Tour runs every day except Tuesday
A 13 hours trip from Corfu starts at 07.30 to Vergina, a modern village, and following the discovery the site was identified as Aigai, the ancient capital of the Macedonian kings , together with its cemetery.
Vergina is one of those finds which archaeologists dream about - a well preserved discovery, proven association with a famous historical person, and real treasure!
A tumulus measuring about 110m wide by 13m high turned out to cover some tombs. Not just any old tombs, either. One of them was identified as that of Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great. Another is thought to belong to Alexander IV, the son of Alexander the Great.
Departure at 7.30 by ferry for the mainland and continue by car crossing the northern part of Greece for 3 hours. At 12.00 arrival in Vergina, where the ancient capital Aigai of the Macedonian kings and the necropolis were discovered. Descending into the underground area of the tombs begins his tour with a reconstruction of the Great Mound, the monument that originally marked the site of the Royal Tombs and which no longer exists.
Next are grave stelai and finds from tombs of ordinary Macedonian citizens, who after their death became neighbours of the king, and whose presence provides a yardstick of comparison.
The ruined 3rd c. BC tomb, the collapsed heroon, cult place of the kings, the fascination and sorrow inspired by Persephone's abduction prepare the visitor as he approaches the dead king.
Philip now takes the stage. His splendid weapons vividly convey the feeling of the ruler's power. The pile remains of the funerary pyre, found scattered all-over the tomb, are reminders of the tragic holocaust and at the same time an allusion to his passing into another dimension. Next comes the gold coffin (larnax) that contained the bones of the heroozed King Philip II, and the oak crown worn by the dead man. The Gold Larnax it is made of 7,820 gr. of hammered pure gold. Its lid is decorated with a 16 - rayed star symbol and two rosettes, the inner of which is filled with blue enamel. On the sides relief palmettes and lotus buds frame five enameled rosettes. The feet are decorated with rosettes and end in lion-paws. The gold oak crown is the heaviest and most impressive wreath surviving from Greek antiquity. It has 313 leaves and 68 acorns and weighs 714 gr.
Free time in the village for shopping and lunch. At 15.30 drive back to Corfu.
- Bottled water
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Private tour
- Round-trip ferry
- Transport by private vehicle
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Entrance fee Euro 12,00. Entrance fee Euro 6,00 From November 1st to March 31st each year, reduced price is valid for all visitors (single tickets only)