A day tour to explore a historical and mythological region related to the Greek hero Hercules, so close to Athens and yet surprisingly unspoiled!
You will be comfortably picked-up at 8.30 am and our tour leader will briefly explain the day’s program and provide you with some practical info. You will head west and, after crossing the Corinth channel, will drive along a scenic mountain road in the Peloponnese region. First stop will be the mythological lake of Stymfalia (at some 600m above sea level), which we will reach at 11 am.
The lake, which has lost part of its waters, is an incredibly tranquil place teeming with historic events. It is associated with many stories about the semi-god Hercules, it was here that the hero had to deal with the copper-beaked “Stymphalian Birds”. You will hear a lot about that, and walk the area in search of the ancient Stymfalia town. Also, spot the many different bird species nesting in the lake (birdwatching) and visit the awesome Environment Museum, which showcases the coexistence of Man and Nature in inspiring ways.
After a snack, we will set for Ancient Nemea, in Greece’s most famous wine region. Again, many mythological connections and once more, stories about our hero, Hercules, and how he tamed the fierce lion of Nemea. There you will also have the chance to visit the archaeological site, which features an imposing temple of Zeus, the ancient stadium and the wonderful annexed museum.
After that, we will go visit Semeli winery, one of the biggest in the area. There, overlooking the Nemea plain you will get to sample wines made from different local grape varieties, including of course Agiorgitiko, one of Greece’s dominant wine grape varieties. Along with the wines you will be treated delicious homemade local food and learn about the region’s gastronomy. Later in the afternoon we will start our trip back to Athens, which we will reach in the evening before dinner time.
Program and price are subject to change depending on number of participants and special arrangements. Our tour leaders speak many different languages. Please provide a pick-up address. Extra health and accident personal insurance is available upon request ( at a € 20 extra cost).
Single individuals are welcome to book the tour as well. If by the date of the tour minimum participation requirement is not met, a new date will be suggested or the client is free to cancel with full refund of the paid amount applying. If more people sign in for this tour on the specific date, partial refund may apply if the corresponding rate for shared group tour is lower than the paid amount at the time of booking.
INCLUDED: Private car/ van transfer, a tour leader, admission to the Environment museum and to Nemea archaeological site, a snack, a wine tasting session and Greek lunch.
NOT INCLUDED: anything not specified, personal expenses, souvenirs, tips.