A great idea to spend a day while staying in Athens is to have an experience of the wild nature of Greece and also visit a very significant place of the modern History of Greece through the Full Day Private Tour to Kalavryta including an optional ride with the rack railway. At a 735 meters altitude, the beautiful town of Kalavryta not only vividly portrays the Greek countryside, but also brings a historic place related to the liberation of Greece, back to life.
Starting from Athens, we will be driving for about two hours via the Athens-Patra highway, before we arrive at the seaside village of Diakofto.
From Diakofto you will have the option of taking the rack railway that climbs up to Kalavryta.
Your driver will be there to assist you with all the necessary arrangements.
The train follows a wonderful journey into the Vouraikos gorge and runs next to the Vouraikos river through the forest and in some cases through the mountain. The duration of this terrific ride is 60 minutes.
Your driver having driven a similar route by car, will be waiting for you at the Kalavryta’s railway station.
The tour will continue with an additional 15 minute drive to the “Cave of the Lakes”, a unique monument of natural beauty and also a mythical place with many secrets and mysteries.
On the way back to Kalavryta we can have a stop at the imposing memorial. This is the site where every man over the age of 14 from the village of Kalavryta was executed, by the German Nazis on December 13, 1943 during World War II.
At Kalavryta, you can also visit the Museum of the Holocaust, which also reminds us of this dark page of our Modern History.
Additionally, we will visit another very significant site for the History of the independent state of Greece, the church of Agia Lavra where the leaders of the War of Independence against the Ottomans, raised the flag of the revolution for the first time on March 25th, 1821.
Of course, we cannot skip the tasting of delicious local food at one of the traditional Greek restaurants at the picturesque square of Kalavryta.
On our way back, we can also have a stop at the monastery of “Mega Spilaio”. Two hours later we will have returned to Athens, filled with beautiful images, thoughts and experiences.
Customize the tour
Don’t hesitate to ask for changes in the itinerary.
We are very flexible and able to adjust the itinerary as you wish.
You have the option to skip a site or even extend the tour in order to add other sites or have some time at leisure in Kalavryta.
Tour duration : 10 hours
Rack Railway ꞉ 9,5€ per route
Municipal Museum Of The Kalavritan Holocaust :
Full 3€ / Reduced: 1.5€
Cave of Lakes :
Full: 9 € / Reduced: 4,50 €
Reduced ticket : European citizens over 65 years old, University students
Free entrance : people under 18 years old, students from European Union
January 1st: closed
March 25th꞉ closed
May 1st: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
December 25th: closed
December 26th: closed
Free admission days
March 6th (in memory of Melina Mercuri)
April 18th (international monuments day)
May 18th (international museums day)
Last weekend of September (European heritage days)
Every 1st Sunday from November to March
We suggest that you start early and catch the 09.00am train from Diakofto to Kalavryta.
Take a water bottle with you. You will find plenty of them in the vehicle.
Photography is allowed during the tour. Don’t lose a chance to take some nice pictures of the amazing scenery of Vouraikos Gorge.