This hiking tour start at Epidaurus, the birthplace of Asclepius, the god of healing. We start our tour with a short stroll on an ancient footpath: the same ancient route that patients used to reach the Epidaurus sanctuary. Our next stop is the Asclepieion, the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. On the same archaeological site we explore the Theatre of Epidaurus, where theatrical performances were taking place as part of the healing process. Before we head back to Athens we continue our hiking tour in Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece and one of the most beautiful coastal towns in the Peloponnese. We have a short stroll in the picturesque alleys with the neoclassical mansions and Venetian balconies and we can have some free time to enjoy delicious Greek food in one of the traditional tavernas of the city.
Asclepius, the ancient god of healing, was the focal point of a cult that swept over Greece in the 5th century BC. Almost every city had an Asclepieion sanctuary dedicated to the health of its citizens through the worship of Asclepius. These sacred places were famous for their cures and thousands of people would visit them to be healed. In this full day tour we visit one of the most important healing sanctuaries of ancient Greek antiquity, Epidaurus.
- Sanctuary and Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the birthplace of Asclepius, the god of healing
- Short hike on an ancient footpath
- Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the greatest and best preserved of all ancient Greek theatres
- Nafplion, one of the most beautiful coastal towns in the Peloponnese