The Peloponnese

The Agora
The Agora
The Agora
The Agora
The Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
Olympia Museum
Olympia Museum
Olympia
Olympia
Olympia
Olympia
Olympia
Olympia
Nemea
Nemea
Mystras
Mystras
Messene
Messene
Messene
Messene
Delphi Museum
Delphi Museum
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
The Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia
The Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia
Tholos Tomb
Tholos Tomb

Embark on a modern-day odyssey to the sites of ancient Greece. Beginning in Athens, we journey as the ancients did into the wild and beautiful Peloponnesian hills, Join our expert guides as they trace the story of Greece from the Bronze Age to Classical glory. A trip for anyone who has ever dreamed of standing at the starting line of the ancient Olympics, debating with Socrates, or following on the footsteps of Hercules.

Join our Expert Guide, Dr Rita Roussos, as she traces the story of Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to Classical glory. The holiday for anyone who has ever dreamed of standing at the starting line of the ancient Olympics, debating with Socrates, or following in the footsteps of Hercules.

  • Visit the famous Acropolis of Athens with its unique masterpieces of ancient architecture
  • View the National Archaeological Museum of Athens’ galleries, housing the most important collection of ancient Greek art
  • Visit the well-preserved Mycenaean Palace of Nestor, known from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad
  • Wander the famous citadel of Mycenae and see the Lion Gate, the grave circles and the Treasure of Atreus

Themes

  • Romans
  • Prehistory
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities
  • Ancient Greek

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

Arrive into Athens and transfer to our hotel.

Hotel: Overnight in Athens
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We spend an entire day on foot in ancient Athens. According to legend, the city was founded by King Theseus, best known for his Minotaur slaying heroics in Crete. We climb up to the Acropolis to visit the Parthenon, Theatre of Dionysus and Temple of Athena. The most important structures visible today derive from the Golden Age of Pericles. The afternoon we spend in the Acropolis Museum, built to house every artefact found at the Acropolis.

Hotel: Overnight in Athens
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We continue our exploration of Athens with a walk through the sites of the Agora, the political and commercial heart of ancient Athens where Socrates stood trial and where free-born male Athenian citizens could come to cast their vote. We view finds from the area in the Museum of the Ancient Agora, housed in the reconstructed Stoa of Attalos. After lunch, we enjoy our first drive through the Peloponnesian hills to our hotel at Delphi.

Hotel: Overnight in Delphi
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Spend a day at the Panhellenic Sanctuary at Delphi. The oracle was given by a priestess called the Pythia who sat on a tripod over a chasm in the inner sanctum and, inhaling the vapours which issued from it, uttered prophecies in a trance. We leave in the early afternoon, crossing the Rion-Antirion bridge, and travel to the Peloponnese peninsula at Olympia.

Hotel: Overnight in Olympia
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

This morning we explore Olympia, home of the first and greatest Panhellenic Games and the most important religious centre in the 8th century BC. Here we find the ruins of the ancient stadium, and temples such as the Pelopion, once the alleged tomb of Pelops, the mythical chariot-racing king who gave this region its name. The major festivals here provided opportunities for the meeting of representatives from the Greek states.

Hotel: Overnight in Pylos
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Today starts with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Chora, which houses finds from Pylos. We head on to the Palace of Nestor, mentioned in Homer’s writings as home of the oldest and wisest among the Greeks fighting at Troy. The palace herei s the best-preserved Mycenaean palatial structure excavated and includes reception areas, baths, store rooms and workshops. Enjoy a free afternoon in Pylos with an optional boat trip in the bay (not included).

Hotel: Overnight in Pylos
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We spend the morning in Messene, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in Greece. Pausanias visited the city between 155 and 160 AD and described it in his 'Guide to Greece'. Excavations in the city have continued for over a century, revealing a well-preserved stadium, odeon and many other buildings. We view finds from the area in the Archaeological Museum of ancient Messene. After lunch, we make our way towards Nafplion.

Hotel: Overnight in Nafplion
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

This morning we journey to the lovely town of Nafplion where we visit the Archaeological Museum. Before lunch we continue with a visit to the ancient site of Epidaurus, a celebrated centre of healing in the ancient world. Perched on the slopes of a hill, the town has both some of the finest examples of 14th and 15th century architecture in Greece, and some of the finest views. The afternoon is free to spend at your own leisure in Nafplion.

Hotel: Overnight in Nafplion
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

We explore the great Bronze Age hilltop site of Mycenae, another major hub of Greek civilisation and, according to Greek tradition, capital of legendary King Agamemnon. Excavations support Homer’s claim of a city ‘well built and rich in gold’. We wander into the city with its Cyclopean walls through the famous Lion Gate and view the archaeological remains of the acropolis, including the palace and the grave circles where the so-called mask of Agamemnon was found.

Hotel: Overnight in Nafplion
Meals: All meals included

Day 10

This morning, we visit the site of Nemea where, according to legend, Heracles fought the Nemean Lion. We see the Temple of Zeus. After lunch we will continue to the archaeological site of Tiryns, a Mycenaean hillfort said to have been the mythicalbirthplace of Heracles. We will see the citadel with its Cyclopean walls and the palace remains.

Hotel: Overnight in Nafplion
Meals: Breakfast, lucnh and dinner included

Day 11

We drive to Corinth, which owed its prosperity to the isthmus that joins the Peloponnese to the mainland. One of the great cities of classical Greece, it was founded by Corinthos, a descendent of the god Helios, according to Hellenic myth. Upon arrival in Athens we will view the National Archaeological Museum in Athens with its fantastic collections.

Hotel: Overnight in Athens
Meals: All meals included

Day 12

Our Peloponnesian odyssey comes to an end. We bid farewell to the city of Athens and tranfser to the airport for our individual flights home. 

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Mon 30th Mar - Fri 10th Apr

Available

$4,330

without flights

sgl supp: $575

PEL20A

Led By: Dr Rita Roussos

Mon 1st Jun - Fri 12th Jun

Available

$4,465

without flights

sgl supp: $465

PEL20C

Led By: Dr Angelos Papadopoulos

Mon 21st Sep - Fri 2nd Oct

Available

$4,330

without flights

sgl supp: $465

PEL20B

Led By: Dr Rita Roussos

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