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Winter in Greece: The Charming Port City of Nafplion

Close your history books and dive right in the beauty of Greece in the picturesque port city of Nafplion, as you explore ancient architecture and culture during the mild winter months.
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Program No. 23178RJ
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9 days
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1,849
Greece

Winter in Greece: The Charming Port City of Nafplion

Close your history books and dive right in the beauty of Greece in the picturesque port city of Nafplion, as you explore ancient architecture and culture during the mild winter months.
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9 days
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Program No. 23178 RJ
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Once home to royalty, it’s easy to tell why the seaside town of Nafplion is fit for a king. Nestled in the shadow of the towering Palamidi fortress, Nafplion exudes classic romance from its elegant Venetian mansions to its verdant vineyards. Take in its unparalleled beauty, then begin to understand Nafplion on a deeper level as local experts take you on an archaeological exploration through nearby historic sites and ancient temples. Discover neoclassical architecture and Greek mythology as you experience all this colorful coastal town has to offer when the tourists have gone home and the weather is mild.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Delphi, one of the most revered landmarks in all of Greece, as you receive insider expertise and little-known history from a top-notch instructor.
  • Learn the story behind the early Olympic Games as you discover Ancient Olympia and the ruins of the gymnasium where the first athletes trained.
  • Get a taste of the local culture at a local vineyard that produces world-renown Nemean wine as you learn how wine is cultivated and produced.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Winter in Greece: The Magical Island of Crete" (#22935) for even more learning in Southern Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Greek Myths, Complete Edition
by Robert Graves
A new edition of Graves' classic collection with a cover by comic book artist Ross MacDonald. This expert retelling by Graves, a poet, memoirist and the author of I, Claudius (ITL429), still remains the seminal modern translation of the mythologies of Ancient Greece.
Greek, A Language Map
by Kristine K. Kershul
This durable, foldout card gives easy phonetic pronunciation for several hundred of the most commonly needed words and phrases.
Greece, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Artemis Leontis (Editor)
In this terrific anthology, 24 modern Greek writers offer a flavor of their nation, its culture and people, beautiful landscapes and rich history.
It's All Greek to Me
by Charlotte Higgins
With timelines, a who's who, charts and maps, this handy little primer is a thoroughly entertaining introduction to everything Greek, from poetry and drama to philosophy, history and culture.
The World of the Ancient Greeks
by John Camp, Elizabeth Fisher
Featuring hundreds of illustrations and invitingly short chapters on topics from the first Greeks to the Heroic Age and classical Athens. With modern color photographs of great Greek cities from Athens and Delphi to Knossos, Ephesus, Pergamum and Priene.
Greece Map
by Michelin
A colorful shaded map of Greece, the Greek Islands and the western coast of Turkey (including Istanbul) at a scale of 1:800,000.
A Traveller's History of Greece
by Timothy Boatswain, Colin Nicolson
A nicely written survey from prehistory through the 1990s: wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed.
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9 days
8 nights
15 meals
7 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Athens, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Athens
D
Hera Hotel

Activity note: Check-in available from 2:00 PM.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we will enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner. This will be a 3-course set meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water, plus a glass of wine

