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Indulge in blissful week amidst the olive groves

Exploring Homer’s World: Bronze Age Greece

Apr 22 - May 03, 2023

12 days | Greece | Literary Adventures

Tour Leader Scott Shafer is hosting a webinar called "Exploring Homer's World in Athens and Crete" on Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 PM ET. Click here to register!

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):
US$5695 - US$6215, based on room category
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
3Drive to Nafplion, with stop in Corinth Day 4: See the magnificent 4th century BCE theatre at Epidaurus Day 5: Argos, Tiryns, Mycenea
6Fly to Crete
7 - 10Daily discussions and explorations on CreteDay 11: Herakleon with visit of Knossos Day 12: Depart Crete
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Your Tour Leaders

Melanie Blake is the executive director of Classical Pursuits and organizer of the annual Toronto Pursuits cultural salon. She studied English and French at Fordham University and the Université de Montpellier, and has an MA in literature and linguistics from the University of Nottingham. She loves languages, cocktails, and the unexpected.

Scott Shafer is a recent college graduate and regular attendee of Toronto Pursuits based in the Bay Area, where he’s pursuing a career in museum studies. Trained in Greek and Roman history at Carleton College, he loves to share his passion for classical antiquity and always seeks to find common ground between past and present.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
US$5695 - US$6215, based on room category
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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