The Saronic gulf & Troezen
Day 1: Arrival - meeting in Athens
The first night is in Athens, where we meet in the evening for a group dinner.
Day 2: Athens - Methana
Transfer to Methana via Corinthos and Epidaurus. Scenic stops along the way.
Day 3: 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!
Day 4: Poros island & the Mycenean acropolis & the 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. Visit of the Mycenean acropolis and its tombs near Galatá. 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 if there is still time, the valley of Diavologefiro.
Day 5: 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.
Day 6: 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.
Day 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?
Day 8: Transfer to the airport Athens
After a relaxed breakfast, we will drive back towards the airport of Athens (about 2,5 hours drive), where we arrive normally by around 13.00 (depending a bit on the group's needs). If some of the group need to be at the airport significantly earlier, it can be arranged at extra cost.
The tour starts and ends in Athens airport (ATH). On request, other nearby locations for pick-up or drop-off can be arranged.
The tour can be done at individual dates on request!
The tour is normally guided either by German volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer or photographer Tobias Schorr. Both have been traveling to the volcanic areas of Greece including the Saronic Gulf for more than 20 years.
Tom finished his PhD studies about the great Minoan eruption of Santorini and spends much of his time in Athens. His friend Tobias, with whom Tom alternates on this tour, is a true specialist for Greece in general: he has lived permanently on Methana for about 10 years and has been returning ever since. He perfectly knows the culture and history, people, flora, fauna and of course geology. He is legendary for his good eye and often discovering rare minerals, plants, animals, or hidden archeological artifacts during the various excursions.
Tom Pfeiffer and Tobias Schorr