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Sparta (Acropolis) & Mystras (Medieval town), private tour from Athens(10 hours)
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Sparta (Acropolis) & Mystras (Medieval town), private tour from Athens(10 hours)

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We visit Sparta as travelers, not as tourists. We get as excited as you to travel, to enjoy history, scenery.<br><br>If you want to see most of Modern/Ancient Sparta &amp; Mystras Medieval Town we suggest combine the sites in a full day tour. <br>Schedule is flexible, but most importantly our drivers are seasoned travelers and are dedicated to helping you live the tour of your life, that is suited to your needs and lifestyle, allowing all passengers to enjoy the scenic drive, stopping wherever you desire.<br>The tour starts with convenient pickup and takes you via Corinth Canal to Peloponnese. We drive via Mount Parnon to Sparta, visit town, the impressive statue of Leonidas, the Acropolis, theater, King Leonidas Tomb and Museum. Nearby is Mystras Byzantine medieval town.<br>Last will visit the unique Olive &amp; Oil museum of Sparta. <br><br>You have the options of a full payment at the time of your booking or reserve your tour with a deposit only 50% at a lower rate (than Option/ Full Pay). See additional info
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Thespecialagent wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom369 contributions101 helpful votes
I must disagree with some of my fellow reviewers and say that this is an absolute must-see place when in Laconia. Justifiably a UNESCO world heritage site, this is one of the most fascinating places we've visited during our many travels in Greece. It's a very large rambling site, which easily needs at least a half-day to appreciate. Be aware that, being built on a steep hillside, a visit does involve some steep climbs along rough rock-strewn paths. Bring water and wear good sensible shoes! Although large parts of it are not intact, there's more than enough to bring the place to life in one's imagination. An imposing castle and several beautiful churches are the highlights, but just by wandering around one can easily picture the ghosts of the tens of thousands who lived and died there. The site is split into two distinct parts - the castle/upper town and the lower town. There are car-parks at both and I would recommend starting at the top and then driving down to the lower part afterwards. One entrance ticket allows entry to both. We had lunch in the lovely village of Pikoulianika, which is 5 minutes up the hill from the castle car-park. This place is amazing - do yourself a favour and don't miss it!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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RangeR wrote a review May 2020
Canada693 contributions48 helpful votes
Great piece of history preserved and worthy of visit, but not even remotely accessible. There are no build walkways, so you’ll be just walking in nature. If you wish to go to the very top for some spectacular views, you are just straight up hiking and the ground gets very uneven and treacherous. Be sure to have good shoes without open toes!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Alex J wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia2,219 contributions217 helpful votes
I wasn't all that impressed with Mystras. It is not an ancient Greek site, it is basically a Byzantine site. The last place to hold out against the conquering Ottomans. Quite a few churches, and other associated buildings with a religious flavour. Our guide explained it all to us, but as we were coming straight from seeing Mycenae and the Treasury of Atreus, this site did not interest us as much. Now, don't get me wrong: there is more to actually see here, as the place is much newer (the oldest buildings here are just 800 years old, whereas the oldest stuff in Mycenae were 3300 years old!) But, if you like your history, there is plenty to see. Our guide regaled us with stories of how the Franks grabbed this place, then the Byzantines grabbed it back, and then fought off the Ottomans for many years before finally succumbing, how it declined under Ottoman rule, etc..etc... All very exciting for history buffs, but not for people disinterested in Byzantine and Ottoman history. There is even more climbing over rough ground than in Mycenae. See this place if you are keen, otherwise skip it. Spend the time saved in Mycenae.
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Date of experience: April 2019
Ron S wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York4,510 contributions555 helpful votes
Only if you're interested in medieval fortresses or churches. I'm not a fan of either, went there with my son who wanted to see the place where the last Byzantine emperor Constantine XI Palaeologus lived and ruled for some time. There are two entrances, both with car parking. Credit cards accepted only at the lower entrance.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Harolnick wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York58 contributions14 helpful votes
This Byzantine capital--more important than Constantinople when the latter was breaking up--is a huge climb upward. (Or you can equally go from the top down). The buildings were well-preserved, the signage is highly educational. Well worth the climb. PS. Make room for breakfast or lunch in this most charming of all Cretan villages, lorded over by an olive tree that could be a thousand years old.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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