The dawn of the world guided day tour
Attractions & guided tours

The dawn of the world guided day tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: See calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 10 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Take a trip to Zeus' birthplace
  • Explore the history and ancient myths with your guide
  • Enjoy a smaller group size for a more personalised Greek experience
What to expect

Take a trip to Zeus' birthplace where you'll visit the oldest region of Greece, the land of the Pelasgians. The area that the ancient Greeks and Romans characterized as Zeus' and Pan's homeland.

Your first stop will be the Corinth canal, a manmade canal built in the late 19th century that connects the central Mediterranean Sea to the Aegen Sea. After a two hour drive, you'll stop by the old chapel of Vasta Arcadia, a very popular pilgrimage for today's Orthodox Christian Greeks. You'll find 17 trees growing on the chapel rooftop considered an inexplicable phenomenon as their roots are nowhere to be seen.

You will feel that you are brought back to ancient times especially on Mount Lycaeon, around here is the cave where Zeus was born, the source where Rhea was purified and much more. Mount Lycaeon is the place of the beginning of the myths and where everything took place. You'll find natural sanctuaries of Pan (caves), the temple of Lycaeus Zeus and the oldest stadium from the 13th century BC, where the oldest games took place the "Lycaea" which is centuries older than the Olympics.

Afterwards you'll head off to Lycosura which according to Pausanias is considered to be the oldest city on earth. Visit the medieval town of Karitaina usually called "Toledo of Greece" was one of the most important medieval fortresses of the Peloponnese. Here you'll find the stone bridge from the 13th century but also the castle built by the French knight De Brigier in 1245.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Staff have their temperatures checked regularly
  • Contactless payment is available for tips and extras
  • Free face masks are provided at the venue/by the tour operator
  • Staff are regularly tested for COVID-19
  • Tickets can only be purchased online
  • What's included
    • Water and snacks
    • Transportation
    • Driver guide
    What's not included
    • Lunch
    Where
    • Omonia, Athens, Greece
    Meeting point:

    Please meet your guide in front of the HONDOS CENTER store entrance, on Omonia square. If you use the Metro, please exit at "3rd Septemvriou".

    What to remember
    • The minimum age to participate is six years old
    • Maximum number of participants allowed is seven people
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    EASY EXPERIENCES
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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