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Tours following "unique" Greek ancient traditions.

Greece is a country in which customs and traditions are strongly alive in the daily lives of people. The average tourist holidaying in Greece will experience little, if anything at all, of the traditional Greek ways of life. All they come for is the sunshine, fun and relaxation. Fortunately, there are also plenty of visitors with a more profound interest in the country and its people. All they need to do is stay away from the beaten tourist track, because everywhere else, Greek tradition music, celebrations, religion, festivals and hospitality is very much alive. We have selected some really "unique" traditions and we are planing tours in order to give a picture of the natural beauty, history and culture that Greece has to offer.

Tours and dates during 2006 / 2007.

January 6, 2007: Tour to the gynecocratia region, where men and women reverse their daily roles.
February 16, 2007: Tours following the Greek traditions during carnival time.
February 19, 2007: Ash Monday - and all sorts of folkloric traditions.
February 19, 2007: Dirty Monday - and the "teasing" Dionysian phallic festival.
April, 2007: Easter customs on the island of Patmos, Syros, Corfu and Leonidio.
April 23, 2007: St. George's nameday and the horse racing traditions.
May 21, 2006: "Anastenaria" - the fire walking tradition. What is protecting the "anastenarides"?
May 29, 2006: Mystras Festival in memory of the Paleologos family - the Byzantine emperors.
July 20, 2006: Feast of Sarakatsanoi at the forest of Elatia - folk dancing and other customs.
August, 2006: Mt. Olympus Festival at the Litohoro village. A great time to hike the sacred mountain.
August, 2006: Paros and the Pirate raid Pageantry at the village of Naousa.
August 15, 2006: Mother Mary's name day. Religious festivals all over Greece and the Cyclades islands.
August 20, 2006: Mount Pelio and the Wedding recreation.
August 26 - 27, 2006: Leonidio, Arkadia and the Aubergine (egg plant) cooking festival.
September 8-10, 2006: Spetses Island celebrations of "Armata" and enactment of the sea battle.
November, 2006: Athens - Marathon race. Arrangements for the participating athletes and spectators.
December 23: Kozani/Siatista - Klarides. Festival with bonfires(shepherds proclaimed Jesus' birth).

All the above tours are organised for groups from 5 - 30 persons
In 2007 - Ash Monday = 19 February, Greek Easter = 8 April.
In 2008 - Ash Monday =10 March, Greek Easter = 27 April.

Affiliated websites: astoria travel, astoria of Athens, Tours to Greece.