There are few countries with such important history and influence than Greece. The Greek past has defined the course of history around the globe dating right back to the ancient Minoan civilisations. This means that it is the homeland of countless incredible stories, myths and legends that those with an interest in the past love to sink their teeth into. It is also a country of stunning natural beauty, a gorgeous climate and rich culture –all ingredients for the perfect holiday.
With so much to uncover in Greece, the best way to understand its importance to the world is on an escorted tour which will both show and explain the country’s fascinating story. Here are a few trips that will showcase everything that this great country has to offer.
The nine-night, ten-day “Dramatic Peloponnese” tour on the famous peninsula in southern Greece is accompanied by Dr. Christina Hatzimichael and showcases some of the country’s most interesting archaeological sites. It was previously home to one of the most important Mycenaean civilisations and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The tour enables visitors to immerse themselves in the mythology of the area whilst enjoying the rugged landscape.
Notable highlights include a trip to the ghost town of Mystras where you can discover its ancient legends, a gorgeous sunset over Cape Sounion and the quest for an oracle at the Sanctuary of Delphi. It is said that this is where gods once walked the Earth and Hercules fought the Nemean lion, so it is certainly an area of interest!
Land of Alexander and Aristotle
Gain an insight into the immensely powerful kingdom that flourished under Alexander the Great and the father of Western philosophy on this fascinating seven-night, eight-day escorted tour. Once again accompanied by Dr. Christina Hatzimichael, this excursion takes visitors to a handful of crucial historical sites set within areas of incredible natural beauty. Highlights include trips to the birthplace of Aristotle, the epic archaeological site at Pella (the ancient capital) and the royal tombs at Vergina, which is one of the most important Greek discoveries in the twentieth century. There is also an opportunity to unwind on the stunning and tranquil island of Thassos... bliss.
Cultures of Crete
Islands do not come more historic than Crete, which has a unique culture that is a direct influence of its complex past. This includes Minoan, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and even German occupation during WWII. This fascinating past is best discovered on the seven-night, eight-day trip titled “Cultures of Crete”. There are many incredible historical highlights to take in on this valuable experience, including the Minoan Palace of Knossos, Koules Fortress and the Plateau of Omalos. In addition to these intriguing sites and the great beauty of the area, this escorted tour also provides the opportunity to experience Crete’s distinctive culture at a traditional folklore show.
These three fantastic escorted tours will allow history enthusiasts to experience first-hand the many incredible stories, myths and archaeological sites which demonstrate why Greece is one of the most important, historic and influential countries in the entire world.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Hol-idays for or over 30 years. Recently his well-received escorted tour itineraries, which venture to the far corners of the globe, have been included in Prestige’s luxury holiday portfolio. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.