3 day tour (Private tour)
Athens - Corinth - Mycenae - Epidaurus - Nafplion - Olympia - Athens
Day 1: Your 3 day tour will start with the drive through the National Highway to the Peloponnese. A stop will be made by the famous Corinthian Canal or else Isthmus that separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, for pictures and coffee. Your journey towards Epidaurus will continue with a 40 min. scenic drive along the coast of the Saronic gulf. On the way your driver will point out for you to see the ruins of the ancient port of Kechries where St. Paul embarked his ship after preaching to the Corinthians to get to Ephesus. Reaching Epidaurus you will have a private tour of the spiritual sanctuary of Asclepius and the theatre with the most famous acoustics in the world. Leaving ancient Epidaurus you will continue with the drive to Nafplion, a picturesque sea port town on the Argolic gulf. This was the first capital of modern Greece; it's a city with beautiful monuments and neoclassical buildings as well as two famous forts Palamidi and Bourtzi, which is located on an island opposite the port. You will be able to stroll around, take pictures and have lunch in the "shade" of the tall neoclassical buildings next to Sydagma square. Continuing your journey in the afternoon you will also drive and visit Mycenae, the centre of power in the late Bronze Age till the 11th century BC. There lies the famous Lions Gate and the Acropolis where Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and that is where you will be able to explore all of its pathways. Leaving the Acropolis you will also make a short stop by the treasury of Atreus, also known as the tomb of Agamemnon. Then you will drive back to Nafplion where you will spend the night.
Day 2: After breakfast, you will start your day with the approximately 3 hour drive through the highway and the mountains to the other side of the Peloponnese where Olympia is located. If you do not mind driving very windy roads you can also take the old road across so that you make stops by the picturesque mountain villages like Lagadia or Dimitsana, for coffee or lunch. As soon as you arrive in Olympia you will enjoy a private guided tour through the site-birthplace of the Olympic Games, where still lie the ancient gymnasiums, the temple of Zeus and Hera and the stadium. A few meters away from the site is where you will visit one of the most impressive museums in the world, since it houses the originals pediments of the temple of Zeus and Hermes by Praxiteles. Overnight stay in Olympia.
Day 3: After having breakfast, you will begin to drive back to Athens through the large and lush valley of Ellis. Along the way you will pass the city of Patras and you will have a view of one of the largest wired bridges in the world. Afterwards you will pass again over the famous Corinthian Canal and soon after that you will arrive back to Athens and drop you off at the hotel or airport.
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