|Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus - (Argolis region).
- 2 DAYS (Halfboard basis)
From Apr 1st to Oct 31 - Every Tue
DAY:Leave from Athens and drive southwards through
the industrial city of Elefsis, home of the Elefsinian
Mysteries, the most important cult religion of antiquity
before Christianity. Proceeding along the coastal road of
the Saronic Gulf we pass the island of Salamis; (at the
narrowest point of the straits between Salamis and the
mainland, a Greek fleet won a decisive victory over the
Persian fleet, during 480BC) to arrive at the Corinth canal. (short
The 6346 m long istmus is one of the 4 pre 20th century man made waterways on earth, considered as a wonder of the world that cuts the mainland of Greece off from the Peloponessus Peninsula. Up to the 12th c. ships were dragged on rollers across the isthmus. This was the reason that the city of Corinth was one of the most important and richest commercial centres of antiquity. The canal was finished and opened in 1893. St Paul lived, and preached in Corinth for 18 months.
on to arrive at MYCENAE, one of the most significant
historical monuments of Greek civilization, the
wealthiest kingdom of the late Bronze Era (1350-1200 BC).
Mycenae was the kingdom of the mighty Agamemnon, leader
of the Grek army during bthe Trojan war. Most of you may
remember the name Mycenae from high school, when you were
forced to read Homer or from Art History texts depicting
the gold masks unearthed here.
Next stop is NAFPLION, one of the most attractive port cities in Greece, first capital of modern Greece (1828-1834), with remarkable Venetian architecture. Afternoon at leisure and overnight. (Dinner).
2nd DAY: Morning at leisure
and then depart for EPIDAURUS. The theatre of Epidaurus,
famous for its remarkable acoustics, was built between
340-330 BC, is a unique monument, the most perfect
theatre of Ancient Greece, still in use today during the
summer festival. Next to it you will visit the
Asklipeion, the temple and the site of the god of
medicine, centre of the Greek medical world and birth
place of Asklepios, patron god of medicine.
Psychotherapy, hydrotherapy and brain surgery were some
of the treatments performed here.
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