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7 Day Private Tour of the Peloponnese - Biblical Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Monemvasia, Mani & Olympia

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Day 1: Isthmus Canal - Acrocorinth - Ancient Corinth

Stop At: Corinth Canal, Isthmia, Corinth 201 00 Greece
Visit the Isthmus Canal, one of the most important projects and 19th century engineering masterpieces, playing a catalytic role for the Mediterranean trade.

Visit Ancient Diolkos, a paved trackway in Ancient Greece which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth

Enjoy refreshments by the banks of the Canal at ancient Diolkos overlooking the boats passing by.

Drive to Acrocorinth
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Akrokorinthos, Corinth 200 07 Greece
Visit Acrocorinth, the acropolis of ancient Corinth, a monolithic rock overseeing the ancient city of Corinth. It is one of the most impressive and dominant acropoleis of the Peloponnese.

Gates: A system of 3 circuit walls reinforced by towers.

Keep

Peirene Spring: Located within the encircling walls, a gift of Asopus to Sisyphus.

Temple of Aphrodite: On the highest of the two picks of the mountain are traces of the temple of Aphrodite on the site.

Frankish Tower: At the SW edge of the precipitous rock fortified during Frankish times forming the inner keep of the fortress. Remains of churches, mosques, houses, fountains and cisterns are preserved here.

Views of Geraneia Mountain: Enjoying breathtaking views of the Corinthian gulf and the SW coast of the Peloponnese.

Drive to Ancient Corinth
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos), Ancient Korinthos village, Corinth Greece
Hadgimoustafa spring: a fountain built during the Ottoman empire.

Ancient Corinth Archaeological Museum: Housing a large collection of artifacts from the local site and from smaller sites in the neighboring area.

Temple of Apollo: One of the earliest Doric temples in the Peloponnese and the Greek mainland with monolithic columns, rare in the ancient world, built around 560 BCE.

Agora: A rectangular construction 160 m long and 70 m wide, consisting of central shops, small temples and altar and the renowned podium or Bema from where Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthians in 52 AD.

Roman buildings.

Bema or Pedestal

Theatre and Odeon/Asklepieion

Lechaion road: Facing the Corinthian gulf leading to the port of Lechaion.

St. Paul's church: Admiring a magnificent mosaic mural depicting Saul's vision from Christ as he was travelling to Damascus to persecute the Christians.

Treat yourself to an authentic "village style" lunch on a magnificent terrace overlooking ancient Corinth's archaeological site and the temple of Apollo.

Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.

Drive to Nafplio

Check in at your chosen hotel

Walking tour of Nafplio
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Nafplio Port, PORT, Nafplio 211 00, Greece
Walking tour of Nafplio

A seaport town in the Peloponnese. A charming town with a spectacular waterfront, small cobblestone streets and historic buildings, crowned by the Palamidi fortress and the Bourtzi fortress. The town was the first capital of the modern Hellenic Republic after the 1821 War of Independence against the oppression of the Ottoman Empire.

Palamidi Castle: Nestled on the crest of a 216 m high hill, this Venetian built fortress commands an impressive view over the Argolic gulf. There are 999 steps to the top of the castle! Climb them if you must!

Freedom Square: Thanking the French for their contribution in our War of Independence against the Ottomans, an obelisk is erected here depicting a French and a Hellenic woman in their struggle for Liberty.

Bourtzi: The water castle of Bourtzi is a Venetian fortress located in the middle of the harbor.

Constitution Square: The most important and historic square in Nafplion. The square is named after the Constitution that Otto, the first king of Greece was obliged to grant after the 3rd of September uprising in 1843.

First Hellenic Parliament: Strolling down the old world near Syntagma square you will find an imposing mosque. Built in 1730 with a large hall and characteristic dome, the mosque housed the first Hellenic parliament from 1825 until 1826.

Anastasios of Nafplia church: Located in the old world you will be impressed by the church's dome and the wall paintings decorating the spiritual interior. A true Christian Orthodox religious pragmatism.

St.Spyridon church: It was here outside this church one of the blackest events in modern Greek history took place. The assassination of Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first Greek Governor in 1831!

Antica Gelateria di Roma for the best gellato and Italian delights

Pergamonto for the best 'loukoumades'in Greece (puff balls with honey or chocolate and almond nuts)

Stroll amongst the town's shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.

