Itinerary Highlights
  • Perhaps you'd like to see a Greece which is laden with countryside and coastal areas, a Mediterranean and elegant Greece, or a Greece which is simply spectacular.
  • You will stay in hand-picked accommodation including a mansion among olive trees in Monemvasia and a watchtower in Vathia
  • Explore the secret beaches of the Mani Peninsula, the ancient sites and dishes prepared by inspired chefs

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The 'fingers' of the Peloponnese

Untouched, authentic, surrounded by sea and quieter with less tourists - this is the south of the Peloponnese. At the bottom of the Messinian Gulf is Kalamata, with its olive groves and dazzling seascape. Nearby Monemvasia is the home of some of the world's oldest wines. The village is located in a spectacular spot at the foot of a mountainous headland, just off the coast of the Epidaure Limira Peninsula. Finally, Vathia and the Mani Peninsula, is pretty and dramatic with its defence towers and blue flowers in the spring. You'll get to see and experience a part of Greece that not everyone goes to. There is plenty of space here and plenty of spots you'll come across by chance; the village squares,
coves, beaches, chapels traditional cafes, will make you feel a personal connection with the country. The sea surrounding you invites you to take a dip, or go out for a sail, before popping to a restaurant overlooking the water to taste the catch of the day.

Your trip

Your car will give you the freedom to explore the roads as you please, stopping wherever takes your fancy. Upon arrival, you can venture out on foot, bike or horseback. The beautiful manor house in Monemvasia, in particular, is incredible, but the tower of Vathia is just as impressive. The night in Kalamata has a different atmosphere with its balance of bustling city alongside natural beauty. Admire the outstanding view from your window. And if you need any tips on places to visit or where to eat contact our local Concierge.

Route

Everything is 100% tailored to you
DAY 1

Flight to Kalamata

A transfer will take you to your next hotel for the night which sits by the sea, close to the harbour. The hotel, which has been recently renovated, is simple but elegant and offers all modern comforts. Almost nestled in the sand, it offers direct access to the beach, and shops and tourist attractions are in easy reach.

DAY 2

Kalamata - Monemvasia

Pick up your hire car and drive to Monemvasia (also known as Malvasia). You will spend three nights a little further south in the mountains. The fortified house has witnessed the Byzantines, Ottomans, and Venetians. Although its history has worn it down, it's still beautiful and its people have retained its character. The buildings have been designed to showcase intricate stonework; the floors and furniture bring warmth with their waxed wood, and the fabrics give a hint of boldness and cheer. You can see the Aegean Sea and the hotel swimming pool which invites you to take a dip to cool off under the warm sun. In the restaurant, sustainable produce from the estate takes centre stage. With this level of service in such a delightful setting where there are minerals and lush vegetation, you should not miss out on a trip to the spa.

DAYS 3 & 4

Monemvasia

Where the surrounding scenery is stunning. It is full of orchards, olive trees, lemons, and vineyards. Explore on foot, on horseback, or by bicycle. Take some time to relax, take a dip in the sea, taste the wine from the estate, and bake bread. Having a rental car allows you to venture out a bit further, and cross the Epidaure Limira peninsula. The Castle in the historic centre of Monemvasia is nestled on a rocky peninsula. The town was founded in the sixth century. Two hundred years later, it was at the forefront of a determined fight against the plague led by Hippocrates. History has makes its mark and the peace of its alleyways and medieval squares was hard-won. The fortress is testament to this, and the ancient architecture has retained its military style. The 12th-century church of Saint Sophia is the town's main religious landmark.
On the itinerary is a private tour of the Castle with a local guide, followed by a small sampling of local produce.
Option - Cookery lessons in an old oil mill.

DAY 5

Monemvasia - Vathia

Now head off to Vathia. Spend three nights in one of the towers that, while now wonderfully comfortable, has seen stories of piracy, clan wars, and revenge. Where people once looked out at the sea horizon with concern, you can gaze at it with bliss, from your window or the thermal pool. In your home-from-home, you don't need to climb a ladder for a view of the waves and mountains. The restaurant, which is reserved for the guests of the tower, works its magic with local ingredients and nomadic ideas. If you can drag yourself away from your cosy room, take a walk around the area or make use of the bicycles available to borrow for the duration of your stay.

DAYS 6 & 7

Vathia

Your tower dates back to the early 19th century and is typical of the architecture of the Mani Peninsular. You'll see other towers pointing towards the blue sky as you explore the nestling villages. Vathia has a number of them which make the town famous. Sitting on marble, the region has a stark beauty with its rock, evergreen shrubs, scattered oaks, and olive trees. This is where you need to come in search of a rugged but moving authenticity. In summer, wild flowers cover the slopes. You'll remember these landscapes long after you've gone home. The Vlychada cave is a real change of atmosphere. The chambers boast impressive sheets of stalactites. According to the Greeks, the coast and beaches of the Mani Peninsular were among the most beautiful and well-preserved in the country.

DAY 8

Vathia - Kalamata - return flight

Drive to Kalamata Airport and return the car. Return flight.

A la carte

With a few extra days - Nafplio

In Nafplio, on the Argolic Gulf, the characteristic Mediterranean landscape seems to have remained unchanged since the city was founded by Nafplios, son of Poseidon and Amymone. Traditional buildings in Old Nafplio show their Venetian influence and a hint of neoclassicism. Tightly woven in the city's fabric, the shaded the narrow streets shield you from the dazzling midday sun. We can't help but look up towards the two fortresses against the backdrop of a pure blue sky; Acronafplia and Palamedes were built in the early 18th century by French engineers.
Optional

Monemvasia - Cooking lesson

The lesson is held in an old oil mill surrounded by olive trees, where you can learn about local cuisine from an experienced chef. The programme includes five traditional dishes - tzatziki, Greek salad, kagianas, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, honey puffs - and a guided tour of the old mill, wine tasting and prepared meals.
Optional

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is from £2,400 to £3,500 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £2800 per person.
  • Return flight to Kalamata with a scheduled airline
  • Airline taxes
  • Private transfer to Kalamata airport
  • Overnight stay in Kalamata in a double room with sea view with breakfast
  • Three-night stay in Monemvasia in a double room with breakfast
  • Three-night stay in Vathia in a double room with sea view, with breakfast
  • Pay a visit to Monemvasia castle and sample local produce with a private guide
  • In Vathia, you can hire bicycles for the duration of your trip
  • Five-seater car hire for seven days
  • A GPS navigation service accessible from our app, loaded with your itinerary, hotel details and places to visit
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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