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Mycenae

Mycenae

Daily 8am–7:30pm
Mykines, Mykines, Peloponnese, 21200

The basics

Between two hills on the arid plains of the northeastern Peloponnese, Mycenae is one of the most significant ancient sites in Greece and therefore a popular day trip from Athens. Interpreting these enigmatic ruins on your own can be a struggle, so visit with a guide to enhance your experience—audio guides are also available. There’s also an on-site museum that exhibits pottery, burial urns, clay figurines, and a replica of the death mask once thought to be Agamemnon.

Some tours combine Mycenae with the ancient site of Epidaurus, while others add on the Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, and Nafplio. Pair culture with cuisine on a wine tasting and history tour, which typically stop at Mycenae, or take a deep dive into ancient Greece on a multi-day tour that features Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delphi, Olympia, and Meteora.

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4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
star-4.5
$520.32 per adult
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The full tour was...
The full tour was fantastic, learned a lot from Greek history. All the place we visited were excellent. Hotels and the food was fantastic tour guide very good and explained and looked after the group well. I'm happy that I book this tour.
Mansiri_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Peloponnese

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Canal, Mycenae and wine
Peter_M, Aug 2022
Nemean Wine Tour, Ancient Nemea & Mycenae from Athens (Private Tour)
Knowledgeable and friendly guide that really made the tour come to life. Full day experience with 5 stops, the longest being the ruins at Mycenae. Loved the sites at Nemea
star-5
Fantastic tour to Mycenae and Epidaurus
Janet_O, Jun 2022
Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio full day private tour from Athens
Visiting Mycenae and seeing the fabled Lions Gate. It was amazing to see it and where Agamemnon ruled.
star-5
Long tour, not unexpected...
Stanley_K, May 2022
Day Tour to Epidaurus Ancient Theater and the Mythical Site of Mycenae
Long tour, not unexpected given distance and sites to be visited, but well worth it. Brand new Mercedes mini bus was comfortable, though leg room was a little cramped. Driver was excellent dealing with traffic. Host was very knowledgeable about sites and Athens/Greek history. Stopped at Corinth Canal for photos and a rest stop then on to the Epidaurus site. Lunch was in Nafplion, a cute little port city. We then went to the Mycenae site, which involves an uphill walk.
star-5
Great experience !
Anne_S, May 2022
Mycenae - Ancient Corinth & Canal - Epidavros from Nafplion
Very flexible car driver for one full day to discover the incredible sites of Mycenae, old Corinth and Epidaurus. Great experience !!! It should be noted that fees to enter the historical sites are not included and there is no guided tour.
star-5
Worth the money and priceless memories.
Carol_X, May 2022
4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
My favorite part was the storytelling of all the archaeological sites from our tour guide. Our tour guide was Joy and she was delightful and very knowledgeable. I could tell she enjoyed doing her job. I could have spent the entire day talking with her about Greek history and mythology. Everything that was described and included about the tour delivered completely. The hotels we stayed at were clean and nice. The meals included in the tour was okay. Not the best, but good enough.
star-5
Great tour
carla_r, Aug 2022
Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens
Our guide was very knowledgeable on the sites visited. There was plenty of time at each stop to hear the guide's explabations and then walk on our own and take pictures. Fully recommend.
star-5
Must take it if you live history
Sarwar_K, Aug 2022
Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens
Loved the trip. Our guide was really nice and knowledgeable. It was a hot day but she tried her best to make us comfortable. Enjoyed every bit of it.
star-5
Good experience
Laura_B, Aug 2022
Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio, Corinth Canal Private Full Day Trip From Athens
George was a wonderful host. He spoke English well, was knowledgeable and friendly. The ride was comfortable and cool in the heat of summer.
star-5
Ancient Greece in three views
JaimeT_M, May 2022
From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio
The visits to Mycenae and Epidauros were very interesting and the places were easy to walk. Te stop in Napflio was way better than expected with our guide (Athina) showing us the place and giving us a walking tour. Additionally, Athina was very helpful, well informed and always lookig for ways to make the experience better. I give her a 5/5 stars
star-5
A partial but good trip
Jean_T, Aug 2022
4-Day Classical Greece Tour: Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora
M the organizer of this trip. I became ill and stayed in Athens, quarantined in a hotel. I was very pleased with getting My part of the trip refunded. My family went on their and had a marvelous time. Thank you!
star-5
Excelente servicio
Daniel_M, Aug 2022
From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio
Excellent tour, Theo is a very good guide and the places are beautiful. Maybe a little more time in Nafplio, its a beautiful city.
star-5
Definitely worth it
Colin_B, Aug 2022
From Athens: Bus Trip to Mycenae, Epidaurus and Nafplio
Our guide did a fantastic job, the tour covered pretty much the whole history of the Greeks from the prehistoric times to the independence from the ottomans in the 1800s the guide was very flexible due to our group being rather small and the destinations were just amazing
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Things to know before you go

  • Covering around 80 acres (32 hectares) and home to a population of roughly 30,000 at the height of its power, the spectacular Mycenae ruins are a must for archaeology and history buffs.
  • There’s a lot of ground to cover outdoors, so dress for the weather and choose comfortable shoes.
  • If traveling with kids, visit with a family-friendly guide who knows how to make the site engaging for everyone. The model of the ancient city located just outside the museum is helpful for younger travelers to get their bearings.
  • Some areas of the site are accessible to wheelchairs, while the museum is fully accessible.
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How to get there

Mycenae is located 56 miles (90 kilometers) south of Athens, and can be reached by car or bus from the capital city in around 1.5 hours via the A8 and E94 roads. Choose a tour that includes transport to avoid the hassle of navigating or coordinating public transportation.

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When to get there

The ruins of Mycenae are open every day except major holidays. Temperatures soar at midday, so time your tour for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the worst of the heat. The on-site museum offers a bit of refuge during the hottest hours of the day.

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The Treasures of Mycenae

The ruins at Mycenae were excavated in 1874 by Heinrich Schliemann, who also worked at Troy. Highlights include the Lion Gate, carved with figures of mythical lions; the Treasury of Atreus, aka the Tomb of Agamemnon; the scant remains of the Royal Palace; and the Cyclopean Walls, whose massive stone blocks are all that remain of the original fortifications. The true showstoppers, however, are the grave circles, believed to be the burial sites of Mycenaean royalty thanks to the numerous precious gold, silver, bronze and ivory artifacts excavated around the tombs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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