On this private tour from Athens, journey to five of the most significant and unique sites in Greece: the Corinth Canal, ancient Corinth, ancient Mycenae, the beautiful Venetian port of Nafplion, and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Olympia, Sanctuary of Asklepios and Theater of Epidaurus. Sit back in full leather comfort in one of our new Black Mercedes E-Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minibus models with free WiFi along the way. With Minimum 4--star hotel accommodation included this is a great option for families, small groups, and experienced travelers alike with flexibility to go at your own pace.
After pickup at your hotel, cruise ship or Airport by your private & informative tour driver, sit back & relax in one of our new Black Mercedes E Class, AudiA6 or Mercedes Minibus models with full leather & Wifi as you set off for the 1-hour drive to your first stop, the impressive Corinth Canal to learn of its key strategic importance in ancient and contemporary history. Then, continue into the Peloponnese through the green countryside to the ancient city of Corinth. A once powerful city-state rival of Athens, here you can see the Temple of Apollo, the Roman baths, the step from where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians in 52 AD, and take time to visit its wonderful museum. Afterwards, take a 30-minute scenic coastal drive to reach the UNESCO World Heritage site Sanctuary of Asklepios and the Theater of Epidaurus, one of the most visited ancient sites in Greece. You will stop for several hours to enjoy the extensive site before heading to the historic seaport of Nafplio, where you'll have lunch. Finally, take a 2.5 hour drive though the Arcadian mountains to the village of Olympia for an overnight stay in one of the comfortable 4- or 5-star hotels. After breakfast, take time to enjoy the site at Olympia, famous for its Olympic Games of antiquity which began in 776 BC. Visit the Temple of Zeus, which held one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic Flame is lit every four years. Visit the workshop of Phidias, the ancient Olympic stadium and the wonderful Archaeological Museum, with exhibits dating to the prehistoric era.You will come to the ancient citadel of Mycenae. The Mycenian period, from 1600 to 1100 BC, in reference to this ancient city, indicates how important its influence was in Greek civilization. This visit provides a real connection to development of the later Classical Period. Visit its acropolis and see the Cyclopean walls, the Lion Gates, the streets and ancient buildings, as well as the Palace of Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks against the Trojans. This is a private tour for only your group, allowing flexibility and consideration for the needs of small philosophers and experienced travelers alike. Your English-speaking driver/guide will take full care of you during you trip and provide all the historical, mythological, ancient, and modern context along the way to help you make the most of the sites you will visit. The driver/guide is not allowed to accompany you into archeological sites but we collaborate with on site professional guides and can provide these on request.