Views over the Parthenon, Athens
Views over the Parthenon, Athens

Archaeological Tours

Greece: Myths & Monuments

In perhaps no other nation of the world does the heritage of history confront the traveler as powerfully as in Greece. Itself heir to the great achievements of the Minoan and Mycenaean peoples of the Aegean Bronze Age, the Classical Greece of 2,500 years ago is acknowledged as the birthplace of modern Western civilization – its cultural legacy still resonant today in the fields of architecture, philosophy, science and government.

The magnificent span of its archaeology, architecture, art and antiquities is the unifying theme of this invitation to our far-ranging and insightful journey into Greece’s ancient roots.

From the Acropolis, eternal symbol of Classical Athens, we travel via Corinth into the Peloponnese to the great healing center and theatre at Epidaurus. Our escorted tours are the perfect way to experience a Greece vacation. Explore the Bronze Age sites of fabled Mycenae and Tiryns with their echoes of Greece’s epic ‘heroic age’. At medieval Mystras we view the remains of resplendent Byzantine churches and Frankish castles and, a ‘modern’ contrast with the awesome Panhellenic sanctuaries of Olympia and Delphi to follow. We learn at Pella, Vergina and Aigai of Alexander the Great’s impact on the eastern Mediterranean, while Thessaloniki traces the fascinating transition from the pagan late-Roman era to the world of Byzantium. 

What's included?

  •  A/C coach
  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Four lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team

Led by...

Professor Gerald Schaus

Professor Gerald Schaus Expert Scholar

Professor Gerald Schaus is President of the Canadian Archaeological Institute in Athens, and has recently retired as Professor of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfred Laurier University, Canada.

Full Price
$6,295

Today's Price
$6,145

Saving
$150

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $1,300

Tour highlights:

  • Explore Epidaurus, home to the original Olympic Games of the Ancient World, and its stadium, gymnasium, wrestling school, temples and hippodrome
  • Marvel at monasteries built atop huge columns of ancient rock pinnacles Meteora is one of Greece’s most extraordinary sights
  • Enjoy the many flavors of authentic traditional Greek cuisine – try rich and hearty moussaka or grilled lamb with tzatziki yoghurt sauce
  • Discover the mountainous Peloponnese, Greece’s great southern peninsula and land of Homer’s heroes and the great Bronze Age citadels from which they came
  • Gaze upon at the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Tour details

Dates May 11 2020 - May 25 2020
Duration 15 days
Cost
Full Price
$6,295
Today's Price
$6,145
Saving
$150
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $1,300 Balance due by February 17 2020
Activity Level
Tour code A20GRE

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May 11 2020: Itinerary

We arrive in Athens and transfer to our first hotel. We take the rest of the day to relax after our flight, before enjoying our first dinner as a group.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites, Athens

The Acropolis is the lasting symbol of classical Athens and the Age of Pericles. Our all-day exploration of this famous site will include the Theater of Dionysus on the south slope, the Acropolis proper, with its Propylaia, Temple of the Wingless Victory, the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the Acropolis Museum. After a break for a typical Greek lunch, touring continues at the Areopagus and concludes with the Agora, containing the Theseion and Stoa of Attalos.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites, Athens

Our art history lessons continue with a full morning in the National Archaeological Museum, with its unsurpassed collection of marbles and its unrivaled Mycenaean collection, including the “Gold of Mycenae,” discovered by Heinrich Schliemann. After lunch, we will tour the Kerameikos Cemetery. Of particular interest here is the Street of Tombs, begun in 394 CE and evidencing the various styles of funerary monuments used in the 4th century. Lastly, we will complete our city tour the Temple of Zeus, Arch of Hadrian and the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites, Athens

We begin our tour of the Peloponnese, stopping first at Corinth, an important Greek and Roman mercantile center. This nearly impregnable acropolis is strategically situated at the crossroads that linked the ancient sea and land routes. The afternoon will be spent at Epidaurus, one of ancient Greece’s most renowned medical centers. Its theater, which seats 14,000 spectators, is considered the best preserved in the Greek world. Our next two nights are in the seaside town of Nafplio, selected as the first capital of modern Greece.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Grande Bretagne, Nafplio

Today’s visits begin at the Mycenaean citadel of Tiryns, where we will explore its interesting system of fortification walls. We continue to fabled Mycenae, home of Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks against Troy, and his treacherous wife Clytemnestra. It was in the royal tombs near its famous Lion Gate that Schliemann found the treasure trove that we saw in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. This afternoon we will have leisure time to explore Nafplio’s lovely squares, or perhaps take the time to relax at a seaside café.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Grande Bretagne, Nafplio

We continue to ancient Lerna, the scene for one of the “Labors of Hercules.” Our visit will be to the “House of Tiles,” which dates from about 2200 CE. We then stop at Tegea to see its very interesting museum close to the 4th century temple of Athena Alea and continue to Mystras, a medieval city rising up along the slopes of Mt. Taygetos. We will begin our visit from the top of the mountain, stopping at the remains of Frankish castles and lavishly decorated Byzantine churches. As we stroll slowly along lovely winding paths, we will discover wonderful views at every turn.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Filoxenia Hotel, Kalamata

Finally freed from their Spartan masters, the ancient Messenians constructed a magnificent city in the 4th century CE, which has now been impressively restored by archaeologists with a well-preserved theater, grand city fountain, market area, Sanctuary of Asclepius and stadium/gymnasium. After a leisurely tour, we continue to Olympia.

