In 1996, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor bequeathed the beautiful house they built in the 1960s to the Benaki museum. It has recently been restored, and our group of 14 readers will be one of the first to stay there. The house is right on the sea and there are plenty of terraces to which people can escape. Dominic Green, a former president of the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society, will be our ‘expert’ but we have also hired Ruth Hackney, who lives locally. This is an extraordinary opportunity to have the house to ourselves and to be able to tour the area with such expertise. There is only space for 14 guests but, if this trip is full, please express an interest in a subsequent tour. Have a look at the website.
Thursday, 25th June - arrival Depart Heathrow on BA flight at 1200; arrive Kalamata at 1800 (two-hour time difference) Dinner at PLF house.
Friday, 26th June - Kardamyli and the villa A morning tour of the medieval village Kardamyli followed by lunch in the village; free afternoon to relax and enjoy the villa. Dinner at PLF House
Saturday 27 June - Upper Mani walking tour Easy walk around Kendro, as described by PLF in Mani, followed by lunch in a mountain village. Free afternoon. Dinner in Kardamyli.
Sunday 28 June - Messinia, Methoni and Pylos Bay
Tour of the ancient city of Messini, lunch at the Venetian port of Methoni, and visit to the bay of Pylos, where British and French ships defeated the Ottoman navy in 1827. Dinner at PLF House
Monday 29 June - Day Tour of the Mani
Explore the tower houses of Areopolis, visit Tigane (the salt pan in Mani) and the ‘ghost village’ of Vatheia, lunch in the harbour at Gerolimenas (where PLF stays in Mani). Dinner at PLF House
Tuesday June 30 - Back to Blighty Leave Kardamyli after breakfast.12pm Dep Kalamata with Easyjet (Flights TBC)
HOW TO BOOK: doubles/twins only.
Price: £2,450 per person including accommodation, transport (excluding flights), breakfast, all lunches and dinners with wine, all entrance fees and the tour rep. Deposit: £750
TO BOOK: email Katherine at email@example.com or call 01225 427311