Ancient Corinth - Nemea - Nafplio - Ancient Epidaurus - Tripoli - Sparta - Mystras - Ancient Olympia
Begin a journey into Ancient Greece. Discover magical archeological temples, walk at ancient stadiums, learn the history of Greece at breathtaking museums and be there where Olympic Games began!Olympia is one of the most influential ancient Greek sanctuaries, located in western Peloponnese, in Elis. It is is positioned in a serene and rich valley at the confluence of the Alpheios and the Kladeos rivers. In antiquity it was famous beyond the borders of mainland Greece for hosting the Olympic Games every four years, starting in 776 BCE. The archaeological site is located withing walking distance of the modern village called Ancient Olympia and it includes ruins from Bronze Age to the Byzantine eras. The site covers an expanded area of ruins scattered among low trees, as well as the ancient stadium where the Olympics took place. An impressive array of artifacts which were unearthed during excavations are on exhibition at the nearby Olympia Museum.The archaeological site of Olympia, one of the largest in Greece, yielded a singularly rich concentration of monuments and works of art, such as the famous statues of Hermes by Praxiteles and Nike by Paeonius.
Let the journey begin
Drive in luxury through a beautiful road trip at canal of Corinth. The Corinth Canal is an important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Continue at Ancient Corinth where you can navigate in this magnificent monument. In Greek Corinth there were cults to Aphrodite (protectress of the city), Apollo, Demeter Thesmophoros, Hera, Poseidon, and Helios and various buildings to cult heroes, the founders of the city. Just few km further we arrive at Nemea. The Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea developed in the beginning of the 6th century BC, with the institution of the Panhellenic Nemean Games in a region where human activity had been present since prehistoric times. The Stadium of Nema was built 400 m SE of the Temple of Zeus. Drive to Argolis through wonderful off road routes where you can enjoy and take photographs of this magical ancient site. Continue at beautiful Nafplio and to our resort. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal. This afternoon we ll travel at one of most beautiful, breathtaking ancient theatres in the world, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Due to its excellent acoustics and condition, the ancient theater is still used today
This morning after you have a good breakfast we drive to Argolis through wonderful off road routes where you can enjoy and take photographs of this magical ancient site. Argolis was the seat of power of the Mycenaean empire that ruled Greece from 1600 to 1100 BC. Traces of this mighty civilisation lie scattered across the region in the shape of tholos (tombs shaped like beehives), citadels and ancient theatres. Continue at breathtaking Mycenae. The Archaeological Sites of Mycenae and Tiryns, located in the Regional unit of Argolis in the North-East Peloponnese, are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, renowned for its technical and artistic achievements but also its spiritual wealth, which spread around the Mediterranean world between 1600 and 1100 BC and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture. We continue to Tripoli. Tripoli is the largest city and the capital of Arcadia county. Great significant archaeological sites, museums, caves, Lousios River for rafting or trekking, cooking lessons in local cuisine are some of the things you could choose to do in the surrounding area.
Today we begin our trip to mythical Mantineia, a town only 14km away from Tripoli and is one of the most ancient cities of Arcadia. The most important monument here is the ancient theater which was constructed initially in 370BC and was embellished by the Romans later. In the archaeological site of Mantineia you could also visit the Agora, the temples of Hera and Zeus and the imposing “Vouleftirio”. Close to Mantineia there are the remains of the sanctuary of Poseidon, who was one of the most worshiped gods in Ancient Arcadia. We continue though a beautiful off road route to Sparta. In the center of the city is the Archaeological Museum. The ruins of ancient Sparta lie north of the city. Entering by the South Gate of the Acropolis, known as Lakedaemonia, there is the Rotunda, the Theatre and the Temple of Athena Chalkioikos to the West. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, visit the museum of oil, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
After taking a good breakfast and visiting the market of Sparta we drive to famous Mystra, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape. Mystras is the best preserved example of medieval walled town in the Greek region, is today a standing ghost city that fascinates the modern traveler with its castle, churches and the palatial complex of the ruling Byzantine dynasty, bearing witness to its bygone greatness. Private houses and mansions still standing today provide a rare source of information for the domestic architecture and urban planning of the late Medieval period.The 13th to early 15th centuries frescoes of Mystras churches represent the peak that the Byzantine religious painting had reached: Some of the most important works of the 14th century will be found at Afendiko, Perivleptos includes a synthesis of rare aesthetic quality and deep theological significance, while at Pantanassa, the visitor is struck by the lengths to which the Byzantine painting has gone in respect of color range. After this magnificient medieval experience we head to the heart of ancient Greece. The magical town of Ancient Olympia.
Today we walk among the ancient Gods, we will discover where the first Olympic Games took place and we ll dive into Ancient Greece through magical monuments and breathtaking museums. Welcome to Ancient Olympia. Olympia, the sanctuary of Zeus and birthplace of the Olympic Games, lies in a verdant valley of the western Peloponnese at the confluence of the rivers Alpheios and Kladeos. A landscape of great natural beauty, the whole valley was in ancient times thickly wooded and full of wild olive trees, from the leaves of which were made the wreaths that crowned the Olympian champions. The archaeological site of Olympia, one of the largest in Greece, yielded a singularly rich concentration of monuments and works of art, such as the famous statues of Hermes by Praxiteles and Nike by Paeonius. Throughout antiquity, each century added its own structures, which gradually formed the complex topography of the sanctuary: the sacred precinct of Zeus, namely the temenos of Altis, enclosed the temples and structures related to the religious activities. Outside the enclosure lay the athletic venues, the officials' quarters, the guesthouses and baths for athletes and visitors alike. Only some of the best archeological sites that settle here are The temple of Hera, The temple of Zeus, The Philippeion, The stadium of Olympia, The Bouleuterion.
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