This part of Greece has been the scene of great ancient Greek cities subsequently occupied by Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders and Ottomans.
Delphi, often considered to be the most beautifully situated of all the ancient sites and once believed to be the navel of the earth, it was here that the ancient Greeks consulted the oracle to learn their destiny.
Meteora, where impressive monasteries are precariously perched on rock pinnacles in the middle of the plain of Thessaly.
Nikopolis, the city of victory, founded by Octavian Augustus
to commemorate his victory over the fleet of Anthony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium (31 BCE)
General interest, history, archaeology and landscapes
Our experienced leaders have varied interests including nature, the environment, history, mythology and modern society.
ITINERARY 16 – 25 September 2017
DAY 1- 16 SEP, SAT
Participants arrive at Athens airport. Transfer to Hotel Aquamarina. Overnight.
DAY 2 – 17 SEP, SUN
Early departure from Athens for Delphi. En route visit Orchomenos (visits to monastery of Skripou, ancient theatre, Tholos tomb of Minyas) and Osios Loukas Monastery.Overnight Hotel Nidimos, Delphi.
DAY 3 – 18 SEP, MON
Full day visit to ancient Delphi site and museum. Optional visit to nearby picturesque Arachova for a stroll. Overnight Hotel Nidimos, Delphi.
DAY 4 – 19 SEP, TUE
Depart for Kalambaka. En route stop at Amfissa to visit early Christian baptistery then on to the Leonidas monument at the site of the battle of Thermopylai . Continue to Fanari (time permitting) to visit the Fortress then to Pyli to visit church at Porta Panagia include mosque at Trikala (time permmitting). Overnight Hotel Tsikeli, Kalambaka.
DAY 5 – 20 SEP, WED
Visit to some of Meteora monasteries. Overnight Hotel Tsikeli, Kalambaka.
DAY 6 – 21 SEP, THU
Depart for Arta. En route short visit Ioannina and ancient Dodona. Overnight Hotel Vyzantino, Arta.
DAY 7 – 22 SEP, FRI
Visits in Arta. Walls and theatre of ancient Ambracia, archaeological museum. Overnight Hotel Vyzantino, Arta.
DAY 8 – 23 SEP, SAT
Excursion to ancient Nikopolis and archaeological museum at Preveza. Overnight Hotel Vyzantino, Arta.
DAY 9 – 24 SEP, SUN
Visits to churches around Arta. Overnight Hotel Vyzantino, Arta.
DAY 10 – 25 SEP, MON
Transfer from Arta to Athens airport to connect with afternoon or evening flights home. En route a short visit to Nafpaktos (Lepanto).
€ 1038 per person (sharing twin-bedded room)
Single room supplement € 274
• Private coach as per itinerary
• Good standard 3/4 star hotels in twin-bedded rooms
• Licenced guide throughout the tour
• VAT & taxes
• Flights to / from Athens
• Beverages, drinks, extras
• Meals, allow approx. €12 – €20 per meal excluding wine
• Entrance fees to sites and museums
There are many daily flights to Athens. If you require further information from your point of origin anywhere in the world please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org we would be pleased to assist you.
15 – 20 persons
15 – 25 °C Mainly sunny, rain possible.
There are some many excellent places to eat and mostly we will all eat together although anybody wishing to opt out is welcome to.