Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion 8-hour private tour; Explore new destinations within a few hours of Athens. Visit the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, and Nafplio. Ancient Corinth was a prominent city in Greece, with its remains showcasing its former wealth. Embark on a scenic trip to the remarkable Corinth Canal and witness the temple of Apollo.
Take a scenic 60-minute ride along the western coastline of Saronic golf to the renowned Corinth Canal. Enjoy a 15-minute break at the canal before proceeding to Mycenae, one of Greece’s most significant and cosmopolitan ancient cities. Mycenae is one of Greece’s foremost archaeological sites. The fortified citadel of Mycenae overlooks the rich plain of Argolis near the seashore in northeastern Peloponnese.
Nafplio, one of the most captivating towns in Greece, is nestled along the water beneath the iconic Palamidi fortress. With its enchanting narrow streets, intriguing museums, elegant Venetian houses, and neoclassical mansions, it exudes a harmonious blend of Venetian heritage. In this charming town, visitors can explore upscale boutiques, savor tasty treats in inviting tavernas, and stay in comfortable hotels or guest houses. Nafplio’s proximity to Athens, just an hour and a half away, makes it a popular destination for weekend getaways and holidays. However, this popularity can also result in overcrowding during peak seasons and weekends.
Highlights of A picturesque Corinth Mycenae Nafplion 8-hour private tour
- The famous Corinth canal
- Eight-hour to the largest viticultural area of Greece, Corinth, Mycenae, and Nafplion
- Experienced English-speaking tour driver
- Visit the famous Corinth canal & ancient Corinth
- Visit the Mycenaean Acropolis
- Learn about the production from a wine expert
- The picturesque graphical city on the water, Nafplion
Pass By: In the morning, take a scenic drive through Athens and its surrounding areas. Pass through the town of Megara, named after King Bizas, which inspired the name of Byzantium, later known as Constantinople. Continue to Elefsina, renowned for its Elefsinian Mysteries. Enjoy the coastal views as you drive through charming resort towns such as Agioi Theodoroi, Kineta, and many more. Finally, reach the remarkable Corinth Canal, a stunning man-made waterway connecting the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf.
- Duration: 60 Minutes
Stop At: Our first stop is the Corinth Canal, a man-made waterway that splits the Peloponnese Peninsula from mainland Greece. It opened in 1894 and links the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Sea. You’ll have ample time to stretch your legs, admire the views from a pedestrian bridge, and maybe even bungee jump on specific days. Make sure to capture some stunning photos from the bridge!!
- Duration: 10 Minutes
- Admission Ticket Free
Pass By: Let’s continue our private tour and travel through the striking landscape of western Peloponnese on our way to ancient Corinth.
- Duration: 20 Minutes
Stop At Ancient Corinth (Archaia Korinthos);
In the shadow of Acrocorinth, an imposing Venetian Castle atop the Corinth Acropolis hill, lies ancient Corinth, a site rich in history and religious significance. The Roman Agora of Corinth, the Temple of Apollo, and a small museum dedicated to the ancient Corinthian Agora are all part of this city’s captivating past. Apart from its archaeological significance, ancient Corinth is a renowned pilgrimage site, attracting devotees from across Greece and beyond.
In the renowned city of Ephesus, Apostle Paul played a seminal role in spreading Christianity. He delivered sermons, faced judgment by the tribunal in the Agora, and established the most well-organized Christian church of that era. Paul’s tireless efforts in propagating the Christian faith earned him the titles “Equal-to-the-Apostles” and “Apostle of the Nations.”
Around 50 A.D., Saint Paul ventured into Corinth, a bustling city of Judea. There, he joined forces with Aquila and Priscilla, skilled tent-makers, to establish a base for both lodging and labor. Driven by his unwavering faith, Paul seized opportunities to engage with the Jewish community, sharing his gospel.
Unfortunately, his message faced fierce resistance from many within the Jewish populace. In recognition of the hospitality extended to Paul by Aquila and Priscilla, the Greek church has constructed a small edifice, the Apostle Paul church, as a tribute to their pivotal role in Christian history. THE BEMA OF SAINT PAUL read more…
- Duration: 45 Minutes
- Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By: Embark on a scenic journey through captivating countryside routes adorned with picturesque farms, vineyards, and olive groves that lead to the revealing of the historically rich city of Mycenae.
- Duration: 40 Minutes
Stop At Mycenae
Here in this city, you can find the greatest and most important location of the civilization known as “Mycenaean.” The Mycenaean civilization reigned supreme over mainland Greece, the islands located in the Aegean Sea, and the coast of Asia Minor during the late era of the Bronze Age (approximately 1600 to 1100 BCE). At its zenith, this civilization wielded immense power, influence, and artistic prowess.
Mycenae and neighboring Tiryns are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Mycenaean Era is the final phase of the Hellenic Civilization that thrived in mainland Greece since 3000 BCE. The archaeological site of Mycenae, with its impressive ruins, represents the apex of the Mycenaean civilization.
