- 3 Days
- Archaeological Sites
- Diros Cave lake
- Lunch stop
Ancient Corinth, Canal, Nemea, Mycenae, Nafplion, ancient Sparta and Mystras, Olympia (2 overnight stays in Spart and Olympia).
This tour gives you the opportunity to explore the antiquities and beauties of Sparta & Olympia leisurely, with an overnight stay in the picturesque town of Sparta and Olympia.
We always offer you the flexibility to change the itinerary according to your wishes.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Customer Defined|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:00 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 PM.|
|WEAR||Summer: Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen. Winter: Comfortable warn clothing, jacket and winter shoes|
Ancient Corinth: 6 euros including the Museum
Mycenae: 6 euros including the Tomb of Agamemnon
Mystras: 5 euros including the Museum
Diros Cave: 15 euros
Olympia: 9 euros including the Museum
Free admission for:
Children under 19
Students from E.U.
Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Students from countries outside the E.U.
Sites’ Opening Hours
From April 1st to October 31st
From November 1st to March 31st
1 January: closed
6 January: 08:30 – 15:00
Shrove Monday: 08:30 – 15:00
25 March: closed
Good Friday: 12:00 – 15:00
Holy Saturday: 08:30 – 15:00
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Easter Monday: 08:30 – 15:00
Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 – 15:00
15 August: 08:30 – 15:00
28 October: 08:30 – 15:00
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Free admission days
6 March In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
5 June International Day for the Environment
18 April International Monuments Day
18 May International Museums Day
27 September International Tourism Day
* The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
* Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
* National Holidays
* The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and
September (when the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the
free admission day).
|Location||Corinth, Diros Cave, Mani, Nayplio, Olympia, Sparta|
|Groupsize||1 to 4, 7 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 18|
Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West. Our first stop, after one hour, is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, take photos and visit the local cafeteria. Twenty minutes later we’ll arrive at the small town of Ancient Corinthwhere we’ll visit the archaeological site with the unique monolithic Temple of Apollo and the Bema from where St. Paul preached and the museum
Argolis - Mycenae
Driving afterwards through the hills of Corinth, among thousands of olive trees and vineyards, we’ll arrive at the prefecture of Argolis where we’ll visit the archaeological site of Mycenae.
Mycenae, ‘Rich in Gold’, was the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon who dominated the Aegean Sea after the distraction of the Minoan Empire. Its elevated position and its huge Cyclopean Walls offered protection from surprise attacks by pirates and enemies. Outside the fortress lie the impressive beehive tombs including that ascribed to Agamemnon also known as the Treasury of Atreas.
After concluding our visit to Mycenae we’ll drive through the plain of Argos among endless farms of orange trees and forty minutes later we’ll arrive to the picturesque town of Nafplion (First capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834).
Nafplion is the most ancient city in Greece. The city lies under the imposing rocks of Palamide the most formidable Venetian castle in the Eastern Mediterranean. The smaller Castle of Acronafplia (where the ancient city was founded) crowns Naflion and at the entrance of the harbor, in theArgolic Gulf, there is yet another, third Castle Bourtzi, situated on a small islet.
Sparta Monuments, overnight in Sparta
Living Nafplion we will drive to the city of Sparta.Sparta was a city in ancient Greece between 650 B.C. and 362 B.C. during the Greco-Persian Wars, situated in the southern part of the Peloponnese. The area around the town of Sparta, the Plateau east of the Taygetos mountains, was generally referred as Lakonia which term was sometimes used for all the regions under direct Spartan control, including Messenia. Overnight in Sparta.
Day 2 -Breakfast - Sparta monuments
In the morning after having breakfast we will visit the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Olive, Statue of Leonidas, The Acropolis Temple of Artemis, The Theatre, The Menelaion, The Cathedral Europas River Public Library.
Day 2 Mystras
Leaving Sparta we are going to visit Mystras. Overlooking Sparta, on a steep hill is the archeological site Mystras. This is one of the six places designated by UNESCO, that we are able to visit during this trip to Greece. It’s design as a Late Byzantine fortified settlement, makes it important enough to be on the World Heritage List.
Day 2, Diros cave & Mani, Olympia for overnight stay
Continue our private tour visit Diros cave one of the world’s most beautiful caves is located on the western shores of the Laconic Peninsula, on the Gulf of Diros, under the minimalist landscape of Mani where nature, with incomparable deftness and patience, has carved a miracle surpassing any imagination. Stark-white stalagmites and stalactites, impressive curtains and sparkling crystals embellish each one of its corners, creating a breathtaking spectacle. After concluding our visit to Diros cave, we’ll start out return trip to the hotel.
Day 3, Olympia
After breakfast we are going to visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus and the Temple of Hera, where the lighting of the Olympic Flame takes place every four years, the original ancient Olympic Stadium and many more monuments. After the archaeological site we will visit the Museum.
Museum of Olympia
The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece. The museum’s permanent exhibition features finds from the sacred precinct of the Altis and the rest archaeological site dating from the prehistoric era. Among the many precious exhibits you we will see the famous marble statues of Hermes of Praxiteles.
Free time in the city of Olympia, lunch and return to Athens
After the conclusion of our tour in Olympia we can have lunch in the town and start our return trip back to Athens.