Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion private day trip from Athens

On this private, full-day tour from Athens,visit the ancient cities of Corinth, Mycenae, Epidavrous and Nafplion which are located in Peloponnese.

Corinth was an ancient city-state on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece. It was one of the most important and prosperous city of ancient Greece.

Μycenae is an ancient city in Greece, located in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, known for being the center of the Mycenaean civilization that flourished during the Late Bronze Age. It was known for its impressive fortifications, palaces, and tombs. The city was destroyed around 1200 BCE, and was subsequently abandoned. The ruins of Mycenae were rediscovered in the 19th century by Heinrich Schliemann, who excavated the famous "Treasure of Atreus" among other significant finds.

Epidaurus is an ancient city located in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, known for its well-preserved ancient theater and Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of healing in ancient Greek religion.

Nafplion is a seaport town in the Peloponnese that has played an important role in the history of Greece. It served as the first capital of the newly independent Greece in the early 19th century.

Ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth was a major city-state in ancient Greece, located on the isthmus of Corinth, the narrow strip of land that connects the Peloponnesian peninsula to the mainland of Greece. The city was a major center of trade and commerce, and it was known for its prosperity and wealth. Corinth had a strategic location, making it a center of communication between the Aegean and the Adriatic, allowing it to build a powerful navy and become a strong commercial power, as well as controlling the trade route which passed through the city. The city was also famous for its Temple of Apollo and its oracle, as well as being known as a place of worship to Aphrodite. The city was conquered and destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC but was rebuilt by Julius Caesar and became an important center of the Roman empire.

Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is a man-made waterway that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in Greece. The canal is approximately 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) long and its width varies between 21.3 meters (70 feet) at its base and 24.6 meters (81 feet) at water level. The idea of building a canal through the isthmus dates back to ancient times, but it was not until the 19th century that plans were drawn up to construct the canal. The construction of the canal began in 1881, but the project was plagued by financial and technical difficulties, and the canal was not completed until 1893. The canal offers huge benefits, as it eliminates the need for ships to sail around the Peloponnesian peninsula, saving a significant amount of time and money.

Acrocorinth

Acrocorinth is an ancient fortress located on a hilltop above the city of Corinth. The fortress stands at an elevation of 575 meters (1,886 feet) and offers a commanding view of the surrounding area. The fortress played a key role in the history of ancient Greece, and was an important center of military power and strategic defense. The earliest fortifications at the site date back to the Mycenaean period in the late Bronze Age, around the 14th century BC. The fortifications were expanded and rebuilt by the Corinthians during the 8th century BC, and it was captured by the Romans in 146 BC. It was occupied by the Byzantine Empire, Frankish and Venetian Crusaders, and the Ottoman Empire. Acrocorinth is now an archaeological site, and visitors can still explore the ruins of the fortress and see the impressive fortifications and structures that remain today.

Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth

The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth is located in the city of Corinth.It houses a collection of artifacts from the ancient city of Corinth. The museum's exhibits include pottery, sculptures, jewelry, and other objects from the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages, as well as the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. Additionally, the Museum also has an impressive collection of mosaics from the Roman period. It was founded in 1903.

Mycenae

Mycenae is an ancient city located in the northeastern Peloponnese. It was a major center of Greek civilization during the Bronze Age and was ruled by the Atreidae dynasty, which was believed to be of Trojan origin. The city is most famous for the massive fortifications built around its palace, including the Cyclopean walls, which were constructed from massive limestone blocks and are believed to have been built by the Cyclops. The city was also known for its advanced metalworking technology and for its impressive grave circles, which have yielded valuable treasures, including the famous Mask of Agamemnon. Mycenae was finally abandoned in the 12th century BCE and rediscovered by Heinrich Schliemann in the 19th century CE.

Epidaurus Theater

The Epidaurus Theater is an ancient Greek theater located in the Sanctuary of Asclepius in the ancient city of Epidaurus. It is considered to be one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in Greece and is known for its exceptional acoustics. The theater was built in the 4th century BCE and had a seating capacity of around 14,000 spectators. The theater's design is an architectural masterpiece, with a semicircular orchestra and a triangular stage, which was surrounded by a two-story stone building called the skene. The theater is still used today for ancient drama performances, such as plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, during the Epidaurus Festival and other events. A visit to the theater is considered an unforgettable experience, especially when a performance is taking place.It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Epidaurus, Mycenae, Tiryns" since 1988.

