“Our only small group trip to Greece dedicated to archaeology, travelling with fellow archaeology aficionados around the Peloponnese's greatest ancient wonders.”
HighlightsAncient Olympia | Delphi | Acropolis | Epidaurus | Corinth Canal | Tripoli | Ancient Tegea | Alea Athena | Kapsia Cave | Lousios gorge monasteries | Dimitsana | Filosofou and Prodromou monasteries | Ancient Gortys | Sparta | Mystras | Mycenae | Nafplio |
Description of Archaeology holiday in GreeceIf you’ve always been fascinated by the past and are curious about archaeology tours, Greece is without question the first, and probably the last, country that you need to head to.
The birthplace of science, democracy and many of the arts which we know and love today, Greece archaeology tours pull back the curtain of time to unveil 3,500 years of historic relevance with Athens, Delphi, Olympia and the Peloponnese region all renowned for their importance to the past.
Further sites, including the theatre at Epidaurus, Mycenae, Nafplio, Sparta, ancient Tegea, and the monasteries of Loussios Gorge, are all equally significant on archaeological tours Greece and lead travellers on an immersive journey interlinked with the myths and legends of the ancient world.
Aside from treading in the sandal-strapped footsteps of the past this eight day archaeology holiday in Greece also incorporates the rural lifestyles of Greeks today with sun-kissed beaches, picturesque vineyards and sites like the Corinth Canal all offering a unique glimpse of life as seen by locals.
Day trips, excursions and activities can all be tailored to suit the length of time that you’re staying in Greece and what you like to do with additional costs depending on how many people want to take part and the length and structure of the experience.
For the majority of this Greece archaeology holiday we’ll be based in Tripoli which places travellers within the heartlands of the Peloponnese and offers easy day trip access to all of the destinations mentioned within the eight day itinerary.
Tripoli is a small city within the Acadia area and has managed to avoid the temptations of mass tourism and maintain an authentic and local-orientated pace of life that will really appeal to responsible travellers looking to experience the real Greece away from the tourist hot spots.
We will also spend a couple of nights in the village of Galaxidi which is situated next to the sea, within close proximity to Delphi, as well as a final night in Athens within the shadow of the world-famous Acropolis.
Archaeology holidays in Greece can be taken throughout the year with the heat of summer providing tan time on the beach and never-ending evenings whilst the rest of the year offers a chance to explore the ancient sites without the threat of crowds or overheating.
Responsible tourism: Archaeology holiday in Greece
EnvironmentWe are also owners of the small city hotel that you will stay during your holidays here where we recycle paper, glass, plastic and metal. At your arrival here you will be given a Travellers Code of Conduct, where you will get informed about how to apply maximum responsibility during your holidays concerning environmental and socio-cultural factors.
As we are aware of the fact that your trip here will cause carbon emissions, we offer 1% of the price to the environment for offsetting them! This money is going to be used, in cooperation with the local Forestry Office, the Greek Trekking Club of Tripolis and the Tripolis Ecologist Club, for reforestation in our mountains, that have been hit by great fires in the summer of 2007. We hope that our effort will push other companies, individuals or local authorities to contribute to this project too.CommunityChoosing our holidays, you choose responsible holidays. As Mr Panagiotopoulos, founder and president of our company, was born and raised here, one of his biggest concerns is to secure that tourism will not affect negatively our area in ecological and socio-cultural way, and also that the locals will mostly benefit from your travel.
Our company which is the organizer and operator of this package is local-based and all our guides, drivers and employees are locals too, ensuring not only the economical benefit of our area but also your cultural benefit. In this trip, you will visit so many different places and you will always be surrounded by locals, experiencing the Greek way of living. But the most important thing for us, is that your presence here gives us a strong negotiation card for pressing the local authorities for the development of our area, such us constructing cycling streets in our city or finance and organize better our archaeological museums and sites.