Dinner at a traditional taverna or restaurant at Nafplio.

Overnight at Nafplio
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Epidaurus - Mycenae - Ancient Nemea - Wine Tasting

Stop At: The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Ethniki Odos Isthmou Archaias Epidavrou, Epidavros 210 52 Greece
Breakfast at Nafplio

Drive to Epidaurus

One of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece! Located on the NE side of the Peloponnese in the region of Argolis.

The Epidaurus amphitheatre: Famous for its classic Greek construction and astounding acoustics. Enjoy the arts! Be captivated by the theatrical performances from Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes and Aeschylus. Drop a pin or coin on the stage... it will be heard even if you are sitting at the last seats of the theater.

The Epidaurus Archaeological Museum: Noted for its reconstructions of temples and its columns with inscriptions.

The Asclepius: The sanctuary dedicated to the ancient Greek demi-god of medicine Asclepius. A marvelous ancient medical retreat.

Drive to Mycenae
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes

Stop At: Mycenae, Mykines 212 00, Greece
Rich in gold! King Agamemnon's mythical kingdom sung in Homer's epics. It is the most important and richest center of the late Bronze Age.

The Lions Gate: The main entrance of the Bronze age citadel of Mycenae erected during the 13th century BC.

Grave Circles A and B: Royal cemeteries situated to the south of the Lion Gate and outside the Bronze Age citadel.

The Cyclopean Walls: The main characteristic of the Mycenean walls is that they are made of huge limestone boulders. Only the mythical Cyclopes had the strength to move the enormous boulders that made up the walls of Mycenae and Tiryns.

The Royal Palace: Consisting of domestic apartments, the Throne Room Suite, the Grand Staircase, a collection of rooms for officers or palace officials and the Forecourt.

The Treasury of Atreus: A large tholos or beehive tomb constructed during the Bronze Age around 1250 BC.

Tomb of Clytemnestra: A Mycenean tholos type tomb built in 1250 BC named after Clytemnestra the wife of king Agamemnon and leader of the Greeks in Trojan war.

The Mycenean Archaeological Museum: The most important Mycenean artifacts are exhibited here. You will be dazzled by the gold grave goods, burial masks, jewellery, weapons, worship idols and frescoes.

Enjoy refreshments overlooking the citadel of Mycenae

Drive to Nemea
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ancient Nemea, Nemea 205 00 Greece
A beautiful land of soft hills with endless vineyards and great wines. A popular day trip from Athens for every lover of antiquity fewer places in Greece combine ancient Greek temples with what feels a lot like the Napa Valley of California. Nemea should be on the itinerary of every traveler to the Peloponnese.

The Temple of Zeus / Jupiter: The center piece of the Macedonian building program was the temple of Nemean Zeus. Three columns of which have always stood since the time of the original construction.

The Ancient baths: The Nemean baths are an athletic bathing house at the Panhellenic sanctuary of Nemea.

The Apodyterium: The Apodyterium is where athletes got undressed, oiled their skin and prepared for the games.

The Ancient Stadium Crypt: Over 36 m. in length and for the most part in very good condition, it is the entrance tunnel that makes the Nemean games unique. It is the passage through the tunnel, clad in chiton and with bare feet that effects the transformation of the participant from a modern to an ancient. The tunnel thus plays the critical role in the accomplishment of our goal to provide an opportunity for anyone and everyone to become an ancient Greek athlete.

The starting grid: Characterized by toe grooves cut into the stone blocks.

The Archeological Museum: Founded by the University of California the museum contains a collection of pictures of Nemea by travelers of the 18th and 20th centuries, coins of ancient visitors and items related to athletic activity.

The Wine Roads: Nemea a mythical land where Agiorgitiko wine is born.

Palivou winery: Enjoy a fabulous wine tour and taste the award winning wines...Nectar for the gods

Drive to Tolo

Lunch by the sea at Tolo

Free time to enjoy Nafplio by night

Option for dinner at Nafplio

Overnight Nafplio
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Monemvasia

Stop At: Monemvasia Fortress, Monemvasia, Monemvasia Municipality 23070 Greece
Breakfast at Nafplio

Drive to Monemvasia

Discover "The Rock": You will feel overwhelmed by the magical rawness, wildness, history and profound romanticism!

