Hi from Rick: Best of Both Worlds
"...nature blends with past and present to whip up a rewarding travel experience like no other."
I'm such an art, culture and history evangelist that people assume I look down my nose at sunny, relaxing destinations. When it comes to Greece and Turkey, nothing could be further from the truth. No other place maximizes your relaxation and mind-expansion, hand in hand.
In the past few years I've tagged along as a tour member on both our Athens & the Heart of Greece tour and the Best of Turkey tour. In both countries, every day felt like a celebration of music, food, friendliness, and the ever-present sun and sea. That would have made either tour worthwhile. But then came the added layer of art and history — experienced in situ — as we walked through ancient churches, temples, theaters and markets, literally following in the footsteps of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato and the Apostle Paul, and all of it coming to life through the storytelling talents of a first-class guide.
On both of these tours, our groups begin in a cosmopolitan city with deep historic roots, creating a foundation of learning that's then carried into the countryside. There, far from the urban intensity, you are transported into a quieter, more relaxed world of villages, archaeological sites and seaside getaways, where nature blends with past and present to whip up a rewarding travel experience like no other.
In this month's Tour News, we invite you in for a closer look at how we like to explore Greece and Turkey, including a day-to-day slideshow of our Best of Turkey tour, an interview with our newest Greece guide, a video look at the Greek Isle of Hydra, and a candid report from our guides on protests in Athens, and what (if any) concerns travelers may have.
The weather here in Edmonds has changed this week, and it looks like we're in for a long stretch of dark, damp days. It's the perfect weather to start planning a trip to a warm, sunny place where I can truly relax — while engaging and delighting my mind at the same time. For me, there's no place like Greece and Turkey.
I hope you can join us there in 2013.