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8th July 2013 –
15th July 2013
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- Families (Children 11+), Budding historians, Culture vultures
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A family guided tour with Rupert Smith
With expert Classicist, Rupert Smith leading the way this family journey takes you back in time for total immersion in Greek myth, legend and ancient history. What sets Rupert apart from others in his field is his understanding of the importance of flexibility and fun when it comes to travelling with children.
"You’ll be travelling through the same landscape as the gods, heroes, soldiers and poets of ancient Greece"
This may be a week of learning and knowledge but we can guarantee that at no point will it feel like a school trip. This is an experience specifically created to bring families together in a beautiful setting and a chance to discover an ancient civilisation, not in a dusty classroom but here in the powerful temples, mountains and oceans of Greece.
You’ll visit the great religious sanctuaries of Zeus, Apollo and Athena, climb the mighty citadels of Homeric heroes at Mycenae and Pylos and compare the ruins of the rival cities of Athens and Sparta. But, most importantly, you’ll be travelling through the same landscape as the gods, heroes, soldiers and poets of ancient Greece: you’ll see the riverbank where Zeus wooed Leda, the village where Hercules killed the lion and the bay where the Athenians heroically defeated the Persians. And it’s not only in contemplation of the past that there’s fun to be had: there’ll be swimming in the turquoise sea, splashing in waterfalls, a visit to a hidden cave, and plenty of delicious food.
Day 1: 8th JulyArrival into Athens and transfer to Delphi
Day 2: 9th JulyDelphic Oracle and transfer to Nafplion
Day 3: 10th JulyFollowing the Footsteps of Agamemnon and Hera
Day 4: 11th JulyDiscovering Sparta
Day 5: 12th JulySwimming in Waterfalls and Voidikilia Beach
Day 6: 13th JulyNestor’s Palace and Olympia
Day 7: 14th JulyArcadia and the Acropolis
Day 8: 15th JulyThe Parthenon and Fly Home
Arrival into Athens and transfer to Delphi
You will arrive into Athens International airport in the afternoon where Rupert Smith and a driver will whisk you straight from the airport to the Hotel Amalia in Delphi. A refreshing pool and sparkling views of the Gulf of Corinth set the tone for this trip and the afternoon has been left free for you to enjoy the rest of the sunshine and settle in. This evening Rupert will meet you back in the hotel and take you to one of his favourite local restaurants where he will chat to you about the exciting week ahead over a delicious Greek feast.
Delphic Oracle and transfer to Nafplion
After breakfast on the terrace you will have a morning visit to the Archaeological museum at Delphi. The focus in this fascinating museum is on the history of the Delphic sanctuary and oracle and Rupert will explain why this was once viewed as the centre of the world. This will give you a good background for visiting the site itself, which is one of the most beautiful in Greece. From here you will drive south, stopping for a wander and some fresh air at the 11th century Monastery of Osios Loukas and the 5th century fortress at Eleutherai on the way. Time permitting, there is the chance for a swim in the sea by the ruins of the Heraion at Perahora before driving onwards to Hotel Perivoli near the beautiful Venetian port town of Nafplion. Here there will be time to rest and swim in the infinity pool before dinner in town.
Following the Footsteps of Agamemnon and Hera
Today you will visit the citadel of Mycenae, the legendary home of Agamemnon, and Tiryns, where Heracles received his Labours. After exploring these infamous ruins a delicious and scenic picnic will be served at the Argive Heraion, the remains of the greatest sanctuary to Hera in Greece, with sweeping views of the plain of Argos. A short drive from here takes you down to the sea for a swim and some fun games on the sandy beach. In the evening you will visit Nafplion for dinner and an evening stroll around the town’s pretty streets.
There will be an early breakfast served this morning in time to set off for the sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidavros. The theatre here is the biggest and best preserved theatre in the Greek world and well worth a visit. Then continue south to the infamous city-state of Sparta, once home to the greatest military power of Greece. Visit wonders such as the Menelaion, the ‘tomb’ of Menelaus and Helen with distant views of the Eurotas valley. It’s worth popping into the Sparta Archaeological Museum to see ancient artefacts which have been discovered at this remarkable site. After lunch you will continue to Mystras, the evocative ruined Byzantine hill-town near Sparta. A beautiful drive then takes you over the Taygetos mountains to Pylos on the west coast, where you will stay on the beach at the family-run Hotel Zoe for two nights. Dinner will be served under palm trees at the top of the beach with the sound of the lapping waves beyond.
