LEARN OUR MYTHS, OUR HISTORY, AND ADMIRE THE GREEK CULTURE.
Starting from 07.30am the bus picks up clients
from the hotels, brings them to the terminal in the centre of Athens,
and departs from the terminal at 08.45am. Driving Southwards,
you arrive at Corinth canal, after an hour. (short stop).
Continue on the "Island of Pelops", the
Peloponissos, and at +/- 11.30 am arrive at MYCENAE,
one of the most significant historical monuments
of Greek civilization. Mycenae was the kingdom of
the mighty Agamemnon, leader of the Greek army
during the Trojan war. With the tour guide, visit
the remains of the ancient city, see the lions'
Gate, the circle graves, the cult centre, the
Palace complex on the summit of the citadel,
and at the end, visit the treasury
of Atreus (the largest and best preserved of the
surviving "tholos" tombs). Excavations
begun in 1841 but it was 33 years later that the
German Archaeologist Heinrich Schlieman unearthed
tombs, pieces of Palaces, golden jewelry and
other relics that were mentioned by Homer,
proving that what Homer was writing, was based on
facts and was not just myths.
13.30 arrive in NAFPLION, capital of modern
HELLAS (1828-1834), the "Grecian
Venice", an old town with remarkable
Venetian architecture, one of the most attractive
cities in Greece.
In 2017 Tue & Thu
the tour stops for lunch in Nafplion.
Skip lunch and spend 1.30 hours in the paved roads of the old town,
doing your souvenir shopping in the colourful small shops.
Not followed Nov-Mar when sites and museums close at 15.00
After lunch continue to EPIDAURUS.
Here, you will visit, the sanctuary of the god of
medicine, Asclepius. The priests of the
sanctuary, were excellent doctors. Psychotherapy,
hydrotherapy and brain surgery were some of the
treatments performed here. The management of the
sanctuary decided to spend money for
the entertainment of the patients. Between
340-330 BC, they decided to assign a local
architect, Polykleitos, to build a theatre. The
amphitheatre of Epidaurus, famous for its
remarkable acoustics and symmetrical beauty, the
most perfect theatre of Ancient Greece, is a well
preserved monument, still in use today during the
" Summer Athens' Festival".
Read my description of the great theatre in the left column.
Departure via the scenic coastal road, and arrival in Athens at +/- 19.00.
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