Have you already explored the city center and wish for a nearby, quieter yet impressive option? Here are the most significant and special historic sites, from half to 2,5 hours away from Athens!

• The ‘Athenian Rivera’.

That tour will take you to the southernmost spot of Attica: the Temple of Poseidon, at cape Sounion; through the 1,5 hour drive you will enjoy elegant architecture, lush seaside resorts and picturesque bays. On your way there, there will be 2 stops in sites of great interest: the Vouliagmeni lake –a unique natural phenomenon- and a hidden ancient temple. Upon request, this tour may include a stop at the new S. Niarhos Foundation-Cultural Center (SNFCC), a stunning edifice near the water and a new gem in south Athens and a dinner in a nearby seaside. (4,5 or 6 hours)

• Delphi, Boeotia prefecture.  

Visit the archeological site and museum of Delphi, a breathtaking location that was once one of the main Pan-Hellenic sanctuaries, well known for the Oracle-Temple of Apollo. Before returning, enjoy lunch overlooking the valley and water. (9 hours)

• Argolis prefecture, Peloponnese.  

This is a land of abundant mythology, comprising Mycenae and its Acropolis-Palace of King Agamemnon, the majestic and perfectly preserved ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, -still in use- and the gorgeous town of Nafplion, the 1st capital of modern Greece. (10 hours)

• Corinth canal, Corinth (and Nemea), Peloponnese.  

After the technical marvel of the Canal, visit one of the most important and wealthy city-states of ancient Greece, and then powerful roman colony; after visiting the site’s lovely museum, a lunch facing the ruins can ‘frame’ perfectly the experience; upon request, the tour may continue to Nemea, where Zeus was worshipped, the Nemean Games took place and where some of the best known Greek wines are produced. (6 or 8 hours)

• Eleusis

Only 21 km away from the city center of Athens lays the archeological site of Eleusis, a very significant spiritual site of the ancient Greeks, where the faithful would be initiated to mystical rites that involved the cult of Demeter, goddess of crops and the Afterlife. (3-or 4 hours, with lunch)

Argolis prefecture (Mycenae - Epidaurus’ theater - Nafplio) - 9 hrs

Argolis prefecture (Mycenae - Epidaurus’ theater - Nafplio) - 9 hrs

A more than 3,500 years old Acropolis -hub of the great Mycenaean Civilization-, a glorious open air theatre with perfect acoustics, and a gorgeous seaside town, once the first capital of Greece.
Delphi and its Museum - 9 hrs

Delphi and its Museum - 9 hrs

The sanctuary and oracle of God Apollo, one of the most significant sites of Greece and a breathtaking location.
Argolis prefecture (Mycenae - Epidaurus’ theater - Nafplio) - 10 hrs

Argolis prefecture (Mycenae - Epidaurus’ theater - Nafplio) - 10 hrs

Overall: a wonderful one-day option and a journey through History and the Greek landscape.
Ancient Corinth, Corinth canal, ancient Nemea - 8 hrs

Ancient Corinth, Corinth canal, ancient Nemea - 8 hrs

*The coast of the ‘Athenian Riviera’ - 6 hrs

*The coast of the ‘Athenian Riviera’ - 6 hrs

With its gorgeous seascapes, from Piraeus to cape Sounio (featuring Poseidon’s temple and more hidden beauties).
Ancient Corinth, Corinth canal, ancient Nemea - 8 hrs

Ancient Corinth, Corinth canal, ancient Nemea - 8 hrs

*Eleusis - 3 hrs

*Eleusis - 3 hrs

Sacred land of Goddess Demeter and of the renowned ‘Eleusis Mysteries’.

 

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Her English is excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute as she answered our questions and gave wonderful explanations of Athens and Greek history 24 Vacation, Sarnia, Canada
She completely customized our tour based on interests we discussed before we left for our trip. Nadia has an incredible ability to frame the events and stories she shared with us in the context of that moment in history Brian McLaren, Washington D.C., U.S.A
Our guide Nadia was amazing. Her narrative was engaging, and she made sure everything we saw came alive. Going through these sites without her storytelling would not have been even 5% as much fun Niraj Ranjan Rout, Karnataka, India
I travel to different countries during my life and have met a number of guides. I can only say that Nadia is one of the best Linda Yin, Hong Kong, China
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Our guide Nadia Pavlikaki could not have been more knowledgeable, considerate, interactive, and charming. She adjusted the tour to my wife and my different tastes, and her extensive knowledge in archaeology and art history gave her the skill to answer all our questions Ed and Joyce Conant, Georgia, U.S.A
Nadia’s presence and personality is warm and welcoming, and she made our time in Athens a highpoint of our trip Brian McLaren, Washington D.C., U.S.A
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