Welcome to The Greek Project
The Greek Project is celebrating its 5th year in 2019. Behind us are several cultural and culinary tours to Salonika, its countryside and seaside, our first Greek language course, and two thoroughly absorbing tailor-made tours, one exploring aspects of the Holocaust in Salonika, the other – with a group of Danish student activists – the ongoing Greek crisis. Each of these tours speaks to aspects of our initial ambitions, while hardly exhausting them.
We conceived our first not-for-profit study-tours 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 – to begin with, in and around Salonika – with a more flavoursome, even pungent recipe: Study-tour holidays with intellectual bite.
We too have learnt a lot from these tours, each one throwing up aspects of a country – and peoples – whose physical beauty, cultural depth and exuberance for life have to be set against an often troubled, recent past and austere present. But instead of shying away from these realities, our original aim to engage head-on with the histories, languages, cultures, cuisines and environment of the Aegean region has paid dividends in what our participants have got out of the tours.
This coming year we’re expanding our geographical range eastwards. Thrace, with all its classical connotations, is Ellie’s home region, Xanthi to be more exact. It’s always been our intention to get off the tourist beaten track to somewhere less trodden, more intimate and so, paradoxically, more like the real thing. Thrace serves our purpose to a tee, without weakening our first love for Salonika and its Macedonian hinterland. Have a look at our featured tours, for 2019 and spring 2020. Amongst other things, you’ll see that we’re offering two language courses this year – one of them in Xanthi – at different levels. And don’t forget too our tailor-made tours aimed at realising your own discrete educational, recreational or fact-finding passions and agendas.
We look forward to your company!
Ellie and Mark
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.