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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

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Enjoy a colorful day at the coastal city of Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, to discover its rich architecture and admire the various monuments still standing and the famous ancient theater of Epidaurus.

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Duration 10 hours
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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 Castle of Palamidi on the peak of a hill with stunning views
  • Retrace history at the ancient theatre of Epidaurus known worldwide for its perfectly balanced acoustics
Full description
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. There is plenty of 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. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has venetian, byzantine, ottoman and modern greek influences. Admire the main attractions like Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas hanging flashily from the balconies. You have the chance to enrich your trip by visiting the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsipouro, Ouzo or Mastiha known as “ouzo experience” in the most traditional district of the city. Enjoy a greek lunch break in a cozy tavern and be one with the locals. Later on, travel into history by visiting the ancient theater of Epidaurus. In the antiquity, Epidaurus was a sanatorium, connected intensively with the Asclepeion healing temples. Asclepeion was the 5* hotel of the ancient times and is considered as the origin of the medical science. Nowadays, Epidaurus is most known as the theater with the greatest acoustic of all times and still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer. Feel the aura of the ancient tragedians who through their interpretations led the audience to “catharsis”, the purification and purgation of emotions.
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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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 70 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
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  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
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Great to see the countryside and the beautiful town of Nafplio. Our guide drove us back through the mountains and the views were stunning. The only negative - and not her fault - it was hard to hear her at the back of the minibus without a microphone. If you're taking this tour definitely travel to the meeting point by metro, the morning traffic in Athens is horrendous!

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September 30, 2021

"Bill"(if that's your real name...) was a fantastic, engaging, funny, and superbly knowledgeable guide. He's actually an archeologist with a masters degree, so his knowledge is exceptional. He was able to flow with the dynamics of the group and fluidly intersperse humor, history, mythology and science (with excellent English, all the while keeping his eyes on the road)! This tour is an absolute must and one we will never forget. He offered us the option to either sit down for lunch or do more of a 'grab and go' thing so we can keep walking around and touring. He made sure that everyone in our group was happy with the decision we made to sit down and eat. We did so many different things on this tour and felt so accomplished at the end of the day! Cannot recommend this tour group highly enough! (Their communication is also superb whether through WhatsApp emails or phone) On the 2-hour drive back we had very interesting philosophical discussions with him. Great great great!

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September 24, 2021

Very friendly, helpful, interesting and exciting guide. Also, he is attentive and very considerate. Thank you. The visit of the fortress of Palamidi would have deserved 30 minutes more in order to climb all the bastions, read the explanations provided and admire the panorama. Ditto for Epidaurus. The time for Nafplio is sufficient if one chooses between the city and the proposed activities. I was pleasantly surprised that the tour was continued despite the withdrawal of travelers. Thank you.

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June 26, 2021

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