Cultural

Sample Itinerary

As with most other European countries, Greek culture is heavily influenced by Christianity and this is evident in the many different festivals that pop up all over Greece and correspond to some holiday on the Christian calendar.  Still all these festivals and traditions have been infused with local culture and of course to a certain degree with pre-Christian pagan traditions.

The busiest time of the year for these festivals are Christmas, Easter and the Assumption of Mary; no surprise there.  Certain festivals though are completely unique and deserve a closer examination.  Ikaria for example is one of the least visited destinations in Greece by foreign visitors, and yet in August the island becomes party central authentic style.  The various villages celebrate as most other do the saints name day, as we call it, in a very Greek way, with the panygiria.  The panygiria though in Ikaria take on a different twist.  While they still include all the elements which define them, a liturgy at the church and then a gathering of the parishioners in the central square of the village accompanied by food, wine and music, they take it one step further.  The local Ikarian strand of “island music” has its roots in the Dionysian rhythms of ancient Greece.  The result is a trance like experience where every visitor has the opportunity to take part in this tradition.  The combination of music, food and wine result in an out of control event that last well into the next day some until the afternoon.

Other unique festivals in Greece include the Anastenarides of northern Greece, believers who walk on burning coals, the many carnivals of Fat Tuesday with those again in Northern Greece providing the most unique celebrations, the breaking of the Pots in Corfu at Easter to rid of the evil spirits and many more.  Depending on when you visit and the destinations you choose we will definitely try to work into your itinerary at least one of these festivals.

Destinations: Ikaria, Crete, and all over Greece


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