An excursion in the heart of the Argolis, will give you the opportunity to discover monuments, internationally renowned for their beauty and their uniqueness, also will plunge you into the wonderful history of the “Trojan war”, as recounted in the epic poems of Homer (the Iliad and the Odyssey”).
You will travel in an air-conditioned coach accompanied by a guide for the visit of the sanctuary of Asclepius, God of medicine, which contains one of the world’s most prestigious theatres, the theatre of Epidaurus, dating from the 4th century BC.
“ Asclepius was the son of the God Apollo and the mortal Koronis. He was educated by the Centaur Chiron, who taught him medicine. After successfully treating the living, Asklepios offended the gods by trying to resurrect the dead…so Zeus struck Asclépios …”
The “Theatre of Epidaurus”, flagship of the sanctuary, is the theatre of excellence, the most perfect in antiquity, a masterpiece and a unique artistic achievement. It presents an architectural harmony and an extraordinary ability to suggest vibrations, with all their components and in all their intensity.
After the visit you will stop at the entrance of the village of Mycenae (Mykines), for lunch. Then, at the exit of the village, you will head directly to one of the most historic sites of Greece, Mycenae, for a guided tour that will passionately relive the most gripping moments of the bloody “Trojan war” as sung in Homer’s Iliad.
“ Aphrodite, Hera and Athena coveted the Gold Apple of the garden of the Hesperides. It was to be for the most beautiful of the goddesses. The judgment of Paris, a Trojan prince, bent for Aphrodite who promised, in return, the love of Helen. He took it and returned to his homeland, causing the humiliation and anger of the Greeks… The Trojan war, led by Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, was declared…”
Mycenae, Atreus and Agamemnon’s homeland, was one of the most prosperous cities of the Mycenaean era. The gigantic cyclopean walls, the sculptural and colossal Lions Gate and the famous treasure of Atreus tholos or tomb of the Kings, make it a destination not to be missed.
Finally, you will reach Nafplion, first capital of independent Greece, where you will be free to wander the alleys of this beautiful Venetian city. And after this day already full of indelible memories, you will head quietly back to the hotel.