8. From Athens: 3-Day Argolis – Olympia – Delphi Tour
Day 1: Athens, Corinth Canal, ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio – Olympia
Your private 3-day tour will start from Athens early in the morning. Drive towards the scenic coastal road of Athens to the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea - a dream of the ancients, that came true in 1893. Have time for some rest and some amazing photos above the canal. Leave Isthmos and drive to the ancient Corinth (the city of Apollo and Aphrodite, plus one of the most important visits of St. Paul, where he lived for almost 2-years doing important missionary work). Ancient Corinth was an important city state during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of ancient Greece. Make a short stop for some great photos and rest. There, you will visit the archaelogical site and musreum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corithians written in four languages - Greek, Arabic, French and English.
Then, the driver will take you to Mycenae, the golden city of King Agamemnon, the one you united all the Greek cities to fight for a common purpose against Troy. Mycenae was the city from where the Mycenaean civilization started and has an archaeological site to check it out. There, you will visit the burial Royal Tombs of the kings and queens, the cyclopian walls, the Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreas. Go on to Nafplio, the first modern capital of Greece from 1821 till 1834. See the castle of the city, Palamidi that's over the town as well as Mpourtzi, the island fortress, the first defence line of the port. It is a wonderful seaside place, ideal for some walking, and taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern. There, see the old houses of the Nafplio, as well as the local shops that sell handmade objects and jewelry for all tastes and wallet sizes. This is perfect place for walking, shopping and for having lunch. So when you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern at Nafplio. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors from the most well-known Greek dishes. After your lunch, you will be driven back to Olympia and you will overnight there. Have free leisure time.
Day 2: Olympia – Rio Antirio Bridge, Galaxidi, Itea and Delphi
Ancient Olympia was the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There, you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between the Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amound of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games. The games were held every 4 years from the 8th-century BC until the 4th-century AD. You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures worth your attention. Feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took so seriously the cultivation of body, mind and soul. When you feel hungry, get ready to taste some famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern. It's up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most well-known Greek dishes. After your lunch at Olympia, drive to Delphi through the largest cable bridge in Europe, Rio Antirio and the magnificent town of Nafpaktos and Itea. Overnight and have free time in Delphi.
Day 3: Delphi, Return to Athens
In the morning and after your breakfast, visit both the archaelogical site with the ancient theatre and the museum. Delphi was the first tourist attraction of antiquity, as it was busy all the year round. It was the site of where the God Apollo had his sanctuary, where prophecies were given to every man, prince, general and king by Pythia the High Priestess. It was also the center of the universe, according to Zeus, King of the Gods. You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the Temple of Athena Pronaia, Castalian Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues such as the Sphinx of Naxos. Have lunch with a great view of Mount Parnassus and Itea. After that, it will be time to return back to Athens.