Greece History & Classics Tour

Discover the sites of classical antiquity in Athens and the Peloponnese including the Acropolis, Delphi, Epidaurus and Mycenae

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School History and Classics Trip to Greece

Ancient Greece is the birthplace of European civilisation from the Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations which ruled Crete and the Aegean to the great Athenian philosophers including Plato and Aristotle of the Hellenistic period. Our tours explore Athens and the Acropolis before travelling to the Peloponnese where we visit the ruins at Mycenae, Corinth and Epidaurus. We also visit the fascinating Delphi while longer tours can also include Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games. Tours can be extended to include the island of Crete and the Temple of Knossos.

Suggested Itinerary

The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.

Day 1

Fly to Athens

Flight to Athens: Today you fly to Athens where you are met on arrival by your guide and private transport. You then travel to your hotel accommodation for check in and dinner this evening is at your hotel.

City Tour: This afternoon you have a city sightseeing tour which will include the most important monuments and landmarks of the city including the Panathenaic Stadium, the Zappeion, the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Syntagma square and the Parliament building where soldiers perform the famous Changing of the Guard ritual on the hour.

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Day 2

Athens City Tour, Acropolis, Acropolis Museum & Agora

Acropolis: This morning you visit the Acropolis, the most famous of the Greek archaeological sites. Your visit will include all the main sites of the Acropolis including the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the site, the Temple of Athena Nike and of course the Parthenon itself. You also visit the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysos where plays by Sophocles were first performed.

Agora: After lunch you visit the Agora, the ancient heart of Athens and the focus of political, social and economic life. Here you can explore the remnants of the most significant buildings including the Temple of Hephaestus, the best-preserved ancient temple in Greece. It was dedicated to Hephaestus, the ancient god of fire and to Athena, goddess of wisdom, craft and war.

Plaka and Monastiraki Flea Market: Before dinner at your hotel you will visit the lively Plaka area and Monastiraki Flea Market.

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Day 3

Full day tour to Delphi

Delphi: Today you travel by coach outside of Athens and visit Delphi. The Sanctuary of Apollo was the seat of the oracle which was consulted on important decisions and attracted pilgrims from all over the ancient classical world. There is also a well-preserved theatre situated a little further up the hill from the temple which provides the seated audience with a spectacular view of the entire sanctuary below and the valley beyond. It was built in the fourth century BC and can accommodate around five thousand spectators who in ancient times would have enjoyed plays, poetry readings and musical events during the various festivals that took place periodically.

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Day 4

Corinth Canal, Mycenae and Nafplio

Corinth Canal: This morning you depart from Athens and head to the Peloponnese peninsula. Your first stop is at the famous Corinth Canal which was completed in 1893 to provide a shipping route from the Gulf of Corinth to the Aegean

Mycenae: Explore the ruins of the great city which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th centuries BC and which played a major role in the development of classical Greek culture. Mycenae was reputedly Agamemnon’s capital and is recounted in Homer’s tales. Its finest features are the Treasury of Atreus and the Lion Gate.

Nafplio: You continue to your hotel in the town of Nafplio where you can explore the picturesque old town with its cobblestone alleys and well-preserved neo-classical mansions.

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Day 5

Epidaurus and Ancient Corinth

Epidaurus: This morning you visit Epidaurus, famous for having the best-preserved of all Greek theatres. The site itself was named after the god of medicine, Asklepios, and pilgrims came from all over the Mediterranean seeking healing for their ailments.

Ancient Corinth: You continue to Ancient Corinth, one of the major cities of antiquity. It was made up of three parts – the acropolis on the hill, the city itself on a lower plateau, and its port of Lechaion on the coast. All this was protected by a wall which ran for over 12 miles. One of the most important structures remaining is the impressive Temple of Apollo, regarded as one of the best examples of early Doric temple building anywhere in the Greek world.

Flight Home: You then continue to the airport for your homeward flight.

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Excursions

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Acropolis

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Acropolis Museum

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National Archaeological Museum

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Epidaurus

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Mycenae

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Ancient Corinth

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Corinth Canal

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Olympia

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Delphi

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