• Duration: 10 hours
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Description

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 in 480 BCE).

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 travel 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 castles (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 – Bourtzi
  • Epidaurus 

Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. You can select your hotel from the list or select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process.

Itinerary

Corinth Canal

The tour starts with a drive along the coast, on the way you will view some Greek seaside villages and the island of Salamis (where the historical naval battle took place between the Athenians and the Persians). Our first stop the Corinth Canal. Opened in 1892 and separating the Peloponnese peninsula from the rest of Greece and connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. You will have time to walk across on a pedestrian bridge to admire the canal closer. 

Ancient Corinth

Moving on we will continue to Ancient Corinth. The city dominated by the hill of Acrocorinth. The site located at the foot of the hill includes the Roman Agora of Corinth, the temple of god Apollo and a small museum. Apart from its archaeological and historical interest Ancient Corinth is also one of the most popular religious destinations in Greece as 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. 

Archaeological Site Mycenae

Dated to the 2nd millennium B.C.E. representing what Homer wrote about, Achilles, Agamemnon and Helen of Troy. The palace of Mycenae gave its name to a whole era.

Lion's Gate, Mycenae

In the site you will see the famous Lions Gate (the oldest architectural sculpture in Europe), the cyclopean walls, the burial circle A and the remains of Agamemnon’s Palace.

Archaeological Museum of Ancient Mycenae

Worth visiting there is also a modern museum exhibiting the findings of the “City Of Gold". 

Citadel and Treasury of Atreus

Just before leaving the site we will make a small stop at the treasury of Atreus, the best preserved Tholos tomb found and one of the finest examples of the Mycenaean architecture.

Nafplio

From here we will travel through time towards a more recent history of Greece and to the city of Nafplion. Nafplion is considered the most scenic city which also functioned as the capital of Greece until 1834. It offers you an impressive combination of fortresses and castle (Palamidi, Bourtzi), an enormous port opened to the Aegean Sea and the unique architecture of the old city of Nafplion revealing Venetian, neoclassical and oriental elements. Lunch will be at a traditional tavern by the sea.

Acronafplia Castle

We’ll drive up until the castle of Acronafplia for a panoramic view of Nafplio. 

Bourtzi

Nafplio offers you an outstanding combination of fortresses and castles. Bourtzi is a little islet with a fortress in a huge port opened to the Aegean Sea. 

Epidaurus

On the go again we will be off to the site of Epidaurus, a short drive away and you will be able to see one of the most important ancient Greek sanctuaries. Dedicated to God Asclepius, he was the god of healing and medicine, Epidaurus is located in peaceful environment and spread out on a hilly area, its highest point being the actual theater of Epidaurus. As the best preserved ancient Greek theater (dated 4th century B.C.E.) it is proof of what miracles the ancient Greek minds could create. 

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

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.  

Athens

We will drive back to Athens.

Pick up locations

What's included

Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history. [Not licensed to accompany you in any site.]
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Bottled water
REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE TO ALL SITES: Passport & Vaccine Certificate/ Negative PCR 72hrs

What's excluded

Entrance Fees [32€ for over 6 yo for Non EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost - 250 €]
Lunch

What do I need to bring

Suitable clothing and athletic walking shoes are recommended for your comfort

Hats, sunglasses and suntan lotion are highly recommended.    

Important information

  • The drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside any site or museum. If you require a licensed guide to tour the sites with you, you need to hire one additionally. If you have any questions you can contact us on the phone number provided by Viator.
  • The duration of the tours is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Our company complies with all the health instructions of the World Health Organization about COVID-19.
  • Our contact Email: info@olivesea.com -  Don't hesitate to ask any more questions you may have.
  • Pick up time adjustable upon your request.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • LUXURY AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • NATURE
  • CLASSIC CAR TOURS

Guided Language

  • English

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Just WOW!

Really unexpectable. It was my first Private experience and I have never had so good time on a Day trip. Nafplio is so beautiful, so picturesque. Excellent food with exotic taverns. The Bourtzi is something unique that you should definitely visit. Epidaurus is riveting, in collaboration with our guide we discovered the culture that existed, and we thank our guide very much because it was very helpful and informed. If you have children with you it will seem quite tedious. My children started whining in the middle of the trip.

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By Joshua on 2021-10-02

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