THE GORGEOUS GREEK ISLANDS

14 – 24 JUNE 2019

11 day Cultural and Culinary Journey

Greece conjures up thoughts of long crystal blue beaches, sitting at tavernas with water lapping at your feet, while you indulge in delicious local Greek food. That’s Greece and be careful….it’s addictive!! The bright light of the sun shows the unspoilt landscape and the exotic colour of the sea.

Greek food is rich in the basics of the Mediterranean diet. The wonderful, happy times we’ll find ourselves in one of those tavernas, where the family headed by ya-ya’s (granny) cooking, just know we are indulging in healthy delicious food passed down from generation to generation. The Greeks are very hospitable, so the laughter, talking and dancing will surround us.

This is a country with a past. Even in the smallest piece of land in Greece, you will find a connection to the past. All around the country and the islands, there are ancient sites of various historical periods: from remains of ancient Greek temples to Byzantine monasteries and Neoclassical mansions.

We start our tour in Athens. The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. It is a must see attraction. Next to this monument, with its indisputable charm is Plaka, one of the most frequented places by visitors and locals alike. Plaka’s winding pathways carry thousands of years of history. Walk amongst the buildings whose facades are dressed in 19th century neoclassical design and architecture. We will dine at one or several of its restaurants, and get caught up in Greek atmosphere and festivities. Believe me you will be happy!

Then onto the islands by high speed ferry. First stop is Sifnos which is well known for its food and many world famous chefs have come from this small island.

The island is unspoiled by any modern architecture, and is threaded with ancient footpaths that wander through the foothills to the island’s many small white churches and monasteries. Tourism hasn’t touched this island in the way it has other Cycladic islands, instead there are tavernas offering home cooked Greek and local delicacies on the beautiful sandy and rocky beaches of the island alike, and good café culture. The island has a tradition of pottery making, basket weaving and cooking. Our next island we visit is the Greek Island of Milos, in the Western Cyclades. Milos, is an island that is not only rich in spectacular sunset views and minerals but also in the things that travelers come to Greece looking for, beautiful beaches, inspiring views, a rich history, white-washed Cycladic villages, excellent food and goodhearted people.

A catamaran sail will take us to the caves and amazing swimming spots that will feel like heaven. You will love the picturesque fishing village of Klima with its quaint little harbour. Whitewashed buildings, with coloured doors and balconies, have boathouses on the ground floor and living quarters above. Join me in the relaxing pace of island life. Swim in the azure sea, then follow our noses to the seaside tavernas, where the mezze plates beg to be shared, and the lamb dishes with aromas of garlic and lemon waft from the kitchen. Fish couldn’t be fresher, as the little boats bring in the catch of the day and where better to enjoy it than at the waters edge, with the sun on our backs, wine in our glasses and fun and laughter in our ears. The simple things are always the best memories!

For more information on this tour, get in touch with me at info@tablememories.com

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