Greece's soul & beating heart..

What is travelling to Greece all about? Is it solely about enjoying its nature, the sea and the sun, or is it also about feeling its soul and beating heart? Those of you interested in country's worldwide famous ancient spirit, still living today, don't look for it in the monuments and antiquities, but rather experience it yourselves by getting to know the Greek people and their art. Hellenic culture, language and art are a whole. They form one entity travelling in uninterrupted continuity through time, despite of all the conquerers, wars and occupations country has suffered from.

An example of this cultural continuity is the romance of Erotokritos, considered as a masterpiece of Cretan literature, and with claim to be the supreme achievement of modern Greek literature in general. It was composed by Vikentios Kornaros in early 17th century on Crete. It consists of 10,012 fifteen-syllable rhymed verses. Its themes are love, honour, friendship and courage. It is written in the Cretan dialect of the Greek language. The poet relates the trials and tribulations suffered by two young lovers, Erotokritos and Aretousa, daughter of Heracles, King of Athens. It was a tale that enjoyed enormous popularity among its Greek readership.
It remains a popular work until today, largely due to the music that accompanies it when it is publicly recited. Enjoy below the most recent and one of the finest performances of this masterpiece of literature. This was made just 2 years ago as a fine example of how art may serve as the strongest antidote against the recent or any crisis, by elevating our spirit, purifying our mind and strengthening the noble emotions within us all.

A complete translation to English was made by Theodore Stephanides in verse, and by Betts, Gauntlett and Spilias in prose.

About Travel & Do..

Emphasis on "Responsible Travelling"

We are a group of people with applied knowledge on natural and responsible ways of living, willing and able to offer our expertise to enrich your holidays in Greece with all possible kinds of creative activities, like: Permaculture applications, holistic self-healing techniques, eco-activities in nature, expressive arts, Greek cultural activities and much more.

Travel & Do has also teamed up with a travel agency in order to professionally provide all the necessary travel services to its international customers.

We are committed to a sustainable, non-destructive form of tourism, which respects and promotes the environmental wealth and the cultural heritage of Greece.

Our mission as a Greek travel company

Our general aim is to ensure that our holiday packages will benefit the Greek communities and people, as we fully appreciate the economic, social and environmental impact of tourist visits on local areas.
All of our eco-friendly travel services are based on, and further promote, sustainability, fair-trade & social awareness, without the side-effect of exploiting human, natural or social resources.

Within the framework of these principles, our specific goal is to offer you joyful and meaningful travel in such a way that you will return home with feelings for the people and teachers you have met, the friends you have made and from the experiences we have co-created.

Environmental Preservation and Social Responsibility commitments

Travel & Do supports, as of 2009, the preservation of the environment of the Mediterranean Sea, by offering a percentage of its annual profit to the NGO Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, so it can continue its valuable work. Our travel customers are given the opportunity to actively participate in, or financially contribute to, Archelon or other local community projects.

The "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) of Travel & Do is certified by the independent European non-profit organization TourCert.

Tourism enterprises using this label have examined their business practices according to certain sustainability criteria. They have applied and evaluated quantitative and qualitative environmental and social criteria. The companies have written a sustainability report according to the standards of TourCert and have committed to continuously improving their sustainability performance.