HOMER LITERARY TOURS
The brainchild of Stork Theatre, starring Dr Heather Sebo and presented by ASA Travel.
See the video for highlights of our 2016 tour. Bon Voyage for the May 2018 tour!!! (the Homeric Islands Tour)
In 2016 our first Homer Literary Tour saw 20 intrepid travellers follow the footsteps of Odysseus across Greece and Turkey.
We were led fearlessly by Dr Heather Sebo, our brilliant guide, philosopher, historican and expert on Ancient myths. Our heart-stopping journey took us across the Ancient Mediterranean world and through to places luminous in the mind of the poet we call Homer.
Homer’s vision. Greece. c. 700 BCE
Emerging from the Dark Ages, writing is invented again. Fleets of ships pepper the Mediterranean, hunting gold and silver and for lands and worlds beyond imagination. Homer watches, listening to returning sailors’ tales of stories of love and lust and seduction and betrayals. Inspired, Homer writes… weaving these into the stories of Troy, of Paris and Helen.. of Achilles and brave Hector, the hero Odysseus.
Odysseus setting sail, is bound for home, Ithaca and to his love. Little does he know, the four week journey will take 10 years.
Sailing down the Aegean nearing Crete he sails off the map, out of the known world and into a journey of the mind…
Diary excerpt of our Homer Literary Tour in 2016
From the windy walls of Troy to mighty Athena at Assos. Pergamon to Ephesus, across to Crete and Phaestos, through resplendent Knossos and the fortress of Mycenae.
Dr Heather Sebo speaks each day of art, history, philosophy and myth. We find stunning archaeological sites, ancient artefacts, sculpture and palaces at every turn. All the while looking down onto the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean sea. Our twenty intrepid trekkers leave no stone unturned as we follow each step of Odysseus’ 10 year journey from the battlefields of Troy, through the tremendum, to his home at Ithaka.
Dr Sebo weaves stories and evoking images of the Bronze Age to the Age of Homer.. the Heroic age to the beginnings of the Classical age.
Odysseus’ final task before reaching home was to visit the World of the Dead. So we raced north from ancient Olympia to the Acheron River, sailing on a boat upstream…
We arrive at Hades, the Underworld. Clambering down into its inner chambers we, like Odysseus, remember Achilles and The Trojan War, where it all began. A ferry to Ithaka, Odysseus’ island stronghold. Alas! We are told the main road to Odysseus’ palace, the archaeological site, was closed due to earthquakes. We were devastated. To have come so far, without seeing Odysseus’ and Penelope’s home!
We regroup. Our Greek guide, Adonis, texts the heavens for help and answer there came in the form of Spiros Kouvaras, a local Homer sage. Spiros takes us firmly in hand and on foot to a hidden pathway. We veer off the main road and down a 1000-year-old goat track. The next twenty hazardous minutes we are in precarious single file, stepping carefully down the mountain and along the narrow path.
Suddenly we spy the Palace of Odysseus remains slumbering in the sun!
Spiros shows us his maps. We walk along the edge of the suitors’ rooms (maybe)… the steps leading to Penelope’s rooms (possibly)… where she and Odysseus found each other after twenty years. Homer writing of the famous night they spent together, “the longest night in the history of the universe.”
Gazing up at the fabled Cyclopean Walls, we wonder whether Odysseus as war-torn soldier had found the answers to his question:
“How do I live a life, stay the course and reach home?”
So after twenty-two epic days our little band of wayfarers find ourselves in Corfu. Our minds turned southwards and to home.
For 2018 tour info and booking through ASA Travel: CLICK HERE