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Full-Day Argolis Day Trip from Athens

Explore ancient archaeological sites and seaside towns on a day trip from Athens
From US$2,313 privately
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Tour Details
Duration
10 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus
  • Mycenae Archaeological Site
  • Nafplio
Photos & Highlights
  • Spend a day in Mycenae, Nafplio and Epidaurus, accompanied by an archaeologist or historian
  • Includes private car service to and from Athens
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Tour Description
Explore the Argolis Peninsula on this incredible full-day trip from Athens. Start with a tour of Mycenae, the ruins of the home of the mythical King Agamemnon. Continue with lunch and a stroll in Nafplio, the oldest city and first capital of Greece—today, a lovely seaside village. The final stop before returning to Athens will be a tour of Epidaurus, an ancient archaeological site, and the sanctuary of Asklepios, the God of Medicine.

Full-Day Argolis Tour from Athens

Starting from your hotel or accommodation, we will travel by private van to the Argolis Peninsula – about 90 minutes – to explore this area of the Peloponnese region uniquely rich in Greek history. In the company of an expert in archaeology or history, we will start the full-day tour with a quick stop to see the Corinth Canal whose construction is attributed to Emperor Nero in 67AD.  

Mycenae Tour

As we continue the day together, our next stop is the extensive archaeological site at Mycenae. Your Context guide will take you back in time to ancient Mycenaean civilization, explaining their way of life through the archaeological evidence left behind. Legends of King Agamemnon abound, and we will visit the tomb of Atreus, his father. We will explore the Mycenaeans' relationship to their fertile surroundings and discuss how they protected themselves from their enemies with mighty walls, taking in the expansive and impressive views from the city. The terrain here can be uneven but the views from the Lion’s Gate and the citadel are worth the hike.  

Nafplio Tour

Just in time for lunch, we will arrive at Nafplio. A picturesque seaside town today, this is the oldest city in Greece and was its first capital. After a traditional lunch (not included in the tour price) we’ll have a stroll in the picturesque streets of the old town and admire its classic stone buildings. As we leave the town center, we will pass by the Palamidi Castle to discuss the Venetian occupation of the area in 1686, imagining the battles fought by the Venetians, the Turks, and finally Greek liberation in 1822.   

Epidaurus Tour

The afternoon is dedicated to an extensive visit to the archaeological site at Epidaurus, including the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the most important healing center of the ancient world. Epidaurus was well known for its important civic architecture as well including the impressive theater, with seating space for 14,000 and views of the lush countryside beyond. We will marvel at its construction and take in the sweeping views of the countryside beyond.

Our day tour from Athens exploring the Argolis Peninsula ends with our drive back to your accommodation. Along the drive, there will be time to continue the conversation and make connections between what we have visited in the Peloponnese and what you have seen in Athens. 


FAQ

Where do we meet the guide and driver for this tour?
Our expert guide and our driver will meet you at your accommodation in Athens.  Please provide your Athens accommodation address in the "Additional Details" box while adding this tour to your shopping cart. At the end of the excursion, our expert guide and driver will drop you off at your accommodation.

Is lunch included on this tour?
We will stop for lunch at a traditional Taverna but the cost of the meal is not included in the price of the tour. You can pay by cash or card at the restaurant.

Does this excursion require tickets?
You will need tickets to access the Mycenae Archaeological Site and the Epidaurus Archaeological Site. These tickets are not included in the cost of the tour because they can only be purchased on-site, the cost is around €24 per person. Our expert guide will help you purchase the tickets on the day of the tour.

Can we take this tour with our kids? 
Even though this walk is not designed specifically for families (there are no hands-on activities tailored for kids planned in this tour), we do have some family-friendly guides who can lead this tour. We offer two tours in Athens specifically designed for kids: Among the Gods: National Archeological Museum Tour for Kids and Acropolis and Agora Tour for Kids with Skip-the-Line Tickets.

We have our own rental car for the trip, can we get refunded for the car part? 
Clients cannot use their own vehicle and drive our guide for insurance reasons. If you have your own car service (with a driver), we need a copy of the insurance of the car company.

We are not staying in Athens. Can we still take this tour?
This excursion has been designed exclusively for clients staying in Athens. 
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Our guide and driver were the best! We learned so much and saw great places!
We have been on many tours over the years and honestly say she is the best.
The full-day Argolis trip was definitely one of the highlights of our two weeks in Greece. Mycenae is not to be missed - and Smaro was an excellent guide. Incredibly knowledgeable, but Smaro made it all understandable and compelling. Really enjoyed spending the day with her, learning about the Mycenaean world - and modern-day Greece along the way. Five stars!