Dates: 16 – 22 June 2019
(6 Nights/7 Days)

Total Price (Per Person)*: 1950€ (sharing 2 persons)
260€ (plus for single supplement)

*Special Prices for Groups

Naval Battles (Land)

This thematic program examines for the first time four great naval battles fought in Greek waters, namely Salamis, Actium, Lepanto and Navarin. Ancient naval battles were quite risky; they involved massive investments in money in building ships and trained manpower for rowing and marines. Losing a battle at sea often meant that ships that were captured gave the enemy a very expensive war tool. For this reason, naval battles, though rare, tended to be among the most decisive engagements from the Persian invasion all the way to WWII.

Salamis (480 BC) has a solid position as one of the most influential battles of all time including land battles. At Actium (31 BC) the victory left Octavian as the most dominant leader and through a swirl of political actions created the line of Emperors that would rule for centuries. Lepanto (1571 AD, one of the decisive battles of the world, and the greatest naval engagement between Actium and Trafalgar, marked the first significant victory for a Christian naval force over a Turkish fleet and the climax of the age of galley warfare in the Mediterranean. In Navarin (1827 AD), the combined fleets of Britain, France and Russia defeated the Ottoman fleet enabling the Greek Independence.

Day 1 – Sunday 16 June – Arrival
  • Arrival at Athens Airport
  • Travel to Hotel
  • Ice breaking drink
Day 2 – Monday 17 June – Salamis
  • Study period
  • Park of Maritime Tradition – Trireme exhib./li>
  • Egaleo Hill, battle development
  • Travel to Nafpaktos
Day 3 – Tuesday 18 June – Lepanto
  • Battle of Lepanto
  • Battle development
  • Travel to Lefkada
  • Overnight in Lefkada
Day 4 – Wed. 19 June – Cruise
  • Daily cruise around Lefkas island
  • Sail to Fiscardo, Cefallonia
  • Sail to Ithaca
  • Return to Lefkada
Day 5 – Thursday 20 June – Actium
  • Battle of Actium
  • Battle development
  • Nicopolis archaeological site
  • Travel to Pylos
  • Overnight in Yalova
Day 6 – Friday 21 June – Navarin
  • Battle of Navarin
  • Travel to Olympia
  • Olympia archaeological site
  • Return to Athens
  • Group dinner
Day 7 – Saturday 22 June – Departure
  • Travel to the Airport
  • Departure
What is Included
  • 3*/4* hotel accommodation (basic) including breakfast
  • Information pack
  • Evening presentations (where appropriate)
  • All travel costs
  • All entrance fees
  • All presentations in battlefields
  • Tour manager available day and night
  • Pack meals
  • Tea and coffee?
  • Light snack and bottled water each day
  • One group dinner
  • Memorabilia gift
What is NOT Included
  • Flights costs
  • Pick Up Transport from/to Airport
  • Evening dinners (except last night)

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