Ancient Messene & Kalamata (full day)

Type of tour: 
Private Tours
Full day
Licenced guide: 
Upon request
Culinary Experience, Sightseeing

Trip advisor rating: 5 stars

A full day program which will commence by entering the city of Messene through one of the original city gates as ancient travellers did 2300 years ago. The 9-km-long city wall is among the best preserved all over Greece. Enjoy a tour through the ruins of the Ancient city and capture breathtaking photos of the amphitheater and the stadium. Stay in awe of the fascinating view towards the valley of the Messenians and the imposing mount of Taygetos. Unfold the history of this unique site and listen to your guide's tales about the neighbours of the Messenians, the mighty Spartans. 

Be an arqaeologist for a moment, as this is one of the few sites which is still under excavation in Greece! 

Continue the tour in Kalamata, the capital city of Messinia, where you will have the opportunity to stroll around the old town and taste the renowned Kalamata olives or admire their famous silk scarfs. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the beautiful urban landscape and the railway park.

As you walk to the large central square of the capital city, a vibrant pedestrian zone full of cafes and commercial shops will be revealed before your eyes.

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The highlights 
  • Take your time to admire the Ancient Messenian theatre. After 1700 years of silence, the theatre was reopened last summer with a beautiful opera gala.
  • Discover the town's central shrine and spare a coin for Artemis, the protector of girls.
  • See the very impressive stadium with the breathtaking view over the valley of Messene.
  • Pose on the public Roman toilets while the running water still flows below.
  • See how the young spent their free time carving tic-tac-toe on the steps of the gymnasium.
  • Stroll the alleys of the old town of Kalamata and discover the hidden treasures.
  • Visit to the Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles (built in 1150 AD). There, on March 23 1821, the Greeks rebelled against the Ottoman Turks and the National Revolution of Independence began.
  • Finally the port, which was one of the main gates of the silk export in the Mediterranean medieval times.
Important Details 


  • Pick-up/drop-off
  • Transportation by deluxe Mercedes vehicle
  • English-speaking, non-smoking driver
  • Insurance coverage during bus transfers
  • Mobile contact number for any emergency available 24/7

Not included:

  • Guided tour by certified tourist guide by the Greek Ministry of Tourism (upon request)
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinks, snacks, appetizers, lunch
  • Gratuities

ticket for archaeological site & museum: 12€ per person
reduced ticket: senior European citizens over 65 years old- Non European citizens up to 25 years old
free of charge: European citizens up to 25 years old - Children non European citizens under 5 years old


Good to know:



Cancellation Policy 

General conditions:

Except otherwise stated, tours, packages or any service canceled without due notice within three (3) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be no refund.

Any cancellation made within seven (7) – four (4) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be a 25% charge for services.

In the case of cancelation more than seven (7) days prior to your service confirmed date, there will be a 50% charge for services

For cancellations more than twenty (20) days prior to the tour, there will be a full refund (no charge).

For any cancelations due to bad weather conditions leading to a change in the cruise ship itinerary, there will be a full refund (no charge).

In all of the above cases, bank expenses or administration fees that might occur for the refund will be deducted from the amount.


Cancellations can only be made by confirmed email communication.


No servant or agent of ours can vary our conditions and any such purposed variation shall be of no effect unless it has been signed by one of our directors.


All matters concerning this booking shall be subject to Greek Law.



Small group tours:

Each tour operates to sufficient demand. The Travel Insiders reserves the right to cancel scheduled tours due to limited participation or other reasons beyond our control two (2) weeks before the date of the tour.

In such case, no compensation will be paid or requested from The Travel Insiders. In the event of “Places of Interest” being closed or road conditions en-route prevent the tour as advertised being operated, every endeavor will be made to substitute an alternative, but the company reserves the right to cancel or alter arrangements.

Once the group reaches the minimum number of participants (8 participants) you will receive an email notification two (2) weeks prior to tour confirming that the itinerary of your choice will be conducted as planned.

If there is not enough participation (minimum 8 participants), you will be notified via email, in which case you can alternatively book a private tour at a special price, or if you prefer, you will be fully refunded.


Cancellations can only be made by confirmed email communication.