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"In a small valley in the Peloponnesus, the shrine of Asklepios, the god of medicine, developed out of a much earlier cult of Apollo (Maleatas), during the 6th century BC at the latest, as the official cult of the city state of Epidaurus. Its principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre - considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – date from the 4th century."
"The archaeological sites of Mycenae and Tiryns are the imposing ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century B.C. and played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture."
Journey along picturesque winding roads, passing typical Greek villages en route to two classical sites of the Peloponnese region.
The first is Epidaurus -- is known throughout the Hellenistic world for its unique medical facilities. Dedicated to Aesclepius, the god of healing, the city was filled with curative spas. While many are in ruins, the theatre is still renowned for its near-perfect acoustics, and has seen contemporary performances by such artists as the late Maria Callas.
Continue to ancient Mycenae, whose treasures were unearthed in 1874 by Heinrich Schliemann. Once inside the Lions Gate, explore the Royal Palace, the shaft graves and the remains of the city walls.
An archaeological briefing at the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon, enhances your understanding of these sites before you return to Náfplion.
Please note: Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.