Three Day Peloponnese Tour
We start our tour by driving south along the beautiful coastline of Corinth. Our first stop is at the Corinthian canal. We will make a stop here to look at the canal and if we are lucky we might see a ship going through the isthmus. After the canal we will go to Ancient Corinth. The site itself is very beautiful. This is where St. Paul preached to the Corinthians. The site of Corinth is influenced by Roman architecture. Here you will see the Octavian temple and the Lechaion Way. Ancient Corinth also has a beautiful museum which is known for its beautiful amphorae. After seeing the site of Ancient Corinth we head towards Acrocorinth which is 4 km (2.5 miles) above the main city.
From there we travel through the farmland and pass through small villages. As we travel we will see many apricot tress, olive trees and vineyards. The Peloponnese region grows some of the best olives and grapes. After that we will reach Ancient Nemea where the ancient Nemean Games were held. Nemea is surrounded with vineyards. From Nemea we head to ancient Mycenae. There you will see the tomb of Agamemnon and the ancient city of Mycenae, which was discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. After seeing Mycenae we drive down to Nafplio "the old Venetian town" which was re-built by the Venetians in the 16th century and was the first capital of Greece. We will have lunch there by the seaside. Then we can visit the famous castle called "Palamidi".
We continue our tour by traveling through many orange fields and olive trees in order to reach Epidavros. When we get there we will see the ancient theatre of Epidavros which was built in 4 B.C. and is known for its great acoustic sound. The theatre is used today by Greek actors who perform various ancient Greek plays. You will also see the Sanctuary of Asklipeios and the beautiful museum of Epidavros.
When night falls we will sleep in Nafplio at Marianna Pension.
Then next morning we will drive to Sparti, see Mystra with its Byzantine monasteries, the archaeological museum of Sparti and the monument of King Leonidas.
After that we will have lunch on top of mount Taygetos. From there we travel to the ancient site of Messene which is a spectacular site. We continue our tour by traveling to ancient Olympia where we sleep over.
The next day we will visit the village of ancient Olympia where we will see the ancient stadium, the temple of Hera, the Palestra, Phidias' workshop, the Roman Baths, and two very nice museums. At night we will return to Athens from the west of the Peloponnese accompanied with the view of the Ionian Sea.