Ancient history via chic guesthouses

Be guided through the classics in Italy and Greece

The Amalfi Coast, explored in Cazenove + Loyd’s Bay of Naples tour.
The Amalfi Coast, explored in Cazenove + Loyd’s Bay of Naples tour.

If travel is all about finding an oracle, then Rupert Smith (www.theeviaschool.com) is a man among gods: a formidable classics scholar who ran Lord Rothschild’s and Lord Sainsbury’s Butrint Foundation in Albania. Smith’s ability lies in searching out chic, little-known guesthouses from Sicily to the Peloponnese, which he stitches together with ancient history in bespoke trips.

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Tour operator Cazenove + Loyd (www.cazloyd.com/escorted_tours) has now teamed up with Smith for two escorted journeys – the first focusing on the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast (pictured) in April (from £1,630 per person), the second on Greece in July (from £1,625) – with both skewed towards families. The July tour takes in the mighty citadels of ancient heroes at Mycenae and Pylos, and the rival cities of Athens and Sparta, bringing to life the classics for those who never get beyond amo, amas, amat.

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