Although excavations had originally begun at Mycenae back in 1841, it wasn't until 33 years later that Heinrich Schliemann, an entrepreneur turned archaeologist, unearthed Mycenae's treasures. A controversial figure, Schliemann believed in the accuracy of Homer's epic poems, and to the amazement and dismay of scholars, governments and the world, he was right!
Enter the site via a walkway lined by impenetrable cyclopean walls and through the Lions Gate, where Clytemnestra greeted her husband (Agamemnon) when he returned from Troy.
We'll walk to the first shaft tomb, where Schliemann excavated the famous golden death masks, now on display at the Archaeological Museum in Athens. This site has absolutely magnificent views over the Argive. We'll also visit the eerie Beehive Tomb. Also known as the "Treasury of Atreus", this could be the real tomb of Agamemnon.
Enter the impressive grave through a 10-foot corridor and stand in its cool, dark interior. You'll be amazed by how advanced the Mycenaeans' building skills were.
We'll also take a drive up to Palamidi, a massive fortressed area incredible views of the town, harbor and the Argive Plain. Palamidi was built by Venetians and seized by the Turks. Don't forget to bring your camera!
You may return to the ship via coach or descend by foot the over 850-step staircase that leads back down to the harbor and your ship.
This tour involves considerable walking, up some steep grades.
Departures: 12:00 PM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes.
- This is a private tour and you will not be combined with other travelers. Make sure to choose the appropriate pricing range.