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Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

1. Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

Explore Argolis and its archaeological sites on a guided tour by van or bus. See Mycenae, the Lion's Gate, Nafplio, and more as you learn about their history. Tuck into a delicious local lunch (if you select the option) in Mycenae and taste local flavors. Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea. Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets.  Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean walls, the royal tombs, and so forth. Depart for Nafplio through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress.  Find numerous interesting spots of attractions all over Argolis. Leave for Epidauros to visit the 4th-century BC theatre famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Enjoy lunch in Mycenae.

4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

2. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka, passing through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka, and savor a dinner before your overnight stay. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 4: In the morning, visit the breathtaking Meteora. In the early afternoon, start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae and Kammena Vourla. (Breakfast included). This tour offers the opportunity to visit the most impressive historical Greek sites, giving you an insight into the glorious past of Greece.

Athens: Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Day Tour

3. Athens: Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Day Tour

Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West. Our first stop (after approximately one hour) is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, (approximately 6 km long connecting the Aegean with the Ionian Sea), take photos and visit the local cafeteria. Driving through the winding roads of Corinthia and Sofiko, we are going to visit Epidaurus, famous for it’s ancient theatre and the sanctuary of Asclepios. The sanctuary of Asclepios was a healing centre as well as a cultural centre in ancient times. Epidaurus was built around the 4th Century B.C. and has a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Theatre of Epidaurus has reached our days almost intact. The view, aesthetics and acoustics of the theatre are breathtaking. It’s still in use today and hosts carefully selected theatrical plays, concerts, and festivals during the summer. For an actor to perform in the Theatre of Epidaurus is considered the greatest honour and the ultimate acknowledgement of his or her talent, if he wins over the tough audience. After concluding our visit to Epidaurus we’ll drive through the plain of Argolis, among thousands of olive trees and vineyards, thirty minutes later we’ll arrive to the picturesque town of Nafplion (First capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834). Nafplion is the most ancient city in Greece. According to the myth it was founded by Theseas who first conceived the idea of organized cities where people could live together. The city lies under the imposing rocks of Palamide the most formidable Venetian Castle in the Eastern Mediterranean. The smaller Castle of Acronafplia (where the ancient city was founded) crowns Naflion and at the entrance of the harbor, in the Argolic Gulf, there is yet another, third Castle, Bourtzi, situated on a small islet. Whether you decide to have lunch in the old medieval quarter, with the narrow, stoned paved streets, or by the port, with the view of Bourtzi, Nafplion is the best choice for lunch in this trip. Driving afterwards among endless farms of orange trees we’ll arrive at the archaeological site of Mycenae. Mycenae, 'Rich in Gold', was the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, who dominated the Aegean Sea after the distraction of the Minoan Empire. The city looks out across the plain of Argos to the sea. It’s elevated position and it’s huge Cyclopean Walls, offered protection from surprise attacks by pirates and enemies. At the peak of its power (1300 B.C.) the population leaved around the fortress where the Royal Family had its Palace. The Palace, symbol of power of the Mycenaean rulers, was reached by a large ramp beginning at the Lions Gate. Outside the fortress lie the impressive beehive tombs including that ascribed to Agamemnon known also as the Treasury of Atreas. After concluding our visit to Mycenae we’ll start the return trip to Athens. Your personal local driver, will provide commentary in fluent English, en-route, before you visit the sites.

Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

4. Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

After gathering with your group, you'll head west along a beautiful scenic route on your way to the Corinth Canal. Following a short break there, your next destination will be ancient Corinth. During ancient times, the town of Corinth was considered one of the richest cities in Greece, due to the remains of the Temple of Apollo the Ancient Agora. This is also the place where Saint Paul preached and lived for about two years of his life. Following that exploration you will drive through vineyards and olive trees on the way to Mycenae. It will be there that you will visit the famous Cyclopean Walls around the Acropolis of Mycenae, as well as the Tomb of King Atreus. From there you will continue by visiting the first capital city of the Democracy of Greece, the beautiful city of Nafplion which boasts the fortified islet of Bourtzi. Finally, on your way back to Athens you will visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus.

