Classical Greece in the Footsteps of Gustave Flaubert
See Greece through the eyes of the famous French writer!
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
Gustave Flaubert visits Greece in December 1850 at the age of 29. Fascinated by the Orient and the exoticism of the East he starts a long journey through Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, before reaching Greece. This trip finds him in a decisive moment in his life, a moment of aesthetic quest and transformation that will eventually lead to the creation of Madame Bovary, his famous novel.
Wandering through Greece with the writings of Pausanias on his mind he explores historic archaelogical sites, cities and villages and writes his memoirs in small leather notebooks, the «Carnets de Voyages». Reading these notes and getting acquainted with his rather “photographic” way of writing , we see the country through Flaubert’s eyes. Following his footsteps in Athens, Corinth, Mycenae, Sparta, Messene, Olympia and Delphi, we see what he saw and experience his enthusiasm for ancient Greek culture.
“And the ruins! The ruins! What ruins! What men those Greeks! What artists!
We are reading, we are taking notes… The Parthenon moved me as deeply as anything I’ve ever seen.”
Gustave Flaubert, December 26, 1850
Key highlights of this journey:
– Ancient Corinth and Mycenae
– Ancient Sparta and byzantine Mystras
– Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparta
– Ancient Messene and Temple of Apollo Epicurius of Bassae
– Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games
– Sanctuary of Delphi
Departure6 Filellinon Street, Syntagma Square
Departure TimePlease arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, sun screen.
Day 1: From Athens to Ancient Corinth, Mycenae and Tripoli
Day 2: In Sparta, Mystras and Kalamata
Day 3: In Ancient Messene and the Temple of Apollo Epicurius
Day 4: In Ancient Olympia and wine tasting in a vineyard
Day 5: In Delphi and Arachova and return to Athens
Here is a map with the places we visit during this half day tour