Greece is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and has been inhabited for thousands of years. With rich culture and history, very often there is something hidden that needs to be explored. Visitors have the opportunity to explore and discover the various archaeological sites that Greece is famous for.
First stop is Acropolis, the magnificent sanctuary of ancient Athens. Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the two monuments that were built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian and adorn the city center. Next stop is Kallimarmaro, meaning beautifully marbled, the ancient stadium, known for its revival of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. Syntagma Square, the most central square of Athens that is located just in front of the building of the Old Palace, known today as the Greek Parliament. There, we will find ourselves in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to all dead soldiers. Next “cultural station” is “The Athenian Trilogy” of neoclassicism, designed by Danish architect Theophil Hansen: The National Library, The Academy of Athens and the main building of the University of Athens. Next station Stadiou Street and the Palace of the Old House, a main part of the Modern Greek history. Next stop Monastiraki and the traditional settlement of Thissio. Next stop Lycabettus Hill whose view is revealing the modern image of the capital city of Greece.
Next we move to Athens Riviera. Sounio was an important strategic point because by there the city – state of Athens controlled the sea passage of the Aegean Sea, Piraeus and the peninsula of Lavrion. Sounio is especially known because of the Temple of Poseidon located on the edge of the cape. Today, the place has been declared a national park and protected environment. Next station the Lake Vouliagmeni, a real geological spectacle.
Reminiscent of a “natural pool” as the shape is oval, while the waters are brackish because they are fed from both underground sources and from the sea.
The famous site of Delphi with the renowned oracle can by no means be excluded from an archaeology tour. There you can also visit the Sanctuary of Apollo and Pythia.
The region of Peloponnese includes a lot of impressive and interesting sites, covering both Greek and Byzantine history. On the site of Epidaurus, maybe the most visited site in Greece, you will admire the 4th century Theater, a real archaeological marvel to explore. The 1,800 seat theatre, built in homage to Apollo, with excellent acoustics will leave you speechless.
Ancient Mycenae can come next, the land of Agamemnon and the strongest city in ancient world.
One of the most attractive archaeological sites on Peloponnese is the city of Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 BC.
Nemea is the site of Hercules killing of the Nemea Lion, the first on his list of 12 tasks. The Nemea museum is the first on the list for you, followed by the Temple of Zeus, the spa baths, unique to this region and the only extant stadium, where the Propylaea and vaulted athletes entrance tunnel still stands.
The city of Nafplio was the first capital of the modern Greek state. Named after Nafplios, son of Poseidon, and home of Palamidis, their local hero of the Trojan war and supposedly the inventor of weights and measures, lighthouses, the first Greek alphabet and the father of the Sophists. The small city state made the mistake of allying with Sparta in the second Messenian War (685-688BC) and was destroyed by Damokratis the king of Argos.
Last, the ancient city of Corinth, with the museum and the Corinth tunnel.