Two Labours of Hercules: Stymphalian Birds and the Nemean Lion, same-day tour

From EUR €159.00
  • Duration: 10 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Athens
  • Product code: HERC02

This well-researched
and meticulously organised tour combines several attractive themes into a
single irresistible fusion, so typical of the real, yet not well known, Greece:
mythology, natural scenery, archaeology and traditional cuisine. The tour
sets off early in the morning from Athens, so as
to encompass the chosen evocative sights and sites in the Corinthia region of
northern Peloponnese.


Following a short stop at the picturesque coastal town of Loutraki,
we drive past the impressive Corinth Canal
and through the forested mountains of Corinthia to our first destination, lake Stymphalia.
This is the location where legend has it that the ancient hero and demigod
Hercules cunningly managed to destroy the predator Stymphalian Birds which
plagued the region by performing his Sixth Labo
θr. Lake Stymphalia
and its complex wetland ecosystem is a Natura 2000 natural protection area and
is also home to the delightful and rich Environment Museum of Stymphalia, which
is one of the tour's destinations. Following the description of the Labor
by the guide and the visit to the museum, the tour continues through fabulous
scenery to Ancient Nemea with its magnificent Temple of Zeus
and its ancient stadium which is now used again every four years by hosting the
revived Nemean Games, as they were performed 2,500 years ago. The guide will
reveal the importance of Ancient Nemea through the visit to the extensive site
as well as the museum, whilst also unraveling the legend of the First Labor of
Hercules, where he overcame the fearsome Nemean Lion bare-handed. Rich is
the Nemean land in history, in magnificent relics of ages past and in legends
and rich it also is with the treasures of its land - its wine and its food. How
fitting therefore that the explorers of fabled Corinthia would rest and relax
at a local Greek gourmet taverna, to sample the acclaimed red Nemean wine,
painstakingly created from the Aghiorghitiko grape variety, accompanied by
local delicacies.




All good things come to an end and the tour
finishes in Athens
at the designated drop-off point, however what will remain alive are happy
memories of the vibrant nature, the myths, the legends, the historical sites
and the aroma and flavors of the wine and the food of this blessed land.
Indeed,
what more is there to ask for?