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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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.
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.
Nafplion is a combination of fortresses and castle (Palamidi, Bourtzi), with Venetian, neoclassical and oriental elements.
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.
Most important ancient Greek sanctuaries dedicated to Asclepius, the God of healing and medicine.
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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 ..