Half Day Mycenae Tour

A journey to Homer’s Mycenae “Rich in Gold”, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon

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

Take a journey into Homers mythical Mycenae “Rich in gold”. Walk the corridor that leads inside the vaulted tomb which believed to belong to Agamemnon, the Chief General of the Achaean army during the Trojan War, king of Mycenae and brother of king Menelaos of Sparta. Pass under the Lions Gate and feel for a second how it would be like been an Achaean soldier on top of the cyclopean walls guarding the mightiest of all Mycenaean centers.

Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial center of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Mycenae (Greek: Μυκῆναι Mykēnai or Μυκήνη Mykēnē) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The archaeological site is located about 90 km (56 miles) southwest of Athens, in the north-eastern Peloponnese. Argos is 11 km (7 miles) to the south; Corinth, 48 km (30 miles) to the north. From the hill on which the palace was located, one can see across the plain of Argolis to the Saronic Gulf. In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference to Mycenae.

Road Map

  • After meeting you in the designated point we will start your tour by driving towards North - Northeast of Athens via the National road. This will lead us to the isthmus of Peloponnese where the Corinth canal is situated and will be our first 20 min stop. It is the canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegea Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. Once you learn some important things about its layout and history and take some really exceptional video and photos we will continue ourway towards
  • Mycenae: a UNESCO World Heritage Arriving there you will have the opportunity to step back in time. Feel like a simple Mycenaean soldier, a courtier or member of the clergy, or why not like King Agamemnon himself riding his gilded chariot, as you pass under the Lion gate the citadel's monumental entrance. Furthermore you will be able to see the city's religious center and Grave Circle A; which were Included in the newly fortified area and was refurbished and used for ancestral cults. A visit to the famous domed tomb known as the 'Treasure of Atreus', with its gigantic lintels and tall beehive vault, that was probably built during the same period awe any visitor. Your visit to Mycenae will not be integrated though unless you visit also the National Archeological Museum in Athens where the majority of the artifacts found during the excavations have been transferred.

Highlights

  • Corinth canal
  • The Lions Gate
  • The vaulted tomb of Agamemnon
  • The cyclopean fortification
  • The museum

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 information for all the locations that you'll visit, within the car or outside the sites.

Kindly choose one from the following below.

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,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. 5 ½ 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
equipment Dress Code: As your visit involves a fair bit of walking, partially in rough terrain, it is advisable to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes. During the summer months, a hat, and light color garments will also be required for this tour.
group Max Group Size: 12-14 persons

 

Did you know?

  • In 1837, after Greece (Hellas) acquired its Independence, the archaeological site of Mycenae came under the jurisdiction of the Greek Archaeological Society, whose representative K. Pittakis cleared the Lion Gate in 1841. In 1874, several small test trenches were opened. In 1876, Heinrich Schliemann began excavating Grave Circle A, where he uncovered five graves. His work was continued in 1876-1877 by trench supervisor P. Stamatakis who uncovered the sixth grave. In 1950-1955 A. Orlando’s and E. Stikas supervised the restoration of the Tomb of Clytemnestra, the palace, Grave Circle B and the area surrounding the Lion Gate. The project for the 'Restoration-Conservation-Presentation of the Monuments of the Acropolis of Mycenae and its Greater Area', begun in 1998, was overseen initially by the Work Group for the Restoration of the Monuments of Epidaurus and subsequently by the Mycenae Committee, created in 1999.
  • At its peak in 1350 BC, Mycenae -the citadel and lower town- had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares. Most of the monuments visible today were erected in the Late Bronze Age, between 1350 and 1200 BC, when the site was at its peak. The construction of the palace and fortification wall currently visible began c. 1350 BC (Late Helladic IIIA2). The latter saw three construction phases, the first wall being built of Cyclopean masonry. A new wall was erected to the west and south of the early one approximately one hundred years later (Late Helladic IIIB1), together with the Lion Gate, the citadel's monumental entrance, and its bastion. Included in the newly fortified area were the city's religious center and Grave Circle A, which was refurbished and used for ancestral cults. The famous Tholos tomb known as the 'Treasure of Atreus', with its gigantic lintels and tall beehive vault, was probably built during the same period. At approximately 1200 BC, in the Late Helladic IIIB-C period, following a large destruction probably caused by an earthquake, the walls were extended to the northeast so as to include the subterranean well. Successive destruction and fires led to the site's final abandonment c. 1100 BC. After the collapse of the palatial system and of the 'Mycenaean Koine', the hill was sparsely inhabited until the Classical period. A temple dedicated to Hera or Athena was erected on the top of the hill in the Archaic period. In 468 BC, after the Persian Wars, in which Mycenae took part, the town was conquered by Argos and had part of its fortification wall destroyed.

Tour price

200 € (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