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7 Day Private Tour of the Peloponnese: Biblical Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Monemvasia, Mani & Olympia

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Duration

7 days

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -15 persons

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Languages

English

Enjoy a 7 day private tour appreciating Greece's beautiful towns and astounding natural beauty!

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At Ancient Diolkos you will discover and explore the ancient passage from the Corinthian to Saronic gulf and the subducting bridge.

You will witness the breathtaking views at the Isthmus/Corinth canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. 

We will explore the incredible archaeological site of Ancient Corinth with the fabulous museum, courtyard, temple of Apollo, fountain of Glauke, Sacred Spring, Peirene, Asklepieion, Odeion, Bema, Agora and much more.  

Nafplio was the first capital city of modern Greece. It is a picturesque town with Venetian architecture that the Venetians used to call the Naples of Greece. 

The magnificent theatre of Epidaurus is famous for its symmetry and it is also unique because of its excellent state of conservation, which allows it to be still in use.

Mycenae, the kingdom of Agamemnon is a World Heritage UNESCO Site discovered by H. Schliemann.

You will live a unique experience tasting wines in some of the most well known Greek wineries reminding you of the Napa valley of California. 

Feel the ‘sense of mystery’ with the dimly lit alleyways as you stroll amid the mansions and Byzantine churches at Monemvasia.

Visiting the Mani peninsula you will discover AEROPOLIS named after Ares, the God of war!

The incredible DIROS CAVES are not to be missed! Start your journey at an underground lake where boats will be waiting for you. 

Discover LIMENI, a picturesque port of Aeropoli! Enjoy the tavernas, restaurants, cafes, bars and boutique hotels right next to the sea and refresh yourselves by swimming in fabulous blue water!

Olympia in Greece was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks.

Day 1 :  Isthmus Canal

  • Pickup from your chosen hotel in Athens
  • Visit the Isthmus Canal, one of the most important projects and 19th century engineering masterpieces, playing a catalytic role for the Mediterranean trade.
  • Visit Ancient Diolkos, a paved trackway in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth
  • Enjoy refreshments by the banks of the Canal at ancient Diolkos overlooking the boats passing by.
  • Drive to Acrocorinth

Acrocorinth

  • Visit Acrocorinth, the acropolis of ancient Corinth, a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth. It is one of the most impressive and dominant acropoleis of the Peloponnese.
  1. Gates: A system of 3 circuit walls reinforced by towers.
  2. Keep
  3. Peirene Spring: Located within the encircling walls, a gift of Asopus to Sisyphus.
  4. Temple of Aphrodite: On the highest of the two picks of the mountain are traces of the temple of Aphrodite on the site.
  5. Frankish Tower: At the SW edge of the precipitous rock fortified during Frankish times forming the inner keep of the fortress. Remains of churches, mosques, houses, fountains and cisterns are preserved here.
  • Views of Geraneia Mountain: Enjoying breathtaking views of the Corinthian gulf and the SW coast of the Peloponnese.
  • Drive to Ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth

  • Hadgimoustafa spring: a fountain built during the Ottoman empire.
  • Ancient Corinth Archaeological Museum: Housing a large collection of artifacts from the local site and from smaller sites in the neighboring area.
  1. Temple of Apollo: One of the earliest Doric temples in the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland with monolithic columns, rare in the ancient world, built around 560 BCE.
  2. Agora: A rectangular construction 160 m long and 70 m wide, consisting of central shops, small temples and altar and the renowned podium or Bema from where Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthians in 52 AD.
  3. Roman buildings.
  4. Bema or Pedestal
  5. Theatre and Odeon/Asklepieion
  • Lechaion road: Facing the Corinthian gulf leading to the port of Lechaion.
  • St. Paul’s church: Admiring a magnificent mosaic mural depicting Saul’s vision from Christ as he was travelling to Damascus to persecute the Christians.
  • Treat yourself to an authentic “village style” lunch on a magnificent terrace overlooking ancient Corinth’s archaeological site and the temple of Apollo.
  • Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.
  • Drive to Nafplio

