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As a port of call on a Greek Islands cruise in the eastern Peloponnese region of Greece, the little-known seaport town of Nafplio is sure to win your heart, especially when you book Nauplion shore excursions that will fully acquaint you with the history and culture of a lesser-known area of mainland Greece.
To fully immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the Argolis, book guided Nauplion shore excursions that take you on a drive through age-old olive groves and grape-laden vineyards on the way to view one of the most fascinating ancient ruins of the Argolis at Epidaurus. Visit the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once a flourishing spa with thermal baths and temples, complete with mystics and healers offering advice and therapies that might well be compared to today’s holistic health centers.
While in port on your cruise to Nauplion, walk in the limestone ruins of the Great Theatre of Epidaurus, which dates back to the third century B.C. Still in use today for cultural events due to its excellent condition and superior acoustics, the theatre is considered the best preserved ancient theatre in Greece. At the Palamidi Fortress, your tour guide will fascinate you with tales of the Turkish and Venetian construction of the fortification, and you’ll be just as thrilled with the breathtaking views of Nauplion.
An expertly guided Nauplion cruise excursion to the ruins of Mycenae, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, will have you enthralled as you step back many millennia to the Bronze Age. As you approach the Lion Gate, you’ll see the imposing sculpture that gives its name to the original entrance to the citadel of Mycenae. You’re sure to pay rapt attention as your guide lets you know all about the first excavation of the site in 1876 by German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who was determined to find the grave of Greek mythology’s King Agamemnon. As you enter the Beehive Tomb, you can judge for yourself if he succeeded, as many of the world’s leading archeologists believe he did.
No matter which of the offered Nauplion shore excursions you choose, you’re sure to be enriched in mind and spirit.