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Old (Palaia) Epidavros ancient sunken city | Sea Kayaking experience

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Duration

4,30 hours

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

14 people

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Overview

The Ancient Sunken City Tour is a combination of  the famous Ancient Sunken City, the Small Ancient Theater of Epidavros, with breathtaking and wild scenery, pine trees hanging above the turquoise coloured waters of Argolida’s coastline and wonderful secluded beaches for our stops.

Departing from the port of Old Epidavros, we follow the coastline – an untouched and sublime landscape, passing by dense vegetation, stopping at pristine isolated beaches along the way towards our historical sites. Our first site is the Small Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, built in the 4th century B.C.

Our second site is none other than the Ancient Sunken City built 1200BC, also known as Argolida’s Lost Atlantis. In some places the ancient breakwater is still preserved. Only two meters in depth, this makes it a terrific location for underwater site-seeing, snorkelling, underwater pictures.

After admiring the ruins of the Sunken City, and enjoy our first snacks of the tour, we visit the stall of Athina Eco-farm where we enjoy local traditional delicacies, all produced the same way they were produced during the ancient times. The owner of the farm will share with you all the knowledge he has on the way ancient Greeks produced their products and taste the difference to the modern way of production.

When we manage to convince you to move on, we paddle to a pristine, isolated beach to have our homemade lunch. After some snorkelling, sunbathing, or why not a siesta, we can finally admire the journey back, with all senses having been satisfied and fulfilled.

Prices / 2 up to 4 persons

  • 70€/person for minimum 2 participants.
  • 70€/Kid age 12+ for 2 participants

Prices / 5 up to 8 persons

  • 70€/person for minimum 5 participants.
  • 70€/Kid age 12+ for 5 participants.

For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3500 year old Ancient Sunken City.
  • View of Peloponnese Volcano.
  • Small Ancient Theater of Epidavros.
  • Food Tasting at an Eco-farm of traditional local delicacies,produced the same way the ancient Greeks did.
  • Pristine private beach for our stop.

Itinerary

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Summary - Program :
Summary - Program :

The activity includes a 30 minutes preparation time 3-3,5 hours paddling exploration, 2 hours free time for picnic, relaxation, snorkeling, swimming, diving and other activities. The starting point and the direction we follow is based on weather conditions and wind direction.

Our incredible experience begins at Yialasi Beach, located a short stroll from the center of Epidaurus. We will paddle westward to the famous Sunken City, also known as Argolida’s Lost Atlantis, with a great view of the imposing Volcano of Methana.
The city was built 1200 BC. You can see the remains of it and in some places even the ancient breakwater is still preserved. Walls, foundations of buildings, amphorae of huge dimensions and paved sections are sunken, meters below sea level, and only few meters away from shore. Being only two meters in depth, makes it a unique location for underwater site-seeing, snorkeling and underwater pictures.
Once we reach the seabed, we will give you masks to swim among the ancient ruins, take photos, observe the unique colorful fish and experience for yourselves the aura and unique healing energy of Epidaurus (Epidaurus: the place where the aura works).

When we’ll manage to convince you to move on, our next destination is the Little Theatre of Epidaurus. The Little Theatre of Epidaurus is placed in an area called Nisi, near the port of Palea Epidaurus. It used to be the theatre of the ancient city-state and apart from drama performances, it also hosted religious and political celebrations. This theatre was discovered in the early 1970s, under a field of olive trees and its restoration process continues till today.
Its construction started in the 4th century B.C. and was originally built to cover the needs of this small city-state, so its size was not big. It had 9 tiers and 18 rows of seats and could host about 2,000 spectators. Some seats have inscriptions which show that the theatre was dedicated to god Dionysus and was built in sections.
This theatre was totally reformed in the Roman times: the orchestra became semi-circular and the seats were reordered. However, it is believed that the small theatre of Epidaurus was in function for only seven centuries since its construction, because the historian Pausanias, who visited the area in the middle of the 2nd century BC, didn’t mention anything about it.
After several excavations and much restoration work performed over the last decades, the Epidaurus Little Theatre hosts today the annual Greek Festival, celebrated in summer with music, dance and theatre performances. There are seats for 800 spectators and work is done to restore more of them. The performances are mostly held in modern or ancient Greek.

At the end of our journey, we will continue through gastronomy, by visiting “Athina EcoFarm”. There, we will relax, rest and enjoy an amazing meal made of local organic products, all cultivated in the area according to the ancient way.

Having learned about ancient Greek heritage in cooking, cultivating and harvesting, we will return to our starting point, after an unforgettable journey among history, taste and culture.

Suggested equipment taking with you:
Suggested equipment taking with you:

Comfortable shoes - clothing.
Hat.
Backpack.
Sunglasses.
Sunscrenn (during summer months).
Towel.
Swimsuit.
Water shoes.
Extra pair of shoes that will get wet. Suitable shoes are lightweight trainers, flip flops, sandals or sea shoes. Avoid bulky shoes.
Enthusiasm and smiles.

Meeting points and departure time :
Meeting points and departure time :

Meeting times :10:00 am-16:00 pm (depending on weather conditions).
Meeting point : Old (Palaia) Epidavros port.

Departure time and excact meeting point with information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour/activity.

Entry requirements :
Entry requirements :

Basic physical condition.
No sea kayaking experience required.
Swimming knowledge.
Age 12 and above.
No Back Problems.
No Expectant Mothers.
No Serious Medical Conditions.

Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Level of difficulty / Characteristics :
Level of difficulty / Characteristics :

Participants should feel comfortable in sea kayaking and able to paddle.

Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Difficulty level : Very Easy.
Suitability : All ages and experience levels.
Departure and return times : Dep. 10:00 am-Return 16:00 pm (depending on weather conditions).
Paddling distance : 10km.
Meeting point: Old (Palaia) Epidavros port.

Important notice :
Important notice :

For any tour is required a minimoum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.

Cancellation Policy :
Cancellation Policy :

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.

Covid19 special information :
Covid19 special information :

All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus)
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own..

Included/Excluded

  • Single or double Sea Kayaks and all equipment (buoyancy aid, spray deck, paddle).
  • Friendly English speaking guides certified as:
  • a."4 Star Sea Kayak Leader” by British Canoeing
  • b.“Foundamental Safety & Rescue Training” by British Canoeing
  • c.“First Aid Far From Help" certified by Wilderness Medical Training.
  • Sea Kayak handling/safety briefing.
  • Homemade Cooked Traditional meal and refreshments.
  • Expedition style shade shelter during our relaxing periods.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Big dry bag for your necessities.
  • Photos and videos sent at a later date.
  • GoPro Camera provided for your use.
  • First Aid and Sea Kayak safety equipment carried by your guides.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • Transfer back to Nafplio (when the tour is unidirectional).
  • Liability insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Transfer from/to your accommodation.
  • Entrance tickets to Archaelogical site and museum.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Any kind of food and beverage.
  • Tips and Portages.

Tour's Location

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You will need to provide the nearest major hotel to where you are staying, and enter these details as the pick up in your booking request. Alternatively you can make your way to the main departure point (Nedontos 79 str.).
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