Nafplio

  • Check in at your chosen hotel
  • Walking tour of Nafplio
  • Palamidi Castle: Nestled on the crest of a 216 m high hill, this Venetian built fortress commands an impressive view over the Argolic gulf. There are 999 steps to the top of the castle! Climb them if you must!
  • Freedom Square: Thanking the French for their contribution in our War of Independence against the Ottomans, an obelisk is erected here depicting a French and a Hellenic woman in their struggle for Liberty.
  • Bourtzi: The water castle of Bourtzi is a Venetian fortress located in the middle of the harbor.
  • Constitution Square: The most important and historic square in Nafplion. The square is named after the Constitution that Otto, the first king of Greece was obliged to grant after the 3rd of September uprising in 1843.
  • First Hellenic Parliament: Strolling down the old world near Syntagma square you will find an imposing mosque. Built in 1730 with a large hall and characteristic dome, the mosque housed the first Hellenic parliament from 1825 until 1826.
  • Anastasios of Nafplia church: Located in the old world you will be impressed by the church’s dome and the wall paintings decorating the spiritual interior. A true Christian Orthodox religious pragmatism.
  • St.Spyridon church: It was here outside this church one of the blackest events in modern Greek history took place. The assassination of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Greek Governor in 1831!
  • Antica Gelateria di Roma for the best gellato and Italian delights
  • Pergamonto for the best ‘loukoumades’in Greece (puff balls with honey or chocolate and almond nuts)
  • Stroll amongst the town’s shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.
  • Dinner at a traditional taverna or restaurant at Nafplio.
  • Overnight at Nafplio

Day 2 :  Epidaurus

  • Breakfast at Nafplio
  • Drive to Epidaurus
  • The Epidaurus amphitheatre: Famous for its classic Greek construction and astounding acoustics. Enjoy the arts! Be captivated by the theatrical performances from Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes and Aeschylus. Drop a pin or coin on the stage… it will be heard even if you are sitting at the last seats of the theater.
  • The Epidaurus Archaeological Museum: Noted for its reconstructions of temples and its columns with inscriptions.
  • The Asclepius: The sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek demi-god of medicine Asclepius. A marvelous ancient medical retreat.
  • Drive to Mycenae

Mycenae

Rich in gold! King Agamemnon’s mythical kingdom sung in Homer’s epics. It is the most important and richest center of the late Bronze Age.

  • The Lions Gate: The main entrance of the Bronze age citadel of Mycenae erected during the 13th century BC.
  • Grave Circles A and B: Royal cemeteries situated to the south of the Lion Gate and outside the Bronze Age citadel.
  • The Cyclopean Walls: The main characteristic of the Mycenean walls is that they are made of huge limestone boulders. Only the mythical Cyclopes had the strength to move the enormous boulders that made up the walls of Mycenae and Tiryns.
  • The Royal Palace: Consisting of domestic apartments, the Throne Room Suite, the Grand Staircase, a collection of rooms for officers or palace officials and the Forecourt.
  • The Treasury of Atreus: A large tholos or beehive tomb constructed during the Bronze Age around 1250 BC.
  • Tomb of Clytemnestra: A Mycenean tholos type tomb built in 1250 BC named after Clytemnestra the wife of king Agamemnon and leader of the Greeks in Trojan war.
  • The Mycenean Archaeological Museum: The most important Mycenean artifacts are exhibited here. You will be dazzled by the gold grave goods, burial masks, jewellery, weapons, worship idols and frescoes.
  • Enjoy refreshments overlooking the citadel of Mycenae
  • Drive to Nemea

Ancient Nemea & Wine Tour

A beautiful land of soft hills with endless vineyards and great wines. A popular day trip from Athens for every lover of antiquity fewer places in Greece combine ancient Greek temples with what feels a lot like the Napa Valley of California. Nemea should be on the itinerary of every traveler to the Peloponnese.

  • The Temple of Zeus / Jupiter: The center piece of the Macedonian building program was the temple of Nemean Zeus. Three columns of which have always stood since the time of the original construction.
  • The Ancient baths: The Nemean baths are an athletic bathing house at the Panhellenic sanctuary of Nemea.
  • The Apodyterium: The Apodyterium is where athletes got undressed, oiled their skin and prepared for the games.
  • The Ancient Stadium Crypt: Over 36 m. in length and for the most part in very good condition, it is the entrance tunnel that makes the Nemean games unique. It is the passage through the tunnel, clad in chiton and with bare feet that effects the transformation of the participant from a modern to an ancient. The tunnel thus plays the critical role in the accomplishment of our goal to provide an opportunity for anyone and everyone to become an ancient Greek athlete.
  • The starting grid: Characterized by toe grooves cut into the stone blocks.
  • The Archeological Museum: Founded by the University of California the museum contains a collection of pictures of Nemea by travelers of the 18th and 20th centuries, coins of ancient visitors and items related to athletic activity.
  • The Wine Roads: Nemea a mythical land where Agiorgitiko wine is born.
  • Palivou winery: Enjoy a fabulous wine tour and taste the award winning wines…Nectar for the gods
  • Drive to Tolo
  • Lunch by the sea at Tolo
  • Free time to enjoy Nafplio by night
  • Option for dinner at Nafplio
  • Overnight Nafplio

