Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Greece From the Peloponnese to the Cyclades

Sep 26 - Oct 14, 2020
19 days
£5,980 per person, twin share (land content only). £1,140 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
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Tour
Leader

Dr John Tidmarsh

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • The incomparable museums, acropolis and agora of Athens, and their impact on Western European art and architecture
  • The palaces of Agamemnon at Mycenae, the citadel of Tiryns and the beautifully preserved Palace of Nestor at Pylos
  • Delphi, home to the most famous oracle in Antiquity, and Olympia, birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games
  • Minos’s palace at Knossos, the legendary Minotaur’s lair and Heraklion’s superb archaeological museum on Crete
  • Bronze Age Akrotiri, “the Pompeii of the Aegean,” on Santorini
  • The opulent mansions of Delos, with their colonnaded courtyards and colourful mosaics

Itinerary overview

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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