2 days
Duration
Athens
Location
Apr – Oct (Tue/Wed)
Dates

Escape the modern world and take a two-day tour of the essential sites of classical Greece: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion and Olympia. Visit some of the most impressive UNESCO archaeological sites, discover the glory of classical Greece and learn all about the Olympic games. Transportation, professional guide, A class or T class hotel accommodation, entrance fees, breakfast and dinner are included per itinerary.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION ATHENS
DEPARTURE TIME 8:45am
RETURN TIME 6:30pm (2nd Day)
WEAR Casual dressing.
Most sites in Greece involve extended walking and/or slippery surfaces.
Therefore we strongly suggest wearing comfortable sturdy shoes.
Sunscreen, hat and water are also good “travel companions”.
DIFFICULTY Due to extend walking and slippery surfaces please inform us if you have walking disabilities or using a wheelchair before booking this tour.

Two day/one night tour from Athens to Mycenae and Epidaurus See the Atreus Tomb – The Mycenaean Citadel with the Cyclopean Wall and the Lioness Gate Enjoy a scenic drive along the Saronic Gulf coast Visit Epidaurus, birthplace of Apollo’s son and an ancient place of healing Stop at the town of Nauplia – 1st Greece capital

Additional information

Room TypeSingle Tourist Class, Single First Class, Twin Tourist Class, Twin First Class, Triple Tourist Class, Triple First Class
1

1st Day

1st DAY: Leave Athens behind and head to the strategically Corinth canal (short stop). Continue to Epidaurus and visit the majestic Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to the beautiful seaport town of Nauplia (short stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Myceane. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Learn about the classical Greek culture as you walk through this impressive archaeological site. In the afternoon depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games. Overnight stay Olympia. (L)
2

2nd Day

After breakfast, set off with your expert guide and visit the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Olympia. Marvel at the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological Museum. Continue via Patras and see the famous Antirion Bridge which is considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Continue your route with your driver and arrive back to Athens in the late afternoon.
(B).

 

Map directions are indicative and can alternate, depending on weather and/or various circumstances.

Theatre of Epidaurus

Apart from a few rows of seats, the cavea is made of limestone with poros staircases. Until now, nine cunei with eighteen rows of seats have been excavated, which originally could accommodate about 2000 spectators. All the benches and thrones of the theatre carry inscriptions with the names of the donors while implying a direct relationship of the monument with the cult of Dionysos. From the inscriptions on the monument it is deduced that it was constructed in sections, starting at the middle of the 4th century B.C. and continuing into the Hellenistic period. There may have been an earlier, simpler form of the theatre. During the Roman period, the orchestra became semi-circular with the erection of a stage nearer to the cavea, of which the lower part has survived until now. Benches from the cavea have been used for the construction of the city-wall, situated on the top of the second hill of the headland.

Lions Gate

Mycenae was founded between two tall conical hills, Profitis Ilias (805 m.) and Sara (660 m.), on a low plateau dominating the Argive plain and controlling both the land and sea routes. The site was first occupied in the seventh millennium BC (Neolithic period). The construction of the palace and fortification wall currently visible began c. 1350 BC (Late Helladic IIIA2). The latter saw three construction phases, the first wall being built of Cyclopean masonry. A new wall was erected to the west and south of the early one approximately one hundred years later (Late Helladic IIIB1), together with the Lion Gate, the citadel’s monumental entrance, and its bastion. Included in the newly fortified area were the city’s religious center and Grave Circle A, which was refurbished and used for ancestral cults. The famous tholos tomb known as the ‘Treasure of Atreus’, with its gigantic lintels and tall beehive vault, was probably built during the same period.

Ancient Olympia

Olympia is a small town in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, famous for the nearby archaeological site of the same name, which was a major Panhellenic religious sanctuary of ancient Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held. The site was primarily dedicated to Zeus and drew visitors from all over the Greek world as one of a group of such “Panhellenic” centres which helped to build the identity of the ancient Greeks as a nation. Despite the name, it is nowhere near Mount Olympus in northern Greece, where the Twelve Olympians, the major deities of Ancient Greek religion, were believed to live.

Pricing Details (Per person rates)

Tourist Class A’ Class
215,00 236,00

Inclusions/Exclusions

INCLUDED
Pick-up & Drop-off from selected Athens hotels
Dlx air-conditioned motor coaches
Hotel accommodation based on your choice
Half Board
English Speaking Qualified Guide
Entrance Fees to the sites visited
24hrs Assistance phone number
All Taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Travel Insurance
Tips
Beverages
Hotel accommodation tax

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