All meals included

Hotel: Amalia Hotel, Olympia

Today’s touring is devoted to the Panhellenic sanctuary of Olympia, where every four years from 776 to 393 CE. Greeks from the world over came to participate in the Olympic Games. We will visit the entire site, including the workshop of Pheidias, in which he created the Zeus, numbered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We conclude with a visit to the museum. Among its wonderful treasures is the famous Hermes by Praxiteles and the magnificent sculptures from the Temple of Zeus. Late in the day we will cross the Gulf of Corinth and continue to Delphi.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Anemolia Mountain Resort, Delphi

This wonderful day will be spent exploring Delphi, the “center” of the Greek world. The ancient sanctuary is divided into three sections: Marmaria, at the lowest level, site of an iconic marble round building (Tholos), the oracular sanctuary of Apollo proper on the slopes of Mt. Parnassos and the stadium on the heights above. After visiting each in turn, we study the rich collection of art from the site in the museum, including the renowned bronze Charioteer of Delphi and a life-size silver image of a bull.

All meals included

Hotel: Anemolia Mountain Resort, Delphi

A lovely mountain drive brings us to Kalambaka, from which we will visit Meteora. Its spectacular monasteries are perched precariously atop huge columns of conglomerate rock. Although hermits have occupied the caves of Meteora since the 11th century, it wasn’t until Serbs invaded in the 14th century that the first monastery was built, by St. Athanasius. Of the twenty-four known monasteries, only four are in use today and alternate their access to tourists.

All meals included

Hotel: Amalia Hotel, Kalambaka

We drive north, through the Vale of Tempe, a renowned ancient beauty spot, stopping en route at the foot of Mount Olympus to visit the ancient city of Dion and its museum. Here, Philip II celebrated his triumph after the capture of Olynthos, and Alexander made a sacrifice at the great temple before invading Persia. We then continue to Thessaloniki, Macedonia’s most important port in ancient times. Strategically located on the Via Egnatia, Thessaloniki was one of four capital cities of the late Roman Empire, and site of Galerius’ planned tomb building, the Rotunda. The re-built 20th century city now has a modern European layout.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: The Modernist, Thessaloniki

This morning we proceed to the ancient city of Philippi, a mainland colony of Thassos occupied by Philip II in 356 CE. Here we shall walk on the ancient Via Egnatia, one of the great highways of the Roman Empire. It was here at Philippi that the apostle Paul founded Europe’s first Christian group and spent a tumultuous night in the city’s prison. Afterwards, we will tour the quaint Old Town of Kavala, with its Ottoman houses, ramparts and aqueducts built in the 16th century under Suleiman the Magnificent. After visiting the museum, we return to Thessaloniki with a stop at the great Lion of Amphipolis, a 4th century tomb sculpture.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: The Modernist, Thessaloniki

Today is devoted to Alexander the Great and his father, Philip. We begin by visiting the museum and site of Pella, where large pebble mosaics decorated houses. We will see floor mosaics that once embellished a spacious Hellenistic house a short distance from the royal residence of Philip of Macedon. It was here in the still inaccessible palace, where Alexander was born, that the conquest of Asia was conceived. We then continue to Verghina to visit the royal tombs of the Macedonians and their magnificent treasures displayed at the museum.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: The Modernist, Thessaloniki

Our last morning of touring begins with a leisurely visit to the city’s Archaeological Museum, which numbers among its many treasures an array of luxury vessels in precious metals, including the unparalleled Dherveni Krater. After visiting the Church of Saint Demetrius, a landmark in Byzantine art, the breath-taking Rotunda of Galerius, once a church of Ayios Georgios, and a stroll to the magnificent Roman forum area, the remainder of the day will be at leisure. This evening we will gather for our farewell dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: The Modernist, Thessaloniki

We transfer to the airport for our flights home or onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

May 11 2020: Additional Info

May 11 2020: Accommodation

Situated in Athens, just 350 yards from Onassis Cultural Center, the 4-star Athenaeum Palace & Luxury Suites offers elegantly decorated rooms and suites with free WiFi access. Facilities include an on-site restaurant serving Greek cuisine, a 24-hour front desk and free parking.

At the hotel, rooms and suites come with a desk, a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Each unit is fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV and and some open to a balcony.

