This extended Piraeus shore trip
explores ancient Epidaurus which is famous for its large outdoor theater, and the ruins of Mycenae including the Tomb of Agamemnon. As an added bonus, you have a photo stop at the impressive Corinth Canal.
After meeting your licensed guide, you start your journey to the district known as Argolis, in the northeast corner of the Peloponnese, which is archaeologically one of the most interesting areas in Greece. You travel around the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, where there will be a short photo stop. Admire the fine view of the spectacular canal from the bridge over 200 feet above the water. The canal is over four miles long and 75 feet wide, with a water depth over 26 feet. Although many men in the past had attempted to build such a canal, including the Emperor Nero, the Corinth Canal was built in the 19th century.
After this awe inspiring stop you continue inland towards Epidaurus. Situated on the cool slopes of a beautiful and wooded valley, Epidaurus was known throughout the Hellenic world for its unique medical facilities and healing treatments. Dedicated to Aesclepius, the god of healing, who restored health to the sick and sometimes (it was said) life to the dead, the city was filled with curative spas and baths and only priests had access to certain secret rites.
Most of the ruins of Epidaurus have been reduced to their foundations, with the exception of the astonishing theater. Still used for special performances today, the theater is well preserved. Built into the ground, rather than above it, the theater is known for its fantastic acoustics, which you will observe during your visit.
Next is a scenic drive through the Argos Plain, once ruled by Agamemnon, conqueror of Troy, to the famous citadel of Mycenae. Just before arriving on site, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch (meal not included).
After lunch you visit the somber and mighty ruins of ancient Mycenae, vestiges of a kingdom which, for 400 years, was the most powerful in Greece. You enter the Citadel of Mycenae on foot, approaching it through the famous Lion Gate. Inside, are the shaft graves discovered by Schliemann. You will also visit the Beehive Tomb, known sometimes as the Tomb of Agamemnon, the Greek Commander in Chief during the Trojan War.
Finally you return to Piraeus late in the day.Mobility
: No Wheelchairs
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