Art and Sport in Ancient Greece

Visit the main sites of the ancient Pan-Hellenic festivals

Sample different regional cuisines as we travel through Greece

Explore the Peloponnese mainland as well as Aegean seas

This fast-paced 10-day program focuses on classical Greece and its artistic as well as athletic cultures, providing the traveler with a detailed framework of Western thought, architecture, art, life, death, and athleticism during the Age of Pericles. Walk the streets of historic Athens, just as Socrates did with his students over 2,000 years ago. Visit Minoan and Mycenean sites to better understand their importance to the development of Greek civilization. Engage in a comfortable open forum for discussing all program topics. Depart with a better knowledge of “Know Thyself.” This tour is perfect for all life-long students and curious adventurers of the ancient world.

Highlights:

Acropolis

Ancient Olympia

Delphi

Naxos

Delos

Knossos

Trip Details:

Tour Duration

10 days


Availability

All our tours are individually customized to your interests. While we loved guiding this private tour, it is purely an example of what can be possible and we will tailor your day to day program to your interests. If you would like to go on this tour, or a similar trip, please get in touch.


Group Size

Min 10 | Max 20 people


Included:
  • Professional General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy ($10,000,000)
  • Full-time professional tour director
  • Licensed English-speaking local guides
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Entrance fees to all program sites and activities listed on the itinerary
  • Complete tour participant accounting including option to pay by credit card
  • All meals (breakfasts, lunches & dinners) as listed on the itinerary
  • All taxes and service fees
  • All gratuities (tour leaders, local guides, driver, and restaurants included)
  • Comprehensive Accident, Medical/Liability/Travel Protection/Cancellation/Interruption Insurance included
  • Optional: Cancel for Any Reason Insurance available — cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive 75% refund
  • Professional General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy ($10,000,000)
  • Private bus transportation and driver for long drives between San Jose and San Vito and Ujarras
  • Accommodations in shared facilities or homestays on site (6 nights total) – San Jose Casa del Parque (2 nights), San Vito (2 nights), Ujarras (3 nights)
  • Custom designed itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all program sites and activities listed on the itinerary
  • Demonstrations from LEAF International teaching artists and students
  • Site visits to LEAF International programs
  • Opportunities for free time on the beach (Dominical) and city exploration (San Jose)
  • Full time local interpreter and cultural guide (Member of Proyecto Jirondai)
  • Breakfast and dinner each day (lunches are on own)
  • All taxes
  • Complete tour participant accounting including an option to pay by credit card
  • “Cancel for Any Reason Insurance” (CFAR) – Cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive a 75% refund minus the insurance premiums. This applies to all travelers (except New York residents) and is included in the trip price

Not Included:

Baggage fees (if applicable)

  • Airfare and baggage fees (to be purchased at the discretion and responsibility of each participant)
  • Customs and immigration fees at airports or border crossings
  • Airport transfer to first night hotel (we will try to collect flight information from each traveler in an effort to help you share taxis with similar arrival times
  • Various meals or drinks listed as “on own” in the itinerary when the group is dispersed for self-exploration
  • Additional nights lodging or any additional days if one chooses to remain in country longer

What To Bring:

Refillable water bottle, good walking shoes. You must have a valid U.S. passport (not expiring in the next 6 months).


How You’ll Travel

Private bus transportation and driver between sites


Number/Type of Staff

Full-time professional tour director

Detailed Itinerary

Please note that this is simply a sample itinerary to give you an idea of what we've done before and what we could create for you.

Day One: Arrival in Athens Eleutherius Venizelos Airport

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Arranged transportation to your hotel in the center of Athens. We will begin our expedition at the Acropolis Museum, and afterwards visit one of the best-preserved structures of ancient Greece, the Temple of Hephaestion (also known as Theseion). Guests will be treated to a traditional Greek dinner, and then to a leisurely evening walking tour of the historic areas of Athens.

Day Two: “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves” – Euripides

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View the crowning achievement of ancient Athens on a guided tour with local expert, and climb the marble stepped path up to the Sacred Rock. Surrounded by olive trees, enjoy the view from the top while gazing out over the city of Athens. The Parthenon of Pericles is the main temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, where an ivory and gold statue of the goddess once stood. Successive empires used its grand location to convert it into a Christian church and later a mosque. Considered the best example of the perfection of Greek art, the Parthenon will seduce you with her simple beauty. We will also discuss the other sanctuaries on and near the acropolis as well, such as the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, and to view the graceful Caryatids, upon whose heads rest the Erechtheion. This evening, have a traditional dinner and enjoy some Greek entertainment.

Day Three: Acropolis Museum and Historical Athens

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Visit the Acropolis Museum, dynamically facing the Acropolis, which demonstrates through floor to ceiling windows the over 4,000 items inside its galleries. More than 300 statues that have never left the Acropolis since their placement there for over 2,000 years have been diligently positioned in the museum. Afterwards we will visit the Grand Promenade and walk to the Ancient Agora, the Roman Forum, the Stoa of Attalus, Tower of the Winds, Monument to Lysiskrates, Temple of Zeus, and Hadrian’s Arch.

