Travel through classical Greece with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Dr
Konstantine Politis. This tour focuses
on the classical Greek highlights found
in the mainland, including Delphi, once
home to the renowned oracle; the
fortified palace complex of Mycenae;
and the ancient archaeological site of
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Athens with British Airways and
transfer to Chalkis on the island of Euboea. This
evening, there will be an introductory lecture
followed by a welcome dinner at a nearby
seafood restaurant on the corniche. Stay at Lucy
Hotel / Paliria Hotel for 1 night. (D)
This morning, visit the new Chalkis
Archaeological Museum, which brings together
findings from all over Evia. Continue to the new
Archaeological Museum of Thebes, where you
will meet the director. Afternoon arrival in Delphi
to visit the Sanctuary of Athena, gymnasium
and sacred spring at sunset. Stay 2 nights at
Hotel Amalia. (B)
This morning, visit the site of Delphi, including
the Sacred Precinct, Temple of Apollo, theatre,
treasuries and stadium. Afternoon visit to the
village of Arachova, a picturesque mountain
town that is a ski resort in winter. (B)
Drive down Mount Parnassus to the Gulf of
Corinth, stopping at the picturesque coastal
town of Galaxidi to visit the Nautical Museum.
Continue to the historic coastal town of
Nafpaktos, site of the famous Battle of Lepanto,
for lunch. Travel to the Peloponnese via the new
Rio Bridge before arriving in Olympia. Stay at
Hotel Europa for 2 nights. (B, D)
Full-day of sightseeing, including important
museums and ancient sites dominated by the temples of Zeus and Hera, and the first Olympic
stadium. (B, D)
Drive through the striking mountains of
Arcadia to the Temple of Apollo at Bassai.
Continue to Nafplion, the first capital of
modern Greece and one of the most notable
towns on the mainland. Afternoon visit to
the site of Tiryns with its cyclopean walls. Stay
2 nights at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. (B)
This morning, visit Nafplion’s archaeological
museum. Continue to Mycenae, Agamemnon’s
great citadel, and visit the Treasury of Atreus,
the acropolis and museum. Return to Nafplion
via Palamidi Fortress at sunset. (B)
Travel to ancient Epidaurus to see the sanctuary,
museum and theatre. Continue to Athens, via
the Corinth canal. Early evening walking tour
through the ancient agora (meeting place)
along classical stoas (covered markets). Stay
2 nights at Electra Hotel. (B)
Visit the Acropolis to see the Parthenon,
Erechtheum and Temple of Athena Nike,
followed by a visit to the new Acropolis
museum. Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)
This morning, visit the National Archaeological
Museum, which houses some of the most
important finds of ancient Greece, before
transferring to the airport for your British
Airways flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
Based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Dr Steve Kershaw has
taught Classics in a number
of establishments, and now
works for Oxford University
Department for Continuing
Education. He authored and
teaches Oxford’s on-line
Greek mythology course and has also spent
time as a guest speaker for Swan Hellenic
Cruises and Royal Hebridean Cruises.
Dr Konstantine Politis
is a Greek archaeologist
and well-published scholar
specialising in the early
early Islamic periods.
Educated in Greece, the
United States, Belgium and Britain, he has
worked extensively for the British Museum,
the antiquities ministries of Jordan,
Syria, and Oman, and recently at Athens
The 4-star Electra Hotel is located in the heart of Athens at the start of the main shopping boulevard, the Ermou, and just off Syntagma Square. It is also within walking distance of the Acropolis and other historical sites. The hotel features 106 elegantly furnished rooms and three junior suites. All rooms have a marble bathroom, air conditioning, flatscreen television, wireless internet access, safe and minibar. The restaurant serves an American buffet breakfast and offers a Mediterranean a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The lobby cafe serves a selection of drinks, coffees and light snacks. Guests staying at the Electra Hotel are able to use the public facilities of the 5-star Electra Palace Hotel, located just 5 minutes' walk from the hotel. The facilities here include an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, which has excellent views of the Pantheon, and a spa with extensive...
Located in the heart of Nauplion's old town, the Grande Bretagne Hotel was built in 1878. Carefully restored after years of neglect following the building's use as the residence of the Bishop of Argolis Nickandro, the interior has a simple elegance. Each of the rooms has air-conditioning, a safe and minibar. The hotel also has a breakfast room and...
The 4-star hotel Amalia is located within walking distance of the famous attractions of Delphi. The 185 rooms all have air-conditioning, television and en suite bathrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and swimming...
Built on top of the Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia, the 4-star Best Western Hotel Europa has a great location for exploring the sights of Olympia. The 80 rooms each have air-conditioning, a minibar, a television and a safe. The hotel also has a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming...
Lucy Hotel is located a short walk from the beach and overlooks the sea. The hotel has panoramic views over Evoikos Bay, the imposing Venetian castle and the old sliding bridge of Halkida. The rooms are elegantly furnished and offer modern facilities.
Features: 92 rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi access, restaurant, bar, cafe/lounge, spa.
Room amenities: Satellite television, minibar, air conditioning, heating, safety deposit...
Paliria Hotel has a view over the Evripos Strait and is located by the main beach. The spacious rooms offer sea- or city-view balconies and are classically furnished.
Features: 98 rooms, restaurant, snack bar/cafe, complimentary Wi-Fi access.
Room amenties: Air conditioning, heating, television, minibar, safety deposit...
Dr Konstantine Politis is a Greek archaeologist and well-published scholar specialising in the early Byzantine-Christian and early Islamic periods. Educated in Greece, the United States, Belgium and Britain, he has worked extensively for the British Museum.
Steve has taught classics in a number of establishments, and now works for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He authored and teaches Oxford’s on-line Greek mythology course and has also spent time as a guest speaker for Swan Hellenic Cruises and Royal Hebridean Cruises.
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GCE2017: 9 Nights