Located in the eastern Aegean Sea, Greece’s third largest island has captivated travelers since the Roman times. The land of many legends and myths, it is also known to be the birthplace of famous artists and important figures of the ancient world. Among the most reputed one, was Sappho, the 6th century poetess, who wrote passionate lyrical verses for women.
Tradition, culture, history and the arts blend in with the untouched natural environment. Capture on film picturesque cobblestone streets surrounded with Ottoman architecture, ancient monasteries, miraculous icons and historical fortresses. And of course, savor the world famous Ouzo drink, hopefully after some evocative photography.
Day 1: Clients to arrive in Athens Greece. Stay overnight (hotel to be paid for by clients).
Day 2: Travel day to Lesvos via Aegean Cronus Airlines arriving before midday at Mytilini airport. Meeting point at the airport and transfer to Pyrgos Hotel. Check in and head for town to photograph the harbour, the imposing 19th century church of Aghios Therapon and lunch by the sea. Later walk along the seafront and glimpse the statue of Sappho. From here, we stroll along streets flanked with richly decorated Town Mansions to reach the 13th century Venetian castle ramparts for late afternoon pictures. Back to hotel and evening meal.
Day 3: We drive to the traditional village of Asomatos, then to Agiassos on the slopes of Mount Olympos, the most beautiful hill-town famous for its miraculous icon. After lunch we head back to Mytilini with a stop at the Roman Aquaduct at Moira. (B).
Day 4: South to the harbour town of Plomari, the island’s Ouzo capital, then after lunch visit Messagros with its old Turkish mosque and minaret. (B).
Day 5: To Aghios Phocas built on an ancient ruin of the temple of Dionysos, then head towards Vatera with its 8 km long beach. After lunch back to Mytilini and visit the lovely Byzantine church of Panayia Trouloti in Thermis. (B).
Day 6: We leave Mytilini in the morning and head for Molyvos, the most popular and picturesque town in Lesvos. In the afternoon, we photograph the medieval castle/ancient agora then walk towards the charming harbour to capture the best evening light. Evening meal in the harbour. (B).
Day 7: After breakfast, walk to the castle for interior pictures and views of the village from the ramparts. Then explore the wonderful alleyways, traditional Ottoman houses and squares in the lower quarters. More late afternoon pictures in the harbour. (B).
Day 8: Discover the charms of the upper part of the village with its Turkish steps, a mosque, and fountains. Lunch at an old former Turkish mansion, before walking back through bougainvilleas strewn alleyways to enjoy a romantic sunset along the seafront. (B).
Day 9: To the traditional village of Sykaminia / Skala Sykaminia for lunch to see fishing boats and the famous Greek cats! In the afternoon, a visit to Mantamados and the 17th century monastery of Taxiarchs (housing the Black Icon of Archangel Michael said to be a giver of miracles). Back to Molyvos and evening meal. (B).
Day 10: South to Petra, an interesting town with an Ottoman mansion, 18th century church built on a top of a volcanic rock, plus the 16th century basilica of Aghios Nikolaos with original frescoes. Lunch by the sea, then to Lemonas, the second most important monastery on the island. Back to Molyvos, and if time permits visits to the remnants of an ancient Christian basilica of Chalinados and the old Kremasti bridge. Evening meal at the hotel. (B).
Day 11: West to the small mountain village of Vatoussa to capture traditional village life and sample vanishing Greece. Later, we visit the hidden and beautiful 16th century Moni Perevolis located in a charming riverside orchard. Back to Molyvos and evening meal at the hotel. (B).
Day 12: A full day trip westward to the 12th century monastery Moni Ypsilou built on a 1676 ft extinct volcano surrounded by a wild and rugged landscape, in contrast to our next stop, Skala Erresou, driving through the lovely olive and fertile valley, the area where Sappho the 6th century poetess was born. Lunch by the sea and back to Molyvos. (B).
Day 13: A full day trip to Sigri, a lovely coastal village with its 18th century Turkish castle and hammam. Enjoy the magical sunset while tasting the traditional salted sardines and ouzo. Back to Molyvos. (B).
Day 14: Free day and farewell dinner. (B).
Day 15: Departure day and transfer to Mytilini airport. (B).
No single room supplement.
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