Glories of Greece
Enjoy a wealth of eminent archaeology and fabulous scenery exploring the ancient Greek world and the foundations of western civilisation. A profoundly satisfying experience enlightened with Delphic wisdom, Olympian mythology and iconic art and architecture.
- Iconic ancient sites including Athens, Delphi and Olympia.
- Mycenae—land of Agamemnon and the heroes of the Trojan War.
- Hidden gems such as Tyrins, Bassae and Eleusis.
- Arcadia—get off the beaten track into old, rural Greece.
- Epic myth, lyric beauty and classical archaeology converge.
As the cradle of western civilisation, ancient Greece still resonates with profound cultural significance. Myth and history converge in famous sites, names and events that have shaped our world. Starting and ending in Athens, our ten day journey offers more than a standard tour, and gets off the beaten track to explore the Peloponnese, cross over the mountains of Arcadia to Olympia, home of the games, and follow the Corinthian Gulf to Delphi, the most famous oracle of ancient times. The journey prepares us well for the finale—three more nights in Athens, the cultural capital of the classical world.
See the ‘Itinerary’ tab above for full itinerary details.
Dates & Prices:
- 29 September–08 October 2020. Only £2095.
- 2021 dates to be confirmed soon.
Single supplement only £390. Reserve your place early for the lowest price.
- High standard hotels in great locations (see ‘Hotel’ tab for details).
- All breakfasts, plus five evening meals. Four free evenings to enjoy the tavernas of Athens.
- Comprehensive, well-paced programme of included excursions.
- Accompanied by a specialist tour director and a local Greek guide.
- Famous Classical sites and some lesser-known ones too.
- Flexible flight arrangements.
- 100% TTA Financial Guarantee.
Your Tour Director
This tour will be led by Dr Simon Butler, the owner of Hidden History Travel. Simon’s experience of leading tours to Greece for many years led him to create this itinerary to provide a little more than standard classical tours. The ten day itinerary is less rushed and allows us to get off the beaten track a little to fully appreciate the beauty and eminence of Greece, one of the truly great destinations for archaeological travel.
This tour is not especially challenging and simply requires a reasonable level of mobility and independence. As usual, there is plenty of walking and standing, sometimes on uneven ground, but the pace is gentle and stops are frequent. Please feel free to ask us for more details.
Flights and Extended Stays
Flights are added on a personal basis rather than included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose your preferred departure airport, flight times, length of stay, airline etc. We will be pleased to quote and book flights for you, and any extended stays, or you can book your own if you prefer. Flights booked with us are fully ATOL protected and can be available from as little as £100 return.
How To Book
Reservations & Enquiries: To reserve your place or enquire further simply fill in the booking form on this page, or call us on (UK) 0121 444 1854. There is no commitment and no payment at this stage; reservations are purely provisional until we have confirmed availability and proceeded with booking and payment.
Booking & Payment: Once you have checked availability and reserved your place, we will require your full details and a deposit of £250 per person to secure your booking. This can be done with a credit/debit card over the telephone (0121-444-1854) or by sending us a completed booking form and cheque. To print a booking form click here.
See our booking conditions for further details.
All Hidden History’s tours include a host of fully guided excursions and interesting talks to create an enriching travel experience. They also include some luxury and leisure by choosing great hotels and keeping the itineraries fairly relaxed and varied. More about What to Expect…
- Departure Time29 September 2020. Dates for 2021 coming soon.
Day 1: UK/Athens.
You are met on arrival at Athens airport and transferred to your comfortable, well-located city hotel for one night’s bed & breakfast accommodation. We return to Athens for the final three nights of our tour, after setting the stage with a journey into rural Greece, getting acquainted with its ancient past. This evening, as the group gathers, your tour director can help you get acquainted with your surroundings.
Day 2: Eleusis and Ancient Corinth.
Begin with Eleusis, just outside Athens and the main centre of the Eleusinian mysteries, a cult of fertility and afterlife in honour of Demeter and Persephone. Continue over the spectacular Corinth Canal to Ancient Corinth, once a flourishing centre of commerce which became famous for the cosmopolitan and decadent living at which Saint Paul addressed his best-known epistle. A short drive then brings you to the charming town of Nafplion, where your hotel provides two nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Your tour director will present a lecture before your included dinner, and the cobbled streets and picturesque waterfront of Nafplion are ideal for an evening stroll.
Day 3: Mycenae, Tyrins & Epidaurus.
Let myth and reality converge as you explore the Argolid region, home to the Bronze Age palaces of Mycenaean kings and the heroes of the Trojan War. See Mycenae itself, with its famous Lion Gate, and its lesser known neighbour at Tyrins, with its massive ‘Cyclopean’ walls of 1400 BC. In the afternoon visit the peaceful sanctuary of Epidaurus, an important centre of ancient medicine, today an extensive archaeological site with a superbly preserved 4th century BC theatre where drama brought mythology to life.
