Departing from Athens we drive along the scenic western coastal highway.
We arrive to the well - known Corinthian canal that connects the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea. Short stop. We drive to nearby Ancient Corinth and see the Temple of Apollo - the God of the Sun, the Roman baths and Roman odeion, the street of Lechaeon with its shops. St. Paul preached here and wrote "the letters to the Corinthians" here in 52 A.D.
We pass by the chapel of St. Paul and its unique mosaic.
Leaving from Corinth we continue our tour with a thirty-minute drive through orange and lemon tree fields to the Bronze age citadel of Mycenae. Mycenae was the centre of power in the Late Bronze age from 16th century B.C. to 11th century B.C. The Acropolis of Mycenae is built of huge blocks of stones Homer, poet of antiquity, claimed this city was built by the Cyclops Giants.
Walk past the Lions Gate, the circular grave site, walk the steps of the secret cistern and visit the palace room of King Agamemnon the mythological leader of the Greeks in the war with the Trojans.
Leaving the Acropolis of Mycenae, we make a short stop, nearby, for visiting an impressive cone shaped tomb, the Treasury of Atreus or Tomb of Agamemnon.
We start our half hour drive, passing through a forest of orange trees, to ancient Epidauros. Here we visit the theater that is world famous for its acoustics and still used for best theatrical performances. Visit the museum and walk through what was the sanctuary of God of medicine Aschlepios. A healing center where the priests used all types of herbs, water and snake venom to cure many diseases.
Leaving ancient Epidaurus, we drive to picturesque seaport town of Nafplion named after a son of Poseidon.
Nafplion was the first capital of modern Greece from 1829 to 1834 by Ioannis Kapodistrias after gaining its independence from the Ottoman Turks the year 1821. Nowadays Nafplion is a popular weekend escape for Athenians.
During our visit in Nafplion, we visit the Palamidi Fortress which was the last construction of the Venetians and the Acronafplia Castle, which is built on top of a Mycenaean wall above the old town.
Nafplion is an ideal place for a seafood lunch by the sea enjoying the view of the Bourtzi Castle out in the sea at the entrance of the port or an old time tavern in the bougainvillea covered pedestrian streets.
Returning to Athens we pass by seaside villages and rugged mountain.