Delphi to Macedonia - An Historic Journey

8 nights starting from
£1535

Tour highlights

  • Thessaloniki - an exciting capital of culture, history and impressive historic monuments

  • The spectacular gold treasures of Macedonia and the ornate tomb of Philip II

  • The impressive Meteora Monasteries, a unique experience of nature’s grandeur

  • The remarkable site of Delphi

Travel with Dr Rita Roussos PhD to the heartland of Macedon, home of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Our journey begins at the magnificent sanctuary of Delphi and the Meteora Monasteries, situated in a unique landscape. Reaching Macedon we visit the spectacular tombs of Philip II. Discovered in 1977, the tombs now lie under a brilliant recreation of the tumulus. We also visit Pella and see the houses of the Macedonian elite with their remarkable pebble mosaics; and Dion, the Macedonian religious centre where Philip and Alexander celebrated their victories.

Your Lecturer - Dr Rita Roussos Phd
Rita studied ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Califonia, Berkeley, and completed her Phd in History of Art at the Courtauld Institude of Art, University of London.  She has excavated in Greece and taught at the American University of Athens.

Available Departures

From

03 - May - 2020 £ 1535.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 03rd May 2020 at 10:30

Returning: 11th May 2020 at 12:55

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly from London Heathrow to Athens. On arrival transfer to the Likoria Hotel, Arachova, (approx. two hours), for a two-night stay. Brief introductory talk by Dr Rita Roussos PhD, followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Delphi and Hosios Loukas.
Our visits begin at the breath-taking ruins of Delphi, hidden in the folds of Mount Parnassus, the site of the most revered oracle in the Greek world. We also have the opportunity to see the magnificent Byzantine monument, Hosios Loukas, one of the finest Byzantine monasteries in Greece.

Day 3: Delphi to Meteora.
We drive north to Meteora, visiting along the way the battlefield of Thermopylae, where the great battle took place between the Spartans and the Persians in 480 BC. Check-in to the Hotel Kastraki for a two-night stay.

Day 4: Meteora Monasteries.
A day spent amidst these magnificently located monasteries.

Day 5: Kalambaka to Thessaloniki.
Our drive to Thessaloniki offers wonderful views towards Mount Olympus. On the way we will visit the site of Dion. Very much a place of religious importance, Dion became the religious centre of the Macedonian kingdom in the 5th century BC as well as hosting important games. In the 4th century BC, Alexander the Great offered sacrifices at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Dion before setting out on his campaign against the Persian Empire. Check in to the City Hotel, Thessaloniki where we stay for the rest of the tour.

Day 6: Byzantine Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki was, for many centuries, the second-most important city of the Byzantine Empire, this legacy has left some wonderful monuments, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visits today will include the churches of Saint Demetrios (7th C), Acheiropoietos (5th C), Agia Sofia (8th C) and Hosios David (5th C). Please note today will be spent mostly on foot.

Day 7: Vergina and Pella.
The city of Aigai, the ancient first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia, was discovered in the 19th century near Vergina. The most important remains are the monumental palace, lavishly decorated with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300 tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century BC. One of the royal tombs in the Great Tumulus is identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world.

Day 8: The sites of Thessaloniki.
We spend another day in Thessaloniki exploring more of its historical sites. Our visits will include the Roman Forum, the Archaeological Museum, the Jewish Museum and the magnificent Rotunda.

Day 9: Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport for return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

The maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Athens returning from Thessaloniki to London Gatwick
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Likoria Hotel, Arachova
  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the three-star Kastraki Hotel, Kastraki
  • Four nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star City Hotel, Thessaloniki
  • First evening dinner at the Likoria Hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Dr Rita Roussous, local guide and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Upgrade room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Excellent quality hotels are used throughout this tour, all offering a high standard of service, facilities and comfort in ideal locations to explore the sites visited.

Likoria Hotel, Arachova
At 990 metres above sea level, the comfortable four-star Likoria Hotel is situated in the heart of the picturesque mountain village of Arachova. Each spacious and tastefully decorated room has a private balcony with views over the valley of Delphi. Hotel facilities include a bar, sauna, steam room, heating/air-conditioning and wi-fi. Rooms all have a private bathroom with bath or shower, balcony, TV, mini-bar and kettle. There is a good choice of tavernas within easy reach on foot from Likoria and some great local shopping too!

Likoria Hotel Website 

Hotel Kastraki, Meteora
The three-star Hotel Kastraki is located at the foothills of Meteora rocks in the village of Kastraki, just 2 km from Kalambaka town. The hotel has 27 comfortable and elegant rooms tastefully decorated with earthy tones and dark-coloured wooden furnishings. Room facilities include air-conditioning, TV, Safe, air-conditioning/heating, fridge, bathroom with shower or bath, hairdryer and balcony.

The public areas include a spacious lounge, TV room and cafeteria. Free wi-fi is available in all areas. A small section of Taverna’s are located close by.

Hotel Kastraki Website

City Hotel, Thessaloniki
This eco-friendly four-star hotel is perfectly situated right in the heart of Thessaloniki, which provides ease of access to both the city’s commercial and historical centre. The hotel embraces the eco-friendly style of operating and has been awarded the ‘green key’ for its eco-design.

The comfortable rooms are classically furnished and feature wooden floors. Each is equipped with bathroom with shower or bath, hair-dryer, air conditioning/heating, tea and coffee making facilities, TV and mini-bar. Guests benefit from free wi-fi access in all hotel areas.

The rooms we have selected are ‘inner view’ rooms. ‘City view rooms with balcony are available at a small supplement.

City Hotel Website

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Your Lecturer - Dr Rita Roussos Phd

Rita studied ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Califonia, Berkeley, and completed her Phd in History of Art at the Courtauld Institude of Art, University of London.  She has excavated in Greece and taught at the American University of Athens.

 

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Review by Anonymous who travelled 16-May-2019


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Karen was excellent, and quickly adjusted to any changes needed. Friendly & helpful. Rita, our lecturer/guide was also excellent - she knew a lot, drew out the historical connections for us, including the human element, and pointed out at the sites the important features she had included in her lectures. Education with enjoyment. Both of these ladies took seriously their specific contributions and collaborated easily. The tours would have scored excellent with a different mandatory local guide. I would be happy to explain and discuss this particular comment.

Review by Beaton who travelled 16-May-2019


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Karen, tour manager, had not been in tour area before and (understandably) was not fully up to speed. Eleni, the Greek guide for most of the tour, was dreadful. She seemed to know very little about the places we visited, wittered on endlessly about her faith and not much else - someone to avoid in future. Huge contrast to Greek guide at Meteora who was excellent. Rita, lecturer, was a curate's egg: excellent when talking extempore on matters she knew well, unreliable and dry on other matters and in delivery of written lectures.

Review by Stevenson who travelled 16-May-2019


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