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  • Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

    1. Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

    Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea (short stop). Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city "rich in gold" of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean walls, the royal tombs and so forth. Depart for Nafplio through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress (short photo stop). All over Argolis, you will find numerous interesting spots of attractions, which are scattered around, adorning the promising landscape.  Leave for Epidauros, to visit the theatre (4th-century BC) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National Road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae. Clients staying along the coast will depart for their hotels from the local tour op...

    the tour guide was good but it was both English and French which they didn't let us know beforehand. it was a good day out aside from the lunch which was appalling. cold lamb, cold moussaka stale fries, and some grapes for dessert. don't waste your money with the lunch option - order off the a la carte menu instead. note that there isn't a lot of time at each site which I was happy with but others may want more time.

  • From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

    2. From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio

    Depart Athens with your friendly guide (archaeologist) by bus from the Halandri Metro station and reach the ancient city of Mycenae. Let the Cyclopean walls take your breath, and learn about the mysterious origins of this fantastic structure. Mycenae is considered the greatest and richest kingdom of the later Bronze Age around 1350 B.C. Walk around the archaeological park, pass through the great Lionesses Gate, explore the Ancient Treasure of Atreus also known as King’s Agamemnon Tomb as well as the Tomb of Clytemnestra. Admire the Palace and the Gold Mask of Agamemnon. After Mycenae enjoy a traditional Greek lunch in the beautiful seaside city of Nafplio. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and, Modern Greek influences. Admire the main attractions like the Castle of Bourtzi, the Acronauplia and the Castle of Palam...

    This tour efficiently covers three places (four, if you count the Corinth canal stop) in one day. Easy to book and easy to communicate. It is a bit rushed for Nafplio stop but if you are short on time and don't need a deep dive to the archaeological sites, this tour is all you need. The transportation was comfortable and the drive was pleasant. Our tour guide is enthusiastic, friendly and really made an effort to accommodate people's different needs. One suggestion is if the tour can be extended another 1-2 hours in Nafplio, it would be perfect!

  • Mycenae and Epidaurus: Full-Day Tour from Athens

    3. Mycenae and Epidaurus: Full-Day Tour from Athens

    During the late Bronze Age, the city of Mycenae played an important role in ancient Greece. This full-day trip from Athens provides the opportunity for you to explore this treasure of the ancient world. Traveling by air-conditioned bus, you’ll make a brief stop at the Corinth Canal, a 3.9-mile engineering wonder connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea. Mycenae is the historical setting for much of ancient Greek literature, including the works of the poet Homer. Tour the archeological site, home to the Lionesses Gate and the tomb of King Agamemnon. Before lunch you have the option of visiting a pottery factory to see the techniques that were used by ancient Greeks to create their beautiful vases and earthenware. After a relaxing lunch you’ll continue on the drive, making a short stop in Nauplia, the first capital of modern Greece and home to the fortress of Palamidi. The f...

    It was really nice. The guide knew a lot and could explain everything and answer every question. The bus was great too and we were picked up really near our hotel. However, at arriving on site of the first stop we found out that there are actually free admission tickets for EU citizens under 25 which neither GetYourGuide nor the official tour company ever mentioned. We paid the full price of 100€ which included two admissions fees of 12€ each. If we had known that admission was free for us, we would have never booked this expensive trip and found another way to get to these attractions. GetYourGuide should include a feature where customers can add their age and nationality and then adapt the price to that because I have now paid 48€ that would have not been necessary if I had known about the free admissions.

  • Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

    4. Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

    Depart Athens with a friendly escort (archaeologist) by bus from the Halandri Metro station and reach Nafplio where there are various alternative options to discover the hidden gems of the city. There is plenty of time to climb the 999 steps of the Castle of Palamidi (or let the bus drive you to it) and admire the wide view of the region along with the endless beauty of the Argolic Gulf from the top of the hill. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has venetian, byzantine, ottoman and modern greek influences. Admire the main attractions like Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas hanging flashily from the balconies. You have the chance to enrich your trip by visiting the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsi...

    "Bill"(if that's your real name...) was a fantastic, engaging, funny, and superbly knowledgeable guide. He's actually an archeologist with a masters degree, so his knowledge is exceptional. He was able to flow with the dynamics of the group and fluidly intersperse humor, history, mythology and science (with excellent English, all the while keeping his eyes on the road)! This tour is an absolute must and one we will never forget. He offered us the option to either sit down for lunch or do more of a 'grab and go' thing so we can keep walking around and touring. He made sure that everyone in our group was happy with the decision we made to sit down and eat. We did so many different things on this tour and felt so accomplished at the end of the day! Cannot recommend this tour group highly enough! (Their communication is also superb whether through WhatsApp emails or phone) On the 2-hour drive back we had very interesting philosophical discussions with him. Great great great!

