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Ancient Eleusis, Aegosthena and Porto Germeno

The magnificent archaeological site of Eleusis combined with the archaeological site of Aegosthena and the charming coastal village of Porto Germeno, all in an one-day tour in...

Itinerary

Western Attica is dotted with sites of superlative archaeological value as well as spots of great natural beauty, yet is relatively little-known when compared with such famous mainstays as the Acropolis of Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion.

This one-day tour addresses this glaring gap on the map by combining the magnificent archaeological site of Eleusis with the archaeological site of Aegosthena and the charming coastal village of Porto Germeno.

The day is off to an early start with our visit to Eleusis, the second most important sacred site in ancient Greece after Delphi. Fittingly, it was recently selected as the European Capital of Culture in Greece for 2021. Eleusis was famed for its Eleusinian Mysteries, was home to the famous legend of Demeter and was also one of the prominent Gates to Hades of ancient Greece.

We then proceed among the verdant mountain scenery of NW Attica for lunch at the seaside modern village of Porto Germeno. This attractive, yet little-known to foreign visitors, locale has its own long sandy and pebbly beach and is dotted with tavernas, small shops and coffee shops.

A short walk from Porto Germeno will whisk us to Aegosthena, an ancient Greek fortified city-port on a sheltered bay in the eastern reaches of the Gulf of Corinth, guarding the strategic pass between forested Mt Kithaeron and Mt Pateras. Aegosthena boasts the best-preserved tower from ancient Greece as well as two charming small Byzantine chapels within the ancient fortifications. We will explore the extensive site and its beautiful settings before returning to Athens.

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Included

  • Air-conditioned minibus or coach
  • Tour leader and licenced guide
  • Lunch
  • Entry tickets to archaeological sites and museums
  • Pick from and return to central Athens hotel or agreed meeting point

Not Included

  • Tips and gratuities to driver, guide and at taverna
  • Travel insurance

Points to Note

The tour is accompanied by an expert, licensed guide who is fluent in English. Transport is by air-conditioned coach and lunch will take place at a picturesque seaside location and restaurant gratuities.

The programme does not include flights to and from Greece and personal travel insurance. An example of how to obtain travel insurance can be found here.

Good and comfortable walking gear is a must. As the tours take place nearly all the year, waterproofs in non-summer months are recommended, even though they may well prove unnecessary. As the safety and comfort of all our travellers are of paramount importance to us, we might need to adjust at our sole responsible discretion the routeing and/or the activities should weather or other conditions so dictate.

The final applicable price will depend on the number of participants of the tour.

Testimonials

  • In addition to the museum and ancient site we felt privileged to be part of a small group gaining an insight into its history from the man who has been so instrumental in bringing it back to life. Yet again, we were struck by the friendliness and thoughtfulness of the people we met. Small acts of helpfulness and kindness stay with us for a long time, making them some of the best memories. For instance, the taverna owner near Nemea, going out of his way to help us and the taxi driver taking us back to the airport is a great advert for your country.

    Iain Gordon

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