Argolis-Bassae-Olympia-Delphi (Four Days Tour)


One of the most classical and popular excursion! Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Greece and the most important archaeological sites in Argolis, Bassae, Olympia and Delphi.

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Corinth

Corinth was a city-state (polis) on the Isthmus of Corinth, the narrow stretch of land that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece, roughly halfway between Athens and Sparta. The modern town of Corinth is located approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) northeast of the ancient ruins. Since 1896, systematic archaeological investigations of the Corinth Excavations by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens have revealed large parts of the ancient city, and recent excavations conducted by the Greek Ministry of Culture have brought important new facets of antiquity to light.

Bassae

Bassae is an archaeological site in Oichalia, a municipality in the northeastern part of Messenia, Greece. In classical antiquity, it was part of Arcadia. Bassae lies near the village of Skliros, northeast of Figaleia, south of Andritsaina and west of Megalopolis. It is famous for the well-preserved mid- to late-5th century BC Temple of Apollo Epicurius.

Although this temple is geographically remote from major polities of ancient Greece, it is one of the most studied ancient Greek temples because of its multitude of unusual features. Bassae was the first Greek site to be inscribed on the World Heritage List (1986). Its construction is placed between 450 BC and 400 BC.

Delphi

Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In myths dating to the classical period of Ancient Greece (510-323 BC), the site of Delphi was believed to be determined by Zeus when he sought to find the centre of his "Grandmother Earth" (Ge, Gaea, or Gaia). He sent two eagles flying from the eastern and western extremities, and the path of the eagles crossed over Delphi where the omphalos, or navel of Gaia was found

Olympia

Olympia, a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times.

The Olympic Games were held every four years throughout Classical Antiquity, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. The first Olympic Games were in honor of Zeus.

Day 1

Leaving Athens behind we drive on the coastal road towards the West.  Our first stop (after approximately one hour) is the Corinth Canal. There we’ll make a short stop, enough to see the Canal, (approximately 6 km long connecting the Aegean with the Ionian Sea), take photos and visit the local cafeteria.  Twenty minutes later we’ll arrive at the small town of Ancient Corinth where we’ll visit the archaeological site with the unique monolithic Temple of Apollo (one of the oldest in Greece, 585 B.C.), and the Bema from where St. Paul preached and the museum.

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.   The city looks out across the plain of Argos to the sea.  Its elevated position and its huge Cyclopean Walls offered protection from surprise attacks by pirates and enemies.  At the peak of its power (1300 B.C.) the population resided around the fortress where the Royal Family had its Palace.  The Palace, symbol of power of the Mycenaean rulers, was reached by a large ramp beginning at the Lions Gate.

Outside the fortress lie the impressive beehive tombs including that ascribed to Agamemnon known also 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 at the picturesque town of Nafplion (First capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834).Nafplion is the most ancient city in Greece.  According to the myth it was founded by Theseas who first conceived the idea of organized cities where people could live together.  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 Nafplion and at the entrance of the harbor, in the Argolic Gulf, there is yet another, third castle, Bourtzi, situated on a small islet.

Whether you decide to have lunch in the old medieval quarter, with the narrow, stoned paved streets, or by the port, with the view of Bourtzi, Nafplion is the best choice for lunch in this trip.

After lunch in Nafplion we will continue with the tour of Argolis, visiting Epidaurus. (extended Argolis tour). Epidaurus is famous for its ancient Theatre and the sanctuary of Asclepios. The sanctuary of Asclepios was a healing centre as well as a cultural centre in ancient times.  Epidaurus was built around the 4th Century B.C. and has a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The Theatre of Epidaurus has reached our days almost intact.   The view, aesthetics and acoustics of the theatre are breathtaking.  It’s still in use today and hosts carefully selected theatrical plays, concerts and festivals during the summer.  For an actor to perform in the Theatre of Epidaurus is considered the greatest honour and the ultimate acknowledgement of his or her talent, if he wins over the tough audience.

After concluding our visit to Epidaurus we’ll return to Nafplion where we will spend the night.   In the afternoon we will be free to explore the old medieval quarter with the traditional restaurants hidden in the narrow, stone paved streets and the port with all the modern cafeterias with view to the Bourtzi Castle.

Day 2

Next morning, after breakfast, we are going to visit Palamide fortress.  Here you will have a choice of either climbing the authentic stairway of 999 steps to the entrance of the castle or driving directly to the top!

