Beyond Athens

Highlights of the Peloponnese: Mycenae, Nafplio & Ancient Olympia

The unmissable sights of Peloponnese and a genuine experience of local Peloponnesian life

Duration

2 days

When

Year round, upon request

Languages

english, french

Treat yourself to a knockout combination: From ancient Mycenae, where Homer's King Agamemnon ruled to the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the timeless charm of the old Nafplio, this tour brings together the sights you simply can't miss and connects you with traditional crafts and unforgettable people.

This is a Private Tour

Our private tours can be booked as featured or be customized especially for you.

Highlights

  • See Mycenae, the mythical citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site, linked to the Homeric epics: the Iliad and the Odyssey.
  • Visit the charming coastal town of Nafplio, the old capital of independent modern Greece, and its artisans.
  • Explore Ancient Olympia, birthplace and home of the Olympic Games for more than a thousand years.
  • Embark on an off-road adventure to reach a wonderful natural site with a hidden waterfall where you’ll have a swim and a specially cooked Greek lunch just for you!
  • Discover local Greek life in the South, through different generations of people that open their homes and workshops for you: craftsmen (loom weavers, potters, pasta makers), farmers (olive oil, honey & wine producers), local women and their families.

What you can expect

Day 1

The fabled Homeric city of Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, is where you’ll start your adventure into antiquity, by walking under the famed Lion Gate into ruins that are part history, part myth. While you’ll be literally walking in the steps of King Agamemnon, your expert guide will reveal every story, myth and legend that hide behind the imposing ruins of the citadel.

You'll then head towards the historic seaside city of Nafplio, where a scrumptious lunch awaits you in one of the best tavernas in town only locals know of. This romantic, picturesque town, the old capital of modern Greece, is crowned by Venetian fortifications and embraced by a beautiful seafront.

You'll visit local craftspeople, including a potter and a weaver at work in their workshops, to discover how they carry the traditions of the past into the present. You’ll also see a number of other local crafts and goods; a hand-made pasta shop and a confectionery where the traditional almond pastries are still made the way they were generations ago.

From Nafplio, your trip will take you through the beautiful Peloponnesian countryside towards Ancient Olympia; along the way, you’ll stop at a beautiful honey farm, where you'll learn the secrets of the world-renowned Greek honey firsthand from a working beekeeper. You’ll also see her mother making “diples”, a traditional dessert drizzled with honey, cooked just for you in an outdoor kitchen under the trees!

With the day drawing to a close, you'll stop at one of the first organic Greek wineries for a wine-tasting session (optional) and a walk through their vineyards, all followed by a delicious homemade dinner. You'll spend the night among the vineyards, in their traditional guesthouse, a former watermill.

 

Day 2

The next morning belongs to Ancient Olympia, the most important athletic, religious and political center of the ancient Greek world. Here your top-rated guide will let you into the secrets of the temples, the training area and the original stadium where the ancient Olympic Games were born, and held for centuries. The on-site Archaeological Museum holds world-class masterpieces and treasures like the breathtaking statue of Hermes and the infant Dionysus, sculpted by Praxiteles.

If there are children on the tour, you'll stay on here for some hands-on practice at archaeology, by taking part in an excavation simulation! Alternatively, you'll visit a trend-setting olive farmer to discover revolutionary new techniques in homeodynamic olive oil production and to sample some incredibly tasting and top-quality olive oil.

Then it’s time to unveil the stunning nature of the region! Get ready for an unusual off-road adventure and an exciting lunch break: after an easy guided walk through a stunning gorge, you'll discover two impressive waterfalls where your lunch will be served, right by the river picnic-style, with home-made local specialties, cooked by local women. For the most brave of you, you’ll have the chance to swim there too!

The drive back to Athens concludes your 2-day tour of this enchanting region, where Greece's agricultural heartland meets beautiful ancient sites, places of beauty and power, whose cultural influences are still felt today.

Itinerary

DAY 1

  • The ancient site of Mycenae, seat of the Bronze Age Mycenaean civilization
  • The beautiful port town of Nafplio, its sights and its craftspeople
  • Lunch in Nafplio
  • Countryside bee farm for refreshments and a honey treat
  • Overnight at a traditional guesthouse/old watermill in an organic vineyard. Wine-tasting (optional)
  • Dinner at the vineyard

DAY 2

  • Ancient Olympia and the masterpieces of its museum
  • Archaeological activity (simulation of excavation) OR an exploration of homeodynamic olive production with a local farmer
  • A gorge walk and a waterfall swim
  • Picnic-style warm lunch of local cuisine by the river
  • Return to Athens

Practical info

Duration
2 days
Languages
english, french
When
Year round, upon request

Prices

  • Prices vary depending on group size
  • For a party of four people the price is 630 euros per person. Please contact us for a quote depending on your group size.

What's included

  • Top rated licensed guide to escort you (2 full days),
  • Long distance transfers with driver, luxry vehicle, gas, tolls (2 full days),
  • One accommodation at traditional winery guest house on the 4* scale (subject to availability)
  • Mycenae & Mycenae museum guided tour
  • Ancient Olympia site & museum guided tour
  • Guided tour of Naplio town
  • Visit to local craftspeople (potter, weaver, hand-made pasta shop, confectionary)
  • Countryside bee farm visit & presentation, refreshments and a honey treat
  • Visit of olive oil farm with local farmer OR Excavation simulation (for families with children)
  • Guided gorge & waterfall walk with professional outdoor guide
  • Two traditional Greek breakfasts
  • Picnic style lunch by the waterfalls
  • Tasting of olive oil & snack 
  • Escorting guide’s and escorting driver’s accommodations and expenses.
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Taxes, 24/7 on-the-ground support, all travel planning and revising. 

Not included

  • Entry fees to archaelogical sites
  • Wine tasting at winery (optional)
  • Any food or drinks not mentioned in the tour's inclusions

Notes

Please note that the itinerary and the activities may change during the winter season, depending on weather conditions.

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You'll love:

The sheer magic of these ancient places and the unforgettable characters of the people that still inhabit them.

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Testimonials

"Outstanding! Laura was an excellent tour guide. She gave us so much information about the food and about different places in Athens and the history. We got to sample sweet and savory Greek food along with a cup of Greek coffee, everything was wonderful. Then she sent an email to give us the names of the food we tasted and the addresses of the locations so we can find them again, along with some recipes. I highly recommend this tour and Laura as a tour guide."

dhelser2018 - USA, TripAdvisor

"Amazing day trip to Delphi! The tour goes beyond the usual sightseeing. We spent a great day with Andreas as our guide, he was very kind, knowledgeable and helpful before and after the journey! We highly recommend him and alternative athens!"

Babacar, TripAdvisor

"Overall, the tour is a MUST if you enjoy seeing a city at night. The way the locals spend the nights in a city tells you a lot about the city's soul...and seeing it with Antonis is the best way to do it.’’"

Sush106 – Texas