Journey through Ancient
Athens on Aegean Airways at 1210 from Terminal
2, Heathrow. Coach to Hotel Cypria, just off Platia
Syntagma and a few minutes walk from the Akropolis
(about one hour from the airport).
The Parthenon marbles displayed in the new
We will spend the day in Athens.
In the morning we we will visit the new
it is truly superb. The sculptures from the
Parthenon, those which escaped the attention of Elgin and others,
are most imaginatively displayed, in the relative positions in which
they were placed on the Parthenon, with natural light from a huge glazed
wall which looks out onto the Akropolis and the Parthenon. It is worth
coming to Greece for this museum alone!
break for lunch we make our way up to the Akropolis where the famous
buildings, including the Parthenon and the Erechthion, never fail to
Day 3 we will
visit the magnificent National Archaeological Museum
contains treasures from all over the Greek world, including a fabulous collection
of vases, sculpture and the frescoes from Thira (Santorini). We can also go to the Kerameikos,
the ancient cemetery, before leaving Athens in the
afternoon for Delphi, in the
most dramatic setting beneath Mount Parnassos, where we
stay the night at the Akropole Hotel,
Temple to Hephaistos in the
4 we visit the site of the ancient
oracle and sanctuary of Apollo, a short walk from our hotel. With
mountains towering above the sanctuary (sometimes with eagles soaring
above) this is a truly dramatic place.
The 4th century BC sanctuary was the
most famous of the cult sites in Greece. Among the many treasures in the
museum are the fabulous bronze charioteer & some stunning gold & ivory
items and beautiful archaic sculptures. The
site which is within walking distance of our hotel, opens
Delphi 1400. From here we have a beautiful drive
along the Gulf of Corinth, cross the Gulf on the
new suspension bridge and travel to Olympia where we stay the
we stay the night at the Olympic Village Hotel,
http://www.hotelolvillage.gr/ . There is an outdoor swimming pool here. The hotel is
within walking distance of the site. Overnight
tholos at the Marmaria or 'lower site'
On Day 5 we visit the wonderful & atmospheric site of
the 5th century BC
Sanctuary of Zeus, the stadium where the first Olympic games were held
in 776 BC, and the museum where you will see some of the superb
sculptures from the temple of Zeus and the famous statue of Hermes by
Praxitiles. The site is within walking distance of the hotel so you can
go as early as you like!
From Olympia we go to the Temple of Apollo
set in the mountains, before driving to
Nauplion, in the Argolid,
where we will stay 3 nights in the Victoria hotel, in the old town.
Nauplion is a lovely elegant Venetian port with no fewer than 3 castles,
excellent museums, plenty of good restaurants, many churches, tempting
shops & two beaches. It is an excellent base for visiting the
many nearby archaeological sites.
at the Hotel Victoria
in the old town:
Apollo at Vassae
First we will visit Ancient Corinth site of one of the oldest
temples on the Greek mainland, and the important Roman city where
Saint Paul preached. We will of course stop at the Corinth Canal, an
awesome sight, especially if there is a boat going through.
Next we will go to
to visit the Sanctuary of Zeus, bath house, stadium (complete with
tunnel) and superb museum. We can picnic on marble benches under the
pine and olive trees here. Overnight Nauplion
Temple to Zeus
we will go to nearby ‘wall girt’ Tyrins, even older than Mycenae and
the magnificent theatre & Asklepion (healing sanctuary) at
We will return to
for the afternoon.
we will visit
Homer's 'city of gold' built c.1500 BC, from where Agamemnon
set off for Troy & where he was murdered by Klytemnestra; there is a
fine museum here now with gold replicas of the treasures unearthed
Day 9 We will leave Nauplion
for the airport and the early afternoon flight back to
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A view of the old town