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Art, history & culture
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Archaeological adventures in the Peloponnese
The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that all sites are accessible and that you get a high level of attention at all sites visited.
Your Lecturer - Jeremy Paterson
Jeremy taught Greek and Roman history for over forty years at Newcastle University. He has travelled widely in Greece and the Mediterranean. His enthusiasm for the ancient world was first inspired by reading Homer and then by his fascination with the archaeological discoveries at Mycenae and Knossos. He is much in demand as a speaker at home and in many of the classical countries of the Mediterranean, where he has accompanied many groups to sites and museums.
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Athens
- Seven nights half board at the four-star Amalia hotel, Nafplio, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
- Three lectures at the hotel
- Airport transfers, tours and entrance fees
- Jeremy Paterson, local guide and tour manager throughout
- Single room supplement
- Flight supplement for regional flights (available from Manchester)
- Holiday insurance
- Meals other than those stated
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Porterage and gratuities
Fly from London Heathrow to Athens – transfer by coach to Nafplion (approx. two hours) stopping en route to see the Corinth Canal. Dinner on arrival and brief evening talk by your lecturer Jeremy Paterson.
Our first day’s visits focus on the historic area right on our doorstep. We will visit the historic and very attractive town of Nafplion and the Palamidi castle, which towers on the hillside overlooking the town. Náfplion takes its name from Náfplios, son of Poseidon, and was the very first capital of modern Greece. A powerful naval state during the Mycenaean age, it was conquered in turn by the Byzantines, Venetians, Franks and Turks. There is ample pleasure in just wandering its cobbled streets that are lined with neoclassical buildings. We will also visit the site of Asine, an ancient city of Argolis, which was the first city mentioned by Homer as part of the kingdom of Diomedes, King of Argos. Evening lecture: ‘Greece: A Very Short History’
Greek mythology names Epidaurus as the birthplace of Asklepios, the son of Apollo and one of the gods of healing. In its prime, Asklepios was renowned throughout the ancient world, attracting pilgrims and the sick. Epidaurus’ most famous attraction however, is its amphitheatre, seating 14,000. Well known for its acoustics, it is said that a match dropped centre stage can be clearly heard in the back row (55 tiers up) because of the mathematical precision used in its design. The theatre is one of the best preserved of classical Greece and still used today for summer concerts. Evening lecture: ‘Sparta and Mystra’
Mystras, the 'Wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around a fortress, erected in 1249 by William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only ruins. Sparta was one of the most famous city-states of the ancient world and left not only a mark in our historic records, but it’s very culture at the heart of modern language – the English word 'Spartan' reflecting their very way of life – simple, basic, severe. Rising to power in the late seventh century BC, Sparta produced the most powerful land-army of the Hellenic world. Sparta’s star continued to rise in the following century, with victory over Athens in the long-running Peloponnesian war and a brief spell of hegemony over all Greece and even parts of Asia Minor.
Day at leisure.
Nemea was a religious sanctuary where Pan-Hellenic athletic games were held every two years between 573 BC until 271 BC. The area has been inhabited since Early Neolithic times (6000 to 5000 BC) and was settled throughout the Bronze Age with architectural remains, in particular rock-cut tombs, dating from the mid-16th century BC to the 12th century BC, the time of the Mycenaean civilization. Ancient Corinth is on the narrow isthmus between the Saronic and Corinthian gulfs connecting the Peloponnese to the rest of Greece. It is a huge and well-preserved site. Above ancient Corinth is Acrocorinth, a huge fortress citadel that towers over the town and the surrounding countryside. Evening lecture: ‘I have gazed on the face of Agamemnon': discovering the Mycenaeans’
The ancient city of Mycenae was thought to exist only in ancient legend and the epic poetry of Homer until 1870 when an amateur archaeologist found the fabled city using only landmarks from the text of Homer’s Iliad. Mycenae was one of the greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilisation, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the 15th to the 12th century BC. It played a vital role in the development of classical Greek culture and influenced European art and literature for more than three millennia. Tiryns is noted for its architectural remains of the Homeric period. Inhabited from the Neolithic Age, it developed into a centre of the Mycenaean culture, influenced by that of Minoan Crete. Situated on a ridge between Nafplion and Mycenae, Tiryns survived into the classical period but was destroyed by Argos around 468 BC. The Argive Heraion was the main sanctuary of Argos and is one of the best-preserved Classical sites in the Peloponnese.
Fly from Athens to London Heathrow.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
The four-star Amalia hotel situated just outside the centre of Nafplion (the first official capital of Greece at the beginning of the 19th century), has been built with considered respect to the town’s culture and its architecture. Designed in a neoclassical style the hotel has spacious surroundings that are enclosed by pretty gardens. The 170 luxuriously appointed guest rooms are situated on three levels and share views of Palamidi fortress, the sea or the hotel’s green gardens. All of the public areas, which include the grand lobby and the lounge, are comfortably furnished. The hotel offers a variety of facilities including a café, lounge and piano bar. Additionally, on the ground level, the main restaurant is located overlooking the gardens, where a rich buffet breakfast and dinner, with Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, is served. The ‘Classic’ rooms, which we use for this tour, are located on all three levels, and offer a king size or twin beds. All rooms include TV, wi fi access, mini-bar, safe box, phone, bath with shower and hair dryer.The hotel has completed an extensive renovation in 2008 and has embodied the latest ecological technologies to become a “green” hotel, as part of the Amalia Hotel Group's commitment for energy saving and environmental protection.
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