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Be a Greek philosopher on Lesbos this summer

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Philosophy Holiday

Greek Philosophers island holiday

Lesbos, Greece
6 Days
€ 870 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Open dates/private groups
Running Period
July and August

The Combadi Insight:

It doesn't get more authentic than this. A philophy holiday that will open your mind and welcome you into the homes and hearts of the locals who love life and their island Lesbos. Walk & swim on the same beaches Plato, Sappho, Aristotle and Theophrastos did, 2500 years ago. Literally, magical...

Holiday Code: DA1

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Welcome to the Greek island of Lesbos where a group of locals are bringing you a unique philosophy holiday. A weekly program has been put together with philosophy classes, days on sunny beaches, authentic accommodation and an evening program with Greek food and raki.

This is a truly alternative Greek island holiday. Feel one with the 'young' Greek philosophers filling the island in the summer months and examine the age old life questions with them. A true joy for the mind and the soul.

During your time in Lesbos, we will talk about Pythagoras, Herakleitos, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Sappho the poet and Theophrastos who were born in Eresos.

The magic of this alternative holiday is in the details. A truly authentic stay at one of the carefully selected homes in Eressos, the most picturesque village of Lesbos. You will wake up early and be treated to a true greek hospitality welcome. Indulge in home made breakfast prepared by your hosts.

Then you 'll be off to your philosophy class of the day covering the work and teachings of one of the Greek philosophers. Plato will amaze you with his wisdom, Aristotle with his insight, Sappho with the beauty of her poems.

After your morning philosophy class, you will head to one of the many surrounding sandy beaches. Having your lunch on the beach and choosing between the grilled sardines, the fried calamari, the Greek salad or simply a plate of fresh fruit is not just a meal, it is a celebration.

Every evening will be different. Many nights will be spent around the table or the fire under the stars in discussion (it will go as deep into the philosophy of life as the group is willing to go) and the company of raki, ouzo or wine. There is a rock band live night, an open air cinema, an astronomy class among many other surprises.

This summer, embark on this philosophy holiday experience and you will have the opportunity to take part in many local festivals and theatrical activities of the villagers in Eressos and the neighboring villages of Sigri, Mesotopos and Antissa. Take part in the island way of life—in your free time go fishing, on boat trips, visit old monasteries, chase sheep in the fields, feed turtles in the small rivers or just sit in the 'cafenio' and watch the world go by.

Socrates said; "The examined life is not worth living". Come and discover the philosopher inside you.

MONDAY

  • 8:00-10:00: Breakfast at home—coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 10:00 - 12:00: Philosophy class Herakleitos 1, 2, 3 or 4
  • 12:00 - 14:00: Swimming on the beach of Skala Eresos (cantines available)
  • 14:00 - 16:00: Lunch at taverna “Aegean” on the beach (one greek plate, salad, fruit, wine, bread)
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time—choose extra trips at extra cost: have a massage, go scuba diving or have an introduction to the Greek Alphabet. Or just take a siesta
  • 19:00-22:00: Dinner & Discussion at sea side bar, under the stars (omelette special, bread, soft drink or beer)

TUESDAY

  • 8:00-10:00: Breakfast at home—coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 10:00-12:00: Philosophy class Plato 1 or 3
  • 12:00-14:00: Swimming at Gihlionta beach with wild storks and petrified stones (20 minutes from Eresos)
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Picnic lunch on the beach (feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, grapes, watermelons)
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time
  • 19:00 – 24:00: Dinner & Discussion Dinner at souvlaki restaurant (souvlaki, salad, beer), and one free drink at Parasol night bar by the beach

WEDNESDAY

  • 8:00-10:00: Breakfast at home—coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 10:00-12:00: Philosophy class Plato 2 or 4
  • 12:00-14:00: Swimming-trekking. Swim in small waterfall oasis; walk through a shallow river in a small desert canyon
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Lunch—Cooking Lesson by Betty, or Taverna Samy’s (one course, salad, soft drink or wine or ouzo)
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time
  • 19:00 – 24:00: Dinner & Discussion at Vento pizza Restaurant, (one beer or soft drink)
  • Greek Night: Live Rock band “Souvlaki Road” plays for us on the beach (free admission—drinks 3 to 5€/each)

