Three Days Tour to Argolida, Ancient Olympia and Delphi
First Day Itinerary: We shall start our private tour taking the westward route via coastal line towards Peloponnesus . You will see the Saronic Gulf where the famous Naval Battle of Salamis took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks and the Persians . Persians defeated under the inspiration of Themistocles General . Our first stop will be the famous Canal of Corinthos which, through Isthmus a narrow neck of land connects the Corinthian Gulf (Ionian Sea) with Saronic Gulf (Aegean Sea) and cuts Peloponnesus peninsula from the rest Greek mainland.
We continue our private tour with the visit to Ancient Corinth . Exploring the archaeological area you will meet the Roman Odeon the theater then the Temple of Apollo from 6th century BC the archaeological Museum,the Glauke fountain also the famous “Vema” (tribunal) from which St. Paul sermonized the Corinthians.
Our next visit is the famous Mycenae (the Kingdom of King Agamemnon). You will admire there the Lions’ Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Treasure of Atreus , the Subterranean Cistern and the Archaeological Museum.
Our private tour continues on with our visit to Nafplio, a seaside town which is for many the most beautiful town in Greece . Nafplio was the first capital of Greece after the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. You will enjoy the walk in the picturesques backstreets of the old town admiring old classical buildings, especially in the Constitution Square. You will enjoy also a traditional Greek lunch, while attending the famous Bourtzi castle located in the middle of the harbor of Nafplio.
After Nafplio we continue our driving through the beautiful countryside of Peloponnese peninsula we shall pass traditional villages of Mount Mainalon and finally we arrive in the world–famous city of Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Time for dinner and then you will spend your night in a friendly family run hotel.
Second Day Itinerary: In the morning, and after having your breakfast, you will visit the archaeological area of Ancient Olympia where the first Olympic Games took place on 776 B.C. You will visit the Gymnasium the Ancient Stadium the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the Palestra, the Philipeion, the Prytaneion, the Bouleuterion and the Leonidaion. You’ll complete your exploration with the visit of the archaeological Museum, one of the most important museums in Greece .Time for your lunch and our private tour continues with driving through north west Peloponnesus with the crossing of Rio – Antirio bridge, passing via Galaxidi and Itea (a seaport in ancient times was named Kirha) and finally we’ll arrive in the city of Delphi. Time for dinner and then you will spend your night in a friendly family run hotel.
Third Day Itinerary: Next morning, and after taking your breakfast you will visit the”omphalos” means the center of the world as it was regarded by the ancients – the famous Sanctuary of Delphi with the worldwide known Oracle. You will wander through the archaeological area admiring the sacred way, the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, the Polygonal wall, the Treasury of the Siphnians, the Stoa of the Athenians, the ancient theater, the stadium ,the ancient Gymnasium, the Castalian Spring, and the Tholos of Athena Pronaia. Your will complete your exploration with the visit of the archaeological museum .Time for launch and then we are going to visit Arachova a traditional ski resort village with beautiful stone houses and narrow streets around water sources . Arachova, despite the high level of tourism development has retained its traditional character. After Arachova we are going to visit the byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas . Hosios Loukas it’s one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art, and has been listed on UNESCO’S World Heritage sites, along with the monasteries of Nea Moni at Chios Island and Daphni in Attica.This octagonal Byzantine structure is in excellent condition containing many well preserved mosaics and paintings. Osios loukas is the last spot of our three days tour then we take the way back to Athens.