Leave Athens at 08:30 a.m. for the Canal of Corinth via the scenic highway (short stop). Pass by Ancient Corinth.
40 mi/65 km west of Athens…. then on to Mycenae. The fortified city of Mycenae and the Mycenaean civilization to which it gave its name were first introduced to the world by Heinrich Schliemann’s excavations from 1874 onwards, which carried the history of Europe far back into the Bronze Age of the 2nd millennium BC. We visit the famous tholos tomb known as the “Treasury of Artreus” or the ‘Tomb of Agamemnon’; the Lion Gate; and the ruined Palace.
We then proceed to Nafplion, which has a magnificent situation in the Golf of Argolis under the rocky promontory of Akronafplia (89m-279ft) and the fortified hill of Palamidi. This town preserves a number of Venetian buildings, two Turkish mosques and neo-classical houses dating from the time of King Otto. Palamidi can be reached from the ridge of two hills on a flight of 857 steps (partly roofed over) or less strenuously, by the 3km long motor road. Bourdzi is little islet 500m, (547 yards) offshore which is also fortified.
Enjoy your lunch at a local tavern (pre-set menu) – Drinks NOT included
Our next stop is Epidavros, the most widely famed sanctuary of Asklepios, the god of healing. We conclude our tour with a visit to the Ancient Theatre, which is the most preserved theatre of the ancient world.
Archaeological sites visited: Mycenae and Epidavrus