January Tour News

Hi from Rick: Greece & Turkey's Patina of Life

Europe is my playground. And over in the corner, Greece and Turkey seem to spin on their own private carousel of cultural fun. With Ancient Greece once in Turkey and Ottoman Turkey once in Greece, they can’t avoid being cultural cousins. Whether it’s the happy click of worry beads on a Greek Isle or the carefree chatter of backgammon dice in a Turkish village, the vibe is relaxed. And if you look closely there’s a patina of life you just don’t find elsewhere: the worry beads are worn to fit the fingers of their owner and the backgammon board — with its inlaid pieces worn according to the toughness of the wood — is fragrant with memories of teahouse conviviality. Tradition and community, hard times and good times, calloused hands and ruddy smiles — they’re all yours in these two fascinating lands... Read more

In this issue

Slideshow: Athens & the Heart of Greece, Day by Day

Greece is hot right now, with 2015 tour sales so far more than double just a year ago. But why not? Greece has a rich history, amazing art, sunny weather, relaxing beaches, yummy food, and men who dance in skirts. Starting with the iconic... Read more

Tour Guides Touring Turkey

Each year, we host a tour guides' summit for a week here in Seattle. About a hundred of our guides gather to train, brainstorm, and celebrate. Ideas — both great and crazy — are generated. Last year, our Turkish guides proposed my favorite idea... Read more

Interview with Anastasia Gaitanou

Anastasia Gaitanou is an important member of our Athens & the Heart of Greece tour team. A native of Greece, she has led tours throughout her country — from Crete to Corfu to Thessaloniki. With her multiple interests and talents, she easily... Read more

Video of the Month: Kardamyli, Greece

On Days 6 and 7 of each Athens & the Heart of Greece tour, we settle into the pace of Greek country life in seaside Kardamyli. Whenever possible, we visit a shopkeeper serving up chamomile and olives harvested from his backyard... Read more