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Peloponnese Excursions

It takes only one and a half hour with the ferryboat to cross the 18 nautical miles from the port of Kyllini to the beautiful island of Zakynthos. If you have the time, don’t hesitate to jump on one of the five ships that leave the port of Kyllini daily during winter –seven during summertime- to visit this wonderful destination. Deep forests, fabulous beaches with amazing turquoise waters, special openhearted people, colourful villages with paved streets and Italian architecture are only a few of the reasons to indulge to this trip.

A bustling student city, a place where entertainment, history and culture mingle together to create a destination filled with wonderful discoveries. Take a walk around to Aghiou Nikolaou (Ayiou Nikoláou) street , the most famous pedestrian street with fashion boutiques, souvenir shops, coffee shops and bars.
In the summer, the nightlife goes on! Two of its favourite spots are Rio and Vrahnéika. Proud for its huge bridge and at just 9km for the city, Rio is an attractive place for a night out. Fresh cocktails between neoclassical mansions and the sea, opt for Vrahnéika, at only 12km from Patra.
The magnificent sights, amazing beaches, rich cultural heritage, great monuments, mountains, castles, remote monasteries and cheerful, hospitable people are the treasures making Kefalonia one of the most attractive destinations. It is the biggest island of the Ionian Sea, at the outlet of Patraikos Bay, between Zante and Lefkada.
The island has a splendid natural beauty and a diversified geological structure with innumerable small bays and rich vegetation; the mountain Aenos (National Park since 1962 supporting rich flora and fauna) looks impressive from far away.
The movie ‘’Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’’ shot in the natural scenery of the island refers to a history of the Resistance movement.
Karytena is one of the most historical and picturesque villages of Arcadia. It is an impressive little town that looks completely made of stone and is considered a preserved settlement. Enjoy your walk in the beautiful cobbled streets, among the old Byzantine churches and the colourful two-storey buildings, most of which belong to the 19th century. The castle built on the top of the steep and imposing rock, at the southern side, was considered one of the most important fortresses during the Frank and Turkish occupation. During the Revolution of 1821, the Greek chieftain Theodoros Kolokotronis fortified the walls and built his house and a church, using the castle as a military base for his operations.

Dimitsana is another typical Arcadian village of 400 inhabitants that still vividly displays the signs of a dynamic social and economic past. Its position offers a wonderful view on Mt. Taygetos and the settlement is considered preserved for its special and charming architectural features. A beautiful picture of tall stone houses, old churches and cobbled streets, perched like an amphitheatre over river Lousios, at 1.000 m altitude. Still standing are the houses of Patriarch Gregory E΄ and Paleon Patron Germanos – two religious figures connected with the Greek Revolution of 1821.  
Mesolonghi is one of the towns that can be righteously proud for their priceless contribution –in both national and international level- in the history of human sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. It is the capital of Aetolia-Acarnania Prefecture with 18.121 inhabitants. Among the sights worth visiting in the town of Mesolonghi are the Gate of the Exodus, the Garden of Heroes –where you can see the graves of many fighters of the Revolution as well as the cenotaph containing the heart of the great English poet George Gordon Byron [Lord Byron]- and the walls of the city. Also interesting is the Picture Gallery of Mesolonghi, where you can admire paintings of Greek and foreign artists, inspired by the Exodus of Mesolonghi, portraits of politicians and chieftains of the Revolution and also a special exhibition dedicated to Lord Byron. It is considered imperative to visit Anemomylos as well as St. Symeon Monastery, two more sites of historical importance.
The historical little town of Kalavryta is built on a small high plateau of Mt. Helmos, among the snow-covered peaks of the mountains Panahaiko and Erymanthos. With its 2.500 inhabitants, it is considered the main settlement in the area, while lately it has become a favourite tourist destination. Unfortunately, the old houses were razed to the ground by the German troops, in 1943, at the Massacre of Kalavryta. However, the new town is still charming with tile roofs, pretty streets and a main pedestrian artery that attracts most of the commercial activity. In Kalavryta you can enjoy many different activities, from the long lazy walks under the shade of huge plane trees, to the more demanding crossing of the beautiful Vouraikos Gorge. Pay a visit to Agia Lavra and the Monastery of Mega Spilaion. The Kalavryta Ski Center is the highest in Achaia Prefecture (2.341 m) and is located on a slope of Mt. Helmos at the east of the city. Don’t hesitate to pay a visit to the Cave of the Lakes with its marvellous natural decorations. Finally, at a short distance from the town of Kalavryta, you will find the wonderful village Planetero. Under the shade of the plane-trees, listening to the calming sound of the running waters of river Aroanios, you can enjoy trout or salmon at the colourful stone tavern, by the fish farm.
The name Lousios derives from the Greek verb “λούζω”, because according to the myth, the nymphs chose this river to bathe the new born Zeus in its crystal clear waters. It is a rather short river (26 km) that springs from Karkalou plateau, north from Dimitsana, meets with river Alfios at the west of Karytena and gathers impressive quantities of water during its course, creating a gorgeous canyon, one of the prettiest in Peloponnese.
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Temple of Zeus in Olympia
The most important building in the Altis, standing in its very centre, is the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture.

A day cruise to Zakynthos island shoud not be missed!

The 5.000 acre protected bird and turtle reserve at Strofilia Forest.

Why Peloponnese
The playground of the ancient gods!

The sea is sheltered from currents, while the resort is surrounded by fields, so parents can feel safe about leaving children to explore.

  Outstanding natural beauty, olive groves, citrus trees and farms
Ancient Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games
  The Temple of Apollo Epikouros
  Mountainous landscapes dotted with quiet, secluded villages


The Forest of Foloi the home
of the mythical Centaurs




Kato Achaia GR-25 200
Lakopetra, Peloponnese
Tel: +30 26930 51713
Central Reserv. Office:
+30 210 7280433

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