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The best of the Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is probably one of the best areas in Greece to discover, as it has it all! Mountains, rivers, sea, archaeological sites, castles… You name it! We decided to give you an inside look into this region but not by focusing on the classical tours and experiences that everyone goes on. But by giving you alternatives that will definitely become the highlight of your trip! Become a beekeeper in Nafplio Wear the beekeeper’s costume and visit the bees in their natural environment. Get in the beekeeper’s workshop; learn the secrets of beekeeping and taste local honeys and Greek sweets based on honey! You will chat about the life cycle of bees, including the different roles of the bees in the hive and swarming as well as what is a typical day in a life of a beekeeper.  Furthermore, learn about what we can do as humans to have a positive effect on bees and other pollinating insects. Of course, when you get hands on look inside an active beehive with your own eyes, all of the information will make sense and you will officially become a beekeeper! This is a fun experience for families and friends, who want to try something different, learn something new and have a sweet tooth! Hiking in Kardamili You will trek on a small route of outer Mani where every stone has its own history and tradition. Here, the magnificence of the mountainous nature is harmoniously combined with the allure of the sea, as the gigantic Mount Taygetos seems to be so close to the embrace of the Mediterranean Sea.  Along the way you will discover all the elements and images that make up the scenery of Mani, narrate its past and lifestyle of Mani’s inhabitants throughout time. This hike is suggested for all those who love to get “lost” in nature while learning about the traditions of the region and while taking a bunch of photographs. Cycling tour in Monemvasia Experience a cycling tour in Monemvasia accompanied by a local guide and discover hidden treasures of Laconia. While on your bike, you will have the opportunity to admire the majestic mountains, sandy beaches, olive groves, historical sites, the abundant wildlife as well as Laconia’s pristine scenery.  The cycling experts who will accompany you, will have offered you all the necessary equipment, such as the proper type of bike depending on the selected route, helmets etc. For more experienced cyclers and for those who want to step it up a notch there’re are more demanding bike paths that for sure will pump up your adrenaline. Rafting in Arcadia Just a two hour drive from Nafplio, you will go thorough the mountains of Arcadia where you will find one of the most beautiful rivers in Greece, River Lousios, ideal for rafting throughout the year. On your 2-hour trip on your inflatable boat, you will encounter lush vegetation, small waterfalls, arched bridges, canyons and birds to name a few. After your amazing rafting tour and once you arrive at the end point of the route, you will enjoy a one-hour hike through dense vegetation that ends up at a scenic waterfall. This experience is ideal for groups of friends looking to spend time in nature together, bond and just have loads of laughs! Scuba diving at Navarino Bay Experience the wonders of the Messinian Sea that gave life to so many mythical Gods. You will visit Gialova, a beautiful seaside tow and take a PADI scuba diving course for you to feel the absolute freedom under the surface of the sea. Get ready to enter another world and discover its secrets and beauty. Practice your diving skills and let your PADI instructor guide you to the deep blue for an unforgettable experience! George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-designed private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is seeking to return to the authentic form of personal discovery and explore really life-enriching travel experiences. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

George Koletsos

George Koletsos is the Founder and CEO of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a bespoke luxury travel specialist, delivering life-enriching journeys that can deeply touch the soul of the sophisticated traveller, through a selective offer of authentic experiences that most people are unaware they could discover. In doing so, we create and deliver unique travel stories, we uncover and provide handpicked accommodation, and we are proud of our insiders extraordinary service, always preserving the highest standards of privacy and execution that set us apart. Prior to Kudos, George has served as the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO).

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  1. This post really is spot-on and on message for the 21st Century contemporary traveller. Sight-seeing has had its day, today’s traveller wants to experience the destination to become a part of the locale. Not many travellers want to be tourists, meekly ambling round as part of a tour group listening to historical lectures, they want to head off on their own, as individuals, discovering the region for themselves.

  2. As a cycling fanatic the cycling tour in Monemvasia really appeals to me. What is most attractive is having a local guide not just to provide some local flavour but also to help you out with those emergency repairs that always crop up for me when I’m on a long ride. For me being a cycling guide, out in the open air everyday, would be my dream job, rather than being imprisoned in a stuffy office. Every day could be my own little “Tour de Peloponnese.”

  3. A friend of mind gets a great deal of pleasure and relaxation from her bees as well as great honey. She even uses it to make some ace cocktails. I’m tempted to give bee-keeping a try but don’t want to pester her too much.

    Heading off to the Peloponnese for a brill holiday whilst also learning the basics of bee-keeping would be a good way to start.

  4. Rafting in Arcadia is a real Indiana Jones day out. Two hour trip there, two hours of rafting, then an hour hike and I bet a swim by the waterfall to finish the adventure? I expect people sleep well after that but what s great way to enjoy some spectacular scenery.

  5. As I’ve just read a piece on how the world’s bee populations are in worrying decline it is brilliant that people can get the chance to try their hand at bee-keeping on Nafplio. Any knowledge that people can pick up might encourage them to try their hand at bee-keeping when they get back home. The world’s bees need all the help that they can get in their battle to survive. We humans are very dependent on their pollination skills too.

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