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Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

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Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

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Enjoy a colorful day at the coastal city of Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, to discover its rich architecture and admire the various monuments still standing and the famous ancient theater of Epidaurus.

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Duration 10 hours
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English, Greek

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the coastal city of Nafplio, the first capital of Greece
  • Enjoy a visit to the small island of Bourtzi Castle (optional)
  • Taste the unique gastronomy of Greece
  • Explore the impressive Castle of Palamidi on the peak of a hill with stunning views
  • Retrace history at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus known worldwide for its perfectly balanced acoustics
Full description
Depart Athens with a friendly escort (archaeologist) by bus from the Halandri Metro station and reach Nafplio where there are various alternative options to discover the hidden gems of the city. There is plenty of time to climb the 999 steps of the Castle of Palamidi (or let the bus drive you to it) and admire the wide view of the region along with the endless beauty of the Argolic Gulf from the top of the hill. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has venetian, byzantine, ottoman and modern greek influences. Admire the main attractions like Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas hanging flashily from the balconies. You have the chance to enrich your trip by visiting the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsipouro, Ouzo or Mastiha known as “ouzo experience” in the most traditional district of the city. Enjoy a greek lunch break in a cozy tavern and be one with the locals. Later on, travel into history by visiting the ancient theater of Epidaurus. In the antiquity, Epidaurus was a sanatorium, connected intensively with the Asclepeion healing temples. Asclepeion was the 5* hotel of the ancient times and is considered as the origin of the medical science. Nowadays, Epidaurus is most known as the theater with the greatest acoustic of all times and still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer. Feel the aura of the ancient tragedians who through their interpretations led the audience to “catharsis”, the purification and purgation of emotions.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from Athens
  • Transfer in a new, luxurious air-conditioned bus
  • English-speaking escort (archaeologist)
  • Free WiFi on the bus
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Options for visits to sites and museums
  • Guided tour inside the sites
  • Entrance fee to Ancient Epidaurus (12€)
  • Entrance fee to Palamidi (8€, optional)
  • Boat ride to Bourtzi Castle (4,50€) round trip (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Komboloi Museum (2€) (optional)
  • Entrance to Tsipouro Distillery (7€, 45 minute tour) (optional)
  • Cost of lunch at the restaurant
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

At 8:30 AM, outside the Halandri Metro Station (Blue Line), which is a 20-minute ride from Athens Syntagma. Once you are at Halandri Metro Station, follow the exit “To Vrilissia” and meet your trip attendant outside the station. Please bear in mind that you should be at the departure point 10 minutes before the time indicated in the schedule.

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Know before you go

  • This tour has one meeting point at the Halandri Metro Station, which is easily reachable by the Blue Metro Line from Athens downtown. In this way you save time (up to 2 hours), instead of sitting on the bus, in traffic, waiting for all hotel pickups to finish. Make sure to arrive 10 minutes prior to the time indicated in the schedule.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to walk and please bring money for the entrance fees to the sites you will choose to visit
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 61 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
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Most enjoyable part of my solo trip to Athens, where my guide Bill (a historian + archaeologist!) was highly entertaining, informative, considerate and respectful. They continued with the trip even though I was the only participant that day, and I had the undivided attention of the guide who was well versed in greek mythology, social & cultural issues, history and geography. Highly recommended to people seeking a deeper insight and understanding to the country - a professional guide of this calibre beats any guidebook or wikipediaing or googling.

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March 12, 2020

Panos is a very nice man. He was punctual and very detailed, informative and answered our questions. We learned new things and saw beautiful views like from the Palamidi fortress. There was enough time to see all the points. When it rained Panos was well prepared and had umbrellas for us. In between the discussions there were videos or photos on the right topic. Thank you for everything Panos!

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February 15, 2020

A wonderful and memorable day out at Nafplio and Epidaurus through Ammon Express. The tour was run very well and was flexible to accommodate my requests. A very big thank you to Gary who was lovely, fun and knowledgeable and made my trip worthwhile, and I highly recommend her! Also many thanks to Alexandros who not only drove us around but also provided many insights into the places we visited. A special thanks to Maria who also joined the tour and made the outing all the more enjoyable. We all had such a great time that it felt like we were good friends, which you don't often experience on such kind of tours. A highly recommended tour to those who want to experience more than just the Athens city and to also experience a tour like a local! Will definitely join another tour with them when I'm in Athens again :)

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January 19, 2020

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