Homer's Ithaca. An 8-day unique experience!
Discover the literature, heroes and science of ancient Greece through the Homer’s famous epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey. Reading Homer through our experts’ eyes will become a wonderful, fascinating and most importantly a memorable experience.
Join us to our Symposiums, under the starry sky of the Ithaca Island
Join our expert lecturer, Ms. Efimia Karakantza, Professor of Ancient Greek Literature in the University of Patras and Fellow in Ancient Greek Literature in the University of Harvard, to our Symposiums, which take place in atmospheric places under the summer starry sky, to talk about:
- Being in love: Hector’s and Andromache’s last meeting.
- The angry hero: Achilles
- When a hero dies in defense of the others: Patroclus’ death.
- Revenge: Achilles back to battle to take revenge for Patroclus’ death.
- Killing the enemy: Hector’s death by Achilles.
- Compassion ‘closes’ the Iliad: Achilles pities the old Priam and returns the body of his son’s Hector.
Tales from the Homer’s Iliad
Seafaring in the Mediterranean
- Encountering dangerous females: Calypso, Circe, and the Sirens.
- Fed to the enemy: the Cyclops, and the Laistrygonians.
- Sea monsters and the like: Scylla and Charybdis.
Going back home (nostos)
- Claiming your wife and your kingdom back: killing the suitors in the bow contest.
- All’s well that ends well l restoring peace in Ithaca.
Tales from the Homer’s Odyssey
The tragedies of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides, the most famous and celebrated playwrights in ancient Greece whose plays are still performed centuries after their very first premiere
- How to kill a husband (Aeschylus’ Oresteia)
- Marrying your mother (Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex)
- Fighting with the God (Euripides’ Bacchae)
The thoughts, concerns and theories of the ancient Greek Philosophers who have played an essential role in the shaping of the western philosophical tradition which began in ancient Greece in the 6th century BC
- Explaining the world (Hesiod’s Theogony)
- The first Physicists (The Pre-Socratic Philosophers)
- And so science was born (Mathematics, Geometry, Music, Astronomy, Medicine, and Urbanism)
- What about human beings? (Politics, Ethics – Plato, Aristotle
Worldwide famous as the mythical home of Homer’s Odysseus, Ithaca, the peaceful, quiet and blissful island of the Ionian Sea, is an ideal holiday destination for nature lovers and an exceptional treat for devotees of ancient Greek literature, poetry and philosophy. With its Homeric charm, ancient ruins, hidden coves with small pebbled and sandy beaches, sheer cliffs, lush landscapes and splendid views Ithaca enchains you to its magical aura.
Day per day itinerary
Day One – Welcome to Greece
..Welcome to Athens….Upon your arrival in Greece you will be greeted at the airport and transferred by our private chauffeur service to your hotel located in the heart of the historical center of the city with amazing view on the Acropolis. You will be welcome with a glass of marvelous wine and you can spend some hour in leisure to wash away your journey. In the evening everyone gets together for a walk in the picturesque alleys of Plaka and Monastiraki where we will have our welcome dinner.
Day Two – Acropolis of Athens. A place that inspires enlightenment
Finishing our breakfast we are ready to visit the sacred hill of the Acropolis. During this focused walk we will look closely at the Acropolis and its essential role in the city.
Our visit will cover the main buildings of the Acropolis, including:
– The Propylaea – the monumental entrance to the Acropolis
– The Erechtheion – an ancient Greek temple which was dedicated to both Athena and
– The temple of Athena Nike – Nike means victory in Greece and Athena was worshipped as the goddess of victory in war and wisdom.
– And, of course, the Parthenon.
Early in the afternoon we will have a visit to the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora of the Classical Athens, located to the northwest of the Acropolis. The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, social, administrative and commercial activity, the cultural and religious center of the city and the seat of justice. We will wander through the remnants of the most significant buildings and structures, such as:
– The Monument of the Eponymous Heroes – a marble podium that bore the bronze statues
of the ten heroes representing the tribes of Athens
– The Bouleuterion – which served as a meeting-place of the 500-member Boule (Senate), consisted of fifty citizens, from each of the ten Athenian tribes, chosen by allotment each
– The Tholos – the headquarters of the 50 prytaneis who served as the executive committee of the Boule (Council) for an interval of 35 or 36 days.
– The Altar of the Twelve Gods – an altar and sanctuary dedicated to the twelve Olympian Gods.
Our lecturer, Efimia Karakantza, will be your guide and you will finish this tour with a deeper comprehension of ancient Athenian society and a basic answer to: why Athens is widely considered the touchstone of western civilization, the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, sciences and classical art.
This special day will be completed with a fine dining experience in a delightful and atmospheric roof garden restaurant in the shadow of the sacred rock of the Acropolis where you will relish traditional Greek dishes with Mediterranean inflections and marvelous wine.
We drink, eat and converse…just like the Greeks – this is our first Symposium.
Day Three – Where Nostos takes you
We gather for our last breakfast in Athens and finishing this we join our chauffer for our transfer to the port where we board on the ship for Ithaca. You can relax and enjoy the journey that brings you to the new shores of a mythical land.
Let your imagination be fueled with epic scenes, heroes and enjoyable, full of intrigue, episodes between passionate gods of the unparalleled ancient Greek mythology.
Let the images of turquoise crystal waters, secluded calm beaches, relish food and the endless beauties of the island to come…
Once we arrive in Ithaca we will be transferred to Vathy, the capital of the island, a pleasant seaside town characterized by typical Greek Island architecture.
You will enjoy your accommodation in charming, spacious, delightfully and stylish furnished suites with pool, pool bar, excellent facilities and stunning view over the sea and the surrounding islands.
