Three day tour to Nafplio and Olympia

A tour through space and time

Are you obsessed with Greek statues and want to live in real life everything that you have read about in history books? This tour to Nafplio and Olympia will give you the tea about what went on in antiquity. Grab your sunscreen and walk among Greece’s most important archaeological sites to create a once in a lifetime experience. A tour that perfectly fits the needs of history lovers.

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.

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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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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. Avoid high heels. They work great when you vogue and pose and catwalk but can be a drag when you have to climb all those stairs to reach Palamidi fort or wander around the Epidaurus theater. The view is totally worth it. Trust us.

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