Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece
Cafe in Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece
Hiking among rocks in Greece
Ancient Sparta archaeological site
Simos, South Peloponnese, Lakonia, Greece
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Monastery in Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece
Mystras, Peloponnese, Greece
Streets of Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece
Taygetus mountains, Peloponnese, Greece
Saint Spiridon church in Elafonisos port, Greece
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Greece’s Peloponnese Walking & Hiking Tour

Legendary Journey from the Mountains to the Mediterranean

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,999 - $6,099 pp dbl occ

($1,350 for sgl occ)

The Peloponnese. A land that still bears its mythical name. Birthplace of the Olympics, stomping ground of Greek gods and home of Spartan warriors. Conquered over and over again, each civilization vying for its splendor. It’s a land where snowcapped mountains soar and white-sand beaches kiss the sapphire sea. Where forested gorges seem infinite and grapevines go on for eons. Where hospitality is perfection and local cuisine is superlative. Come move through this landscape on foot, feeling grounded to its history and savoring its present. Your epic vacation awaits.

Greece Peloponnese Walking and Hiking Tour
Greece Peloponnese Walking and Hiking Tour

Greece

Start Athens / End Corinth

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Relax on the pillowy white sands of renowned Simos Beach, swim in the azure Mediterranean and savor fresh-caught fish beside the sea 
  • Delight in a cornucopia of local Greek specialties in a land where fresh figs, luscious olive oil, artisan cheese and heavenly olives abound
  • Hike amid diverse landscapes, from lush Spartan gorges and the soaring Taygetus mountains to seaside vineyards and medieval enclaves
  • Dive into Peloponnese history and discover jaw-dropping vestiges of its many civilizations, from Venetian houses to Byzantine churches
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

From legendary Athens, travel across Greece’s scenic Peloponnese peninsula | A hike through the Valley of Sparta offers sweeping views of the countryside | Behold the breathtaking ruins of Mystras, a 13th-century castle-town and World Heritage site | A local guide shines light on this fascinating Byzantine fortress | Savor superb local flavors and experience unparalleled Greek hospitality | Beneath the soaring Taygetus mountains, climb through pine forests past waterfalls, stunning gorges and small mountain communities | Impressive sights over Sparta and swaths of the distant Mediterranean coast open up before you.

Accommodations
Euphoria Retreat, Peloponnese, Greece
Euphoria Retreat
Mystras
| Premiere Hotel

An oasis of relaxation and comfort nestled in a verdant pine forest overlooking the Valley of Sparta. (pool, spa)

Days 3-6
Description

The Mediterranean beckons! | Traverse a small island to Monemvasia, a dazzling medieval town perched on a seaside cliff | Amble the town’s narrow streets and visit its lovely Byzantine church | A coastal walk past ordered vineyards leads to our idyllic abode | Relish a modern Greek meal made with fresh produce from our hotel's garden | Discover the heart of the Malvasia Peninsula with a hike that weaves through classic Mediterranean scenery | A mouthwatering lunch awaits at a local taverna | Explore Elafonisos, an intimate island with quaint fishing villages, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches | Kick back on Simos Beach, one of the most celebrated and beautiful in Greece | Swim in the sparkling sea and savor fresh-caught fish | In the Nemea winemaking region, enjoy a scrumptious winery lunch paired with local vintages.

Accommodations
Kinsterna Hotel
Kinsterna Hotel
Agios Stefanos
| Premiere Hotel

This meticulously restored Byzantine mansion estate features spring-fed pools, centuries-old olive trees and a superb spa. (pool, spa)

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes backcountry trails, rocky mountain paths and uneven coastal trails. With any route option you choose, be prepared to navigate occasional steep ascents and descents, and keep in mind that the rocky terrain combined with the summer heat can increase the perceived difficulty of your hikes, regardless of distance.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles* | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 12 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 12 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 9 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 6
Other
Wine Tasting (1 hour)

What's Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days of our itinerary. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but on some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle. Rest assured that we have planned our itinerary to make the most of our time in this spectacular region. So sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.

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