Classical Greece XNUMX-Day Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi

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Valery Aloyants

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Visit the three most important archaeological sites of ancient Greece on this 3-day tour from Athens! Travel with a professional local guide passionate about Greek history. This tour includes excursions to Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi, with accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels of your choice. See UNESCO-listed monuments like the Sanctuary of Asklepios, and explore the incredible Archaeological Museum of Delphi.

Day 1: Athens – Corinth Canal – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Nafplio (D)
You will leave Athens in the morning to board a coach that will take you along the coast to the Corinth Canal. The canal connects the Saronic Gulf to the Gulf of Corinth. Steep and narrow, it is the favorite spot for bungee jumpers looking for thrills. After a stop where you will have plenty of time to admire this impressive canal, you will continue your journey to the seaside resort of Nauplia for a walk, before taking the coach back to Mycenae, where you will visit the Archeological site. There, you will immerse yourself in ancient Greece thanks to your guide who will tell you anecdotes about this period deeply marked by the influence of the Roman Empire. You will then have free time for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).

During the afternoon, you will visit the archaeological site of Epidaurus. You will enjoy a guided tour around its evocative ruins, and discover the sanctuary of Asklepios (temple erected in homage to the Greek god of medicine) listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the ancient theater of Epidaurus.

After dinner at your hotel, you'll spend the evening on your own in Nafplio.

Overnight: Amalia (4-star hotel) in Nafplio

Day 2: Nafplion – Olympia – Antirion – Delphi (B, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your guide who will accompany you for a morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia. At the time of ancient Greece, the site attracted pilgrims who gathered around the Atlis (sanctuary of the gods) in homage to the Greek god Zeus. You will discover fascinating ruins, such as the Stadium of Olympia, where the Olympic Games were held in ancient times.

After this morning in Olympia, and a free lunch, you will board your coach to take the direction of Antirion with a crossing of Patras. You will cross the incredible Rion-Antirion Bridge, considered an architectural icon of 21st century Greece, and enjoy free time to discover Antirion and the nearby town of Nafpaktos. Your day will end with dinner at your hotel in Delphi.

Overnight: at the Parnassos or Hermes (3 stars) or Amalia (4 stars) hotel in Delphi

Day 3: Delphi – Athens (B, D)
You will leave early in the company of your friendly guide to explore the archaeological site of Delphi, one of the most important in Europe. During your walk around this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will have the opportunity to discover several monuments such as the Sanctuary of Athena and the Temple of Apollo.

At the end of the morning, you will visit the Archaeological Museum of Delphi which contains many objects and relics, many of which date from the 15th century BC. During your visit, don't miss the must-see pieces, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi, the Sphinx of Naxos, and the marble statue of Antonius (a close friend of Emperor Hadrian).

After a free lunch in Delphi, you will return to Athens on board your coach, arriving in the early evening.

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