As I write this we are coming to the end of the August holidays, selfishly I hope this will mean we don’t need to get to the beach too early anymore at the weekend to secure a sunbed!
Well they say good things come to those who wait, or come in threes! Less of the clichés though, we finally have dates and draft itineraries for our three tours this year and plans for Greek Easter 2018 are coming in to fruition, as well as a mega island-hopping experience starting in Athens and ending in Crete in summer 2018.
Planning the guided tours has been fun and rewarding and we have met some lovely people including, hoteliers, restaurant owners and food and wine producers who have been so prepared to help and offer advice. Our biggest problem in the planning has been what to leave out (for example, Tinos has around 45 villages each of which boast something of interest, so you could literally go village hopping, plus given its religious heritage unsurprisingly there are innumerable churches.) For small islands both Tinos and Syros are seeped in culture and heritage and blessed with beautiful scenery and beaches.
So, we have done the best we can to encompass as many elements of history, heritage, culture and gastronomy in to three tours. We will start on the 18th September in Athens with a 14-day tour spending six day on each island, with plenty of time factored in for you to soak up some probably much needed sun. ☼
Our final two tours are shorter both starting again in Athens they will comprise of four days on Syros and three on Tinos so we will have lots to pack in. On the final two tours as well as the culture and heritage of the islands we will focus on the religious heritage both Orthodox and Catholic of both islands.
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After a somewhat frantic couple of weeks we are heading off to Naxos tomorrow, my heart is definitely in Syros, but Naxos is stunning, we are staying near a beach which is popular for kite and wind surfing neither of which I will be trying! At least this time we are not going to try to pack in the whole of Naxos and Paros in four days on a moped!
For all the help, we have received we really have to thank Grammatoula, and Kosmos (the kindest people on Syros), Lena for putting up with us and being like one of the family and Robert for your translation skills and enjoying my tea!