In this land of myth and folklore, where gods ruled and heroes battled, Classical Greece stirs the imagination like no other. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Spartans and Olympians as you walk through green valleys rich in wild olive and plane trees and explore the ruined cities, temples and theatres of a lost age with Ramblers Walking Holidays
This is a journey from the ancient sacred site of the oracle at Delphi to the bustling modern metropolis of Athens. From Athens airport, we travel to Delphi, which according to Zeus, was at the centre of the Earth. We explore the ancient site and museum with our guide and enjoy a walk in the surrounding countryside.
Continuing across the Gulf of Corinth, we next visit Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Set in a valley of wild olive and plane trees, it is an evocative and enchanting setting which we explore with our guide.
We cross the mountains of the Peloponnese to arrive at Sparta lying in a fertile plain with the peaks of the Taigetos mountains rising dramatically from the edge of the town. Nearby is Ancient Sparta and Mystra, which has some of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in Greece.
We travel north to Nauplia, the small Venetian seaport in the Gulf of Argos from where we visit Tiryns & Argos and the stunning theatre at Epidauros. Nauplia itself is dominated by the hill top Palamidi fortress, which offers panoramic views.
We make our way to Athens by way of Agememnon’s Mycenae and Ancient Corinth and crossing the impressive Corinth Canal. Although the highlight of Athens is undoubtedly the Acropolis, dominating the heart of the city and is itself dominated by the Parthenon, there is much more to see. We visit the Temple of Zeus and perhaps the Archaeological Museum. In the evening we will go into old Athens for dinner.