Explore Greece’s ancient cultures through its archaeology and classical sites.
Go beyond Greece’s resort island exterior and discover the emergence of Western Europe’s great city-states through their archaeology. This new 19-day tour begins in Athens, before going back in time to the Mycenaean kings of the Peloponnese, the great classical sites of Olympia and Delphi, and the sprawling Minoan palaces of Crete. The tour continues to Greece’s most beguiling islands: Santorini with its Bronze Age city preserved by volcanic ash, tiny Delos, whose wealth arose from the Hellenistic slave trade, and Mykonos, with its whitewashed houses and narrow winding streets.
Days 1–3: Arrive in Athens. Survey the acropolis and the Archaeological Museum.
Days 4–7: Drive to Nafplio to visit Mycenae, the theatre at Epidaurus, Tiryns and the Palace of Nestor at Pylos.
Days 8–10: Travel to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia and continue to Delphi.
Days 11–13: Drive to Athens and fly to Heraklion, investigate the Archaeological Museum and palaces of Knossos and Phaistos.
Days 14–15: Take the ferry to Santorini and explore Akrotiri’s remarkable excavations.
Days 16–19: Travel to Mykonos by ferry, enjoy a daytrip to Delos before flying to Athens.
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