Day 3 :  Monemvasia

  • Breakfast at Nafplio
  • Drive to Monemvasia
  • Discover “The Rock”: You will feel overwhelmed by the magical rawness, wildness, history and profound romanticism!
  • Explore the marvelous Medieval castle: Discover the Christos Elkomenos Church featuring the heavily guarded icon of the Crucifixion. The Ritsos family residence together with a total of 40 churches will captivate you
  • St.Sofia
  • Vathysfero cafe: Enjoy your refreshments and delicious Greek delicacies while gazing out to the Myrtoan sea
  • Lunch at Matoula’s enjoying authentic “village style” delicacies captivated by the breathtaking panoramic views
  • Overnight at Monemvasia

Day 4 :  Limeni

  • Brunch at Monemvasia
  • Coffees
  • Drive to Limeni, the Mani peninsula
  • Check in at your chosen hotel
  • Free time for swimming
  • Dinner at an traditional fish taverna by the sea
  • Overnight at Limeni

Day 5 :  Mani, Limeni

  • Breakfast or brunch at Limeni
  • Discover Diros caves
  • Discover Aeropoli
  • Limeni sea & sun at leisure
  • Dinner by the sea at an authentic fish taverna
  • Overnight at Limeni

Day 6 :  Ancient Olympia

  • Brunch at Limeni
  • Swimming time at leisure
  • Drive to ancient Olympia
  • Check in at your chosen hotel
  • Olympia village: In the western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. You will be amazed by the serenic feel that this village creates.
  • Enjoy a late lunch – early dinner at marvelous “La Belle Helene meeting wonderful Konstantina enjoying her delicious authentic Greek home cooked meals
  • Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.
  • Overnight at Olympia

Day 7 :  Ancient Olympia day 2

  • Breakfast at Olympia

Olympia is an ancient site on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula that hosted the original Olympic Games founded in the 8th century BC. Its extensive ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus.

  • Temple of Zeus: Dedicated to the god Zeus the Doric temple built in the second quarter of the 5th century BCE was the very model of the fully developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order.
  • Temple of Hera: Known as Heraion this ancient Archaic Greek temple was dedicated to Hera, queen of the Greek gods. The temple was built in approximately 590 BCE. In modern times the torch of the Olympic flame is lit in its ruins by the god Apollo.
  • Philippeion: The only circular building inside the Altis. One of the finest examples of ancient Greek architecture, it was dedicated to Zeus by Philip II of Macedonia after his victory at Chaironeia in 338 BCE. The monument was completed by his son Alexander the Great.
  • The Hippodrome and later Stadium: The Hippodrome was a wide flat open area where the starting and finishing line was defined by a pole. Horse and chariot races took place here.
  • The Palaestra: Built in the 3rd century BC as part of the gymnasium complex it was used to practice boxing, wrestling and jumping.
  • The Workshop of Pheidias: This is where the great sculptor crafted the gigantic chryselephantine statue of Zeus listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
  • The Archeological Museum of Olympia: Exhibits incredible artifacts from the site.
  • Statue of Zeus: A giant seated figure about 13 m tall. The huge ivory and gold statue was bigger even than that of Athena in the Parthenon.
  • The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity: Since 2004 a new museum is in operation. The museum was based on the collection of Georgios Papastefanou who was the first to believe in the possibility of spreading the Olympic Idea and Education through a museum.
  • The museum of Archimedes (Mathematician) regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. A unique museum in the center of ancient Olympia dedicated to the “Greatest Mind” of all time. Visitors will have the opportunity to see replicas of his inventions and to interact with them.
  • Lunch at Ancient Olympia
  • Drive back to Athens and your chosen location
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • casual clothing

  • non slip shoes

  • sunscreen

  • swimming suits

  • bathing towels

  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points

  • Private tour

  • Transport by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

  • Native English speaking drivers

  • Handmade candies

  • Refreshment wipes

  • Bottled water

  • WiFi

  • Fuel surcharge

  • Parking fees

  • Goods & Services tax

  • Driver/guide’s accommodation

  • Entry or admission fees

  • Food & drinks

  • Tip or gratuity

  • 6 nights accommodation (option for hotel reservation upon request)

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