The Peloponnese & Athens

Join us on our 12 days tour accompanied by Dr. Kieran O’Mahony across the Peloponnese, embracing some of the most evocative names from ancient Greece: Corinth; Mycenae, where Agamemnon went to war against Troy and Olympia the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Our tour ends in Athens at the famous Acropolis described by UNESCO as “the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world”. Our visit coincides with the Greek Orthodox Easter which we will celebrate with them.

The Biblical lectures will focus on the Gospel according to John. After a general introduction to the Fourth Gospel, selected scenes will be chosen to explore the teaching of this Gospel and its relevance today.

Highlights

  • Explore Greece’s classical archaeology, taking in ancient temples, palaces and fortresses
  • View the ruins of ancient Corinth and Mycenae
  • Discover the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum, containing Parthenon sculptures
  • Celebrate the traditional Greek Orthodox Easter with the locals

What is Included

  • Return direct flights Dublin to Athens to include checked in bag
  • 11 nights accommodation in 3/4* hotels – BB basis (2 in Nafplion; 1 in Sparta, 3 in Kalamata, 2 in Olympia and 3 in Athens)
  • Meals: 7 dinners; 5 lunches including special Easter Sunday lunch and farewell dinner
  • Coaching as per programme
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide throughout your stay in Greece

What is Not Included

  • Insurance: €38.00 (+66 years - double premium)
  • Single room supplement: €38.00 per person per night (applies to first 8 rooms)
  • Double room for sole occupancy supplement: €45.00 per person per night
  • Entrance fees to sights and museums as per the programme approx. €125.00 (current prices)
  • Tips/gratuities for guide, driver and hotel staff

Itinerary Details

Thursday 5 April

Breakfast. Lecture followed by day trip to Corinth & Epidavros. Celebrate Mass in Ancient Corinth. Lunch.

Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.

Good Friday 6 April (Greek Orthodox Easter)

Breakfast followed by lecture. Guided walking tour in Nafplion with visit of the Palamidi fortress and then Mycenae, sites and museums open at noon time on this day. Afternoon travel to Sparti.

In the evening participate in the local procession. Dinner and overnight in Nafplion.

Holy Saturday 7 April (Greek Orthodox Easter)

Visit Mystras and stop briefly at Sparti. Lunch. Travel to Kalamata for dinner and overnight. At midnight, those who wish can join the celebrations for the Resurrection.

Easter Sunday 8 April (Greek Orthodox Easter)

Easter Sunday – celebrate Mass followed by lecture. Free day to relax and enjoy the traditional Easter Sunday lunch. Overnight in Kalamata

Monday 9 April

Lecture followed by a visit to the Archaeological Site of ancient Messene. Dinner and overnight in Kalamata.

Tuesday 10 April

Lecture followed by visits to the picturesque seaside towns of Methoni, Pylos and Navarino Bay to include lunch. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Wednesday 11 April

Breakfast followed by lecture. Visit Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.

Thursday 12 April

Breakfast followed by short lecture. Then drive via Andravida and Chlemoutzi medieval castle stopping for lunch en route to Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Friday 13 April

Breakfast followed by lecture. Afterwards spend the day exploring Athens. Overnight here.

Saturday 14 April

Breakfast followed by lecture. Rest of the day at leisure. Optional day trip to Thebes and Delphi can be arranged locally. Farewell dinner with view of the Acropolis.

Sunday 15 April

Morning Mass and final lecture before departing to the airport.

Note: Mass will be available each day.

Accommodation

Nafplion - Amalia Nafplion 4* or similar (2 nights)

This hotel is semi central and is within walking distance to the ruins of Ancient Tyrintha.

All its 170 rooms are soundproofed with WiFi, TV and minibar. Facilities include a restaurant, café and lounge bar.

Sparti - Menelaion 3* or similar (1 night)

This hotel is located in the city centre and has been recently renovated. All rooms are tastefully appointed.

It has its own restaurant.

Kalamata - Pharae Palace 4* or similar (3 nights)

Pharae Palace is located on the beachfront and a 7 minute drive to the centre of Kalamata. All its 76 rooms are soundproofed with WiFi , TV and minibar. It has a rooftop restaurant and lounge/bar.

Olympia - Hotel Europa 4* or similar (2 nights)

This hotel is semi centrally located and about 2.5 km from Ancient Olympia. All its 42 rooms are comfortable with WiFi, TV and minibar. It has its own restaurant and lounge/bar and rooftop terrace.

Athens - Golden Age 4* or similar (3 nights)

This hotel is located in the business district of Athens within 2 km of Athens Concert Hall, the Parliament and Syntagma Square. It has 2 restaurants, bar/lounge and fitness centre. All its 122 rooms are soundproofed and have WiFi, TV and minibar

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Ryanair

Dublin/Athens

07.25 hrs.

13.35 hrs.

Ryanair

Athens/Dublin

14.20 hrs.

16.50 hrs.

Important Information

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque /debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.