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Lemnos

Landscapes, nature and history on the island of Lemnos

Throughout Lemnos, one encounters picturesque villages, with fine examples of traditional architecture. An excellent example being Kondias, with its attractive stone houses of seafarers and the impressive stone windmills.

Gomati Sand Dunes
A phenomenon resembling a real desert: spectacular formations of fine sand, forming a unique and fascinating landscape, interrupted only by scattered brushwood. The Dunes are located in the Gomati area of about 70 acres.

Lemnian Earth
Lemnian Earth was a thick reddish clay, known since the antiquity for its many healing properties. It was collected from the Agiochoma area, near the settlement called Kotsina, by the priests of Hephaestus, a specific day of the year. Then, it was transferred to the city of Hephaestia, where it was formed into tablets, and sealed with a special stamp to ensure authenticity of the medicine before its distribution or sale. The “Lemnian Earth” is considered as the first worldwide standard medicine and occupies a special position from the antiquity to the 19th century not only in Greece but throughout Europe.

Archaeological sites
The archaeological sites of Lemnos are considered significant and draw the attention and interest of any traveller. The active volcano of the island was the cause to connect the Lemnos with Hephaestus, the god-patron of metallurgy. According to the myth, Hephaestus taught the art of metallurgy to the inhabitants while there was an underground laboratory at the depth of the island, where Hephaestus and his assistants manufactured metal masterpieces.

Hephaesteia
It was the largest city of Lemnos for 22 centuries!The city that was dedicated to the god-patron of metallurgy, Hephaestus, is built on a peninsula formed by two natural harbours. The archaeological excavations have revealed houses, cemeteries, baths, wells, a great number of objects, a theatre of the Hellenistic period, the temple of the Great Goddess and a huge building probably the palace and the labyrinth of Lemnos.

Kaveiria
Deities of the underground fire and metallurgy, are referred to as children of Hephaestus and Kaveiro. The sanctuary of the Kaveiries held mysterious rites associated with the rebirth of nature and fertility. In the sanctuary, relics have survived from the ancient Telesterion, an underground gallery, a palace and a Telesterion from the Hellenistic period.

Poliochni
It is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the Aegean Sea. It is also known by the name Eptapolis as the excavations uncovered seven successive settlements built one upon the foundations of an earlier one.

Chortarolimni-Asprolimni-Aliki
Wetlands covering a total area of 18,000 acres. The environment of Lake Aliki is conducive to breeding of several species of birds including the Collared Pratincole, the Black Winged Stilt and the Pied Avocet. The Lesser Kestrel also breeds here. The nature of the wetland also makes it an excellent resting place for migratory birds. Aliki is known to have the largest seasonal gathering of flamingos in Greece. Among the animal species are hares, rabbits, bottlenose dolphins, the Greek tortoise or spur-thighed tortoise and its subspecies the Caspian tortoise.bottlenose dolphins, the Greek tortoise or spur-thighed tortoise and its subspecies the Caspian tortoise.

Duration
8 days

Tour content:
General interest, landscapes, nature and history

Leader:
The leader has varied interests including nature, the environment, history, mythology and modern society.


Itinerary

DAY 01 – 29 MAY 2017
Arrive Athens airport. Meet and greet then transfer to check in for domestic flight to Lemnos. Overnight Hotel Ethaleia, Moudros.

DAY 02 – 30 MAY 2017
Morning walk to Fanaraki promontory. Then visit to Poliochni 4500 year old early Bronze Age settlement. Visit to the fishing port of Moudros. Optional lunch. Return to Hotel Ethaleia. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 03 – 31 MAY 2017
Visit to Chortarolimni taking a nature trail to view wildlife. Then on to Alyki salt lake for a walk to view the vast stretch of water with myriads of birds. Picnic lunch. Return to Hotel Ethaleia. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 04 – 01 JUNE 2017
Drive to Hephaisteia (ancient city and wetland). Walk to Saravari shore one of the most beautiful sites of the island. Picnic lunch. Continue to Kaveiri to visit the mysterious ancient sanctuary, rocky shore and cave. Return to Hotel Ethaleia. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 05 – 02 JUNE 2017
Drive to Cape Falakro to view the amazing geological phenomenon of colourful volcanic rock formations. Continue for a visit to Gomati on the north of the island to see the vast sand dunes. Then visit to the picturesque historical village of Kontias.Optional lunch. Return to Hotel Ethaleia. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 06 – 03 JUNE 2017
Day trip for a visit to Myrina and castle. Lunch. Some free time, visit to Archaeological Museum and for lunch. Continue via Platy, Thanos to Palio Pedino, an old village abandoned after an earthquake where now some homes are being faithfully restored . Dinner and overnight, Hotel Ethaleia.

DAY 07 – 04 JUNE 2017
Transfer to Lemnos Airport. For domestic flight to Athens. Farewell dinner and overnight in Athens.

DAY 08 – 05 JUNE 2017
Transfer to Athens Airport for your return flight home.


Price

€875  per person sharing twin-bedded room
single room supplement €242

Includes
• Assistance upon arrival and departure
• Coach with driver as per itinerary
• Domestic flights, Athens-Lemnos-Athens
• Good standard 3 star hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• 3* hotel in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• Breakfast and dinner
• Service of leader
• VAT & taxes

Excludes
• Flights to/from Athens
• Tips/porterage
• Meals €10 – €15
• Beverages, drinks, extras
• Entrance fees to sites and museums


More Information

Flights
There are many daily flights to Athens. If you require further information from your point of origin from anywhere in the world please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail info@naturallygreece.com.gr we would be pleased to assist you.

Group Size
15 – 20 persons

Weather
15 – 25 °C Mainly sunny, rain possible.

Walks
These are optional and vary between 4-8 kms. Most paths are in reasonably good condition but anybody coming should be happy to walk up steps and negotiate some moderate ascents.

 

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