We will depart from Athens (point of your accommodation) and drive along the coast towards to Corinth. You will access the peninsula by crossing the amazing project of Corinth Canal having the opportunity to photograph it. Our next stop, will be the ancient city of Corinth. In ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Roman Agora (marketplace) and Apollo’s Temple, constructed in the 6th century BC.
Our next destination is Mycenae (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the fortified royal residence of King Agamemnon, leader of the Trojan War. Entrance to its Acropolis is through the famous Lion Gate, which symbolize the power of the kings of Mycenae. The stairway leading to the Palace complex, the grave circle with six royal tombs, the courtier’s houses, sanctuaries, and other important buildings.
Nafplio will be the next city to visit, the first capital of Greece after the 1821 Greek revolution. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit the medieval castle of Palamidi, or you may enjoy a 5 min boat ride to the castle of Bourtzi located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio, or explore the old city of Nafplio, and finally have a traditional Greek lunch.
Furthermore, our next visit is the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (UNESCO World Heritage site), with an approximately one hour stop to visit the theatre. In antiquity, Epidaurus was the centre of the Greek medical world and birthplace of Asclepius, patron god of medicine. Psychotherapy, hydrotherapy and brain surgery were some of the treatments performed here. You will see the principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asclepius, the Tholos and the 4th century theatre which is considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture. As you may be aware of, it’s acoustics are still perfect today.
It’s time to bring you safely back at your hotel, taking the east coast of Peloponnese, after a wonderful day.