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From Athens: Explore Ancient Greece 4-Day Tour

1. From Athens: Explore Ancient Greece 4-Day Tour

Take a step back from the present day and delve into the wonders of ancient Greece over the course of 4 unforgettable days. Jump aboard the luxury bus, sit back and enjoy a journey through the archeological sanctuaries of Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. With stunning scenery along the way, incredible architecture and a place to rest your head at night, this tour has everything you could want and more. Day 1: Visit Epdiaurus, Nafpila and Mycenae The Day starts with a drive along the Corinth Canal to Epidaurus, the reputed birthplace of Apollo's son Asclepius, and a visit to the ancient theatre, renowned for its symmetry and exceptional acoustics. From here you will proceed on to the seaport town Nafplio for a short stop then on through the plain of Argos arriving at Mycenae. This archeological site was once a major centre to Greek civilisation and is home to the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon you will depart for Olympia, where you will spend the night. Day 2: Discover Olympia and Delphi There is much to be explored at the home of the Olympic Games. Stride among the gods at the temples of Hera and Zeus, cower at the alter of the Olympic Flame, where the sacrifices were made, and buff up on your history at the site's museum. The journey will continue on via Patras to Rio, across the state-of-the-art Rio-Antirrio bridge, past the city of Nafpaktos and along the beautiful coastal road to Delphi. Thought of by the Greeks as the middle of the entire earth, Delphi came to be known as the navel of the world. In the afternoon you will take a trip to the picturesque mountain village of Arachova then back to Delphi for an overnight stay. Day 3: Explore Delphi and Ovenight stay in Kalambaka Spend a relaxed and possibly spiritual morning in Delphi taking in the atmosphere of this centre of Greek worship, the place where heaven and earth meet. In the afternoon you will depart for Kalambaka. Overlooked by the Meteora Monasteries, this will be your resting place for the night. Day 4: The Meteora Monasteries and return to Athens Travel the heights to Meteora, where you can visit the most important complex of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. Built high on 6 sandstone pillars overlooking Kalambaka, you will experience breathtaking views carved by the elements of nature. Your return trip will offer an optional trip to a factory of Byzantine style icons, then continue past the monument of Leonidas (King of Sparta), and finishing up your monumental tour back in Athens in the late afternoon.

3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

2. 3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

This exciting 3-day tour takes you to the most important archaeological sites of classical Greece. Providing a superb introduction to some of the myths of the ancient world, you will visit the tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the Temple of Apollo and Oracle at Delphi, and the altar of the Olympic flame at Olympia. You will also make short stops in the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, drive past the mighty Corinth Canal, and see the charming harbor town of Nafpaktos. Day 1: Epidaurus – Nayplia - Mycenae Following your departure from Athens, visit the Corinth Canal on the Saronic Gulf and admire the miraculous 19th-century feat of engineering. Continue to Epidaurus to tour the ancient theater, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nafplia, former capital of the First Hellenic Republic, and drive through the plain of Argos. Upon arrival in Mycenae, visit the ruins of the citadel and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Continue to Olympia for your overnight stay, traveling via the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, where you can take short stops to stretch your legs or purchase souvenir items. Day 2: Olympia - Delphi Visit the archaeological remains of Olympia, site of the Olympic Games in classical times and sacred ground to the Ancient Greeks. Admire the Doric columns of the Temples of Zeus and Hera, see the remains of the Stadium, and go to the altar of the Olympic flame. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, located directly opposite the ruins and filled with excavated artifacts. Depart Olympia for Rion, and cross the Corinthian Bay via the new bridge to Antirion. Sit back and enjoy the ride along the coastal road to Delphi, passing the charming small harbor city of Nafpaktos. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova on the slopes of the Parnassus Mountains, before your overnight stay in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi - Athens Today you will experience the mysterious atmosphere of Delphi up close, with a tour of the archaeological site perched high on the Parnassus Mountains. Once regarded as the center of the world, Delphi was connected to the worship of Gaia, or Mother Earth, and guarded by a Python dragon that was killed by Apollo. You will visit the temple dedicated to Apollo, and learn about the great Oracle of Delphi. Continue to the theater, where up to 5,000 spectators would watch plays, poetry readings, and festivals. Enjoy superb views of the Parnassus Mountains and valley from the top of the hill, and explore an impressive collection of artifacts and relics associated with ancient Delphi at the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, the tour will make its way back to Athens, driving through the vine and olive tree-studded hills of Parnassus and the Valley of Phocis.

Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

3. 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: 4 Day Private Trip to Mycenae, Delphi & Meteora

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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What people are saying about Lion Gate

It is a great experience that is well worth it. The visits are very interesting, the explanations help you to better understand the culture of Ancient Greece and its mythology, and the excursions are well designed to combine them with free time to enjoy at your leisure. I would repeat without hesitation.

Our guide was very knowledgeable, he is available to answer any question, even though we were many people he managed to follow everyone's requests, thank you very much for the experience

If you are wanting to get some more enrichment out of your trip to Athens, definitely book this trip. I am so happy we did it, and our guide Evan was fantastic!

Everything was well organized. The guide Evangelikos friendly and almost omniscient. Highly recommended.

Excellent, the hotels are very good, the guide was passionate and exciting