A 3-day tour that has everything. During the tour you will visit the whole territory of the Peloponnese where many archeological sites are found. You will visit ancient castles, theatres, monasteries and of course museums and archeological sites of great importance.
Our 3-day adventure begins with a travel along the Saronic Gulf's costal road to the Corinth Canal. The Corinth Canal is the meeting point of the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea and took hundreds of years to become a reality. If you want, and dare, you can try bungee jumping off the canal wall. Corinth was a cultural center in ancient times and you will visit the ruins from Ancient Corinth where St. Paul spoke to the Corinthians.
After Corinth, we drive to Mycenae, the center of the great Mycenaean civilization. There you will see the Lion's Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs and the Museum. The tomb of the Mycenae's King Agamemnon is placed here, you can go inside and feel the glory of the king, that is maintained until today, some thousands of years after his death.
Our next stop is Ancient Epidavros and its spectacular theater. Here is the home of ancient Greek theater and the place where famous Greek tragedy plays of Sophocles and Aristophanes were performed for the first time. The theater of Epidavros is also known for its perfect acoustics. Even in the modern days plays are performed in this theater during the Annual Epidavros Festival, a very glamorous annual event.
Our day ends in Nafplio, the first capital of Greece. A charming city with magnificent landscapes and the famous Acronafplia, the acropolis of Nafplio. In this beautiful city we are going to have dinner and stay the night to rest.
The second day begins with Sparta where you will see the huge statue of Leonidas made popular by the movie "300". Also see the remains of the palace and the theater there. Next we will drive toan old fortress above the Plain of Sparta. The castle there is called Mystra and was transformed into a Byzantine city with mansions, churches and monasteries that still stand today. It was built back in 1249 by the Franks who were trying to establish their rule over the region of the Peloponnese, and the city flourished during the 15th century. Mystras was the Byzantine capital of the Peloponnese for two centuries. Here we can find the Pantanassa Monastery. The churches in the city are filled with beautiful icons and ancient frescoes painted on the walls. The summit of Mystras stands 621 meters (2,070 ft.) above sea level. If you want to explore Byzantine Greece, you must visit Mystras! After exploring Mystras, we end our day in Olympia to spend the night.
Our last day starts with Ancient Olympia, which gained its fame as a sanctuary of Zeus and Hera, but the site also contains a wealth of other small shrines, gymnasiums and sculptors' workshops. According to tradition, here is where the Olympic games were founded in 776 B.C.. It is from here that the Olympic torch is still carried to whatever corner of the world the modern Olympiads are held in. In the museum see exhibits of unique sculptural masterpieces, such as Praxiteles' Hermes, Paeoneus' Victory, Apollo and many other art treasures. After a day with ancient cultural and athletic memories we are are free to return to Athens, arriving in the evening.
We work strictly with our A/C Mercedes sedans that can hold 4 passengers plus the driver. All tours are priced per tour not per person and do not include entrance fees to the archaeological sites or food.
Overnight tours include the drivers' hotel, meals and all tolls/gas. They do not include your hotel, meals and entrance fees to the sites.
None of the taxi tour drivers are licensed guides and would not be able to go into the sites or museums with you. We consider ourselves very knowledgeable about Greece and its history and would give you a lot of information on all the places you would visit before you go in. Licensed guides can be hired at most sites if you choose to do so.