Olympia - Nafplion (Three days tour)
Corinth, Mycenae, Epidavros, Nafplion (overnight), Andritsena, Olympia (overnight), Site & Museums
Day tour from Katakolon
Attention: Cruise ship passengers arriving in Katakolon of Peloponnese, 30km NW of Ancient Olympia, could have a day private tour proxy 5 to 8 hours.
1st day: Greece private tour drives westwards towards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth canal with its breathtaking views (short stop).
Shortly after we arrive at the Ancient town of Corinth. Back in ancient times Corinth was one of the three major powers in Greece, and took part in all the battles against the Persians. It was from one of the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple 6th c . B .C.)
Visit Nemea (41 km. from Corinthos) is close to the limits of the state of Argolida. This municipality is surrounded by an abundance of grapevines, which have given Nemea fame for the good wine they produce. Even in ancient times Nemea was renowned as being the place in Greek Mythology where Hercules killed the fearful lion. In the ancient site of Nemea the most notable building is the temple of Zeus ( 40c BC), The archaeological digs (which are still going on ) have brought to light baths and arenas, a stadium and foundations of other buildings.
Then drive on to Mycenae, the Homeric city of the Atreides, the city " rich in gold " of the ancient poets. Visit the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the famous Royal Tombs of King Agamemnon e.t.c.
Depart for ancient Tiryns, (Set on a bluff in the centre of a plain, the fortress of Tyrins is a Cyclopean structure dating from the 13c BC, a well preserved masterpiece of ancient military architecture.)
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Continue for Nafplion (first capital city of Greece in modern time - time for shopping if you wish) through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Overnight in Nafplion
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2nd day: After breakfast on the beautiful veranda with the best view over the city, visit and explore the castle of Palamidi.
Depart before noon, through Central Peloponnese, the mount of Parnon and the cities of Tripoli, Megalopolis and Andritsaina arrive late the evening in Olympia. Overnight in Olympia (Hotel with a swimming pool)
3rd day: After breakfast visit the museum of Olympia. The ruins of Olympia in the idyllic Alfios Valley testify to the grandeur of the ancient sanctuary which through the Olympic Games was a symbol of Greek unity - the cradle of the Olympic Games. Visit the Archaeological Site, the Sanctuary of the Olympian Zeus...
Olympia Ruins: Summer, daily 8a.m to 7p.m Winter Mondays to Fridays 8a.m to 5p.m Weekends 8.30a.m to 3p.m Entrance fee 6 Euro or 9 Euro with the museum . Museum: Summer, daily 8a.m (Mondays 12 noon) to 7p.m Winter, Mondays to Fridays 8a.m (Mondays 11a.m) to 5p.m Weekends 8.30a.m to 3p.m .
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Departure at noon, drive on through the plains of Elias and Achaia, via Patras drive by the scenic coast of Corinthian Gulf. Return in Athens in the evening.
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Ancient Corinth Site & MycenaeDaily 8.30 am to 7.30 pm (Winter to 3.00 pm) Entrance fee 6 & 8 Euro. including the Treasury of Atreus.
Olympia site: 8a.m to 7.30p.m (winter to 3p.m). Fee 9 euro
Corinth Canal - Ancient Corinth - Nemea -Mycenae - Nafplion - Epidavrus Theatre - Arcadia Mountains - Olympia
Closed on Holidays: January 1st., March 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On Good Friday, the sites are open 12.00 - 17.00.