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 guide, Dr. Rita Roussos, as she traces 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 galleries of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, housing the most important collection of ancient Greek art
  • Tour the Corinth Archaeological Site alongside its former director
  • Visit the Palace of Nestor, known from Homer’s Odyssey and Illiad
  • Wander the famous citadel of Mycenea

Themes

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

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We fly from London to Athens.

Hotel: Overnight in Athens
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Spend a day on foot in ancient Athens, founded, according to legend, by King Theseus (best known for his Minotaur slaying heroics in Crete). We climb 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 free-born male Athenian citizens could come to cast their vote. 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, followed by the Palace of Nestor, mentioned in Homer’s writings. The palace here is the best preserved Mycenaean palatial structure excavated. You have 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 Greec. Excavations at the city have continued for over a century, revealing well-preserved stadium and odeon and many other buildings. After lunch, we head on towards Mykines.

Hotel: Overnight in Mykines
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 Mykines.

Hotel: Overnight in Mykines
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’.

Hotel: Overnight in Mykines
Meals: All meals included

Day 10

This morning, we visit the site of Nemea in the company of the former director. According to legend, Heracles fought the Nemean Lion here. After lunch we will continue to the archaeological site of Tiryns, a Mycenaean hillfort said to have been the mythical birthplace of Heracles.

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

Day 11

We drive to Corinth which owed its prosperity to the isthmus which 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 fly back to London.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

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

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2020 Tour Details

Mon 30th March - Fri 10th April

Available

£3,195

inc.

sgl supp: £425

PEL20A

Led By: Dr Rita Roussos

Mon 21st September - Fri 2nd October

Available

£3,195

inc.

sgl supp: £345

PEL20B

Led By: Dr Rita Roussos

Guide Lecturer

Tour Manager

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