The remainder day is free to rest.
Day Four – On the trails of Odysseus
Enjoy your breakfast either by the pool or in the seclusion of your balcony and let yourselves to the surrounding tranquil aura. Today we will experience a fascinating private sailing tour around the scenic cost of the island filled with hidden coves off the beaten tourist track and we will explore this peaceful and undiscovered island through its beautiful pebbled and sandy beaches. Swim in the calm, emerald and inviting sea – the perfect way to feel rejuvenated.
We will visit the southern part of the island and the Homeric Arethusa Fountain and the Rock of Corax (the raven). According to mythology Corax, the son of Arethusa, while pursuing a hare was swept off a crag and died. His mother in grief wept so much that she turned into this spring. We will make a stop in the beautiful beach of Marathia and we will have a short walk to the House of Eumaeus, the faithful swineherd of Odysseus.
According to Homer’s Odyssey Eumaeus was the first mortal that Odysseus met after his return to Ithaca after fighting in the Trojan War. Although he didn’t recognize his old lord — Odysseus was in disguise — Eumaeus treated Odysseus well, offering food and shelter to one whom he thinks is a mere beggar.
Later on the afternoon we return to our hotel and when rested we meet each other for our second Symposium.
Day Five – Leisure Day
For those who love swimming and hiking in the mornings we suggest a tour to Piso Aetos, a pebbled beach we find following a short path –about five minute walk – which combines all the shades of blue and green as the olives trees reach almost to the sea.
On one side of Piso Aetos, there is the archaeological site where a significant sanctuary dated in the 9th century BC, excavated in 1930s by the British School of Athens.
On the top of the hill of Piso Aetos we find the ruins of the ancient acropolis of Alalkomenes which is considered to be an important settlement of the post-odyssean era. The city is surrounded by walls, which still stand in places at an impressive height, so in Ithaca are known as “Cyclopean”.
Μany objects of important historical value were found through excavations of the area, including coins imprinted with the name Ithaca and depicting the image of Odysseus.
You can visit the site following the path that starts from the road, Our private chauffeur service will take you to the closest point of the road heading to the site and we will provide a guided tour if desired. It’s a tiring enough but brief walk, as the path is pretty steep. Heading In the afternoon we will meet our lecturer for our third Symposium.
Day Six – Sailing in the Ionian Sea
Finishing our breakfast we are ready for our day sailing tour .Relax gazing at the endless blue of the Ionian Sea while spectacular sceneries and picturesque villages –Frikes, Kioni – sail in front of your eyes.
We will sail around the northern part of Ithaca and we will visit the bay of Polis, an ancient city which was sunk by a destructive earthquake in 967 AD.
We will take a look at the Loizos Cave, a place where once stood a center of worship of the Mycenaean civilization, especially used at ancient times as a temple to worship the Nymphs, Artemis, Hera, Athena and Odysseus.
The findings that have been recovered from the Cave of Loizos, are considered to be of great importance for the history of the island. Today the cave remains underwater and is inaccessible to visitors.
Worth seeing are also the ruins of the byzantine city of Ierousalem which sunk by the same earthquake.
Then we will head towards the beautiful island of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands with splendid natural beauty.
We will make a stop in Fiskardo, the small, picturesque and charming village in the northern tip of the island where we will savor exceptional Greek traditional food, grilled fresh fish and marvelous wine. Don’t miss to taste savóro fish (fish fillet fried in vinegar, raisins, rosemary and garlic) and tserepáto (red meat of chicken charcoal-grilled in a clay pot).
After the lunch you can take a short walk from the small pass through the pine forest which takes you to the lighthouse. There you will enjoy a stunning view over Ithaca.
Late in the afternoon we return to our hotel.
Day Seven – Return to Athens
Full of images, colors, smells and thoughts we say good bye to Ithaca and we take the way back to Athens.
“Keep Ithaca always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for”
Cavafy, Ithaca, translated by Edmund Keely/Philip Sherrard
This is the departure day. We say our last good-byes and our chauffer service will take you to the airport for your flight back home. Have a nice trip and keep your memories.
Homer's Ithaca. An 8-day once in a lifetime experience. Book Now!
Dates: July 1 – July 8, 2017
Twin sharing: 1.850,00 Euro per person
Single supplement: 2.300,00 Euro
Full Package includes:
- Seven (7) night accommodation as described in the itinerary
- Daily buffet breakfast –continental with a Greek touch
- Six (6) meals with drinks (wine, beer, water) in specially chosen restaurants- Special diets are provided.
- English speaking host 24/7
- Private transfers from and to the airport.
- Private transfers and guided tours in Athens, Ithaca and ancient Olympia as described in the itinerary.
- Ferry tickets to/from Ithaca
- Entrance fees to all archaeological sites and museums stated above.
- The expenses of the private sailing tours in Ithaca and Kefalonia
- The services of our lecturer Mrs. Effymia Karakantza , Professor of Ancient Greek Literature, University of Patras, Fellow in Ancient Greek Literature University of Harvard.
- The services of the English speaking local guides.
- All admissions, all tips for drivers, guides and waiters
- Travel insurance
Price does not include:
- Travel expenses to and from Greece
- Transfers unless stated in the itinerary
- Items of personal nature
- Any other excursions or activities which are not included in the tour.
- For booking the tour a payment in advance of 20% of the tour price is requested. Once you pay the requested amount you will receive a confirmation proforma invoice.
- The rest amount can be paid in installments – if desired. Final payment is due 60 days before the start date of the tour. A final invoice will be sent to you as soon as we confirm the final payment.
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