Alternative Activities


CRUISES | BIKE TOURS | FREE DIVING | HIKING | RIVER ACTIVITIES | SEA KAYAKING | WATER SPORTS | HORSE RIDING | HISTORICAL CENTER

CRUISES

Sunset Cruise

Daily 19:00 – 21:00 sunset cruise with our Sailing Yacht from port of Kalamata to Almiro, Avia, Mantineia, Faro Kitrion and back to Kalamata.

Daily Cruise to Kardamili*

• Departure at 10:00
• First stop for swimming around 12:30, for an hour in the beach of Kardamili
• Traditional Greek homemade lunch, on the boat (Cooked by captain’s wife)

* The destination can be changed according to customer’s wishes

Sailing Yacht

Our yacht is formula Rhodes 39 three cabins with separate toilet and shower, a total length of 11.5 meters.


BIKE TOURS

The Warm climate and the wonderful Mediterranean countryside make the Peloponnese a great cycling holiday destination for all the family and friends! We offer a range of cycling adventures from seaside and fishing villages to archaeological and historic sites, we offer it all from an easy relaxing ride to a ride that best suits your needs. Our bikes are from top manufactures that we use ourselves.

Messinia – Mani – Taygetos – Ancient Messini

1. Tour A: City tour Kalamata.
Level: Easy (10 km / 4hr)

2. Tour B: Day tour Kalamata – Kitries.
Level: Easy – Medium (30 km / Day tour)

3. Tour C: Day tour Kalamata – Buca beach.
Level: Easy – Medium (35 km / Day tour)

4. Tour D: Multiple day tour Kalamata – Methoni – Pylos – Kyparissia.
Level: Medium – Advanced (250 km roundtrip/ 6-7 days tour)

5. Tour E: Day tour Kalamata – Ancient Messini.
Level: Medium – Advanced (80 km / Day tour)

6. Hiking Tour A: Kalamata – Nedon River (Cool hike).
Level: Easy (3,5hr)

7. Hiking Tour B: Kalamata – Rindomo path (View Messinia Bay)
Level: Medium (4hr)

Minimum per tour: 5 people.


FREE DIVING

1. Discover Free diving

Have you ever swum in the sea looking at the amazing underwater life and scenes? Have you ever thought of diving down to experience it up close?
Join us and discover the underwater world on a single breath of air! Join us and discover free diving!
Spend a day in free diving Club Greece’s beachside free diving center and discover relaxation techniques, advanced breathing methods, the equipment we use in free diving and venture out with our team of experienced AIDA Free diving Instructors and discover yourself in the amazing underwater world of the Messinian Bay.
Day Includes:
Morning Pickup (9:00)
Theory session on free diving techniques (1,5hr)
Relaxation – breathing – apnea session in the pool (1hr)
Light Snack
Boat Dive session – free dive with our experienced Instructors and discover a new level of comfort and relaxation in the water (1,5hr)
Free diving Certification to AIDA 1* level at the end of the day
Equipment use for the day (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)

2. Relaxation and Apnea Morning

Join Free diving Club Greece in Kalamata – the biggest free diving center in the Mediterranean Sea and discover advanced relaxation and breathing techniques used by elite champion free diving athletes to relax and prepare their body and mind before diving to depths of 100+ meters on a single breath of air – all at the comfort of our beachside center!!!
Spend half day in free diving Club Greece’s free diving center and discover yoga techniques, relaxation exercises and advanced breathing methods. Guided by our team of experienced AIDA Free diving Instructors using yoga and advanced pranayama breathing techniques you will discover levels of physical and mental relaxation you never thought possible.
Half Day Includes:
Morning Pickup (9:00)
Theory session on free diving breathing and relaxation techniques (1,5hr)
Yoga session with advanced relaxation, breathing and apnea session in the pool (1hr)
Light Snack
Once you attend the Relaxation and Apnea Morning you can chose to join a boat dive free diving session on a subsequent day and gain the AIDA 1* Free diving Certification to level.
Equipment use for the day (mask, snorkel, wet-suit)

3. Free dive with Us!!!

Free diving Club Greece center is organizing boat free diving sessions every day – if you have tried snorkeling or have taken part in free diving training in the past and wish to join us out in the Big Blue, you can sign up for our free diving training session.
During the training session you will be joining Free diving Club Greece team of Instructors and free divers from all over the World and can practice breath hold diving in the safest location in the world (Messinian Bay was the venue for the 2011 & 2013 Free diving World Championships due to its amazing conditions and safe setup by Free diving Club Greece Team). This session does not include a teaching session by our instructors but they are always happy to help out and share their knowledge and experience.
Day Includes:
Morning Pickup (11:00)
Boat Dive session – free dive under the supervision of our experienced Instructors and discover a new level of comfort and relaxation in the water (2hr)
Equipment rental is not included in the cost this session – you are encouraged to use your own equipment if available.
If needed we can provide a full kit of free diving equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wet-suit) for a day rent fee of 10euro


HIKING

“Follow us through walking trails that lead near the splendor of nature and the works of human. Explore medieval castles and Byzantine churches, caves and gorges, villages built like eagle nests and everlasting olive groves. Guided hiking tours in the land of olive with environmental and historical interest take us out to the beauty of the Messinian countryside, narrating about its history and culture.”

