Archeological Tour - Meet Ancient Samos!

Discover ancient Samos: the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the mythical birthplace of goddess Hera and the land that hosted the astronomer Aristarchus. Discover the ancient culture of the island and watch our history revive before your eyes!

Duration: 4 hours

 

 

The starting point for this excursion is Samos Town. From here you will ascend the surrounding hills, enjoying the fantastic view on route. You will cross the mountainous villages of Mitilini and Hora towards our first destination: the monastery of Timios Stavros. Set on a hill side just below the village of Mavratzei and founded in 1592, this monastery was completed to its today’s form in the year of 1864. It is built in the shape of a basilica with dome and contains an extraordinary wooden temple, as well as fascinating wall paintings.

After the monastery, you will make your way over to the southern coast of the island to your next stop: an example of "Classical Greek Era", represented by the Temple of Hera. Dedicated to the goddess Hera, the temple is one of the most significant excavations in the Ionian Area. Our next stop is the masterpiece of Efpalinos Tunnel. This ancient aqueduct was constructed by the hydraulic engineer Efpalinos to ensure that the city of Polycrates was always provided with water. With its two openings from both sides of the mount Castri, it is considered to be one of the greatest works of ancient constructions.

Last but not least you will take a quick relaxing walk up to our next destination: the monastery of Spiliani. Over there you will visit its famous cave with the traditional old chapel inside, and you will enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire southern area of Samos and Pythagorion before you head back to your island accommodation.

 

Places to see:

· Monastery of Timios Stavros

· Temple of Goddess Hera

· Eupalinos Tunnel (not available for 2014)

· Monastery of Spiliani

  What's included:

· Private local licensed guide 

· Transportation with air-conditioned modern coach

· Pickup and drop-off where the tour concludes

· No extra hidden charges

Exclusions: 

· Entrance fees to Hera's Temple (3€)

· Meals and drinks 

· Personal expenses  

· Tips and gratuities 

Languages:

· English

· Italian

  Additional information: 

  · This tour requires a minimum of 20mins walking, staircase descent and a short tour at an indoor humid cave.

  · Comfortable shoes, water and camera are advised.

  · Please make sure that you will be at the meeting point 15mins prior departure.

  · Children under 2 years old are free of charge.

  · Children 4-14 years old, are charged 50% of the price.

  · This tour has a 15 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancelation if this minimum is not met. 

  * Routes may be subject to change. 

 

 

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