One Seat Available for Fall 2019 Greece Tour
Because of a cancellation, there is one space now open for the fall Greece tour. In addition to the 12-day botanical tour, we have also added a 4-day tour of archeological sites in and near Athens. The Fall-Bulbs-of-Greece Tour will be October 28 – November 8, 2019. This tour will focus on the fall-blooming bulbs of Peloponnese but will also include botanizing in northern Greece and the Athens area.
The tour will be led by Lefteris Dariotis (a.k.a. Liberto Dario), who spoke to a number of NARGS chapters in fall 2016.
Detailed Itinerary: Click HERE
Pre-Registration Form: Click HERE
More information about the four-day archeologcal extension tour:
Sat 9/11 Day 1: Parthenon – Acropolis Museum – Ancient Agora - Roman Agora - Herodeion– Plaka
Today we’ll explore the Acropolis hill and most of the important archaeological sites that surround it. We’ll start with the Parthenon, and then head down to the Ancient Agora and Roman Agora at the base of the hill. We’ll visit the ancient theatre of Herodes Atticus and visit the new Acropolis Museum that houses all the important artifacts of the Acropolis Hill. We’ll do a leisurely stroll, have lunch, see the sights and discuss all the small pieces that together constitue the areas of Plaka and Anafiotika, with their 100-year-old houses and village atmosphere at the very center of Athens.
Sun 10/11 Day 2: Kerameikos – Panathenaic Stadium – Temple of Olympian Zeus – Kaisariani Monastery – Archaeological Museum
A few steps away from our hotel, lies the archaeological site of Kerameikos, and this is how our day will start today. It constitutes a big part of ancient Athens, on both sides of the city walls and running along the banks of the ancient Eridanos river. We’ll then hop on our bus to visit the marble Panathenaic stadium and the nearby Temple of Olympian Zeus. We’ll continue towards the western foothills of Mount Hymettus, where we’ll visit the picturesque Kaisariani monastery and have lunch. At the afternoon we’ll end up at the most important collection of Greek artifacts from all historical eras, the Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Mon 11/11 Day 3: Mycenae – Epidavrus - Nafplion
Today we depart Athens on a day trip to northeastern Peloponnese. After visiting the archaeological site of Mycenae (one of the most important Bronze age sites), we’ll travel to Epidavrus, have a small lunch and visit the word wide known ancient theater with its imposing mass and acoustics. We’ll then transfer to the first capital of Greece, Nafplion, one of the most charming towns in Greece, for its picturesque seafront, neoclassical architecture and castles. You’ll be free to walk around and enjoy the town at your own pace, and have early dinner in one of its many restaurants.
Tue 12/11 Day 4: Delphi –Byzantine Monasteries of Dafni and Osios Loukas
We’ll begin our day in eastern Athens where the 11th century Monastery of Dafni, one of only 4 churches in Greece on which original Byzantine mosaics are to be found. We’ll then travel north to mount Parnassus and the world known archaeological site of Delphi, the ‘center of the earth’, where we’ll visit the archaeological site and museum. After lunch and if time allows, we’ll drive to the Monastery of Osios Loukas on nearby Mount Helicon, to see more amazing examples of byzantine mosaics.