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From Athens: Day Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Nafplio

1. From Athens: Day Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Nafplio

Start with pickup from your hotel, the airport, or the port in Athens and travel out of the city across the Corinth Canal. First, stop at the archaeological site of Mycenae, and discover one of the major centers of Ancient Greek culture. Home to the mythical King Agamemnon, discover its most notable features including the Mycenaean Acropolis, the tomb of Agamemnon, and the ruins of the Cyclopean Walls that once protected the city.  Next, travel to the site of Epidaurus. Discover its well-preserved amphitheater with perfect acoustics and the healing center. See these ancient structures which are considered milestones in the evolution of western civilization.  Finally, travel to the picturesque harbor village of Nafplio. Stroll through its charming narrow streets and admire the elegant houses and quaint cafes. Enjoy some time for shopping, lunch, or relaxing in the village. Then, be returned to Athens.

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Mycenae Epidaurus and Nafplio Small Group Tour from Athens

2. 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 middle of the harbor. There, you will have a fun break and have an optional lunch in a traditional restaurant with Greek cuisine. Enjoy some free time and walk in the narrow streets of this beautifull town with classical buildings dating back to the 16th -17th century. Continue on to Epidaurus and visit the breathtalking ancient theatre. Have a unique opportunity to hear all about the history of the 4th century UNESCO world heritage highlight and one of the best preserved classical Greek theaters still used today due to its amazing acoustics. Leaving back the Peloponnese you will take the road back to Athens. This tour will end late in the afternoon with a drop off at your hotel or apartment.

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Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

3. Athens: Full-Day Private Peloponnese Tour

After gathering with your group, you'll head west along a beautiful scenic route on your way to the Corinth Canal. Following a short break there, your next destination will be ancient Corinth. During ancient times, the town of Corinth was considered one of the richest cities in Greece, due to the remains of the Temple of Apollo the Ancient Agora. This is also the place where Saint Paul preached and lived for about two years of his life. Following that exploration you will drive through vineyards and olive trees on the way to Mycenae. It will be there that you will visit the famous Cyclopean Walls around the Acropolis of Mycenae, as well as the Tomb of King Atreus. From there you will continue by visiting the first capital city of the Democracy of Greece, the beautiful city of Nafplion which boasts the fortified islet of Bourtzi. Finally, on your way back to Athens you will visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus.

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3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

4. 3-Day Ancient Greek Archaeological Sites Tour from Athens

This exciting 3-day tour takes you to the most important archaeological sites of classical Greece. Providing a superb introduction to some of the myths of the ancient world, you will visit the tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the Temple of Apollo and Oracle at Delphi, and the altar of the Olympic flame at Olympia. You will also make short stops in the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, drive past the mighty Corinth Canal, and see the charming harbor town of Nafpaktos. Day 1: Epidaurus – Nayplia - Mycenae Following your departure from Athens, visit the Corinth Canal on the Saronic Gulf and admire the miraculous 19th-century feat of engineering. Continue to Epidaurus to tour the ancient theater, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nafplia, former capital of the First Hellenic Republic, and drive through the plain of Argos. Upon arrival in Mycenae, visit the ruins of the citadel and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Continue to Olympia for your overnight stay, traveling via the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis, where you can take short stops to stretch your legs or purchase souvenir items. Day 2: Olympia - Delphi Visit the archaeological remains of Olympia, site of the Olympic Games in classical times and sacred ground to the Ancient Greeks. Admire the Doric columns of the Temples of Zeus and Hera, see the remains of the Stadium, and go to the altar of the Olympic flame. Explore the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, located directly opposite the ruins and filled with excavated artifacts. Depart Olympia for Rion, and cross the Corinthian Bay via the new bridge to Antirion. Sit back and enjoy the ride along the coastal road to Delphi, passing the charming small harbor city of Nafpaktos. In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova on the slopes of the Parnassus Mountains, before your overnight stay in Delphi. Day 3: Delphi - Athens Today you will experience the mysterious atmosphere of Delphi up close, with a tour of the archaeological site perched high on the Parnassus Mountains. Once regarded as the center of the world, Delphi was connected to the worship of Gaia, or Mother Earth, and guarded by a Python dragon that was killed by Apollo. You will visit the temple dedicated to Apollo, and learn about the great Oracle of Delphi. Continue to the theater, where up to 5,000 spectators would watch plays, poetry readings, and festivals. Enjoy superb views of the Parnassus Mountains and valley from the top of the hill, and explore an impressive collection of artifacts and relics associated with ancient Delphi at the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, the tour will make its way back to Athens, driving through the vine and olive tree-studded hills of Parnassus and the Valley of Phocis.

