“Exploring the Peloponnese” is our second scheduled tour in Greece in 2018. This year, to give an impression of the experience, we are providing a travel diary of sorts on our blog, following last year's precedents in Crete and the Dodecanese. Rather than describing every day in detail (you can check our itineraries on www.petersommer.com for that), every day we will pick one image we took that day, accompanied by some explanations and thoughts.
It is the third time we are running our "Exploring the Peloponnese tour", a very profound two-week experience of one of Greece's - and Europe's - most historic regions. The Peloponnese is a distinct and discrete geographic unit, but of necessity our tour starts outside it, in Athens.
Tonight, my fellow guide Maria and myself welcomed our guests on the scenic rooftop of an excellent hotel in the centre of Athens, overlooking the Old Town (Plaka) and - of course - the Athenian Acropolis. It is one of the most striking ancient sites in the world, but it is not actually part of this tour - we are happy to show you around the Acropolis on our designated tours of Athens and Attica, when we can delve deep into the profound stories we have to tell about this ancient super-city.
Day 1 is really just an evening, there to greet our guests, returning or new, to talk them through the essentials of the tour and to share a first Greek dinner with them. We did all that and we hope we made them appropriately curious and enthusiastic about what will follow: nearly two weeks of exploration, visiting stupendous landscapes of seashore and mountains, beautiful historic towns and villages, and a rich array of archaeological and cultural sites, one of the richest on any of our itineraries, ranging from Bronze Age mysteries via Classical and Roman achievement and Byzantine splendour to the medieval heritage of Venetians and Ottomans and to the wealth of experience that is modern Greece.
Tomorrow, we'll set out to enter the Peloponnese.