Day 4: Megalopolis, Bassae & Arcadia.
Get off the beaten track today with a spectacular journey through the mountainous countryside of Arcadia, part of old, unspoilt Greece and the rural idyll of romantic painters and poets. Visit two archaeological sites, Megalopolis and Bassae, both rare treats missed by most holidaymakers. At Bassae, you experience an intimate encounter with one of the most complete examples of a classical temple from anywhere in the Greek world. The day ends at Olympia, your base for the next two nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 5: Olympia.
With the whole day in Olympia there is ample time to appreciate this iconic archaeological site and its two great museums. Trace the origin and history of the Olympic Games, enter the original Olympic stadium, see where the eternal flame burned symbolically in the hearth for over one thousand years, and admire the Temple of Olympian Zeus, home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Day 6: The Corinthian Gulf & Delphi.
Leave Olympia and head for Delphi, the most important cultural and diplomatic centre of the ancient Greek world, famed for the wisdom of its oracle. Begin your exploration with a visit to the wonderful archaeological museum, packed full of works of art discovered on the site. You also see the small sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, and the Kastelian spring where enquirers would purify themselves before approaching the oracle. Rest overnight with dinner, bed and breakfast in the quiet village of Delphi, in preparation for tomorrow’s visit to the oracle itself.
Day 7: Delphi & The National Archaeological Museum In Athens.
This morning we visit the famous Delphic oracle, dramatically sited on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here the ancients communicated with the gods and received their divine wisdom through the Pythia, a strangely-possessed prophetess. After our ‘consultation’, we head into Athens and the National Archaeological Museum, one of the foremost museums of the world. Its collections span Neolithic to Roman times, presenting a visual feast of Greek art from beginning to end. Then settle into your well-appointed and conveniently-located hotel in Athens for 3 night’s bed and breakfast.
Day 8: Athens Acropolis, Acropolis Museum & Agora.
Our included tour of Athens begins at the state-of-the-art New Acropolis Museum, which focuses on finds from the Athenian Acropolis, the religious heart of the ancient city. A short walk then takes you up the Acropolis itself to the Parthenon, the crowning glory of classical architecture with superb panoramic views of Athens. We continue to the ancient Athenian Agora, the civic and commercial centre where democracy was born. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or continue to explore Athens. Your tour director can suggest plenty of things to do, perhaps even a traditional taverna with some live Greek music and dancing in the evening.
Day 9: Athens or Optional Excursion.
Today is free for you to continue exploring the city, or to join one of two optional excursions which we have chosen for their popular appeal. One option is a full-day cruise to the Saronic Islands, a great opportunity to island-hop, relax and soak up the sun. The other option is a half-day visit to romantic Cape Sounion, with its beautiful Temple of Poseidon commanding fantastic views of the Aegean Sea. Your tour director will provide full details.
Day 10: Departure.
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight home, or why not stay longer and make the most of your time in Greece – feel free to ask us for information and ideas.
Cradle of Civilisation: Greece provides a seemingly endless encounter with famous places, great names and historical events – a wealth of archaeology which today constitutes the western world’s richest landscape of memory.
Map & Virtual Tour
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We have carefully chosen the following hotels for their great locations and high standards. Please note that we sometimes have to change hotels for reasons beyond our control. We always choose hotels of a similar standard, designed to give you a little luxury and leisure alongside your cultural enrichment.
The 4* Alexandros Hotel, 8 Timoleondos Vassou Street, 115 21 Athens.
Tel: +30 210 6430464 http://alexandros.athenshotels.it/
The 4* Amalia Hotel, Amalias st., N.Tiryns, 21 100, Nafplio, Greece.
Phone: +30 2752 024 400
The 4* Best Western Europa Hotel, 1, Drouva, Ancient Olympia 270 65, Greece
Phone:+30 2624 022650
The 4* Amalia Hotel, Apollonos str. 1, Delphi 330 54, Greece
Phone:+30 2265 082101
Flexibility: Rather than reserving group seats for a particular flight, we keep your flight options open to give you greater choice of price, departure airport, airline, flight times, cabin class, use of air miles etc. Once we have confirmed availability of the tour, you can choose either to book your flights with us, or to make your own travel arrangements. Before booking any flights of your own please ensure we have confirmed the availability of the tour, as our tours are subject to minimum and maximum numbers of participants.
Airports & Airlines: Direct flights to Athens are available from a number of UK airports.
Airfares: Ask us for a quote. Use the reservation/enquiry form or call us on 0121 444 1854.
ATOL Protection: If you book your flights with us you will be ATOL protected, which means that you will not lose your money or be stranded abroad if things go wrong. If you book your own flights they may not be ATOL protected, even if you book direct with the airline or with an online search facility.