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Approximately 8 Hours
Meals not included
"Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape."
Set out on this excursion that is ideal both for photography enthusiasts and for those who just want to bring home the best possible holiday snaps. A local photographer will mentor you, offering practical hints on framing the best shots of the fascinating architectural features you will see today.
Discover the photogenic ruins of the ancient city of Mystras -- Greece's best-preserved Byzantine city.
Your walking tour commences in Mystras. Admire the magnificent fresco-adorned churches and stroll through Mystras -- now a ghostly city defined by its rich history. Photograph its restored palaces, vaulted alleys, and city walls.
For the very adventurous and physically fit, there is the option of climbing to the top of the Kastro -- a 13th-century castle -- where you will be treated to one of the most stunning panoramas in Mystras and have a chance to take photos.
Returning to the coast, visit the small island of Monemvasia -- one of Greece's best-kept secrets. The medieval town here was carved from a sea rock and is accessed only by a single manmade causeway. Follow your guide along the well-trod cobblestone main street to the very heart of the citadel.
Explore Monemvasia's photogenic, 13th-century Christ Elkomenos Cathedral, with an impressive barrel-vaulted nave and aisles, and an ancient masterpiece icon from the 14th century.
Across the square, photograph the inspiring 16th-century Turkish Mosque and its Archaeological Museum. Artifacts found within the fortress walls are on display here, from the Early Christian period up to Byzantine times.
You will have free time to purchase lunch (at your own expense).
Please note: Wear comfortable non-skid walking shoes. Bring your camera or device; anything from a top-end camera to a cell phone or tablet is perfectly acceptable.