GYTHION and MYSTRAS

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Apr 21st, 2015, 10:12 AM
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GYTHION and MYSTRAS

Is a visit to Mystras really worthwhile?
If so, can you visit Mystras from the top and work your way down (is there a road to and an entrance on the top?) ?
also, does anyone know what a return taxi to Mystras would cost?
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Apr 21st, 2015, 10:27 AM
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It is very worthwhile.My Greek friend insisted that we see it and we were glad that we did.
We walked down from the top and then walked back up. I don't recall it being difficult. This is a Byzantine site, a nice contract to all the ancient antiquities you will have seen. We spent the night in Sparta.
A return taxi from where? Sparta? Nafplion? or the top of the hill?
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Apr 21st, 2015, 12:31 PM
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Gythion

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Apr 22nd, 2015, 12:26 AM
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I just called the Radio Taxi center of Gythio to ask for the price. They estimated a cost of 80 Euro, for a roundtrip transfer plus waiting for 2 hours.

However this is just an estimation, as they do not have fixed prices and endprice will depend of the taximeter, but i think it gives you an idea.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 09:03 AM
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I concur Mystras is a great visit. There is probably a local bus from Gythion to Sparti where you can catch a taxi. Or perhaps a tour from Gythion.
I am a little concerned with the two hour wait period for the taxi.
As I recall we were 4 hours at Mystras.
We too started at the fortress at the top ( yes there is a road up) and worked our way down. Unfortunately that meant we had to walk all the way back up to get our car.
At least using a taxi allows you to meet the driver at the bottom
Here is our Peloponnese album. Mystras is the 86 through 97 images.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/stanbr...7632094108982/
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 09:34 AM
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thank you !!!!
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 10:45 AM
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Maybe i should add, that it was me who asked for a 2 hours waiting of the taxi, it can be as long as you will need of course, but it will affect the end price.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 09:58 PM
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It's been several years but I recall taking a bus from Gythion to Mystras. The bus stopped at the parking lot at the top of the site & picked us up at the bottom on the road back to Gythion. No walking back up, just needed to know what time a bus was returning to Gythion & where the spot was on the road for pick up. The bus does not wait at the parking lot. It returns to Gythion & other buses come & go.
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Apr 22nd, 2015, 09:59 PM
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Forgot to say........yes it is worth a visit & it is easy to get there and back!
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 02:10 AM
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Yes you can take the KTEL bus from Gythio as well.
In that case you will have to go to Sparti first, and take the local bus to Mystras, after a wait of 1 hour.

Here is the website of Ktel Lakonia : http://www.ktel-lakonias.gr/?q=en

There are 2 busses that leave in the morning, and would give you time to visit Mystras.
Look for the route Gytheio - Sparti

I called the local Ktel office and they said that there is a bus from Sparti to Mystras 1 hour after the arrival in Sparti, however it is not mentioned in the timetable.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 02:52 AM
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Here is more information about Mystras on the official website
of the Greek Ministry of Culture :

http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/3/eh355.jsp?obj_id=2397
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Apr 26th, 2015, 08:33 AM
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thanks for all the useful info !
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Apr 27th, 2015, 09:51 AM
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You can ask fellow travelers with car for a ride back up. I would have happily helped out a hitch hiker.
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