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This departure: Grade 2
Depart from London Heathrow to Athens, and transfer by road to Delphi for 3 nights’ accommodation. Our journey takes approximately 3.5 hours driving, plus a short stop.
We will have a fairly relaxed day in Delphi, exploring the museum and the ancient site, with our local guide, also allowing for some time to be spent at leisure.
Our walk today takes us out of Delphi to the little village of Chryso, passing chapels and small churches as we walk. From Chryso, the path continues towards the coast, ending in Itea at Kirra Beach. Here we'll find a tavern for a drink and time for a dip in the sea!
Approx. 7 miles; 3 hours walking
If you prefer, it is possible to shorten your walk and return by public bus from Chryso to Delphi, giving you time to further explore Delphi.
Crossing the Gulf of Corinth today, we travel by coach to the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. We’ll have time to explore the site with our local guide. We stay in Olympia for 1 night’s accommodation.
Leaving Olympia in the late morning, we journey across the Peloponnese mountains to Sparta for 2 nights’ accommodation.
We explore Mistra today, taking in the Kastro and monastery. The Castle Town of Mystras was very strong in Byzantine times and was once the second most important town after Constantinople.
We now head northward to Nauplia where we spend 2 nights, visiting the impressive theatre at Argos and the archaeological site at Tiryns en route. This afternoon, once checked in at our hotel, there should be time for a walk around the peninsula and the beach.
From Nauplia we visit Epidaurus this morning to experience the theatre's excellent acoustics. The afternoon can be spent at the Palamidi Fortress with 999 steps to descend back to Nauplia. Views from the top are well worth the visit! There is also the option to leave Epidaurus and go back to Nauplia by coach and spend the afternoon relaxing or further exploring the town.
Leaving Nauplia behind we visit Mycenae and the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth before crossing the Corinth Canal and continuing to Athens where we stay for 3 nights' accommodation.
Day 10 to 11
During our two days in Athens we’ll spend time sightseeing, visiting the Acropolis, Parthenon, and perhaps the Archaeological Museum if time permits. You may also want to spend some time in the market areas of Monastiraki or the Plaka and also make a visit of the wonderful Benaki museum, located close to the Greek Parliament building.
We leave for Athens Airport and our return flight to London Heathrow.
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