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

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 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.


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.



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


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.


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
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500