Epidaurus Archaeological Museum

The Epidaurus Archaeological Museum, located in the ancient Greek city of Epidaurus, features a collection of artifacts and architectural remains from the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of healing. Visitors can see statues, inscriptions, fragments of structures, and pottery from various ancient Greek periods, including Archaic, Classical, and Roman. The museum also has on display a collection of surgical instruments and other medical equipment that were used at the ancient Asclepieion of Epidaurus. Some of the highlights of the collection are 4th century BC statues of Asclepius's son and daughter. The museum was founded in 1881 and had a recent renovation and expansion in 2009.

Nafplion

Nafplio is a historical town located in the Peloponnese region of Greece, known for its well-preserved medieval fortress, the Palamidi Castle, and charming Old Town filled with neoclassical buildings and narrow streets. It was also the first capital of modern Greece. Today, it is a popular tourist destination with many museums, opportunities for outdoor activities, and water sports. Another popular attraction in Nafplio is Bourtzi, a small island fortress built by the Venetians to protect the city from invaders, located in the Gulf of Argolis, off the coast of Nafplio. It is open for visitors and can be reached by boat from Nafplio, visitors can explore the fortress and enjoy the view of the city and sea from the island.

Palamidi Fortress

The Palamidi Fortress is a Venetian fortress located in the town of Nafplio in the Peloponnese region. It was built by the Venetians in the early 18th century during their second occupation of the area, as a defensive measure against Ottoman attacks. The fortress sits atop a steep hill that overlooks the town of Nafplio and the Gulf of Argolis. The fortress has eight bastions and a complex network of fortifications and underground passageways. Palamidi also features a number of buildings within its walls, including the governor's palace, the prison, and the church of Saint Andrew. Visitors can reach the fortress by climbing the 999 steps that lead from the town to the top of the hill. The climb is steep but the view from the top is worth it and offers a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding area. Visitors can also reach the fortress by car, the road will lead directly to the main entrance of the fortress. It has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Epidaurus, Mycenae, Tiryns" since 1988

Bourtzi Fortress

One of the most popular tourist attractions that you could find in Nafplio is Bourtzi which is a small island fortress located in the Gulf of Argolis, off the coast of Nafplio. It is situated at the entrance of the port of Nafplio and was built in the 15th century by the Venetians to protect the city from invaders. The fortress is a circular structure with a diameter of about 30 meters and is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. During the medieval period, Bourtzi served as a prison for political prisoners and as a residence for the governors of the city. In the 19th century, it was used as a quarantine station for ships arriving in the port. Today, Bourtzi is a popular tourist attraction and is open to the public for visits. Visitors can take a boat trip from Nafplio to the island and explore the fortress, including the main tower and the governor's house. The island is also a great place to take a stroll, enjoy the panoramic views of the city and sea, and watch the sunset.

What we offer
  • Private transportation with a luxury van / sedan vehicle
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Native English speaking professional drivers with deep knowledge of history pertinent to the monument that you will choose to visit
  • Bottle of water – refreshments
Additional / Optional Services
  • Licensed tour guide (optional with extra cost)
  • Entry or admission fees for archaeological sites
  • Lunch (In Greek traditional tavern (optional with extra cost)
Please note
  • Infants must be seated in provided special seating arrangements.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers.
  • Pets are not allowed on this tour.
  • Our drivers, while not official tour guides, are knowledgeable and can provide engaging commentary in fluent English. They will not accompany you inside archaeological sites, but they can answer any questions you may have about the places visited during the tour.
  • Our company adheres to all World Health Organization's guidelines regarding COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our customers.
  • Engaging in third-party activities or extreme sports during the tour is not permitted and may result in the cancellation of the tour.
  • This is a private tour for your group only, and the pick-up time will be as per your request.
  • A personal driver will be assigned for the pick-up and return journey, who will take you to your preferred location. For hotel pick-up, the driver will be waiting for you in the hotel lobby, for apartment pick-up, at the entrance of the building.
  • For airport pick-up, the driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name, and he will track your flight to ensure on-time pickup.
  • For port pick-up, the driver will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign bearing your name as soon as you disembark.
What you will need
  • Sneakers / athletic shoes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen lotion
Cancellation Policy
  • A cancellation fee of 100% will be applied for bookings that are canceled within 36 hours or less of the scheduled day trip.
  • Canceling between 36 to 72 hours prior to the scheduled day trip will result in a fee of 50%.
  • Cancellations made three days or more before the scheduled day trip will not incur any cancellation fee.

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