Welcome to Nafplio


Nafplio was the first capital of Greece after Independence (between 1833 and 1834) and has been a major port since the Bronze Age. So strategic was its position on the Argolic Gulf that it had three fortresses: the massive principal fortress of Palamidi, the smaller Akronafplia, and the diminutive Bourtzi on an islet west of the old town.

The town, though quite touristy, is still a charming and ideal base from which to explore many nearby ancient sites.


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$108.47 Tours & Sightseeing

Half day tour in Mycenae and Epidaurus from Nafplio

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: LandLife Travel, Nafplio, Argolis Region, PeloponneseThis half-day tour is designed to show you some beautiful aspects of Argolis in the region of Peloponnese. We will visit two of the UNESCO world heritage sites, the famous Mycenae and the Ancient theatre of Epidavros and we enjoy at the same time, the wonderful and picturesque natural scenery of the region.We pick you up from our meeting point and we begin our tour to the majestic historical monuments of Argolis. The first stop on the tour is the famous Mycenae, home of the Mycenaean civilization, where we will visit the famous Cyclopean walls surrounding the triangular acropolis, the Lion Gate which was the symbol of the power of the Mycenaean rulers and the famous vaulted tombs of Atreus and Clytemnestra.The next stop is the Ancient Epidaurus, one of the most known archaeological sites of Greece in all over the world, which is considered to be the birthplace of medicine. We wander in the Ancient Theater, which is the most beautiful and best reserved among all the ancient theatres and we are impressed by its perfect acoustics.Finally we return to Nafplio full of memories and knowledge.Duration: 6 hours

$437.87 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus Private Tour from Athens

ItineraryDay 1: Mycenae - Nafplio - EpidaurusStop At: The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, Epidavros, Argolis Region, PeloponneseThe oldest theater in the world with the amazing acousticsDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Archaeological Site Mycenae, Mycenae, Argolis Region, PeloponneseThe home of King AgamemnonDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Palamidi Castle, Nafplio, Argolis Region, PeloponneseWalk down the 999 steps and enjoy the amazing views of the waterDuration: 1 hourStop At: Corinth Canal, Corinth, Corinthia Region, PeloponneseA quick stop to loop around the canalDuration: 15 minutesMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight opposite Hydra island in a great guesthouse with panoramic sea viewsDay 2: Hydra islandStop At: Point of service / Bank / ATM EthnikiVisit the cosmopolitan island of Hydra; the hiding place of the rich and famousDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight opposite HydraDay 3: Spetses islandStop At: Spetses Museum, Spetses, Saronic Gulf Islands, AtticaAnother great island to spend the day before heading back to AthensDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight opposite HydraDay 4: Optional visit and stay at the Arcadia mountains, villages & monasteriesStop At: Dimitsana squareThe most beautiful village in the mountains of Arcadia in central PeloponneseDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Moni Agiou Ioanni Prodromou, Stemnitsa, Arkadia Region, PeloponneseThe amazing cliff hanging monasteryDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Water Power MuseumWe shall be visiting the Water-Power Museum containing a reconstructed watermill, tannery and gunpowder mill showing how the basic pre-industrial techniques used water as the main energy source for the production of various products.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Pantopolion en Stemnitsa, Stemnitsa, Arkadia Region, PeloponneseThis stone built village is our lunch locationDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$156.57 Kid Friendly

Corinth, Cave of Lakes, and Odontotos Railway Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Corinth Canal, Corinth, Corinthia Region, PeloponneseThe Corinth Canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, arguably making the peninsula an island.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos), Corinth, Corinthia Region, PeloponneseAncient Corinth was inhabited in the Neolithic period (6500-3250 BC) but the big prosperity begins in the 8th century.Corinth was a city-state on the Isthmus (canal) of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Sparta.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kastria Cave of the Lakes, Kastria, Achaea Region, West GreeceTHE MYTHICAL 'CAVE OF THE LAKES' has something exclusively unique that does not exist in other well known caves. A rare creation of nature with mysterious galleries and strange stalactite formations. Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Municipal Museum of the Kalavryta Holocaust, Kalavrita, Achaea Region, West GreeceKalavrita and the surrounding area are a resort for all seasons. This is your lunch place! The museum is NOT part of the tour. We explore the town in foot before or after lunch.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Odontotos Rack Railway, Diakopto, Achaea Region, West GreeceAbout 120 years ago Odontotos rack railway started from the seaside town of Diakopto parallel to the river and climbed to Kalavrita through bridges and tunnels.The little train incorporated so well to the natural environment that it seems that it had always been there. The way it was constructed did not put a strain on the ecosystem of the gorge. Using stone and wood from the area the technicians' work is so perfect that someone may think that the nature worked on its own. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient Nemea, Nemea, Corinthia Region, PeloponneseThis is an optional visit for either visiting the Nemea site or for wine tasting. Nemea is the most famous wine area in Greece.Duration: 1 hour

$61.65 Day Trips & Excursions

Peloponnese Tour: Corinth Canal, Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus

