In the footsteps of Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey

In the “Greek Odyssey” series that ITV aired at the end of last year, Joanna Lumley sets out to explore one of the most diverse and surprising countries in Europe, where much of western civilization began. On her odyssey, Joanna encounters both the ancient and modern aspects of Greece, touching on how the origins of drama, democracy, science, philosophy and medicine can be found here, and how they have left an enduring legacy on the fabric of our everyday life.

For those of you that watched the series, perhaps you might recall her visit to the whistling village of Antia, on the island of Evia,  where villagers communicate by whistling to each other, a tradition that dates back to the invasion of Persians but is now dying out.  Apparently whistling was a code to be used whenever intruders were in the valley. Bikegreece is the only tour operator that takes visitors to this minute village and supports the sustainability of their economy and of their unique ‘whistling’ language. 

Here is what Joanna Lumley had to say about her visit to Greece:  ‘Everything surprised me. The sheer beauty of the mountains surprised me. I’d forgotten Greece had so many mountains. I had got used to the notion of Greece being a place for beach holidays.

‘I hadn’t expected altthis extraordinary range of places and culture, this tapestry of nightclubs in Athens, tobacco-growing Muslim villages in the hills, vineyards and finding out about the British occupation of Corfu. Hopefully what we show will whet the appetite of people watching.’

And we hope so too!  As part of our ‘Coast to Coast Explorer’ seven day biking holiday, you get to experience the richness of history, myth and stunning scenery, like Mrs Lumley did, combined with local hospitality, in an action-packed week on a bike. And if the current financial situation puts you off a holiday in Greece this year, think again. The country is inviting tourism by dropping the prices and people are more friendly and welcoming than ever. To finish off with Joanna Lumley’s words: ‘The whole thing seemed fantastically thrilling, full of gods, legends and myths, and I wanted to see how much the western world owed to Greece.’