Daytrip: Sounio – Ancient temple of Poseidon

Price: 140€

Cape Sounion, within a distance of 68km from Athens, is a popular daytrip. The Aegean Sea viewed from the ruins of the ancient temple of Poseidon, god of the sea, is a unique experience. The temple was built in 450 B.C. . The site was sacred for ancient Greeks, sailors in particular, who used to pray and make sacrifices in the name of Poseidon, in order to keep them safe in their travels.

MYTHOLOGY

According tothe legend, Aegeus, king of Athens, was waiting for his son, Thiseas, to return from Creta. When he saw his son’s ship travelling in black sails assumed Thiseas was dead and fell off the cliff of Sounio. The sea underneath was named Aegean Sea in his honor.

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Daytrip:Ancient Olympia

Price: 350€

Ancient Olympia is worldwide known as the site of the ancient Olympic Games. It used to be a sanctuary of ancient Greece. Temple of Zeus at Ancient Olympia was hosting The Statue of Zeus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, created by the famous sculptor, painter and architect, Phidias. The Olympic Games were first held in the stadium of Ancient Olympia in 776 B.C. and took place on a four-year-basis thereafter until present times.

Ancient Olympia is about 3 hours away from Athens.

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Daytrip: Delphi

Price: 290€

Delphi is another famous archaeological site in Greece. It is perhaps best known for the oracle at the sanctuary that was dedicated to Apollo during the classical period. In Homer’s time, it was called “Python” and it was the centre of the Delphic Amphictyony. Delphi was of great importance till the end of the 4th century A.C. when it was closed by emperor Theodosius I. Today visitors from all over the world travel to Greece and visit Delphi.

Delphi is about 2 hours away from Athens.

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Daytrip: Ancient Corinth – Epidaurus – Nafplio – Mycenae

Price: 320€

Corinth was one of the most important city-states in the ancient greek world. It was a centre of trade for the whole region. It was the richest settlement of the ancient world. Corinth was inhabited from at least 6500 BC.

Epidaurus was a small city in ancient Greece. Its position as well as the Asclepieion,the most important therapeutical center of the ancient greek and roman world, contributed to its prosperity. The Epidaurus theater, built in the 4th century BC, is admired worldwide for its exceptional acoustics. The last few decades the theater is being used for cultural performances.
Nafplio is a town in Peloponnese and the most important port of the region. It is one of the most picturesque cities of the country. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic, from 1828 until 1834. The site is also renowned for the Acronauplia (walls dating from pre-classical times), Palamidi (a castle built by the Venetians) and Bourtzi (a small castle located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio).

MYTHOLOGY

Legend has it that Nafplio was founded and named after the hero Nafplios. According to Greek mythology, the site was fortified by cyclopean walls. Archeological evidence proves the existence of the settlement during the Mycenaean period.

Mycenae, Agamemnon’s kingdom, is the most important citadel of the late Bronze Age.
A whole era and its civilization has been named after this city and thus it is called Mycenaean period. There are many legends dating back from this period. These legends have long been a source of inspiration for many writers and artists throughout the centuries.

MYTHOLOGY

According to the legend, Perseus, Zeus and Danae’s son, was the founder of Mycenae. It is said that Perseus named the city either after the cap (mycēs) of the sheath of his sword, or after a mushroom he found on the site.

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Daytrip: Athens – Piraeus

Price: 120€

Athens is the capital city of Greece. Athens and Rome are considered to be the most historic cities in Europe. It was named after the goddess Athena who was its protector. In antiquity, it was the most powerful city – state and a major cultural center. It is known worldwide for its ancient monuments that survived over the centuries.

During a sightseeing tour in the city center, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, admire the historical center of Athens and visit one of the seven wonders of the world, the Acropolis Parthenon.

The tour also includes the port of Piraeus, the largest port in the country and Eastern Mediterranean.

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