• 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
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Heathrow 1030 on British Airways, arriving Athens 1610. Transfer to Hotel Herodion for two nights. Welcome and introductory talk.
Whole day on foot visiting the Acropolis: Propylaia, Parthenon and Erechtheion, Agora and Acropolis Museum (Parthenon sculptures, Peplos Kore and caryatids). Evening talk: Athenian Religion.
Morning: National Archaeological Museum. Depart for Nafplion visiting ancient Corinth (forum, Temple of Apollo, Archaeological Museum, South Stoa) en route. Three nights at Hotel Amalia, Nafplion. Evening talk: Greek Theatre.
Epidaurus (theatre with its remarkable acoustics, sanctuary of Asklepios). Return to Nafplion for short walking tour of the town followed by visit to Palamidi fortress (time permitting). Evening talk: Homer and the Mycenaean Age.
Visit to Tiryns (Mycenaean fortress with cyclopean walls) followed by Argos (agora, bath complex, theatre). Continue to ancient Mycenae: Treasury of Atreus (beehive tomb), Lion Gate, grave circle, palace megaron and museum. Evening talk: The Byzantine Church.
Mystras: Palace of Despots, beautifully situated churches with 14th and 15th century frescoes. Continue to Pylos for two nights at Hotel Philip. Evening talk: Navarino Bay.
Nestor’s Palace at Pylos and Ottoman Neokastro fortress (dramatic views over Navarino Bay). Free afternoon in Pylos.
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: The Olympic Games.
Ancient Olympia (home of the Olympic Games): palaestra, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, stadium, Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Museum of the Olympic Games. Some free time. Evening talk: The Oracle at Delphi.
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 at Hotel Amalia Delphi.
Further visits in Delphi (time permitting). Depart Athens 1955, arriving London Heathrow 2145.
18 Oct — 28 Oct 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
We recommend that participants have a good level of overall fitness for this tour, which has a full itinerary to make the most of our time in Greece, including some long walks and early starts. Many visits will involve traversing rugged or uneven ground.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £200.
Cost of £2845 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, double room for single use supplement £475