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 or AudiA6 models with full leather & Wifi as you set off for the 1-hour drive to your first stop, the impressive Corinth Canal. Located at the narrow, strategic strip of land separating the mainland from the Peloponnese peninsula, the canal was dreamed of during ancient times but was finally finished in 1893. As you cross into the Peloponnese, your route takes you past olive fields and orchards, along the elevated and winding coastal road until you reach the remains of ancient Corinth, one of the richest Greek city-states. Explore its well-preserved streets, markets, and the Temple of Apollo, among many other sites, and visit the museum, if you wish. Next, continue your day trip to Mycenae, home to the citadel of the legendary Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks against the Trojans during the Trojan War. The ‘Mycenaean period,’ from 1600 to 1100 BC, references this ancient city, indicating its importance in Greek civilization. Your visit here provides a connection to development of the later classical period. Pass through the 20-foot-wide (6-meter) city walls, enter the Lion's Gate to Agamemnon's throne room, and explore the administrative and service buildings, tombs, and treasury of Atreus, as well as the on-site museum. Then make the short drive to the historical seaport of Nafplio (or Nafplion), the first capital of Greece with a charming Venetian quarter nestled underneath the dominating hilltop castle of Palamidi. Here you can explore the town's many craft shops and have lunch at one of the seaside cafes or restaurants (own expense). After lunch, take another short drive through olive fields to the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios and first health center of the ancient world. The adjacent Theater of Epidaurus dates from the 4th century BC. A masterpiece of classical Greek architecture it is one of the most visited ancient sites in Greece.Note: Your professional tour driver takes full care of you and provides historical, mythological, ancient, and modern information and context long the route. For expert accompanied guiding inside one or more of the sites visited by a professional licensed archeological guide, this can be provided on request (additional fee).

$212.30 Private & Custom Tours

Peloponnese Mountain Villages, Lousios River Private Day Trip

For those seeking to discover real Greece, this off the beaten path tour to the country side of Greece is a must visit and just as beautiful at summertime or winter (our preference)! This can optionally be an ideal 2day/1night tour if you love to meet real Greek life in an amazing landscape & authentic food with the locals. You won't run out of things to do, see, taste! ... see "Additional info" So, meet your private driver/guide for your 8:00 a.m. departure. In a short trip of no more than 2 1/2 hours from Athens or just 1 1/2 hours from Nafplio, we shall reach our destination in this "real Greece" experience. Starting from Athens, we drive towards the Corinth canal and make a quick 10 min stop to see the canal. Starting from Nafplio town we head directly towards the mountainous center of Peloponnese and start our village exploration of mount Mainalo in the region of Arcadia. Not for nothing is the name Arcadia used as a shorthand for bucolic beauty. The main destinations are the awesome villages of Dimitsana & Stemnitsa, a couple of cliff hanging monasteries, Lousios gorge & river, ancient Gortys and the Open Water Power Museum. • Dimitsana is one of the most attractive villages in the mountainous Arcadia region. It is set on a double hump overlooking the Lousios river. In this beautiful stone built village, there are six beautiful churches since the Frankish and Norman rule. We shall be visiting the Water-Power Museum containing a reconstructed watermill, tannery and gunpowder mill showing how the basic pre-industrial techniques used water as the main energy source for the production of various products. It is closed on Tuesdays and a few Greek national holidays, so please take into consideration, if this is a must visit for you. • Stemnitsa village has a medieval feeling with the stone made houses, cobble-stoned alleys in an amphitheatrical structure. The amazing Prodromou & Emialon monasteries (where u can order your authentic icon!) will be visited and of course Lousios river/gorge and the remainings of ancient Gortys. Monasteries are in the beautiful gorge. One of them requires an easy 15 min hike/walk. • The gorge of Lousios is one of the most important and beautiful natural monuments of Peloponnese, ideal for hiking, rafting and kayaking while a drive round will reveal amazing landscapes. • You'll enjoy short walks through the narrow stone build roads of the villages.At lunch time, let your driver/guide treat you to some authentic Greek culinary delights in a non touristy location observing the locals in their every day life. An important part of all our tours, as we love authentic food and mixing with the locals and you get a real feeling of the country. At the end of the day, back to your base in Athens or Nafplio via a different route. Do consider the 2day-1night tour (more info included) if you enjoy the countryside and what has to offer.

$61.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Epidaurus, Nafplio, and Mycenae Private Day Trip from Athens

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 & free Wifi as you set off out of Athens to see two of the most important sites in Greece. After approximately 90 minutes we reach the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Asklepios with its on-site museum and Theater of Epidaurus, one of the most visited ancient sites in Greece. The temple and theater date from the 4th century and feature masterpieces of classical Greek architecture. Take all the time you need to visit this impressive site before a short 20 minute drive to the historical seaport of Nafplio (or Nafplion), the first capital of Greece with a charming Venetian quarter nestled underneath the dominating hilltop castle of Palamidi. Here your driver will be happy to provide an easy orientation of the most important central areas, and you can also explore the town's many craft shops before lunch at one of the seaside cafes or restaurants, visit Palamidi Castle or take a short water taxi to visit Bourtzi castle in the bay.Continuing after lunch you'll head to Mycenae, home to the citadel of the legendary Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks against the Trojans during the Trojan War. The ‘Mycenaean period,’ from 1600 to 1100 BC, references this ancient city, indicating its importance in Greek civilization. Pass through the imposing 20-foot-wide (6-meter) city walls, enter the Lion's Gate to Agamemnon's throne room, and explore the administrative and service buildings, tombs, and amazing treasury of Atreus, as well as the first class on-site museum before your return to Athens. Note: Your professional tour driver takes full care of you and provides historical, mythological, ancient, and modern information and context long the route. For expert accompanied guiding inside one or more of the sites by a professional licensed archeological guide, this can be provided on request (additional fee).