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Approximately 3½ Hours
Nemea claims a famous place in Greek mythology. It was both the home of the Nemean Lion killed by Heracles and where the infant Opheltes, lying on a bed of parsley, was killed by a serpent while his nurse fetched water. The Nemean Games were held here from 573 BC at the sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea. Three columns of the 4th-century BC temple still stand intact here, and two more were reconstructed in 2002, with four more currently being rebuilt.
Visit the site around the temple, which has been excavated, including the great altar, bath and hotel. The temple stands on the site of an even more ancient temple, of which only a foundation wall is still visible.
A stadium has also recently been discovered here. It is notable for its well-preserved, vaulted entrance tunnel dating back to about 320 BC, complete with ancient graffiti on the walls. The material discovered in the excavations is on display in a museum constructed as a part of the University of California's excavations.
The Palivos Winery, located close to the archaeological site, is your next stop. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore one of Greece's most famous winemaking regions.
Tour does not operate on Mondays in November. Corkage policy: Wine purchased on this tour is exempt from the onboard corkage fee (offer limited to one bottle of wine per person). Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.