Bare Bones Greece

View from above on Nafplio city
View from above on Nafplio city
The north gate of the palace of Mycenae
The north gate of the palace of Mycenae
Lion's gate, the main entrance of the citadel of Mycenae
Lion's gate, the main entrance of the citadel of Mycenae
Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Parthenon temple
Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Parthenon temple
Caryatides, Erechtheion temple Acropolis in Athens
Caryatides, Erechtheion temple Acropolis in Athens

This is an odyssey through some of the great sites of ancient Greece, from the Acropolis to Mycenae, where we trace the story of Greece from the Bronze Age to classical glory. Explore the birthplace of western civilisation, visiting many important sites in Greek history, including four with UNESCO World Heritage status.

Themes

  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We check in to our hotel and then take an orientation walk around Plaka.

Hotel: Hotel Plaka, Athens

Day 2

We spend the day on foot in ancient Athens, climbing to the Acropolis to visit the Parthenon. The afternoon is devoted to the fabulous Acropolis Museum, consistently rated as one of the best in the world.

Hotel: Hotel Plaka, Athens
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3

We start our journey into the Peloponnese, stopping first to explore Corinth, one of the greatest cities of classical Greece. We then continue to Tiryns, a major Mycenean citadel and reputedly the birthplace of Hercules.

Hotel: Hotel Ippoliti, Nafplio
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4

First, we explore Mycenae, centre of the Late Bronze Age and, according to legend, the capital of King Agamemnon. Later, we visit the Argive Heraion, an evocative site where the sanctuary of Hera was built on three gigantic terraces, carved into the hillside.

Hotel: Hotel Ippoliti, Nafplio
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5

Spend the morning at the excellent Archaeological Museum in Nafplio. Here, we will see the only existing bronze armour found near Mycenae, similar to the vivid description in Homer’s “Iliad”. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure.

Hotel: Hotel Ippoliti, Nafplio
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 6

Today we visit Epidaurus, a celebrated centre of healing in the ancient world. Perched on the slopes of a hill, the town has some of the finest examples of 14th and 15th century architecture in Greece. We continue to Athens airport for our flights home.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Local Guide
  2. Return flights from London & airport transfers
  3. Accommodation in Athens & Nafplio
  4. All breakfasts
  5. Entries to all sites & museums
  6. All taxes

Travel Information

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Delivering the same level of expertise and insight into the working world of archaeology that you would expect from a full Andante Travels tour, our Bare Bones range is that bit more customisable.

Shorter duration
5–6 days, rather than our full 7–16 day tours.

Stay in a centrally located hotel
Enabling a greater understanding and appreciation of your destination.

Dining flexibility
Breakfast is included and an optional dinner package can be added in most destinations, but we do not include lunches and dinners as standard. Your expert Local Guide will be able to provide you with top suggestions and recommendations for meals.

Flying flexibility
Flights and transfers are included on all tours. If you would like to extend your tour, we can also arrange this for you. Please contact us for more details.

Expert knowledge
All of our tours are led by experienced Local Guides, who offer the level of insight, knowledge and expertise you can expect from an Andante Travels tour.

Free time and flexibility
Generally, there will be one free afternoon plus evenings at leisure, enabling you to get the most out of your destination. You can also tailor your holiday with optional packages and upgrades.

Travel like a local
Some of our tours include travel aboard local ferries or trains.

Pre and post-tour extensions
We are happy to provide you with extra options, such as extending the trip or upgrading where possible.

With a greater amount of free time and choice around lunch and dinner we have made the decision to use our experienced local guides to run these tours. Not only will they give you the level of insight and expertise into the sites that you visit, as demanded on an Andante tour but they will give you the best insight into what to do in your free time. Being a local they know the cities, the best or quietest place to eat, where to get the local delicacy you are after or just to share with you their love for their city. For added reassurance these local guides have been personally chosen by us and have the Andante ‘seal of approval’.

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2020 Tour Details

Fri 19th Jun - Wed 24th Jun

Available

£1,195

inc.

sgl supp: £225

BBG20A

Led By:

Managed By: Miranda Spitha

Fri 4th Sep - Wed 9th Sep

Available

£1,195

inc.

sgl supp: £225

BBG20B

Led By:

Managed By: Miranda Spitha

Tour Manager

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