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MYCENAE & PALAMIDI CASTLE

Per Person (Based on 2-3 passengers) $513 USD
Per Person (Based on 4-5 passengers) $560 USD
Per Person (Based on 6-7 passengers) $324 USD
Per Person (Based on 8-9 passengers) $324 USD
Sunday Surcharge $257 USD
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MYCENAE & PALAMIDI CASTLE

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ShoreTrips says...

Barry and I recommend brushing up on your Greek mythology before your trip. It's not necessary by any means, but we really enjoyed our guide's explanations and the history of this ancient wonder- especially because we could finally visualize all of these fascinating things we read about back home!

We'll start off our fabulous day with a nice drive across the Argive Plains... through the beautiful orange and lemon groves and past the ancient cities of Tiryns and Argos. We'll then arrive at "well-built Mycenae, rich of gold," as described by Homer in The Odyssey!

Although excavations had originally begun at Mycenae back in 1841, it wasn't until 33 years later that Heinrich Schliemann, an entrepreneur turned archaeologist, unearthed Mycenae's treasures. A controversial figure, Schliemann believed in the accuracy of Homer's epic poems, and to the amazement and dismay of scholars, governments and the world, he was right!

Enter the site via a walkway lined by impenetrable cyclopean walls and through the Lions Gate, where Clytemnestra greeted her husband (Agamemnon) when he returned from Troy.

We'll walk to the first shaft tomb, where Schliemann excavated the famous golden death masks, now on display at the Archaeological Museum in Athens. This site has absolutely magnificent views over the Argive. We'll also visit the eerie Beehive Tomb. Also known as the "Treasury of Atreus", this could be the real tomb of Agamemnon.

Enter the impressive grave through a 10-foot corridor and stand in its cool, dark interior. You'll be amazed by how advanced the Mycenaeans' building skills were.

We'll also take a drive up to Palamidi, a massive fortressed area incredible views of the town, harbor and the Argive Plain. Palamidi was built by Venetians and seized by the Turks. Don't forget to bring your camera!

You may return to the ship via coach or descend by foot the over 850-step staircase that leads back down to the harbor and your ship.

This tour involves considerable walking, up some steep grades.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation
  • Expert guide
  • See/Visit:
  • Ancient Mycenae
  • eerie Beehive Tomb
  • Palamidi
  • You may return to the ship via coach or descend by foot the over 850-step staircase that leads back down to the harbor and your ship
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • German($)
  • Japanese($)
  • Mandarin($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Spanish($)
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

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Departures (local time)

  • 12:00 PM (4 hrs) We will have you back to the pier by 4pm.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• We suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes.
• This is a private tour and you will not be combined with other travelers. Make sure to choose the appropriate pricing range.

Restrictions

• Please note that the Sunday Supplement also applies to the following Public Holidays in 2019: January 1;
April 29th, May 1st, June 17th, August 15th, October 28th and December 25th and 26th.
• Supplement is per group and not per person.