Departing from Athens, we drive Southwards through the industrial city of Elefsis, home of the ancient Elefsinian Mysteries, the most important cult religion of antiquity before Christianity. After an hour’s drive, you arrive at the Corinth canal. (short stop). The 6,346 m long isthmus, is one of the 4 pre 20th century, man-made waterways on earth. The canal was an old idea, when the ancient Corinthians were charging a lot of money for the ships, pulling them on greased tree trunks. The canal was finished and opened, only in 1893. Short stop for photos.
We continue on to central pelopponese passing through picturesque villages until we reach Bassae to visit the Temple of Epicurean Apollo. This famous temple to the god of healing and the sun was built towards the middle of the 5th century B.C. in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which has the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features.
- 08:00 Our tour starts from Athens
- 09:15 Arrival at Corinth Canal (20min stop)
- 12:00 Arrival at Bassae (1Hour stop)
- 13:00 Lunch time in Ancient Olympia and free time
After breakfast,spend the morning exploring the ancient site of Olympia, where the ancient ideas of unity, truce and fair play flourished. See the impressive ruins of the temples of Zeus and the temple of Hera, in front of which the Olympic Flame is lighted and the torch relay starts, the Gymnasium (for training of the naked athletes), the Palestra (school and training fascilities for the wrestlers), the Leonidaion Hostel, the Workshop of the sculptor Pheidias, the Stadium where the Olympic Games were held, the beautiful aquaduct and the amazing 7 echo portico, that bounced back the echo, 7 times (another acoustics miracle), and the statues of the cheaters. (Emperor Nero was the biggest cheater of the ancient Olympic Games, taking part in the chariot races, and the guitar event that he invented.
- 09:00 Olympia visit (3Hours time)
- 12:30 Lunch time
- 14:00 Departure for Delphi
- 17:00 Arrival in Delphi and Overnight stay
After breakfast,you will explore Delphi known as the centre of the world, the popular oracle of Apollo, who spoke to the mortals through the priestess Pythia. Walk up the Sacred Way of the Treasury houses to the Temple of Apollo, next to which there was the exact spot that was believed to be the “navel” (omphalos) of the earth, and the Theatre, with the Stadium at the top of the hill.
- 09:00 Delphi visit (3hours time)
- 12:30 Lunch time
- 14:00 Departure for Athens
- 17:00 Arrival in Athens
Alternative Tour Options:
There are so many other things to see in this area. Keep in mind that your driver is at your disposal, so if you would like to adjust the proposed itinerary at all, just let him know!
This tour does NOT include entrance fees to any archeological site and museum, hotel accommodations, gratuities, or other client personal expenses. Driver’s hotel expenses are not included in the price but If our company book the hotels we use frequently you can avoid this cost. If you wish to book your own hotels then you need to pay a room for the driver.
Admission Fees for Sites and Museums (Tickets available only at the ticket office)
- For the Archeological site of Delphi: Full: €9, Reduced: €4
- For the Archeological site of Mycenae: Special ticket package: Full: €9, Reduced: €4
- For the Archeological site of Ancient Olympia: Full:€9, Reduced: €4
- For the Archeological site of Bassae: Full:€3, Reduced: €2
Free admission days
- 6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
- 5 June (International Enviroment Day)
- 18 April (International Monuments Day)
- 18 May (International Museums Day)
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st
- 27 September, International Tourism Day
- 28 October
Reduced admission for:
- Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union aged over 65 years old by showing their ID card or passport.
- Students of Higher Education Institutes and equivalent Schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.
- The accompanying parents on educational visits of elementary schools.
Free admission for:
- Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age
- Cultural Card holders
- Journalists with a journalist identity card
- Persons accompanying blind and disabled
- Persons possessing a free admission card
- The escorting teachers of schools and institutions of elementary, middle school, high school, university and graduate level education during their visits
- University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools of Member – States of the European Union and students at Schools of Tourist Guides, by showing their student ID