Ancient Epidaurus, Ancient Nemea, wine tasting
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (4 BC) is considered to be the most perfect ancient theatre in Greece with regards to acoustics and aesthetics. At a maximum capacity of 13.000 spectators, during the antiquity the theatre hosted music, singing and dramatic performances that were included in the worship of Asclepius. Nemea is associated with the feats of Hercules and in particular with the slaying of the horrific Lion, a vicious monster that was horrifying the people of the region. Also because of its’ location on the foot of Arcadian mountains and the fine climate conditions, Nemea came to be home of the Panhellenic games which established in 573 BC in honour of Zeus. The region of Nemea is famous too, for the cultivation and the production of Agiorgitiko red wine, with deep red colour and long velvety aromas.
- 09:00am you head west of Athens towards Corinth Canal which connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Being 6,4 km long and only 21,4m wide at its base, the Canal is almost impassable for most modern ships.
- To the area you will be informed about Diolkos, which in the antiquity served as overland road (stone carriageway), along which ships could be towed from Corinth to the Saronic gulf.
- Next, to the archaeological site of Epidaurus you see the Ancient Theatre and the Asclepeion.
- The Theatre of Epidaurus (4th BC century) is admired for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken words from the proscenium to all 13.000 spectators, regardless of their seating
- The Asclepeion (UNESCO, 2009) was the most famous and celebrated healing centers of the Classic world, being place where ill people from all over Greece and the Mediterranean went in the hope of being cured.
- Next comes Nemea which is associated with the feats of Hercules and in particular with the slaying of the horrific Lion, a vicious monster that was horrifying the people of the region.
- Onsite visit to the archaeological site. You see the Temple of Zeus that was laid among a number of buildings and monuments being used in the religious and athletic ceremonies of the ancient Nemean Games; and you walk across the 178m long Stadium, one of the most important of the antiquity, being equally significant as those of Olympian, Pythian and Isthmian athletic games.
- Your trip concludes to a local winery to becoming acquainted with the varieties and the production of Nemea region, and try selected premium wines cultivated in the vineyards of the producer.
- Return to Athens in late afternoon.
- Transportation and in-depth visits as per detailed itinerary
- Admission fees as per programme
- Geo Routes tour guide
- Wine-tasting experience of 5 premium local wines
- Geo Routes material
- Liability Insurance
- *** excluded: personal expenses, tips, gratuities, anything not explicitly stated above
10 hours historic-cultural-experiential trip
(Tour code: GR030)
- Daily on request (except Tuesdays)
- Βookings close 72 hours prior to departure
- Program does not operate on 6 January, 25 March, 1 May, Orthodox Easter, 28 October, Christmas & New Year periods
- Sanctuary of Asklepios (2009)
- On request
- Corinth Canal, Diolkos
- Epidaurus Ancient Theater, Asclepeion
- Ancient Nemea (Stadium, Temple of Zeus)
- Wine tasting experience
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