Swimming in Waterfalls and Voidikilia Beach
This morning you will visit the site of Ancient Messene to explore the ruins and take a walk in the pretty valley that surrounds it. You will then continue to a beautiful picnic spot for lunch and a swim by the fresh water of a local waterfall. In the afternoon there will be time for a swim in the sparkling green waters by Voidikilia beach where Odysseus’ son Telemachus arrived in The Odyssey. Then a gentle climb takes you up to the castle above the beach in time to watch the sun beginning to sink towards the horizon. You will dine by the ocean at hotel Zoe for a second night.
Nestor’s Palace and Olympia
Your journey will continue this morning to the excellently preserved, Nestor’s Palace and a charming small museum in the neighbouring village of Chora. From here you will drive along the stunning west coast to reach Olympia in time to fully enjoy this spectacular site and see where the Olympic Games all began. From Olympia you will be driven into town to the Hotel Europa with plenty of time for a splash in the large pool before dinner at another of Rupert’s fine restaurant discoveries in town.
Arcadia and the Acropolis
There will be time this morning for a leisurely breakfast before a visit to the museum at Olympia, which contains some of the most well-preserved masterpieces of ancient Greek art. A pretty drive through the mountains and gorges of Arcadia will then take you back to Athens in time to see the new Acropolis Museum and on to your hotel perched high on a hill with views over the Acropolis.
The Parthenon and Fly Home
Of course, no visit to Greece would be complete without a visit to The Parthenon and it seems fitting that your final day in Greece will begin here. Rupert will take you behind the scenes of this ancient temple and bring to life the characters who shaped the history of Athens from Theseus through to Socrates and Lord Elgin. Lunch will follow in the Plaka, the oldest section of Athens, with time for some shopping and wandering through the cobbled streets. In the afternoon we have arranged a visit to the National Archaeological Museum to round off your journey through Greece. A private transfer will then take you from the hotel to Athens International airport in good time for your early evening flight.
8th July – 9th July
Hotel Amalia, Delphi
This is one of the two larger hotels on the trip and it may lack some of the charm that the others have but the big pool and fabulous views down to the Gulf of Corinth are a welcome sight after travelling to get here. The hotel is moments away from Delphi, which will keep travelling times down the next day and there is plenty of space for children to run around and expend their energy.
9th July – 11th July
Hotel Perivoli, Pyrgiotika
It’s a rare thing in Greece to find a small country hotel like Perivoli. The property sits on a gently sloping hill surrounded by orange trees and olive groves with a view to the sea in the distance. It is owned and run by two friends of Rupert Smith who are charming and relaxed hosts and will be delighted to provide everything they can to make you feel welcome and special. There is a swimming pool in the shady garden and the breakfast is particularly good.
11th July – 13th July
Hotel Zoe, Gialova
It’s important to remember that this exploration of ancient Greece is a holiday, not a school trip and there will be plenty of time to relax on the beach. Zoe provides a homely platform from which to do just that at Navarino bay. The hotel is run by three generations of the same family and this is somewhere so accommodating that you’ll certainly want to stay longer.
13th July – 14th July
Hotel Europa, Olympia
This is another of the two larger hotels in this trip but the atmosphere is still incredibly friendly and personal. It works well for a visit to Olympia with children as there is a big pool with surrounding gardens and a wonderful view to set the scene.
14th July – 15th July
Acropolis Hill Hotel, Athens
This small hotel opened its doors in 2010 and everything feels brand new. Tucked into the foot of Philopappou Hill, it is moments from the Acropolis and the terrace has an excellent view of the site below. There is a small swimming pool for those who want to relax in the sun and it is only a 10 minute walk from the central Plaka region of Athens when you want to pop out and do some shopping and exploring.
Rupert Smith has degrees in Classics and Byzantine Studies from Oxford and London respectively. He taught Classics in England for seven years and in America for four, before moving to southern Albania to run a foundation involved in the excavation and conservation of archaeological sites. In between these academic episodes he also founded and ran a jazz club in south London before setting up a restaurant in Notting Hill in the early 90s.
Rupert started the Evia School in 2008 with the intention of exposing people to the ancient Greek and Roman world he had got to know over 30 years of study and travel. Since then he has taken groups to Greece, Italy, Albania, Kosovo, Syria and Lebanon. His trips, while having the ancient world as their focus, aim to get people interested in later and contemporary culture as well, and to make sure they have the best possible time by staying in lovely hotels, swimming as often as possible and enjoying the best food available.
We recommend the following flights:
Outbound with British Airways BA 632 London Heathrow to Athens 12:00 17:40
Inbound with British Airways BA 641 Athens to London Heathrow 14:50 16:40
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