From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

5. From Athens: Peloponnese 6-Day Private Tour to Meteora

DAY 1: ATHENS - ARGOLIS - SPARTA: Mete your driver at the lobby of your hotel at 08.30 to start your adventure with hotel pickup in Athens and drive along the mainland coast to the Peloponnese. Stop at the Canal of Corinth before reaching the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. Stop for lunch or a coffee break in Nafplio, the first capital city of Modern Greece. Then, continue to the archaeological site of Mycenae and spend the night in Sparta. DAY 2: SPARTA - MYSTRAS - MONEMVASIA – SPARTA: The driver pick you up at 08.30 at your hotel to visit the Museum of Olive Oil in Sparta. Discover the Byzantine town of Mystras and be captivated by its medieval splendor. Visit the famous Tower Town of the Peloponnese, Monemvassia, a mystical stone-built settlement. Wander around its narrow cobbled streets and admire the beautifully restored stone buildings. Return to Sparta in the late afternoon and spend the night. Day 3: SPARTA - ANCIENT OLYMPIA: After breakfast, the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 and leave Sparta and make a quick stop at the picturesque coastal town of Gythi. Then, make your way to Areopolis and Diros, famous for its subterranean caves that are part of an underground river. Visit the local museum and then continue to some of the most beautiful places of Southern Peloponnese. Visit the coastal villages of Stoupa and Kardamili for swimming or lunch. Then, arrive at Ancient Olympia to stay overnight. DAY 4: ANCIENT OLYMPIA - DELPHI: Mete your private driver at 08.30 at the lobby of your hotel to start your day with a visit to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia and its museum. Leaving Ancient Olympia, cross over the bridge of Rio-Antirio, one of the biggest in Europe, to reach Naupactus, where you can enjoy lunch. Then, make your way to Delphi for an overnight stay. DAY 5: DELPHI - METEORA: After breakfast, the driver pick you up form your hotel at 08.30 to visit the archaeological site and museum of Delphi. Then, continue to the village of Arachova, the most bustling winter destination in Greece. Continue to Kalambaka, a small traditional town that is built at the foot of the majestic grey rocks of the Meteora Monasteries. Stay in Kalambaka for overnight. DAY 6: METEORA - ATHENS: Meet your private driver at your hotel at 009.00 to start your day early to visit the monasteries of Meteora, built on top of towering rocks. End your tour of the monasteries in the picturesque village of Kalambaka for a traditional Greek lunch. Afterwards, return to Athens with a stop at Thermopiles to admire the statue of Leonidas. End your tour with drop-off at your hotel in Athens.

From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

6. From Athens: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

Spend 4 days exploring the ancient history of Athens on a guided trip with included hotel stays. Stay the first night in Olympia, after seeing Epidaurus and Mycenae. Visit the Oracle at UNESCO World Heritage Listed Delphi and climb up to the mountainous monasteries of Meteora for the sunset. Day 1:Get picked up from your accommodation in the morning and begin your adventure through the history of ancient Greece. Drive through the countryside of Attica, admiring the rolling hills and fields passing by your window. Make your first stop at the Corinth Canal, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views and take some photos, before continuing to the Ancient Theatre at the Asclepieion of Epidaurus. Choose to grab a traditional lunch or just explore the streets in the coastal city of Nafplio, one of the most beautiful places in Greece. Leave Nafplio for the archaeological site of Mycenae, known as the City of Agamemnon after the famous king of Homer’s Iliad. Explore the ancient town and see the Treasury of Atreus and the Lion Gate. Depart Mycenae for Olympia to spend the night in a hotel. Day 2:Wake up in the morning and head off to the Archaeological Site of Olympia to see where the original Olympic Games were held. Cross over the Rion-Antirion Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspended bridges, to reach the peaceful town of Nafpaktos. Take a walk and admire the Venetian-inspired architecture, or find a local restaurant to indulge in a delicious lunch by the sea. Set off from Nafpaktos for the journey to Delphi. Admire the picturesque scenery as you drive, before arriving at your hotel and checking in for the night. Day 3:Enjoy your breakfast knowing you are about to visit one of the most famous classical sites in the world. After you’ve eaten drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Archaeological Site of Delphi, nestled between the peaks of Mt. Parnassus. Climb up the slopes and discover the Temple of Apollo, standing in the footsteps of Alexander the Great who once received a prophecy here. Make a short stop in the town of Arachova, a bustling ski resort in the winter months. Walk around the sloping streets and maybe have a coffee with views over the valley below. Leave Arachova and drive to Kalabaka, reaching your hotel in the vicinity of Meteora to watch the sunset.  Day 4:Make the most of the final day of your trip, discovering the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Meteora. Wonder in awe at these monk settlements built upon almost inaccessible peaks of stone.  Begin your drive back to Athens, stopping at Kamena Vourla and also the pass of Thermopylae where Leonidas and the Spartans famously made their stand against the Persian Empire. Finish your tour at your hotel back in Athens.

