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Spring Flowers of the Peloponnese

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Feel the warmth of the sun and a gentle spring breeze against your face as you walk on the wild side of the Mani Peninsula. 

Guided Walking Holidays - Spring Flowers of the Peloponnese

Feel the warmth of the sun and a gentle spring breeze against your face as you walk on the wild side of the Mani peninsula, on Greece’s mainland with Ramblers Walking Holidays. With the sea as your constant companion, roam through carpets of vibrant wild flowers and discover ancient sites keeping silent watch over the surrounding landscape. April is a perfect time to see one of the best spring flower displays in the world. Throughout the Peloponnese, the dry mountains contrast beautifully with the riot of springtime colour. At this time of year the flowers lend a dramatic backdrop to the many ancient sites in the region.

From our base in the fishing port of Gythion, located on the East coast of the Ploponnese peninsula, we’ll explore historical Mistra, close to ancient Sparta, with its wealth of plants and flowers notably anemones and orchids, follow trails taking us to traditional villages with panoramic view points of the Mani stone houses, as well as the Anavryta Gorge, one of the best flower walks in the area.

We’ll walk through the sparsely populated countryside dotted with small hamlets, offering spectacular coastal views, and may take a stroll on a free day to a long sandy beach for lunch in a beach taverna and a swim. Enjoy a taverna lunch or a spectacular view over a picnic. We’ll take dinner at Greek tavernas each evening, giving the opportunity to meet with locals, enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and sample some of their great wines.


Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the fine Byzantine architecture at historical Mystras, close to ancient Sparta.
  • See the unique Mani townhouses.
  • Take time to appreciate the region’s abundant flora and fauna with the riot of springtime colour.
  • Walk in the Anavryta Gorge – one of the area’s best flower walks.
  • Explore Monemvasia, known as the Gibraltar of Greece. 
  • Relax in the friendly, family run hotel located on the waterfront.
         
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Athens (British Airways)
      Airport transfers.
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at our hotel.
      Dinners taken at local tavernas.
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    We fly from London Heathrow to Athens. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Gythion by coach. The transfer takes approx 3.5-4 hours with a stop to view the Corinth Canal and have refreshments en route (according to flight times). Late dinner on arrival at a local taverna.

  2. Day 2

    Our walk this morning is fairly short but takes us up in the hills behind the village of Gythion, with some lovely views and, in season, many flowers can be found along the track - including orchids. 4.6kms; +160m/-160m; 2.15 hours walking time. Our afternoon walk again gives us good views and completes our orientation of the village and surrounding area. 9.5kn; +160m/-160m; 3 hours walking time

  3. Day 3

    We travel by coach to Cape Tanero with a stop just above Vathia to see the unique architecture of the Mani en route. We may walk via a broad ridge or a lower path to a lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula. 6.7km; +180m/-260m; 1.45-2 hours walking time. On our return we visit the seaside village of Geralimanos, where an easy 1.45 hour walk takes us to the 10th century church of Agios Petros (St. Peter's) and back (approx. 6km). Alternatively, you may decide to relax and explore the village and shore. We'll enjoy an early dinner before we return to Gythion.

  4. Day 4

    This day is primarily visiting the Archaeological Museum, Ancient Sparti and Mystras. There are great flowers and views on our walk, particularly at Mystras. First we'll make a stop at the Archaeological Museum before continuing to Mistra village. From here we'll enjoy a gorge walk to the site of Byzantine Mystras with its castle (approx. 1.45 hours). The site usually takes 2 hours to explore and we find a secluded spot for a picnic there. Refreshments follow at a nearby taverna followed by a visit to Ancient Sparta (1 hour), before returning to Gythion. Gorge walk - Distance: 5.2kms; +275m up the gorge/-238m through Mystras; 1.45 hours walking time

  5. Day 5

    Today is a free day where you may wish to relax, further explore Gythion, walk to a beach for lunch and a swim or take a local excursion. Your group leader will be able to give you more information.

  6. Day 6

    Today we take an interesting drive (1.30 hours) to Venetian Monemvasia on the furthest Eastern coast of Laconia.  Called the Gibraltar of Greece, this impressive promontory is reached by a causeway along a lovely, flowery ascending path to the upper site.  Divided into an upper ancient fortified site to be explored on rocky paths with impressive views and restored Agia Sofia church  and lower small, thriving restored town with many churches, museum and delightful lunch opportunities, this provides a fascinating day."

  7. Day 7

    The Anavryta Gorge walk is considered to be a highlight of the holiday and probably one of the best flower walks on offer.  The ascent can be steep at times, but taken at a leisurely pace is within grade. We'll take a local bus and taxis to the start of the walk and stop at a local taverna for lunch. The afternoon offers an extended walk if you wish. Dinner is at a local restaurant in Gythion. Distance: 4kms,; +384m/-0; 2 hours walking time + 3 hours/384m if you take the extension walk after lunch.

  8. Day 8

    We say goodbye to Gythion and transfer by coach to Athens Airport. Subject to flight times, we may be able to spend some time visiting Ancient Corinth on our way to the airport. At the airport we board our flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c3hrs 30mins).
  • Flights: Heathrow-Athens, British Airways.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Pantheon

We stay in twin bedded and single rooms with shower and wc at the comfortable and friendly Hotel Pantheon in Gythion. Situated on directly on the sea front, views from much of the hotel are magnificent, with the port and blue Aegean in the foreground and mountains rising from the sea in the distance. All sea facing rooms offer en suite facilities, a/c, television, hairdryer and telephone. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The hotel bar, located on the ground floor, has magnificent views of the port. Breakfasts will be taken at the hotel and dinners are taken at local restaurants giving the opportunity to sample the great Greek cuisine.