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Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

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

Explore the sights of Nafplio on this guided day trip from Athens. Stay connected during the trip with WIFI on the bus. Climb to the Castle of Palamidi and admire the Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia. 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. Have plenty of free 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.  Appreciate architecture that has Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern Greek influences. Have the chance to purchase a boat trip to Bourtzi Castle. Take in views of the Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center.  Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas flashing from the balconies. Enrich your trip by buying a ticket to the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsipouro, Ouzo, or Mastiha (traditional liquors). Stop by cozy tavern to purchase a local lunch. Travel back in time with a visit to the ancient theater of Epidaurus which was a sanatorium that was connected intensively with the Asclepeion healing temples in ancient times. Asclepeion was the 5* hotel of the ancient times and is considered as the origin of the medical science. Feel the aura of the ancient tragedians by purchasing entrance to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Experience the theater with the greatest acoustic of all time which still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer. Return to your meeting point in Athens at the end of your tour. 

Athens: Private Argolis Tour (Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus)

2. Athens: Private Argolis Tour (Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus)

Discover the area of Argolis during a unique one-day experience filled with beautiful landscapes and archaeological adventures. Upgrade your tour to include a private guided tour with a licensed English-speaking guide, authorized to enter all the archaeological sites with you, or alternatively explore the sites at your own pace without a guide. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Athens where you will meet your driver and set off on your full-day tour. First, stop at Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Then, continue by car towards the archaeological site of Mycenae, the prehistoric kingdom of mythical Agamemnon who was famous for leading the Greeks in the reputed Trojan War. In Mycenae, admire the famous Lions’ Gate and explore the site of a royal set of graves where golden masks, weapons, cups, and crowns were discovered. Finally, follow the route uphill towards the ruins of the palace and the underground cistern, before taking an optional look at the local museum collection. Complete your visit at the vaulted tomb of Agamemnon. Next, drive through the plains and orange groves of Argos towards the charming town of Nafplio. Admire the neoclassical buildings during a stroll along the picturesque cobbled streets. Then, explore the medieval quarter and port which offers an impeccable view of the sea and the small castle of Bourtzi. Find some ideal choices of restaurants here for a lunch break. After this, visit the Theater of Epidaurus, which is situated about 30 minutes from Nafplio. It is the largest and best-preserved ancient theater in Greece, built near an area that functioned as a sanctuary and a healing center dedicated to the Greek god of medicine Asclepius. Finally, return back to Athens following a scenic route with an astonishing view of the Aegean Sea.

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What people are saying about Nafplio

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 21 reviews

We were a small group of 4 people, which was ideal and felt like a private tour. Our guide, Vassilis was the best and he know about everything. We were able to have great conversations and he gave us a lot of tips and background info. There is a lot of value for money on this trip, we saw so much in just about 8 hours. Definitely take this trip if you want to get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful coastal side of the Peloponnese area and to have a small semi-private tour.

This is the BEST tour I have gotten in my Greece journey of 10 weeks. Vasilis (alias “Bill”) is not only passionate about history and archeology, but also knows how to animate a group and help us become friends. We had a great group of 4 and we manage to enjoy most of the tour together, joking, learning and enjoying the moment. Time was perfect in every single site, even lunch that could be accommodated to meet our trip needs. I am so so glad that I took this tour.

A wonderful day with Théo. We were lucky to be the only ones registered and the excursion was maintained. The explanations were complete. We had time at the Corinth Canal, at the Nafplio Fortress and in the city a nice guided tour with Theo. The restaurant he recommended to us was excellent and the free time afterwards was sufficient. The visit to Epidaurus was perfect! Thank you very much, we recommend this excursion. Dorothee and Laura

Fantastic day with a brilliant guide- so much packed into one day & a real eye opener to another side of Greece! A real opportunity!

Excellent but would have been nice to know more details in terms of timing for every activity. Especially lunch.