1. Easy Hikes

Participants should have with them:
• Bottle of water
• Hat
• Sun cream (during summer months)
• Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
• Hiking backpack (if available)

Trail distance: 8,5 km
Route type: Circular
Activity duration with breaks: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Meeting point: Gialova, Mani, Sotirianika (3 different hikes)

Includes:
• Guide
• Tour planning – Sightseeing
• Picnic with local products
• Walking poles, Backpack (if necessary).
• Transportation to and from the start and finish points (if necessary).
• Photographs from the tour

2. Moderate Hikes

The distance covered combined with the variation in elevation difference define the level of difficulty as moderate. However there are no parts of the route with great difficulty.

Participants should have with them:
• Bottle of water
• Hat
• Sun cream (during summer months)
• Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
• Hiking backpack (if available)

Trail distance: 12 km
Route type: Circular
Activity duration with breaks: 5-6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required
Meeting point: Kardamili

Includes:
• Guide
• Tour planning – Sightseeing
• Picnic with local products
• Walking poles, Backpack (if necessary).
• Transportation to and from the start and finish points (if necessary).
• Photographs from the tour


RIVER ACTIVITIES

“Alternative routes in the mainland of Messinia lead us to an unspoiled natural environment. We explore the routes of water by following it to its natural flow through rivers and lakes. We discover small untouched paradises, abundant flora, majestic waterfalls and gurgling crystal clear waters revealing an unparalleled natural beauty. This is the scenery where people met with their gods and created their mythology.”

1. River Trekking Polylimnio

In central Messinia next to the village of Haravgi, well hidden among the hills is the gorge of Polilimnio. The presence of olive groves and vineyards in the surrounding area does not reveal the existence of this small green paradise whose streams create consecutive ponds and waterfalls composing an unexpected dreamy sight.

Participants should have with them:
• Bottle of water
• Spare change of clothes
• Swimwear
• Towel
• Spare pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable are hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
Info:
Implementation period: Spring, summer or autumn (upon request)
Trail distance: 3 km
Route type: Riverine crossing with combined with outdoor games
Activity duration with breaks: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate in few parts
Suitability: Suitable for all
Meeting point: Village Haravgi
Includes:
• Guide
• Tour planning – Sightseeing
• Picnic with local products
• Walking poles, Backpack (if necessary).
• Helmet
• Archery equipment
• Transportation to and from the start and finish points (if necessary).
• Photographs from the tour

2. River Trekking Neda

At the foothills of mount Lykaion lay the springs of a beautiful “female” river called Neda. The river is a natural boundary between Ilia and Messinia. According to Greek mythology Neda was a nymph, a goddess of water and she was one of those who nourished Zeus. The gorge of river Neda is a natural wonder of the Messinian countryside. The constantly varying landscape, the lush, the turquoise waters and the majestic cliffs, make the crossing of this gorge an unforgettable experience.

Participants should have with them:
• Bottle of water
• Swimwear
• Spare pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable are hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
• Hiking backpack (if available)

Info:
Implementation period: Summer or autumn (upon request)
Trail distance: 4 km
Route type: Riverine crossing, unidirectional
Activity duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate in few parts
Suitability: Relatively good physical condition needed
Meeting point: Village Platania

Includes:
• Guide
• Tour planning – Sightseeing
• Picnic with local products
• Walking poles, Backpack (if necessary).
• Helmet
• Transportation to and from the start and finish points (if necessary).
• Photographs from the tour


SEA KAYAKING

“Live your own unique paddling experience to the most beautiful coastal routes. Explore the marine and coastal natural environment and discover the sights of each area with the unique way that only a sea kayak can offer. Fully trained sea kayak guides with all the necessary equipment of the latest technology accompany us safely through organized tours along the Messinian coastline.”

