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Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino, Greece
Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino

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Explore one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites on a private day trip to ancient Messene from Costa Navarino. Journey to the well-preserved Greek city, spread over an open hillside, and explore the ruins independently, seeing the city gate, theater, sanctuaries, stadium, and more. Plus, visit the museum and nearby Mavromati village, and break for coffee and lunch (both own expense). Private transport, plus hotel pickup and drop-off included. Entrance fees not included.
  • Private ancient Messene tour from Costa Navarino
  • Explore the ruined Greek city of Messene, dating from the 3rd and 4th century BC
  • See the city gate, theater, tombs, sanctuaries, and column-lined stadium
  • Visit the archaeological museum and village of Mavromati, home to an ancient spring
  • Private air-conditioned transport, including hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle
Entrance fees - 12eur per person
Food and drinks - Between 5 and 30€ / person, depend on the client's request!

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel Lobby

Please notice that extra charges may apply per person or in total of the group for pick-ups from hotels- villas- airbnb outside the proximity of our tour selected pick route. In that case we can provide round trip transfer for customer(s) convenience ad-hoc quoted as per location of customer(s)' property.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Start your private tour with a hotel pickup from Costa Navarino, and travel northwest through the Peloponnese countryside to ancient Messene.

On route, hear about this UNESCO-listed archaeological site, where the ruins of an ancient Greek city developed by the Romans cover the slopes and valley around Mount Ithome. Learn about the city’s foundation in 369 BC and its tangled history under a succession of rulers.

After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive at the village of Mauromati, situated on the hillside above the site. Visit the village spring, known in ancient times as Klepsydra, and hear the age-old Greek legends related to Zeus that swirl around this natural water source.

During your trip, enjoy a break for coffee (own expense) at a coffee shop and set off to explore the archaeological complex (own expense). Enter the city through the massive broken stones of the Arcadian gate, and imagine how it might have felt to have passed through it as a Messenian soldier on the way to battle.

Walk along the same paved roads as Epaminondas, the great general who founded the city, and branch out to explore the relics independently. See highlights like the city walls, theater, houses, sanctuaries, and tombs, and admire the well-preserved stadium, bordered by lines of columns.

Afterward, feel free to ask your guide any questions before continuing to the small Archaeological Museum. View some of the artifacts unearthed at the site, and then, if you wish, visit a taverna for lunch or snacks (own expense) and to discuss what you’ve seen.

From here, drive back to Costa Navarino, where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Ancient Messini
Our first stop will be at the source of village Mauromati. We will recount of the legend that reveals the name of the village: a myth that reaches back to the years of ancient Greeks’ mythology and is related to the upbringing of Zeus. You will be amazed by the structures of the city’s fortification wall and the only surviving entrance gate to the ancient city. They are standing there since 369 BC. We will enter through the Arcadian Gate and can admire its splendour and try to imagine how it felt to be a Messenian warrior going to battle.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Archaeological Museum of Messenia
When you finish with the tour inside the archaeological site, we will be waiting right there with cool water and ready to answer all your questions. The small Archaeological Museum which will be our next stop will amaze you!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Maximum is 4 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino?
This activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers.

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