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Marvel at the splendid antiquities
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Challenge yourself reading one of the world’s greatest books
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Savour delicious Greek Cuisine
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Indulge in blissful week amidst the olive groves

Exploring Homer’s World: Bronze Age Greece

May 01-14, 2023

14 days | Greece | Literary Adventures

Dates subject to change.

READINGS
The Odyssey by Homer
Selected Greek dramas and myths
Optional pre-trip online reading of the Iliad

Part tour, part retreat, our trip is a unique opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the world of Homer by reading his epic Odyssey and visiting sites connected to his myths and stories. We set the context by exploring the architectural masterpieces of Athens, including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Classical Pursuits leader Mark Cwik and our local guides will bring Homeric legends and ancient Greek drama to life on excursions to sites such as Thebes and Aulis. And we’ll see written in stone the multicultural heritage of Greece in towns such as Nafplion, with its Roman, Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish architecture.

For the second half of our journey, enjoy a relaxing yet stimulating week at the Kapsaliana resort in beautiful, mountainous Crete. The quiet setting among olive groves is the ideal place to dig deeper into the Odyssey. Homer’s epic poem tells the story of the journey of the Ithacan king Odysseus as he tries to return home after the Trojan War. A skilled discussion leader of innumerable Odyssey groups over the years, Mark will provide a fun and engaging experience whether you are coming to the epic for the first time or have read it many times before.

The guiding principle of our trip is a concept sacred to ancient Greeks and still a fundamental value in Greece today: philoxenia, which can be translated as “friend to the stranger.” The Odyssey is a story of xenia (guest-friendship), whether it is practiced well or poorly, treated with reverence or parodied. Outside the pages of the book, enjoy Greece’s famous hospitality with a group of travellers who might start out as strangers but will end up as friends.
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Tour Cost (per person):
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Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers: accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all entrance fees; taxes and gratuities; literary discussions; books and readings; fully escorted.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Athens
2Explore “the most perfect poem in stone”, the Acropolis
3Neolithic through Roman era art and artefacts
4Excursion to Thebes and Aulis
5Drive to Nafplion, stopping at Corinth along the way
6Argos, Tiryns, Mycenea
7See the magnificent 4th century BCE theatre at Epidaurus
8Fly to Crete
9 - 13Daily discussions and explorations on Crete, including Knossos
14Depart Crete
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Your Tour Leader

Mark Cwik is education manager and a longtime seminar leader for Classical Pursuits. Mark currently lives in London, England, where he leads seminars with the London Literary Salon.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Coming soon!
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers: accommodation based on double occupancy; most meals; transportation by private coach; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all entrance fees; taxes and gratuities; literary discussions; books and readings; fully escorted.

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