Corinth canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio
Full day tour by vehicle
Basis private / Type by vehicle / Duration 6-9 hrs / Flexible start time Yes / Tailored Yes
On this private & ‘go at your own pace‘ tour from Athens experience many of the most significant and unique sites in Greece in one day.
From the engineering marvel of the Corinth Canal, to the ruins of the powerful ancient Greek city state of Ancient Corinth and onward to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Sanctuary of Asklepios and Theater of Epidaurus with its amazing acoustics and UNESCO site of Ancient Mycenae with its palace of Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks in the Trojan war & its awe inspiring ‘beehive’ tombs.
Not least you will enjoy lunch in the beautiful medieval & historical port city of Nafplio by the sea with its old city with views to the Venetian castle of Bourtzi in the bay and take time to explore its many local craft shops & boutiques
Sit back in full leather comfort in one of our new Black Mercedes E-Class or AudiA6 with WiFi as you pass the olive fields, orchards & Aegean views of the famous Peloponnese countryside. A great option for families, small groups, and experienced travelers with flexibility to go at your own pace.
HIGHLIGHTS Corinth Canal. Ancient Corinth. Ancient Mycinae. Epidaurus. Medieval Nafplio.
After pickup at your Hotel lobby or Cruise ship by your dedicated Tour leader, set off from Athens for the 1-hour drive to your first stop, the impressive Corinth Canal. Located at the narrow, strategic strip of land separating the mainland from the Peloponnese peninsula, the canal was dreamed of during ancient times but was finally finished in 1893. As you cross into the Peloponnese, your route takes you past olive fields and orchards, along the elevated and winding coastal road until you reach the remains of ancient Corinth, one of the richest Greek city-states. Explore its well-preserved streets, markets, and the Temple of Apollo, among many other sites, and visit the museum, if you wish.
Next, continue your day trip to Ancient Mycenae, home to the citadel of the legendary Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks against the Trojans during the Trojan War. The ‘Mycenaean period,’ from 1600 to 1100 BC, references this ancient city, indicating its importance in Greek civilization. Your visit here provides a connection to development of the later classical period. Pass through the 20-foot-wide (6-meter) city walls, enter the Lion’s Gate to Agamemnon’s throne room, and explore the administrative and service buildings, tombs, and treasury of Atreus, as well as the on-site museum.
Then make the short drive to the historical seaport of Nafplion, the first capital of Greece with a charming Venetian quarter nestled underneath the dominating hilltop castle of Palamidi. Here you can explore the town’s many craft shops and have lunch at one of the seaside cafes or restaurants (own expense). After lunch, take another short drive through olive fields to the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios, an on-site museum, and Theater of Epidaurus, one of the most visited ancient sites in Greece. The temple and theater date from the 4th century and feature masterpieces of classical Greek architecture.
Sit back along the way in full leather comfort in one of our new Black Mercedes E-Class or AudiA6 with WiFi as you pass the olive fields, orchards & Aegean views of the famous Peloponnese countryside. A great option for families, small groups, and experienced travelers with flexibility to go at your own pace. Note: Your driver takes full care of you and provides historical, mythological, ancient, and modern information and context when you’re in the tour vehicle but is not allowed to accompany you into ticketed sites. If you prefer to have guided tours inside any of the sites visited, an on-site licensed guide can be provided on request (additional fee).
Why not add another experience to maximize your time !
OPTION Licensed professional guiding
On request we will have your dedicated licensed archeological guide waiting for you at one of more of the Archeological sites to bring to life their sights, sounds & amazing history.
OPTION Two day Private Peloponnese tour with Ancient Olympia
Include a trip to the southwestern Peloponnese to Ancient Olympia to experience this large site and origin of the Olympic games where you can venture through the same tunnel its original athletes entered to emerge into the stadium which remains to this day. The Temple of Zeus and extensive ruins along with its dedicated museum are well worth a visit.
Peloponnese Highights Day Tour
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