Welcome to Nafplio
Nafplio, 12km southeast of Argos on the Argolic Gulf, occupies a knockout location on a small port beneath the towering Palamidi fortress. It is graced with attractive narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions and interesting museums. It’s also full of quayside cafes, posh boutiques and many comfortable hotels and guesthouses, but note it does get seriously overcrowded in high season and... Read More
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Half day tour in Mycenae and Epidaurus from Nafplio
This 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.
3-Day Private Tour of Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Two Greek Islands
Discover world-famous ancient sites, explore two lovely Greek islands, sample traditional Grecian dishes, and soak in the seaside lifestyle on this private, 3-day tour of the Peloponnese. Beginning with an early start in Athens, you’ll be picked up and transported to some of Greece’s best-known landmarks, over the course of a 6- or 7-hour drive: the Corinth Canal, the ruins of Mycenae, and Epidaurus, famous for its ancient, open-air theater. You’ll also have the chance to linger in the quaint village of Nafplio before venturing to Ermioni, a peaceful port town at the tip of the peninsula where you’ll have the chance to wander the old town before a delicious dinner at a seaside taverna. After spending the night at a private, two-bedroom apartment overlooking the sea, your second day will be devoted to exploring Spetses Island. It’s just a quick ferry journey to Spetses, so you’ll have most of the day at your disposal to discover its esplanade, narrow streets, and local restaurants. Return to Ermioni in the late afternoon for a taverna or a homemade dinner (not included in itinerary price), and an overnight stay in your apartment. The final day of your tour kicks off with a boat trip to Hydra, a romantic and beautiful island with a cosmopolitan town and picturesque port of its own. Discover Hydra’s sights on foot, and save time for a dip in the turquoise sea. In the early afternoon, return to Ermioni for one last aperitif before a private transfer back to Athens. Please see the Itinerary for details on each day of the tour.
Nafplio City Tour
This tour is for you if you are visiting Nafplio for the very first time and want to see as much as possible. Itinerary We start our highlights of Nafplio tour from the lobby of your hotel or from the port. Starting from the Land Gate we enter within the walls of the Old city and we visit among others the Cathedral and the square of Saint Spyridon where murdered the first Governor of Greece. We continue our walk to the Syntagma Square, the heart of the city, and we explore its historic buildings from different periods such as the Archaeological Museum, the Vouleftikon that housed the first parliament of the free Greek state and the Old Mosque. Finally we head to the little peaceful port to explore the Venetian fortress of Mpourtzi, the trademark of the city, built on the island of Agioi Theodoroi. After your visit we head back to the port or hotel.
Peloponnese Highlights Full-Day Private Tour: Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus
After pickup at your hotel by your private driver, set off from Athens 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, an 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.Note: Your driver takes full care of you and provides historical, mythological, ancient, and modern information and context when you're in the tour vehicle but is not allowed to accompany you into ticketed sites. If you prefer to have guided tours inside any of the sites visited, an on-site licensed guide can be provided on request (additional fee).
Self-Guided Tour of Mycenae, Nafplio, and Epidaurus
Enjoy a totally personal, flexible, and self-directed experience of some of Greece’s most stunning sights on this full-day tour. Meet your driver between 8-8:30am at your Athens accommodation and embark in a comfortable, private vehicle. Groups of up to three people are welcome to book this thrilling day out. Drive west of Athens, making a quick stop at the historic Corinth Canal before continuing on to Mycenae: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of Greece’s most famous ancient ruins. Wander around the archaeological site and accompanying museum before hopping back in the vehicle and visiting the beautiful port town of Nafplio, famous for its historic architecture and old fort. Next, enjoy a sit-down, traditional Greek lunch, accompanied by drinks, coffee and dessert, before returning to your vehicle and making way to Epidaurus. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Epidaurus is home to an ancient, beautifully preserved theater. Discover the landmark at your leisure. Once you’ve finished your explorations, return to your private vehicle and head back to Athens. Your 9-hour day ends when you’re dropped off directly at your Athens accommodation (or at another preferred location, subject to potential additional costs).
Nafplio Food Tour
We pick you up from our meeting point and we begin our excursion with a tour in the picturesque alleys of Nafplio with its neoclassical mansions and Venetian balconies. Our first tasting stop is a traditional grocery store where we taste local varieties of cheese and sausage and we learn their little manufacturing secrets by the grocer.Then we head to the Syntagma Square, the heart of the city. In one of its many coffee shops we taste traditional Greek coffee and we learn more about this historic square and the surrounding buildings.Continuing our tour we pass through the neighborhood of '' Yialos' and we taste local varieties of wines in a cellar-wine shop, while the owner narrate us the art of local winemaking.Our culinary excursion ends in an authentic traditional ice cream shop. Having our ice cream at hand we walk to the beach of Nafplio in order to admire the Venetian fortress of Mpourtzi and to learn more about its historic existence over the centuries.