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Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

1. Athens: Full Day Trip to Nafplio and Ancient Epidaurus

Depart Athens with a friendly escort (archaeologist) by bus from the Halandri Metro station and reach Nafplio where there are various alternative options to discover the hidden gems of the city. There is plenty of time to climb the 999 steps of the Castle of Palamidi (or let the bus drive you to it) and admire the wide view of the region along with the endless beauty of the Argolic Gulf from the top of the hill. Naflpio used to be the capital of Greece before Athens and its architecture has venetian, byzantine, ottoman and modern greek influences. Admire the main attractions like Bourtzi Castle and Acronauplia as well as the various picturesque squares in the city center. Observe the colorful venetian houses that attract your eyes with the bougainvilleas hanging flashily from the balconies. You have the chance to enrich your trip by visiting the Komboloi Museum and the distillery of Tsipouro, Ouzo or Mastiha known as “ouzo experience” in the most traditional district of the city. Enjoy a greek lunch break in a cozy tavern and be one with the locals. Later on, travel into history by visiting the ancient theater of Epidaurus. In the antiquity, Epidaurus was a sanatorium, connected intensively with the Asclepeion healing temples. Asclepeion was the 5* hotel of the ancient times and is considered as the origin of the medical science. Nowadays, Epidaurus is most known as the theater with the greatest acoustic of all times and still hosts the Festival of Epidaurus every summer. Feel the aura of the ancient tragedians who through their interpretations led the audience to “catharsis”, the purification and purgation of emotions.

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Nafplio: City Walking Tour

2. Nafplio: City Walking Tour

Meet your tour leader your hotel inside the city limits or at the Land Gate, ready for your adventure in the venetian city.  Pass by the point where Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first ruler of Greece, was killed and will end up in the Syntagma Square, where Venetian and neoclassical buildings dominate your surroundings. Explore the old town's picturesque alleyways, where you will see historical buildings such as the First Parliament of the Greek State and the Archaeological Museum. You will then walk uphill to the Acropolis of Nafplion and marvel at the unique panoramic views of the bay. Continue the tour at the port of the city, where you'll learn about the Bourtzi castle, a Venetian fortress built on a a nearby island, which stands as the most recognized attraction of Nafplion. Then the tour ends at the port in front of the old city, where you'll have free time to continue exploring.

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Athens: Private Argolis Tour (Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus)

3. Athens: Private Argolis Tour (Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus)

Discover the area of Argolis during a unique one-day experience filled with beautiful landscapes and archaeological adventures. Upgrade your tour to include a private guided tour with a licensed English-speaking guide, authorized to enter all the archaeological sites with you, or alternatively explore the sites at your own pace without a guide. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Athens where you will meet your driver and set off on your full-day tour. First, stop at Corinth Canal, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Then, continue by car towards the archaeological site of Mycenae, the prehistoric kingdom of mythical Agamemnon who was famous for leading the Greeks in the reputed Trojan War. In Mycenae, admire the famous Lions’ Gate and explore the site of a royal set of graves where golden masks, weapons, cups, and crowns were discovered. Finally, follow the route uphill towards the ruins of the palace and the underground cistern, before taking an optional look at the local museum collection. Complete your visit at the vaulted tomb of Agamemnon. Next, drive through the plains and orange groves of Argos towards the charming town of Nafplio. Admire the neoclassical buildings during a stroll along the picturesque cobbled streets. Then, explore the medieval quarter and port which offers an impeccable view of the sea and the small castle of Bourtzi. Find some ideal choices of restaurants here for a lunch break. After this, visit the Theater of Epidaurus, which is situated about 30 minutes from Nafplio. It is the largest and best-preserved ancient theater in Greece, built near an area that functioned as a sanctuary and a healing center dedicated to the Greek god of medicine Asclepius. Finally, return back to Athens following a scenic route with an astonishing view of the Aegean Sea.

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What people are saying about Nafplio

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 21 reviews

"Bill"(if that's your real name...) was a fantastic, engaging, funny, and superbly knowledgeable guide. He's actually an archeologist with a masters degree, so his knowledge is exceptional. He was able to flow with the dynamics of the group and fluidly intersperse humor, history, mythology and science (with excellent English, all the while keeping his eyes on the road)! This tour is an absolute must and one we will never forget. He offered us the option to either sit down for lunch or do more of a 'grab and go' thing so we can keep walking around and touring. He made sure that everyone in our group was happy with the decision we made to sit down and eat. We did so many different things on this tour and felt so accomplished at the end of the day! Cannot recommend this tour group highly enough! (Their communication is also superb whether through WhatsApp emails or phone) On the 2-hour drive back we had very interesting philosophical discussions with him. Great great great!

Great to see the countryside and the beautiful town of Nafplio. Our guide drove us back through the mountains and the views were stunning. The only negative - and not her fault - it was hard to hear her at the back of the minibus without a microphone. If you're taking this tour definitely travel to the meeting point by metro, the morning traffic in Athens is horrendous!

Bill is great. It was a lot of fun and he answered all of the questions. At the end we got some tips for the city. A very interesting tour, I can recommend it to others

Great round trip, very worth seeing and impressive landscape and sights. Everything is well organized!

This tour is so enjoyable with the best guide ever "Bill- an easier name he gave us".