Take a trip from Athens to explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae, a major center of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC. Spend the night at Nafplio and visit the small village of Epidaurus, famous for its impressive Hellenic theatre.
What to Expect
Departing from Athens you will travel west in air-conditioned comfort.
Along the way you will enjoy a short stop at the Corinth Canal, an impressive 3.9 miles (6,3 km) canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Aegean Sea.
After you have had the chance to view this impressive engineering feat its onwards to Mycenae.
During the late Bronze Age the city of Mycenae was a hugely important city in ancient Greece.
The city was considered a myth until 1874 when the amateur archeologist Heinrich Schliemann found the ruins after reading the description of landmarks in the writings of Homer.
Schliemann uncovered the amazing shaft tombs containing human remains along with many artifacts. The tombs also contained many ancient weapons and golden artifacts representing the honor and position of the people buried there.
Also found among the graves was King Agamemnon’s gold burial mask. Agamemnon is famous for launching the Trojan wars, to recover Helen, his brother’s wife.
You will have the opportunity to explore this fascinating archeological site and, home to the Lionesses Gate, and the tomb of King Agamemnon.
After exploring the sites at Mycenae we will head to Nafplio where will be staying the night.
Here you will have the afternoon free to visit the Venetian fortress of Palamidi, or alternatively you can visit the National Gallery Annex with its permanent collection of works inspired by the Greek War of Independence.
After spending a restful night's sleep in your hotel you will begin the day with a relaxing walk around the city’s beautiful old town.
You will also be able to visit the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, with its astonishingly rich collection of traditional Greek costumes, seeing it win European Museum of the Year.
In 2005 the museum installed a new permanent exhibition focusing on urban Greece, particularly Nafplio in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dioramas show elegant town-house parlors stuffed with marble-topped furniture, Persian carpets, and ornate silver and china bibelots, a real treat for the eyes.
At noon we will depart for the city of Epidaurus, believed by ancient Greeks to be the birth place of Apollo’s son Asklepios.
Epidaurus is famous due to its World Heritage Listed ancient theatre. The best preserved theatre of ancient Greece, this architectural marvel once seats 15,000 spectators and is still used today due to its remarkable acoustics.
After exploring the theatre and the stunning views of the countryside that it offers we will make our way back to Athens.
- Hotel accomodation with breakfast
- Transfer with luxury air-conditioned non-smoking bus
- Pick-up and drop off service from selected hotels