Silversea Luxury Cruises A Monemvasia

Monemvasia
Monemvasia
Monemvasia

Monemvasia boasts a varied and colorful history that can be traced to the 8th-century when Greeks fleeing the Slav invasion of Lakonia found refuge here. In its heyday it controlled sea travel between the Levant and European shores. The wall-encircled Lower Town extends along the slopes of a 985-foot-high crag that projects into the sea on the east side of the Peloponnese. For centuries an impressive stronghold, population dwindled as the inhabitants moved to the mainland. View more

But with the beginning of a restoration program aimed to preserve Monemvasia's heritage, the Lower Town experienced a new lease on life, and people have begun to return. The Upper Town is situated on top of the Rock of Monemvasia. It is reached via a zigzagging, paved lane. An almost impregnable bastion in earlier days, it has been uninhabited for centuries, but still manages to preserve its magnificent appearance. Visitors today can explore the remains of the ancient citadel-castle and visit the church of Hagia Sofia. From the summit there is also a fantastic view of the surrounding area.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursiones en Monemvasia

Discover the last Byzantine stronghold during this scenic, half-day excursion to Mystras Castle.


Laconian Gulf and Gythion

Depart the pier for the approximately 90-minute drive north towards Gythion. Located between Malea and Tainaron at the head of the Laconian Gulf, Gythion is the small port town of Sparta, the capital city of Laconia.


Cathedral of Agios Dimitrios

Upon arrival, ascend the rounded, approximately 600-foot (about 183-metre) hill leading up to the ruins of Mystras Castle. En route, visit the Cathedral of Agios Dimitrios. On the floor of the church is a plaque with a carving of a two-headed eagle, the symbol of the Palaeologos Dynasty. Next to it stands the richly-carved, 17th-century walnut throne.


Mystras Castle

Upon arrival at Mystras Castle, enter the castle gate and take a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of this once invincible fortress. Along the way, visit the Church of Agia Sophia, Palace of the Despots and Monastery of Pantanassa, which is highlighted by brilliant frescoes. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximately 90-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times on inclines and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Monemvasia Castle City

Experience the medieval grandeur of Greece during this scenic, half-day excursion to Monemvasia.


Monemvasia

Depart the pier for the short transfer to Monemvasia. Built on a rock, this medieval castle city appears barren from the mainland. However, upon closer inspection, Monemvasia is a veritable treasure trove of impressive walls and remains.


Church of Christ Elkomenos

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of the castle city. Along the way, see ruins of houses and Byzantine churches. One church that survived intact is the Church of Christ Elkomenos. Built in the 13th century and renovated during a period of Venetian occupation, it serves as the city's cathedral and displays four surviving Byzantine icons. Following your guided tour, some free time is made available to explore your surrounds at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit to Monemvasia, commence the short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, lasting approximately 2 hours and at times on cobblestone and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Monemvasia: History & Traditions

Explore the fascinating ruins of a medieval castle city during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Monemvasia.


Monemvasia

Depart the pier for the short transfer to Monemvasia. Built on a rock, this medieval castle city appears barren from the mainland. However, upon closer inspection, Monemvasia is a veritable treasure trove of impressive walls and remains.


Church of Christ Elkomenos

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the narrow lanes of the castle city. Along the way, see ruins of houses and Byzantine churches. One church that survived intact is the Church of Christ Elkomenos. Built in the 13th century and renovated during a period of Venetian occupation, it serves as the city's cathedral and displays four surviving Byzantine icons.


Liotrivi, Olive Oil Mill and Greek Lunch

Following your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive to Liotrivi, the mansion and childhood home of the world-renowned poet of Romiosini, Giannis Ritsos. It is now fully renovated, and offers a wonderful combination of history and tradition. During your visit, observe home-made bread being made, then participate in a bread and wine tasting. Next, a visit is made to an old olive oil mill before proceeding for a traditional Greek lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, commence the short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times on cobblestone and uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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