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It’s hard to overstate the debt we owe to the ancient Greeks – or the way that this tour of classical Greece will bring it to life. As the birthplace of Western civilization, the Greeks brought us democracy, philosophy, physics, mathematics, and the very concepts of theatrical tragedy and comedy. Homer’s 8th century BC Iliad and Odyssey are the epic forerunners of modern literature. In pursuing order and proportion the Greeks created an ideal of beauty that strongly influenced Western art.
But their cultural and technological achievements had a huge impact on the entire world, imparted to the East through Alexander the Great's campaigns,,
and to the West through the Roman Empire. This rich, unequalled legacy is never far away during your fascinating tour of Greece.
Positioned at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Greece has one of the longest coastlines in the world, with anything up to 6,000 islands depending on your definition. Although eighty percent of the country is mountainous, its fertile fields also produce vast amounts of figs, rice, olives and tomatoes - all wonderfully reflected in its legendary cuisine. Your tour to Greece will take you through startlingly beautiful scenery such as the steep ravines of the Peloponnese mountains, silvery valleys of olive groves and shimmering, enchanting island coastlines.
You’ll walk on your Greece tour through the heart of ancient Athens to marvel at the Acropolis and the Parthenon. You’ll find yourself at the centre of the world in Delphi’s temple of Apollo where the famous oracle relayed the god’s dispensations. You’ll wonder at the perfect symmetry and incredible acoustics of the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, relive Homer’s epic stories in the citadel of Mycenae, see where the modern Olympic torch is still kindled from the sun’s rays in its original birthplace of Olympia, and stay in the picturesque old seaside town of Nafplion. Your tour of Greece – stepping back into this ancient world - will be truly memorable.
Just arrived safely home from our best Riviera experience yet. Tour manager John Shaw was outstanding, his talks on Portugal’s history, geography and customs were greatly appreciated by all and .. [Read More]
Colin and Wendy Butt
A thoroughly enjoyable trip - an ideal introduction to the area - we saw and learnt so much (as we have always found with Riviera Travel tour managers!)
Diane was excellent - as was Gerard .. [Read More]
Hazel and Simon Morton
A very enjoyable tour. The time spent in each town seemed just right. The hotels were in good locations and all of a good standard. Tour guide Sharon, driver Orencio and the local guides were all .. [Read More]
Rob & Jane Taylor
Just back from a wonderful holiday in South Africa with Riviera. Everything ran very smoothly thanks particularly to the professionalism and good humour of Matt, our excellent Riviera Tour .. [Read More]
Hugh and Irene
This was the first time we have been on an organised tour and we really couldn’t fault it. We stayed at the very Italian, shabby chic Europa Palace which admittedly does need an .. [Read More]
We have just returned from our second Riviera tour and we enjoyed this one just as much. It is quite simply the best way to cram so much into a taster holiday for a given region. Riviera organise .. [Read More]
Richard and Deborah Willshire
To enjoy the unmatched landscape, European type towns, yet farmers from years gone by you must take the guides advice about the altitude. Ann from Rivera will then take you on an unforgettable .. [Read More]
John and Debbie
Kevin was a good and a very knowledgeable guide who clearly loves and understands this part of the world, its people and culture and could explain all this and its more recent turbulent history. .. [Read More]
My wife and I have just returned from a visit to the Deep South of the USA, which was a very enjoyable experience for us despite the petty moans and grumbles of a few of our party. The tour .. [Read More]
Mr and Mrs Hales
Just returned from another superb Riviera holiday. Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Paula definitely knew Italy and gave us a good insight with great humour.
Apulia is a beautiful region of Italy and has a more rustic existence than the north. Travelling to the south always feels more exciting. The centre of Lecce is typical of what you expect, .. [Read More]
First coach holiday.
Wonderful tour. Sharon our guide was not only knowledgeable but extremely helpful. I left important documents in a café in Ronda but did not notice this .. [Read More]
RON & SHARLEEN GILLIES
A wonderful tour of this island taking in most of the important sites. The tour manager, Daniela, did an outstanding job organising the group and we felt completely safe in the hands of our .. [Read More]
Cooper party (6)
Excellent insight to Japan. Paul, our tour manager, was great fun and organised everything in a professional and timely manner in keeping with Japan. Local guides were helpful, friendly and .. [Read More]
Nigel and Sandra
Excellent organisation. Brilliant Tour Manager - thank you, Paul. Good hotels. Local guides all excellent and informative.
Gained a very interesting introduction to this fascinating country, .. [Read More]
We have just returned from the Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento and Bay of Naples tour. It was an amazing week. Our tour manager Diana was excellent. She was interesting, informative and witty. She took .. [Read More]
Heather and Bill
Just wanted to thank Jackie, our tour manager, for making our holiday so memorable. Nothing was too much trouble, she was “always on duty” for anything that was needed. Lovely, lovely .. [Read More]
This was our first time with Riviera travel and it will be the first of many. The location (Lake Como) the hotel, the tour manager Julia and the itinerary could not be faulted.
We would .. [Read More]
George & Monica Dales