History, Myth and Music in the Land of the Gods
Departure: June 26 – July 6, 2020
FEATURING: The Epirus Chamber Music Festival
The ancient Greeks believed that music was a gift of the gods and music played a most important role in their everyday life. They began to study music as early as the 6th century BC, and music comprised a main field of one’s education. In fact, the word music comes from Muses, the nine mythological daughters of Zeus and patron goddesses of the arts and learning.
This program combines the exploration of a beautiful and interesting part of Greece that remains “undiscovered” by tourists, with concerts of superb classical music performed at different venues, some of which are of significant historical and archaeological importance. As its name implies, the Epirus Chamber Music Festival takes place in Epirus, in northwest Greece.
Our journey begins in Athens, the cosmopolitan and dynamic capital of Greece and the oldest city in Europe, where we visit some of the timeless landmarks, among them the Acropolis and Parthenon, including the Agora, ancient Athens’ civic center. Then we fly to Ioannina, the main city of Epirus, and we explore other magnificient places, including awe-inspiring Meteora, the monasteries “in mid-air;” the ancient oracular site of Dodoni; and the idyllic island of Corfu. From Ioannina, we travel to the lovely seaside town of Preveza, home to many important ancient sites.
This unique and unusual journey is certain to appeal to first-time travelers to Greece as well as to those who have visited the country before. We hope you will join us to discover a different face of Greece.
Why Travel with Thalassa Journeys
Thalassa Journeys was established by the principals and managers of Travel Dynamics, the company that 50 years ago pioneered the concept of educational travel for America’s educational and cultural institutions. The belief that travel is primarily a learning experience forms the core principle of Thalassa Journeys.
Each Thalassa Journey is constructed around a particular theme. Unlike most tours, each of our journeys are intimate, and led by lecturers who are truly subject-matter experts for each theme. Although many other companies claim to have expert lecturers, few truly have accomplished, renowned experts in their fields, like Thalassa.
The “Ancient Theatres of Epirus” is a cultural route promising many travels in one. Five archaeological sites and their Theatres are the main stops, the starting points from where everyone can collect and compose #experiences that interest and inspire them. Everything is here: enthralling monuments and historically fascinating archaeological sites, architecture, the crafts and flavors of an ancient unique tradition, the magnificent landscapes of Epirus. #culturalRoute #epirus #greece