Mycenae – Epidaurus – Corinth and Nafplio day tour

A fascinating way to visit numerous ancient and historical sites while also getting a taste of the Greek countryside, a rich full day

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Description

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This tour is the best way to visit numerous ancient and historical sites while also getting a taste of the Greek countryside in a single day. 

During the drive along the coast, you will get a view of some Greek seaside villages and the island of Salamis (where the historical battle between the Athenians and Persians took place). 

The Corinth Canal will be our first stop. Finally opened in 1892, it separates the Peloponnese Peninsula from the rest of Greece and connects the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. Take the time to walk across on the pedestrian bridge to admire the canal closer, (if you’re game) on some days bungee jumping is an option. 

Moving on we will make our way to Ancient Corinth. This ancient city was dominated by the hill of Acrocorinth and the old Castle, the biggest and oldest castle in southern Greece. Ancient Corinth is located at the foot of the hill and includes the Roman Agora of Corinth, the temple of God Apollo and a small museum. Away from its archaeological and historical interest Ancient Corinth is also one of the most popular religious destinations in Greece. This was where the Apostle Paul preached Christianity, was judged by the tribunal in the Agora and established the best organized Christian church of that period. 

Then we will be off to the site of Mycenae dated to the 2nd millennium B.C.E. and representing the era of Achilles, Agamemnon, and Helen of Troy. At the site, you will see the renowned Lions Gate (the oldest architectural sculpture in Europe), the cyclopean walls, the burial circle A and the remains of Agamemnon’s Palace. Within the site, there is a modern museum exhibiting the findings of the “City Of Gold”. Before leaving the site we will make a small stop at the treasury of Atreus, the best-preserved Tholos tomb and one of the finest examples of the Mycenaean architecture. 

Continuing our travels we will head towards a more recent history of Greece, discovering the city of Nafplion. The city is considered the most scenic and it functioned as the capital of Greece until 1834. Nafplion offers you an outstanding combination of fortresses and castle (Palamidi, Bourtzi), a huge port opened to the Aegean Sea and the unique architecture of the old city of Nafplion revealing Venetian, neoclassical and oriental elements. After walking in the idyllic place we will stop for lunch at a traditional tavern by the sea then drive up to the castle of Acronafplia for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.Bringing us to our last stop, the site of Epidaurus. 

After a short drive, you will be able to visit one of the most important ancient Greek sanctuaries dedicated to Asclepius, the God of healing and medicine. Located in a peaceful environment and spread on a hilly area, it reaches its highest point which is the theater of Epidaurus. The best preserved ancient Greek theater dated 4th century B.C.E. proof of what miracles the ancient Greek minds could create. You can test the acoustics, great even today and climb up until the upper seats just to close your eyes and dream you attended an ancient Greek tragedy. Lastly on the way back
will follow the eastern coast of Peloponnese peninsula to reach Athens again. 

Top Visits

  • Corinth Canal
  • Ancient Corinth – Temple of Apollo
  • Acrocorinth
  • Mycenae
  • The picturesque town of Nafplio
  • Palamidi – Bourzti
  • Epidaurus 

Itinerary

First part an amazing drive and a nice taste of classical Greece

We will enjoy the Corinth Canal , drive to Peloponnese and the Saronic Gulf , visiting Ancient Corinth and its Roman Agora. We will see the temple of God Apollo and the site of Mycenae (dated to the 2nd millennium B.C.E.) with its Lions Gate (the oldest architectural sculpture in Europe), the cyclopean walls, the burial circle A and the remains of Agamemnon’s Palace.

Discovering Nafplion

Nafplion is a combination of fortresses and castle (Palamidi, Bourtzi), with Venetian, neoclassical and oriental elements.

Lunch break the Greek way

Lunch at a traditional tavern by the sea then drive up to the castle of Acronafplia for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings.

Epidaurus our last stop

Most important ancient Greek sanctuaries dedicated to Asclepius, the God of healing and medicine.

Drive back from the eastern coast of Peloponnese peninsula to reach Athens

What’s included

  • local taxes
  • VAT
  • Tolls
  • Baggage charges 

What’s excluded

  • Entrance Fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, meals etc.)
  • Tips
  • Visa costs
  • Sightseeing and services other than those mentioned in our itineraries. If in doubt whether something is included in the price of the tour, please inquire. 

Important information

Price is per vehicle! (not per passenger)

Drivers

  • Drivers must work under strict legal and time restrictions. Therefore you will be dropped back at convenient stops, depending on the traffic conditions. Our drivers will do their best to drop-offs at your hotel or as near as possible unless stated otherwise. Drivers will be happy to assist and advise you.
  • The drivers are not a licensed to accompany you on your walk to the top of the Acropolis or inside any other site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally.

Guides

  • All the guides, on the various tours, lecture in English. A previous arrangement must be made to lecture in another language.
  • A special offer is on for our guests to have a certified tour guide. They will show you on the site and /or museum and happily share their knowledge with you. The tour guides we cooperate with are authorized and have experience in the museums, archaeological, historical and religious sites of Greece. They are ready to meet your expectations, to answer your questions and to guide you thoroughly through Greece. 

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Guided Language

  • English
265 1 Day , Easy

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Ratings & Reviews

Enjoyed half of Greece, nice tour

   

Should have ranked it a 5 star, I only noted 4 due to price and GBP to Euro rate, ok great tour, fantastic time and so many things to see (couldn't believe that none from the kids had a dull moment) but perhaps slightly overpriced due to weak pound. Mycynae is such an impressive place, a time capsule ..

14 June, 2019 by Frank and Elena