Parthenon
Temple Of Poseidon
Thermopylae

Parthenon

Dominating the Athenian skyline, this beautiful, world-renowned monument is dedicated to Goddess Athena, the virgin patron of Athens. The destroying consequences of the Persian campaign at 480 BC, lead Athenians to the desire of constructing a memorable temple in 438 B.C. by Ictinus & Callicrates, under the supervision of Phidias, which is considered to be the most important surviving monument of the ancient world. Parthenon which is the most brilliant construction during the Golden Age (5th BC) of Pericles, stands as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece & the Athenian Democracy. Its’ metops & pediments representations depict scenes from the Ancient Greek mythology; Parthenon is regarded to be the most eminent landmark of Greek history & culture.

Temple Of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon was dedicated to the god of the sea Poseidon. Located at Cape Sounion, in the southeast tip of the Attica peninsula, 45 miles from Athens approachable via a coastal route that resembles the French Riviera, is considered to be constructed at 440 BC. However, prominent personalities of the history, like Homer & Herodotus, are referred to Sounion as a worship place centuries before. Surrounded by the sea at three sides, the Temple observes the Aegean sea discerned in the horizon, as Aegeas did, looking for his son Thisseus, several centuries before, according to mythology. Landmark of the temple is the inscribed name of the romantic poet Lord Byron in the base of the column.

Thermopylae

The pass of Thermopylae is the historical site of the battle that took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks & the Persians. Under the command of King Leonidas of Sparta, the greatly outnumbered Greek army remained in the pass to prevent Xerxes’ vast cavalry & infantry force further invading the land. They held ground for three days before being outflanked via a hidden goat path, which according to legend, was shown to the Persians by a traitor named Ephialtes. However, their feat gave the Greek army enough time to reassemble & successfully combat the Persians in following battles.
The epigram on the monuments reads:
Oh stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), that here we lie, obedient to their words.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Corinthian Canal - Isthmus

Argolis Full Day Tour

Full day Argolis tour starts with a 45-mile drive along the National highway to the Peloponnese. We reach the well-known Corinthian canal or else Isthmus canal that connects the Saronic Sea and the Corinthian Sea.

Temple of Apollo

After a short stop for pictures, we continue with a ten-minute drive through the orange and lemon tree fields and arrive at Ancient Corinth and its unique museum, the Temple of Apollo-the God of Oracles and the Sun, the Roman baths and finally the Vima (step) from where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians in 52 A.D.

Ancient Citadel Of Mycenae

We leave Ancient Corinth and after a thirty-minute drive through olive and vineyards fields we reach at an imposing site on the top of a rocky hill located in the North East part of Peloponnese in Argolis, the ancient citadel of Mycenae.
Mycenae was the centre of power in the Late Bronze age from 16th century B.C. to 11th century B.C. The Acropolis of Mycenae protected the royal families inside the famous Cyclopean walls. The Lion Gates, followed by a steep path through ancient buildings and pathways, will lead you to the Palace of the mighty leader of the Greeks against the Trojans, Agamemnon who was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover after he had returned victorious from the Trojan War.

Tomb of AgamemnonLeaving the Acropolis of Mycenae we make a short stop on another hill opposite the Palace, visiting an impressive monument, the Treasury of Atreus also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon, followed by a scenic forty minute drive through orange and lemon tree fields of Argolis plain arriving at Nafplion, a picturesque seaport town near the north end of Argolis Gulf.

Palamidi Castle

Nafplion became the first capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834 by John Kapodistrias, few years after the beginning of the Greek War of Independence (1821) against the Turkish custody. Nowadays Nafplion attracts a great number of travellers all over the world and has become a popular day or weekend road trip for Athenians.
During our visit in Nafplion, we will visit the Palamidi Castle, the last construction of the Venetian Empire, and the Acronafplia Castle, the walls of which date back to pre-classical times. These two castles are located on a hill above the old town.