This civilization greatly influenced classical Greek culture, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean from 1500 to 1200 BCE. The Mycenaean civilization is closely associated with the Homeric epics, which have significantly impacted Western Civilization’s art and literature for over three thousand years.
- Duration: 70 Minutes
- Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By: Nafplio, a charming town in Greece, can be reached through a scenic route that passes through picturesque farm roads, vineyards, and olive tree fields. This beautiful town offers a romantic ambiance and is considered one of the most attractive towns in Greece.
- Duration: 35 Minutes
Stop For Lunch
– You can have lunch (it’s not included) as you explore the ancient city of Nafplion, Greece’s initial capital after gaining independence from the Ottomans in 1821. – Following the 1821 Greek Revolution and independence (between 1833 and 1834), Nafplion became Greece’s first capital and a significant port since the Bronze Age.
– Due to its vital strategic location, the city had three fortresses: the substantial primary fortress of Palamidi, the smaller Akronafplia, and the modest Bourtzi on an islet west of the old town.
- Duration: 90 Minutes
- Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By: Upon concluding our post-lunch exploration of Nafplion, we will embark on our return journey to Athens, marking the culmination of one of the most captivating Best Greece Tours.
- Duration: 110 Minutes
DEPARTURE | RETURN
- Transfer offerd; Travelers pickup/drop off is offered.
- Pick up from; We will pick you up from any hotel or apartment in Athens center and Piraeus cruise port at the cruise ship pier!
- Info needed When booking make sure to include the address of your accommodation, or the name of the cruise line and the cruise ship!
- Pick up time; We propose to pick you up at 8 am in order to avoid traffic and crowed at the Acropolis.
- Drop off; We will drop you off at the same place we have picked you up or at any hotel in Athens center or cruise ship pier!
INCLUDED | EXCLUDED
What is Included
- Professional driver with good knowledge of history and culture in Greece
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle appropriate for the size of your group
- Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple day tours only)
- Flexible pick up time on request (proposed 08:00AM)
- Free Pick-up from and return to your hotel
- Free Pick-up & drop off from Piraeus cruise port
- Athens Airport transfers or pickup locations outside Athens: arranged on request with surcharge
- First class transport: By Mercedes E-Class or similar; Mercedes minivan or Mercedes minibus according to the size of your party. All new models come with full leather and A/C.
- Road tolls and local taxes
- Our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athina, Greece.
- Official licensed tour guide for guiding in archeological sites. Available on request with surcharge
- The private tour is 100% exclusive for your party
What is Excluded
- Entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museum
- Wine tasting fee (wine tours)
- Athens Airport transfer: arranged on request with a surcharge
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and beverage
- Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost.
- Private tour - Shore Excursion
- Activity level: Moderate
- Departures: Daily
- Due to the high complexity and uncertainty of contemporary transportation, as well as unexpected situations, the planned itinerary can change at any moment and our choices may be affected by any social, economic or environmental phenomena!
- Best Greece Tours is proud to be the first in the industry to offer Guaranteed Departures . A guaranteed departure means; There is no minimum number of bookings required on a trip to run and that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control. Our current collection of tours can take you to exciting places in Athens and around the world.
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- Dress: religious and memorial sites: shoulders and knee must be covered.
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- Itinerary (break-down)Due to the high complexity and uncertainty of contemporary transportation, as well as unexpected situations, the planned itinerary can change at any moment and our choices may be affected by any social, economic or environmental phenomena!
Persons with Disabilities
- Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora.
- In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- For guests who are full-time wheelchair users a ramp vehicle will be needed. Guests may remain in their wheelchair or scooter for the duration of the excursion. Wheelchair or scooter dimensions are required in order to confirm the correct vehicle!
- Wheelchair or small scooter folding type only. (Please note that disabled passengers must be able to board the vehicle independently or with the assistance of those in their party.)
Opening hours & Admission fees
- Opening Hours: Summer April 1st to October 31st from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM
- Winter: November 1st to March 31st from 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- Free admission fees: Children under 18 & Students from E.U.
- Reduced admission fees: Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65 & Students from countries outside the E.U.
Free admission days
- March 6: In memory of deceased Minister of Tourism & visionary Melina Mercouri
- June 5: Environment international day
- April 18 : International monuments day
- May 18: International museums day
- September 27: International tourism day
- The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
- National Holidays
- Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
- The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September
- NOTE: If the first Sunday is a holiday then the second is the free admission day
Holidays in Greece
- January 1: closed
- January 6: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Shrove Monday: 08:30AM - 03:00 PM
- March 25: closed
- Good Friday: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
- Holy Saturday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- Easter Sunday: closed
- Easter Monday: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- May 1: closed
- Holy Spirit Day: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- 15 August 15: 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
- October 28: 08:30 AM- 03:00 PM
- December 25 & 26: closed
- Sedans; Within 24 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 24 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
- Minivan; Within 36 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 36 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
- Minibus 10-20 seats; Within 96 hrs of travel 100% fee will apply. Outside of 96 hrs a €2 per person cancellation charge will apply.
- For all vehicles; No show mean, no refund