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Acropolis, Acropolis Museum, Transfer to Nafplion
Nafplion
B,D
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: The drive from Athens to Nafplion is approximately 2 hours. Today’s activities include walking up to 3 hours including uphill along a winding trail with many well-worn steps to reach the Acropolis, no handrails; uneven, slippery and rocky at the top; standing up to 2 hours. At the Acropolis Museum, walking and standing for more than an hour.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Begin your exploration of Athens with a visit to its signature site – the Acropolis. Led by your Group Leader, climb the rocky summit to explore some of the most iconic monuments of ancient Athens. The Acropolis’ focal point is the Parthenon, built in honor of the city’s patroness Athena and completed in 432 B.C. Learn how ancient peoples transformed this site into a manifestation of Greek advancement in culture and the arts, and how this legacy lingers to the present. After our visit, we will descend from the Acropolis site and enjoy a visit to the Acropolis Museum. This museum holds the exquisite finds from the Acropolis, and lies over ruins of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. Your Group Leader will provide commentary on some of the most notable pieces of the museum, before providing you with some time to explore the exhibitions on your own.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Transfer via motorcoach to the city of Nafplion, Greece. Upon arrival, check-in to your new hotel and enjoy some time to relax and settle into your rooms.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Epidaurus Theater, Free Time
Nafplion
B,L
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: The drive from Nafplion to Epidaurus is approximately 45 minutes each way. Today’s activities will include walking up to 2 hours on uneven and varied terrain with inclines, several steps without handrails.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach to explore Epidaurus, birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepios, the god of medicine, and one of the most acclaimed healing centers of the classical world. Among the sites we will visit is the famous Epidaurus Theatre, built in honor of Asclepios and one of the best preserved ancient Greek theaters in the world. It is also considered the most perfect ancient Greek theater when it comes to acoustics.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will transfer by coach once again to Nafplion. The rest of the afternoon is free for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and provide directions.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Olympia, Archeological Museum
Nafplion
B,L
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: The drive from Nafplion to Olympia is approximately 2.5 hours each way. Today’s activities will include walking and standing for 4 hours on uneven and varied terrain without handrails.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will travel by motorcoach to the archaeological site of ancient Olympia, home to the Olympic Games from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE. We’ll visit the ruins of the gymnasium where the athletes trained and the stadium where they competed every four years during the sacred games. Afterwards, we’ll explore the ruins of the Temple of Hera and the Temple Zeus, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will take a short walk to the nearby Archeological Museum of Olympia. Led by our Group Leader, learn more about the unique sculptures and objects of worship discovered in the surrounding area, including the nearby site of the Ancient Olympic Games. After our visit, we will board the motorcoach once again and return to Nafplion.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Mycenae, Winery, Ceramic Factory
Nafplion
B,L
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: The drive from Nafplion to Mycenae is approximately 45 minutes each way. Today’s activities will include walking and standing for 2 hours on uneven and varied terrain with inclines, several steps without handrails.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will transfer by motorcoach to the archeological site of Mycenae. Led by your Group Leader, take a walk and learn about the great Mycenean culture that flourished in this area of the Argolid Plain between 1600 and 1300 BCE. At the heart of this culture was this ancient city of Mycenea, believed to be the capital of King Agamemnon as well as the “well-built citadel” of Homer’s Iliad.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will board the motorcoach and transfer to a local vineyard, where famous Nemean wine is produced. Situated among the vines, the Domaine Skouras winery is an ultra-modern winemaking facility with elegant Greek architecture. Learn about the terroir of Nemean wine, and experience the taste as we enjoy a tasting led by a member of the facility. After, we will transfer by motorcoach to a nearby ceramics factory, where we will continue exploring Greek traditions. Ancient Greece was famed for its ceramics and pottery, in which olive oil and wine was mixed and stored. Led by our Group Leader, we will learn how this tradition has been preserved in modern times, and we will get to see some members of the factory create some ceramic pieces.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Corinth, Transfer to Delphi
Delphi
B,D
AMALIA HOTEL

Activity note: The drive from Nafplion to Corinth is approximately 1 hour. It is then another 2.5 hours to Delphi. Today’s activities will include walking and standing for up to 2 hours on uneven terrain, some stairs without railings.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will check-out of our hotel and make our way via motorcoach to Ancient Corinth. Located on the narrow stretch of land that connects the Peloponnese to mainland Greece, this ancient city was once one of the largest and most important cities in all of Greece. Destroyed by the Romans in 146 BCE during the Achean War, it was rebuilt by the Romans in 44 BC as a new city – marking the beginning of Roman domination in Greek history. During our field trip, we will explore the archeological site and remains of this ancient city known as “Roman Corinth”, and see a collection of the discoveries from this site at the nearby Archeological Museum.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We will board our motorcoach and continue our way towards Delphi. Upon arrival, we will check-in to our hotel and settle into our rooms. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax or to explore Delphi on your own.

Dinner: In the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Delphi, Transfer to Athens, Farewell Dinner
Athens
B,L,D
Hera Hotel

Activity note: The drive from Delphi to Athens is approximately 2.5 hours. Today’s activities will include walking up to 2 hours on uneven terrain with stairs.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.

Morning: Delphi was an ancient sanctuary and one of the most important religious sites between the years of 700 BCE and 400 BCE. Home to the “Oracle of Delphi”, the most prestigious and authoritative high priestess and oracle of the ancient Greek world, Delphi was renown as the “center of the world” to the ancient Greeks. During our field trips today we will visit the archeological site of Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, where this ancient sanctuary offers breathtaking views of the mountain and valleys below. We will also explore the Delphi Archeological Museum, which includes findings from this archeological site and showcases some of the best-known sculptures of the ancient world.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will board our motorcoach and transfer to Athens. Upon arrival, we will check-in to our new hotel and settle into our rooms. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax or further explore Athens on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal with a glass of wine. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our Farewell Dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room.






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