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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
9 days
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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.
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.
Small Group
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.
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.
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.
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GO on this program because : 1 - You've always wanted to visit Greece, see the Parthenon, learn about the roots of our Western Civilization. 2 - WINTER is the perfect time to visit Greece. The weather was cool, but very comfortable with a jacket. But most importantly - NO CROWDS. Everywhere were went we were practically the only people there and it made a BIG difference in my enjoyment. 3 - love GREAT HOTELS - all were luxurious with perfect locations and incredible views. 4 - want a PREPARED, professional tour guide, always ready to answer any question and a wealth of knowledge. Chrysa was upbeat, humorous and excellent at handling group dynamics. 5 - Go because you deserve a real treat and FUN!

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We have taken several trips with RS over the past few years and this one topped them all. The sites were fascinating and the scenery was beautiful. The biggest surprise was the city of Athens which has more to offer than just the Acropolis. Special thanks to Vicki who was a great tour guide and manager. She is a treasure. if you are considering this trip, just sign up. You won't regret it.


The Winter in Greece Program was a perfect choice for us in that it covered the major sights both in Athens and the Peloponnese Peninsula. The accommodations were perfectly located, the food was excellent and our group leader was outstanding.


If participants have not read the Iliad, they will learn all about the great players of the Mycenaean world, at least the mythological characters, and about the Bronze Age. I would recommend that participants read the Iliad and Odyssey before taking this trip.


What a wonderful experience! Everything that I could have hoped for and more! Sites Visited: All of the top destinations that you would expect to see in Greece were visited and our Group leader, Vicky, had a wealth of knowledge on each one! We were blessed with perfect weather at the perfect time - the evil eye bracelets worked and luck was on our side! Food: AMAZING!!! I loved every restaurant and we were very well fed. It was great to visit small, local restaurants where the ingredients were locally grown and you could tell a lot of love went in to the preparation. Accommodations: The hotels were stellar. I have to admit that the atmosphere of the Hotel Amphitryon in Nafplion was far superior to the Hera Hotel in Athens, but that's understandable. The trade-off for the beauty of Nafplion was it's distance from the historical sites and the drives that we took to get to them but it was so worth it. Getting There: For me, the airport transfers were a little tight. With flight delays and gate changes, I could have used a little more time between my connecting flights (I booked through RS). It's a great benefit to do the extensions if you can just to get to the trip without the added stress of getting to Athens. The Greek: Warm, welcoming, wonderful! Such a proud people who are eager to share their culture. My Group: Possibly the best part of the trip. RS just attracts people who want to learn and embrace the world around them. I have made some connections that I hope to maintain for years to come! Group Leader: VICKY!!! The absolute best! Overall: I really enjoyed my experience with RS and I have already booked my next adventure! Thank you for everything!

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