Classical Three Day Tour from Athens to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia and Delphi

Go back in time and explore the classics

Enter our time machine to Classical Greece and travel to the most significant historical sites in just three days! Let’s trace the footsteps of great philosophers, rulers, heroes, prophets and… the gods of Olympus.

  • Duration

    3 Days

  • Location

    Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Greece

  • Adults (T Class)

    354.00 €

  • Children (T Class)

    177.00 €

  • Single Supplement

    56 €

From: 354.00 €

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We will meet you at your Athens hotel lobby so pack a few things and don’t forget your camera as we board our luxury air-conditioned bus for a unique trip down history. Our adventure will commence on the coastal national highway at we take the scenic route down to the famous Corinth Canal.

A man-made feat of engineering and proof of man’s determination, the four-mile long, 300 ft. high canal measures only 70 ft. wide at sea level but stretches to 81 ft. at the top. It saves the 430 mile journey around the Peloponnesian Peninsula, although it caters for ships of a lesser width than the commonly larger vessels. As it cuts through the connection between Greek mainland and Peloponnese, it essentially separates the Peloponnese into an island. When this idea first came to one of the Seven Sages of Antiquity, the tyrant of Corinth, Periander, in 602 BC, the famous Delphic Oracle advised against it as “Zeus was in charge of placing islands where he wished” and creating one was not a task of mortal men. Take in the amazing view before we continue to the globally celebrated Epidaurus.

Situated in a small Peloponnesian valley, the shrine of Asklepios, a hero and god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology, is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list and includes monuments like the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the renowned Theater. Explore this vast site with our expert guide and set your eyes on one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture. The Sanctuary, devoted to Asklepios and Apollo, holds outstanding universal value for modern civilization and represents the cradle of medicine. The form of its structures has exerted great influence on the evolution of Hellenistic and Roman architecture. Test for yourself the incomparable acoustics of the prominent Theater of Epidaurus which continues to host performances to date.

Back on board our comfortable bus we go, and off we are to Argolis, the land prominently featured in Homer’s works and those of countless poets’ and writers’ since. Having served as inspiration for unforgettable tales, Mycenae, a fortified citadel nested in the fertile plain of Argolis, is the cornerstone of the Mycenaean civilization. Marvel at the ruins of this World Heritage Site and invaluable archeological remains as we stroll through the city founded by the legendary hero Perseus – son of Zeus and Dane, daughter of the king of Argos – who hired Cyclopes to build the walls of the citadel. Admire those Cyclopean Walls, made of gigantic boulders that no human could have hoisted. King Atreus, father of Agamemnon and Menelaus whose story was immortalized in the Homeric Illiad, later reigned over Mycenae.

Explore the Treasury of Atreus, the Royal Tombs and the citadel’s monumental entrance, the Lion Gate. Experience the vibrations around you in this site where legends were born and the most dramatic mythological tales flourished.

In the afternoon, we will set off to Olympia, passing through the cities of Tripolis, the capital of the Peloponnese region, and Megalopolis, founded in 371 BC and known as the first large urbanization center in rustic Arcadia. There, where another global ideal was born, that of the Olympic Games, we will finally settle in for the night, with hearts and minds filled with lasting images from a full day of exploration and historical immersion.

On the following morning, the land where the Olympic flame was first lit in 776 BC awaits you. Join your trusty professional guide for a closer look at the grounds that gave birth to the values of harmony of physical and mental health, noble contest, fair competition and Sacred Truce. Truce was declared before the beginning of the Olympic Games during which all of the Hellenic city-states set aside their differences and suspended hostilities.  Although the idea behind the first treaty signed by the kinds of Elis, Pisa and Sparta was to bring temporary peace to the Peloponnese, it was essentially an agreement reached by the entirety of Greek civilization.

In approaching the archeological site, we will cross a bridge over the once famed river of Cladeus, named after a river god, which in ancient times was one of the Olympiad’s vital rivers. A landscape of great natural beauty serves as the soothing backdrop to this sanctuary of Zeus, king of the gods, and it once brimmed with olive trees from which the wreaths that crowned the Olympian champions were made. That is the reason behind the site’s name, Altis, meaning “grove”. Of course, the name “Olympia” points to Mount Olympus, home of the great gods.

