ANCIENT NEMEA + WINE TOUR + MYCENAE



Nemea

-The Temple of Zeus / Jupiter
-The Ancient baths
-The Apodyterium
-The Ancient Stadium Crypt
-The starting grid
-The Archeological Museum
-The Wine Roads

Wine Tourism

Facilities Offered :
A
-Vineyards and Winery tour...
Tour across the vineyards and the winery where everything begins. Near the mountains slope, you will be lost in the endless rows of vine leaves.
-Wine tasting Seminar...in the aging cellar where you can enjoy the smell of wine 'maturing',a smell blended with the essence of 'good' soaked in juices and aromas glow of 200 casks of French and American Oak.
-Tasting of wines...the journey ends in the garden of the winery where we will have the chance to taste 5 internationally awarded wines of the Estate accompanied with cheese meat and bread.

COST

€7 Per Person (At least 10 persons)
€10 Per Person (less than 10 persons)

B
-Vineyards and winery tour, Wine tasting seminar, Tasting of wines and a meal. Local authentic cuisine cooked by the lady of the estate inside the winery accompanied with wine
COST

€25 Per Person (In case of buffet)
€30 Per Person (In case of set menu)

Mycenae

-The Lion Gate
-Grave Circles A and B
-The Cyclopean Walls
-The Royal Palace
-The Treasury of Atreus
-The Mycenean Archaeological Museum
-The Mycenean Village

Nemea
Nemea is an ancient site in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese in Greece. Formerly part of the territory of Cleonae in Argolis and today situated in the regional unit of Corinthia. The small village of ancient Nemea was formerly known as “Koutsomodi” and then “Iraklion”.
In Greek mythology Hercules first labour was to kill the Nemean Lion living in the caves of Mount Tritos above the site.
You will be amazed with the sanctuary of Zeus built in 330 BC. It's importance lies in the fact that all ancient Greek architecture orders were combined in different part of the temple. Doric columns were used for the exterior colonnade, Corinthian for the ground floor columns and small Ionic columns in the interior at the cella and upper level. At the short ends 6 columns were erected while 12 instead of the classical 13 were erected at the long ends.
During the 5th and 6th centuries A.D early Christians gathered within the area of Nemea and established an agricultural settlement. As a common practice, they used blocks from the Sanctuary of Zeus in order to construct their own Christian temple,the Basilica. All 36 columns but three were knocked down. Nowadays thanks to S.Miller 9 columns have been reconstructed.
The site reached its period of greatest importance from the 6th to 3rd centuries BCE when for around a month every two years athletes and spectators gathered for the pan-Hellenic Games from 573 BCE until 271 BCE. The Nemean Games became a sporting event to rank alongside the other three major pan-Hellenic athletic games held at Olympia , Isthmia and Delphi.
The most important event was the stadion or footrace over one length of the stadium track, other events were footraces over various stadium lengths competitions in boxing wrestling combined boxing and wrestling, the pentathlon (wrestling,boxing,javelin,discus,long jump).Horse races were also held on the hippodrome track which included the four horse chariot of 5,600 meters. Two further competitions were for heralds and trumpeters.
The ancient stadium has recently been discovered. It is notable for its well preserved vaulted entrance tunnel or crypt dated to about 320 BC with ancient graffiti on the walls.
The track it self was usually prepared with hard-packed clay.
Behind the starting line up was a space for the athletes to slow down, usually 15 meters length.
Built near natural hills for spectators to have a clear view of the events artificial embankments became a common feature as were conduits around the track to drain off excess rain water.
The Nemean stadium sloped a little (2 meters) for this purpose.
You can see the seats that were added. The seating area had steps and divisions to facilitate access and perhaps more importantly to ensure an orderly exit of the spectators. Certain VIP seats on a raised platform in the center positions were also a common practice reserved for specially trained judges . The ancient Nemean Stadium could seat approximately 50.000 spectators.
The Archeological museum of Nemea is fascinating.Founded by the University of California and besides the exhibits from Zeu's sanctuary, the museum collections include finds from various archeological sites in the Nemea region which span from early Neolithic to the Byzantine times.

