Peloponnese holiday, cultural tour in Greece

“Combine 'must visit' museums and iconic ancient sites with shimmering coastal views and free time spent relaxing at the beach or exploring picturesque Peloponnese villages.”


Athens | Acropolis | Nafplion | Epidavros | Free days in Areopolis and Pylos | Mani Peninsula | Vathia village | Mycenae | Byzantine 'ghost town' of Mystras | Optional: trips to Monemvassia and the fortified Venetian village of Methoni

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Our top tip:
Grab a copy of The Odyssey or The Iliad and let Odysseus, Agamemnon and Achilles guide your dreams through the Peloponnese.
Trip type:
Small group. Max group size 18.
Activity level:
Full On
12 nights in standard hotels, based on two sharing.
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, tour leader.
All breakfasts included.
Single rooms available at a supplement, no extra cost to share with another traveller.
About this holiday company:
The founders led overland trips across the world in the 60s and 70s before creating this company in 1981. Today, it offers tours in 120 countries, but never lost that pioneering spirit of adventure.
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peloponnese holiday, cultural tour in Greece

The majority of accommodation we use on this trip is locally owned and in which you experience great food, much of which is sourced locally, and lovely wine. This not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of percolating money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit.

Our Tour Leaders are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This trip uses the services of a number of different suppliers, from the numerous restaurateurs, boat owners, guides and drivers, and our visit provides significantly more employment than on a more conventional ‘package holiday’. We try to reduce our impact on the environment by switching to public transport where a group is small enough to warrant doing so, but when using a chartered vehicle we specify our preference for a smaller, more eco-friendly bus.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

2 Reviews of Peloponnese holiday, cultural tour in Greece

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Getting to Mycenae early enough to go straight to the top of the sight and having five minutes absorbing the atmosphere on our own.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We had two extra nights in Athens because there was only one direct flight a week from where we live in France. This gave us time to see most of the extra sites in Athens not included in the tour, especially the Archaeological Museum. So we would recommend having extra time in Athens if possible.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It used local hotels and transport companies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 03 Nov 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The mountains around Nizwa in Oman and the night spent on the dhow off the coast near Muscat.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Up until the end of October, Oman is still hot, so don't take too many warm clothes. Also, although a sleeping bag is recommended, it is not really necessary for camping.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Oman has a problem disposing of garbage and there is no recycling yet, so I feel we contributed to the problem by using bottled water. Also, driving on beaches and sand dunes in four wheel drives as part of the tour was detrimental to the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Overall, the trip to Oman was very interesting as the landscape of culture are unique. It was well organised and the group dynamic was positive which made the tour most enjoyable.

Read the operator's response here:

It sounds as though for the most part you enjoyed your trip, but we did note your point about the bottled water. This is something we are looking at as a company. Filter bottles are a possibility, as is using larger containers that people can refill their bottles from, as potential solutions. Our Operations Manager for the region is discussing this with our local agent, and also the matter of driving on the dunes. We do not wish to encourage any activity which might degrade the environment.

I hope that your overall memories are very good, and I know it’s long way off, but we look forward to welcoming you onto our Sicily trip next autumn.

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