Day 1: Athens, Canal, ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion – Sparta
Your private 3 days tour starts from Athens early in the morning and drive towards the scenic coastal road of Athens to the magnificent structure of the Corinth Canal, which is in Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of Greece. The Canal connects the Saronic with the Corinthian Gulf in the Aegean Sea.A dream of the ancients, that came true in 1893. Time for rest and some amazing photos above the Canal.
Leaving the Isthmos and driving to the ancient Corinth(the city of Apollo and Afrodite, plus one of the most important visits of St. Paul and lived for almost two years making a very important misionary work).Ancient Corinth was an important state city during the ancient years, the richest and most famous port of the ancient Greece. We will make a short stop for some great photos and rest. There you will visit the archaelogical site and musreum, plus the church that has the 1st Letter to the Corithians written in four languages, Greek, Arabic, French and English.
Then, the driver will take you to the Mycenae, the golden city of king Agamemnon, the one you united all the Greek cities to fight for a common purpose against Troy. Mycenae was the city from where the Mycenaean civilization started and has an archaeological site to check it out. There you will visit the burial Royal Tombs of the kings and queens, the cyclopian walls, the Lion Gate and the treasury of Atreas,the Cyclopean Walls.
We will go on to Nafplion, the first modern Capital of Greece from 1821 till 1834. You will see the Castle of the city, Palamidi that’s over the town as well as Mpourtzi the island fortress, the first defence line of the port. A wonderfull seaside place, ideal for some walking and taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch in a traditional restaurant or tavern .There you can see the old houses of the Nafplion, as well as the local shops that sell handmade objects and jewelry for all tastes and wallets. A perfect place for walking,buyes and lunch.
So when you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch,the tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern at Nafplion .It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes.
After your lunch, we will drive you to Sparta and overnight there. Free leisure time.
Day 2: Sparta, Mystras- Olympia
Sparta is the home town of the brave Spartans. Don’t be desatisfied with the place, because the Spartans invest on their military NOT in their culture, that’s why they became so fearless. They were following the “Agogi” system, training from their 7th year till their 30th age to be SOLDIERS. That was their profession !There are some cultural structures mainly built from the Romans on the 1st century AD, when they captured the city.
You will visit the archaeological site, where is the Acropolis of Sparta ,olive trees and columns that prove the greatness of the city once. Have some great photos in front of King Leonidas Statue, who fought the Persian army in Thermopylae along with his 300 men. Then , you will visit the archaeological and the oil museum.
When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch;the tour will guide you to a traditional tavern at the small village of Mystras.It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes . Mystras was one of the last Byzantine Outposts and the place that Constantinos Palaiologos, last Byzantine emperor lived.
Situated on the mount Taygetos, near to ancient Sparta and served the capital of the Byzintine Despotate of Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries.Very serious fortification buildings and churches can be found there from that time.
There you will visit the palace and the monasteries in Mystras, beginning from the Fortress Gate and ending at the Main Gate. After your lunch, we will drive you to Olympia and overnight there. Free leisure time.
Day 3: Olympia, Return to Athens
Ancient Olympia is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games in Classical times. There you will visit both the archaeological site and choose between Archaeological Museum of Olympia with a great amound of artifacts and statues in it, and the Museum of the Olympic Games.
The Games were held every 4 years from the 8th century BC untill 4th century AD.
You will visit the Temple of Zeus, Pelopion the stadium, the Temple of Hera, the Phillipeion, the Phidias workshop and many other structures that worth your attention.You can feel the aura of the Olympic Games, fighting on the Pallestra or running around the stadium and understand why ancients took so seriously the cultivation of body, mind and soul.
When you feel hungry get ready to taste the famous Greek cuisine and have a memorable lunch.the tour will guide you to a traditional restaurant or tavern.It’s up to you to choose from a variety of flavors of the most known Greek dishes .
After your lunch at Olympia, we will drive back to Athens.
Duration: 3 Days
Ηotel staying expenses
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Tickets for sightseeing
Licensed English tour guide