Day 1: Athens, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia
Your private 4 day tour starts from Athens early in the morning and drives towards the scenic coastal road of Athens to the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea. A dream of the ancients, that came true in 1893. Time for rest and some amazing photos above the Canal.
Leaving the Isthmos and driving to the ancient Corinth (the city of Apollo and Afrodite, plus one of the most important visits of St. Paul and lived for almost two years making a very important missionary work). Ancient Corinth was an important state city during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of the ancient Greece. We will make a short stop for some great photos and rest. There you will visit the archaeological site and museum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corithians written in four languages, Greek, Arabic, French and English.
Then, the driver will take you to the Mycenae, the golden city of King Agamemnon, the one who united all the Greek cities to fight for a common purpose against Troy. Mycenae was the city from where the Mycenaean civilization started and has an archaeological site to check it out. There you will visit the burial Royal Tombs of the kings and queens, the Cyclopian walls, the Lion Gate and the treasury of Atreas, the Cyclopean Walls.
Epidaurus : Optional. If you want after Mycenae, we can visit Epidaurus where you will be able to visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus with the fantastic acoustics that is even used nowadays mostly in the summer for festival, theatrical plays, music concerts. A must see is also the sanctuary of Asklipeios, son of God Apollo.
We will go on to Nafplion, the first modern Capital of Greece from 1821 till 1834. You will see the Castle of the city, Palamidi that’s over the town as well as Mpourtzi the island fortress, the first defense line of the port. A wonderful seaside place, ideal for some walking and taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern . There you can see the old houses of the Nafplion, as well as the local shops that sell handmade objects and jewelry for all tastes and wallets. A perfect place for walking, shopping and lunch.
So when you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch,the tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern at Nafplion .It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes .
After your lunch, we will drive you to Olympia and overnight there. Free leisure time.
Day 2: Olympia, Rio Antirio Bridge, Nafpaktos, Itea, Delphi
Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amount of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games.
The Games were held every 4 years from the 8th century BC untill 4th century AD.
You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that worth your attention. You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took so seriously the cultivation of body, mind and soul.
When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern. It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes .
After your lunch at Olympia, we will drive to Delphi, through the largest cable bridge in Europe, Rio Antirio, and the magnificent town of Nafpaktos and Itea. Overnight and free time in Delphi.
Day 3: Delphi, Amfissa, Lamia, Trikala, Kalambaka, Meteora
Delphi is the first touristic attraction of the antiquity, as it was busy all the year round. It was the place God Apollo had his sanctuary,that the prophesis were given to every man, every prince, general and king by Pythia the High Priestess. It was the center of the universe, according to Zeus, king of the Gods.
You will visit the Oracle of Apollo, the Omfalos, the temple of Athena Pronaia, Kastaleia Spring and see some magnificent artifacts and statues, such as Eniochos the charioteer, the twin Brothers and Sphynx of Naxos.
When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. The tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern. It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes . We will lunch there with a great view of mountain Parnassus and Itea and then we’ll drive to Meteora, passing by many towns like Amfissa, Lamia (the capital city of the Thessaly Plain), Trikala, Kalambaka. Overnight and free leisure time in Kalambaka or Kastraki.
Day 4: Meteora, Thermopylae, Athens
After your breakfast you will visit the monasteries of Meteora. They come second in relegious importance and size after mount Athos in orthodox christianity.
Meteora means “middle of the sky”, “suspended in the air” or “in the heavens above” and the monasteries are built on high pillars at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece after the 11th century and on and they were never abandoned as monks and nuns live up there still today.
The monasteries are: St. Nicolas, Grande Meteoro, Varlaam, Rousannou, Holy Trinity and St. Stephen.
There you will visit up to 3 monasteries, depends on the day and you, admire the wonderful, panoramic view and when you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch. the tour will guide you to a traditional tavern at Kalambaka or Kastraki.It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes.
After lunch we’ll drive our way back to Athens with a short time stop at the battlefield of Thermopylae or Hotgates and the Hot Springs, where King Leonidas and the 300 brave Spartans gave their lives for the freedom of Greece.
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