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Archaeology in Eastern Attica for foodies – Vravron, Thorikos and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

Τhree of the most fabulous and important archaeological sites of Eastern Attica: Vravron, Thorikos and the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion accompanied with irresistible local...

Introduction

This same-day programme focusses on three of the most important archaeological sites of Eastern Attica: Vravron, Thorikos and the temple of Poseidon (Neptune) at Cape Sounion.

It also gives participants the opportunity to see some of the most fantastic inland and coastal scenery of Attica whilst savouring top-notch local cuisine and wine, true to the tradition of ancient Greek symposia.

The tour is accompanied by a licenced guide-archaeologist and includes irresistible food at a picturesque taverna featuring fabulous dishes.

Itinerary

The day is off to an early start with our visit to Vravron, with its delightful museum and celebrated, open-air archaeological site. This coastal location, in such a tranquil setting next to the Vravron Wetlands nature reserve, was actually occupied from as far back as the Early Bronze Age. The sanctuary is said to be the place where Agamemnon’s daughter, Iphigenia, with her brother Orestes, allegedly sought refuge after Artemis spared her from sacrifice by her father before the Trojan War. While the site is easy to reach by car now, just imagine how, on a four-yearly basis in ancient times, a procession of worshippers, especially women and children, would walk or ride from Athens along the sacred road to this sanctuary to take part in the Arkteia (little bears) festival.

Our visit to the site and the adjacent Archaeological Museum of Vravron will shed more light on the history of the cult of Artemis and give us a first-hand impression of what drew ancient peoples to settle and worship the goddess here.

We then proceed south-east to Thorikos, inhabited since the 5th millenium BC and subsequently an important fortified city guarding the all-important regional silver mines which enabled Athens to become the great maritime and geopolitical time that it was during its apogee. Notable are the 5th-century BC theatre with its unusual rectangular orchestra as well as the remnants of tombs dating back to the Mycenaean period,  ‘the  industrial quarter’ of Thorikos and the traces of houses, gateways and fortification walls.

Following a hearty and delicious meal at our hand-picked venue, we return to Athens via Cape Sounion and its celebrated temple perched on the final promontory of Attica and of mainland Greece, jutting into the Aegean Sea as would befit mighty Poseidon (Neptune), the god of the Sea of the Hellenic pantheon and patron deity of this superb temple.

Our return route will follow the coastal road of the Athenian Riviera and the fabulous views it affords.

Day’s total driving distance and indicative time: 162 km (101 mi) / 3 hours and 11 minutes. Routeing, distance and time subject to change depending on external factors.

Are you more independent-minded?
This programme is also available in a self-drive version!
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Map

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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