1. Half day tour

The activity includes a 30 minutes preparation time 2-2.5 hours paddling exploration, 1-1.5 hours free time for picnic, relaxation, snorkelling, swimming, and other activities. The starting point and the direction we follow is based on weather conditions and wind direction.
Participants should have with them:
• Bottle of water
• Hat
• Sun cream (during summer months)
• Towel
• Swimsuit
• Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, flip flops, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes
-Info
Trail distance: 5-6 nautical miles
Route type: Circumnavigation
Activity duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Suitability: Suitable for all / No previous experience required
Meeting point: Pylos, Mani, Kalamata (3 different routes)

Includes:
• Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket.
• Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float.
• Snorkelling equipment (goggles and respirators).
• Fully trained sea kayak guide.
• Sea Kayak course.
• Tour planning – Sightseeing
• Picnic with fruits and Traditional delicacies.
• Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary).
• Photographs from the activity

2. Full day tour

The activity includes 30 minutes preparation time 3-3.5 hours paddling exploration, 2-2.5 hours free time for picnic, relaxation, snorkelling, swimming, diving and other activities. The starting point and the direction we follow is based on weather conditions and wind direction.
Participants should have with them:
• Bottle of water
• Hat
• Sun cream (during summer months)
• Towel
• Swimsuit
• Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, flip flops, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes

Info:
Trail distance: 8-9 nautical miles
Route type: Circumnavigation/one way
Activity duration with breaks: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Suitability: Relatively good physical condition or little previous experience required
Meeting point: Pylos, Mani, Kalamata, (3 different routes)

Includes:
• Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket.
• Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float.
• Snorkelling equipment (goggles and respirators).
• Fully trained sea kayak guide.
• Sea Kayak course.
• Tour planning – Sightseeing
• Picnic with fruits and Traditional delicacies.
• Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary).
• Photographs from the activity.


WATER SPORTS

Jet Ski, Banana ride, water skiing and many other watersport services can be provided from Pixida Tours in cooperation with our partners.

Water Skiing

Aimed at
• Beginner
• Advanced
• Children from 6-7 years
Lessons from experienced water ski trainer and wake-board

Boat rental without a license

Four (4) passengers max
The rental is by appointment, depending on the weather

Features:
• Bears 15 hp engine driver
• Console steering and electric start control.

Tubes – Water Rings

10′ endless fun and adrenaline
Tubes for 2, 3, 4 people
Inflatable sofas, reclining tubes and double rigos

Banana – Marine Sleigh

10′ of endless madness for the entire group

Water bikes with slide

For a romantic ride or fun dives with the slide

Jet Ski

For speed and play with the waves

Two-seat canoe

For fast rowing ride


HORSE RIDING

Live the unique experience of riding a horse, by joining anyone of the available activities provided by the Equestrian Club of Kalamata. Either in a group or by your own, you can visit Pixida Tours and prepare yourself for one of the most exciting time of your life.
Horse Riding Lessons
If you are interested in learning the basics on how to ride a horse, or even if you are familiar and you want to refresh your horse riding abilities, you can visit our Club and arrange with our experienced staff your riding lessons. Duration for beginner’s lesson is 30mins and for experienced ones 45mins. Helmets are provided by the club.

Horse Riding Walks at the beach
Equestrian club of Kalamata is located near the sea, making it possible for anyone who loves sea and horses to join a 1-hour walk among the side beach with our horses. Feel the freedom and enjoy the sea view while riding a horse!

Horse Riding Excursions at Kalamata’s mountains
The location of the Equestrian Club of Kalamata is very convenient for organizing 2h excursions with the horses in the near mountain areas. Club is equipped with a horse transport truck, which can transfer up to eight horses. Prerequisite for taking part in this activity is to be familiar with horses and be able to manipulate them and follow the team.

Summer Bath with horses

During summer period, Equestrian Club of Kalamata becomes healing/resurrection center for many sport horses. Every day, on early morning hours (7:00am) we are swimming with the horses! If you want to swim with them too, you can arrange the exact days with the responsible persons. Experienced staff will be with you and “drive” the horse.


HISTORICAL CENTER TOUR

This tour gives us the opportunity to throw a glance at the history of the city from the Byzantine period until today and includes:
o The Old Castle where Princess Isabeau lived
o A Byzantine church at the base of the castle (inside a cave)
o The hospital of 1821
o The Saint George’s church, built in Venetian period
o The Monastery of Nuns that used to be famous for its silk scarves
o The Byzantine church Saint Konstantine and Helen
o The old Mansion of Korfiotakis family, which was a house-headquarters of last leader of Ottoman era
o Frangolimnas, an area where took place the qualifying matches for the Olympic Games of 1896
o The Byzantine church Saint Charalambos, one of the oldest cemeteries.
o The Old Mansion of Kyriakou Family (Historical-Folk Museum)
o Benakis family mansion
o Byzantine church St. Apostles, the most important landmark of the city
o The Archaeological museum
o Open market (only for Saturdays morning)

*Note: Our insistence on churches is not because we are extremely religious. Churches are full with evidence which can provide us with irrefutable historical information.