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Homer’s Trail

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The land of Gods, the cradle of civilization, that was praised by Homer and gave birth to dramatic arts as we know them. A land almost too magical and steeped in mythology to be real. Visit this unique in its natural beauty and history country, and have its mysteries and ethereal nature revealed to you.

Homer’s Trail
Visit the cities of Athens, Nafplio, Olympia, Kefalonia & Ithaki
 

* Homer was a celestial personality for the ancient Greeks. Along with his work he was a source of model for his heroic conduct. His epics, poems have inspired many poets, storytellers, and dramatists. Odysseus’ adventurous and tumultuous voyage towards his homeland, Ithaki. Turned the island into a symbol for spiritual journeys, inspiration and solace.

This tour is an opportunity to discover and admire all about Greek civilization focusing on history and philosophy. This tour combines 5 different destinations where the traveler can feel like an ancient Greek.The historic center of Athens is an open-air museum, yet the city’s cultural and social life takes place amid these ancient landmarks, merging past and present. Nafplio and Olympia is a great way to admire Bourtzi, the archeological site of Ancient Olympia with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and many more sites. Kefalonia & Ithaki the main places that Homer lived, many sights and referred to his books.

Points of Interest

  • Kefalonia

    The largest island of the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is a very charming place. Although it has developed over the last years as a family destination, beach places in Kefalonia island never get crowded due to the large size of the island. Kefalonia Island is a top destination. Kefalonia became world famous through the blockbuster movie “Captain’s Corelli Mandolin” that exalted the island’s beaches and picturesque scenery. Since then, numerous celebrities from all over the world have spent their holidays in Kefalonia.

    Argostoli is the island capital.  It is a modern town, which preserves its traditional character, built amphitheatrically with a view of the Koutavous lagoon, which is a crossing area for the migratory birds.The city has many neoclassical buildings, big squares, churches and remarkable cultural activity. Although Argostoli was totally ruined by the earthquake dated since 1953, there are still sites that depict the old venetian architecture. Lixouri is the capital of Palliki municipality and the second biggest town of Kefalonia. The central square of Lixouri is Petritsis Square where you can enjoy your walk and visit many historical monuments, museums, churches and imposing mansions. Among them distinguishes the statue of Andreas Laskaratos, a great satirical poet and novelist.

  • Ithaki

    Nearby Kefalonia there is the famous island of Ithaca, celebrated since ancient times by the Greek poet Homer. From the east coast of Kefalonia is clearly visible on the island of Ithaca and, if you have a private boat, you will be extremely easy to organize day trips.
    The island of Ithaca is directly accessible from Patras, Kefalonia and the island of Lefkada, all direct connections with the port of the capital Vathi. The fishing village of Frikes, located to the north, offers direct connections to Kefalonia (Sami) and Lefkas (Nidri).  Due to its mountainous nature, the island of Ithaca is a fascinating place and it is also able to reconcile a splendid and unspoilt natural beauty with the influx of tourism that is never too much also during the high season.
    The coasts are rocky, but always gentle slopes and beaches of Ithaca are mostly small and lovely pebbly beach with crystal clear sea.  The main villages on Ithaca are: Vathy, the capital, the fishing villages of Frikes and Kioni and the small villages of Perahori, Lefki and Exochi.

    “As you set out for Ithaca, hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery,” wrote the great Greek poet Constantinos Cavafy. Can one journey provide myth and immortality?  It can, if the final destination is Ithaca. Odysseus’ adventurous and tumultuous voyage towards his homeland made this Ionian island mythical. It turned it into a symbol for spiritual journeys, inspiration, refuge.

  • Homer

    Homer is traditionally held to be the author of the ancient Greek epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey widely thought to be the first extant works of Western literature. He is considered by many to be the earliest and most important of all the Greek writers, and the progenitor of the whole Western literary tradition. He was a poetic pioneer who stood at a pivotal point in the evolution of Greek society from pre-literate to literate, from a centuries old bardic tradition of oral verse to the then new technique of alphabetic writing.

    The epic poem Odyssey focuses on the Greek character Odysseus and his ten year journey from Troy to Ithaca after the fall of Troy (Trojan war). The poem covers both the circumstances that befell his family in Ithaca and his own perilous adventures back from Troy. The poems of Illiad depict the seige of the city of Ilion or Troy during the Trojan War. The word Illiad itself means “something concerned with Ilion”. Illion was the city based in the state of Troy.

At a Glance

Discover must-see sights such as Acropolis, Bourtzi

Visit historical places where Homer lived

Visit Museums with great historical importance

See the famous Corinth canal

Visit the School of Homer

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12 Days
  • Include
    3* Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    Airport Transfers
    Breakfast
  • Not Included
    4* Accommodation
    Departure Taxes
    Entry Fees
1

Day 1

Arrival at the airport where the guests from our representative will welcome you. Free afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

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Day 2

The morning will start with a city tour in Athens. Allall the major points of interest that the city center has to offer will be visited. After that are going tol visit the famous and astonishing hill of Acropolis & the new Acropolis Museum. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

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Day 3

After breakfast you will depart for Nafplio via the Corinth Canal. Upon arrival, you shall enjoy a city tour and also a visit at the Palamidi fort, with amazing panoramic view. Transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Nafplio.

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Day 4

Today your day with begin with a stroll by the old port and visit the picturesque Bourtzi fort. You will continue with a visit at the Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. Your final visit for today will be at the Archaeological Museum; A stone-built Venetian structure which covers and encases the central, Syntagma Square on its west side. It was first built in 1713. Overnight in Nafplio.

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Day 5

In the morning, after breakfast, you will depart for Olympia. You will visit the archeological site of Ancient Olympia with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archeological museum. Following that you will proceed for the port of Kyllini. At Kyllini port will embark the ferry  to the island of Kefalonia. Upon arrival, our representative will pick you up to transfer you to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kefalonia.

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Day 6

Breakfast at hotel and city tour where you will visit the Archaeological Museum and the Korgialenio library both located in Argostoli. Afternoon at leisure and overnight in Kefalonia.

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Day 7

Breakfast at hotel and island tour where you will visit the farytale Melissani Cave and the Drogarati Cave. Afternoon at leisure and overnight in Kefalonia.

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Day 8

After breakfast you will transfer to Fiskardo where you will take the ferry to Ithaki. You shall visit the Stavros Archaeological Collection, the Agios Athanasios (School of Homer) and the Loizos’ cave lies at the northwest corner of Polis Bay. You will then have lunch at a local tavern. Free afternoon at leisure and overnight in Ithaki.

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Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel and you will start your day with a visit at the Archaeological Museum of Vathy. Following you will visit the Ancient town of Alalcomenae and the  Marmarospilia also known as the Nymphs’ Cave which was mentioned in the Odyssey book. Overnight in Ithaki.

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Day 10

After breakfast you can enjoy a boat tour around the island of Ithaki in order to enjoy our last day on this mythical island. Return to hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Ithaki.

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Day 11

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to the port for embarkation to the ferry to Kyllini. Transfer to Athens with en route stops at Mycenae for sightseeing (inside visit with local English-speaking guide). Dinner and overnight in Athens.

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Day 12

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Tour Location

Athens, Nafplio, Olympia, Kefalonia & Ithaki