10 days

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The Dream of King Pyhrrus

Crossing from Greece to Albania and back again we explore the ancient Kingdom and later republic, of Epirus nestled between the Pindus Mountains and the Ionian Sea. On the periphery of ancient Greece, it was the Molossian King Pyrrhus who brought the kingdom centre stage with his campaigns against Rome in the 3rd century. Pyrrhus was the cousin of Alexander the Great and inherited his energy and ambition. Epirus became a favourite resort of wealthy Romans and the arena for Rome’s civil wars.  Later still, Epirus was a crucial Byzantine province and centre of a breakaway medieval empire that rivalled that of Constantinople. An unusual tour of this unique area, we trace the course of the kingdom’s failures and successes with the exploration of a cornucopia of archaeological remains.

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy two nights on Corfu, an island rich in natural beauty
  • Spend a full day at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint on the shores of the Ionian Sea
  • Discover the lovely lakeside town of Ioannina on the western shore of Lake Pamvotis
  • Explore Nikopolis constructed by Augustus in celebration of the Battle of Actium

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Today's Price

Deposit: £1,000 Single supplement: £695

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Oliver Gilkes

Andante Guide Lecturer

Oliver is an archaeologist of eclectic experience. Currently he works as a freelance consulting archaeologist, and provides advice for Andante Travels on designing as well as leading a number of tour groups.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
12 April 2024 AEPI240412 12 April 2024 (Friday) 21 April 2024 (Sunday) Oliver Gilkes £5,140
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