• Explore Greece’s classical archaeology, taking in ancient temples, palaces and fortresses
• Visit Delphi, located in striking surroundings beneath Mount Parnassus
• Discover the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum, containing the enchanting caryatid sculptures
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Depart London Heathrow 1030, arriving Athens 1610. Transfer to Hotel Herodion for two nights. Introductory talk.
Whole day on foot visiting the Acropolis: Propylaia, Parthenon and Erechtheion. Afternoon: visits to the Agora and Acropolis Museum (Parthenon sculptures, Peplos Kore and caryatids).
Morning: National Archaeological Museum. Depart for Nafplion visiting ancient Corinth (forum, Temple of Apollo, Archaeological Museum, South Stoa) en route. Transfer to Hotel Amalia, Nafplio, for three nights.
Epidaurus (theatre with its remarkable acoustics, sanctuary of Asklepios). Return to Nafplion for walking tour of the town and optional visit to Palamidi fortress (time permitting). Evening talk: Heroes of the Greeks.
Visit to Tiryns (Mycenaean fortress with cyclopean walls) followed by Argos (agora, bath complex, theatre). Continue to ancient Mycenae: Treasury of Atreus (beehive tomb), fortress and museum. Evening talk: Gods of the Greeks.
Mystras: Palace of Despots, beautifully situated churches with 14th and 15th century frescoes. Continue to Pylos for two nights at Hotel Philip.
Nestor’s Palace at Pylos and Ottoman Neokastro fortress (dramatic views over Navarino Bay). Free afternoon in Pylos. Evening talk: Athens v Sparta.
Messini (magnificent circuit of 4th century BC walls, sanctuary of Asklepios and stadium) then continue to Olympia for two nights at Hotel Olympion Asty. Evening talk: Panhellenic Games.
Ancient Olympia (home of the Olympic Games): Palaestra, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, stadium, Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Evening talk: Oracles of the Greeks.
Via Rio-Antirrio bridge to Delphi. Medieval port of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and visits in Delphi: temples of Athena and Apollo, gymnasium, theatre and Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Overnight stay at Hotel Amalia Delphi.
Via Orchomenus and the Lion of Chaeronea to Athens. Depart Athens 1955, arriving London Heathrow 2145.
8 Sep — 18 Sep 2019
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Cost of £2595 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 £420.