Greece – The birthplace of democracy

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Greece evokes a heady sense of cultural romance. The Greeks are justifiably proud of their heritage – literature, drama, art, architecture, philosophy and politics. Mainland Greece is surrounded by more than 1,400 islands, of which 169 are inhabited. Although the Greeks are fierce guardians of traditions, they still know how to have fun. Greece is the perfect place to combine culture with relaxation.

The Parthenon
Greece

There are many tours available, from a short Athens cultural break to a Classical Greece two centre tour, or a week’s tour taking in many classical sites. Visiting these famous places breathes life into classical studies and leisure time is built into the various tours so that students are not overloaded with information.

Athens

Athens has had a traumatic history characterised by glory, followed by decline and near annihilation, then resurgence in the 19th century when it became the capital of independent Greece. During Athens’ golden age, monuments were built on the Acropolis and drama and literature flourished. Under Roman rule, Athens was still a major seat of learning and then came centuries of invaders until the Turks invaded in 1453 and settled for 400 years. After the War of Independence, Athens became a capital city in 1834. There is so much to see in Athens, but no visit would be complete without going to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon.

Delphi

The Oracle of Delphi was the most important shrine in Greece, built around a sacred spring and considered to be the centre of the world. Delphi became a showcase of art treasures as all the Greek states sent rich gifts to keep the Oracle on their side. In the fourth century AD, Christian Rome put an end to the prophesying and the site became a ruin. Excavations by French archaeologists began at the end of the 19th century and the numerous finds are now housed in the museum. There are many monuments that can be visited on the site.

Delphi
Nausicaa

Corinth

Ancient Corinth was the richest port and largest city in ancient Greece and guarded the narrow isthmus connecting the Peloponnesus (southern Greece) to the mainland. Little now remains of the ancient city except for the ruined arches and entryways to shops on the agora. The Romans levelled the city in 146 BC, then Julius Caesar founded the city of New Corinth in 44 BC, which was the city that Saint Paul found upon his arrival in 51 AD. The Corinth Canal was dreamed of since ancient times but the technology to do this was lacking. An attempt was made by Nero in 66 AD, but it had to wait until a French Company finished the task in 1893.

Corinth Canal
Corinth
Epidaurus
Epidaurus

Mycenae

This ancient city was once thought only to exist in Greek legend and the poetry of Homer and it was only found in 1870 by an amateur archaeologist. The city was the centre of the large and powerful Mycenaean Greek civilisation. The people were warriors fighting heroic battles and there was an extensive trade network with neighbouring civilisations. There are many excavated artefacts to see including the so-called death mask of Agamemnon.

Epidaurus

The theatre of The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epiduarus is a perfect example of ancient Greek theatre construction. The theatre was used for musical and poetic contests as well as theatrical performances and performances are still given today in these incredible surroundings.

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
School Children

Tracey Morgan - School Tours Executive

Tracey Morgan has direct knowledge of the trials, tribulations and joys of school trip planning, having arranged and experienced familiarisation trips, as well as organising inbound and outbound tours around the world. This wisdom ensures that each tour you travel on with Holts Tours will cover every eventuality and explore every opportunity.


To arrange and plan your tour, call Tracey on 01306 873 571