Explore the “temenos”, the sacred precinct of Zeus, which houses his temple, the Temple of Hera, the Pelopion and the altar. Outside the enclosure lay the athletic venues, the guesthouses and baths for the competing athletes and for visitors who flocked to the area during the Games. As you explore the Temple of Hera, note that it is widely stipulated that it also served as a kind of treasury, since within it were kept the disc of the Sacred Truce and the gold-and-ivory table for placing the winners’ wreaths.

The archeological Museum of Olympia awaits you with many treasures to examine. It is one of the most significant museums of Greece and its permanent exhibition comprises findings from excavations dating from prehistoric times to the Early Christian period. This is where you may admire the world renowned statue of “Hermes of Praxiteles”, dating back to the 4th century BC. A symbol of beauty and aesthetics, it depicts the god Hermes holding the infant Dionysos in his left arm. A quintessential model of male beauty, exuding harmony and eurhythmy, it is the most visited exhibit.

As we leave this invaluable archeological site behind us, prepare to cross over the Gulf of Corinth, on the world’s longest continuous, cable-stayed, fully suspended deck, the Rio–Antirrio Bridge. Giving us a quick glimpse into how far man has advanced, this celebrated engineering masterpiece is famed for the numerous difficulties its construction faced, including seismic activity.

On our way to Delphi, the “center of the earth”, as it was once worshipped by the Ancient Greeks, we will pass by the city of Nafpactos, the site of the battle of Lepanto, and ride along the scenic coastal road. In the afternoon, enjoy the refreshing mountain air with a visit to Arcahova, a popular destination nestled on Mount Parnassos, and often frequented by all those escaping urban hustle over weekends. Arachova erupts with cosmopolitan charm, savory cuisine and a relaxing shopping experience.

Return to Delphi for a soothing good night’s rest and slip into a dream world ruled by the land’s ancient oracles and prophets.

On our third morning, this classical tour takes us to the archeological site of Delphi where your experienced guide will you show you where the famous Delphic Oracle, Pythia, quenched her thirst at the Castalia Spring, before preparing to shed light into the hearts and minds of those seeking consul.

The site is incredibly rich in ancient monuments and offers an unforgettable experience to visitors. Explore the monument of the Argive Kings, the Athenian Treasury, the Stoa of the Athenians, the Polygonal Wall, and the monument of Platea. Discover the Temple of Apollo, an imposing structure of Doric order as well as the striking view of the surrounding area.

You will find the frieze of the Treasury of the Siphnians, built to please the gods and highlight the prestige of the city-state of Siphnos, within the Delphi Museum. Inside, you may enjoy a fascinating collection of exhibits which includes the immense Sphinx of Naxos, the Statue of Antinous, the metopes of the Athenian treasury bearing the adventures of Theseus and Hercules, and The Charioteer of Delphi, also known as Heniokhos, one of the finest examples of ancient bronze sculptures.

That afternoon, we will find ourselves on the bus home to Athens with countless memories to share with friends and family back home, souvenirs and photographs depicting the legacies of ancient civilization, and incomparable imagery forever etched into our minds.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal with its amazing views
  • Mycenae Archaeological Site
  • Epidaurus Archeological Site – Asklepios Sanctuary
  • Ancient theater of Epidaurus with its incomparable acoustics
  • Olympia Archaeological Site- birth place of the Olympic Games
  • Olympia Archeological Museum
  • Rion-Antirrion bridge, a feat of engineering
  • Castalia Spring – regarded by Roman poets as a source of poetic inspiration
  • Delphi Archeological Site – Navel of the World
  • Delphi Archeological Museum with its wonderful artifacts

Inclusions

  • Pick up and Drop off Service from centrally located hotel in Athens
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned bus with free wifi connection
  • Services of Professional licensed guide
  • Admission / Entrance fees
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Hotel accommodation based on your choice (A class / T class)

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation tax
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Lunch

Good to know

  • The tour may be operated by a multi-lingual guide.
  • All the mentioned prices are per person on twin sharing basis. In case of one traveler the single supplement option has to be chosen.
  • If you do not require the hotel pick-up service, please check in 15 minutes prior to the tour starting time

Tips by a local

When visiting archeological sites and doing some of our own “digging around”, we recommend using some sunscreen and always wearing loose fitting clothes and comfortable walking shoes. Greece is, after all, a warm and sunny country so put on a hat when you are out in the sun and enjoy the tour.