Athens - Mycenae - Nafplio
Total Travel Time 8-9 hours
During the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the largest centers of Greek civilization, forming a strong military fortress that dominated most of southern Greece.
The period of Greek history between 1600 BC until around 1100 BC. is called "Mycenaean", referring to Mycenae.
At the height of their glory, in 1350 BC, the castle and the lower city had 30,000 inhabitants and were 32 hectares.
After lunch, we head from Argos and then to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece with the Venetian fortress of Palamidi and the fortified island of Bourtzi, one of the most beautiful cities of Argolida region in the eastern Peloponnese, one of the most romantic cities all over Greece.
Castle Palamidi is proud 216m. In order to reach this, you must ascend to all its 999 steps carved on the rock.
Do not worry though: the view from the top will compensate you!
Saint Andrew's Church, built at the top of the Castle by the Venetian conquerors, offers undoubtedly stunning views of the Argolic Gulf, the Mycenaean Plain, and the Bourtzi Fortress.
The island of Bourtzi, located right at the entrance of Nafplion bay, was reinforced by the first Venetian rulers of Argolis (1389-1540). The fortress was built by the architect and sculptor Antonio Gambello. In 1715 the castle fell to the Ottoman Turks and since then the fortress and the islet were known by the Turkish name Bourtzi, which means a tower.
Once you have finished this 9-hour excursion, we will take you back to Athens.
Early in the morning we will start our wonderful private tour, tailored to your needs, for Mycenae. It is a mysterious place where once there was a curse - torturing a royal family with a hard destiny.
This exciting place allows you to walk to the famous Lion's Gate, see the Tomb of King Agamemnon and become part of the story.
It is not difficult to imagine the drama that was once here. Myth and history interconnect, leaving only the ruins as a memory.
Mycenae was once a powerful kingdom of Ancient Greece, and its ruler, Agamemnon, was considered the greatest of all leaders.
When Eleni, the beautiful husband of King Menelaus' brother, was kidnapped by the Trojan prince of Paris, the story of Greece inevitably had to come to one of her most famous phases: the Trojan War.
During the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the largest centers of Greek civilization, forming a strong military fortress that dominated most of southern Greece. The period of Greek history between 1600 BC until around 1100 BC. is called "Mycenaean", referring to Mycenae. At the height of their glory, in 1350 BC, the castle and the lower city had 30,000 inhabitants and were 32 hectares
Nafplio was the first capital of the newly established Greek state between 1823 and 1834.
According to mythology, the city was founded by Nafplio, the son of god Posidon and daughter of Danao.
The history of the city dates back to the prehistoric times when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic mission and the Trojan war.
Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues, Ottoman fountains and Venetian or neoclassical buildings enchant the visitor with their unique architecture and beauty.