramatic ancient history. Our tour is two-centre which provides the opportunity to explore a variety of habitats and include a little bit of history too.
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Athens - Manchester flights maybe available, supplement applicable, please enquire - including all payable taxes
- Three nights' accommodation in standard room on bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Rex Hotel, Nafplio
- Four nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Ilaeria Resort Hotel, Toriza
- Three dinners and one lunch
- Entrance fees
- Transfers and excursions as detailed
- Tour manager and guide throughout
- Single room supplement
- Holiday Insurance
- Regional flight supplement (available on request)
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Fly from London Heathrow to Athens. On arrival transfer by coach to Nafplio (approx. two hours). Check in to our hotel in Nafplio. Welcome dinner (included) in a local taverna.
We start our tour with an introductory walk in the local area. Following a path around the Nafplio headland we shall have a relaxed walk looking for interesting flora whilst enjoying the sea views. After free time for lunch in Nafplio, we continue our botanizing at the Palamidi Castle, which sits high above the town. Evening at leisure.
As the area is of rich historical interest our visits today focus around some of the prominent sites of the region discovering a little of their history whilst botanising. We shall visit the site of Argive Heraion, one of the regions’ best preserved classical sites, and Mycenae, considered one of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilisation. Both sites have elevated positions so the views are wonderfully panoramic.
We start our journey to our second hotel at Toriza following round the bay of Nafplio and across the hills which dominate the bay. We will botanise at various places en-route and enjoy some spectacular views before we drop down from the hills and head to our second hotel, the Ilaeria Resort.
Our botanising today takes us to the edge of the Mani peninsula where we will explore around the Kefala Castle. Built by the Ottomans in 1670 to contain the Inner Mani, the castle was much fought over but is now an atmospheric ruin after the Ottomans were finally driven out in 1780. Whilst in the area, we will take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Diros Caves, which we will explore via small boats.
Today we enjoy a journey travelling through the Langada Gorge to Kalamata on the west coast. Continuing south, we reach the Outer Mani and the picturesque village of Kardamyli with its colourful red-tiled houses. We spend our time botanising around the hill village of Proastio, situated just a short distance from Kardamyli, following a track known as ‘orchid alley’. Returning to our hotel via a different route we have the opportunity to see some of the traditional tower houses of the Mani region as well as some wonderful old Byzantine churches.
The picturesque town of Monemvasia is a medieval ‘tower town’ that is often referred to as the ‘Gibraltar of the East’. It sits on a small peninsula slightly separated from the mainland, having been ‘pushed away’ by an earthquake in 375AD. An archaeological monument, Monemvasia was founded by the Byzantines in the 6th century. It is separated into an upper and lower town with the medieval town walls and a number of Byzantine churches still intact. We will have the opportunity to explore the town and will botanise in the upper part of the fortifications.
Transfer back to Athens for the return flight to the UK.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.
The Rex hotel was chosen primarily because of its position, which is within easy walking distance of the centre of the lovely historic town of Nafplio, providing guests with the freedom to enjoy the town and its many excellent tavernas, situated both on the sea front and in the narrow back streets of the old town. This three-star hotel offers comfortable, spacious bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, balconies TV, safety deposit box and hair dryer. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel. A buffet breakfast is served daily.
Ilaeria Mountain Resort hotel, Toriza
Open all year round, the Ilaeira Mountain Resort is an attractive boutique style hotel built amphitheatrically on the lower slopes of the Taygetos Mountains, just 15km from the historical town of Sparta. The uniquely decorated accommodation units, each individually named after a local water spring, ensure your stay here is a luxury one. Each unit features a kitchenette, living room with fireplace, bathroom with spa bath and balcony or outside terrace with panoramic views of the Laconian plain. The in-room equipment includes wifi, TV, hairdryer, telephone and bathroom cosmetics.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was well led and well facilitated. It would have been of assistance to us to have known before we booked an airport hotel that outward flight times had changed since it might have been possible to fly from Belfast on the morning of departure. The change was due to the scheduled airline operation not to Travel Editions. However, we enjoyed the trip so much we are considering a future booking.