Expert-Led Group Tour

Greece group tour - Classical Peloponnese

9 days

from £3,995pp
  • Visit the fortress city of Mystras, with its captivating ruins of churches, libraries and palace.
  • See the 'Treasury of Atreus' at Mycenae.
  • Walk around the temple of Zeus, temple of Hera and the famous stadium of Olympia.
  • Explore the famous sites at Delphi.

The Peloponnesian peninsula is the southernmost part of Greece and home to many of the most famous cities of ancient Hellas, including Mycenae, Corinth and Olympia. This tour visits the crucial sites of the Peloponnese and travels across millennia from Mycenaean times through to the Classical and Roman periods and into the Medieval age. 

The Greek landscape, characterised by its mountain chains, gorges and jagged coastline, provides a spectacular backdrop to the history. The tour ends with the quintessential Pan-Hellenic site of Delphi.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?

For the expertise of Carolyn Perry, as well as the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals to a region of Greece that offers a fascinating history. 

"Carolyn Perry is excellent; well prepared, always smiling and ready to answer questions.", Greece Group tour with Carolyn. 

Is this group tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.

How fit do I need to be to join this tour?

You do not need to be particularly fit to participate, there are no long walks involved but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.

What is the food like in Greece?

Greek cuisine offers a unique blend of Mediterranean flavours, representing a rich historical past.

From baked lamb with yoghurt to fresh vibrant salads - the Greeks live for lunch. The main food in Greece is characterised by the use of spices such as black pepper and Mediterranean herbs such as oregano, mint, basil and rosemary. In the cooking of meat and fish, chilli pepper and garlic is used to good effect. In true Greek style, take lunch at a local’s house to try homemade sheep's cheese (feta), made from traditional methods in the mountains and washed down with the local hooch, raki...not for the faint-hearted!

What will the weather be like in Greece in May?

Not excessively hot but the days should be clear and sunny. When travelling in mountainous areas the weather can vary.



Departing on:
  • 17th May 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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what is included

  • Accommodation (as indicated)
  • Accompanied by Carolyn Perry throughout
  • Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Transportation (as indicated)

what is excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Drive from Athens to Nafplion


On arrival into Athens airport you will be met and transferred to Nafplion. The journey time is approximately one hour 45 minutes.


Nafplion is situated in the east of Peloponnese and was the first capital of the Greek state between 1823 and 1834. The town's history traces back to the prehistoric era, with Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors leaving their mark on the town by influencing the culture and architecture. In the centre of the town, the Italiante Syntagma Square stands, with two Turkish mosques and an archaeological museum that are among the buildings that stand out. A highlight of the town is the Palamidi Castle which stands 216 metres above sea level, with 999 steps to climb, the views are spectacular.


Welcome dinner included.


You will be staying at The Amalia Nafplion, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Tiryns, Argos and Corinth
Visit to Tiryns, a good example of a Mycenaean palace, with its impressive Cyclopaean masonry. Then on to Argos, a city that reached the peak of its power in the 5th century BC to see the well preserved agora and theatre cut into the hillside. Continue on to ancient Corinth to see the Doric Temple of Apollo (6th century BC), and the substantial remains of the Roman city. The Apostle Paul is said to have founded the Christian church in the city.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at The Amalia Nafplion, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplion
A morning visit to Epidaurus to visit the extensive sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios and the theatre which could seat 14,000 people. Then on to Mycenae to visit this famous site that gives its name to the Mycenaean civilisation and the museum, and the nearby beehive tomb known as the Treasury of Atreus.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at The Amalia Nafplion, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Nafplion to Pylos (Road Journey)


A journey of approximately two and a half hours.


Mystras and Pylos
Visit Mystras, a fortified town on Mount Taygetos near Sparta. This was a Frankish outpost and later became the Byzantine capital of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Pylos is a small town on the South West coast of Greece that has been listed as a 1500-acre archaeological site. Pylos is built amphitheatrically between and on top of two hills, on the southern side of the Navarino bay, which is sheltered from the Ionian Sea by the island of Sphakteria. The modern town of Pylos has a large square featuring an enormous centuries-old tree that is the centre point of the town. Also located in the square are two cannons and a monument to the victorious admirals of the naval Battle of Navarino in 1827.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Hotel Philip, bed and breakfast

Day 5

Nestor's Palace and Neokastro
Morning visit to the picturesquely situated Mycenaean Palace of Nestor at Pylos, mentioned in the Odyssey and where the famous Linear B tablets were discovered. In the afternoon visit Neokastro, one of the best-preserved castles of Greece, built during the Turkish occupation in 1573 to control the western coast of the Peloponnese. The castle overlooks the spectacular Bay of Navarino. Dinner at a local taverna in Gialova.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Hotel Philip, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Pylos to Olympia (Road Journey)


Messene and Olympia
En route from Pylos to Olympia, visit the extensive ruins of the large classical city-state of Messene refounded by Epaminondas in 369 BC after the battle of Leuctra. The city has an impressive circuit of 4th century BC walls, public buildings including a theatre, stadium, the council chamber and agora.

Olympia is located on the western side of Peloponnese and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The ancient site of Olympia is 500 metres south of the modern town. Olympia was the original site of the ancient Olympic Games that were celebrated every four years by the Greeks, believed to have begun in 776 BC. Originally, it was not a town, but a sanctuary with buildings associated with the games and the worship of gods. There is plenty to see in Olympia, including the temple of Zeus and the archaeological museum of Olympia.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Olympion Asty Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Olympia
Visit to ancient Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games and set in a beautiful location. The site tour will include the palaestra, temple of Zeus, temple of Hera and stadium and the Archaeological Museum and Museum of the Olympic Games.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at Olympion Asty Hotel, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Drive from Olympia to Delphi (Road Journey)


Patras and Delphi
En route from Olympia to Delphi, pass through Patras City to mainland Greece. The famous oracular city of Apollo of Delphi sits in a spectacular setting beneath Mt Parnassos and gives an idea of the richness of classical Greek culture. The tour will show the treasuries of different city states, the temple of Apollo and the theatre and stadium.

Delphi is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, approximately two and a half hours away from Athens. Modern Delphi is a pretty village with beautiful scenery, situated immediately west of the archaeological site, which is now a UNESCO world heritage site. Ancient Delphi is one of the most significant historical places in Greece, mostly famous for its Oracle but also the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi theatre.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


You will be staying at The Amalia Delphi, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Day at leisure in Delphi

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"Katie was brilliant and very helpful. Helped to put together the itinerary I was dreaming of for my honeymoon and she was excellent with communication."

"Very happy with Katie Benden. Great service – always prompt reply to queries and always polite, attentive and informative. A wonderful holiday."

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Carolyn Perry

Carolyn Perry
Following a degree in Classics and Archaeology, Carolyn lectured in Ancient History and Mythology in the Department of Mediterranean Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London. She later moved to the Education Department of The British Museum, where she set up and ran the Arab World Education Programme and afterwards worked as Manager of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. She is now Director of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation but continues to work in museums and education, lecturing on various aspects of the ancient Mediterranean and Islamic world and is currently Chair of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia.
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Departure Date (S):

  • 17th May 2019

  • Moderate Activity - The tour may occasionally involve slightly longer walks, but nothing over 4 hours. The tour will involve visits to a variety of sites throughout the duration of the itinerary and be at a moderate pace.


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