Bourtzi Castle

We conclude our visit to Nafplion by having lunch at a picturesque restaurant by the sea enjoying the view of the Bourtzi Castle situated on a small islet in the Argolis Gulf at the entrance of the port.

Theatre of Epidaurus

Leaving Nafplion, we continue our tour with a thirty-minute drive to ancient Epidaurus (3rd Century B.C), a spiritual place worth visiting for its sites such as the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the ancient Theatre with its unique acoustics. The Sanctuary of Asclepius was a healing and culture centre of ancient times and the Theatre of Epidaurus is one of the very few that retains its original circular Orchestra and it is a rare aesthetic sight, still used in our days.

Finally, we drive back to Athens along the scenic coastal road of Saronic Gulf.

The duration of the tour is approximately 9-10 hours.

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Monastery of Hosios Loukas

Delphi Full Day Tour

Full day Delphi tour starts with a 70-mile drive along the National highway northwest of Athens. Driving through Levadia, we will arrive at the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, one of the finest Byzantine monuments in Greece, built in the 10th century and set on a picturesque slope on the western foothills of Mount Hellikon, near the ancient town of Steiri. The Monastery was founded in 945 AD by the hermit Hosios Lucas who was hard working, kind, compassionate, hospitable and born with the gift of foresight, which was proved unmistakable on issues of both national and individual importance. The Catholicon at the Monastery keeps the relics of Hosios Loukas. The marvellous mosaics and the architecture make the Monastery one of the most important monuments in Greece.

Αrachova

Departing from the Monastery, we arrive at Delphi via Arachova, a picturesque town situated on the south slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arachova has become a popular day or weekend road trip for Athenians mostly during the winter because of the ski centre.

Treasury of the Athenians

At Delphi, we visit Castalia spring, the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the ancient Stadium, the ancient Theatre, the unique bronze Charioteer, and the Museum.
Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town on the southwestern slope of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In Greek mythology, it was the navel of the earth, the site of the Delphic Oracle and a major site for the worship of god Apollo after he slew the Python, a dragon who protected the navel of the earth. Apollo spoke through his oracle. The priestess of the oracle known as the Pythia had to be an older woman and sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth. Apollo possessed Pythia and she prophesied. People consulted the Delphic Oracle on everything from important matters of public policy to personal affairs. The Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world and consulted before all major events. The ancient Stadium held the Python Games, which were one of the four Pan-Hellenic Games held every four years.

Temple of Athena ProneaWe conclude our visit to Delphi by having lunch at a local restaurant enjoying the view of the Itea Gulf followed by a visit to the Temple of Athena Pronea and the Gymnasium.

Finally, we drive back to Athens by the same route...

The duration of the tour is approximately 9-10 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

Monastery of Hosios Loukas

Delphi & Thermopylae Full Day Tour

Delphi & Thermopylae full day tour starts with a 70-mile drive along the National highway northwest of Athens.
Driving through Levadia, we will arrive at the Monastery of Hosios Loukas, one of the finest Byzantine monuments in Greece, built in the 10th century & set on a picturesque slope on the western foothills of Mount Hellikon, near the ancient town of Steiri. The Monastery was founded in 945 AD by the hermit Hosios Loukas who was hard working, kind, compassionate, hospitable & born with the gift of foresight, which was proved unmistakable on issues of both national & individual importance. The Catholicon at the Monastery keeps the relics of Hosios Loukas. The marvelous mosaics & the architecture make the Monastery one of the most important monuments in Greece.

Αrachova

Departing from the Monastery, we will arrive at Delphi via Arachova, a picturesque town situated on the south slopes of Mount Parnassus. Arachova has become a popular day or weekend road trip for Athenians, mostly during the winter because of the ski centre.

