Discover some of Greece’s hidden heritage on this full-day tour. You will have the chance to explore the remains of Mycenae, along with another important location: Nafplio (the capital town during Ottoman rule). This exceptional value makes it one of the most unique experiences in central Greece! Let’s discover together: the Tholos Tombs and Lion’s Gate in the archaeological site of Mycenae, where you can spend time inside one of these incredible structures; as well as explore the fascinating town of Nafplio.
We will wait for you at your hotel lobby, to pick you up.
During our tour we will visit:
The Corinth Canal, one of the most important projects and 19th century engineering masterpieces. It connects the Gulf of Corinth in the Ionian Sea with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea, and on through to Athens. At present it is mainly a tourist attraction and has little economic importance. The canal was dug through the isthmus at sea level and has no locks. It is 6.4 kilometres (4 mi) in length and only 21.4 metres (70 ft) wide at its base, making it impassable for many modern ships.
Corinth, the magnificent Greek city which was destroyed in 146 BC by the Romans, re-built in 44 BC by Julius Caesar and later made a Roman province. The classical site of Corinth is located about 5 km northeast of the modern city of Corinth. Excavations since 1896 have revealed large parts of this ancient town, and recent excavations conducted by the Greek Ministry of Culture have brought to light important new facets of antiquity.
The citadel of Mycenae is a prehistoric citadel located in the southwest Peloponnese on top of a rocky 130-metre (425 ft) high hill known as “the Acropolis”, which rises precipitously above the plains and coastal flats surrounding it. The citadel was constructed in all periods from the latter part of the third millennium to places as late as 1250 BC and remained in occupation until approximately 1100 BC, when it was probably destroyed by fire.
Free time for lunch, coffee or shopping at Greece’s finest destination. Nafplio is a port town on the Argolic Gulf, and an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region. The town is superbly situated between the mountains and sea, with views of the Argolic Gulf from every angle. A maze of narrow streets built onto a steep hillside are lined with Venetian-style mansions and shops that sell antiques, carved wood furniture, local foods and other artifacts. Take a walk down a cobblestone medieval lane or along the shoreline path to one of many tavernas, then explore downtown with its unique architecture.
Palamidi is a fortress to the east of the Acronauplia in the town of Nafplio in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Nestled on the crest of a 216-metre high hill, Palamidi was built by the Venetians during their second occupation of the area (1686–1715). Completed within a relatively short period from 1711 until 1714, it’s an impressive sight. However, to reach the top of Palamidi there are over one thousand steps!
Acronauplia is the oldest part of the city though a modern hotel has been built on it. The fortification is probably named after the Acropolis hill in Athens, though its appearance does not resemble it. Other fortifications of the city include the Palamidi and Bourtzi, which is located in the middle of the harbour.
Bourtzi is a Venetian castle located in the middle of the harbor of Nafplio. It was built as a defense fortress against pirate attacks, but eventually it became an impregnable home to the Knights of St. John order. Bourtzi was built on small rocks during the 12th century and still preserves its original structure.