Argolis Tour

The classical sites of the Eastern Peloponnese

About Argolis Tour

Summary

A superb introduction to the Argolis region - an area rich in scenery and history.

Activity code: Ath08

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.
  • Departure time: approximately 08:45
  • Return time: approximately 19:00
  • April to October: Every Monday
  • Other dates: on request.

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.

 

Itinerary

  • Day One

    Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal which connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. Drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides – the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls & the Royal Tombs. Lunch. Depart for Nafplion which the Venetians used to call "Naples of Greece" through the fertile plain of Argolis. The picturesque town of Nafplion nestles at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress.

    Afternoon at leisure.

    • Overnight in Nafplion.

  • Day Two

    Leave for Epidavrus to visit the theatre dating from the 4th century BC, famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens.

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