Three day tour to Argolis, OIympia and Delphi

The ultimate tour to antiquity

Are you a history lover and have you decided that you have to pay a visit to all of Greece’s most important archaeological sites? This three day tour to Argolis, Olympia and Delphi is what you have been looking for – and maybe didn’t even know it. Three days are enough to wander around the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese to sanctuaries and cities that thrived in antiquity. Follow in the footsteps of Hercules, Agamemnon and all the historic alpha males you have been dreaming about on this once in a lifetime tour.

Highlights
1

Corinth Canal

Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal is an important infrastructure which allows ships to enter the Aegean Sea when sailing from the Adriatic. Dug through the Isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 kilometers long with a width of only 25 meters. The canal was dug in the late 19th century. Before its construction, ships in the Aegean Sea that wanted to cross to the Adriatic or anchor in Corinth had to prolong their journey an extra 185 nautical miles by sailing around the entire Peloponnese.

2

Ancient Theater of Epidaurus

Ancient Theater of Epidaurus

Pausanias, the Greek geographer who was active in the 2nd Century AD, has written about the history of the theater at Epidaurus. According to him, the venue was designed and constructed by the architect Polykleitos the Younger, who also sculpted many famous athletes of his time. Pausanias notes that the theater is particularly impressive not only for its acoustics, but also for its symmetry and beauty. Amazingly, you can stand on the center of the stage, talk in your normal speaking voice and it will be amplified so that every single spectator can hear you perfectly – no fancy speaker system required! The theater can seat up to 14,000 people and still hosts regular performances of drama, music and dance. No wonder the most important stage actors want to have the honor to perform there.

3

Nafplio

Nafplio

Nafplio is a charming city perfectly situated on a cape overlooking the Argolic Gulf. It was the first capital of modern Greece after the Greek Revolution against the Turkish occupation. According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of the god Poseidon, and Amymone, the daughter of Danaus. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors have left their mark on the town, strongly influencing its culture, architecture and traditions over the centuries. The Palamidi Castle stands proudly overlooking the town, 216 meters above sea level. In order to reach it you have to climb 999 steps carved into the rock. It is worth the effort, as the view from there is totally rewarding! After enjoying the magnificent landscape, venture into the castle, a place drenched in history, where the famous hero of the Greek Revolution, Theodore Kolokotronis, was imprisoned.

4

Mycenae

Mycenae

Mycenae (meaning “rich in gold”) was the kingdom of the historic figure of Agamemnon, first mentioned in the works of Homer. The city was the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece, which gave its name to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization. The myths related to its history have inspired poets and writers over many centuries, from the Homeric body of work and the great tragedies of the Classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. Legend has it that Perseus named the new city Mycenae after the pommel (mykes) of his sword, which fell there, or after the Perseia spring, discovered there under the root of a mushroom (mykes).

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Ancient Olympia

Ancient Olympia

Have you ever wondered when and where the starting line of the first Olympic Games was? Then you should go back 2,800 years and more specifically to 776 BC, in Ancient Olympia. According to mythology, Hercules won a race there and commanded that the race should be repeated every four years.

In this universal place, the Olympic Idea was born, making Olympia a unique universal symbol of peace and competition at the service of virtue. Here, too, prominence was given to the ideals of physical and mental harmony, of noble contest, of how to compete well, of the Sacred Truce: values which remain unchanged in perpetuity.

Arriving there, we will admire one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece. The Temple of Zeus, the stadium and the Palestra are some of the major stops before you take a path leading to the museum. Both the site and the museum offer a vivid picture of the splendour, the glory and the breadth of a civilisation that gave so much to the world. You’re on the fast track for a time-travelling adventure through history, taking in all the glory of Ancient Greece.

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Delphi

Delphi

Delphi is an archaeological site and a modern town situated on the south-western slope of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. The Delphic oracle was the most important oracle in classical Greece. It was also a major site for the worship of the god Apollo. His sacred precinct in Delphi was a Panhellenic sanctuary, where every four years athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games. Delphi was renowned throughout the Greek world as the site of the Omphalos Stone which was thought to be the center of the Earth and the universe in antiquity.

7

Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo was first built in the 7th century BC by the two historic architects Trophonios and Agamedes. It was rebuilt after a fire in the 6th century BC and was named the “Temple of Alcmeonidae” in tribute to the noble Athenian family that took care of its construction. It was built in the Doric style and was known for the eternal flame that burned inside the temple.

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Temple of Athena Pronaia

Temple of Athena Pronaia

An early Doric style monument that was the first ever to be built at the sanctuary of Delphi. The temple is part of a larger complex consisting of three temples that was called the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. The site was destroyed and rebuilt twice and you can see all the different influences through the ages.

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Delphi Archaeological Museum

Delphi Archaeological Museum

Delphi Archaeological Museum was founded in 1903 and was recently renovated, making this venue one of the most important in Greece. The museum features exhibits from the late Helladic (Mycenean) period to the early Byzantine era. Organised in fourteen rooms on two levels, the museum mainly displays statues, including the famous Charioteer of Delphi, architectural elements, like the frieze of the Siphnian Treasury, and ex votos dedicated to the sanctuary of Pythian Apollo, like the Sphinx of Naxos.

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Tour Preparation

No need to spend time planning anything or stressing about your trip. You should only get prepared physically and mentally. So before any other preparation, it is extremely important to pack and put on your biggest smile, and then start to choose the perfect outfits to slay with your fabulous, vacation looks. Take the most comfortable clothes and shoes. Sun is super bright and always shining in Greece, so do not forget your sunscreen, your hat and your shades under any circumstances. Delphi and Meteora are situated in the mountains so an extra, light jacket in case it gets chilly during the afternoon is always welcome. A lot of walking uphill is on the menu so do not forget to bring your walking shoes or boots or whatever you strut into.

  • Choose comfortable shoes
  • Remember your shades
  • Remember your sunscreen
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