3Three days Argolis, Olympia & Delphi Tour (Two Nights)

The three days Argolis, Olympia, Delphi tour starts with a 45-mile drive by the National highway to Peloponnese. We will reach the well-known Corinthian canal or else Isthmus canal that connects the Saronic Sea and the Corinthian Sea.

After a short stop for pictures, we will continue with a forty-minute drive along the scenic coastal road of Saronic Gulf, we reach ancient Epidaurus (3rd Century B.C), a spiritual place worth visiting for its sites such as the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the ancient Theatre with its unique acoustics. The Sanctuary of Asclepius was a healing and culture centre of ancient times and the Theatre of Epidaurus is one of the very few that retains its original circular Orchestra and it is a rare aesthetic sight still used in our days.

Leaving Ancient Epidaurus, we will continue our tour with a thirty-minute drive to Nafplion, a picturesque seaport town near the north end of Argolis Gulf.
Nafplion became the first capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834 by John Kapodistrias, few years after the beginning of the Greek War of Independence (1821) against the Turkish custody. Nowadays Nafplion attracts a great number of travelers from all over the world and has become a popular day or weekend road trip for Athenians.
During our visit in Nafplion, we will visit the Palamidi Castle, which was the last construction of the Venetian Empire, and the Acronafplia Castle, the walls of which date back to pre-classical times. These two castles are located on a hill above the old town.

We will conclude our visit to Nafplion by having lunch to a picturesque restaurant by the sea enjoying the view of the Bourtzi Castle situated on a small islet in the Argolis Gulf at the entrance of the port.

Leaving Nafplion, we will continue our tour with a thirty-minute drive through orange and lemon tree fields of Argolis plain to an imposing site on the top of a rocky hill located in the Northeast part of Peloponnese in Argolis, the ancient citadel of Mycenae. Mycenae was the centre of power in the Late Bronze age from 16th century B.C. to 11th century B.C. The Acropolis of Mycenae protected the royal families inside the famous Cyclopean walls. The Lion Gates, followed by a steep path through ancient buildings and pathways, will lead you to the Palace of the mighty leader of the Greeks against the Trojans, Agamemnon who was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover after he had returned victorious from the Trojan War.

Leaving the Acropolis of Mycenae, we will make a short stop on another hill opposite the Palace visiting an impressive monument, the Treasury of Atreus also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon.

After the conclusion of the Argolis tour, we will continue driving through the mountains, in central Peloponnese, reaching the village of Ancient Olympia, and stay for the night.

Olympia is well known for the Olympic Games, held every four years to honor God Zeus, beginning in 776 B.C.

The next day, after breakfast, we will visit the Temple of Zeus, where the gold and ivory statue of god Zeus stood, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic Flame lights every four years, the workshop of Phidias, the ancient Olympic stadium and the Archaeological Museum.

The Archaeological Museum exhibition contains findings from the prehistoric era. Among them, you can admire the well-known statues of Praxiteles Hermes and the Nike of Paionios.

We will conclude our visit to Olympia by having lunch at a local restaurant tasting the Greek cuisine followed by a drive to Delphi via Patra, Rio and the largest bridge in Europe, connecting Peloponnese with Central Greece. We will continue driving via picturesque seaport towns of Central Greece such as Nafpaktos and Itea arriving at Delphi in the afternoon and stay for the night.

Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town on the southwestern slope of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In Greek mythology, it was the navel of the earth, the site of the Delphic Oracle and a major site for the worship of god Apollo after he slew the Python, a dragon who protected the navel of the earth. Apollo spoke through his oracle. The priestess of the oracle known as the Pythia had to be an older woman and sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth. Apollo possessed Pythia and she prophesied. People consulted the Delphic Oracle on everything from important matters of public policy to personal affairs. The Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world and consulted before all major events.
The ancient Stadium held the Python Games, which were one of the four Pan-Hellenic Games held every four years.

The next day, after breakfast, we will visit Castalia spring, the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the ancient Stadium, and the ancient Theatre, the unique bronze Charioteer, and the Museum.

We will conclude our visit to Delphi by a visit to the Temple of Athena Pronaia and the Gymnasium.

Departing Delphi, we will arrive to Athens driving via the National highway.

The cost for the three days Argolis, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora tour with an English-speaking tour driver and an English speaking licensed tour guide who will accompany you into the sites is 1760 Euros plus Accommodation in 4* stars hotel, in double room with breakfast Euro 100, per person, for two nights.

The cost includes all taxes and tolls plus driver and guide’s meals and accomodation.

Entrance fees, lunch or dinner costs are not included in the price of the chosen tour.

 

Entrance fees per person:
8 Euros for Ancient Corinth and the Museum
12 Euros for Ancient Epidaurus
12 Euros for the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Treasury of Atreus
12 Euros for Ancient Olympia and the Museum
12 Euros for Delphi and the Museum