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Land of Theseus
8-day 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.

Land of Theseus

8-day study and walking tour in the Saronic Gulf near Athens
Thème
Randonnée et découverte: Photographie - Géologie & Volcanisme - Archéologie
Difficulté
Facile-Modérée
Groupe: 4-8
Durée
8 days / 7 nights
18-25 mars 2023
Prix p.p. TTC
1590 € $£¥
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.
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  • 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

J 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.
J 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!
J 3: 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.
J 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.
J 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.
J 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.
J 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?
J 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.
Départs et détails
Demande de réservation

Point de départ:

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

Info importante

The tour can be done at individual dates on request!

Encadrement

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.

Infos complémentaires

Condition physique

A mixture of round tours and hikes. You should be able to walk longer distances from 5-9 km and around 3-6 h on sometimes steep paths. A normal condition, used to hiking, is perfect.


Recommended by Ecotourism Greece

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