Ancient Theatre of Delphi

At Delphi, we will visit Castalia spring, the ancient Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians, the ancient Stadium, the ancient Theatre, the unique bronze Charioteer & the Museum.
Delphi is both an archaeological site & a modern town on the southwestern slope of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis. In Greek mythology, it was the navel of the earth, the site of the Delphic Oracle & a major site for the worship of god Apollo after he slew the Python, a dragon who protected the navel of the earth. Apollo spoke through his oracle. The priestess of the oracle known as the Pythia had to be an older woman & sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth. Apollo possessed Pythia & she prophesied. People consulted the Delphic Oracle on everything from important matters of public policy to personal affairs. The Oracle exerted considerable influence throughout the Greek world & consulted before all major events.
The ancient Stadium held the Python Games, which were one of the four Pan-Hellenic Games held every four years.

Temple of Athena ProneaWe conclude our visit to Delphi by having lunch at a local restaurant enjoying the view of the Itea Gulf, followed by a visit to the Temple of Athena Pronea & the Gymnasium.

The Monument of King Leonidas - Thermopylae

We will continue driving through the mountains of central Greece, arriving at Thermopylae, the Hot Gates. An important town well known for the battle among the Greek forces including the 300 Spartans and their leader King Leonidas and the Persians in 480 BC.

The monument of King Leonidas was erected by the battlefield reminding all of us of the sacrifice of those patriots for a free country.

Finally, we will arrive to Athens driving along the National highway.

The duration of the tour is approximately 12 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

Corinthian Canal - Isthmus

Olympia Full Day Tour

Olympia tour starts with a 45-mile drive along the National highway to Peloponnese. We reach the well-known Corinthian canal or else Isthmus canal that connects the Saronic Sea & the Corinthian Sea.

Ancient Stadium Entrance - Olympia

After a short stop for pictures, we continue with a 2 & ½ hours drive towards the village of Olympia. Olympia is well known for the Olympic Games, held every four years to honor God Zeus, beginning in 776 B.C. At Olympia we will visit the Temple of Zeus, where the gold & ivory statue of god Zeus stood, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Hera, where the Olympic Flame lights every four years, the workshop of Phidias, the ancient Olympic stadium & the Archaeological Museum.

The Statue of Praxiteles Hermes

The Archaeological Museum exhibition contains findings from the prehistoric era. Among them, you can admire the well-known statues of Praxiteles Hermes & the Nike of Paionios.

We conclude our visit to Olympia by having lunch at a local restaurant tasting the Greek cuisine.

Finally, we drive back to Athens by the National highway.

The duration of the tour is approximately 9-10 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

Corinthian Canal - Isthmus

Sparta Full Day Tour

Sparta tour starts with a 45-mile drive along the National highway to Peloponnese. We reach the well-known Corinthian canal or else Isthmus canal that connects the Saronic Sea & the Corinthian Sea. After a short stop for pictures, we continue with a 2 hours drive through the mountains, in central Peloponnese, arriving at Sparta, a prominent city-state in Ancient Greece, situated on the banks of Eurotas River in Laconia, in the southeastern Peloponnese.

The Monument of King Leonidas - Thermopylae

Sparta or Lacedaemon, as is was widely known during the antiquity, because of the references of Homer, Herodotus & Thycidides, was the place where king Menelaus reigned with his wife Helen, until her decision to abandon him, in order to emigrate to Troy for Paris & the outbreak of Trojan War. Sparta was unique for its social system & constitution, which was completely focused on military training & excellence. According to the local customs, kids were separated from their parents at the age of seven, in order to be educated under strong conditions at the mountain of Taygetus.
That is why Sparta was recognized as the leader of the Greek forces during the Greek-Persians wars achieving some of the most decisive victories such as in the battle of Plataea & the memorable battle of Thermopylae under the kind Leonidas, where despite the defeat, exemplified all the Greeks to continue to fight.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta

At the capital of Laconia, our first stop we be the Acropolis of Sparta & the Archaeological Museum. During our visit at the museum, we will have the opportunity to observe Columns of Roman years, Monumental sculpture & portraiture of Roman era, Prehistoric finds from the wider region of Lakonia & Finds of Lakonian sculpture.

