Day 1: Mycenae & Nafplio Tour
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 weaver at work in her workshop, 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 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! You 'll spend the night in Olympia.
Day 2: ancient Olympia Tour
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.
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 private tour of the Peloponnese, an enchanting region where Greece's agricultural heartland meets beautiful ancient sites, places of beauty and power, whose cultural influences are still felt today.