Our tour starts with a driving towards the airport before we cross the vineyards of Mesogaea. Our first stop is at a site of great beauty where ancient ruins coexist with Christianic as next to the temple lies the church of Saint George at the place where Ifigenia, the first priestess. The site was built in a wetland by the sea and every winter it flooded, that’s why they had built bridges, still in situ. You will have the opportunity to wander around the temple and the stoa where little kids used to be housed.
The museum is located at the archaeological site at a small distance from the impressive sanctuary of Artemis in a green area of rare natural beauty. The small two-storied building hosts findings from the area of Vravrona and Mesogeia, which date from the Prehistoric to the Roman period. Most impressive are the sculptures of the “She-Bears”, small girls and boys dedicated to the goddess Artemis.
After visiting this great site we will drive to the modern village of Vravrona, also known as Loutsa, the bustling village of Artemida is home to one of the most popular family beaches in the area. With its fine sand and safe, shallow water, this organised beach is perfect for kids. A wide range of services, accommodation and dining options are also offered by the town of Artemida. You will have time to relax have lunch or swim if weather allows.
Inclusions - Exclusions
Private Tours are personal and flexible just for you and your party.
Professional Drivers with Deep knowledge of history [Not licensed to accompany you in any site]
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle
Skip the line to purchase site tickets [6€ for over 6 yo for Non-EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
Entrance Fees [6€ for over 6 yo for Non-EU & 24 yo for EU Citizens]
Licensed Tour guide upon request depending on availability [Additional cost – 280 €]
Airport Pick Up and drop-off (Additional cost)
ADMISSION FEES FOR SITES:
(1 April – 31 October): 6€per person
Vravrona: 6€ (08:00am- 15:30pm, Tuesdays closed)
(1 November – 31 March): 3€per person
Vravrona: 3€ (08:00am- 15:30pm, Tuesdays closed)
Free admission days:
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 3rd
1 January: closed
25 March: closed
1 May: closed
Easter Sunday: closed
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
Free admission for:
Escorting teachers during the visits of schools and institutions of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education and of military schools.
Members of Societies and Associations of Friends of Museums and Archaeological Sites throughout Greece with the demonstration of certified membership card
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons possessing a free admission card
The employees of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Archaeological Receipts Fund, upon presentation of their service ID card.
The official guests of the Greek government, with the approval of the General Director of Antiquities.
Young people, under the age of 18, after demonstrating the Identity Card or passport to confirm the age.
Reduced admission for:
Greek citizens and citizens of other Member – States of the European Union who are over 65 years old, upon presentation of their ID card or passport for verification of their age and country of origin.
Holders of a solidarity card
Holders of a valid unemployment card.
Large families’ parents of children up to 23 yrs old, or up to 25 yrs old (on military service/studying), or child with disabilities regardless the age, having a certified pass of large families, certification from the Large Family Association or a family status certificate issued by the Municipality
Persons with disabilities (67 % or over) and one escort, upon presentation of the certification of disability issued by the Ministry of Health or a medical certification from a public hospital, where the disability and the percentage of disability are clearly stated.
Single-parent families with minors, upon presentation of a family status certificate issued by the Municipality. In the case of divorced parents, only the parent holding custody of the children
The police officers of the Department of Antiquity Smuggling of the Directorate of Security
Tourist guides upon presentation of their professional ID card.
University students and students at Technological Educational Institutes or equivalent schools from countries outside the EU by showing their student ID.
A trip to Vravrona combines visiting the remarkable archaeological site with the pleasant drive to one of the most beautiful areas of Attica. Lush green fields, vineyards, olive trees, mountains and the beautiful coast line of Evoikos. If you can not stand the heat of Greek summer you can go to the sea just in front of you for a quick and relieving dive.
Artemis of Vravrona:
Vravrona sanctuary was dedicated to goddess Artemis, protector of hunters, animals and people’s safe birth. Being enraged from the killing of two small female bears, Artemis caused epidemic in Athens. Then she asked an oracle to tell Athenians that all girls living in Attica aged from 5 up to 10 years should devote their lives to her. Athenians obeyed her command and brought all girls to her temple, where they spend big period of their childhood serving her and participating in celebrations organized in there. The girls staying in the temple were called arkti (bears). The celebrations in honor of the goddess were called Vravronia and included music events, sports games and recitation of poems.
Archaeological Site of Vravron (Brauron):
The Sanctuary of the Brauronian Artemis is one of the earliest and most revered of the sanctuaries of Attica. An important settlement was established at the inner end of the bay of Brauron during the Neolithic period. It flourished particularly from Middle Helladic to early Mycenaean times (2000-1600 B.C.). During the historical times this was the region of the little deme of Philaidai. The Brauronian Artemis was worshiped as the goddess of vegetation and hunting, but also as the protector of women in child-birth and of the infants. As priestess of Artemis, Iphigeneia (Agamemnon’s daughter) dies and is buried in Brauron where she is also honored as a goddess of child-birth. The sanctuary of Artemis was rural in character and was renowned for the Brauronian festival held every four years when a procession was made from the Brauronion of Athens to the sanctuary at Brauron. Systematic excavation of the sanctuary began in 1948 under the direction of Ioannes Papadimitriou.
The most notable monuments of the site are:
• The big doric stoa with a Π – shaped ground plan. It was built between 425 and 415 B.C. and it framed the big closed interior courtyard which opened toward the temple of Aphrodite.
• The temple of Artemis. A Doric prostyle temple with a tripartite cella and deep adyton, built on the site of an earlier archaic temple. It dates to the first half of the 5th century B.C.
• The temple or heroon of Iphigeneia. It was built at the site of the Sacred Cave which was connected with the tomb and the worship of Iphigeneia, when the roof of the cave collapsed. The earliest cult evidence goes back to the 8th century B.C.
• The stone bridge over the river Erasinos.
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