Athens: Corinth, Napfilio, Mycenae & Epidaurus Private Tour

7. Athens: Corinth, Napfilio, Mycenae & Epidaurus Private Tour

Argolis has a mixture of both mountainous areas as well as low plains, with some mountains reaching up to 2,000 meters and the coastline stretching over 100 kilometers. Mycenae was the citadel of Agamemnon and one of the most important cities in the ancient Greek world. Mycenae is famous for its monumental Lion Gate, which is over twenty-four meters tall and eight meters wide. Epidaurus was a wealthy city with a theater, temple, and stone amphitheater. Corinth is a city steeped in history and culture. Ancient Corinth was one of the most important cities of ancient Greece, with monuments such as the Roman-era amphitheatre and the ancient Greek temple, among other relics. The ruins of Corinth are an archaeological museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comes alive with colour every day during the winter months when visitors can enjoy a guided tour of these remnants of ancient Greece. This tour you will start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Mycenae, touring the Treasury of Atreus and its Cyclopean Walls. Then take a walk at streets of Nafplio. Then enjoy panoramic views of Bourtzi Islet in Nafplio. Finish the day in Epidaurus, discovering its beautifully-preserved UNESCO World Heritage theater.

From Athens: Private Ancient Greece and Cog Railway Tour

8. From Athens: Private Ancient Greece and Cog Railway Tour

Experience classical Greece on this trip through some of its most iconic sites. Discover ancient Corinth, Myceane, Olympia, and much more, including a train ride on the Cog Railway. Day 1: From Athens - Corinth - Cave of Lakes - Kalavryta - Journey with Cog Railway: Start your tour with hotel pickup in Athens in the morning and drive along the mainland coast to the Peloponnese. Make your first stop at the Canal of Corinth and continue to Ancient Corinth, a city beloved by Saint Paul. Arrive at Diakofto to take the Cog Railway, which connects Kalavrita with Diakopto through the beautiful Vouraikos Canyon. Arrive in the town of Kalavryta and continue your tour through the mysterious Cave of Lakes. Enjoy a stop for lunch at the picturesque village of Kalavrita. Spend the night in Nafplio. Day 2: Nafplio - Myceane - Epidaurs - Olympia: Start your day with pickup from your hotel and visit either Palamidi Castle or take a boat to visit Bourtzi, the fortress at the entrance of the harbor. Then, depart for Epidaurus and visit the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, famous for its strong acoustics that are still functional today. Next, visit the ancient town of Mycenae and see its iconic sites, including The Lion Gate, The Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Palace, and the tomb of Agamemnon. Spend the night in Olympia. Day 3: Ancient Olympia - Delphi Depart from your hotel in the morning and visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C., and visit its museum. Leaving Ancient Olympia, cross over the Rion – Antirion Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Europe. Reach Naupactus, a small seaside town, where you can visit the Venetian Castle, the Venetian Port, and after lunch continue to Delphi to spend the night. Day 4: Delphi - Meteora: Start your day with hotel pickup in the morning and visit the museum and archeological site of Delphi, perhaps best known for the oracle at its sanctuary that was dedicated to the god, Apollo. Afterwards, visit the traditional winter village of Arachova for a coffee or lunch break. Depart from Arachova and drive through central Greece to Kalambaka, a small traditional town built at the foot of the majestic Meteora Monasteries. Spend the night in Meteora. Day 5: Meteora - Athens: Depart your hotel in the morning to visit Meteora. Take in the unique scenery of the medieval monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures. Return to Athens passing through the small towns of Domokos, Kamena Vourla, and Thermopiles. Finish up your tour with drop-off at your hotel in Athens in the early evening.

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Relatively packed day trip with multiple stops; good sampler but it leaves you longing for more time at each location. Actually rented a car and went back to several locations with a friend. Excellent tour of Epidauros and Mycenae, strongly recommend. If you visit Nafplio, make sure to get a frappe by the sea, definitely worth revisiting

Turen var bra. Dyktig guide og dyktig sjåfør. Mange interresante ting å se. Det eneste negative var avreisen. Vi møtte til avtalt sted til avtalt tid, men ingen buss. Vi ble fortalt at bussen kom om fem minutter. Det kom mange busser, men ikke den vi skulle med. Omsider kom vi avgårde 20-25 minutter forsinket.

A beautiful excursion which makes us discover the canal of Corinth, Naupli, Mycennes and Epidaures very interesting places. The explanations of the guide were very clear in French and numerous, she was available to answer questions. The restaurant was not too great and especially the poor service

Very friendly, safe and knowledgeable driver who made it a much enjoyable day!

Guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Driver was friendly and skilful