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Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

1. Olympia: Self-Guided Virtual Reality Tour of Olympia

Meet your host at the local partner's office in Olympia, who will then explain how the virtual reality (VR) glasses work. After the short introduction, begin your virtual tour at the Archeological Site and step back in time to experience ancient Olympia. Listen to interesting facts about each monument and see many monuments come to life again.  You’ll first visit the Ancient Gymnasium, where athletes used to train for the Olympic Games before making your way to Palestra, the training place of boxers and wrestlers. Next, you’ll stop at the Phidias Workshop, where Phidias created one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Heading east, you will see the Temple of Zeus and virtually enter the monument to see the magnificent Statue of Zeus. Then, find yourself in the Ancient Stadium. Through your VR glasses, you will get to experience an ancient sporting event. See athletes competing for the Olympics and admire them from the finishing line. Then head over to the ruins of the Nymphaeum of Herodes of Atticus. With the help of your VR glasses, you’ll be able to see the ruins of the Nymphaeum in its full grandeur and see it come to life again. Last, see the lighting of the Olympic Flame in ancient times and discover that some traditions have remained the same until today.

Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

2. Katakolo Cruise Port: Roundtrip Transfer to Ancient Olympia

Explore the Archeological Site of Olympia on your own with a roundtrip transfer from the Katakolo Cruise port. Drive through the scenic mainland of western Peloponnese and explore the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Return to the port, just in time for your cruise departure. Meet your guide outside of the cruise terminal and board an air-conditioned bus to Ancient Olympia. Buy your admission ticket upon arrival and enter the archeological site. Learn of the origin of the Olympic Games in classical times, held from 776 BC until 393 AD. Marvel at the Temple of Hera and the Olympic flame that burns outside during the modern-day games. See the Temple of Zeus that once housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Golden and Ivory statue of Zeus. Witness where competitors once swore an oath to honor the rules at the Stadium and Bouleuterion. Feel free to explore at your own pace and choose to visit the modern Village of Olympia for shopping or a traditional meal. Take a moment to swim at the nearby beach before returning to your awaiting cruise ship.

Kardamyli: Sea Kayaking With Lunch

3. Kardamyli: Sea Kayaking With Lunch

Your trip starts at Kardamyli’s old harbor. Before departure, you will be briefed on some details including kayak paddling techniques and safety measures. Soon, you'll get into your kayak and begin paddling at a relaxed pace giving you time to take in the beautiful surroundings. Each cove hides a special surprise such as hidden sea caves, rock gardens, cliffs with spectacular rock formations, and hidden sandy beaches. One of the top attractions on this trip is a visit to the Blue Cave, a spectacular natural phenomenon where sunlight passes through a crack in the cave and reflects on the seafloor, bathing the entire cave in aquamarine light. A swim into the cave is a once in a lifetime experience. Weather and time permitting, you may head to Stoupa for a stop at the beach of Kalogria with its fine golden sand and turquoise waters. Halfway, stop for some swimming, snorkeling and a picnic with freshly baked bread, organic fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over, you'll paddle back to the starting point to end this fun, adventurous day.

Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

4. Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

Navarino Bay lies in front of the town of Pylos. It is a natural harbor where the island of Sphacteria stands as a wave breaker, protecting the bay from winds of the open Ionian Sea. The bay offers ideal conditions for Sea Kayaking trips, especially for beginners. The bay itself is a place of incredible natural beauty, with an impressive landscape, warm, crystal clear, waters and golden sandy beaches where sea turtles often return to lay their eggs. Sea kayaking here is a must definitely do without a doubt. Meet your guides at Divari beach just a few kilometers away from the charming village of Gialova. Your guide will brief you on paddling techniques, safety measures, and equipment. Soon we shall hop on our kayaks for a trip around the Navarino bay like never before. Heading west we paddle towards the imposing Rock, the islet located at the south side of the bay. The Rock is also a place of nesting and resting place for many species of birds. We admire its impressive natural stone arch and visit a few of its sea caves and galleries. Our next stop is the unhabituated island of Sphacteria. Here, we jump out of our kayaks, stretch our legs and walk to the island’s viewpoint for taking pictures of an idyllic landscape and for story-telling. A few minutes later we shall make a stop at a secluded beach for swimming and snorkeling, and why not some cliff diving for those who feel more adventurous. Here we shall also taste our homemade picnic of local delicacies and relax under the sun. After this energy pumped stop, we will paddle back to the starting point to end an amazing day in the tranquility of Navarino Bay.

