About The Mycenae And Epidaurus Full Day Tour:
Journey back to the Greek Bronze Age on a Mycenae and Epidaurus Full Day Tour. This coach trip departs from central Athens with an itinerary that includes the oldest towns and ancient settlements in Greece.
After passing over Corinth Canal which separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland you'll arrive at Mycenae, site of an ancient citadel that dominated the land from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC. After Mycenae you'll stop for lunch (optional inclusion) before travelling to Epidaurus by way of Argos and Nafplio. Epidaurus is famous for its stunningly preserved 4th century BC theatre which is still in use today due its amazing acoustics.
- Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2017: Monday and Saturday.
- Nov 1 ('17) - Mar 31 ('18): Tue, Thu and Sat.
- Live English-speaking guide.
- 08:30 (Leave Athens) - 18:30 (Return).
- Key Tours Terminal (Athanasiou Diakou 26 Athina 117 43, Greece).
- Approx. 10 hours.
- Food and drink (unless lunch option selected).
Your journey to Mycenae and Epidaurus begins at the Key Tours terminal in Athens' Athanasiou Diakou Street. After being picked up at 08:45 the coach trip travels west on the national highway over Corinth Canal. This interesting piece of engineering consists of a single straight cut through the earth and employs no locks. It was completed in 1893, but is now too narrow for most maritime traffic.
Crossing the canal the tour enters onto the Peloponnese peninsula where it eventually arrives at its first main stop, Mycenae. In Mycenae you'll be given a guided walk around the various archaeological sites, including the ruins of the great citadel, Lionesses Gate and the Tomb of Agamemnon. The latter is said to bare no direct relation to the mythical Mycenaean king, but it is nonetheless an incredible monument and a shining example of ancient architectural ingenuity. After touring the ruins there will be an optional visit to a nearby pottery factory followed by lunch (also optional).
Once everyone has eaten it's back on the coaches for the journey's second leg to Epidaurus. You'll pass through Argos (the oldest town in Greece) and make a short stop in Nafplio, a seaport town on shores of the Argolic Gulf. Here there will be a chance to see the Venetian fortress of Palamidi and the fortified islet of Bourtzi.
When you reach Epidaurus your guide will show you around the ancient site's most famous landmarks. See Epidaurus Theater, a stunningly preserved 4th century BC theater which is still in use today due its amazing acoustics and 14,000 strong spectator capacity.
From Epidaurus the tour returns to Athens at around 18:45.