Tour of Mycenae

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Description

Description

Departure by coach with your guides for the Mycenae site. According to Greek mythology, Mycenae was founded by Perseus with the help of the Cyclops and it is also the kingdom of the hero of Homer's poems, Agamemnon, who led the Greek army in the war against Troy. Homer described the city as dear to Hera and "rich in gold", but the disappearance of this civilisation is not precisely explained. On the Mycenae site, you will discover the remains of the Citadel and the Mycenaean Palace surrounded by its Cyclopean walls and a large number of pit graves and cupola tombs. The walls have two entrances, including the main Lioness Gate, which takes its name from the big cats sculpted in relief on the colossal tympanum. You will also see the circles of tombs, some dating back to the XVIIth century BC, which were found to contain sumptuous funerary furniture and gold death masks moulded directly onto the faces of the deceased (now on display in the Archaeological Museum in Athens). Outside the city walls, large monumental cupola tombs, shaped like beehives, were discovered and are thought to be the tombs of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon.
You will then return to the coach to continue on to Nauplia, a small port founded by Nauplios, son of Poseidon. You will walk round this charming, ancient town, dominated the Palamisi Fort, dating from the second Venetian occupation of the city from 1686 to 1715. Just off the coast of Nauplia the little island of Bourdzi, fortified by the Venetians in 1471, guards the entrance to the port.

 

  • Duration : ~ 5:00
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The order of visits can be modified.
  • These excursions are not proposed for all the cruises and depend on the itinerary.
  • If the minimum of 25 participants is not reached, the excursion may be either cancelled or proposed at another rate, depending on the number of participants (to pay on board).
  • The excursions of the first evening and the morning following the embarkation are only guaranteed for the passengers who have booked the excursion before the cruise.