Athens: Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Day Tour

5. Athens: Corinth, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Day Tour

Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West. Our first stop (after approximately one hour) is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, (approximately 6 km long connecting the Aegean with the Ionian Sea), take photos and visit the local cafeteria. Driving through the winding roads of Corinthia and Sofiko, we are going to visit Epidaurus, famous for it’s ancient theatre and the sanctuary of Asclepios. The sanctuary of Asclepios was a healing centre as well as a cultural centre in ancient times. Epidaurus was built around the 4th Century B.C. and has a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Theatre of Epidaurus has reached our days almost intact. The view, aesthetics and acoustics of the theatre are breathtaking. It’s still in use today and hosts carefully selected theatrical plays, concerts, and festivals during the summer. For an actor to perform in the Theatre of Epidaurus is considered the greatest honour and the ultimate acknowledgement of his or her talent, if he wins over the tough audience. After concluding our visit to Epidaurus we’ll drive through the plain of Argolis, among thousands of olive trees and vineyards, thirty minutes later we’ll arrive to the picturesque town of Nafplion (First capital of modern Greece, from 1829 to 1834). Nafplion is the most ancient city in Greece. According to the myth it was founded by Theseas who first conceived the idea of organized cities where people could live together. The city lies under the imposing rocks of Palamide the most formidable Venetian Castle in the Eastern Mediterranean. The smaller Castle of Acronafplia (where the ancient city was founded) crowns Naflion and at the entrance of the harbor, in the Argolic Gulf, there is yet another, third Castle, Bourtzi, situated on a small islet. Whether you decide to have lunch in the old medieval quarter, with the narrow, stoned paved streets, or by the port, with the view of Bourtzi, Nafplion is the best choice for lunch in this trip. Driving afterwards among endless farms of orange trees we’ll arrive at the archaeological site of Mycenae. Mycenae, 'Rich in Gold', was the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, who dominated the Aegean Sea after the distraction of the Minoan Empire. The city looks out across the plain of Argos to the sea. It’s elevated position and it’s huge Cyclopean Walls, offered protection from surprise attacks by pirates and enemies. At the peak of its power (1300 B.C.) the population leaved around the fortress where the Royal Family had its Palace. The Palace, symbol of power of the Mycenaean rulers, was reached by a large ramp beginning at the Lions Gate. Outside the fortress lie the impressive beehive tombs including that ascribed to Agamemnon known also as the Treasury of Atreas. After concluding our visit to Mycenae we’ll start the return trip to Athens. Your personal local driver, will provide commentary in fluent English, en-route, before you visit the sites.

From Athens: Mycenae and Epidaurus Private Tour

6. From Athens: Mycenae and Epidaurus Private Tour

One hour drive away from Athens, in the area of Peloponnese and on our way to Mycenae you will be able to see the famous Corinth Canal. Here you will have a quick stop at the canal to admire this engineering marvel that connects the Aegean with the Ionian sea. After a brief stop at 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. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae. After exploring Mycenae you will continue to your last stop of the tour, the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. This 4th-century-BC theater is one of the best-preserved Classical Greek structures in existence. Built of limestone is, without doubt, the highlight of Epidaurus area. 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. Its entrance is flanked by restored Corinthian pilasters and the foundations of the ancient stage are beyond the circle. It's now used for performances of Ancient Greek drama during the annual Hellenic Festival.

Private Day Trip to Mycenae & Nafplio for Families

7. Private Day Trip to Mycenae & Nafplio for Families

Start your journey early in the morning towards the Corinth Canal. After a short stop, head to the archaeological site of one of the greatest ancient civilizations in the world. Once at Mycenae, you will be totally blown away by the monumental ruins that beautifully blend with the surrounding landscape. Your guide will offer the whole family a captivating guided tour to the site, especially designed to keep the interest of the youngsters at all times. While there, your family will also engage in fun activities specially catered for the children.  Before setting off to the beautiful town of Nafplio, stop for a pottery workshop. Here, the children can use their imagination to travel back to the Mycenaean times and create artifacts inspired by their visit to Mycenae which they can also take home with them. Your journey will continue with a visit to the picturesque town of Nafplio where you will have time to explore its narrow cobblestone alleys, enjoy the famous gelato, and admire its unique architecture.

Athens: Corinth, Napfilio, Mycenae & Epidaurus Private Tour

8. Athens: Corinth, Napfilio, Mycenae & Epidaurus Private Tour

Argolis has a mixture of both mountainous areas as well as low plains, with some mountains reaching up to 2,000 meters and the coastline stretching over 100 kilometers. Mycenae was the citadel of Agamemnon and one of the most important cities in the ancient Greek world. Mycenae is famous for its monumental Lion Gate, which is over twenty-four meters tall and eight meters wide. Epidaurus was a wealthy city with a theater, temple, and stone amphitheater. Corinth is a city steeped in history and culture. Ancient Corinth was one of the most important cities of ancient Greece, with monuments such as the Roman-era amphitheatre and the ancient Greek temple, among other relics. The ruins of Corinth are an archaeological museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comes alive with colour every day during the winter months when visitors can enjoy a guided tour of these remnants of ancient Greece. This tour you will start in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Mycenae, touring the Treasury of Atreus and its Cyclopean Walls. Then take a walk at streets of Nafplio. Then enjoy panoramic views of Bourtzi Islet in Nafplio. Finish the day in Epidaurus, discovering its beautifully-preserved UNESCO World Heritage theater.

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What people are saying about Peloponnese

Living the archaeological site of Olympia with this experience was truly amazing! Absolutely worth the cost of the service, insured! We found ourselves in Olympia with 42 degrees under the scorching midday sun, but thanks to the experience we were impressed and happily satisfied, it organizes the route for you, which otherwise is not signposted. The guys were very kind, they gave us a very good assistance even from afar for a problem with the viewer. The info provided are really pleasant curiosities and I assure you do not get tired of listening to them, on the contrary. We have visited other sites around Greece and every time we thought that being able to experience them with the viewers would be nice. The only flaw the archaeological site does not give you any info, on the contrary it pretends not to know this reality. The agency is located, starting from the car park of the site at the end of the main street on the church street just in front.

A fantastic experience. You feel like you've been transported back in time, the site becomes much more vivid than with a simple tour or just with an audio guide. The virtual representation as well as the 3D effects make the whole thing a real experience.

We really enjoyed this experience. It helped bring to life the Olympic site and made it easier to imagine what had been there and how things were used.

Essential accessory! The visit to Olympia would be difficult to understand without the use of these virtual reality glasses. This is essential.

An exciting way to visit a little bit more of the coast you don’t see.