[ilds] In Paddy's Footsteps: A Private Tour of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Greece and Crete

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 22:05:11 PDT 2016

Dear all,

I've been told a seat or two are still available in the Fermor group 
that will overlap with the Crete conference.  I've pasted the details 
below (with envy for everyone who is going...).

All best,


In Paddy's Footsteps: A Private Tour of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Greece 
and Crete

17th-30th June 2016

In Paddy’s Footsteps is a unique journey into Patrick Leigh Fermor’s 
Greece and Crete. Between 17th and 30th June 2016, a group of no more 
than twenty travellers will visit major sites in PLF’s life: from his 
favourite restaurants and hotels, to the homes where he lived and wrote; 
from Classical monuments to the caves in which the Kreipe kidnappers 
hid. Our guides will include several Leigh Fermor experts.

The tour begins in Athens, where we will eat at Tou Psara, where Leigh 
Fermor and George Katsimbalis often ate. We then travel through Mycenae 
and Epidavros to Leigh Fermor’s preferred hotel in Nafplion. From there, 
we visit Hydra, where much of Mani was written, and the mill at 
Lemonodassos where Leigh Fermor lived in 1935-36. Then, after stopping 
at Mystras, we will visit Leigh Fermor’s house at Kardamyli and explore 
the Mani. Next, we travel to Crete where, after visiting Knossos and the 
Kreipe kidnap site, we will trace the kidnappers’ journey into the White 
Mountains, and tour the Resistance sites of the Amari Valley. Our 
journey ends at Rethymnon, where we will link up with the International 
Lawrence Durrell Society’s conference.

* Four-star hotels, air-conditioned private transportation.

* Expert speakers and guides, including Chris White (contributing author 
of ‘Abducting a General’), Costas Malamakis (former curator, Historical 
Museum of Crete), and Simon Fenwick (archivist who has been researching 
the Leigh Fermor and Xan Fielding archives).

* Private visit to Leigh Fermor’s Mani home, guided by his housekeeper 
Elpida Beloyanni.

* Guided tours of the Kreipe abduction site and escape route, and the 
Resistance sites of the Amari Valley.

* Entry to the International Lawrence Durrell Society’s conference, On 
Miracle Ground, whose theme is ‘British Writers in World War II Crete’.

* Optional tours of the Benaki Museum, the Hadjikyriakos-Ghika House, 
the town of Chania, and the Samaria Gorge.

* The tour is strictly limited to no more than twenty travellers.

* Cost: 2965 Euros per head (party of 20), 3315 EU (party of 15), 
including Athens-Heraklion flights, all private ground transportation, 
hotels, breakfasts, 16 lunches or dinners, conference fees, and guide fees.

* To register or request further details, please email 
info at patrickleighfermorsociety.org

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