Mythical Argolis & Eternal Olympia

  • 2-3 days
  • Peloponnese
Experience living history through a 2-day trip
  • Archeology
  • Nature
  • Excursion
During this short trip you will have the chance to explore the magnificent peninsula south of Athens, the Peloponnese, and visit two of the most important archeological sites in Greece, Olympia and Mycenae, as well as other interesting destinations like the Corinth Canal and the picturesque coastal town of Nafplio. 

The archeological site of Mycenae was first identified in the 19th century by a series of excavations, most notably by Heinrich Schliemann. Since then it attracts vast numbers of visitors thanks to the great notoriety afforded by the timeless epic of the Trojan war, Homer’s ‘Iliad’. 

The citadel is accessed through the ‘Lion Gate’, one of the most recognizable images from antiquity which has become the inspiration for the subsequent heraldic motifs and symbols of modern civilization. The awe-inspiring beehive tombs are another feature of the site; their ingenious construction method has provided these structures with the necessary stability to stand the test of time. 

The other major destination of archeological interest is the sanctuary of Olympia, the place where the original Olympic Games were held from the 8th century B.C.E. up until the 4th century A.C.E. The site is a vast complex of structures comprising a stadium, lodgings for athletes and officials, auxiliary buildings, various ‘Treasuries’ (small temple-shaped buildings for keeping precious votive offerings), and numerous temples, of which the most important was that of Zeus, which housed his gigantic gold-and-ivory statue – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

Your itinerary also includes a stop at the famous Corinth Canal. Its construction was finalized in the very end of the 19th century, despite the fact that some of the most powerful men in world history had tried and failed to complete it. 

Furthermore, there is the option to visit either another archeological site, the extensive ruins of Ancient Messini, or a traditional town, Nafplio which charms visitors with its cobbled streets and fortified harbor.

Highlights

  • Grasp the glory of the Mycenaean civilization
  • Visit the Corinth Canal
  • Discover the precious gems of atmospheric Nafplio or visit the imposing site of Ancient Messini
  • Explore the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, Olympia
  • Learn about the richness of the history and mythology of this land













Inclusions:
A 2-day private excursion including:
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by private luxury vehicle
  • Refreshment & snack basket in vehicle
  • Private services of a specialized “Insider” driver
  • 1.5-hour guided tour of the archeological site and museum of Mycenae by a state-licensed guide
  • Visit Nafplio Town or Ancient Messene
  • 2-hour guided tour of the archeological site and museum of Ancient Olympia by a state-licensed guide
  • 4* or Boutique Hotel accommodation
  • All taxes

Exclusions:
  • Entry fees to Archeological site(s)
  • Cost of meals
  • Personal expenses
Day 1: Mycenae & Nafplio OR Ancient Messene

You will be picked-up in the morning from your hotel by private vehicle and start your journey towards the Peloponnese. After a spectacular drive through the countryside and a short stop at the impressive Corinth Canal  you will reach the archaeological site of Mycenae. Once there, enjoy a private guided tour through the archaeological site with its monumental ruins and a visit to its museum. After you have absorbed the aura of this site of ancient legends and epics and before reaching Olympia you will either visit the picturesque city of Nafplio or the well-preserved site of Ancient Messene.
 
Overnight stay at Ancient Olympia.

Day 2: Ancient Olympia
 
Your whole day will be dedicated to the exploration of the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. Walk through the impressive ruins and marvel at the numerous attractions of the site such as the massive temple of Zeus, the Museum and the ancient stadium where athletes used to train and compete 3000 years ago.
You will then start your return trip to Athens making a stop to admire the unique sinking bridge of Poseidonia in Corinthos.

Notes & Clarifications

  • Keep in mind that this is a private tour and it is possible to customize it 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.

What makes us different?

  • We offer only private trips. No mixed groups
  • We are absolutely flexible. Our trips can be customized to your wishes
  • Special requests are always welcome. We love to tailor holidays
  • All of our trips are designed and operated by our company
  • Our “Insider” tour leaders  are thoroughly selected and trained, each one of them expert in his field
  • We always match the most suitable “Insider” tour leader that fits your profile and interests
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