THURSDAY

  • 8:00-9:00: Breakfast at home—coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 9:00-10:00: Philosophy class SAPPHO the poet 1, 2, 3 or 4
  • 10:00-14:30: Swimming At Sigri beach, before visiting the Natural History Museum with tutorial on volcanoes and the petrified forest of Lesvos (½ hour from Eresos)
  • 14:30 – 15:30: Lunch at fish tavern “Gorgona” with sardines, salad, ouzo or wine, or soft drink
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time
  • 19:00 – 22:00: Dinner & Discussion at Aegeon tavern with rebetica (one coarse, salad, beer or tsipouro, or ouzo)

FRIDAY

  • 8:00-10:00: Breakfast at home—coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 10:00-12:00: Philosophy class Aristotle 1 or 3
  • 12:00-14:00: Swimming on the beach of Skala Eresos
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Lunch on the beach (Greek sandwich, cola or beer, ice-cream)
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time
  • 19:00 – 22:00: Dinner & Discussion. Souvla Barbeque Lamb, in the open air under the stars, salad, tsipouro or ouzo, or soft drink

SATURDAY

  • 8:00-10:00: Breakfast at home—coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 10:00-12:00: Philosophy class Aristotle 2 or 4
  • 12:00-14:00: Swimming on the beach of Skala Eresos
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Lunch—omelette special, one beer or soft drink at cantine on the beach
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time
  • 19:00 – 24:00: Dinner & Discussion at Aegeon taverna (one course, salad, beer or wine or soft, fruit), plus OPEN AIR CINEMA (free admission) & ASTRONOMY lesson during the intermission

SUNDAY

  • 8:00-9:00: Breakfast at home, coffee, milk, tea, herbs, honey, cheese pie, figs, marmalade, rusks
  • 9:00-10:00: Philosophy class Epicure
  • 10:00-12:00: Swimming at Gihlionta beach with the storks
  • 12:00 – 14:00: Picnic lunch on the beach; tomatoes, Greek cheeses, watermelon, melon, drinking water
  • 16:00-19:00: Free Time
  • 19:00 – 20:00: Dinner & Discussion at a souvlaki tavern, (souvlaki, salad, one beer or soft drink)
  • Old village house accommodation for six nights in the village of Eresos, Lesvos
  • Six days Greek food, includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, at a variety of places (taverns on the beach, barbeque)
  • Free transportation from airport and free transport to meet the weekly program
  • Six Philosophy classes (two hours every day)
  • Free museum entry, sandy beaches
  • Geology course all about volcanos
  • Live rock night on the beach
  • Open air cinema
  • Bars

You can take as many days as you like. You can also add extra single days. Courses on each philosopher have four weekly chapters.

Pricing details

  • For Eresos Lesvos: hotel rooms or village houses all incl. package = 145€/day/person
  • If you only want to follow the whole daily program without the hotel the cost is 120€/day/person

  • Students and children under 16 years old get a 20% discount on all our prices

  • If you only want to follow the philosophy classes, then the cost is 25 Euros per day (two hours)

  • A deposit of 100 Euros is required for booking. You can pay the rest upon arrival. You can also pay with Mastercard or Visa

Housing Services

Our idea is to promote housing and sleeping of our guests simply; ‘No’ to impersonal hotel atmospheres, ‘yes’ to simple local, one, two or three room apartments with basic facilities. The old village houses in Eresos have basic facilities and are about 30 to 70 m2 each. All electricity and utility bills with taxes will be paid by us without any extra charge. Ask us for details and photographs of the available residents. However, if you prefer we can provide a fine hotel room.

Enjoy with us:

  • Greek hospitality and humour
  • Canadian honesty
  • Italian finesse
  • German organization
  • French happiness
  • American efficiency
  • Philosophy for the exercise of the mind!
  • Great Aegean sea swimming.
  • Greek dancing

Books and publications

Philosophy books will be available to use in English and Greek. Our library is a living thing that grows continuously, with your help. We publish our own books too.

We give you a chance to publish your own philosophical book or novel, if your story is outstanding, through "Donkey road publications" hard cover and e-book.

Medical Institutes for peace of mind

LESVOS ISLAND hospitals and nearest medical centers

  • General Hospital of Mytilene, 1½ hours from Eresos village on the island, by car or ambulance
  • Medical Center Antissa village, ½ hour from Eresos village (special doctors)
  • Basic Doctor & First aid center, Dentist, Cardiologist, and Pharmacy in Eresos and Skala Eresos villages
  • Skala Eresos has a helicopter landing spot

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