At Mycenae we will visit Europe’s oldest fortress and the stage for Iliad, one of Homer’s bloody epic poems. It all started in Aulis, where King Agamemnon sacrificed his own daughter Iphigenia, so that the Greeks could sail to Troy. After Agamemnon’s return from the Trojan War, Clytemnestra gave order to murder her husband. Her children Elektra and Orestes in turn assassinated their mother, to revenge the murder of their father. The story of Atrides’ dynasty has inspired the famous Greek tragic writers Aischylos, Sofokles and Euripides, whose tragedies and their modern adaptations are still being played in theaters all over the world. Among the Lions’ Gate, the Palace and the “Treasure House of Atreus” we will feel the myth and maybe… a light shiver running down our spine?
After discovering the secrets of the sinful Greek dynasties, further drive to ancient Nemea, the place where one of the most important ancient Greek sport festivals was instituted: the Panhellenic Nemean Games. The archaeological site includes the stadium of Nemea, which could host 40,000 spectators, and the sanctuary and temple of Nemean Zeus. Part of the latter was being reconstructed till 2013.
For the end of the day, there is a “delicious” surprise for you, as we will visit Domaine Skouras. The story of the winery started in 1986 with an emblematic wine, Megas Oenos
, which became synonymous with George Skouras. Today, Megas Oenos
is one of the wines with a consistent presence in the world of European wine, with a proven ageing ability, rivalled only by very few Greek wines. Some of the Greek varieties cultivated at Skouras winery are: Roditis
(all pink-skinned grape varieties, but usually used in white wine production), as well as reds like Agiorgitiko
and, more recently, Mavrostifo of Argos
, an old and almost extinct variety of the region. In addition, cosmopolitan varieties are also cultivated at the winery, such as Chardonnay
, Cabernet Sauvignon
, Cabernet Franc