  • Full-Day Mycenae & Epidaurus Trip from Athens

    5. Full-Day Mycenae & Epidaurus Trip from Athens

    During the late Bronze Age the city of Mycenae was a hugely important city in ancient Greece, this day trip from Athens will give you the opportunity to explore this wonder of the ancient world. Driving along the scenic coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, you will make your way to Mycenae. Mycenae is the historical setting for much of ancient Greek literature, including the works of the poet Homer. Here you will visit the archeological site, home to the Lionesses Gate, and the tomb of King Agamemnon. Continuing on we will make a short stop in Nauplia, the first capital of modern Greece and home to the fortress of Palamidi. After enjoying a relaxing lunch you will continue on to the final stop. The city of Epidaurus, home to the World Heritage listed ancient theatre and believed by ancient Greeks to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asklepios. The theatre at Epidaurus is perhaps the b...

    Effi is a great guide, she provided good knowledge about the sites and warm welcoming :) Nikos also drove smoothly along the roads, that was pretty cool. The bus was climatized and fresh. The only one bad point is that we didn't have so much time to visit the museum of Mycenae, which gathers a collection of amazing gold treasures. The theater in Epidavros was impressive! Overall, it was a good trip

  • 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

    6. 4-Day Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi & Meteora

    Day 1: Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus, and pay a visit to the archaeological site and to the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Continue on to Nauplia for a short stop. Next, drive to Mycenae where you will visit the fascinating archaeological site. Depart for Olympia, passing through the central Peloponnese area and passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Finally, arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight stay. There is also a possibility of staying in Nauplia instead. (Dinner included). Day 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the state of the art suspension bridge, known as the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos, then continue to Delphi. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Delphi. (Breakfast and dinner included). Day 3: First, visit ...

  • Mycenae Epidaurus and Nafplio Small Group Tour from Athens

    7. Mycenae Epidaurus and Nafplio Small Group Tour from Athens

    Begin your day trip with a pick-up at your Athens hotel or apartment early in the morning. In just an hour from the city of Athens, you will pass through the famous Corinth Canal ( short stop ) which connects the Saronic to the Corinthian Gulf and literally divides mainland Greece from the Peloponnese. Leavie behind Corinth canal and after a 1 hour drive you will enter the region of Argolis, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae, a Unesco World Heritage site, and go uphill to visit the archaeological site, home of the mythical king Agamemnon. Enjoy a walking tour and hear all myths and history as you pass from the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs of Agamemnon and his wife Clytemnestra and the Treasury of Atreus. The next stop is picturesque Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece, with its Venetian Palamidi fortress and the fortified islet of Bourtzi  located in the midd...

    The trip was well organised with the tour van arriving on time. Our driver was keen to give us information about living in Athens which was interesting. The various sights are definitely worth seeing and we met our guide for each at the various locations. The meet & greet was well organised and I never felt I was being abandoned at any point. We were shown all the important areas and artifacts in the the museums which was good. My only criticism would be that we had a very long lunch break in Nafplio which seemed longer than necessary. Overall however I would recommend the tour if you want a small group experience and want to see these archaeological sites.

  • Nafplio: City Walking Tour

    8. Nafplio: City Walking Tour

    Meet your tour leader your hotel inside the city limits or at the Land Gate, ready for your adventure in the venetian city.  Pass by the point where Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first ruler of Greece, was killed and will end up in the Syntagma Square, where Venetian and neoclassical buildings dominate your surroundings. Explore the old town's picturesque alleyways, where you will see historical buildings such as the First Parliament of the Greek State and the Archaeological Museum. You will then walk uphill to the Acropolis of Nafplion and marvel at the unique panoramic views of the bay. Continue the tour at the port of the city, where you'll learn about the Bourtzi castle, a Venetian fortress built on a a nearby island, which stands as the most recognized attraction of Nafplion. Then the tour ends at the port in front of the old city, where you'll have free time to continue exploring.

