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Approximately 6½ Hours
Take winding roads through typical Greek villages on your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Epidaurus -- site of medical facilities and healing treatments in the ancient Greek world. Known throughout the Hellenistic world for its unique medical facilities and healing treatments, Epidaurus was dedicated to Asclepius -- the god of healing who restored health to the sick and, reputedly, sometimes even life to the dead. The city was filled with curative spas and baths, but only priests had access to some of the healing rites.
Today, most of the ruins have been reduced to their foundations with one exception -- the remarkable theater. Built into, rather than above, the ground and set overlooking a valley, the theater is known for its astonishing acoustics. Restored in 1954, it now hosts modern productions of the ancient classics and musical recitals of performers such as the late Maria Callas.
Enjoy a traditional Greek lunch; then, continue along the Argive Plain to visit the site of ancient Mycenae. Although excavations had begun here in 1841, it wasn't until 33 years later that a self-styled archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, unearthed Mycenae's treasures.
Enter the site via a walkway lined by impenetrable cyclopean walls and through the Lions Gate. This is where Clytemestra received her husband, Agamemnon, on his return from Troy. Once inside the gate, explore the Royal Palace, the shaft graves and the remains of the city walls.
An archaeological briefing within the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon, enhances your understanding of these sites.
This tour involves considerable walking over inclines, and uneven and slippery paths. Guests with limited mobility should take this into consideration before booking this tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.