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Land of Theseus

- 8-days study and walking tour in the Saronic Gulf near Athens -

Scenic aerial view of the northwestern cape of Methana with some of the 30 lava domes.
Scenic aerial view of the northwestern cape of Methana with some of the 30 lava domes.
The thermal springs made Methana famous for its healing cpacities.
The thermal springs made Methana famous for its healing cpacities.
The central part of the peninsula with the crater valley of Stavrolongos volcano caldera.
The central part of the peninsula with the crater valley of Stavrolongos volcano caldera.
In spring time some of the valleys are covered with anemones.
In spring time some of the valleys are covered with anemones.
The lava dome Rethi and anemones.
The lava dome Rethi and anemones.
The central part of the historic volcano at the village Kameni Chora.
The central part of the historic volcano at the village Kameni Chora.
View on the little town of Methana in spring.
View on the little town of Methana in spring.
The ancient tower at Thorni plain was first excavated in 1912.
The ancient tower at Thorni plain was first excavated in 1912.
A green tree frog from the Loutesa plain.
A green tree frog from the Loutesa plain.
The church of Agios Konstantinos&Elenis near Kounoupitsa valley and the red fruit of the strawberrytree.
The church of Agios Konstantinos&Elenis near Kounoupitsa valley and the red fruit of the strawberrytree.
The farmer Kostas on his fields.
The farmer Kostas on his fields.
Morning aerial image of the small town of Methana and the little island Nisaki.
Morning aerial image of the small town of Methana and the little island Nisaki.
Even the ancient writer Pausanias described the ancient town of Methana and the volcanic eruption that took place 270 B.C. Here you can see the ancient entrance of the acropolis of Methana, the "Paliokastro".
Even the ancient writer Pausanias described the ancient town of Methana and the volcanic eruption that took place 270 B.C. Here you can see the ancient entrance of the acropolis of Methana, the "Paliokastro".
The neighbour island of Poros is one of the targets of our excursions. It is a picturesque town with nice lanes and an interesting archaeological museum.
The neighbour island of Poros is one of the targets of our excursions. It is a picturesque town with nice lanes and an interesting archaeological museum.
The ancient theatre of Palia Epidavros is one of the most beautiful ancient theatres in Greece.
The ancient theatre of Palia Epidavros is one of the most beautiful ancient theatres in Greece.
The sanctuary of Aeskulap / Asklepios at the ancient town of Troezen, which was the home town of the famous mythical hero that killed the monster of Minotaurus on Crete island.
The sanctuary of Aeskulap / Asklepios at the ancient town of Troezen, which was the home town of the famous mythical hero that killed the monster of Minotaurus on Crete island.
The scenic gorge of "Diavologefiro" near Troezen is great for photography and relaxation.
The scenic gorge of "Diavologefiro" near Troezen is great for photography and relaxation.
The Saronic gulf is the "Gate of the Aegean Sea" and it looks like a miniature of the entire Aegean Sea with its islands and its scenic landscape. On this exciting tour, we will concentrate on the eastern part of the Saronic gulf and the eastern part of Peloponnese peninsula. We will discover the volcanic peninsula Methana with its about 30 eruption centres ("lava domes") and we will explore also prehistoric sites and the entire mythological past of the area.
  • The scenic landscape of about 30 lava domes
  • Exploring the hidden ancient sites
  • The nature & culture of the area
  • Poros island
  • Troezen - the home of the mythic hero Theseus
  • Ancient theatres of Epidavros

The Saronic gulf & Troezen

Día 1: Arrival at Athens airport
Arrival at Athens airport and meeting with the tour guide. Transfer to Methana. Nice evening dinner in a local tavern. First introduction to the tour program.
A.: hotel or pension in Methana (D)
Día 2: Methana´s highest plains & Stavrolongos volcano valley
Scenic hiking tour over nice plains with cisterns and through little forests between the highest tops of the peninsula. A great opportunity to explore the nature and geology of Methana!
A.: as before (Methana)
Día 3: Poros island & homeland of Theseus
Visit of the scenic island of Poros and its archaeological museum with exciting items found on Methana. Time for photography and strolling through the lanes of Poros. Drive to the mythical homeland of the hero Theseus, who killed the monster Minotaur on Crete island. We have time to explore the ancient sanctuary of Aesculapius (Asklepios) and the valley of Diavologefiro.
A.: as before (Methana)
Día 4: One of the most beautiful lava domes
The scenic lava dome at the village Kameni Chora is one of the most exciting lava domes of Greece. The tree covered, huge rocks of the volcano´s top is a little paradise. It is the exciting result of the eruption that took place 270 B.C.
A.: as before (Methana)
Día 5: The abandoned village on a lava dome
On this tour you will ascend to an abandoned settlement on top of a huge lava dome. Old cisterns, ruins and a tiny small chapel remind us that in former time the people were finding a safe place, when the pirates were attacking the villages on Methana.
A.: as before (Methana)
Día 6: The ancient theater of Epidavros
A nice one day tour to the east part of Peloponnese with its theatre(s) of Epidavros. There will be many opportunities for taking scenic photographs.
A.: as before (Methana)
Día 7: A prehistoric sanctuary near a volcanic gas exhaust
Discovering the prehistoric excavations near Methana, we will descent in a lonely bay with the signs of volcanic gases. Were they used for religious rituals?
A.: as before (Methana)
Día 8: Transfer to the airport Athens
Depending on the departure times of all participants, we will drive early in the morning towards the airport of Athens (about 2,5 hours drive). Opportunity for stops at scenic places if there is enough time.
A.: none (B)

Llegada info:

The tour starts and ends in Athens airport (ATH). On request, other nearby locations for pick-up or drop-off can be arranged.

Tour code:GRE_LAT
Tipo de viaje: Caminando: fotografía - Geología - archaeology
Dificultad:FCIL de moderado
Group size:4-8
Duración: 8 days / 7 nights

Fechas:

Fechas personalizadas y en grupos
28 dic 19 - 4 ene 2020
28 mar - 4 abr 2020
4-11 abr 2020

Precio (pp): 1380 €  ? 

Incluido:

  • Transfers from and to the airport of Athens
  • Entrance fees for museums and archaeologic sites
  • English- and German-speaking tour guide
  • Accommodation in Methana (comfortable private hotel)
  • Half board in local taverns & restaurants

Tour guide:

Tobias Schorr is a German photographer and hobby-geologist with a long experience in guiding tours. He has been living for many years in Greece and did many tours to the Greek volcanoes Methana, Milos, Santorini, Nisyros and even older volcanoes like Lesvos. He is always having an eye on the small details like orchids, ancient items or even rare minerals.
Tobias Schorr with a piece of fossilised palm threes from Santorini island.

Important note:

The tour can be done at individual dates on request!

Recommended by Ecotourism Greece

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