DAY 6. Pavlopetri
The next morning you can rent a boat and make the tour of the island along with snorkelling at Pavlopetri, the oldest submerged town in the world. Overnight stay at Simos camping. TIP: Υou can explore some hidden treasures near Monemvasia, like the watermills of Talanda, the petrified palm forest and Kastania Cave.
DAY 7. Gythion (112 km)
Departure towards Gythio town. Enjoy the rest of the day lounging on the beach or next to the swimming pool. If you are a windsurfer here you can practice your windsurfing skills or if you like mountain biking you can make a small tour in the province around the camp site. Otherwise take this chance to relax .Overnight stay at camping Gythion Bay. TIP: Gythio town is a perfect place for an evening walk and a visit to the Kranae island, the ancient theater and the wrecked ship.
DAY 8. Mystras -Knokiona Springs
Visit the byzantine city of Mystras. (54 km oneway) Mystras is situated on the slopes of Taygetos Mountain. The archaeological site stands above the modern village of Mystras and the city of Sparta. The greenery surrounding the area is composed mainly by pine trees and cypresses. If you like hiking you can leave the camper at the free parking of the archeological site, hike until the village Trypi and visit the springs of Knokiona. It is a hidden small paradise with running water and a small waterfall. Return at camping Gythion Bay and stay overnight.
DAY 9. Mani -Diros Caves -Tainaron (127 km roundtrip)
Diros Caves have been described as the most impressive limnetic caves of the whole world. If you choose to visit only the caves you can use the local bus to access the caves. Nevertheless, we suggest you make the whole tour of the Mani Peninsula, wonder around the picturesque villages and meet the local people. In Tainaron you will be surprised by the beauty of the place and the vastness of the deep blue sea. The best way to see everything is to go through Areopolis and return from Kotronas. Return at camping Gythion Bay and stay overnight.
DAY 10. Ridomo Gorge (80 km)
Early departure towards Messinian Mani through the coastal road and visiting many small villages. Arrival to Gaitsies and hike through the magnificent Ridomo gorge. Along the whole Gorge we can meet a big ammout of Geological phenomena that formed the place, like the abrupt and almost vertical slopes, the sharp corrugations of the rocks and the breaches. After the exploration of the gorge, you can enjoy a greek coffee at the traditional coffee shop at the central square of the village. Upon request you may buy fresh eggs and traditional home made goat cheese.
DAY 11. Ancient Messini (61 km)
Messini is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. Its natural setting combines the grandeur of the mountains of Delphi with the low-lying, riverine tranquillity of Olympia, the site of the ancient acropolis, with the low fertile valley around the ancient city.
DAY 12. Kalamata -Polylimnio Waterfalls (Totally 113 km)
The history of Kalamata begins with Homer, who mentions Farai, an ancient city built more or less where the Kalamata Castle stands today. There are numerous historical and cultural sights in Kalamata, such as the Villehardouin castle, the Ypapanti Byzantine church, the Kalograion monastery with its silk-weaving workshop where the Kalamata scarves are made, and the municipal railway park. Visit a Greek paradise, Polylimnio Waterfalls. Immerse in a scene of lush greenery, gushing cascades, and green lakes filled with fresh-water crabs perfect for a relaxing dip. Overnight stay in Finikounda at camping Finikes.
DAY 13. Methoni -Koroni (Totally 63 km)
Koroni and Methoni were called “The eyes of Venice”. The architecture of Koroni invokes a Greek island feeling and the view of the Messinian Bay and the Taigetos mountains is quite impressive. Koroni is crowned by its castle, which you can enter at any time of the day as there is no entrance that closes. The main attraction of Methoni is its castle, which, due to the fact that it has been neglected during the past years, has a particular charm to it. Don’t forget to cross over the causeway to the “Bourtzi”, and get an impression of this sea tower which at one time was used as a prison. Overnight in Finikounda at camping Finikes.
DAY 14. Pylos -Voidokoilia (20 km one way only)
Pylos has a long history, having been inhabited since Neolithic times. It was a significant kingdom in Mycenaean Greece, with remains of the so-called “Palace of Nestor” excavated nearby, named after Nestor, king of Pylos in Homer’s Iliad. Shaped like the Greek letter omega, Voidokilia Beach is characterized by a unique natural beauty. The beach has been named “A Place of Particular Natural Beauty” and protected by the Νatura 2000 network. Overnight stay in Finikounda at camping Finikes.
DAY 15. Ancient Olympia (135 km)
Olympia was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. Olympia was situated in a valley in Elis, in western Peloponnese (Peloponnesus), through which runs the Alpheus River. It was not a town, but only a sanctuary with buildings associated with games and the worship of the gods. Olympia was a national shrine of the Greeks and contained many treasures of Greek art, such as temples, monuments, altars, theaters, statues, and votive offerings of brass and marble. Overnight stay at camping Ionion Beach. TIP: Make a stop to freshen up at Neda waterfalls, a beautiful natural landscape.