Parthenon
Temple Of Poseidon
Thermopylae

Parthenon

Dominating the Athenian skyline, this beautiful, world-renowned monument is dedicated to Goddess Athena, the virgin patron of Athens. The destroying consequences of the Persian campaign at 480 BC, lead Athenians to the desire of constructing a memorable temple in 438 B.C. by Ictinus & Callicrates, under the supervision of Phidias, which is considered to be the most important surviving monument of the ancient world. Parthenon which is the most brilliant construction during the Golden Age (5th BC) of Pericles, stands as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece & the Athenian Democracy. Its’ metops & pediments representations depict scenes from the Ancient Greek mythology; Parthenon is regarded to be the most eminent landmark of Greek history & culture.

Temple Of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon was dedicated to the god of the sea Poseidon. Located at Cape Sounion, in the southeast tip of the Attica peninsula, 45 miles from Athens approachable via a coastal route that resembles the French Riviera, is considered to be constructed at 440 BC. However, prominent personalities of the history, like Homer & Herodotus, are referred to Sounion as a worship place centuries before. Surrounded by the sea at three sides, the Temple observes the Aegean sea discerned in the horizon, as Aegeas did, looking for his son Thisseus, several centuries before, according to mythology. Landmark of the temple is the inscribed name of the romantic poet Lord Byron in the base of the column.

Thermopylae

The pass of Thermopylae is the historical site of the battle that took place in 480 B.C. between the Greeks & the Persians. Under the command of King Leonidas of Sparta, the greatly outnumbered Greek army remained in the pass to prevent Xerxes’ vast cavalry & infantry force further invading the land. They held ground for three days before being outflanked via a hidden goat path, which according to legend, was shown to the Persians by a traitor named Ephialtes. However, their feat gave the Greek army enough time to reassemble & successfully combat the Persians in following battles.
The epigram on the monuments reads:
Oh stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians (Spartans), that here we lie, obedient to their words.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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My husband and his parents booked a custom 3.5 day tour with Frank to Nafplio/Mycenae, Sparta/Mystras, and Monemvasia, and had the experience of a lifetime. If you are contemplating a private tour in Greece you should undoubtedly book with Frank/Hellenic Private Tours. Here are a few reasons why:

Frank picked us up on time at the Athens airport, and surprised us with a serious vehicle upgrade. We had originally reserved the Mercedes taxi, but Frank picked us up in his brand new Mercedes limo bus! It seemed a bit comical for four people to ride in a 19-seat bus, but it made for a comfortable trip with great views out the windows.

Frank was prepared with every small detail. He had water bottles waiting for us in the car, and he even brought umbrellas -- which we needed on our first afternoon. These small but thoughtful gestures make the difference.

Frank was incredibly knowledgeable about Greek history, as well as the ancient sites. He did a great job explaining them while we were en route. Because we did not hire a licensed tour guide, his nuggets of history were much appreciated.

Frank really caters the tour to you. We spent longer than his recommended time at most of the site visits, but that was no problem. Frank was always there waiting for us and urged us to take our time to explore.

Frank is a foodie! Everyone in our party has pretty high standards when it comes to food, so we are skeptical when recommendations come our way. However, the few places that Frank recommended to us were AMAZING -- good prices with excellent food. He took us to a new restaurant in Sparta that was absolutely delicious, and our last meal after seeing the Diros Caves was at a beautiful fish-specialty restaurant literally on the ocean. Our grilled fish was the best meal we had in Greece.

Frank himself is wonderful. He was entertaining, knowledgeable, and easy to get along with. Not to mention, he is a great driver!

It's my pleasure to highly recommend Frank and his company... I would not hesitate to book with Hellenic Private Tours again if we ever return to Greece!

Kimberly W.

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ITHACA [1910, 1911]

As you set out for Ithaca
hope that your journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laestrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare sensation
touches your spirit and your body.
Laestrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope that your journey is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and learn again from those who know.
Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so that you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her, you would have not set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithaca’s mean.

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