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Northern Greece

18 Jun — 30 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

ACE Aquileia tour: Basilica of Aquileia

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson, BA, BD, FSASCOT

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Gatwick 0805 on British Airways for Thessaloniki, arriving 1320. Transfer to Hotel Royal for three nights.

Day

2

Thessaloniki (major Greek Orthodox centre): Byzantine walls, Heptapyrgion tower, Rotonda (Galerius’ mausoleum), arch of Galerius, White Tower (part of Turkish ramparts), Archaeological Museum. Evening talk: Byzantine Church.

Day

3

Whole day cruise along western shore of Mt Athos peninsula (spiritual home of Orthodox Church since 1054). Evening talk: Pebble Mosaics.

Day

4

Along Via Egnatia to Pella (capital of Philip of Macedon’s empire): peristyle houses, huge palace complex, museum (superb mosaics), ancient site of Loggos, then Edessa (picturesque town famous for waterfalls and old bridges). Continue to Veria for two nights at the Hotel Villa Elia.

Day

5

Dion at the foot of Mt Olympus, with visits to sanctuaries of Isis and Demeter. Vergina (former capital of Macedonian empire).

Day

6

Kastoria and Veria: Byzantine Museum. Two nights in Kastoria at Hotel Chloe. Evening talk: Neolithic Greece.

Day

7

Kastoria: churches and Folk Museum, Mavriotissa Church (13th century frescoes).

Day

8

Ioannina (major Ottoman centre): medieval castle, mosques. Dodoni (ancient oracle of Zeus): sanctuary, theatre. Transfer to Hotel du Lac, Ioannina, for three nights. Evening talk: Byron in Epirus.

Day

9

Whole day excursion to Nekromanteion (sanctuary of Persephone and Hades), Kassopi (4th century BC Hippodamian town), Nikopolis (founded by Augustus after battle of Actium) and Preveza.

Day

10

Monodendri (Byzantine monastery), majestic Vikos Gorge then by boat to Nisaki (island monasteries).

Day

11

Metsovo (mountain settlement) before continuing to Kalambaka for overnight stay at Hotel Amalia.

Day

12

Meteora (‘monasteries in the air’, 16th century frescoes) then continue to Thessaloniki: church of Agios Dimitrios (6th century pilgrimage centre), 8th century Agia Sofia (splendid mosaics), Roman Forum area. Overnight stay at Hotel Royal.

Day

13

Thessaloniki: Museum of Byzantine Culture. Depart Thessaloniki 1240, arriving Gatwick 1410.

Tour Dates

18 Jun — 30 Jun 2018

Days

13

Cost

£2650

Tour Code

NGRE-18

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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £375.

 
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