Corinth Canal Isthmus

Description

First Day : Our private tour starts with driving via the coastal highway towards Peloponnese. While on route you will see the area of Saronic Gulf where the famous Naval Battle of Salamis took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks & the Persians. Our first stop/visit is the famous Canal of Corinthos which, through Isthmus, connects the Corinthian Gulf (Ionian Sea) with Saronic Gulf (Aegean Sea) & cuts Peloponnese peninsula from the rest Greek mainland. We continue our private tour with our first site which is the Ancient Corinthos. Exploring the archaeological area you will meet the Temple of Apollo (built on a rocky hill), the Theatre, the Roman Odeon, the Glauke fountain into a natural rock & the archaeological Museum. Besides them there is the famous "Vema" (tribunal) from where St. Paul preached the Corinthians.

Our next visit is the famous Mycenae (the Kingdom of King Agamemnon). Amongst others, you will admire the Lions’ Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Treasure of Atreus (Agamemnon Grave), the Subterranean Cistern & the Archaeological Museum. Our private tour goes on with our visit to Nafplio, an old & romantic seaport town which was the first capital of Greece after the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. You will be lost in the picturesque streets of the old town admiring old classical governmental buildings, especially in the Constitution Square. You will enjoy a traditional Greek lunch, while attending the famous Bourtzi castle located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio. Its time for our last site of the first tour day, the Ancient Epidaurus. You will explore the archaeological area of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, with the famous - for its acoustic – Ancient Theatre & the archaeological museum. We continue our driving through traditional villages (Lagadia, Levidi, etc) of mount Mainalon & we finally arrive in the world–famous city of Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Time for dinner & then you will spend your night in a charmy family run hotel.

Ancient Theater of Epidaurus

The Philippeion

 

Second Day : In the morning & after having your breakfast, you will visit the unique archaeological area of Ancient Olympia where the first Olympic Games took place on 776 B.C. Amongst decades of monuments, you will admire the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Philipeion, the Palestra, the Ancient Stadium, the Ancient Gymnasium, the Prytaneion, the Bouleuterion & the Leonidaion. Your knowledge will be complemented with the visit of the archaeological museum, one of the most important museums in Greece, with permanent exhibition of findings from the excavations, dating since prehistoric times. Time for your lunch & our private tour continues with driving through Pyrgos & Patras, with crossing the spectacular Rio – Antirio bridge, with passing via Galaxidi & Itea & finally we arrive in the city of Delphi. Time for dinner & then you will spend your night in a charmy family run hotel.

Third Day : In the morning & after having your breakfast, you will visit "the center of the world" – as it was regarded by the ancients – the famous Sanctuary of Delphi with the worldwide known Oracle. You will wander through the archaeological area admiring the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Polygonal wall, the Treasury of the Siphnians, the Stoa of the Athenians, the ancient theater, the Sacred Way, the ancient Gymnasium, the Castalian Spring, the ancient Stadium & the Tholos of Athena Pronaia. Your knowledge will be complemented with the visit to the archaeological museum where you will follow the history of the most famous ancient oracle & you will admire sculpture, statues & minor objects donated to the sanctuary. Time for a traditional Greek lunch in the town of Delphi & our private tour continues with driving through the Mount Parnassus. We shall pass via traditional villages such as Gravia & Bralo (just outside of the village we shall have a short stop for admiring – and taking photos – the panoramic view of Maliakos Culf, the city of Lamia). After the city of Lamia, we continue with driving via Domokos & in the evening we arrive in Kalampaka which is located just in the shadow of Meteora Rocks (also known as "The Rocks of the God"). Time for dinner in the wonderful village of Kastraki & then you will spend your night in a charmy family run hotel.

Treasury of Athenians

Meteora

Fourth Day : In the morning & after having your breakfast, we will "climp" to the imposing rock towers of Meteora with the unique phenomenon to have on their top Orthodox monasteries built since middle ages. The whole complex of the rocks with the monasteries has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. You shall have the opportunity to visit & admire the most important monasteries (at least five), such as the Monastery of Great Meteoron, the Monastery of Rousanou, the Monastery of Agia Triada (Holy Triniti), the Varlaam Monastery, the Monastery of Saint Nikolaos Anapafsa & the Monastery of Saint Stephanos. After having lunch & during our way back to Athens we shall have our last stop in Thermopylae, where the famous battle between the Greeks & the Persians took place in 480 B.C. You will admire the marvelous statue of King of Sparta, Leonidas who with 300 Spartans & 700 Thespians faced numerous Persian forces under the command of King Xerxes A’. It was there that Leonidas told to Xerxes the world famous phrase "Μολών Λαβέ (Molon Labe)" which means "Come and Get It". Our four days adventure reaches to the end with our returning back to starting point. Contact us for further details & info.

Tour Details

Pick up / Drop off Points

Hotel in Athens center, Athens International Airport, e.t.c...

Opening Hours

Ancient Corinthos : Nov. 1st – March 31st : 08:00 – 15:00, April 1st – April 30th : 08:00 – 19:00, May 2nd – Sep. 30th : 08:00 – 20:00, Oct. 1st – Oct. 15th : 08:00 – 19:00, Oct. 16th – Oct. 30th : 08:00 – 18:00.

Mycenae : Nov. 1st – March 31st : 08:00 – 15:00, April 1st – April 30th : 08:00 – 19:00, May 2nd – Oct. 31st : 08:00 – 20:00.

Ancient Epidaurus : Nov. 1st – Dec. 31st : 08:00 – 15:00, Jan. 2nd – March 31st : 08:00 – 17:00, April 1st – April 30th : 08:00 – 19:00, May 2nd – Oct. 31st : 08:00 – 20:00.

Ancient Olympia : Nov. 1st – March 31st : 08:00 -15:00, April 1st – Oct. 31st : 08:00 – 19:00.

Delphi : Nov. 1st – March 31st : 08:00 – 15:00, April 1st – Oct. 31st : 08:00 – 20:00.

Meteora Monasteries : Nov. 1st – March 31st : 09:00 – 15:00, April 1st – Oct. 31st : 09:00 – 17:00.

Entrance Fees

Ancient Corinthos : 8€ per adult, 4€ for EU citizens over 65 years old & for Non EU students over 18 years old, free for EU students over 18 years old & for children under 18 years old.

Mycenae : 12€ per adult, 6€ for EU citizens over 65 years old & for Non EU students over 18 years old, free for EU students over 18 years old & for children under 18 years old.

Ancient Epidaurus : 12€ per adult, 6€ for EU citizens over 65 years old & for Non EU students over 18 years old, free for EU students over 18 years old & for children under 18 years old.

Ancient Olympia : 12€ per adult, 6€ for EU citizens over 65 years old & for Non EU students over 18 years old, free for EU students over 18 years old & for children under 18 years old.

Delphi : 12€ per adult, 6€ for EU citizens over 65 years old & for Non EU students over 18 years old, free for EU students over 18 years old & for children under 18 years old.

Meteora Monasteries : 3€ per adult (for each monastery), free for students & children under 18 years old.

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