pebble mosaic at Pella

A two storey house in Akrotiri

 

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Bronze Age Crete & Santorini
12th to 20th May 2014
Full

Northern Greece: Macedonia & Epiros  September 2014

We vary the tours each year.
 Other itineraries we have done:

Mainly Peloponnese 2013

Mainly Peloponnese 2011

Southern Greece 2009

North Eastern Greece Macedonia & Thrace

North West Greece Macedonia & Epiros

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photograph of a Corfiot taken by
 
John Davenport Shakespear in 1858

this photo is the only surviving evidence of how these pipes were smoked, it is now on exhibition in Corfu

Photographs of Corfu in 1858

for a collection of beautiful sketches of Corfu by Theresa Nicholas and books by John Waller see www.yiannisbooks.com

Relive the legends of Homer and the tragedies of Sophokles; walk in the footsteps of Pausanias and wonder at the glory of the works of Praxiteles and Phidias; enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we travel through olive clad mountains and fertile plains where you half expect to glimpse Herakles on one of his labours.

Our unique tours offer a chance to see all the major archaeological sites of ancient & classical Greece as well as taking you off the beaten track to less visited but fascinating places. In just a week we journey through over 3,000 years of Greek history, from Minoan to Byzantine, as well as enjoying the vibrancy of modern Greece.

We do two tours a year, one in May and one in September.

Now Full:    Bronze Age Crete & Santorini 12th to 20th May 2014  We fly to Santorini where we stay for 2 nights, then take the hydrofoil to Crete, where we stay 3 nights in Iraklion and 3 nights in Ayios Nikaolas.  Click here for more details.

Now Booking: 23rd September to 1st October 2014 we visit Macedonia & Epiros in Northern Greece. The tour includes 3 nights in the lively city of Thessaloníki from where we will visit Philip of Macedon's capital, Pella; his tomb and treasures at Veryína; Aristotle's School where Alexander was tutored by the great philosopher and the sanctuaries and city set at the foot of Mount Olymbos at Dion.
Then we will go west to Kalambaka close to the Meteora for one night and visit 3 of the Monasteries perched on top of the extraordinary peaks.
From here we will cross the Pindhos Mountains to Ioannina, a charming town set beside a large lake, where we stay 4 nights and from where we visit
Dodona, the Vikos Gorge, the site of the Battle of Actium and the ruins of Roman Nikopolis built by Caesar Augustus. We will also visit the Nekromanteio of Ephyra where people were tricked into believing they were seeing their dead loved ones in Hades.

The cost for the 8 night tour is £1,025 per person sharing a twin or double room, £1,195 for a single room, including flights from Heathrow to Thessaloiniki, via Athens, with Aegean Airways.  Click here for more details.

Optional extension to CorfuTravelling from Ioannina by local bus and ferry and staying at the Konstantinoupolis Hotel.

Tour costs include all travel in Greece, comprehensive information on the history, sites & museums, and all hotel accommodation (B & B, en-suite). It does not include entrance to sites and museums or lunch and dinner for which you should allow about £200-250.
The tours are organised & led by sisters Jane Maw Cornish and Mary Kehoe.
Travel to Greece, with Aegean or British Airways, is booked through Thornton's Travel and travel and accommodation in Greece is arranged by Christos Patakis of Anassa Travel, Athens, with whom we have been working since 1995.

Note: These privately organised tours have been running since 1975

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The Greek-0-File is a publication written and edited by Sylvia & Terry Cook. It is packed with articles on every aspect of Greece and Greek life.  You will find a lovely description of our tour of the Peloponnese in October 2003 in Greek-o-File Volume 3 and of the 2005 Northern Greece tour in Greek-o-File volume 5.  Volume 8  has 3 articles of particular interest: the story of the photographs of Corfu taken by Jane & Mary's great great grandfather in 1858, some recipes of his wife's (including Wild Boar) and an article by Judith Hepper about taking children (including Jane and Mary's grandchildren) to the ancient sites of Greece.
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Part of the Parthenon frieze, now magnificently displayed in the new Akropolis Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further reading:- web sites of interest

Hellenic Institute

Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games

Temple of Apollo at Delphi http://www.ancient-greece.org/architecture/delphi-temple-of-apollo.html
 
Delphi museum http://www.ancient-greece.org/architecture/delphi-temple-of-apollo.html
 
Slide show of Delphi pictures http://www.ancient-greece.org/architecture/delphi-temple-of-apollo.html
 
Museum of the Stoa of Attalos at Athens http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21101m/e211am02.html
 
the Museum at Olympia http://www.culture.gr/2/21/211/21107m/e211gm04.html
 
slide show of the temple at Sounion, Thassos and other places http://www.duncanjdsmith.com/Galleryall/Greece/pages/SounionTemplePoseidon.htm
 
more info and photos about Brauron http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/siteindex?lookup=Brauron