Rhodos; Old Town

Rhodes - Helios' Island

An 8-day cultural trip with hiking opportunities. Rhodes, with approximately 1400 km2 surface, the largest of the islands of the Dodecanese, located close to the coast of Asia Minor in the Aegean Sea. Its landscape is characterized by smooth and extensive beaches and partially forested mountains in the inland. Cleobulus the Rhodian was one of the Seven Sages of Greece and the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The Acropolis of Lindos and the the Fortress of the Knights of St John in the City of Rhodes are among the most fascinating sights in the Aegean.
Corfu; NW Coast

Corfu, island of the Phaeacians

An 8-day educational and hiking tour. The sickle-shaped island lies near the continental coast of Epirus, from which it is separated by the Sea of Corfu. Wide and mountainous is its northern part, narrow and hilly the southern. Olive trees and cypresses characterize the landscape. Spared by the earthquakes that destroyed the other Ionian Islands, Corfu conserves its beautiful old villages and the mediaeval town. Endless nature offers the ideal conditions for many hikes.
Tinos; Xobourgo

Cyclades: Islands of Light

A 15-day study and hiking tour: Visits and walks on Tinos (3 nights), Paros (3 nights), Santorini (3 nights) and Naxos (4 nights), with Delos and Mykonos. Last night: Accommodation in Athens. Tinos is home of the harsh north wind Boreas and the Shrine of Our Lady. Paros is the home of the poet Archilochos. Naxos was the center of the Venetian dukedom of the Archipelago. Delos was a Bethlehem of the old religion as Apollo, the god of light, was born there. On Santorin the myth of Atlantis revives. "Island Hopping" on the coasts of light. At least as nice as showed in the pictures.
Hiking on Karpathos

Culture on Rhodes, the Island of the Sun. Hiking on Karpathos.

A 15-day hiking and cultural trip. Smooth and extensive coasts, partially forested mountains in the inland and many sunny days characterize the island of Rhodes, connected since the earliest times to Helios, the sun god. The sanctuary of Athena of Lindos was a famous pilgrimage site of the old religion, while the citadel of St. John’s knights of the city of Rhodes is the most extensive medieval town in the Eastern Mediterranean. On the neighbor island of Symi, is surprising the beauty of its neoclassical main town. Mountainous and barren the island of Karpathos, known for its healthy climate and pristine landscapes, is ideal for extensive hikes.
Mount Olympus; Stefani

Hiking in Northern Greece: From Thessaloniki to Corfu.

This 15-day walking and educational tour leads us from the East to the West, traversing a less known part of Greece. We climb Olympus, the highest mountain of Greece and the summits of Astraka and Gamila, two of the highest peaks of the Northern mountains of Pindos complex. We traverse the spectacular gorge of Vikos. We visit cultural highlights, such as the Macedonian royal tombs at Vergina and the "floating" monasteries of Meteora. We get to Ioannina, a city located on a lake with an inhabited island. Finally, we arrive to the island of Corfu, a popular destination in the Ionian Sea. Swimming opportunities in the Aegean and the Ionian seas.
Kastoria

Northern Greece: Macedonia, Epirus and Thessaly

An 11-day cultural trip with hiking opportunities. Greek Macedonian royal tombs and sanctuaries, floating monasteries and Byzantine churches, legendary mountains and overwhelmingly beautiful coastlines: a journey through the northern Greece into a world full of secrets and mystical sites, historical places and unique natural beauty. It shivers thinking of the oracle of Zeus at Dodoni, the necropolis of the Macedonian kings in Aigai and the Meteora monasteries.
Patmos

Samos, Patmos, Kos: Historical islands in the eastern Aegean Sea

A 13-day hiking and educational tour. SAMOS: Pythagoras' island, also the centre of Hera's cult. The Heraion, temple of the Samian Hera, is an UNESCO World Heritage site. In PATMOS St. John had the vision of the Revelation. The monastery of St. John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse: an important christian pilgrimage, in the UNESCO World Heritage List. KOS was an important centre of the cult of the healing god Asclepius and the birthplace of Hippocrates, legendary "father of medicine"; today also a popular destination for beach enthusiasts. On NISYROS, an active volcano sleeps.
 Athens; Parthenon

Athens city break: To the cradle of Western civilization

A European city with six thousand years of history The second half of the 5th century BC is the high classical period of ancient Greek culture. After their victories in Marathon, Salamis and Plataea against the Persians, the Hellenes keep participating at the Olympic Games, where the winner was crowned with a simple olive wreath, and traveling to the Oracle of Delphi, to ask Apollo about the future. In Athens, the intellectual and cultural center of Hellas, democracy blooms. Pericles, the most prominent statesman of the city, orders the construction of the Parthenon and the other monuments of the Acropolis. Phidias adorns these temples with his sculptures. The great Tragedians of classical Greece take the old myths as an occasion to deal with existential questions, and their tragedies are performed during the dramatic competitions in honor of the wine God Dionysus. Hippocrates elevates the ancient healing practices to scientific medicine. The Sophists declare man is the “measure of all things” and Socrates asks him to recognize himself. In such an environment lives Plato in his youth. The foundations of Western civilization are laid. Romans, Christians and Turks came later. The classical past was ousted, and Athens sank into insignificance. When Modern Greece was established, the young prince Otto of Bavaria was elected king, and Athens was chosen as its capital. At the end of the same century, the first modern Olympic Games took place here. After a difficult 20th century (Balkan Wars, World War I, Asia Minor Catastrophe, World War II, Civil War, Dictatorship), Athens is today a big modern city; with a new face, and it successfully organized the Olympic Games of 2004. Despite recent economic crisis, the great city remains a must-do for every traveler interested in classical culture. It is really beautiful to walk along the cobblestone promenade beneath the Acropolis, then watch from the Philopappos Hill the Parthenon in the last daylight; or take the tram till the coast of the Saronic Gulf to enjoy sunset from the waterfront promenade.
Corfu; Vlacherna

Corfu: Through olive woods and traditional villages

An 8 day bicycle tour on Corfu, an island near the coast of Epirus on the NW part of Greece, separated from the continental coast by the Sea of Corfu. Wide and mountainous is the northern part, narrow and hilly the southern. Olive trees and cypresses characterize the landscape. As Scheria, homeland of the legendary Phaeacians, the island was introduced by Homer in the world literature: There, the adventures of Odysseus were finished. The shipwrecked was saved from Poseidon’s anger and the elements of nature in a sheltered creek, where a princess took care of him. His hosts organized finally his return trip to Ithaca.
Naxos; SW coast

Cyclades; islands in the Aegean Sea- bike and hike on the Cycladic Islands

A 15-day "bike and hike" tour (biking on Paros, Antiparos and Naxos, hiking on Santorini). Biking, hiking and touring on Paros, Naxos and Santorini, including excursions to Antiparos, Delos and Mykonos. Paros was the birthplace of the lyric poet Archilochos. Naxos had become the centre of the Venetian dukedom of the Archipelago. Delos was the Bethlehem for the ancient religion: There the god of light Apollo was born. Is Santorini the mythical Atlantis? “Island-hopping” at the coasts of light, biking by the sea through arid landscapes and lonely areas, walking on medieval paths to archaic statues, along the crater’s border. It’s really (at least) as beautiful as shown in the pictures.

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