From Athens: Mycenae & Nafplio Small Group Day Trip & Lunch
- Walk through history and legend in the ancient city of Mycenae, with its legendary Lion Gate and the Tomb of Agamemnon
- Visit the charming seaside port of Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, with its soaring castle walls and its beautiful waterfront
- Watch modern artisans, including potters and weavers, work their crafts in the traditional fashion, explaining as they create
- Eat local specialties for lunch at one of Nafplio’s trendiest tavernas
Here, walk under the famed Lion Gate to enter ruins that are part history, part myth. Mycenae was home to the cursed House of Atreus, its members sentenced by the gods to suffer. And suffer they did. It was here that King Agamemnon, hero of the Trojan War, was killed by his wife Clytemnestra. The Tomb of Agamemnon, an amazing structure more than three thousand years old, is where famed archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann uncovered the magnificent Mask of Agamemnon, a funeral mask made entirely of gold. There’s a museum here, too, with artifacts recovered from the immediate area. The whole site is moving, mysterious and incredibly old, even by Greek standards and you’ll see it all and hear every story from your guide.
From Mycenae, head to Nafplio, with its towering fortifications. This low-key harbor town was in fact the first capital of the country. Its rich past and a great position on a wide bay has made it an important port for much of its history. You can see this in the medieval walls high on Palamidi Hill above the town and in the amazing fort that sits right in the middle of the harbor, but you can also see it in the 19th-century buildings scattered around the town.
In Nafplio, explore the town’s defenses and visit a variety of craftspeople, including a potter, a sandal-maker and a weaver. Getting the chance to watch them at work and see what their crafts still have in common with the products of those ancient artisans whose work you will have seen earlier in the museum at Mycenae. When visiting this ancient site, this part of the tour involves a kind of time-travel. The production methods you’ll be seeing in these studio spaces are closer to those practiced in the time of Agamemnon than to those in contemporary automated manufacturing plants. See a number of other commercial ventures; a local distillery, a shop where pasta is made by hand the old-fashioned way and a sweet-shop where the traditional almond sweets are still made the way they were generations ago.
Your visit to this historic town will also include a scrumptious lunch at one of Nafplio's trendiest hidden taverns, serving probably the best food in town.
- Professional English or French speaking tour leader
- Licensed English or French speaking guide at Mycenae
- Transfer by a/c vehicle
- Visits to local craftsmen
- Lunch and snacks
- Fuel cost, toll fees, and taxes
- Entry fees in Mycenae
- Hotel transfer
- Tips (optional)
- Additional food and drinks (at own expense)
Prepare for the activity
Meet your guide at the corner of Mitropoleos 1 & Filelinon 2 street, outside the store called COSMOTE. Mitropoleos and Filelinon junction is a main corner across Syntagma Square. You can get to Syntagma Square easily by metro (blue or red line) or by tram and walk towards the lower part of the square. Your guide will be holding a sign with the local supplier's name on.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Passport or ID card
- Comfortable shoes