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Northern Greece

15 Jun — 27 Jun 2020 | 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 London Gatwick 0645 on British Airways, arriving Thessaloniki 1200. Transfer to Hotel Royal for three nights. Introductory talk.

Day

2

Thessaloniki (major Greek Orthodox centre): Byzantine walls, Heptapyrgion tower, churches of Agios Acheiropoietos and Agios Dimitrios (6th century pilgrimage centre), 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

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

Day

7

Kastoria: churches, Folk Museum and Mavriotissa Church (13th century frescoes). Evening talk: Oracle at Dodona.

Day

8

Visits in Dodoni (ancient oracles of Zeus), including sanctuary and theatre, followed by Ioannina (major Ottoman centre). Transfer to Hotel du Lac, Ioannina, for three nights. Evening talk: Byron in Epirus.

Day

9

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

Day

10

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

Day

11

Transfer to Kalambaka for Meteora (‘monasteries in the air’, 16th century frescoes) and overnight at Hotel Amalia.

Day

12

Return to Thessaloniki: Roman Forum, Rotunda (Galerius’ mausoleum), Galerius’s Palace, 8th century Agia Sofia (splendid mosaics) and White Tower (part of Turkish ramparts). Overnight at City Hotel, Thessaloniki.

Day

13

Thessaloniki: Museum of Byzantine Culture. Depart Thessaloniki 1315, arriving Gatwick 1445.

Tour Dates

15 Jun — 27 Jun 2020

Days

13

Cost

£2795

Tour Code

NGRE-20

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Testimonial

Extraordinarily knowledgeable, and with great intellectual breadth. A good communicator, unfailingly open to debate. 


FITNESS/

PRACTICALITIES

This tour is designed to make the most of our stay in northern Greece with a wide variety of visits. The itinerary therefore contains some long days and a significant amount of walking, and participants should have a good overall level of mobility.

Cost of £2795 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine & water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £475.

Own flight reduction: £220.

 
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