Visit Mycenae and Nafplio

The Cyclopean walls of Mycenae
Mycenae, the ancient Greek archeological site on the Peloponnese Peninsula, is famous for its role in Homer's Iliad. It was home to the famous Helen, whose husband King Agamemnon led his people to war when she left him for Paris of Troy. That old Mycenaean civilization dominated the western Mediterranean from the 15th to the 12th century BCE. This guided tour includes visits to both it and Nafplio, an ancient seaport town in the Peloponnese. But first up is Mycenae, located about 55 miles (90 km) east of Athens. The stone Lion Gate denotes the entrance to the ruins of this city, beyond which are interesting sites like the tombs of Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra and the Treasury of Atreus. Also here are the long Cyclopean walls, whose construction method remains a mystery.

Then it's off to Nafplio. One of the prettiest seaport towns in the Peloponnese, it's located a mere half an hour south of Mycenae and was once believed to have been founded by the son of Poseidon. Nafplio was the first capital of the new Greek state after the war of independence in the 1800s. A guided tour includes a stroll through the old town that passes by Ottoman fountains, Venetian buildings, and statues honoring historic figures. The tour ends with a visit to the Bourtzi Castle in the middle of the harbor.

Itineraries with Visit Mycenae and Nafplio

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