Day 1: Athens -
Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Nauplia – Mycenae - Olympia
Starting from Athens we drive
westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal for a
short stop to enjoy its breathtaking views. The Corinth Canal is an
international sea transport junction and serves ships coming from the
western Mediterranean and Adriatic. Continue along the coastal road of
the Saronic Gulf to Epidaurus for a visit. The theatre of the ancient
city is well preserved. Apart from a few rows of seats, it is made of
limestone. The theater has exceptional acoustics, which permit almost
perfect audibility of unamplified spoken word from the stage to all
12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. Then depart for
first capital of Greece in 1829 for a
short stop before we drive to Mycenae. 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of
the mythical Agamemnon,
Homer’s epics, is the most important and richest palatial center of the
Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest
civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization.
In the afternoon we depart for Olympia.
Dinner & Overnight.
Day 2: Olympia -
Olympia was dedicated to the father of all gods, Zeus. It sprawls over
the southwest foot of Mount Kronios, at the confluence of the Alpheios
and the Kladeos rivers, in a lush, green landscape. Although secluded
near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia became the most
important religious and athletic center in Greece. Its fame rests upon
the Olympic Games, the greatest and highly prestigious festival, held
every four years to honor Zeus.
Visit the Archaeological Site & the
Museum and then drive via Patras and Rion, across the channel to
Antirion on the new suspension bridge considered. Arrive in NAFPAKTOS
(drive through) then continue to Delphi. Dinner & Overnight.
Day 3: Delphi -
Situated at the foot of Mount
Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades,
lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous
oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the center of the
world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out
by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world
met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape,
was for many centuries the cultural and religious center and symbol of
unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second
most important games in Greece after the Olympics. Visit the
archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other
archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the ‘Charioteer’
dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. after
he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue
is a representative example of the Attic style. After the visits and
some leisure time we start the drive back to Athens.
Prices per Person in Euro:
the longer version of this
tour to Delphi Olympia and Meteora.
Touristic Sites in Greece