Nafplion, Mycenae & Epidaurus – Full-Day
This guided tour travels to the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae, a major centre of Greek civilisation from 1600 BC to 1100 BC. Drive via the coastal National highway to the Corinth canal (short stop) that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island. Enter the region of Argolis, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating back to the second century B.C., Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilisation and a military stronghold. Visit the archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. View the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs, including that of Agamemnon's wife Clytemnestra, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th-century B.C. structure. Optional lunch at a traditional Greek restaurant. Proceed to Nafplion the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress of Palamidiand the fortified islet of Bourtzi (short stop). Continue on to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios, the healer, and was the most celebrated healing centre of the classical world. Tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon.
Departs: Tue & Thu.
: 7 Apr-29 Oct 2020