• ARGOLIS & CORINTH   IN ONE DAY -  FULL DAY TOUR XL
 
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This tour combines sites in Ancient Corinth and the region of Argolis. Because the stops are numerous, an early morning start is required.
We start our tour, driving on the Athens - Corinth National Road, having on our left the Saronic Gulf and the island of Salamis, where in 480 BC the famous battle of Salamis took place.
 
After about an hour, we make our first stop at the Corinth Canal. There, we will admire and take pictures of the magnificent Canal, which connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf ( pict 1 ).
 
A little further away, we will find the city of Ancient Corinth, the richest in Ancient Greece, and the only one that had two ports.
 
At the archaeological site, you will see the Temple of Apollo, the Pirene and Glafki fountains, the Ancient Agora and the location called “Vima” (Step) where the Apostle Paul was led to be tried by the Roman Proconsul Gallio, who refused to prosecute him ( pict 2, 3, 4, 5 ). You will also see the Roman Odeon and the Ancient Theatre. The museum is situated in the same location.
 
Of course, we will continue our drive to the Acrocorinth rock, where the fortress by the same name stands at an altitude of 575 meters above the ancient city. There, we will make a brief stop and take pictures ( pict 6 ).
Leaving the area of Ancient Corinth behind us and after a route among olive oil trees and grape crops, we reach the Acropolis of Mycenae.
 
The city of Mycenae was the kingdom of the legendary King Agamemnon, whom Homer has praised. Mycenae is famous for its Mycenaean civilization, which lasted from 1,600 to 1,100 BC. At the Acropolis of Mycenae, you will admire the Cyclopean Walls and cross the impressive Lion Gate ( pict 7, 8, 9 ). The museum is situated in the same location
 
A little further, the tomb of Agamemnon, stand impressive majestic, which is nothing less than this great King deserved (pict 10 ).
Leaving Mycenae, and after a drive of about 30 minutes, we will reach the town of Nafplio, where we will have lunch.
Nafplio is the capital of the Argolis prefecture. In the 19th century, it was the first capital of Greece (from 1828 to 1834), after the liberation of the country from Ottoman rule. The old city has been given the status of a “traditional settlement” by the Greek state. It is full of historic buildings and ideal for walks through its narrow, picturesque alleys ( pict  second block 1 ).
 
Just above the town, the Palamidi castle dominates the area. This is an amazing fortress that was fortified by the Venetians from 1686 to 1715 and has been kept in immaculate condition, giving all visitors a sense of awe.
After your meal in a traditional restaurant, you will walk around the Old Town and admire the historic buildings and narrow alleys( pict second block 2, 3, 4 ). You will then visit the Venetian fortress of Palamidi, which is kept in perfect condition ( pict second block 5,6 ).
 
 Leaving the fortress behind us, we head towards the city of Ancient Epidaurus.
Epidaurus was considered to be the home of the Greek god of medicine Asclepius. It was also the most important therapeutic center of antiquity.
 
There you will admire the Asklepieion (Sanctuary of Asclepius), the Abaton, the Tholos (circular building), the Ancient Stadium and the Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its perfect acoustics, where performances are still given today (pict second block 7,8,9).
 
The museum is situated in the same location.
Finally, after making a short stop over the city of Epidaurus for a fantastic photograph, we take the way back
( pict second block 10 ).
 We may feel a bit tired, but we are happy and satisfied with the wonders we have seen!
 
 
Duration: 11-12 hours
320 €      (Charge applies per car and not per person)
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