Mycenae With Kids
Visit the Mycenae Site and a Ceramic Workshop
The center of the Mycenean civilization, the “rich in gold” as Homer describes, Mycenae was founded by Perseus, the hero who killed the gorgon Medusa. Fortified by the Cyclops, legendary and impressive, Mycenae was the mythical kingdom of King Eurystheus who ordered Hercules to execute the twelve labors and the historical kingdom of Agamemnon, thus the place from which the Trojan War began.
Accompanied by a licensed guide experienced in kids explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae a major center of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC. Step through the Lion Gate and enter the citadel. Try to imagine the life at the palace and the joy that archaeologist Schliemann felt when he revealed a treasure trove of grave burials, today hosted at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Do not miss the beehive tombs of Clytemnestra, wife of Agamemnon and the Treasury of Atreus, also referred to as the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the Museum, you will find two models of Mycenae that will help you visualize how the citadel was like in the past and reproductions of the golden burial findings, such as the famous “mask of Agamemnon”.
Then visit a ceramic workshop, learn the techniques of pottery and under the guidance of your instructor try to imitate one of the old ceramics you saw at the archaeological museum of Mycenae. Finally, the ceramic creation is all yours. Put it in the provided box and take it with you as souvenir.
Caution: The archaeological site of Mycenae including the Tombs (located a bit further away) is expansive and it lacks shade (some olive trees can be sporadically found). Wear comfortable shoes and do not forget sunscreen, a sunhat, and a bottle of water.
Tourist guide in the Greek, US and international sign language
Private tour for families with kids of all ages
Period of operation: Monday to Saturday, all Year round Upon Request
Duration: 4-5 hours
The tour includes:
- Entrance fees in Mycenae
- Ceramic workshop
- Pick up / drop off from Nafplio
- Local licensed guide
- All road transports by English speaking driver
- Liability insurance
- All taxes