|Day 1:||Arrive at Athens International Airport and meet your fellow group members before transferring to this evening’s hotel accommodation in Tripoli via one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering, the Corinth Canal. Upon arrival in Tripoli you’ll be welcomed with a traditional homemade Greek meal and drinks before settling into your first night away from home.|
|Day 2:||Today starts with a guided tour of Tegea (Tegeatis) one of ancient Greece’s most important and well-developed cities. Aside from visiting many of Tegea’s most notable archaeological sites you’ll also visit the Byzantine church which sits just above the ancient theatre. Following on from the tour of Tegea you’ll continue to Alea which is a small village containing one of the largest temples on the Peloponnese, Alea Athena, as well as thoroughly absorbing museum. The next stop will take you underground and into the Kapsia Cave which is thought to be over three million years old. An optional two hour cycling expedition leads the more energetic members of the group through several of the surrounding villages before rejoining the rest of the group for wine tasting and homemade pies at the traditional Kalogris winery. Your afternoon has been left free to explore Tripoli which features, amongst many other things, an excellent archaeological museum and Areos Square, one of the largest of its kind in the whole of Greece. Optional excursions to the coastal village of Astros can also be arranged for those who favour beach time and strolls along harbour walls. Overnight stay in Tripoli.|
|Day 3:||Your third day in Greece finds you touring the secret rock carved monasteries of Lousios Gorge and the traditional Dimitsana settlements in the mountains of Arcadia. En-route we’ll also have a chance to visit the Hydromovement open-air museum that explains the relationship between local people and renewable energy as well as traditional industry, including exhibits of machinery and equipment used within the tannery, watermill and powder shop. More monasteries await including the ancient Greek Byzantine Filosofou Monastery and the historic Prodromou Monastery, which also played an integral part in sheltering Greek fighters during the war against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Today’s tour comes to a climax within the ancient city of Gortys which is known for being the 2,500 year old resting place of the Spartans as they headed to Olympia in order to compete in the Olympic Games. Throughout the day it’s possible to reach all of the monasteries on foot over the course of a two and a half hour hiking trail which culminates in an alfresco picnic lunch by the river within the shade of the trees. Overnight stay in Tripoli.|
|Day 4:||Today your Greece archaeology holiday continues as you travel from Tripoli to Sparta which is situated within the foothills of the region’s highest mountain, Mt Taygetos. This is one of the world’s best preserved and most significant Byzantine sites with the city of Mystras featuring some fine examples of churches, monasteries and a highly impressive fortified castle. The city of Mystras is easily accessible on foot but does contain plenty of steps so refreshments and rest stops are advisable as you make your way to sites, such as the statue of Leonidas, the acropolis and one of the largest theatres in the whole of ancient Greece. Throughout the tour your guide will be able to explain everything that you’re experiencing with references to typical Sparta lifestyles and notable architecture helping you put together the pieces of one of the ancient world’s most revered fighting forces. This afternoon is free for you to explore or take part in a traditional Greek cooking course back at the hotel in Tripoli prior to settling down to your evening meal an overnight stay in Tripoli.|
|Day 5:||Today’s excursion takes you on a guided tour of Mycenae to unveil the ruined acropolis, the Gate of Lions and the palace of King Agamemnon as well as the unique archaeological museum which exhibits many of the area’s most notable finds. After the guided tour of Mycenae your group will be whisked off to the medical centre of antiquity, Epidaurus, which was founded by Asclepius within the site of the revered ancient theatre. Taking a seat in the kilon allows you to experience the theatre’s fabulous acoustics which are still highly considered even by today’s standards. This afternoon is yours to relax at leisure at the seaport town of Nafplio where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to swim or just laze on the beach prior to trying a few of the local delicacies or climbing the 999 steps to the Venetian castle of Palamidi. Overnight in Tripoli.|
|Day 6:||This morning you’ll wave farewell to Tripoli as you pack your bags for the sites of ancient Olympia. A guided tour of Olympia helps the Olympic Games come to life with the stadia, gymnasiums, workshops, museums and temples, such as those to Zeus and Hera, enabling complete immersion within one of the world’s best loved and most important archaeological sites. Further highlights include the Hermes of Praxiteles, the Nike of Paionios and the pediments of the Temple of Zeus with free time to explore always welcome prior to continuing the tour north to the coastal village of Galaxidi by way of the impressive Rio- Antirio Bridge. Overnight in Galaxidi.|
|Day 7:||After this morning’s breakfast you’ll make the short journey from Galaxidi to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delphi where a guided tour of the ancient Greek sanctuary reveals the importance of the oracle and why Delphi was considered the centre of the known world. The Temple of Apollo, the stadia and the theatre will all feature within this morning’s guided tour culminating in a visit to Delphi’s highly impressive archaeological museum which is considered to be one of the best in the whole of Greece. After an ascent to the mountain town of Arahova you’ll be invited to take lunch in one of the local taverns just off the main square or just pause to people watch over a well-earned glass of something refreshing before continuing onwards as you return to Athens for your final night’s stay in Greece.|
|Day 8:||Your final morning in Greece is extremely well spent as after breakfast you’ll be treated to a guided tour of Athens including both Acropolis and the corresponding museum. After the tour is finally over you’ll transfer back to the airport in time to meet your scheduled departure. Eis to epanidein! See you again!|
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