The Lion Gate

Power & Passion in Ancient Mycenae

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Duration

Full-Day (08:00-17:00)

Location

the Peloponnese

Price

Theme

Archaeology

Runs

Tuesday to Saturday

Meeting Point

Pick up from your hotel

Few places have been shrouded in myth and legend to the extent Mycenae has.

The name of this Unesco World Heritage site has been given to the Mycenaean Civilization, which flourished and dominated the Eastern Mediterranean world between 1600 and 1100 BCE.

According to Homer, this fortified Late Bronze Age citadel overlooking the fertile plain of Argolis was once ruled by King Agamemnon, who led the Greeks in the ever-celebrated Trojan War. It is also the place where German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, discovered one of the richest treasures ever unearthed.

On this tour we aim to discover the legends and facts that lie behind the famous Lions Gate of Mycenae. Who were the people that once live here? What did they leave behind for us? Why did the notorious dynasty of Atreus, from whom Agamemnon descended, spark such inspiration on poets and writers for centuries to come? What led Schliemann to believe that he had discovered at Mycenae the tombs of Agamemnon and his family?

Cyclopean walls, monumental tholos tombs, storage and workshop facilities, and the remains of a magnificent palace, along with the important finds in the nearby museum, set the perfect material context for the visitor to delve into the fascinating world of one of the earliest civilizations to have developed on the European continent.

Itinerary

08:00

Pick up from your hotel.

08:00 – 10:00

Drive south (private transfer) to the magical Peloponnese.

10:00 – 12:00

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ancient Acropolis of Mycenae & the Museum of Ancient Mycenae. 

12:30 – 15:00

Visit the picturesque town of Nafplio nearby for lunch (lunch not included in cost).

15:00 – 15:30

Visit the iconic citadel of Tyrins.

15:30-17:00

Drive back to Athens.

17:00

Ending Point: Your hotel in the Athens City center.

Highlights

Visit the Isthmus Canal, which was opened in 1893, essentially separating the Peloponnese from mainland Greece and turning it into an island.

Visit the ancient Mycenae, a Unesco World Heritage site. The guided tour includes significant landmarks such as the remains of the archaic Temple of Apollo; the Orator’s Podium in the Roman Forum, where it is believed that the Apostle Paul stood to preach Christianity to the Corinthians; the Fountains of Glauke and Peirene; the medieval Frankish district, which developed during the occupation of Corinth by the Crusaders.

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae.

Visit the so-called Tomb of Atreus, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Visit the picturesque town of Nafplio nearby for lunch.

Guided tour of the Mycenaean citadel of Tiryns, another Unesco World Heritage monument.

What's included

  • Private, state-licensed tour guide
  • Entry fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private Transfer

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