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Theatre of Epidaurus
Theatre of Epidaurus

Theatre of Epidaurus

8:30am-10pm
Epidavros, Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece, 210 52

The basics

Designed by the architect Polykleitos, this ancient theater is a highlight of the Peloponnese and therefore a popular day trip destination from Athens. Tours of Epidaurus and Mycenae typically cover the theater, while some more in-depth tours also stop at Corinth Canal, Ancient Corinth, and Nafplio. If you want to take a deep dive into the ancient world, multi-day tours tend to cover significant sites such as 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
$534.24 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good tour
Great tour of the countryside of Greece. Loved Meteora Rocks. And seeing Ancient Olympia and the Delphi area. Guide was very knowledgeable.
Catharine_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Peloponnese

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Very Enjoyable
Liam_O, Apr 2022
Half day tour in Mycenae and Epidaurus from Nafplio
Excellent excursion to Mycenae and Epidaurus.Socrates was brilliant conversational company and very informative in the car. Very enjoyable!
star-5
If you want to see Epidaurus, this is the way to do it!
Timothy_B, Apr 2022
Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Small-Group Tour from Athens
I really wanted to see Epidaurus and it was a bit too challenging to do it on the bus system -- it's far and there isn't a lot of information. I tried to organize this alone and I wasted a of time. Landing in this small semi-private tour was a godsend. The guide, Gary was amazing! So was the driver and the local guide at Epidaurus. Even though other sites were closed, we were able to learn so much on the tour and we even had a fabulous meal in a lovely restaurant in Nafplion. Also, a big thanks to the guest services agent at Viator, Damir, for getting us into the tour. It was a really terrific day.
star-5
Long day but good tour
Sandra_P, Jul 2019
Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Small-Group Tour from Athens
This was an excellent day, the vehicle was comfortable and air conditioned and the driver was safe and helpful. Patroula the guide at both sites was very informative and pleasant. Nafpoli where we had a 1.5 hour lunch stop is lovely and I would like to spend more time there. There is some uphill walking, mainly at Mycenae as climbing to the top of the theatre at Epidaurus is not necessary in order to view it - Mycenae is at the top of a hill.
star-5
Spellbinding Tour of the Northern Peloponnese
Terry_M, Nov 2021
Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio Small-Group Tour from Athens
We spent the entire day on the most mesmerizing visit of Bronze Age, Classical, and Modern Greece sites. Our driver, Terry, was terrific and set the stage with expert renderings of what we would see that day as well as discussions of several aspects of Greek society. Patty, our local guide, gave us all we could have hoped for in our wildest dreams and kept us spellbound with her knowledge of the historical sites. Time wise, the day was long, but flew by in terms of the wonderful experiences. We would not hesitate to recommend this tour to our closest friends and family.

Things to know before you go

  • You don’t have to be a fan of ancient Greece to be impressed by this massive hillside theater, among the most important ruins in the Peloponnese.
  • This open-air venue has lots of steps to climb, so choose comfortable shoes and wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • The stage level of the theater is accessible to wheelchairs; the upper tiers of seating are not.
  • The theater is a popular venue for the annual Athens Festival productions of ancient Greek plays, held here every summer. Check the website for programs and ticketing information.
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How to get there

The Theatre of Epidaurus is located within the Sanctuary of Asklepios in the Peloponnese. It’s a 30-minute drive from Nafplio and around two hours from Athens. Skip the stress of navigating on a tour that includes transport.

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When to get there

The site is open daily, except major holidays. Time your tour for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, as there’s very little shade inside the theater. 

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The Treasures of Mycenae

For centuries, Epidaurus Theatre remained covered by trees, until excavations unearthed the ancient monument towards the end of the 19th century. Despite repairs and restorations over the years, particularly to the 34 tiers of seating, the stage itself has been conserved as it was since ancient times. 

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