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    April 23-May 4, 2018

    Greece: Antiquity, Culture & Gardens

    Athens, Rhodes & Corfu

    This splendid tour will bring us to ancient ruins, modern gardens, intriguing museums, and many sensory delights. As always on an AHS Travel Study tour, we will be given exclusive access to spectacular private gardens.

    Your AHS Hosts will be AHS Board member Jane Diamantis and her husband, George. Jane is an accomplished garden designer and owner of a landscape design company. George was born and raised in Greece, and is an avid photographer of plants and gardens around the world.

    Our tour organizer is Susie Orso of Specialtours. We'll also be accompanied by Nigel McGilchrist, art historian and author of the Blue Guide to the Greek Islands, whose personal contacts have opened many doors on this sojourn. His insight and depth of knowledge will greatly enhance our understanding of past and present Greek culture.

     

    Highlights

    • Our trip begins in the city often called the cradle of Western civilization: Athens. Our itinerary includes the Philodassiki Botanical Gardens, lunch at the water's edge at a marina, and a late afternoon visit to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and its other monuments.  
    • During our stay in Greece we'll see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the medieval city of Rhodes, and the old town of Corfu. There will be leisure time to explore Rhodes, a mosaic of different cluttures and civilizations for over 2,000 years.
    • We'll discover the elegant Old Town of Corfu, with its streets and squares, and tour private gardens all over the island. 

    Top-rated Accomodations

    • We will spend three nights at the landmark, five-star Hotel Grande Bretagne in the heart of Athens, in walking distance to museums, shopping, and the business district.
    • In Rhodes we will stay four nights at the modern, five-star Rodos Parks & Suites, surrounded by parks and gardens, and steps away from the gate to the medieval city.
    • Our final four nights will be at the five-star Kontokali Bay Resort & Spa in Corfu, a Green Key sustainable property with lush gardens. 

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    For more information and to make reservations, please contact Susan Klejst, Director of Development & Engagement at sklejst@ahsgardening.org or (703) 768-5700 ext. 127. Our fax number is (703) 768-8700.