Guests can start their day with a buffet American breakfast, while coffees, drinks and light snacks can be enjoyed at the on-site bar.

The lively Koukaki area, where hip bars and restaurants are featured, can be reached within a 20-minute walk and the Acropolis Museum is a 25-minute walk.

Boasting a privileged location right on Nafplio promenade, the Neoclassical-style Grande Bretagne offers luxuriously decorated rooms and suites with free WiFi access. It serves American buffet breakfast and has a lounge bar.

The air-conditioned rooms and suites at Grande Bretagne hotel come with Oriental-style carpets, draped curtains and wooden floors. They are equipped with a satellite TV, minibar and safety box. Some units enjoy views over the Argolic Gulf, while others have a private balcony.

Light snacks, coffees and drinks are served at the hotel’s bar featuring an impressive hand-painted ceiling with a big chandelier. Guests can also relax at the lounge of Grande Bretagne with its dark leather sofas and armchairs.

Seaside taverns can be found within walking distance, while the central Syntagma Square is 100 yards away and has many traditional cafes.

Nestling at the foot of the Taygetos Mountains on the outskirts of Kalamata, Filoxenia Hotel is surrounded by acres of luscious landscape and a beach by the azure Messinian Gulf.

The luxurious hotel boasts elegant guest rooms with beautiful views, gourmet cuisine, 3 bars, including one on the beach, 3 pools and a floodlit tennis court.

The Filoxenia Hotel offers 188 luxury guestrooms with sea or garden views. Each is appointed with comfortable beds, working desks and marble bathrooms. Satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, CD players are standard.

At the Olive Spa guests can take a dive into the pool, relax in the marble steam bath and enjoy the rejuvenating body and face treatments.

The Olive Restaurant offers grilled steaks, fresh seafood and authentic Greek cuisine, offering unique views of the sunset behind the mount Taygetos. The Ipanema Bar offers cool drinks, exotic cocktails and snacks under the sounds of chill out music. Umbrellas, parking area and service on the beach are also available. 

Amalia Olympia is located in the entrance of Ancient Olympia. Surrounded by Mediterranean gardens, it features an outdoor pool, restaurant and spacious lounges and a bar with fireplace.

The hotel’s large rooms are spread over 3 wings and 3 levels, all facing the serene gardens through balconies and terraces. They are air conditioned, and equipped with direct dial telephone, radio and satellite TV. Ironing facilities can be provided upon request.

Amalia Hotel Olympia is 0.9 miles from the town center and only 550 yards from the archaeological site, the stadium and the rest of the sacred temples. 

Artemis Restaurant serves a rich American buffet breakfast, as well as a la carte lunch and dinner. Refreshments, drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the hotel’s lounges or at the open-air terrace.

Idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, Domotel Anemolia Resort offers unique views across the Delphi Valley and the Parnassos mountain range. Domotel Anemolia is the ideal base for exlporing the nearby Delphi Archaeological site, the picturesque Galaxidi fishing village, the Byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas and Parnassos mountains, which are perfect for snow skiing during winter (usually January - March) as well as for trekking, mountain biking etc in summertime. The Domotel Anemolia offers a sauna and an indoor swimming pool.

The 4-star Amalia Hotel Kalambaka features an Olympic-size swimming pool and a furnished sun terrace surrounded by lush gardens. Made of traditional materials and fitted with beamed ceilings, the hotel's public areas include a lounge bar with fireplace, a piano bar and 2 restaurants.

The spacious rooms of Amalia Kalambaka are equipped with air conditioning, a satellite TV and a fridge. Each unit is elegantly decorated with dark wooden furnishings and soft colors and features a bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Ironing facilities can be provided upon request.

A rich breakfast can be enjoyed daily at the hotel's dining area or in the rooms upon request. Greek and International flavors are served at the elegant setting of the on-site restaurants for lunch or dinner, while coffee and drinks can also be enjoyed by the fireplaces throughout the day.

 

In the heart of Thessaloniki, The Modernist combines old-world grace with casual luxury, set in a striking 1920’s heritage building. Restored in a minimalist, yet sensual style, this hotel is just a short stroll from everything Thessaloniki has to offer. Free WiFi is provided throughout.

All units at The Modernist are fitted with parquet floor and a flat-screen, satellite TV. Elegant in style, all rooms are complete with a private bathroom, while certain rooms here will provide you with a balcony. Air conditioning comes standard.

Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 – 10:30 on the rooftop terrace. All ingredients are carefully selected and prepared in the open plan kitchen.

Massage appointments can be arranged upon request. Guests of The Modernist enjoy discounted rates at a nearby fitness center.

With staff speaking German, Greek, English and French, information is available at the 24/7 reception.

Several boutique shops, fancy restaurants and bars can be found in the surrounding area. The Modernist is just a short stroll from the seafront promenade. The nearest airport is Thessaloniki Airport, 8.1 miles from the property. 

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