  • From Athens: Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplion Private Tour

    9. From Athens: Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplion Private Tour

    Meet your guide in Athens and travel for 1-hour to the area of Peloponnese. On the way to Mycenae, see the famous Corinth Canal and make a quick stop to admire this engineering marvel that connects the Aegean and Ionian seas. Continue towards Mycenae, one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. Visit the Mycenaean Acropolis, the tomb of Agamemnon, and the ruins of the Cyclopean walls that protected this mighty city. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae. Continue on to the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, a 4th-century theater which is one of the best-preserved Classical Greek structures in existence. It is renowned for its amazing acoustics; a coin dropped in the theater's center can be heard from the highest seat. The theater seats up to 14,000 people and its entrance is flanked by restored Corinthian pilasters. It's now used for performances of Ancient Greek dr...

    No recogió George del Hotel a la mañana temprano y salimos de paseo por el día.George fue un exelente guía y persona sumamente agradable.Pasamos un día excepcional volviendo a la tarde al hotel.Viajamos ocho amigos confortablementeGracias por todo y nos veremos en el futuro

  • From Nafplion: Mycenae, Corinth Canal and Epidavros Day Tour

    10. From Nafplion: Mycenae, Corinth Canal and Epidavros Day Tour

    Begin your journey with a stop at the archaeological site of Mycenae. Visit the mythical Kingdom of Agamemnon, where one of the most brilliant cultures of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization, developed. Then, head to the Lions Gate, the monumental entrance of the palaces. Next, marvel at the impressive Cyclopean walls around the Acropolis, and the tholos tombs of Atreus and Clytemnestra’s. Then, head out to see the famous Corinth Canal and make a quick stop to admire this engineering marvel that connects the Aegean and Ionian seas. Here you can find the famous temple of Apollo and the steps of Apostle Paul. Head towards the ancient Epidaurus and explore the ancient theatre, one of the most famous archaeological monuments in Greece. Visit the Asclepieion of Epidaurus, the healing temple of serious diseases in ancient Greece. See the monuments that developed around the Asclepiei...

    Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. We were not aware that he could not accompany us into the various sites due to licensing regulations and this was bit of a disappointment though he g do I’d explain to us beforehand the key highlights and things we should look for. Overall this was an incredibly rich day of antiquities viewing and I would highly recommend it for ardent lovers of ancient history. It is a very full day with so much to see. Those with only a passing “touristic desire to see the beauty of the ancient world might not find it as interesting or satisfying. On a logistical note our guide was terrifically accommodating and made the trip entirely to our liking once he gushed our interest and knowledge level.

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"Bill"(if that's your real name...) was a fantastic, engaging, funny, and superbly knowledgeable guide. He's actually an archeologist with a masters degree, so his knowledge is exceptional. He was able to flow with the dynamics of the group and fluidly intersperse humor, history, mythology and science (with excellent English, all the while keeping his eyes on the road)! This tour is an absolute must and one we will never forget. He offered us the option to either sit down for lunch or do more of a 'grab and go' thing so we can keep walking around and touring. He made sure that everyone in our group was happy with the decision we made to sit down and eat. We did so many different things on this tour and felt so accomplished at the end of the day! Cannot recommend this tour group highly enough! (Their communication is also superb whether through WhatsApp emails or phone) On the 2-hour drive back we had very interesting philosophical discussions with him. Great great great!

If you’re interested in ancient Greece history and staying in Athens, this is a perfect choice for you. Mycenae and Epidaurus are must-see destinations for everyone who enjoys visiting and learning about ancient landmarks and Napflio is a beautiful coastal city with many instagrammable spots. Athena & Gary were very helpful, funny and entertaining guides. They shared with us a lot of information about visited places, history of Greece, Greek mythology and modern Greek language & culture. We were travelling with a small group of 7 people from 4 different countries what made our trip even more interesting. The guides were open to adjust the schedule to our need so in Nafplio one part of the group enjoyed lunch while the other were walking around the city. Meeting point was very easy to access via metro and travelling by bus was great because we had a chance to see some really beautiful coastal landscapes. All Covid-related safety rules were followed. Highly recommended!!

Theodore and Athena were informative, friendly and flexible. Really great guides who know everything there is to know about Greek history and mythology. Do take the opportunity to pick their brains! We had an affordable lunch in Nafplio and although this tour does not pick you up from your airport, it is easy to get to the meeting place- a metro stop. We did not find it a problem. We were also able to safely keep our suitcases on the bus during the day. Would recommend.

It was a very interesting visit, easy to follow, and the guide was very knowledgeable. What a great way to spend our day!

Small group, well knowledge guide, on time, meeting point is out of traffic jam.