The Hercules Route
The Hercules Route

The Hercules Route

A day tour to explore a historical and mythological region related to the Greek hero Hercules, so close to Athens and yet surprisingly unspoiled organised by Beyond Athens agency is one of the most suitable options.

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 Pelopponese 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 an 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 winesmade 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.

Notes: 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). Bookings must be made up to 60 hours before the start of the trip. 

Included: Private car/ van trasnfer,a tour leader, admission to the Environment museum, a snack, admission to Nemea archaeological site, wine tasting and Greek lunch.

Not included: anything not specified, personal expenses, souvenirs, tips.

5-15 guests: €129, 4 guests: €215, 2-3 guests: €239 *Prices per Person, VAT included, children under 4 do not pay
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