Day Four: Sports, Arts, and the Gods

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Today we leave the capital city for the natural beauty of the Peloponnese, crossing the famous Corinth canal and heading to the fertile wine region of Nemea, which sponsored one of the seminal athletic events in ancient Greece. The Temple of Apollo and the splendid stadium are situated in a scenic valley. Pass under the vaulted tunnel leading to the stadium, following in the footsteps of ancient athletes over 2,000 years ago. Later we will head to Epidaurus to visit the Sanctuary of Asclepius and the best-preserved theater in Greece, continuing on to enchanting Nafplio to explore the city and spend the night.

Day Five: The Iliad and the Olympic Games - Mycenae & Olympia

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For lovers of the Iliad, a bronze age citadel beckons us to Mycenae to learn about Agamemnon – Mycenean King, and the brother-in-law of Helen of Troy. Afterwards, we head west to the natural beauty of Ancient Olympia, famous for the sacred quadrennial festival. According to legend, founded by the hero Herakles, the sprawling complex lies between two rivers surrounded by olive trees. Stroll with your expert local guide through the religious sanctuaries, temples, gymnasium, and sacred stadium. The workshop of Praxiteles, one the greatest sculptors, is here, as well as his ‘Hermes” – one of his few surviving works. Dinner and overnight in the ‘hip’ mountain village of Arachova.

Day Six: Delphi – “Know Thyself”

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This morning we head north to witness why Delphi was considered the “Center of the World”. For centuries, Delphi was the spiritual center and symbol of unity among the ancient Greeks. This unique setting on Mount Parnassos, its ruins, and the well-organized museum, demonstrates why leaders from around the Mediterranean world travelled to Delphi with great offerings in order to gain advice from the Oracle. We head back towards Athens to Piraeus, (the major port for both Ancient and Modern Greece) to board our ferry to Cycladic Naxos.

Day Seven: Naxos – “Sailing Over the Wine-Dark Aegean Sea”

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On to Naxos, where we will disembark in the same place that Theseus’s ship left behind a devastated Ariadne. Take some time to enjoy the island atmosphere. Naxos, a cycladic island, although popular with tourists, retains its traditional links to the past. Today will be offered a beach excursion to take a dip in the refreshing Aegean Sea and an opportunity to taste some of Naxos’s local cuisine.

Day Eight: Recreate a Pilgrimage to Delos

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This morning we take the ferry to the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Considered sacred in the ancient world, like Delphi, people travelled here for religious pilgrimages. Once a seminal port in the ancient world, today it stands as an uninhabited protected site to be explored and enjoyed. A certified guide will discuss the importance of Delos in the ancient world. Return to Naxos and take a ferry to the land of the Minoans – Crete.

Day Nine: A Search for the Minotaur

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Heraklion, Crete. We finish our trip fittingly on the island of Crete. Home to the Minoans, the first known European civilization, Crete, or Candia as it was once called, offers an exotic experience. Minoan palaces, Greek and Roman antiquities, Byzantine churches, Arab palm trees, Venetian loggias, and Ottoman minarets are all evidence of its kaleidoscope of past cultures. The southern-most point of Europe, Crete’s colorful people and aromatic mountains, surrounded by a deep blue calm sea will leave a lasting impression. We will visit the Archaeological Museum of Crete in Heraklion and the site of Knossos. The frescoes and palace, which have been excavated in the last hundred years are nothing short of breathtaking with their vivid and vibrant scenes of daily life. Free time and then a farewell dinner are in order with traditional Cretan food and entertainment.

Day Ten: Departure for Home from Heraklion

Frequently Asked Questions

What's Included?

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  • Professional General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy ($10,000,000)
  • Full-time professional tour director
  • Licensed English-speaking local guides
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Entrance fees to all program sites and activities listed on the itinerary
  • Complete tour participant accounting including option to pay by credit card
  • All meals (breakfasts, lunches & dinners) as listed on the itinerary
  • All taxes and service fees
  • All gratuities (tour leaders, local guides, driver, and restaurants included)
  • Comprehensive Accident, Medical/Liability/Travel Protection/Cancellation/Interruption Insurance included
  • Optional: Cancel for Any Reason Insurance available — cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive 75% refund
What's Not Included?

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Baggage fees (if applicable)

What Should I Bring?

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Refillable water bottle, good walking shoes. You must have a valid U.S. passport (not expiring in the next 6 months).

Good to Know Before You Go

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• A full-time bilingual travel coordinator and professional guide will accompany the group during entire tour
• Remember to bring some cash/credit cards for lunches and additional food/drinks.
• Dietary requirements can be catered for – just let us know when booking.
• This itinerary is entirely flexible and customizable. Simply get in touch with a member of our staff to craft your ideal trip.