After visiting Palamide we are going to drive over the mountains of Arcadia to Bassae.   In Bassae we will visit the imposing Temple of Epikourios Apollo.  We can have lunch in any of the towns we will drive through during our trip. (Megalopoli, Karytaina, Andritsena).

The Temple of Epikourios Apollo, one of the most important and imposing ancient Temples, stands in the bare and rocky landscape of Bassae 1.100 m. above the sea level.  Attributed to Iktinos, one of  the master architects of the Parthenon in Athens, the temple dates back to 420-400 BC. Excavations have revealed that this surviving temple was the third to have been erected on the site.  The remains of the two previous temples date back 600 and 500 BC.  It is very interesting that some of the architectural elements of these two previous temples can still be seen today.

After concluding our visit to Bassae we will continue to Olympia where we’ll have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 3

After breakfast, we are going to visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus where the gold and ivory statue of the god was situated.   One of the seven wonders of the ancient world the gold and ivory statue of Zeus was the work of the famous sculptor Fedias.  We will also see 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.

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 Altis and the rest archaeological site dating from the prehistoric era. Among the many precious exhibits you we will also see the famous marble statues of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike (Victory) of Paionios.

After the conclusion of our tour we can have lunch in the town of Olympia and then start our trip to Delphi, where we’ll  arrive in the evening.   In Delphi we can have diner in a local Greek restaurant and stay overnight.

Day 4

After breakfast we will visit the famous Oracle of Delphi.   We will see the Castalia Spring and the main archaeological site (the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Theatre, the Stadium, etc.) and the Museum with the famous statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dated from 475 B.C.

After our visit to the Museum we’ll drive down the slope for about a mile to visit the ruins of the Temple of Athena Pronea and the Tholos.

We can have lunch in a traditional Greek restaurant either in Delphi or in Arahova.

Driving down mountain Parnassos, and before reaching the national highway to Athens, we’ll stop again at Cheronia to see the famous “Lion of Cheronia”.  The “Lion” is a marble monument erected in the battlefield by Phillip, King of Macedonia and father of Alexander the Great, to commemorate his victory there against the Athenian and Thebean armies in 338 B.C.

All our private tours are flexible.  It is always up to you to change the itinerary according to your wishes.

Admission fees, hotel and food are not included in the price of the trip.

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AS WELL AS OUR TERMS OF SERVICEBEFORE BOOKING YOUR TOUR:

►All prices include all taxes, fuel, insurance, and parking fees.

► The total price for the tour is per group size. Individuals may split the cost of the tour among themselves as they wish.  

►This tour does NOT include entrance fees to any archeological site and museum,meals, hotel accommodations, gratuities, or other client personal expenses. Driver’s hotel expenses are not included in the price but If our company book the hotels we use frequently you can avoid this cost. If you wish to book your own hotels then you need to pay a room for the driver.

► For your safety inside the vehicle, drivers provide commentaryonly when it is deemed safe to do so while driving. When your driver must concentrate during difficult driving conditions, please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

► Greece has strict laws and regulations in place to protect licensed tour guides, this it makes it unlawful for Tour Drivers to offer commentary about sites outside the vehicle. In order for us to comply with Greek laws, Tour Drivers may not tour our guests near or inside monuments or museums. Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle. Only licensed Tour Guides may accompany or guide you at the sites you visit. If you wish to have a personal licensed tour guide please include this on your request.

► Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to the local Municipality and Traffic laws of Greece.

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► Modes of Payment: Payment for the tour will be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey. 

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Cancellation policy:

Please, note that there will be no charge if you cancel your reservation by e-mail within at least 5 days before date of requested service. If is not done in these terms, our company reserves the right to debit the "no show fee" on your credit card which is the total amount of requested services.

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Admission Tickets

Ancient Corinth: 6 euros including the Museum

Mycenae:   6 euros including the Tomb of Agamemnon

Epidaurus:  6 euros including the Museum

Olympia:  9 Euros including the Museum

Bassae:    3 Euros

Delphi:     9 Euros euros including the Museum

Summer                                                

From  April 1st to October 31st

08:00-19:30

Winter

From November 1st to March 31st 

08:30-15:00

Holidays

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).

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.

Details

Start Location
Athens
End Location
Athens
Duration
4 days
Operating
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