Epidavrus, Mycenae & Olympia tour (overnight)

Eastern & Western Peloponnese

About Epidavrus, Mycenae & Olympia tour (overnight)

Summary

A short tour of the essential sites in Greece. Visit famous archaeological sites and museums and experience the glory that was classical Greece.

Duration: 2 days

START - / FINISH - Athens

Highlights of the Argolis Tour

  • Corinth Canal: This feat of engineering joins the Ionian to the Aegean and helped make Pireaus into the international port it is today. The idea of a canal was first suggested during Roman times but it wasn't until the 1890s that it was actually constructed.
  • Mycenae: Homer wrote in the Iliad and Odyssey of a 'city, rich in gold', the capital of Agamemnon. The German businessman and archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, believed that many of the places in these works actually existed so he set about trying to find this golden city. He successfully located Mycenae and began excavations - what he unearthed there made Mycenae one of the richest treasures in the classical world.
  • Epidavrus: a stunning theatre, which dates from the 4th century BC. This 14,000 seat theatre blended so perfectly with its surroundings that it wasn't discovered until the 19th century. Nowadays many events are held here thanks to its fantastic acoustics.
  • Nafplion: one of the most beautiful and romantic towns in Greece. It boasts a wonderful mediaeval old town with cobbled alleyways, a lovely promenade and is overlooked by the Palamidi Fortress. From here you have stunning views over the bay and the Mycenae Plain (you do have to make some effort though as there are 999 steps to the top!) Nafplion is also known for 'Bourtzi' the Venetian fortress situated on a rocky islet just off the coast, originally this was built to protect Nafplion from sea attack, this became home to executioners in days gone by.
  • Olympia: enjoys a beautiful location in a valley with wild olive and plane trees. This is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You'll see where the athletes trained, the Stadium, the wrestling school, the altars and the various temples. Originally only men were allowed to spectate as the athletes were naked, however the story is told of a woman from Rhodes who disguised herself as her son's trainer to gain admission. Her unbridled joy at her son winning revealed that she was female -she escaped the customary death sentence but all trainers in future had also to appear naked!
  • 16th April to 15th October: Every Tuesday
  • Departure time: approximately 08:45
  • Return time: approximately 19:00

What's included:

  • 4* accommodation on HB basis for 1 night
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach throughout
  • Pick up / drop off in Athens
  • English-speaking tour guide / escort
  • All entry fees as per itinerary.
Not included: In January Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room or apartment per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. most self catering and 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros,  5 star hotels = 4 Euros).

 

Itinerary

  • Day One: Argolis region - Olympia

    You'll leave early morning by the coastal road and there'll be a short stop for photos at the Corinth Canal which links the Ionian and the Aegean - if you are fortunate there may be a ship passing through! Proceed to the ancient theatre at Epidavrus, whose acoustics are reputed to be the best in the world. This UNESCO world heritage site is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son, Asclepius, the healer, and was the most celebrated healing centre of the classical world. There will be a short stop at Nafplion before arriving at Mycenae, famed for its Lion's gate, Royal Tombs, Cyclopean Walls and associations with Agamemnon.

    In the afternoon depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, via the central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis.

    • Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

  • Day Two: Olympia - Athens

    Visit the archaeological site of Olympia with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic Flame, the Stadium and the Archaeological Museum with its unique artefacts and the famous statue 'Hermes' of Praxitele and many others. Drive via Patras to Rion to see the Antorion bridge, the state of the art suspension bridge, considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. The tour returns to Athens late afternoon.

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