On the mountains of Gortynia was born the mythological Arcadian God Pan. Pausanias during his visit in Arcadia was impressed by the ancient cities of Tefthis & Gortys. Gortynia also inspired the famous Poussi’s painting: “et in Arcadia ego”. This mountainous place is rich in history, architecture, Byzantine monasteries, traditional stone settlements and natural beauty. Beauty like the Mainalon pine forest and Lousios River, where according to the mythology, in its waters Jupiter bath his hair to create the legacy of Gortynia. History is also written by the Greek hero of 1821, Kolokotroni and the gunpowder originated from Dimitsana. Arcadian Legacy is created and is waiting for you to discover it.
Day : 1 - Athens – Dimitsana
Departure to Mantinea, a place is famous for the battle between the kingdoms of Thebes and Spartans for the hegemony over Greece (362 BC). Arrival at the traditional village of Dimitsana which is amphitheatrically built by the gorge of Lousios River, a live example of traditional architecture. Here we visit the Dimitsana Library, operated during 1764 and played a crucial role during the War of Independence of Greeks against the Ottoman rule in 1821. We return at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day : 2 - Dimitsana
We start our day with a morning visit at the open-air Water Power Museum which is highlighting the importance of water-power in traditional society. A 4hrs trekking at Lousios gorge leads us at Philosofou monastery, which used to be a «secret school» for the greek pupils during the Ottoman rule. On our way is Prodromos monastery where we will admire the way the monastery is balancing upon the cliffs standing only on thin wooden trusses. Return at Dimitsana. Time at leisure, dinner, overnight.
Day : 3 - Stemnitsa – Athens
Time at leisure and departure to Stemnitsa, capital of the Greek nation for just 1 day (27/5/1821), which is one of the most beautiful villages in Arcadia. Since the late Byzantine years, because of the inaccessibility of the area the locals had started working with silver and gold. Fine examples of this art can be found at Stemnitsa Silver- Gold Smithery School where we stop to hear about this art. Return to Athens late in the evening.
- Transportation with deluxe vehicles
- Visits, guided tours as per detailed itinerary
- Admission fees for the visiting places
- 2 overnights in Dimitsana at selected 4 stars mansion
- Two buffet breakfasts at the hotel
- Two traditional meals inclusive of ½lt wine
- Picnic during the walk on the second day of the program
- Geo Routes Tour Director
- Geo Routes Information Material
- Liability Insurance
3 days cultural journey
Daily on request (bookings close 72 hours prior to departure)
- Your Hotel
- Dimitsana Public Library
- Water Power Museum
- Philosofou monastery
- Philosofou monastery
- Lousios gorge
- Ancient Gortys Archeological site
- Silver Gold Smithery School
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