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Classical Athens & The Peloponnese

Athens, The Peloponnese 7 nights Prices on request

Travel through the heart of classical Greece, the ‘cradle of civilisation’, and a region which is uniquely rich in both landscape and history. Based first in Athens and then in the former Venetian town of Nafplio on the Peloponnese peninsula, we will follow in the footsteps of the heroes and authors of Greek myth and legend – from Euripides and Sophocles to Hercules and Agamemnon – and visit the most important monuments and archaeological sites including Epidaurus, Mycenae and Corinth.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights to Athens
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners and a light lunch
  • All sightseeing as described, entrances fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer and a local guide

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Athens

    We fly to Athens and transfer to our centrally located hotel, Athens Plaza, for a four night stay.
  • Day 2 - Acropolis

    We begin our tour with a visit to the Acropolis complex crowned by the majestic Parthenon. We will also see other architectural masterpieces including the Temple of Athena Nike, the Propylaea, the Erechtheion and the Theatre of Dionysus where the dramas of Sophocles and Euripides were first performed. This afternoon is dedicated to the superb Acropolis museum which houses an array of finds from the hill of the Acropolis and its surrounding slopes.
  • Day 3 - Cape Sounion

    Today we go to two important ancient sites. First we visit the magical Sanctuary of Poseidon, at Cape Sounion, located 70 meters on a clifftop at the end of the Athens Peninsula. We then continue to Vravrona to see the great Sanctuary of Artemis, dedicated to the goddess of the hunt.
  • Day 4 - Archaeological Museum

    This morning is dedicated to the Archaeological Museum of Athens, which houses many of the greatest treasures of ancient Greek art. There are over 11,000 exhibits in the museum, tracing the history of Greece from the Minoan to the Hellenistic period, and highlights include the bronze statue of Poseidon and the so-called golden mask of Agamemnon. In the afternoon we will visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Temple of Hephaistos before returning to the hotel.
  • Day 5 - Corinth Canal and Nafplio

    We depart Athens for Corinth to see the famous Corinth Canal here before reaching the Fountain of Peirene and the earliest Doric temples on the mainland. We will then continue to Nafplio where will stay at the Amphitryon Hotel for the remainder of the tour.
  • Day 6 - Epidaurus and Mycenae

    Today we visit the ancient site of Epidaurus, centre of worship to Asclepios, god of medicine. Here we see the finest theatre in Greece, seating an audience of up to 14,000 people. In the afternoon we continue to the hilltop site of Mycenae, home of the legendary King Agamemnon whose tomb was discovered in 1876. We also visit the great Mycenaean hillfort of Tiryns including the remains of the palace and Cyclopean walls.
  • Day 7 - Nemea

    We travel to the site of Nemea where the mythical Hercules fought the Nemean lion. We will see the Temple of Zeus and the ancient stadium before travelling to a local vineyard to enjoy wine-tasting and a light lunch.
  • Day 8 - Flight to London

    We drive to Athens for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart Heathrow at 11.55 arrive Athens at 17.40

Depart Athens at 15.30 arrive Heathrow at 17.25

Departure Dates and Prices

Andrew Allen.

Andrew Allen

Tour Leader

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