You will start from Athens in the early morning and after a scenic 1.5hr drive, including a short stop at the Corinth Canal, you will reach the archeological site of Mycenae. There, you will enjoy a private guided tour of the site and museum, and admire the monumental ruins that blend beautifully with the surrounding landscape.
Your guide will offer interesting information about the history of the Mycenean Civilization and insights into their way of life.
Next destination will be the picturesque town of Nafplio. A leisurely stroll along the cobblestone alleys will give you the chance to take in the beautiful architecture and to learn about this town’s illustrious past.
Finally, you will make a stop at the spectacular archeological site of Epidaurus to admire the ancient theater and the famous ‘Asklepieion’ (Available May-September).
Mycenae - Treasury of Atreus
The Treasury of Atreus or Tomb of Agamemnon is a beehive-shaped tomb, the largest and best preserved of the 9 tombs situated around the citadel at Mycenae. It was built around 1250 BC and was discovered in the late 1800’s by the German archeologist Schliemann who gave it its name which actually had no bearing to either Atreus or Agamemnon but to an earlier ruler buried there. It stands 13.5 m high with a diameter of 14.5 m and has a lintel stone, surmounted by a relieving triangle above the doorway, which weighs 120 tons. The tomb, which faces the palace, consists of an entrance passageway 36m long leading to a circular burial chamber roofed over with a vault shaped like a beehive. The site of the tomb was chosen to be visible from the roads leading to Mycenae to show the ruler’s dominion over the settlements in the area.
Located at the entrance of the ancient site of Mycenae, a short distance from the Lion Gate, the Museum houses about 2500 exhibits, mostly ceramic vases, jewelry, wall paintings, tools and weapons unearthed in the vicinity. The present museum was inaugurated in 2003 and covers a total surface of 2000 sq.m on 3 levels but only 3 rooms showcase the exhibits. Other rooms are dedicated to storage, conservation and the study of the many finds. One of the most famous exhibits is a copy of the golden mask of Agamemnon, whose original, along with the most important artifacts found at the site, is in the Athens National Archeological Museum. The three display rooms exhibit objects from the public and private life of Myceneans, the grave sites and finds relating to religion, science, art and trade. . At the entrance of the museum there are wall posts narrating the history of Mycenae and its excavation and opposite the entrance there is also a model of the ancient site.
Nafplio- the Town
One of the most picturesque towns of Greece, Nafplio is a major seaport in eastern Peloponnese, spreading across a peninsula jutting out into the Argolic Gulf. It was the first capital of the new Greek state between 1823 and 1834. With its seafront Promenade with its cafes, bars and restaurants, and the town’s parks, statues, museums, attractive narrow streets, churches, elegant Venetian houses and neoclassical buildings, Nafplio offers ample opportunity to explore the architectural and cultural traditions that successive waves of Frankish, Venetian and Turkish rule left their mark on. The city’s strategic position led it to have three fortresses, Palamidi dominating the city on a steep hill, Akronafplia, the oldest castle at the top of the old town and Bourtzi on the islet in the middle of the harbor. Less than 2 hours’ drive from Athens, Nafplio makes for an ideal day trip and is a hub for visiting archeological sites nearby such as Mycenae, Epidavros, Tyrins, Argos, Nemea and more.
Built in 1473 by the Venetians, the fortress of Bourtzi is located on an islet in the middle of the harbor. Originally, it acted as part of Nafplio’s defences and had a mobile chain which connected it to the other fortress of Akronafplia with the purpose of deterring invaders from entering the harbor and the city. During the Greek Revolution, the Greek government briefly sought shelter here during the civil strifes. It was used alternatively as a prison, and between 1865 and 1935, the executioners of Palamidi used this fort as their residence. Subsequently, it was used as a center of the Greek National Tourism Organization and from 1960-1970, it was used as a hotel and restaurant. Today, the fort can be visited by boat.
The fortress of Palamidi stands on a hill overlooking the town of Nafplio and was built between 1711 and 1714 by the Venetians. It played a significant role in the liberation of the city in the Greek War of Independence when the fort was seized in 1829 from the Turks after a long siege. Every year, on 30 November, the anniversary of this victory is commemorated on the name day of Agios Andreas in the chapel in the fort. From around 1840 until the 1930’s, the fort was used as a prison where, at one time, Kolokotronis, the leader of the War of Independence was imprisoned. Today, the fort can be reached by stairs or by road and one can admire the eight imposing bastions, built one above the other and joined by a wall, and see the historic chapel of Agios Andreas and the water tanks still used to collect rainwater.
Notes & Clarifications
- Prices vary according to group size
- Keep in mind that this is a private tour and possible to customize to meet your desires. Should you want to change the itinerary please do not hesitate to contact us by sending us a request through the inquiry form
- Since this tour includes a walking tour you will need to be wearing comfortable shoes, a hat and sun-block. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle your swimming suit, beach towel, a light cardigan and lots of energy!
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