MAKE - WALK - EXPLORE
A creative voyage through the Greek Isles
June 24 - July 4, 2020
$3700, not including airfare
With Heather Radl and Suzie Briddsang
We love walking each spring with our Rowan Tree Travel community. But it does seem strange we aren’t making anything during our travels. We could squeeze in just a little creative time in between hikes, right? Voila! A trip that combines creativity AND walking. And oh, let’s have it in a really beautiful, romantic place. Could there be a better destination than Greece? Join us for our first ever MAKE – WALK – EXPLORE in 2020. We’ll travel through the Greek Isles on board the 100 foot motorsailer Aegeotissa, doing creative work in the morning and walking, swimming and exploring in the afternoons and evenings. Susan Rock, our guest fiber artist, and Joyce Ray, our guest writer, will be along to facilitate daily creative sessions. Plus, we’ve time to explore Athens on our first and final days in Greece. Bring your sunscreen and walking poles … and your favorite (hopefully tiny) drawing, embellishment and painting supplies. This trip will be, in the truest sense, what you make of it.
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Cost of Trip Includes
Accommodations at Plaka Hotel in Athens and aboard the Aegeotissa
Breakfast each morning, plus six dinners and three lunches
Admission fees for scheduled museums, tour activities and events
Walking tour of historic Athens
Farm tour and cooking class
Private, on-board creative journaling workshop and materials
but does not include
Soda, alcoholic drinks and personal items
Amazing textiles, pottery and other Greek goodies
Wednesday, June 24th
Depart from the US and Canada.
Thursday, June 25th
Arrive Athens International Airport. We’ll meet everyone at the Athens airport and head over to our hotel in the center of Old Town (the Plaka). Shops, cafes, markets, and tavernas surround us. Optional visit at the National Gardens and Benaki Museum. Relax, unwind, eat, walk and get to sleep as your body requires.
Friday, June 26th
After breakfast, we’ll have a walking tour of historic Athens. Then it’s time to meet our home for the next several days: the Aegeotissa. After lunch, we’re headed to the isle of Kithnos to walk between the towns Kythnos and Driopis. 5 miles, easy to moderate walk.
Saturday, June 27th
From this morning on, our days have a similar rhythm. Each starts with breakfast and a creative workshop session on the boat. Then we enjoy some island exploration! On this day, we’ll be at the isle of Sifnos, famous for beautiful ceramics. We’ll walk to Vathi Beach and visit a pottery studio or two. 4-7 miles, variable dependent on group preference.
Sunday, June 28th
Breakfast and morning workshop session on the boat. Arriving on the isle of Milos, we’ll visit the Sarakiniko coastline with its sandstone and limestone formations. Those who want can swim back to the boat for lunch! Inthe afternoon, we’ll explore the Catacombs of Milos and walk to the plaka for shopping and dinner. 4-5
miles, moderate walk.
Monday, June 29th
Breakfast and morning workshop session on the boat. A full day of activities on the Isle of Naxos: farm tour, cooking class and the Domus Festival in the evening!
Tuesday, June 30th
Naxos is so delightful, it deserves a second day. After our morning routine, we’ll take a walk between the towns of Chalki, Moni and Apeiranthos. All have historic weaving traditions still thriving today due to local women’s cooperatives. It just so happens we’re there during the local festival Agii Apostoli, a celebration of the saints. 5-8 miles, moderate walk over the course of the day.
Wednesday, July 1st
Breakfast and morning workshop session on boat. Arrive on the isle of Tinos. We’ll visit the pilgrimage church Panagia Evangelistrias and walk through the island’s beautiful dovecote towers and down to the shoreline. 4.5 miles, moderate walk.
Thursday, July 2nd
Breakfast and final workshop session on boat. We’ll swim, hike and visit archaeologic sites on Kea today. 4-5 miles, moderate walk. Our day wraps up with a spectacular, celebratory dinner on the boat. There might be dancing involved…
Friday, July 3rd
Arriving back in Athens, we’ll disembark from the Aegeotissa and return to the Plaka Hotel. From there, everyone has the day free to explore Athens as they’d like. Visit the Acropolis, Museum of Cycladic Art, shop in the Plaka, sketch, write, knit… Our day ends with dinner together atop Lycabettus Hill.
Saturday, July 4th
After breakfast, we're off to Athens airport for our flights home.
Note: This itinerary is subject to alterations due to weather and/or other variable factors that may occur during our time in the Greek Isles.
Susan Rock is a multi-media artist, specializing in and offering workshops in fiber art techniques. She is the author of Teach Yourself Machine Embroidery, which has sold more than ten thousand copies.
Joyce Ray holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals, and the Vermont Studio Center has awarded her an artist’s grant for poetry. She is the author of Feathers & Trumpets, A Story of Hildegard of Bingen, a YA historical novel.