10 h. tour (Private tour)
(transportation + guided tour of Mycenae + short stop at the city of Nafplion + guided tour of Epidaurus + stop at the Corinth Canal)
You will board your private vehicle and drive west of Athens through the highway.
Your first stop will be by the Corinth canal, which separates the mainland from the peninsula of the Peloponnese and connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. There you will have the chance to walk over the bridge and enjoy breathtaking views, taking as many photographs as you would like to.
Your journey towards Epidaurus will continue with a 40 minute scenic drive along the coast of the Saronic Gulf. On the way your driver will point out the ruins of the ancient port of Kechries, from where St. Paul embarked his ship departing to Ephessus. Your windy but picturesque drive will give you impressive views of small islands and several fish farms. Reaching Epidaurus you will have a private tour of the spiritual sanctuary of Asclepius and the theater with the most famous acoustics in the world.
Leaving ancient Epidaurus you will continue with the drive to Nafplion, a picturesque sea port town on the Argolic Gulf. This was the first capital of modern Greece; it's a city with beautiful monuments and neoclassical buildings as well as two famous forts Palamidi and Bourtzi which is situated on an island opposite the port. You will be able to stroll around, take pictures and have lunch in the "shade" of the tall neoclassical buildings next to Sydagma square if time allows it.
Continuing your journey in the afternoon you will drive to the archaeological site of Mycenae, passing through the lush valley of Argolis with its many olive groves, lemon and orange trees. On your way you will drive pass the Mycenaean citadel of Tiryns and you will be impressed by its remaining cyclopean walls.
Mycenae was the centre of power in the late Bronze Age until the 11th century BC and once there you will enjoy a private guided tour. There lies the famous Lions Gate and the Acropolis where Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and that is where you will be able to explore all of its pathways. Leaving the Acropolis you will also make a short stop by the treasury of Atreus, also known as the tomb of Agamemnon. At the end of your guided tour you will be given some free time to walk further up the citadel and reach the top, where the palace with two floors used to exist. Be prepared for a lot of hiking on steep rocks and to being exposed to the weather conditions since there are almost no trees inside the citadel today. On your way down you can also make a small deviation and go visit the museum of Mycenae, if there is enough time available, which although it mostly has copies of the treasures that are displayed in Athens, it still is very interesting.
As soon as you meet your driver back at the parking area, you will be offered the drive back to Athens, where you will be dropped you off either at your hotel, or another location of your preference.
- Short stop at the Corinth Canal
- Guided tour in Ancient Epidaurus
- Short stop in Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece
- Guided tour in Mycenae
- Lion's Gate
- Visit the tomb of Agamemnon