History of Medicine and Pharmacy in Athens and the Peloponnese - Jon Baines Tours

History of Medicine and Pharmacy in Athens and the Peloponnese

7 - 10 Oct 2020
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

There are parts of Greece that are timeless, where myths still seem to whisper across ancient stones. This journey from Athens to the Peloponnese takes you to evocative sites of mythology and celebrated healing centres of ancient times.

Explore Athens, cross the Corinth Canal and continue to the coastal town of Tolo via the ancient ruins of Nemea, where Hercules overcame the Nemean Lion. Drive to Nafplio, one of the prettiest Greek towns, set on a lovely harbour, surrounded by the Arcadian Mountains and sheltered by a rocky headland and large natural fortress crowned by a Venetian castle. Take a scenic drive through the Argos Plain to Mycenae, where you will enter by the Lion Gate. Explore the Royal Palace, the shaft graves and the remains of the city walls. Continue to the magnificent amphitheatre at Epidaurus, birthplace of the son of Apollo, Asclepius. Visit the Asclepeion at Epidaurus - the most celebrated healing centre of the classical world - as well as the theatre and museum.

This can be joined as a pre cruise extension to our Conflicts, Cures and Curiosities in the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise (10 -20 October 2020) or taken as a stand-alone tour.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Briony Hudson

Briony Hudson

Briony Hudson is a freelance pharmacy historian, lecturer and museum curator and is published widely. She is a past chair of London Museums of Health and Medicine and of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy. She is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society, an honorary lecturer at the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University, a member of the International Academy for the History of Pharmacy, and president of the Faculty for the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Society of Apothecaries.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 7 Oct (Wed) Athens: Arrive into Athens and check into the boutique Hera Hotel, located at the foot of the Acropolis. There will be a welcome dinner in the evening with tour leader Briony Hudson
  • 8 Oct (Thurs) Athens/ Tolo: Visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Depart Athens and drive over the Corinth Canal to the ancient ruins of Nemea, where Hercules overcame the Nemean Lion and where the Nemean Games were held. Continue to Tolo and check into the John and George Hotel
  • 9 Oct (Fri) Tolo: Drive to Nafplio, one of the prettiest Greek towns. Enjoy a walking tour of its narrow streets filled with elegant Venetian houses and neoclassical mansions. Lunch will be accompanied with wine tasting of local wines, Return to Tolo in the late afternoon and at leisure
  • 10 Oct (Sat) Tolo/ Piraeus: Visit the ruins of Mycanae. Drive to Epidaurus, renowned in antiquity for its unique medical facilities and healing treatments. From here those continuing their journey on our Conflicts, Cures and Curiosities Cruise will transfer to Piraeus and embark on the MS Serenissima. Those who are not will be transferred to Athens. No accommodation is included for this night but we can arrange additional nights in Athens for you.

Tour cost

US $938 per person (excluding international flights and airport transfers)

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