Kalavryta- Cave Lakes/Kastria
– Vytina – Dimitsana – Levidi – Mantineia
Athens, early in the morning. We are picking you up from your hotel or apartment and driving to Peloponnese, where we are going to visit all the above magnificent places and meet the Ancient Greek History and Legends!
After having the necessary stops-breaks for snacks and pictures, during an adventurous journey of 180 kilometers, we reach our first station, Kalavryta, a picturesque town of Achaia, lying at Mount Chelmos’ foot. Kalavryta is widely known for having performed a crucial role at the beginning of the Greek Revolution of 1821, when the famous Greek priest Palaion Patron Germanos raised the Revolution Banner inside Agia Lavra Monastery and blessed the patriots to fight and win.
Our next station, Cave Lakes or Kastria Cave, is just 17 kilometers away. You will be able to explore this mystery and at the same time miracle of the Greek nature, with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations and a cascading system of lakes in three levels inside the main cave chamber.
Next destination is Vytina, fairly characterized as the “fir-gem of Mount Mainalo”. Vytina is a traditional village of mountainous Arcadia, in the center of Peloponnese, famous for its people’s hospitality and its unique climate, which attracts thousands of people every year and offers a big variety of activities in the nature.
Plenty of sensations and feelings, we are leaving Vytina to visit Dimitsana, another historical traditional town of Arcadia, built amphitheatrically between Mount Mainalo and Loucios River. In this preservable stone-structured settlement, you will be able to admire the 6 remaining legendary Gunpowder Mills that assisted the Greek Revolution through their intensive production and relax in an environment surrounded by pine tree forests.
Our journey is going on with a visit to Levidi, another traditional town of Arcadia and Mount Mainalo. In ancient times, Levidi used to be known as Orhomenos, a famous city, whose excavation is visitable today, exposing one of the greatest theaters of the Ancient World, as well as remains of walls, the Temple of Artemis, the market, etc.
Our last – but not least – destination is Mantineia, carrying a rich historical background and name, having been involved in legendary wars of the Ancient Times and remaining, nowadays, an extremely interesting archaeological site, with a large number of remains of walls, temples, theater, buildings and tombs.
Having completed our scheduled trip, we are leaving Peloponnese, having kept deeply in our hearts all this unforgettable experience and driving back to Athens.
Rack Railway ꞉ 9,5€ per route
Municipal Museum Of The Kalavritan Holocaust : Full 3€ / Reduced: 1.5€
Cave of Lakes : Full: 9 € / Reduced: 4,50 €
Reduced ticket : European citizens over 65 years old,
University students Free entrance : people under 18 years old,
students from European Union
January 1st: closed
March 25th꞉ closed
May 1st: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
December 25th: closed
December 26th: closed
Free admission days
March 6th (in memory of Melina Mercuri)
April 18th (international monuments day)
May 18th (international museums day)
Last weekend of September (European heritage days) October 28th
Every 1st Sunday from November to March