Athens to Epidaurus Ancient Theatre & Nafplio Tour

Discover the first SPA in human history and Greece’s first Capital, Nafplion  

Available departures

  • Our tours take place all year long, in all weather, rain or shine.
  • The tours do not take place on the following public Holidays: 25 , 26 December, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and March 25, the Greek Independence Day.
  • Kindly be advised that all services are subject to availability, your request shall be secured only following receipt of a confirmation email from us and clearance of your deposit.
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Peloponese

Astonishing temples, luxurious palaces, imposing vaulted tombs, colossal walls of epic ancient cities, magnificent medieval castles next to rocky shoreline, are some of the features that characterize ‘the Island of Pelops”, the beautiful Peloponnesus or Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. These monuments reveal the glorious past of this land of heroes, gods and wise kings, Find out more about our tours in the area

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In Brief

Discover the first SPA/ healing centre in the ancient world and Nafplio, Greece’s first capital after the end of its struggle for independence (1821-1829),one of the most picturesque coastal cities of modern Greece. The theatre of Epidauros is the most perfect and renowned monument of its kind, combining superb acoustics, elegance, and symmetrical proportions. Its almost perfectly preserved amphitheater, built 2,500 years ago is still hosting Greek Dramas during the summer cultural festival.

Epidauros, a region with a mild climate and abundant mineral springs, was the location of the Asklepieion, a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of medicine and the most important healing center of the Greek and Roman world. Initially, it was the sanctuary of the small coastal town of Epidauros, but its fame and recognition as well as its importance quickly exceeded the limits of Argolis and was considered by all Greeks to be the birthplace of medicine. More than two hundred spas throughout the eastern Mediterranean were considered to be its institutes. Today its monuments are not only world famous masterpieces of ancient Greek art but also an exceptional testimony of the practice of medicine in antiquity.

Road Map

  • After meeting you in the designated point, we will commence the tour by driving North - Northwest of Athens, via the National Highway. This will lead us to the Isthmus of the Peloponnese peninsula, where we will make our first stop (approx. 20 minutes), to marvel the Corinth canal, which cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. Since its construction, it saves sea-going vessels immense amounts of time as it provides a much shorter nautical route to the west from Athens and the port of Piraeus, the largest and most important port in Greece. You will have the tie to learn someimportant factsabout its layout and historyandtakesome really exceptional video and
  • Our next stop will be at the Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus and the ancient Theater of Epidaurus - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Upon arrival at the region and entering the archaeological site the first feeling is, with no doubt, admiration for the unique natural location which the ancient Greeks chose for the construction of this complex, a captivating landscape which evokes harmony and serenity, features that can also be observed in Delphi, Ancient Olympia and almost all the archeological sites that have been discovered in Greece so far. Admiring the majestic scenery, you will be guided around the area and have the opportunity to visit the on-site museum.
  • Later we will drive to Nafplio, a beautiful and picturesque town which served as the first capital of the newly established Greek state immediately after the independence from the Ottoman Empire. We will first head for Palamidi fortress, which dominates the city and you will have the opportunity to walk around the premises and learn all about this fort’s role in the country's history over the years. For the record, it was built between 1711 and 1715 by the Venetian district governor (Provveditore) Agostino Sagredo. It consisted of a complex of bastions with water reservoirs, storerooms for ammunition and food supplies, moats murder-holes, outworks and barracks. After the fortress tour we will be on our way to downtown Nafplion, for traditional Mediterranean lunch. You will taste Greek food at its finest and you enjoy a light beverage by the coastline overlooking Bourtzi, the Venetian castle which is built on a small islet in the middle of Naflion Bay and served as a notorious Turkish prison during the Ottoman period.
  • The last visit for the day is the archaeological museum in Nafplion, which is a must- see. It is housed in a magnificent Venetian building dating back to 1713.On exhibit are tools and pottery from the Stone Age, and important finds from the Bronze Age, such as the famous Mycenaean body armor from Dendra area.

