|ARGOLIS and OLYMPIA TWO or THREE DAYS|
Having one only overnight stay in Olympia, you can have the complete tour of Argolis as it is described in Argolis Full DayTour and also visit Olympia the birth place of the Olympic Games.ITINERARY
Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West. Our first stop (after approximately one hour) is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, (approximately 6 km long connecting the Aegean with the Ionian Sea), take photos and visit the local cafeteria. Twenty minutes later we’ll arrive at the small town of Ancient Corinth where we’ll visit the archaeological site with the unique monolithic Temple of Apollo (one of the oldest in Greece, 585 B.C.), and the Bema from where St. Paul preached and the museum.
Driving afterwards through the hills of Corinth, among thousands of olive trees and vineyards, we’ll arrive at the prefecture of Argolis where we’ll visit the archaeological site of Mycenae.
Mycenae, 'Rich in Gold', was the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon who dominated the Aegean Sea after the distraction of the Minoan Empire. The city looks out across the plain of Argos to the sea. Its elevated position and its huge Cyclopean Walls offered protection from surprise attacks by pirates and enemies. At the peak of its power (1300 B.C.) the population resided around the fortress where the Royal Family had its Palace. The Palace, symbol of power of the Mycenaean rulers, was reached by a large ramp beginning at the Lions Gate.
After concluding our visit to Mycenae we’ll drive through the plain of Argos among endless farms of orange trees and forty minutes later we’ll arrive at the picturesque town of Nafplion (First capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834).
Nafplion is the most ancient city in Greece. According to the myth it was founded by Theseas who first conceived the idea of organized cities where people could live together. The city lies under the imposing rocks of Palamide the most formidable Venetian Castle in the Eastern Mediterranean. The smaller Castle of Acronafplia (where the ancient city was founded) crowns Naflion and at the entrance of the harbor, in the Argolic Gulf, there is yet another, third Castle Bourtzi, situated on a small islet.
Whether you decide to have lunch in the old medieval quarter, with the narrow, stoned paved streets, or by the port, with the view of Bourtzi, Nafplion is the best choice for lunch in this trip.
After the conclusion of Argolis tour and lunch in Nafplion we’ll depart for Olympia through the mountains of Arcadia in central Peloponesse (a very scenic drive) and we’ll pass from various towns and villages, (Tripolis, Vytina, Lagadia). Finally we’ll arrive in Olympia where we’ll have diner and spend the night.
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece. The museum's permanent exhibition contains finds from the sacred precinct of the Altis and the rest archaeological site dating from the prehistoric era. Among the many precious exhibits you we will also see the famous marble statues of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios.
After the conclusion of our tour in Olympia we can have lunch in the town and start our return trip back to Athens.
Optional Day 3
After lunch in Nafplion we can continue with the tour of Argolis, visiting Epidaurus. (extended Argolis tour). Epidaurus is famous for its ancient Theatre and the sanctuary of Asclepios.
After concluding our visit to Epidaurus we’ll return to Nafplion to stay overnight. The afternoon will be free to explore the old medieval quarter with the traditional restaurants hidden in the narrow, stone paved streets and the port with all the modern cafeterias with view to the Bourtzi Castle.
All our private tours are flexible. It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
Admission fees, hotel and food are not included in the price of the trip
Mycenae: 12 euros including the Tomb of Agamemnon
Olympia: 12 Euros valid for the archaeological site and the Museum
Epidaurus: 12 euros including the Museum
Free admission for:
Reduced admission for:
1 January: closed
6 January: 08:30 - 15:00
Shrove Monday: 08:30 - 15:00
25 March: closed
Greek Orhodox Good Friday: 12:00 - 15:00
Greek Orhodox Good Saturday: 08:30 - 15:00
Greek Orhodox Easter Sunday: closed
Greek Orhodox Easter Monday: 08:30 - 15:00
May 1: closed
Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 - 15:00
15 August: 08:30 - 15:00
28 October: 08:30 - 15:00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Free admission days
* The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)