Stay In Athens and discover Greece's Classical beauties
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The priests of the sanctuary of god Asklepius were excellent surgeons. On the ground of the sanctuary, the administration of the Asklipeion, in order to entertain the patients, decided to build a theatre. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asklepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests, excellent surgeons, to perform even brain operations.
Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. Nafplion was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential palace for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Akronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.
Mycenae, the city that controlled both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. The site was uncovered in 1874 by Heinrich Schlieman, who also excavated the site of Troy. You enter the citadel through the impressive Lions’ Gate.
The site of Olympia, was the location of the ancient Olympic Games, with the first recorded win in 776BC. In addition to the numerous temples and sanctuaries, there are remains of sporting structures, such as the ancient stadium, the gymnasion, the paleastra and others.
The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, location on the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual centre of the Greek world. Situated in a spoectacular natural setting on the mountain of Parnassus, it was the symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards.
|08:30||Depart from the terminal near Syntagma||The pick up starts from 07.30am|
|10:00||Arrival and stop at Corinth canal||20 min. short stop for photos|
|11:15||Arrival at the sanctuary of Epidaurus||Visit the museum & the theatre|
|12:30||Proceed to restaurant for lunch.||Lunch is optional and is not included.|
|13:45||Drive on to the elegant city of Nafplion||One hour stop over to explore the old town|
|15:15||Arrival in legendary Mycenae||Visit the site, the museum and the tomb of Atreus|
|18:30||Arrival at modern Olympia town||Check in the hotel of your choice|
|09:15||Visit the museum & the site of Olympia||Departure and drive North towards Patras|
|13:00||Stop for lunch at a local restaurant||Lunch is optional and is not included|
|14:30||Drive on towards modern Delphi||Cross the Rio - Antirio bridge|
|18:15||Arrival at your hotel in Delphi||Check in the hotel of your choice.|
|09:00||After breakfast visit the museum and the site||Lunch at a local restaurant is optional|
|15:15||Depart for Athens. Short stop at Arachova||Arrival in Athens centre at +/- 19.00|
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