Upon completion of the tour, we will return to Athens.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal
  • Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
  • The Asclepieion
  • Palamidi fortress
  • The coastal city of Nafplion

Useful info

Our tour packages don’t include a professional licensed tour guide, in order to be more affordable to our clients. However your driver will provide substantial & enough information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.

Notice that  you could choose from the below choices.

a/ You can have your driver - tour Leader  to accompany you. ( No additional cost)

b/ We can provide upon request a Professional tour guide.

c/ For tours that are taking place outside Athens we can always book a local tour guide in each place of visit , upon your request.

Whatever your choice might be, kindly send your request and we will inform you of the additional cost if that exists!

In case you'd like to be picked up by us at Athens International Airport "El Venizelos", we offer you transportation in significantly better price.

Our representative will welcome  you at the Arrival Hall, holding a sign with your name written on it ,will  help you with your luggage and escort you to the car.

duration Itinerary [total duration approx. 9 hours]
vehicle

Car Type: For your chauffeured transportation, we provide fully air-conditioned vehicles that meet all technical and security standards. Depending on the number of participants, you can choose:

a/ Sedan- type vehicle, new Octavia 7 or Mercedes, capacity 1 to 4 pax (depending on availability)

b/ Mini Van, capacity 4 to 8 pax (depending on availability)

c/ SUV- type vehicle, capacity 1 to 5 pax (depending on availability)

Notes: 1) Child safety seats available upon request 2) Luggage restrictions may apply

walking-pace Activity level: Moderate to Hard
equipment Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, mainly uphill, and marble stones can be quite slippery, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat and light colored garments will also be required for this tour.
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

 

Did you know?

  • The Corinth canal consists of a single channel, excavated at sea level (thus requiring no locks). It is 8 meters (26 ft.) deep, 6.343 meters (20,810 ft.) long, 24,6 meters (81 ft.) wide at the water’s surface and 21,3 meters (70 ft.) wide at its base.
  • The cult of the therapist god Asclepius, whom tradition presents as the son of Apollon and the Trikkaian (Triccaean) princess Koronis (Coronis), granddaughter of Malo, the king of Epidauros, was established during the 6th century BC. Soon, Asklepios, protector of human health and personal happiness, gained fame that spread rapidly. Epidauros is one of the most important ancient sites in Greece, with an almost perfectly preserved amphitheater built 2.500 years ago and still hosting Greek Dramas today. It is located at the eastern end of the Peloponnese, 62 km south of the Corinthian Canal. During the 4th and 3rd centuries BC generalized warfare led people to look for even more protection and assistance from the merciful god Asclepius and the temple became one of the richest at that time. Several important buildings were erected during that period: the Classical temple, the altar of Apollo, the Great Stoa, the priests' residence and the Temenos of the Muses in the mountain side while the temple of Asklepios, the Abaton, the Tholos, the theatre, the stadium, the Banqueting Hall and the hostel were constructed in the plain. The Asklepion of Epidauros was partially excavated in 1829 by the French Scientific Expedition of the Peloponnese, which was later succeeded by the archaeologist Panayiotis Kavvadias, who conducted excavations at the site between 1870-1926, under the aegis of the Archaeological Society of Athens, revealing the sanctuary's most important monuments. Limited excavations were conducted in 1942-43, by G. Roux of the French School of Athens in the area of the Abaton and in Buildings E and H and in 1948-1951. by I. Papadimitriou of the Greek Archaeological Service A. Orlando undertook the restoration of the theatre in 1954-1963. Recent work at the Asklepieion has both radically altered the aspect of the archaeological site and provided new evidence for the spatial organization, chronology and use of several buildings.

Tour price

250 € (Prices applies per vehicle not per person)



  • Mercedes/Octavia 7 A/C Sedan Yellow Taxi
  • Up to 4 people
  • From Athens Center
  • For a Minivan service up to 8 persons please ask us for a quote.

Inclusions - Exclusions

inxclusions

  1. Transfer to/from the sites.
  2. Hotel pick up (for downtown Athens).
  3. Car fuel
  4. Tolls
  5. Car parking
  6. All taxes
     

exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Food or drinks
  3. Licensed guide
  4. Admissions