Wine Tour
The soil around Nemea is dry, yellow and perfect for cultivating grapes. The area is full of vineyards that produce robust wines. The official wine roads of Corinthia include around 15 different wineries and wine estates with vineyards.
Only 800 meters from the ruins of Ancient Nemea is the Palivou Estate, a small and hospitable winery established in the family owned vineyard. Visit the cellar where 300 French and American oak barrels are located and discover wine tourism with Palivou Estate inaugurating a new era focused on discovering the experience which offers the visitor a completely different aspect in his tourist wandering .
Facilities Offered :
Av -Vineyards and Winery tour...
Tour across the vineyards and the winery where everything begins. Near the mountains slope, you will be lost in the endless rows of vine leaves.
-Wine tasting Seminar...in the aging cellar where you can enjoy the smell of wine 'maturing',a smell blended with the essence of 'good' soaked in juices and aromas glow of 200 casks of French and American Oak.
-Tasting of wines...the journey ends in the garden of the winery where we will have the chance to taste 5 internationally awarded wines of the Estate accompanied with cheese meat and bread.v COST:
€7 Per Person (At least 10 persons)
€10 Per Person (less than 10 persons)v
B
-Vineyards and winery tour, Wine tasting seminar, Tasting of wiand a meal. Local authentic cuisine cooked by the lady of the estate inside the winery accompanied with wine
COST:
€25 Per Person (In case of buffet)
€30:00 Per Person (In case of set menu)

Menu-Buffet
Welcomev -Our olive oil production and pate of olives
Salad
-Season salad:whatever freshest and seasonal the land of Nemea has to offer
Side Dish
-Spicy melted feta with sweet peppers
-Bites fried from minced meat with spices
-Small pies with honey and xynomyzithra

Mycenae
A Unesco World Heritage Site described by Homer as a city 'rich in gold' was a fortified late Bronze Age city located between two hills on the Argolic plain of the Peloponesse.
The fortified royal residence of King Agamemnon ( leader of the Trojan War ) with mamoth Cyclopean walls dates from between the 14th and the 13th century BCE when the Mycenean civilization was at its peak of power, influence and artistic expression.
Situated on a rocky hill ( 40-50 meters high ) commanding the surrounding plain as far as the sea 15 km away, the site of Mycenae covered 30 000 sq. meters and has always been known throughout history.
Heinrich Schliemann believed in the historical truth of the Homeric stories and interpreted the site accordingly. In 1876 he discovered the magnificent treasures of grave circle A which included ancient shaft graves with their royal skeletons and spectacular graved goods.
Entrance to the acropolis is through the famous Lion Gate a 3 x 3 meter square doorway with an 18-ton lintel topped by two 3 meter high heraldic lions and a column altar. You will be amazed as you explore the acropolis making your way to the top where the royal palace once stood. The large palace structure built around a central hall, or Megaron is typical of Mycenean palaces. Other features included a secondary hall, many private rooms and a workshop complex.
The Treasury of Atreus,a monumental circular building with corbelled roof reaching a height of 135 meters and 14.6 meters in diameter and approached by a long walled and unroofed corridor 36 meters long and 6 meters wide is sure to leave you impressed.
One of the most fascinating museums is the Archaeological Museum at Mycenae. The museum is built next to the citadel at Mycenae. Many objects unearthed in the vicinity are exhibited in its three halls. It provides context to the excavations and is easily visited before ( recommended ) or after a tour of the archaeological site.
Activity level: Moderate
Duration: Full day
Type: Eat & Drink, Walking, Full Day, Ancient History
Nemea Archeological Museum Entrance Ticket: 4€ Full, 2€ Reduced (Valid for Archeological Museum of Nemea, Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, Stadium of Nemea)
Archeological Site of Mycenae Ticket: 8€ full, 4€ Reduced
Valid for: Archeological Museum of Mycenae, Mycenae, Treasure of Atreus

* Students of non European Union countries holders of an international student card are entitled to 50% discount on the entrance fee. Young people up the age of 18 are entitled to free admission. European Union students are entitled to free entrance while European Union senior citizens over 65 have 50% discount on entry to all Greek museums and archaeological sites.

Free admission days : 6 March, 5 June , 18 April, 18 May, the last weekend of September annually, Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March, first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September and on 27 September International Tourism Day.

All sites are open, in winter: From November 1st to March 31st: from 8:30am to 3:00pm, in summer: From April 1st to October 31st daily from 8:00am to 7:30pm.

Closed on Holidays: Jan 1st, March 25th, May 1st, Oct 28th.
Christmas and Boxing Day: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
Good Friday: open from 12noon to 3:00pm
Holy Saturday: open from 8:30am to 3:00pm
Easter Monday: open from 08:30am to 3:00pm
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