Greece's Legendary Argolis: Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Nafplio with Smaro Touloupa

Greece's Legendary Argolis: Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Nafplio with Smaro Touloupa


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Argolis, on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula, is a land of legends. Hear the stories of Agamemnon and Asclepius come to life in Mycenae and Epidaurus. Nearby Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, links the ancient past to the present day in a picturesque setting along the Aegean Sea. In this seminar, we will trace the history of Argolis and enjoy its scenic beauty.

Join us in a journey through the land that has defined the beginnings of Greek history with myths such as the story of Hercules and Perseus, the tragic and heroic dynasty of Agamemnon who led the Greeks against Troy, or of the relatively unknown founder of the greatest healing center of the ancient Greek world, namely Apollo’s son Asclepius. Argolis also defined the birth of the modern Greek state during the War of Independence, when the National Assembly voted for a constitution and the first governor who ruled from the first capital of Greece, picturesque Nafplio, which lies in the region.

We will explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites. First, we will marvel at golden Mycenae with its cyclopean walls, excavated by the controversial antiquarian Heinrich Schliemann, determined to discover Agamemnon’s kingdom. Next, lush Epidaurus with the best-preserved classical theatre in the world, where the ancient medicine god Asclepius would offer miraculous healing with his sacred snakes. The true gem in the region is the enchanting city of Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, which is dominated by no less than three forts with ancient, Frankish, and Venetian walls. Situated on the Aegean coast and well preserved because of its historical importance, it offers museums, art shops, countless restaurants and is the ideal base for exploring this historically rich region. Many tips will be offered for more attractions to explore.

Led by an expert on Greek history and cultural heritage, Smaro Touloupa, this interactive seminar will offer a rich introduction to Argolis and its protagonistic role in ancient and modern Greece. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased sense of place and understanding of this historically rich area.

Smaro Touloupa was born in Piraeus and lives in downtown Athens. She has a degree in sociology and a MA in Cultural Heritage Management and is a qualified guide. Since 1998 she has led educational, and alumni tours and has led private tours for Context Travel since 2013. She has published articles in British and Greek scientific journals and books on heritage interpretation. She is fascinated by human creation and adaptation in time and space and the power of cultural identity.

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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This was an incredible seminar! I had no idea there were so many wonders available to see. For people who are fascinated by ancient history, the myths and the legends of the gods and goddesses, and Greece in general, this is a do not miss. The presentation was excellent, the slides were amazing. I am looking forward to doing another seminar with Smaro soon. I actually had to watch the recording a second time, because I felt that I had to capture every single moment.

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R.T.
Wonderful Presentation

What a glorious trip to Greece. Smaro took us straight to the Lions' Gate at Mycenae and then on to the enchanting side streets of Nafplio. Wish I was there now with such a guide.

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A glorious overview of Argolis

Smaro Touloupa is an excellent lecturer and I would love to have her as a tour guide when we can finally travel to Greece. Ms. Touloupa knows her material, including myths, art, history, architecture and culture and is an engaging lecturer with excellent visual materials and a good sense of humor. Courses are only as good as their teachers, and Ms. Touloupa is a top-notch teacher.

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D.P.
Outstanding lecture

An amazing lecture with tons of information about one of Greece's most beautiful & archaeologically rich areas. Smaro did a wonderful job; Her good paced & whitty lecture, filled with tons of excellent slides, traveled us to the Argolid & brought tales of ancient & modern Greece to life...Highly recommended!!!

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J.M.
Excellent

Wonderful presentation. Smaro is very knowledgeable and informative.

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Based on 11 reviews
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Ready to book my ticket right now

This was an incredible seminar! I had no idea there were so many wonders available to see. For people who are fascinated by ancient history, the myths and the legends of the gods and goddesses, and Greece in general, this is a do not miss. The presentation was excellent, the slides were amazing. I am looking forward to doing another seminar with Smaro soon. I actually had to watch the recording a second time, because I felt that I had to capture every single moment.

R
R.T.
Wonderful Presentation

What a glorious trip to Greece. Smaro took us straight to the Lions' Gate at Mycenae and then on to the enchanting side streets of Nafplio. Wish I was there now with such a guide.

A
A.
A glorious overview of Argolis

Smaro Touloupa is an excellent lecturer and I would love to have her as a tour guide when we can finally travel to Greece. Ms. Touloupa knows her material, including myths, art, history, architecture and culture and is an engaging lecturer with excellent visual materials and a good sense of humor. Courses are only as good as their teachers, and Ms. Touloupa is a top-notch teacher.

D
D.P.
Outstanding lecture

An amazing lecture with tons of information about one of Greece's most beautiful & archaeologically rich areas. Smaro did a wonderful job; Her good paced & whitty lecture, filled with tons of excellent slides, traveled us to the Argolid & brought tales of ancient & modern Greece to life...Highly recommended!!!

J
J.M.
Excellent

Wonderful presentation. Smaro is very knowledgeable and informative.