Ancient Mycenae and the Epidaurus Theater with Lunch
- Motor coach tour: Enjoy a relaxed drive through the picturesque countryside, crossing the Isthmus of Corinth with a photo stop at the famous bridge over the Corinth Canal.
- Mycenae: These hilltop fortress town, founded 3,600 years ago, represents one of the greatest discoveries in the history of archeology. Your guide will share the secrets of the Lion Gate, Agamemnon's tomb and palace, and much more.
- Epidaurus: Built in a canyon in 340 B.C., this magnificent theater could hold up to 14,000 people. Its near-flawless acoustics allow stage dialogue to be heard from any point.
About this Athens Tour
For the best view of Mycenae, close your eyes. Because these ruins on a barren hill, as expansive and magnificent as they are (and they include the earliest known large-scale sculpture in Europe), don't tell the story. For that, you need your imagination.
This is a place so shrouded in history and myth that they cannot be untangled. Even the amateur archeologist, who dug it up in 1876, is obscured by legends he himself created.
The city is said to have been founded by a son of Zeus who beheaded Medusa; a Cyclops is said to have built the massive walls. According to mythology, Hercules labored here; according to Homer's Iliad, King Agamemnon set out from here to lead the Greeks sent to retrieve his niece, Helen, from Troy. When he returned to Mycenae, his wife's lover killed him.
Or perhaps the wife did it. Accounts vary.
But then, we're not fully sure the Trojan War actually happened, or even if there was an actual author named Homer. Which brings us to that amateur archeologist: Heinrich Schliemann. The German businessman found the Turkish site now generally accepted as Troy in 1871 and traced the Iliad narrative back to Agamemnon's Mycenae five years later, finding a solid gold funeral mask that he said was the face of the king himself.
More patient archeological research (Schliemann liked the quick results of dynamite) indicates that the mask predates the likely period of the Trojan War. But Schliemann did unearth some of what you'll see on this tour.
The grandest site may be the Tomb of Agamemnon. So was there was such a king? Historians only offer a definitive maybe. But if you stand at the tomb and use your imagination, you'll get an answer you like better.
Echoing through the ages
As you'll hear for yourself, the Epidaurus Theater's renowned acoustics allow actors to be heard anywhere in the audience. (Performances are still held here.) At least one study suggests that the many rows of semicircular limestone seats may filter out background noise, allowing audio clarity that would be hard to duplicate in an outdoor theater even today.
We offer pick-up service from select hotels in downtown Athens. Staying further afield? Kindly make your way to Amalia Hotel, 10, Amalia Street, opposite National Gardens, to join the tour. Please see your tour voucher for more information.
Pick-ups from some downtown Athens hotels are available. If you are being picked up at the Amalia Hotel,10, Amalia Street, opposite National Gardens, please be there 15 minutes prior to the departure time showing on your ticket. Beverages are not included in the tour but can be purchased at the restaurant.
Travelers must be able to walk approximately 3 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Food & Wine
Buses are equipped with seat belts and travelers are required to wear them.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Travelers must be in good health, be able to disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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