DAY 1: Pick up from your Hotel in the morning and we drive along the coastline from Athens to Peloponnese. First short stop after about 45 minutes at the breathtaking Canal of Corinth of 6 km length and 80m height! After this great photo stop, we continue and soon arrive at the unique Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, the most perfect ancient Greek theater, with perfect acoustics and aesthetics, and with capacity of 14,000 spectators, attracts from ancient years till nowadays, millions of visitors for the performance of ancient drama plays.
After that, we will soon reach at the site of Ancient Mycenae, with the Great Cyclopean walls surround the almost triangular acropolis, and with the famous "Gate of Lions" and "Atreus King Tomb and Treasure"! In the second millennium BC, and with peak in 1350 BC, Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece, Crete, the Cyclades and parts of southwest Anatolia. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae. We finish our visit in Ancient Mycenae with the Museum of Mycenae where you can see the Golden funeral mask of King Agamemnon!
We will continue our tour and you can have your lunch at one of the most beautiful towns of Greece, the first capital city at the modern Greek history, the amazing and picturesque Nauplio, next to the sea, with the traditional narrow streets and the old Byzantine churches. We will finish our first day at the town of Ancient Olympia. Overnight : Ancient Olympia
DAY 2 : We will visit the birthplace of Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia. We will visit the Ancient Stadium, where first Olympic Games took place on 776 B.C., the Temple of Zeus and Hera, and also the Workshop of Pheidias, who was the great sculptor crafted the gigantic chryselephantine statue of Zeus, listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, after Pheidias completed the sculptures for the Athenian Acropolis.
We will finally visit the New Museum of Ancient Olympia, that was reorganised in 2004, and the visitor is introduced to the history of the great Pan-Hellenic sanctuary from the Early Bronze Age to the sixth-seventh centuries AD. The sculpted decoration (metopes and pediments) of the temple of Zeus, the most important example of the Severe Style in Greek art, the statue of Nike by Paionios and the Hermes of Praxiteles are the museum's pieces de resistance. Equally important is the bronze collection, the richest of its kind in the world.
We leave Ancient Olympia and we will go over the Corinth Gulf crossing the bridge of Rio - Antirio, one of the biggest and most impressive bridges in the world! We soon reach at another traditional and beautiful town of Greece, Nafpaktos, with its picturesque Port and the Venetian fortress, and here you can have a light lunch and a break. We leave Nafpaktos and in the afternoon we will reach Arachova, at 1000 meters altitude the best winter resort in Greece, and last town before Delphi. Free time to explore this beautiful small town and its secrets! Overnight : Arachova
DAY 3 : Last day of our tour, and in the morning we visit the unique site and museum of Delphi! As per Unesco's World Heritage Center ''The pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, where the oracle of Apollo spoke, was the site of the omphalos, the 'navel of the world'. Blending harmoniously with the superb landscape and charged with sacred meaning, Delphi in the 6th century B.C. was indeed the religious centre and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world.'' You will visit the Temple of Apollo and the Ancient Oracle, the Ancient Stadium, the Ancient Theatre where could seat more than 5000 spectators, the Sacred Way, and of course The Tholos of the sanctuary of Goddess Athena, that is perhaps the most characteristic monument at Delphi and a masterpiece of Classical architecture!
Next we will visit the Museum of Delphi, where you can admire the "Charioteer", one of the best pieces of the classical art sculpted in bronze! Here you will also see the sacred symbol of Delphi, the Omphalos (navel) that signified the center of the earth, was kept in Apollo's temple and may other masterpieces from the excavations in the sanctuary of Delphi!
Later on our way back to Athens we will make a short stop at at the wonderful Byzantine Monastery of St. (Hosios) Loukas (Luke), a monastery with great history since 11th Century! The Monastery is located on a picturesque slope on the western foothills of Mount Helikon, not far away from Delphi and consists of two large churches, its Crypt, belfry, the cells and the others buildings dedicated to miraculous local saint Loukas (856 - 953 AD). We will arrive in Athens late in the afternoon.
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