|Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus - (Argolis region).
- 2 DAYS (Halfboard basis)
From Apr 1st to Oct 31 - Every Tue
DAY:Drive southwards through the industrial city of Elefsis, home of the Elefsinian
Mysteries, the most important cult religion of antiquity
before Christianity. Proceed and pass the island of Salamis;
(the straits between Salamis and the
mainland, a Greek fleet won a decisive victory over the
Persian fleet, during 480BC) and 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. 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 the
wealthiest kingdom of the late Bronze Era (1350-1200 BC).
Mycenae was the kingdom of Agamemnon, leader
of the Grek army during the Trojan war. Most of you remember
Mycenae from the gold masks unearthed here.
Next stop is NAFPLION, an attractive port city, 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, the most perfect
theatre of Ancient Greece, still in use today. 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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