Archaeological and cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels will explore some of the greatest treasures of Greece this year, heading away from the island crowds to reveal the extraordinary history of the region of Macedonia.
Greece Meteora Agia Triada Monastery
A new 14-day expedition, From the Slopes of Mount Olympus to the Shores of the Aegean, explores the region through its archaeology, food and wine, linking some of the most spectacular scenery of northern Greece with a rich history dating back thousands of years.
Hosted by archaeologists and historians Heinrich Hall and Dr Maria Girtzi, the tour was chosen by London’s Sunday Times as one of its top 100 holidays. It will be held from September 2 to 15, 2015, travelling through beautiful and unusually diverse landscapes, from lofty mountains to fertile plains and the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
Catering to no more than 16 people, the tour provides a chance to explore grand archaeological sites, mighty castles, serene monasteries, labyrinthine villages and the great city of Thessaloniki, home to many different cultures during its 2300-year history.
It includes the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vergina, where Alexander the Great was proclaimed king and where visitors can view the lavish treasures of the tomb of his father, Phillip II. The tour also visits Meteora, renowned for its striking mountain landscapes in which ancient Byzantine monasteries sit precariously atop sandstone pillars.
Along the way, guests will experience the region’s culture through its food and wine, enjoying excellent meals at specially chosen venues and some of the wines that have emerged from the recent Greek winemaking revival.
From the Slopes of Mount Olympus to the Shores of the Aegean operates from September 2 to 15, 2015, and costs £3595 per person (approx A$7220), including transport, accommodation, most meals, expert guides, airport transfers and all entrance fees. Excludes airfares.
Photograph: One of the World Heritage-listed Byzantine monasteries of Meteora in Greece, the Agia Triada, part of the new Peter Sommer Travels expedition From the Slopes of Mount Olympus to the Shores of the Aegean.