Follow in the footsteps of The Little Drummer Girl with a trip to Greece. The six-part series of John Le Carré’s spy novel, being shown on BBC1 on Sunday nights, features stunning locations including the capital Athens and island of Naxos.
Naxos is where Charlie (Florence Pugh) meets her love interest Joseph Becker (Alexander Skarsgård) for the first time,
The structures of Ancient Greece feature throughout The Little Drummer Girl, most notably the Temple of Poseidon and the Acropolis, where Charlie looks up at the evening lit Parthenon and says : “How will I ever fall in love after this?”.
Prime Ministerial permission had to be obtained for filming in the Acropolis and marks the first ever night shoot in Greece’s most famous landmark. The Acropolis is a must-visit while in Athens. A symbol of Grecian antiquity, the white marble columns of the Acropolis tower high above the city, where they have stood for 2,500 years. The Parthenon temple crowns the temple complex, the most important ancient site in the Western World and considered to be the pinnacle of Doric architecture.
Nearby at the Acropolis Museum, the original sculptures and lavishly coloured friezes that once belonged to the city of Pericles – before the Acropolis became the domain of the Gods – can be viewed. Plan your trip as entry to the Acropolis is free on charge on the first Saturday of every month from November – March.
A three-night city break to Athens with AITO specialist Planet Holidays starts from £599 per person travelling on Friday, November 30 from Heathrow and B&B at the five-star St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel. Other hotels are on offer including three and four star hotels.
Athens is easy to walk around and highlights include walking around the Acropolis overlooking the city and visiting the Parthenon, as well as visiting the superlative Acropolis Museum. With the Planet Holidays package quote, the free entrance to the Acropolis Museum can be enjoyed on the Saturday as it is the first Saturday of the month of December!
Add on a week to Naxos after a short Athens stay from £1,345 per person based on two people, with return flights from Heathrow to Athens in June plus return Athens to Naxos flights and transfers. A total of 10 nights with 3 nights’ B&B at the five-star St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel, followed by seven nights at the four-star Finikas Hotel in Pyrgaki.