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Athens, Delphi & The Peloponnese

17 Oct — 27 Oct 2022 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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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 Heathrow 0845 on British Airways, arriving Athens 1435. Transfer to Hotel Amalia, Nafplion, for three nights. Welcome and introductory talk: Homer and the Mycenaean Age.

Day

2

Visits to ancient Corinth (forum, Temple of Apollo,  Archaeological Museum, South Stoa) and Mycenae for Treasury of Atreus (beehive tomb), Lion Gate, grave circle, palace megaron and museum. Evening talk: Greek Theatre.

Day

3

Visits to Tiryns (Mycenaean fortress with cyclopean walls),  Argos (agora, bath complex, theatre), Epidaurus (theatre with remarkable acoustics, sanctuary of Asklepios) and Palamidi fortress (commanding views). Evening talk: The Byzantine Church.

Please note today’s visits to Argos and Palamidi are time permitting.

Day

4

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.

Day

5

Nestor’s Palace at Pylos and Ottoman Neokastro fortress (dramatic views over Navarino Bay). Free afternoon in Pylos.

Day

6

Messini (magnificent circuit of 4th century BC walls, sanctuary of Asklepios and stadium) then continue to Olympia for two nights at Hotel Amalia. Evening talk: The Olympic Games.

Day

7

Ancient Olympia (home of the Olympic Games): palaestra, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, stadium,  Archaeological Museum of Olympia. Some free time with option to visit the Museum of the Olympic Games. Evening talk: The Oracle at Delphi.

Day

8

Via Rio-Antirrio bridge to Delphi for visits: temples of Athena and Apollo, gymnasium, theatre and Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Overnight at Hotel Amalia Delphi.

Day

9

Further visits in Delphi including sanctuary of Athena Pronaia. Transfer to Athens, visiting walled monastery of Hosios Loukas en route (subject to confirmation). Two nights at Hotel Herodion,  Athens. Evening talk: Athenian Religion.

Day

10

Whole day exploring Athens on foot:  Acropolis Museum (Parthenon sculptures, Peplos Kore and caryatids),  Agora and Stoa of Attalus,  Acropolis, Propylaia, Parthenon and Erechtheion.

Day

11

Morning visit to National Archaeological Museum (flight times permitting). Depart Athens 1500, arriving London Heathrow 1655.

Tour Dates

17 Oct — 27 Oct 2022

Days

11

Cost

£2895

Tour Code

PELO-22

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Testimonial

"A stunning tour underpinned by a highly professional team"
ACE customer on the 2021 Athens, Delphi & the Peloponnese tour with Andrew Wilson

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 early starts, long walks and long coach journeys. Many visits will involve traversing rugged or uneven ground. Participants should meet our usual fitness requirements, as described in our Booking Terms and Conditions.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £200.

EVOKING LEGEND AT NESTOR'S PALACE

Tour Director Andrew Wilson writes: “So many archaeological highlights feature on this long established tour, including the great ‘Homeric’ palaces at Mycenae and Tiryns, but I have a special fondness for Nestor’s kingdom of ‘sandy Pylos’ in the western Peloponnese. Legend tells that Odysseus’s son Telemachus, while searching for his wandering father, ended up at Nestor’s Palace, where the old king prepared some fine wine for his guest and poured a little out as a libation. When we visit the excavated palace and stand in the throne room, we can picture the scene, brought to life by the small channel next to where the throne would have been, and imagine the wine soaking into the floor as a sacrifice to Athena. It’s an evocative scene in a special place, one of many on this tour.”

Cost of £2895 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 £485.

 

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