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2 Labours of Hercules: Stymphalian Birds and the Nemean Lion

Product ID: 107473
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Visit two magnificent locations where, according to mythology, the hero and demigod Hercules performed two of his Labors - the Stymphalian Birds at beautiful Lake Stymphalia in the rugged mountains of the Peloponnese, and the Lion at Nemea.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup is available from your hotel/accommodation in Athens.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Be impressed by beautiful Lake Stymphalia and its Environmental Museum. Let your guide inspire you to relive the legend of the Stymphalian Birds
  • Revel at the story of Hercules and the Nemean Lion at Ancient Nemea
  • Visit the impressive yet serene site of Ancient Nemea and its archaeological museum
  • Sample and be inspired by the world-acclaimed local red Nemean wine and indulge in gourmet local Greek cuisine
  • Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Greek countryside on the way to and from Stymphalia and Nemea
Full description
This well-researched and meticulously organised tour combines several attractive themes into a single irresistible fusion, so typical of the real, yet not well known, Greece: mythology, natural scenery, archaeology and traditional cuisine. The tour sets off early in the morning from Athens, so as to encompass the chosen evocative sights and sites in the Corinthia region of northern Peloponnese.

Driving past the impressive Corinth Canal and through the forested mountains of Corinthia, the first stop is at lake Stymphalia, the location where legend has it that the ancient hero and demigod Hercules cunningly managed to destroy the predator Stymphalian Birds which plagued the region by performing his Sixth Labor. Lake Stymphalia and its complex wetland ecosystem is a Natura 2000 natural protection area and is also home to the delightful and rich Environment Museum of Stymphalia, which is one of the tour's destinations. 

Following the description of the Labor by the tour leader and the visit to the museum, the tour continues through fabulous scenery to Ancient Nemea with its magnificent Temple of Zeus and its ancient stadium which is now used again every four years by hosting the revived Nemean Games, as they were performed 2,500 years ago. The guide will reveal the importance of Ancient Nemea through the visit to the extensive site as well as the museum, whilst also unraveling the legend of the First Labor of Hercules, where he overcame the fearsome Nemean Lion bare-handed. Rich is the Nemean land in history, in magnificent relics of ages past and in legends and rich it also is with the treasures of its land - its wine and its food. How fitting therefore that the explorers of fabled Corinthia would rest and relax at a local Greek gourmet taverna, to sample the acclaimed red Nemean wine, painstakingly created from the Aghiorghitiko grape variety, accompanied by local delicacies.

All good things come to an end and the tour finishes in Athens at the designated drop-off point, however what will remain alive are happy memories of the vibrant nature, the myths, the legends, the historical sites and the aroma and flavors of the wine and the food of this blessed land. Indeed, what more is there to ask for?
Includes
  • Air-conditioned car, luxury minibus or coach
  • Tour leader
  • 3-course lunch (appetizer, main course and dessert or fruit) up to the value of €18 at a local restaurant serving traditional Greek dishes
  • Two glasses of wine
  • A bottle of mineral water during the drive
  • Tickets to museums and archaeological sites
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments, beverages and extra wine at the taverna
  • Gratuities at the taverna for the tour guide and driver (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Know before you go
• The tour includes a short stop at the picturesque coastal town of Loutraki on both the outbound and inbound journey
• The tour includes a moderate amount of walking, some of it over unpaved ground
• Vegetarian meal available subject to prior request and arrangement
Organized by

Eternal Greece Ltd

Product ID: 107473