Greece: From Sacred Sites to Seashores

May 11–19, 2018

Greece Acroplis

Itinerary:

We invite you to join us on this journey through classical Greece. We will visit the beautiful seaside town of Nafplion and the Delphi, the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of the oracle that was consulted on important decisions throughout the ancient classical world.  We will journey to the ancient city of Corinth, perched on the isthmus of the Peloponnese, Corinth rivaled Athens and Thebes in wealth. We will end our trip in the majestic city of Athens with the Parthenon and all its glory. This is a spectacular program that takes you to all the highlights of Classical Greece!

Day 1: Friday, May 11th

Departure from your gateway city. Overnight: Plane

Day 2: Saturday, May 12th

On arrival at Athens Airport, we will be met for the transfer to our hotel in the village of Tolo – approximately two hours’ drive from Athens. On arrival in Tolo there will be time to unpack, relax and begin exploring before we gather for a welcome dinner. (D). Overnight: Tolo

Day 3: Sunday, May 13th

Our first visit today is to the beautiful site of Epidavros. The ancient theatre was excavated about 100 years ago and is still in regular use for Classical Drama. It has amazing acoustics. The rest of the large site forms the Aesclepium, the site of the world’s first Hospital, and the museum has a collection of some of the early medical instruments. This afternoon we visit Mycenae, excavated first in 1876 by Schliemann, who found the fabulously rich royal graves. This was the home of Agamemnon, of Trojan War fame, and his Lion Gate is still here, just as Homer described it. The evening is free in Tolo. (B) Overnight: Tolo

Day 4: Monday, May 14th

This morning we’ll take a short ride along the coast to the town of Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. We’ll visit Nafplion’s Venetian fortress, the Palamidi that dominates the skyline overlooking the town. After a short walking tour of the town center and time for lunch, we’ll return to Tolo for a free afternoon to enjoy the beautiful beach, or, alternatively, you could stay on and sample a local restaurant for dinner, taking the regular local bus service back to Tolo. (B)  Overnight: Tolo

Greece CorinthDay 5: Tuesday, May 15th

Our first stop today will be at ancient Corinth, where we tour the excavations of what was once called “the wickedest city on earth,” and see the spot where St. Paul was arrested! After our visit, we’ll follow the coast around to the west along the south side of the Gulf of Corinth. We’ll cross the brand new suspension bridge and continue along the north side of the Gulf and on up into the mountains to Delphi, where dinner awaits us. (B, D). Overnight: Delphi

Greece DelphiDay 6: Wednesday, May 16th

This morning we explore Delphi, home of the famous Oracle. This is a large site covering part of the hillside and down into the valley. We’ll explore the main site and the museum, and the energetic can explore the lower sites at their leisure. This afternoon and evening are free. (B) Overnight: Delphi

Day 7: Thursday, May 17th

This morning we descend from the mountains, through Thebes of ancient legends, passing the place where Oedipus is supposed to have killed his father, and arrive at our hotel in Athens. After checking in to our hotel, we will have a guided tour of the National Museum, with its treasures from Mycenae and other important sites throughout the Hellenic world. The evening is free to find a taverna for dinner. (B) Overnight: Athens

Day 8: Friday, May 18th

Our day will start with a visit to the Acropolis, the main site of Classical Athens with its Temples and Museum and wonderful views over the ancient center of the city. It is a short walk from our hotel. The afternoon is free to take a leisurely lunch and to wander through the Plaka, the old part of the city with narrow winding streets bursting with stores and cafes. This evening we have dinner at a taverna in the Plaka with live Greek music. (B, D) Overnight: Athens

Day 9: Saturday, May 19th

Transfer to Athens airport for return flights to the U.S. (B)

 

Program Costs and Inclusions:

$1,999, land only – per person, based on double occupancy

$640, single supplement

Hotels:

7 nights accommodation in first-class hotels (see below). All hotel taxes and service charges included

Coaching:

All ground transportation by private luxury motorcoach as detailed in the day by day itinerary

Tour Guide:

Fully-qualified Discover Europe tour guide throughout

Meals:

Breakfast daily, 3 dinners

Guides:

Local guide for all site visits

Expenses:

Porterage of one large suitcase per person

Entrances:

Entrance fees to all sites included in the itinerary

Selected Hotels

Tolo: The Dolphin Hotel (www.j-g.gr/dolphin)

Delphi: The Amalia Hotel (www.amaliahoteldelphi.gr)

Athens: The Parthenon Hotel (www.airotel.gr)

 

Greece brochure and registration form

 

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the tour operator, Discover Europe, at (603) 563-7077. Or, email our team at alumni@ju.edu.