Stay In Athens and discover Mycenae - Nafplion - Epidaurus
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Mycenae, controlling both the land and sea routes, was the kingdom of mythic Agamemnon. Myths related to history have inspired poets and writers over the centuries from Homer and the Greek tragedies of the classical period to contemporary literary and artistic creations. The site was uncovered in 1874 by Heinrich Schlieman, who also excavated the site of Troy. You enter the citadel through the famous Lions’ Gate.
Modern architecture hasn’t spoiled the old town of Nafplion, which is a feast for the eye. It was the capital of the Greek state in the early 1830s. Here, is the first residential place for the young Bavarian Prince, Otto, the first king of the new country after the revolution against the Turks. The old town is beautiful, with old mansions and paved roads. The town’s fortresses, the Palamidi and the Acronafplia, played a key role during the war of independence. The Venetian influence is everywhere justifying the town’s name as the “Greek Venice”.
The priests of the sanctuary of god Asclepius were excellent surgeons. The administration of the sanctuary decided to build a theatre on the ground of the sanctuary, to entertain the patients. Today, next to the sanctuary of Asclepius, there is a small museum, displaying the instruments and tools used by the priests to perform brain operations.
|07:30||Start the pick up from the hotels||Departure from the terminal at 08.30|
|10:00||Arrival at Corinth canal||20 min. short stop|
|11:15||Arrival in ancient Mycenae||Visit ancient site & museum|
|13:00||Proceed for lunch.||Lunch is optional. See the price paid.|
|14:15||Drive on to elegant Nafplion||One hour break to explore the old town|
|15:30||Arrival at the site of Epidaurus||Visit the museum & the theater|
|18:30||Arrival at the terminal in Athens||Drop off at your hotel by 19:30|
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