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From Athens: Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplion Private Tour

5. 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 drama during the annual Hellenic Festival. Finally, make a stop in the picturesque city of Nafplion, which was the first capital of Greece after Independence and has been a major port since the Bronze Age. Its position was so strategic that the city has 3 fortresses: the massive fortress of Palamidi, the smaller Akronafplia, and the water castle Bourtzi on an islet west of the old town. Stroll through the attractive narrow streets, and admire the elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions, and quayside cafes. Take the opportunity to go shopping, eat in a traditional restaurant, chill out at the cafes in the picturesque port, or take a swim in the crystal waters at Arvanitia beach. Return to any central point in Athens or Piraeus where you will be dropped off. 

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Athens: Private Corinth Canal and Mycenae Tour

6. Athens: Private Corinth Canal and Mycenae Tour

After driving for one hour from Athens, you will discover the famous Corinth Canal. The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. The canal elevated Piraeus’ status as a major Mediterranean port, a project which spanned many centuries. Cut through solid rock, the canal is more than 6 kilometers long and 23 meters wide, with its vertical sides rising 90 meters above the water. You will spend approximately 30 minutes at the canal, with time for photos and refreshments. Following the canal you will continue towards Mycenae, one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. You will see the Mycenaean Acropolis, the tomb of Agamemnon and the ruins of the Cyclopean walls that protected this mighty city. After approximately 1.5 hours at Mycenae, you will have the option to stop at a nearby village or town for snacks or a quick lunch. Your your will conclude with your drop off at the pickup point, or any preferred central point in Athens or Piraeus.

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

7. 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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From Athens: Half-Day Private Road Trip to Mycenae

8. From Athens: Half-Day Private Road Trip to Mycenae

Venture south of Athens with your trusty guide to discover the magnificent Peloponnese. Leaving mainland Greece, this tour will explore Mycenae, one of the ancient world’s most noteworthy cultures. The region that was destined to give birth to one of antiquity’s most important civilizations, the Mycenaean. The “cyclopean walls” of the citadel of Mycenae, impressively intact to this day, highlight the heyday of a civilization brought to light by Heinrich Schliemann. A civilization that served as inspiration to the great ancient tragedians that subsequently helped shape western thought. Witness The Lion Gate, a remarkable example of Mycenaean sculpture, grave circle A with its shaft tombs and golden funerary finds, the palace atop the citadel with its throne room, the underground water cistern with its ornate stairs and the beehive tombs (“tholos”) all give proof of the grandeur of an era that has left indelible marks throughout the ages.

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From Athens: Argolis Private Full Day Excursion

9. From Athens: Argolis Private Full Day Excursion

Start the tour early in the morning in Athens, and embark on a scenic 1.5-hour drive to reach the archeological site of Mycenae. When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the site and museum. Admire the monumental ruins that beautifully blend with the surrounding landscape. Your guide will offer interesting information about the history of the Myceneans and an insight into their way of life. Also, enjoy a short stop at the Corinth Canal, which connects Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Next, head towards the picturesque town of Nafplio. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone alleys as you take in the beautiful architecture and to learn about this town’s illustrious past. Make a stop at the spectacular archeological site of Epidaurus to admire the ancient theater and the famous ‘Asklepieion’.

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Athens: Private Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus, & Isthmus Canal

10. Athens: Private Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus, & Isthmus Canal

Be amazed by the modern engineering masterpiece of the Corinth Canal (Isthmus Canal). Discover and explore the ancient passage from the Corinthian to Saronic Gulf, as well as the sub-ducting bridge. There you can enjoy a coffee or snack at a wonderful cafe as you admire the views and wait for boats to pass through the canal. Following that, relive the expedition to Troy at Mycenae, it was the kingdom of Agamemnon and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll then move on to discover the picturesque town of Nafplio, appreciating the Venetian architecture which exists there. You'll then be captivated by the excellent acoustics of the Epidaurus Theater, one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece and a UNESCO-listed monument. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll be returned back to Athens.

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What people are saying about Nafplio

Very good service, very good everything. And thanks a million for looking for me again, my hotel was located on a pedestrian street, they sent me an email with the pick-up address (last night) but I was in unwanted and I did not see it, a thousand apologies. The only bad thing was that they were 42 degrees and the AA of the combi did not cool in the back of the combi.

Everything went well. We had two very competent and friendly guides. Everything went as planned. Very friendly and helpful driver too. The group was reduced to two people only, others canceled, so I felt like a real private tour.

Complete excursion, well organized with a very friendly driver and very caring for us. Thanks a lot Tom. I recommend +++

Great day picked up from the airport and went straight on the tour.

They are really nice and kind. Is Worth it everything.