Countryside Journeys

Countryside Journey to Argolis & Epidaurus

True Antiquity

11 hours
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Argolis is a peninsula in the Peloponnese where myth, legend and ancient historical sites weave a bewitching tapestry and claims to receive over 3000 hours of sunshine per year.  The area of Argolida covers pages of glorious history of all seasons. Only a few regions of the world can demonstrate 4.000years of continuous history. There are lots of interesting archeological sights there, which attract thousands of tourists each year.

Argolis was the cradle of great cultures, of the most ancient and significant Greek myths, gods, demi-gods and heroes from antiquity: Hercules completed two of his tasks here in slaying the Lion of Nemea and the Lernaean Hydra. Here we will step back in time and meet kings and heroes from Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey: Agamemnon, Menelaus and others.  Argos, with a rich history dating back 7, 000 years, full of mythology and bloodshed. The ancient theatre which could hold 20,000 spectators and the ancient market place.

Mycenae is the star of the region, a Bronze Age city that held sway in the Late Helladic Period (1600-1100 BC). It was from here that Agamemnon set off to destroy Troy and, having done so, returned to savor his victory. Epidavros or Epidaurus– located to the east of the peninsula- was a small city in ancient Greece.The theater of Epidaurus is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or skênê to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.

Enjoy a fascinating Journey to the past exploring over 3500years of Greek History in this top seller private tour.

 

Itinerary

Itinerary

01

After meeting your driver you will depart Athens and drive along the coast. You will access the peninsula by crossing the awe-inspiring Corinth Canal. You will realize the enormity of the achievement as you will have the opportunity to photograph it en route.

Shortly after the Corinth Canal, you enter the region of Argolis until we reach Mycenae -a UNESCO World Heritage site-the fortified royal residence of King Agamemnon, leader of the Trojian War. The mighty citadel is surrounded by huge Cyclopean walls. Entrance to its Acropolis is through the famous Lions Gate, which symbolize the power of the kings of Mycenae, “a city rich in gold” according to Homer.

Beyond the Lion’s Gate is the stairway leading to the Palace complex, the grave circle with six royal tombs, the courtier’s houses, sanctuaries, and other important buildings. Outside the walls are the beehive tombs, the largest of which is the so-called “Treasury of Athens,” ruins of private houses and a grave circle with 14 royal tombs and 12 tombs of private citizens.

 

  • 08:00 Our tour starts from Athens
  • 09:15 Arrival at Corinth Canal (20min stop)
  • 10:30 Arrival at Mycenae (1H-30min stop)
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After concluding your visit to Mycenae our next destination will be Argos. Argos was a very important and the second oldest city of Ancient Greece, located in the northeast part of the Peloponnese, close to Nafplion. Argos was of such importance that Homer called all the Peloponnesians and often the rest of Greeks, Argians.

Argos was founded by Phoroneus, but the mythological founder of Argos was Argos, son of Zeus and Niobe, the first mortal lover of Zeus. Argos was a wealthy, rich watered region so it inevitably became attractive for two Olympian gods: Hera, the beautiful wife of Zeus, and Poseidon, the moody god of the Seas, who was charmed by the city’s calm waters.

At one point, the dispute became so strong that the Rivers, who were the powers of the city, had to sit on a committee and take a fair decision. After long-run negotiations, the Rivers finally vote for Hera. Poseidon was full of rage with their decision- after all, they were his cousins!- so he went on to dry out the once rich-watered land of Argos.

The ancient theater is the most popular tourist attraction in the city and is bigger than the theater at Epidavros. Nearby are the Roman baths and the remains of a first century indoor theater (Roman odeon). Above the theater is the site of the ancient acropolis, with fortifications that  have been added to by the Byzantines, Franks and the Turks.

We then head to the city of Nafplio for a lunch break.

 

  • 13:30 Arrival at Argos (1hour stop)
  • 15:00 Arrival in Nafplion (short stop for photos)
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Afterwards, you will continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Epidaurus.

In antiquity, Epidaurus was the center of the Greek medical world and birthplace of Asklepios, patron god of medicine. Psychotherapy, hydrotherapy and brain surgery were some of the treatments performed here. You will see the principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the 4th century theater which is considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture. Its acoustics are still almost perfect today. After your visit, you will begin your drive back to Athens.

 

  • 16:00 Arrival at Epidaurus Theater (1Hour stop)

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!

Pricelist

UP TO 4 PEOPLE
Yellow Taxi Mercedes E Class Sedan
  • 4
    or 3 + guide
  • 2
  • 3
Colors yellow
€ 310
UP TO 6 PEOPLE
Mini Van Mercedes VIP Viano
  • 6
    or 5 + guide
  • 4
  • 6
Colors black
€ 450
UP TO 8 PEOPLE
Van Mercedes Sprinter 315
  • 8
    or 7 + guide
  • 4
  • 8
Colors black, white, blue, silver
€ 480
UP TO 12 PEOPLE
Van Mercedes Sprinter 315 (m12)
  • 12
    or 11 + guide
  • 4
  • 8
Colors black, white, blue, silver
€ 500
UP TO 19 PEOPLE
MINI BUS Mercedes Sprinter 518CDI
  • 19
    or 18 + guide
  • 6
  • 12
Colors Various
€ 800
UP TO 50 PEOPLE
Bus Mercedes Tour Bus (m50)
  • 50
    or 49 + guide
  • 50
  • 40
Colors black
€ 1600
LICENCED TOUR GUIDE
Total additional fee for local licensed tour guide
IMPORTANT
If you would like to request a licenced tour guide for your trip please let us know in the contact form.
€ 250

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Special Instructions

  • Guests must be able to walk over paved, and packed dirt surfaces. Many are uneven. At Mycenae there are several inclines required to visit sites.
  • Comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes are recommended. Hat,sun glasses and sun screen are strongly suggested.
  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour.

Important Information

  • Admissions fees into archeological sites and museums are NOT included.
  • Admission Fees for Sites and Museums: (Tickets available only at the ticket office)
    • For the Archeological site of Argos: Full: €2, Reduced: €1
    • For the Theater of Epidaurus: Full: €5, Reduced: €2
    • For the Archeological site of Mycenae: Special ticket package: Full: €9, Reduced: €4 (Valid for: Archaeological Museum of Mycenae, Mycenae, Treasure of Atreus)

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:  

  • 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
  • Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age

Tips

  • Our prices are much better in comparison to those of other travel companies, because we are ourselves the tour operator and we do not use third party providers.
  • It’s always a great idea to bring a bottle of water and sunscreen with you because in the warmer months it becomes quite hot and sunny.
  • A hat to protect your head and shade your face is also recommended when spending a significant amount of time in the sun.
  • Do not accept ‘gifts’ from street vendors approaching tourists. They may offer you roses, but if choose you accept, you will be expected to pay or give a tip for them.