DURATION 12 HOURS APPROXIMATELY
Starting in Ancient Corinth, antiquity’s most powerful commercial crossroads, then on to Mycenae, one of the ancient world’s most important cultures, and then visiting Epidaurus, with its theater and healing center , we will take one of the most historically important routes, in a country filled with history.
We will first stop in Ancient Corinth, the wealthiest city of the ancient world and a leader amongst the powerful Greek city-states that was built at the foothills of the Acrocorinth hill. Noticeable from afar, is a magnificent lookout against potential enemies coming by land or sea.
We will then head to Mycenae and along the way you will enjoy the area’s archaeological sites and natural beauty with its picturesque Isthmus of Corinth. Mycenae is an ancient city that participated in the Trojan War and was referred in the Trojan epos that was written by Homer. You will have the opportunity to see the “cyclopean walls” of the acropolis of Mycenae, which are still impressively intact, as well as a highlight of the heyday of a civilization brought to light by Heinrich Schliemann. The Mycenaean civilization served as inspiration to the great ancient tragedians that influenced the western way of thinking. The Lion Gate, a remarkable example of Mycenaean sculpture; grave circle A with its shaft tombs and golden funerary finds; the palace atop the acropolis with its throne room; the underground water cistern with its ornate stairs and the beehive tombs (“tholos”) are all proof of the glory of an era that has left its mark throughout the ages.
As important and momentous through history is Epidaurus and its ancient theater, which is located at the end of a natural corridor of trees, in harmony with the surrounding landscape, where the evolution of drama took place in ancient times. One of the best preserved ancient theaters, with awe-inspiring acoustics, it was constructed for the entertainment of the patients who had visited the area in order to be healed at the Asklepeion healing center that was located nearby the theater. One of the ancient world’s most famous healing centers, the Asklepeion at Epidaurus was where ancient sufferers came to be cured of both mental and physical ailments, and as a result, the center significantly contributed to the development and influence of the region.
On our way back we will visit Nafplio, the country’s most picturesque town and one of the favorite destinations for Greek and foreign tourists alike, who visit at all times of the year to enjoy the cobblestoned alleyways and the surrounding nature.