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Ancient Islands: Crete: Exploring Athens & the Island of crete
September 27th-October 6th, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
The beauty, culture and food will accompany us on this ancient island. Crete is the birthplace of Zeus and home to the Palace of Knossos and its legendary Minotaur. Knossos is the largest and best-preserved palace of the Minoan civilization, dating from between 1,700 and 1,400 B.C., although the site has produced evidence of habitation from thousands of years earlier. We will visit the town of Rethymnon, where we’ll visit the 16th-century Venetian fortress and wander the old town around the harbour. We will go inland, to the 3,000-foot-high Lasithi Plateau – green, fertile, and irrigated by white-sailed windmills. We will stop at Psychro to visit the Dictean cave, the mythical birthplace of Zeus, and Seli for spectacular views of the plateau. We visit the Kera Monastery, with frescoes dating from the late Byzantine period, the village of Mohos for a magnificent view of the villages of Chersonissos, Stalis, and Malia. The “wine-dark sea” written about by the poets of many ages is still vividly alive in the landscape of Greece, and so are many remains of the legendary past that have given birth to so much in our language and literature.
A Greek Easter: Exploring the Cradle of Western Civilization
April 26th- May 5th, 2019 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open
Long ago the ancient poets wrote the first epics of war and love, families and feuds, trickery and revenge, Gods and Heroes. Here, in glorious Greece, you’ll see where theater was born, consult the oracle at Delphi, stand where Paul preached to the Corinthians, and walk under the Lion Gate at Mycenae, just as the blind poet Homer recorded it nearly 3,000 years ago. In addition to history and scenic landscape, we will experience the warmth and generosity of the Greek people at Easter time- taking in flavors of traditional roast lamb, dancing to live music in the local tavern, and hearing the wonderful stories of generations living together in this mythical and beautiful country.