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Epidaurus – To the Theater along with Asclepius

TRIPS OUT OF ATHENS

FULL DAY

Duration 8 Hours

EPIDAURUS

Visit one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, famous for the Ancient Theatre with the amazing acoustics and the Temple of Asclepius

FROM €330

€330 Luxury sedan up to 4 pax
€380 Mercedes Mini Van or similar up to 7 pax
UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

Starting from Athens we begin our journey along the coastal National Highway until we reach the Corinth Canal, where we will make a short stop.  At about an hour’s drive from the canal, we arrive at our main destination, Ancient Epidaurus, located on the north eastern side of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis.

Epidaurus is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece, mostly famous for its Ancient Theatre.  Considered as one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture, the theatre was constructed in the late 4th century BC to host religious ceremonial events in honor of the god Asclepius, whose healing center was located a few steps away.  Renowned for its symmetry and the incredible acoustics, this classical theatre is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a beautiful view to the valley below.  Presently, Ancient Greek drama performances are hosted here every summer during the Epidaurus Festival.

The city is also known as the motherland of Asclepius, the god of medicine and healing.  Epidaurus was the most celebrated healing center of the Classical world, the place where ill people went in the hope of being cured. To find out the right cure for their ailments, they spent a night in a sleeping hall and in their dreams, the god himself would advise them what they had to do to regain their health.  Within the sanctuary there was a guest house with 160 guestrooms. There are also mineral springs in the vicinity, which may have been used in healing.   At the main archaeological area, among its principal monuments, of particular interest is the Temple of Asclepius.  The vast site, with its temples and hospital buildings devoted to its healing gods, provides valuable insight into the healing cults of Greek and Roman times.

Leaving the site and before we start our way back to Athens, we can organize an optional visit at a Nemea winery for some tasting of local wine varieties, or if you prefer, a visit to the picturesque port of Nafplio followed by lunch at a seaside tavern.

OPTIONAL: Upon request, this itinerary may be revised to a Half Day Tour to include only a visit to Epidaurus.  Please inquire.

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Special Instructions

We recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes, preferably flat-soled.   For protection from the heat and sun, we strongly suggest you wear a hat, sun glasses and sunscreen.

Restrictions

Please note that due to strict Greek laws and regulations, your Tour Driver is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites.  Your Tour Driver will provide commentary and basic information only inside the vehicle and only when it is deemed safe to do so while driving.  Please refrain from any distracting behavior as your safety during the tour is our top priority.

Your Driver will drop you off as close to the sites as legally possible and in accordance to Traffic laws.

If you wish to have a personal licensed Tour Guide, you may hire one at extra cost.  Please include your request on the booking form.

Tips

What is included in this private tour

  • Pick-up service from your hotel in or near the center of Athens OR your cruise terminal.
  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury vehicle.
  • An English-speaking professional driver with a good knowledge of history and culture of Greece.
  • All taxes, road toll fees, fuel charges and parking.

What is not included in this private tour

  • All Meals & Beverages.
  • Admission Fees for the Archaeological sites and museums.*
  • Wine Tasting
  • Licensed official tour guide (optional)
  • Gratuities (optional)

*Admission Fee €12 (minors under 18 years of age entrance is free)

Epidavros – To the Theater along with Asclepius

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Epidavros – To the Theater along with Asclepius

€330 Luxury sedan up to 4 pax, €380 Mercedes Mini Van up to 7 pax, UPON REQUEST Mercedes Mini Bus up to 17 pax

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