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The priests of the sanctuary of god Asclepius were excellent surgeons. The administration of the sanctuary decided to build a theatre on the ground of the sanctuary, to entertain the patients. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asclepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests to perform brain operations.
Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. It was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential place 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 Acronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.
Mycenae, controlling 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 famous Lions’ Gate.
According to the World Heritage website, there is probably no ancient archaeological site anywhere in the world that has more relevance on today’s world than Olympia. In addition to the temples and sanctuaries, it was an open air museum with a big number of statues, votives and gifts and includes the remains of sporting structures, such as the ancient gymnasium, the pleastra and the famous stadium. The stadium of Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were held, and the massive temple of Zeus, the largest temple in the Peloponnese, are some of the attractions of the site. The best way to get the most out of your visit is to actually race in the stadium like the athletes used to do and feel the vibes! Today, next to the ancient site the archaeological museum, one of the best in Greece, exhibits findings from the excavations.
The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, location of the oracle of Apollo, was the spiritual center of the Greek world. Situated in a spectacular natural setting at the foot of Mount Parnassus, it was a symbol of Greek cultural unity from the 8th century BC onwards
In a region of inaccessible sandstone peaks, monks settled on these 'columns of the sky' from the 11th c. onwards. 24 monasteries were built, despite incredible difficulties, at the time of the great revival of the monastic ideal in the 15th c. Their 16th-c. frescoes mark a key stage in the development of post-Byzantine painting.
|08:30||The bus departs from the terminal near Syntagma||The pick up starts from 07.30am|
|10:00||Arrival 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. See the price paid.|
|13:45||Drive on to beautiful Nafplion||One hour stop over to explore the old town|
|15:15||Arrival in legendary Mycenae||Visit ancient site & museum|
|18:30||Arrival at modern Olympia town||Check in the hotel of your choice|
|09:15||Visit the museum & the site of ancient Olympia||Departure and drive North towards Patras|
|13:00||Stop for lunch at a local restaurant||Lunch is optional. See the price paid|
|14:30||Drive on towards modern Delphi||Cross the Rio - Antirio bridge to the mainland|
|18:15||Arrival at your hotel in Delphi||Check in the hotel of your choice in Delphi.|
|09:00||After breakfast drive to the museum and the site||Lunch at a local restaurant. Lunch is optional|
|15:15||Depart for Kalampaka via Lamia, Karditsa & Trikala||Arrival in Kalampaka at 19.00|
|09:00||After breakfast, drive to Meteora and visit 2 monasteries||Return to Kalampaka at 12:30 and lunch|
|14:00||Departure for Athens with a short stop at Thermopylae||Arrival in Athens centre at 19.30|