LUXURY TRAVEL IN GREECE: EXPLORING THE PELOPONNESE IN PRIVATE
The Peloponnese is a region in southern Greece known for its rich history, diverse geography and cultural significance. The Peloponnese is a significant and captivating region, making it an ideal destination for any luxury tour of Greece.
To ensure we continue offering unique experiences in the most spectacular regions of the world, our team of travel experts embark on regular research trips. During a recent visit to Greece, our team visited the Peloponnese.
Here, they share the highlights of their journey and their favorite luxury travel experiences in the Peloponnese…
Introducing The Peloponnese
The beautiful Peloponnese peninsula is connected to the south of mainland Greece. It is surrounded by the Ionian Sea to the west and the Aegean Sea to the east.
The region holds immense historical importance. It has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was once the heart of ancient Greek civilization; a land of enchanting beauty and fierce battles. The Peloponnese is where the first Olympic Games were held back in 776BC, in the western region of Olympia. It’s also where the legends of Sparta and Argos were born; and as we discovered first-hand, its rich history and mythical tales still live on.
Dotted with archaeological sites and ruins, and several modern cities and towns, the Peloponnese is a unique blend of ancient heritage and modern charm.
Of course, it also boasts wondrous natural beauty, including stunning beaches, rugged mountain ranges and fertile valleys. The different landscapes are ideal for outdoor activities like hiking.
What To See In The Peloponnese
From exploring ancient sites and visiting charming towns, to relaxing on beautiful beaches and immersing yourself in nature while embarking on various outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone in the Peloponnese…
Mycenae By Private Tour
We began our Peloponnese journey with a private tour of Mycenae. Mycenae was once the most powerful kingdom in Greece and according to classical Greek legend, was founded by Perseus, and ruled by Agamemnon.
This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is linked to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, two epic poems that have influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia. As we stood before this magnificent ancient site, the permanence of Greek culture seemed to radiate from every perfectly placed block.
VIP Seats At The Epidaurus Theatre
The ancient Greek Epidaurus Theatre is an unmissable UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Epidaurus Theatre was the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius who is renowned for his healing powers in classical Greek mythology. Therefore, the site became a revered healing center for the sick in his honor. Completed in the middle of the second century BC, today it remains one of the best-preserved ancient Greek theaters.
Boasting world-class acoustics and a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, the theater comes alive during the annual Epidaurus Festival.
Our exclusive insider access to popular landmarks in our various destinations includes front row seats at the Epidaurus Theatre. On your tour, you’ll get to watch big names such as Kevin Spacey and Bill Murray command the ancient Greek stage under the starlit summer night.
Hikes In Charming Napflio
Dotted with elegant Venetian buildings, Ottoman-era fountains and neoclassical mansions dripping with bougainvillea, Nafplio is one of Greece’s most romantic towns. Once the seaside capital of Greece after independence and a major port since the Bronze Age, Nafplio has played an important role in Greek history.
The city is flanked by the towering Palamidi fortress, built by the Venetians during their occupation of Napfoli (1686 – 1715). During our private tour, we learnt how the city changed hands between the Venetians, Turks and Greeks as we hiked up this historic fortress with a local guide. Once at the peak we enjoyed impressive rooftop views of Nafpoli and the Argolis Gulf.
We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon in the town’s quayside charming cafes and chic boutiques.
Avgo Monastery By Private Tour
After taking in bucolic views of the Peloponnese on a guided hike, we arrived at the enchanting Avgo Monastery. Carved into the side of a cliff over 1000 years ago, this monastery is recognized as an exceptional Byzantine monument; inside is a beautiful church with 11th century murals.
A climb up to the rooftop reveals a hidden spot with wonderfully preserved frescoes as well as unobstructed views of the valley and shimmering sea below.
On a private tour, we discovered that the resident monks of this monastery played a role in the revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. Today, there’s only one resident monk left, who ensures the legendary status of the monastery lives on.
We ended our visit with an exclusive picnic lunch of gourmet Greek delicacies in the grounds of the historic monastery, overlooking the dramatic valley – a truly unforgettable experience.
Where To Stay In The Peloponnese
Having spent a couple of days of our Peloponnese tour exploring ancient Greek monuments, magical monasteries, and historic amphitheaters, we made time to relax in the most magnificent luxury accommodation: the Amanzoe.
The Amanzoe in the Peloponnese is an exclusive hotel and firm favorite of all of us here at Blue Parallel thanks to the exceptionally personalized service, private pavilion pools, and unique blend of ultra-modern design and classic Greek architecture.
After a yoga session overlooking the picturesque countryside and Aegean Sea, we rode our bikes through Amanzoe’s ancient olive groves down a path that lead to the private beach.
You can explore our luxury Greece tours and find out more about the magical Peloponnese peninsula, or contact one of our luxury travel experts for more information…
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