View over rooftops at Monemvasia








The Temple of Zeus, Nemea

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Our next tours:

Southern Greece
May 27th to June 4th 2015

Mani and More!
Byzantine Churches and Castles of Southern Greece
September 26th to October 4th 2015

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

Mainly Peloponnese 2013

Mainly Peloponnese 2011

Southern Greece 2009

Bronze Age Crete & Santorini

North Eastern Greece Macedonia & Thrace

North West Greece Macedonia & Epiros

click on place names which are underlined for more information

web site created & maintained by
Jane Maw Cornish
last update:
11th February 2015

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


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.

Fully booked May 27th to June 4th 2015 we visit Southern Greece.  As well as visiting the major sites of  Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Ancient Corinth and Mycenae, we will take a boat trip through the Corinth Canal, visit Brauron, Thorikos, Cape Sounion (at sunset), Vassae, Lerna & Ancient Nemea.
We will stay 3 nights in Athens, 3 nights in Nauplion and one night each in Delphi & Olympia.

The cost for 8 nights including flights from Heathrow to Athens: £970 per person sharing a twin or double room, £1,146 for a single room.  Prices without flights: £670 per person sharing a twin or double; £846 for a single room.  Children under 12: with flight £646, without flight: £346.

September 26th to October 4th 2015:  Mani & More! Byzantine Churches & Castles of the Southern Peloponnese.  This tour visits the little know region of southernmost Greece including Mani, a rugged, barren area dotted with hundreds of small churches, mostly from the Byzantine period and many containing fine frescoes. The coastline is stunningly beautiful. We will be based in the two pretty ports of Yíthion and Pylos.  Our itinerary includes Mistras and Yeraki, two abandoned medieval towns, each topped with a medieval castle, beneath which are a number of Byzantine churches; Monemavasiá another medieval town, full of churches, set on a rock jutting out to sea; we spend a day in the Deep Mani going, via Areopolis and Vathia, down to the entrance to Hades at Cape Tenairon.  We also visit the medieval town at Kardymili and the castle, on a beach, at Methoni.
This is a more relaxed tour than most of ours, with plenty of swimming opportunities, but still packed with history & art. 
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The cost for 8 nights including flights from Heathrow to Athens is: £885 per person sharing a twin or double room, £1,010 for a single room. Prices without flights: £655 per person sharing a twin or double; £780 for a single room. Because many of the churches we visit are small we will restrict the group to 22. 

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
Delphi museum
Slide show of Delphi pictures
Museum of the Stoa of Attalos at Athens
the Museum at Olympia
slide show of the temple at Sounion, Thassos and other places
more info and photos about Brauron