Welcome to The Greek Project
The Greek Project began as a response to a horrible economic crisis. We conceived our first not-for-profit study-tours in 2015 to express solidarity with a country in adversity. Since then our unashamed aim has been to combine the pleasures of Aegean sun, sea, good food, wine and atmospheric surroundings – initially in and around Salonika – with a more flavoursome, even pungent recipe: Study-tour holidays with intellectual bite.
Since our tentative beginnings, however, the background noise from Greece has become more dissonant and complex, not least with the retreat of the Syriza government as an effective anti-austerity force and the pressures placed on the country as a refugee sanctuary. To be sure, we could have blithely ignored all this in our lovely cultural and culinary feast of Salonika last autumn.
Do have a look. But how could such a holiday have turned a complete blind-eye to what was going on around us, or its historical roots?
So, for 2018, we are planning a small shift in emphasis. The Greek Project’s purpose remains the same as before – to enthuse and excite our participants’ interest in the history, languages, cultures, cuisines, environment and politics of the Aegean region. What’s different will be our closer attention to what interests you. In brief, while we’ll still be offering our own featured tours, our tailor-made tours will be aimed at realising your discrete educational, recreational or fact-finding passions and agendas.
If that’s a formula which appeals, as we hope it does, please read on for our 2018 programme. We look forward to seeing you!
What makes us different?
The Greek Project began as a conversation between friends. Partly that was about the economic crisis, and how we might do something small to promote ordinary Greek people in their hour of need to an audience that already knew that there was something more to Greece than its negative press.
But that proposition raised a more general question about the nature of modern travel. How does one get to know any country in a more than a skin-deep way? Why is it, for instance, that when one goes on a guided visit of some really stunning place, what one invariably gets to hear is banal, the resulting impression being that ‘tourism’ nearly always plays safe, shying away from the difficult, problematic – but often most seriously interesting things about a country’s past? And why is it always so difficult to genuinely encounter its living people other than in a superficial manner?
If you have an idea for a study-tour tailor-made to your group, circle or college department, why not get in touch with us by clicking on the enquiry form below? We will scope your idea on request and while we can organise a bespoke tour for any number of people however small, prices become comparable with our featured tours with a minimum of ten guaranteed participants. Tailor-made tours can be organised as a long-weekend, a short or full week, or longer.