Greek Civilizations 2024

Athens, Delphi and the Peloponnese

Trip Scholar: Professor Geoff Horrocks

Emeritus Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Cambridge
Fellow of St John’s College

10 day tour
Price from £3,095

10-19 June 2024

Delving into Greece’s Classical past, this is a comprehensive exploration of the most significant ancient cities of the Greek mainland, including Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae and Epidaurus. Discover their striking legacy on the modern world, most evident in their architecture but also in Western democracy, philosophy, religion and  language, as well as mathematics and sport.

Tour highlights

  • Discover a comprehensive range of mainland classical sites, from Archaic to Classical and Hellenistic
  • Delight in evocative remains such as the Cyclopean walls of Tiryns, the theatre at Epidauros and sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia.
  • Enjoy the refurbished National Archaeological Museum and new Acropolis Museum which contain the finest classical sculptures.
  • Stroll amongst the tavernas, neoclassical mansions and elegant Venetian houses of waterside Nafplio, one of Greece’s prettiest towns.
  • Explore the towering Palamidi fortress and follow in the footsteps of St Paul in the streets and temples of Ancient Corinth, with its excellent museum.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1:    Arrival in Athens | Overnight Athens
Day 2:    Guided Visit to Acropolis and Parthenon followed by a visit to Plaka | Overnight Athens
Day 3:    Visit the National archaeological museum | Guided visit to Keramikos, Thisio and Monastiraki | Overnight Athens
Day 4:    Morning panoramic tour of the city | Afternoon visit to the Temple of Poseidon | Overnight Athens
Day 5:    Drive through the picturesque mountain village of Arachova | Arrive in Delphi | Tour of Delphi | Travel to Olympia | Overnight Olympia
Day 6:    Tour through the remains of the Ancient Olympia Complex  | Visit Olympia Archaeological Museum | Overnight Olympia
Day 7:    Travel to the Arcadian mountains | Visit the temple of Apollo at Bassae | Visit Mycenae | Overnight Nafplio
Day 8:    Morning visit to Epidarus | Evening guided walk of the old town of Nafplio | Overnight Nafplio
Day 9:    Visit the castle of Palamidi | Visit ancient Tyrins | Visit to ancient Corinth to ancient Corinth | Overnight Nafplio
Day 10:  Tour ends after breakfast | Transfer to Athens airport

Dates and Prices
Prices are in UK£, per person, based on double occupancy

10-19 June 2024
Room TypePriceSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailability
Standard Twin/Double£3,095£640£250-£380 return approxAvailable

Inclusions
Twin or double bedroom with a private bathroom in 4 star hotels, breakfast and lunch daily, 6 dinners,  all excursions with local guides including entrance fees, transfers and expert leader.

Exclusions
International flights, breakfast or lunch on Day 1, dinner on 3 evenings,  meals after breakfast on the day the tour ends, travel insurance, drinks, tips to drivers & local guides, items of a personal nature.

Optional flights
Temple World can arrange flights from London to coordinate with this tour.  There are lots of flights to Athens from the UK – if flying from London, we recommend flying with Agean from Heathrow and will be basing our group transfers to meet the following flights:

10 June    Aegean Flight A3601 departing Heathrow at 12:15, arriving Athens at 17:50
19 June    Aegean Flight A3608 departing Athens at 19:15 arriving Heathrow 20:10

The ticket cost starts from £250 per person including taxes, return – this will increase as the flights fill up.  Other airlines and departures from UK regional airports may be available – please ask us for a quote from your nearest airport.

Note: We will arrange a group transfer to and from the airport to coincide with the flight/departure times shown above.  If booking your own flights to/from Athens and arriving at different times, a private transfer will be required at your own expense.  We are happy to quote for private transfers to meet any flight or you can book your own.

Those who wish to extend their stay in the region are welcome to end the tour in Nafplio rather than returning to Athens Airport on the group transfer.

Booking your own travel
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights are advised to book their own flights.  The start and end point of the tour is Athens – you should aim to arrive at Athens International Airport or before 17:50 on 10 June so you don’t miss the group dinner on the first night, and you should not book any departures from Athens International Airport to depart before 16:00 as it won’t be possible to get back to Athens from Nafplio before then. .

*Very important! Those who plan to book their own flights should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure.

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Immunisations                                                                                                                

NHS Fit For Travel advises travellers to Greece are usually recommended to ensure all childhood and booster vaccinations are up to date as per life in the UK (including annual flu jab/Covid jab etc). Additionally your doctor may recommend that you immunise against: Tetanus.  Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure. NHS Fit For Travel Website

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Entry Regulations

British citizens can enter and remain in Greece for a maximum of 90 days in every 180-day period without a visa.  Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 3 months from the date of entry into Greece.



Fitness Guideline

We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Moderate. There is quite a lot of walking in the tour, on uneven paths such as archaeological sites or in conditions which might be an uneven and rough.  There may not be anywhere to rest or sit down regularly.  Not suitable for those who require walking aids. There are strenuous walks and sightseeing might be ‘on the go’ for several hours at a time, without breaks to sit down and rest.  It is important that everyone is able to keep up with the group.  Tour participants over 80 will be asked to provide a letter of fitness from their GP. Please contact us for a full fitness briefing.

Trip Scholar
Professor Geoff Horrocks, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Philology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College
Prior to his retirement Professor Horrocks was the co-investigator on two successfully completed AHRC-funded projects, one (in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages) to produce the world’s first grammar of the medieval Greek vernacular, the other (in the Faculty of Classics) to study the impact of Greek language and culture on the peoples of ancient south Italy. Both have resulted in major, ground-breaking publications.

In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the National and Capodistrian University of Athens in recognition of his contributions to Greek linguistics, and in the academic year 2017/18 he was invited to give the annual Modern Greek Culture Lecture at the University of Chicago.

For over 45 years he has been giving lectures, seminars and conference papers world-wide, and has also lectured regularly on Oxbridge alumni tours as well as contributing to a recent television series on code-breaking. He is the author of many books, book chapters and articles dealing with all aspects of linguistic theory, and with the history and structure of the Latin and Greek languages from their earliest records. In the case of Greek, this involves a time span of of some 3,500 years, from the Aegean Bronze Age (Mycenaean/Linear B) to the present day, making Greek a vast and uniquely important resource for the understanding of language change.

Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.

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