Nauplion is one of Greece's prettiest towns. The narrow streets of the old town are filled with elegant Venetian houses and gracious, neoclassical mansions. The setting is dominated by the towering Palamidi Fortress. On this tour you will not only view the sites of Nauplion, but participate in them as well, as you experience a day in the life of Nauplion.
Your walking tour begins at the pier as you marvel at the beautiful neoclassical buildings lining the port, while walking to Kapodistriou Square and Park, dedicated to the memory of the first governor of Greece. In the park, with his beloved Palamidi in the background, is also the statue of Koloktronis, known as the Grand Old Man of the Morea, as he was the leader of the Greeks during the War of Independence. It was he who besieged the Turkish-occupied Palamidi citadel for 15 months before it was finally surrendered. Across the way is the current town hall building, originally the very first high school of Greece.
Continuing through the back streets not normally seen by tourists, you will come upon the Old Catholic Church and the 1702 Church of Agios Spyridon just below. The worry beads you see everywhere in Greece have a museum of their own in Nauplion and this tour will visit the Museum of Komboloi to learn of their origin.
Next, the tour will proceed through the popular Syntagma Square (Constitution Square), to visit the spectacular display of folk costumes and traditional textile-producing techniques at the Popular Art Museum, winner of the 1981 European Museum of The Year. After learning of the ways of ancient Greeks, the tour proceeds on to a wine shop, where you will enjoy a taste of a more modern Greek life and sample the favorite spirit of the Greeks: ouzo.
Please note: This tour includes extensive walking and is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Light-weight clothing,hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.