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.
Enjoy a fascinating Journey to the past exploring over 3500years of Greek History in this top seller private tour.
Our driver will meet you at your Athens accommodation and head out of the city towards the ancient city of Corinth by making first a short stop (about 20 minutes) at the top of the Corinth Canal for photos and to enjoy the stunning view. This drive takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. At the archeological sight of Ancient Corinth you will be able to visit the Temple and the museum (approximately 90 minutes in total).
Our next stop is Mycenae where you will be able to visit the museum and the whole archeological sight (Tomb of Agamemnon, Lion’s Gate etc) surrounded by the Cyclopian Walls (approximately 75 minutes).
Then we head to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece. Here you will either visit the medieval castle of Palamidi or have some free time on your own to explore the city of Nafplio and have lunch (about 2 hours in total).
It is now time to head back straight to your Athens accommodation after a 2-hour drive.
NOTE: You may extend this trip adding Epidaurus Theater. Prices upon request
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)
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)
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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.