Explore the marvelous Medieval castle: Discover the Christos Elkomenos Church featuring the heavily guarded icon of the Crucifixion. The Ritsos family residence together with a total of 40 churches will captivate you.

St.Sofia

Vathysfero cafe: Enjoy your refreshments and delicious Greek delicacies while gazing out to the Myrtoan sea.

Lunch at Matoula's enjoying authentic "village style" delicacies captivated by the breathtaking panoramic views.

Overnight at Monemvasia
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 4: Mani - Limeni

Stop At: Caves of Diros, Diros 230 62 Greece
Brunch at Monemvasia

Coffees

Drive to Limeni, the Mani peninsula

Check in at your chosen hotel

Free time for swimming

Dinner at an traditional fish taverna by the sea

Overnight at Limeni
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 5: Diros caves - Mani - Limeni

Stop At: Caves of Diros, Diros 230 62 Greece
Breakfast or brunch at Limeni

Discover Diros caves

Discover Aeropoli

Limeni sea & sun at leisure

Dinner by the sea at an authentic fish taverna

Overnight at Limeni
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 6: Ancient Olympia

Stop At: Ancient Olympia, Πραξιτέλη Κονδύλη, Archea Olimpia 270 65, Greece
Brunch at Limeni

Swimming time at leisure

Drive to ancient Olympia

Check in at your chosen hotel

Olympia village: In the western Peloponnese, in the beautiful valley of the Alpheios river lies the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece. You will be amazed by the serenic feel that this village creates.

Enjoy a late lunch - early dinner at marvelous "La Belle Helene meeting wonderful Konstantina enjoying her delicious authentic Greek home cooked meals

Stroll amongst the village shops where you can treat yourself and buy handmade souvenirs for your family and friends.

Overnight at Olympia
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 7: Ancient Olympia

Stop At: Archaeological Site of Olympia, Archaia Olympia 270 65, Greece
Breakfast at Olympia

Olympia is an ancient site on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula that hosted the original Olympic Games founded in the 8th century BC. Its extensive ruins include athletic training areas, a stadium and temples dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus.

Temple of Zeus: Dedicated to the god Zeus the Doric temple built in the second quarter of the 5th century BCE was the very model of the fully developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order.

Temple of Hera: Known as Heraion this ancient Archaic Greek temple was dedicated to Hera, queen of the Greek gods. The temple was built in approximately 590 BCE. In modern times the torch of the Olympic flame is lit in its ruins by the god Apollo.

Philippeion: The only circular building inside the Altis. One of the finest examples of ancient Greek architecture, it was dedicated to Zeus by Philip II of Macedonia after his victory at Chaironeia in 338 BCE. The monument was completed by his son Alexander the Great.

The Hippodrome and later Stadium: The Hippodrome was a wide flat open area where the starting and finishing line was defined by a pole. Horse and chariot races took place here.

The Palaestra: Built in the 3rd century BC as part of the gymnasium complex it was used to practice boxing, wrestling and jumping.

The Workshop of Pheidias: This is where the great sculptor crafted the gigantic chryselephantine statue of Zeus listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.

The Archeological Museum of Olympia: Exhibits incredible artifacts from the site.

Statue of Zeus: A giant seated figure about 13 m tall. The huge ivory and gold statue was bigger even than that of Athena in the Parthenon.

The Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity: Since 2004 a new museum is in operation. The museum was based on the collection of Georgios Papastefanou who was the first to believe in the possibility of spreading the Olympic Idea and Education through a museum.

The museum of Archimedes (Mathematician) regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. A unique museum in the center of ancient Olympia dedicated to the "Greatest Mind" of all time. Visitors will have the opportunity to see replicas of his inventions and to interact with them.

Lunch at Ancient Olympia

Drive back to Athens
Duration: 5 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
7 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Bottled water  
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Native English speaking drivers
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Private tour
  • Refreshment wipes
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Wifi
  • Fuel surcharge
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Parking Fees
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • 6 nights accommodation (option for hotel reservation upon request)   
  • Entry or admission fee
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Akrokorinthos
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos)
  • Entry/Admission - Nafplio Port
  • Entry/Admission - The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
  • Entry/Admission - Mycenae
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient Nemea
  • Entry/Admission - Caves of Diros
  • Entry/Admission - Ancient Olympia
  • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Site of Olympia
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Animals or pets allowed
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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