Hiking in the Peloponnese in the Footsteps of British Writer, Edward Lear
A hiking tour exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Peloponnese region.
“To travel in Greece during spring time is like walking over a fragrant carpet of wild flowers.”
– Edward Lear
Edward Lear was one of the most original and inspired artists of the Victorian age. Although best known as a writer of nonsense verse, Lear was also an artist. He was a superb draughtsman and painter of ornithology and landscapes. An adventurous and intrepid traveller, Lear regularly visited the Mediterranean and had a particular passion for the landscape and culture of Greece.
For 23 days in March 1849 he toured around the Peloponnese and was fascinated by the Greek light and landscapes, the noble lines of mount Taygetos and the greatness of Sparta. During his trips he produced more than 3,000 drawings depicting Greece of the 19th century, its ancient monuments, its mountains and valleys, its villages and cities and its people in a unique artistic way. In his footsteps we will follow his fascinating journey and visit the ancient sites, the villages and the cities he saw and painted.
Key highlights of this journey:
– Visit the citadel and tombs of pre-historic Mycenae – a must for every visitor to the Peloponnese
– Walk a 3,000 year old Mycenaean trail – not much has changed!
– Visit Sparta, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Leonidas
– Marvel at the nature of the lofty Mt. Taygetos: accessible nature walks in cobbled paths, and dramatic road trips through its gorges
– Immerse yourself in the Byzantine splendour of Mystras, the last bastion of Byzantine Greece in the 14th Century
– Wander in the vast Ancient city of Messene – one of the best preserved ancient sites in Greece
– Trek between Byzantine monasteries in the Arcadian river gorge of Lousios river
– Visit the dorian Temple of Apollo at Bassae – said to rival the Parthenon
– Walk in the dark, silent forests of Mt. Maenalus in Arcadia
– Hike at the Geo Park of Vouraikos river canyon – one of the most impressive gorges in Greece
– Cross part of the Vouraikos canyon in an old rack railway
Departure6 Filellinon Street, Syntagma Square
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
Here is a map with the places we visit during this half day tour