23178
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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Program No. 23178RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,999
Flights start at
825
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8 days
7 nights
13 meals
6 B 4 L 3 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Athens, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Nafplion
D
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a taverna, a traditional, casual restaurant, we will enjoy a welcome dinner. Coffee, tea, water, wine, soft drinks included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Mycenae, Epidaurus Theater
Nafplion
B,L
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving around 2.5 hours. Walking and standing around 4 hours on uneven and varied terrain with inclines, several steps without handrails.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold options; coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We will transfer by motorcoach from Nafplion in the early morning. During the ride, we’ll enjoy a talk from our Group Leader. Upon arrival to Mycenae, our time will be dedicated to exploring on foot the great Mycenaean culture that flourished in this area, known as the Argolid Plain, between 1600 and 1300 BCE. At its heart is the ancient city of Mycenae, reputedly the capital of Agamemnon and the "well-built citadel" of Homer's Iliad.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal. Water, tea or coffee included.

Afternoon: We will discover Epidaurus, named in honor of Epidaurus, birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepios, the god of medicine, and once the most acclaimed healing center of the classical world. We will also visit its theater, one of the best preserved of all ancient Greek theatres famous for its acoustics. We will then return by motorcoach to the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Olympia, Archaeological Museum
Nafplion
B,L
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving roundtrip around 5 hours. Walking and standing around 4 hours on uneven and varied terrain without handrails.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will travel by motorcoach with our Group Leader to the archaeological site of ancient Olympia, site of 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, we will enjoy a meal with coffee, tea, water, wine included.

Afternoon: We’ll walk to the Archaeological Museum of Olympia to view unique sculptures and objects of worship from antiquity led by our Group Leader. We then head back to Nafplion by motorcoach.

Dinner: On our own to savor local flavors.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Free Time, Winery, Ceramic Factory
Nafplion
B,L
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 1 hour. Minimal walking.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water, wine.

Afternoon: We’ll then pay a visit to a vineyard by motorcoach, where famous Nemean wine is produced. Situated among the vines, the Domaine Skouras winery is an ultra-modern winemaking facility with elegant Greek architecture. We will learn about and taste the terroir of Nemean wine with a tasting led by a member of the facility. Ancient Greece was famed for its ceramics and pottery, in which olive oil and wine was mixed and stored. We’ll experience the modern continuation of this tradition during our visit to a ceramics factory by motorcoach, led by our Group Leader. Our experience will be enriched as we are able to see members of the factory create ceramics pieces.

Dinner: On your own to savor local flavors.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Delphi
Nafplion
B,L,D
Hotel Amphitryon

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving 7 hours total. Walking on uneven terrain, some stairs without railings.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: By motorcoach, we’ll visit the site of Delphi, the most venerated oracle of the ancient Greek world, and home to the wonderful Museum of Delphi, where some of the best known sculptures of the ancient world are exhibited. We will visit the museum, led by our Group Leader. Following this, we’ll head by motorcoach to explore the archaeological site of Delphi. On our way we will stop to see the impressive new Rio-Antrion bridge. Located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the sanctuary of Delphi offers breathtaking views of the mountains and valley below.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water, wine.

Afternoon: We will transfer back to Nafplion by motorcoach for our last evening. During the ride, we’ll enjoy an expert-led lecture by our Group Leader.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a meal, with coffee, tea, water, wine included.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Nafplion & Transfer to Athens
Athens
B,D
Hera Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Driving 3 hours. Walking dependent on free time activities chosen.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and transfer from Napflion to Athens.

Lunch: On your own in Athens.

Afternoon: After checking into the hotel, we will head to Athens’s signature site, the Acropolis. Led by our Group Leader, we will climb the formidable Acropolis to explore the pinnacle of Greek Antiquity. Home to some of Ancient Athens’ most iconic monuments – the Parthenon, Erechtheon, and temple Athena Nike – the rocky summit was transformed into a manifestation of Greek advancement in culture and the arts. The Acropolis’ focal point is the Parthenon, built to honor the city’s patroness Athena, constructed under Pericles’ rule and completed in 432 BCE.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy a plated meal, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

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

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet. Coffee, tea, water included. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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