Ruins of The Medieval Byzantine Ghost Town-Castle of Mystras - Peloponnese

We will continue with a visit at the olive oil Museum, where the visitor will get in touch with the history & the milling of oil from the Prehistoric era till now, followed by a scenic drive to Mystras, a fortified town that served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Peloponnese in the 14th & 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity & cultural flowering. The last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos, was despot at Mystras before he came to the throne at Constantinoupolis.

We conclude our visit to Sparta & Mystras by having lunch at a local restaurant tasting the Greek cuisine.

After the conclusion of the Sparta tour, we will arrive to Athens by driving along the National highway.

The duration of the tour is approximately 9-10 hours.

Please take a look at the right of the page for additional tour information.

Argolis Tour

Entrance fee required per person :

8 Euros for Ancient Corinth and the Museum
12 Euros for the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Treasury of Atreus
12 Euros for Ancient Epidaurus

Sites Opening Hours

  • Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:00 until 15:00
  • Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00 until 20:00
  • January 1st : closed
  • January 6th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Shrove Monday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • March 25th : closed
  • Good Friday : 12:00 until 17:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08:00 until 20:00
  • May 1st : closed
  • Holy Spirit day : 08:00 until 20:00
  • August 15th : 08:00 until 20:00
  • October 28th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • December 25th : closed
  • December 26th : closed

Custom Tours

Custom tours are available according to your specific needs.
Furthermore, you can combine several tours into one.
Feel free to contact us, inform us about your interests and your Hellenic Private Tour will be provided, tailor made just for you.

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Delphi Tour

Entrance fee required per person :

12 Euros for Delphi and the Museum

Free Entrance & Free Entrance Days

  • Free entrance : For students from E.U (student id is required)
  • Free entrance : For children under 19 years old
  • Reduced entrance fee for students outside the E.U
  • Reduced entrance fee for citizens over 65 years old from E.U Countries


Free Entrance Days

  • National holidays
  • The last weekend of September
  • The first Sunday of every month (except for July, August and September)
  • Sundays from first of November until 31st of March
  • March 6th
  • April 18th
  • May 18th
  • June 5th
  • September 27th

Delphi & Thermopylae Tour

Entrance fee required per person :

12 Euros for Delphi and the Museum
3 Euros for Thermopylae Historical Information Center

Sites Opening Hours

  • Winter : From November 1 to March 31 08:00 until 15:00
  • Summer : From April 1 to October 31 08:00 until 20:00
  • January 1st : closed
  • January 6th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Shrove Monday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • March 25th : closed
  • Good Friday : 12:00 until 17:00
  • Holy Saturday : 08:00 until 15:00
  • Easter Sunday : closed
  • Easter Monday : 08:00 until 20:00
  • May 1st : closed
  • Holy Spirit day : 08:00 until 20:00
  • August 15th : 08:00 until 20:00
  • October 28th : 08:00 until 15:00
  • December 25th : closed
  • December 26th : closed

Useful Information

  • Police : 100
  • Tourist Police : 171
  • Fire Department : 199
  • First Aid : 166
  • Life Line S.O.S : 112
  • On Duty Hospitals & Clinics : 1434
  • Doctor S.O.S : 1016

Olympia Tour

Entrance fee required per person :

12 Euros for Ancient Olympia and the Museum

Custom Tours

Custom tours are available according to your specific needs.
Furthermore, you can combine several tours into one.
Feel free to contact us, inform us about your interests and your Hellenic Private Tour will be provided, tailor made just for you.

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Sparta Tour

Entrance fee required per person :

12 Euros for the Acropolis of Sparta, the Museum and Mystras
5 Euros for the Olive Oil museum

Free Entrance & Free Entrance Days

  • Free entrance : For students from E.U (student id is required)
  • Free entrance : For children under 19 years old
  • Reduced entrance fee for students outside the E.U
  • Reduced entrance fee for citizens over 65 years old from E.U Countries


Free Entrance Days

  • National holidays
  • The last weekend of September
  • The first Sunday of every month (except for July, August and September)
  • Sundays from first of November until 31st of March
  • March 6th
  • April 18th
  • May 18th
  • June 5th
  • September 27th

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