In February 2010, my brother James and friend Matt took a 16 day trip to England & Greece. We arrived in England first and stayed just outside Hyde Park in Central London. We spent the next five days exploring the city and traveling to the Ancient Roman Baths, mythical Stonehenge, and majestic Windsor Castle. We also did a "rock n' roll" tour and saw many famous homes, studios, and hangouts of rock legends like the Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, and Hendrix.
We then flew into Athens and explored the city on foot traveling to the amazing Parthenon located on top of the Acropolis and toured many culturally diverse neighborhoods and experienced the cuisine and entertainment of the region. On the third day, we then traveled south across the Peloponnese peninsula to the ancient city of Mycenae and Agamemnon's royal palace near the west coast of Greece along the Ionic Sea. This was the king who sacked Troy with the Trojan horse bit according to the famous Greek philosopher Homer. We then traveled to Epidaurus and explored a 2300 year old open air roman theater. We then traveled on to Olympia where competition sport was invented. The first Olympic games were held here over 2700 years ago! I was able to carry on a foot race on the same track that Achilles would have used, although perhaps a little slower.
On to Delphi, the mystic sight of the famous Oracle who made predictions to kings and emperors for thousands of years and was the "United Nations" of its day. In Delphi, we toured the Temple of Zeus, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then on to central Greece to Meteora, the sight of numerous cliff top monasteries dating back to the 14th century, including the one in the James Bond film "For your Eyes Only". We hiked up to several of them and explored there reinforced Byzantine chapels and fortifications.
We then traveled to the east coast of Greece along the Aegean Sea to the sight of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae. This was the famous sight featured in the movie "300" that pitted 300 Spartans lead by King Leonidas against the million man army lead by the Persian King Xerxes. We then finished back in Athens for another day of sightseeing and on to home. Great trip!