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Private Tour Of Mycenae, Ancient Corinth, Nafplio & Epidaurus From Athens

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Duration

11 hours

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

1 -15 persons

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Languages

English

Relive the expedition of Troy, along with ancient Corinth's biblical past, the picturesque modern Nafplio and the marvelous Epidaurus theater!

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Tour Highlights

Enjoy the breathtaking views from the Isthmus Canal. It connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea via the Corinthian gulf and the Saronic Sea and separates the Peloponnese with the rest of Greece. 

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.  

Mycenae, the kingdom of Agamemnon is a World Heritage UNESCO Site discovered by H. Schliemann. According to the epics of Homer, the expedition to Troy started from here. 

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. You can easily see the Venetian fortress of Palamidi on the top of a hill above and the fortified islet of Bourtzi in the old port. The old town was built at the beginning of the 19th century, but buildings still exist from the Venetian time. 

During our tour, we will also visit the Cathedral and the church of Saint Spiridon where Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Governor of Greece, was murdered. We will continue to the Syntagma Square and explore its historic buildings from different periods such as the Archaeological Museum, the Vouleftikon that housed the first parliament of the free Greek state and the Old Mosque and Freedom Square honoring our liberty with the help of the French. 

This magnificent theatre of Epidaurus was constructed in the late 4th century BC to host religious events to honor the god Asclepius. The theater 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. Another fact about this theater is the perfect acoustics. During summer, it hosts performances of ancient Greek drama.  

Few steps from the Ancient Theatre is the Sanctuary of Asklepios, a very popular healing center in the ancient times. The Archaeological Museum hosts many interesting exhibits from excavations on this site.  

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.

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.
  • Gates: A system of 3 circuit walls reinforced by towers.
  • Keep
  • Peirene Spring: Located within the encircling walls, a gift of Asopus to Sisyphus.
  • Temple of Aphrodite: On the highest of the two picks of the mountain are traces of the temple of Aphrodite on the site.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roman buildings.
  • Bema or Pedestal
  • 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.

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.

Nafplio

A seaport town in the Peloponnese. A charming town with a spectacular waterfront, small cobblestone streets and historic buildings, crowned by the Palamidi fortress and the Bourtzi fortress. The town was the first capital of the modern Hellenic Republic after the 1821 War of Independence against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 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!
  • Lunch at one of the many unique traditional tavernas
  • 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.

Epidaurus

One of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece! Located on the NE side of the Peloponnese in the region of Argolis.
  • 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.
  • Return back to your chosen hotel in Athens

What’s included

Hand sanitiser & face masks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Private tour

Transportation by private air-conditioned luxury vehicles

WiFi

Native English speaking drivers

Handmade candies

Refreshment wipes

Bottled water

Exclusions

Entry or admission fees

Food & drinks

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

What to bring with you

Casual clothing

Non slip shoes

Sunscreen

Cancellation policy

Full refund if booking is cancelled until 24 hours before the experience

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