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.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

“Fantastic 5-Day Greece Tour – Superior Service”

After reading the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor we contacted Hellenic Private Tours. They contacted us back by telephone only a few hours later. We were hoping for excellent customer service and that is exactly what we received! Our special requirements were immediately and skilfully transformed by the knowledgeable proprietor Frank into an itinerary with several options to suit our family, including kids of varying ages. Our main objective was a 5 day tour, however after discussing the reality of seeing everything Athens has to offer in just one day on our own, Frank suggested we consider doing a 1-day tour of Athens prior to the 5-day tour. What a great suggestion! David, our guide was fantastic and we were able see everything we wanted in just one day, and avoiding the crowds! (David’s 1-day tour reviewed separately). Having toured Athens with David, we now know we couldn't have achieved such a full and fun day on our own.

We had the good fortune to have Frank the proprietor as our guide for the 5 day tour. He was honest, straight forward and nothing was too much trouble. He was polite, spoke great English and always smartly dressed. His vehicle was exactly as described, near new Mercedes, very comfortable and shiny and clean with good air-con. I was pleasantly surprised to find Frank such a safe and careful driver, (not something common in Greece I think), so we were very comfortable travelling with our two daughters aged 11 and 13. The itinerary was excellent. There is so much to see and do, and together with Frank’s guidance we were able to pick and choose what suited us, and also add in things for our children so they didn’t get bored. Each and every day was an adventure. In addition to the highlights of Delphi, Olympia, Nafplion and Corinthian Canal etc we also visited some beaches and a water park, when the kids needed a refreshing break. Frank was very good about this, and just made modifications to the itinerary to accommodate us. Other days Frank introduced surprises for us – an option of horse riding among the ancient olive groves, or the day we did a private sculpture class with a local celebrity artist at his amazing art workshop. The facility itself is worth the visit! We even visited a Greek winery with wine tasting. Lot’s of fun! (I noted even though there was much enjoyable wine on offer, Frank stuck to water as he was “working”. Very reassuring). Frank’s knowledge of local restaurants meant we never had a bad meal and were able to sample food from authentic Greek kitchens, rather than “touristy” joints. Frank’s local knowledge meant many restaurants were also places of interest, eg historical site or had great views of the local area while you dined. Food was always plentiful, tasty and service good and the restaurants clean.

Frank’s attention to detail is second to none and he takes a personal interest in his clients. He had no problem that some days we had more passengers than others, and he catered accordingly. One very touching and personal side trip was when Frank, after hearing about our chronically ill child, suggested a small detour to visit the monastery of Hosios Loukas (St Luke - the Saint of healing). This is a world heritage site and worth the visit on its own, but we had never planned to visit. As it turned out, this side trip meant a lot to our family and we will always remember this gesture by Frank. By the end of our trip, we were sad to leave and really felt Frank had become part of our family.

Frank and his team at Hellenic Private Tours really try very hard to give a very personalised experience. I can honestly say we would never have seen the side of Greece we experienced if we tried to do this trip ourselves. Congratulations to Frank and his team, you have exceeded our expectations and given us the holiday of a lifetime. It was money well spent, and we can’t recommend Frank and his team highly enough. Keep up the great work!

Michel Zabik

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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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