On the Trails of Patrick Leigh Fermor in Mani and Crete
Available upon request! Follow on the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor exploring the Mani peninsula, in Southern Peloponnese, and the island of Crete, to find a little of the magic that had attracted him in Greece.
The British travel writer, scholar and soldier, Patrick Leigh Fermor, has explored almost every corner of Greece and was enchanted by the landscape and its people. He has lived strong and exceptional experiences, he explored the most remote villages of the country and became acquainted with the Greek soul. He has “breathed” the air of ancient Greek history, but he also became part of modern Greek history, as the protagonist of an adventurous kidnapping in the steep mountains of Crete. He loved Greece so much, that he decided to settle down and live the last years of his life in the beautiful region of Mani.
During this journey, we follow on the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor exploring the Mani peninsula, in Southern Peloponnese, and the island of Crete, to find a little of the magic that had attracted him in Greece. Starting from the picturesque villages of Mesa Mani and Areopoli, we follow the road that Fermor took during 1952 exploring the wild beauty of Mani. We visit the house where he lived for several decades in the village of Kardamyli, we follow his trail in Exo Mani to discover the exquisite beauty of the old Byzantine churches and we get to meet the people who were close to him until the last years of his life.
We then take a boat from Gytheio to the island of Crete where we follow on the trails of Fermor, in the mountains and villages where he lived and fought as a soldier and member of the resistance to the German occupation during World War II. On this tour we also visit the places where in April of ’44, Fermor along with Captain Bill Stanley Moss and Cretan resistance fighters led the kidnapping of German commander, General Heinrich Kreipe. We end our journey by travelling by boat from Heraklion to Piraeus in Athens.
Key highlights of this journey:
– Explore the picturesque villages of Mani: Kardamyli and Areopoli
– Visit Patrick Leigh Fermor’s house, in a small village near the sea
– Discover the byzantine churches of the 13th century in Nomitsi
– Stroll through the old city of Kalamata and its Castle
– Explore the Cretan cities of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion
– Discover the villages where Fermor fought as a soldier in Crete:
Archanes, Anogeia and Psiloritis mountain
– Visit a historic farm that was used as a base by British soldiers and Cretan resistance
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, light jacket.
Day 1: Kalamata, Kardamyli and Nomitsi
Day 2: Areopoli, Gytheio and boat trip to Crete
Day 3: Chania, Souda and Rethymno
Day 4: Heraklion city
Day 5: The abduction of General Kreipe
Day 6: Return to Athens
Here is a map with the places we visit during this half day tour