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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

Activity provider: Ammon Express
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Discover the coastal city of Nafplio, the first capital of Greece on this day trip from Athens. Explore its rich architecture, ancient monuments, and the famed theater of Epidaurus.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
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, hilltop Castle of Palamidi and take in views from here
  • Retrace history at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus and enjoy its acoustics
Full description

Explore the sights of Nafplio on this guided day trip from Athens. Stay connected during the trip with WIFI on the bus. Climb to the Castle of Palamidi and admire the Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia.

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.

Have plenty of free 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. 

Appreciate architecture that has Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Greek influences. Have the chance to purchase a boat trip to Bourtzi Castle. Take in views of the Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. 

Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas flashing from the balconies. Enrich your trip by buying a ticket to the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsipouro, Ouzo, or Mastiha (traditional liquors). Stop by cozy tavern to purchase a local lunch.

Travel back in time with a visit to the ancient theater of Epidaurus which was a sanatorium that was connected intensively with the Asclepeion healing temples in ancient times. Asclepeion was the 5* hotel of the ancient times and is considered as the origin of the medical science.

Feel the aura of the ancient tragedians by purchasing entrance to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Experience the theater with the greatest acoustic of all time which still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer. Return to your meeting point in Athens at the end of your tour. 

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€ during summer season - 6€ during winter season))
  • Entrance fee to Palamidi (8€, optional)
  • Boat ride to Bourtzi Castle (4,50€) round trip (optional)
  • Entrance fee to Komboloi Museum (2€) (optional)
  • Guided walking tour to the old city of Nafplio
  • 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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Important information

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 120 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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A rich and full day. Nafplio deserves this activity. We visited the fortress with enough time, 1h30. We then had free time in my old town (shopping or lunch). Then the guided tour of the city. Then we went to Epidaurus, with enough time to enjoy the visit to the theater, the museum and the historical site. The stop at the Corinth Canal is a little more beautiful and pleasant. This combo is very good. I was able to get through it but very quickly with another combination (Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nauplia) but with only 40 min it was impossible to do everything. This offer is much better to enjoy Nafplion and Epidaurus. In addition, the guide was very friendly and available.

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October 25, 2022

+ • It was easy to find you at the meeting point • Resting stops were frequent enough • Good following of the agreed schedule • Open-minded, knowledgeable tour guide - • A short guidance also at Epidaurus and Palamidi Fortress stops would be nice • Palamidi Fortress stop was a bit long, maybe 1 hour would be enough • Lunch break in Nafplio was too short, 1,5 hour would be better It was a great day, thank you for the trip!

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October 24, 2022

We were the only people on the tour and Bill (Basileus) was our guide. He is a resident archaeologist and kept us engaged from start to finish. He was very flexible and provided us multiple options at every site. We thoroughly enjoyed his energy and history telling. He took us to Napflio, and Epidaurus. It was a beautiful day and we did the things we liked. Napflio is a quaint little coastal town and the pristinely preserved theater of Epidaurus is not to be missed. Overall a great day. Highly recommended to take this trip. And, ask for Bill; you will not regret it.

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October 18, 2022

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