Take an awesome trip down history lane visiting iconic Greek destinations. Learn about the intriguing culture and religion of both ancient and modern Athens and Sparta. Visit museums, tombs, and fortresses with a vibrant professional guide with epic stories of legend.
The tour begins with a drive to the Corinth Canal. Driving along the eastern coast of Peloponnese peninsula we will reach Ancient Epidaurus and the sanctuary of God Asclepius, the God of Medicine, located in a peaceful environment and the best preserved ancient Greek theater dated 4th century BCE. Proof of what miracles the ancient Greek minds could create. You can test the acoustics, great, even today and climb up to the upper seats just to close your eyes and dream you attended an ancient Greek tragedy.
Continuing our way after a short drive we will reach Mycenae, the site that changed everything we thought we knew about of Mycenae, dated back to the 2nd Millennium BCE and representing the era of Achilles, Agamemnon and Helen of Troy.
After that we will travel towards the more recent history of Greece to the city of Nafplion considered the most scenic city which functioned as the capital of Greece until 1834. It offers you an outstanding combination of fortresses and castle. Our last drive for the day will be towards Ancient Olympia.
The following day, we will visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Ancient Olympia. One of the largest sites in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus. Walking in the site you will pass by the Gymnasium, the Palaistra, the workshop of Phidias, the Temple of Zeus and you will end up at the Stadium where every four years the Greeks were competing for glory and for spiritual elevation, honoring their cities.
The museum is also unique as it includes the renowned statue “Hermes of Praxiteles” with its perfect analogies and tools that belonged to Phidias himself. With these tools, he managed to create one of the seven wonders of the world “the gold ivory statue of Zeus”. After the site, we will head towards Delphi.
After spending the night at Delphi we will have a short drive to Delphi in order to visit the archeological museum of Delphi and the site. Delphi is an ancient Greek sanctuary with a Catholic character dedicated to God Apollo. It functioned as an Oracle and was considered ‘the naval’ the center of the world and is today a symbol of Greek cultural unity.
The scenic location allows you to have a view of the Greek mountains and two more sites the Gymnasium and the secondary sanctuary of Athena Pronea. In the site, you will visit the Temple of Apollo where Pythia spoke to the oracles, the theater, and the stadium. Our trip will continue to Hosios Loukas monastery a site of Greece’ Medieval period which represents the second golden age of Byzantine art (11th -12th century) in particular its golden mosaic decoration and fine architecture.