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.
- Epic myth, lyric beauty and classical archaeology converge.
- Iconic ancient sites such as Athens, Mycenae, Delphi and Olympia.
- Hidden gems such as Tyrins, Bassae and Megalopolis.
- Arcadia—get off the beaten track into old, rural Greece.
- Well-paced, engaging itinerary at the heart of the ancient world.
As the cradle of western civilisation, ancient Greece still resonates with unrivalled cultural significance. There is profound satisfaction in exploring this heart of the ancient world, where myth and history converge in famous sites, names and events that have shaped our world.
Our 12 day odyssey treats you to a thorough panoply of the glories of ancient Greece, far more than most Classical tours. We explore all the iconic sites such as the Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia and Mycenae, and we also get off the beaten track to experience the old, unspoiled Greece, and discover lesser-known gems such as Tyrins, Bassae and Megalopolis.
Starting in Athens for the first three nights, we enjoy the glorious heritage of this cultural capital in preparation for our journey into the wider world of ancient Greece. We move on to the charming historic town of Nafplion for the next three nights, an ideal base for exploring the Argolid, famous as the land of Agamemnon and the heroes of the Trojan War. We then head across the Peloponnese, over the mountains of Arcadia and old, rural Greece to Olympia, home of the original games. Next comes Delphi, the most famous oracle of ancient times, harmoniously sited between earth and the heavens. For our final two nights we return to the Athens region and to the coast near Marathon, where the famous Greek victory over the Persians heralded the golden age of Athens.
See the ‘Itinerary’ tab above for full itinerary details.
Dates & Prices:
- 20 September–01 October 2021. Early booking price only £2795.
Single supplement only £445. Reserve your place early for the lowest price.
- Eleven nights high standard hotel accommodation (see ‘Hotel’ tab for details).
- All breakfasts, seven evening meals and one lunch. Other meal times free to enjoy local tavernas.
- Daily excursions with all transport, entrances and guiding.
- Accompanied by a specialist tour director and a local Greek guide.
- Flexible flight arrangements.
- Airport transfers in Greece.
- 100% TTA Financial Guarantee.
Your Tour Director
This tour will usually be led by Dr Sandy McGillivray. Sandy is a field archaeologist who currently lives in Greece, specialises in Greek archaeology, and has led many tours there. His expertise enables 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 requires a reasonable level of mobility and independence. There is plenty of walking and standing, and some sites have slopes and 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.
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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 Time20 September 2021.
Day 1: UK/Athens.
You are met on arrival at Athens airport and transferred to your hotel in central Athens. Your tour director can help you get acquainted with your surroundings.
Day 2: Athens.
After a welcome meeting with your director, we explore the streets of ancient Athens on a gentle walk through largely pedestrianised areas. We visit the famous Acropolis, with its iconic Parthenon temple, get to grips with democratic and philosophical debate in the Agora, and enjoy masterpieces of art in the stunning Acropolis Museum. We include dinner in a traditional Greek taverna.
Day 3: Athens.
We continue our exploration of Athens with a city coach tour and visits to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Kerameikos district, the Pnyx hill and the National Archaeological Museum to see its glorious collections from all over Greece.
Day 4: To Nafplion via Corinth & Epidaurus.
Leaving Athens we drive over the spectacular Corinth Canal to Ancient Corinth, one of the foremost city states of Greece. This once flourishing centre of commerce became famous for its cosmopolitan and decadent living, which Saint Paul addressed in his best-known epistle. In the afternoon we visit the peaceful sanctuary of Epidaurus, an important centre of ancient medicine, and today an extensive archaeological site with a superbly preserved 4th century BC theatre where drama brought mythology to life. A short drive then brings us to the charming town of Nafplion, our base for the next three nights.
Day 5: Nafplion, Tyrins and Dendra.
We enjoy the charming historic town of Nafplion, with a walking tour of its cobbled streets, picturesque waterfront, impressive fortress, and interesting archaeological museum.
We also begin our exploration of the Bronze Age Mycenaean world with visits two nearby and lesser-known sites; the fortress of Tyrins with its massive ‘Cyclopean’ walls, and the cemetery at Dendra, one of the richest Mycenaean cemeteries in Greece.
Day 6: Mycenae and Nemea.
Let myth and reality converge as we explore further into the Argolid region, the original land of gods, heroes and Mycenaean kings. We visit the Bronze Age palace of Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon and the heroes of the Trojan War, and the lesser-visited site of Nemea, with its impressive stadium and panhellenic sanctuary where Hercules slayed the lion. This area is also well-known for its vineyards, and we include lunch and wine-tasting today in a local winery.
Day 7: To Olympia via Bassae and Megalopolis.
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, our base for the next two nights.
Day 8: 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 9: Delphi.
Leave Olympia and take a very scenic drive to Delphi, the most important cultural and diplomatic centre of the ancient Greek world, famed for the wisdom of its oracle. We visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, dramatically sited between earth and the heavens on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, where the ancient Greeks communicated with the god and received his divine wisdom.
We also visit the wonderful archaeological museum, packed full of works of art discovered on the site, and the Kastelian spring where enquirers would purify themselves before approaching the oracle. We stay overnight at Delphi to fully appreciate this area’s very special atmosphere.
Day 10: To Attica via Marathon.
After concluding at Delphi this morning, we head for the coast of Attica for our final two nights. We stop at Marathon to see the site where the long distance race originated during one of the most famous battles in history – the Greek victory over the Persians that heralded the golden age of Athens.
Day 11: Vravrona and Cape Sounion.
We conclude our tour with two beautiful ancient sites along this stretch of the Aegean coast. At the sanctuary of Artemis at Vravrona, young Athenian girls were educated and a festival was celebrated every four years with a procession from the acropolis of Athens. At Cape Sounion we enjoy one of Greece’s most beautiful locations, with fabulous views of the Aegean Sea and the sublime ruins of the Temple of Poseidon, god of the sea.
Day 12: 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.
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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.