Greece

Greece Journey  ** Our Greece Journey has been postponed until 2014.  Stay tuned for new 2014 dates!  Please email Chris at chris@chrissopa.com if you are interested in our future Greece Journey!

Join us for our first ever odyssey into the sacred heart of ancient Greece! Many of us have at least heard about some of the amazing Gods and Goddesses that originated in this part of the world, but few of us know the true significance of being able to connect with the God or Goddess within each of us. As we explore this ancient land and its myths and legends on the captivating islands, we will enjoy the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the delicious traditional cuisine, the lively and vibrant culture, and the welcoming Greek people as we learn how to tap into our God and Goddess within.

On this journey, join me where we will visit the sacred sites where we will begin in Athens and follow the Panathenaic Way, the ancient procession of the Goddess, up to the Acropolis; Delphi, where we will visit the Sanctuary of Eleusis to learn about their ancient secret rites and initiation ceremonies and discuss the role of the Goddess in Greek mythology; Olympia, where we will learn about the relationship between athletics and spirituality, and the sacred dimensions of sports in ancient times and finally a special extension to Crete, known as the “Island of the Gods” and visit the labyrinth at Knossos.

Itinerary

 

Note:  Certain meals are included on specific days, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner. There is a letter by each day indicating what is offered.

Day 1:  Arrive Athens {D}
Arrival at the Athens Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Welcome Dinner in a tavern with live Greek music .
Overnight in Athens.

Day 2:  Athens {B, L}
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning walk through the Agora and the Acropolis.
Lunch in a typical Greek restaurant.
Visit the Acropolis Museum
Overnight in Athens.

Day 3:  Athens to Delphi {B, L, D}
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure with air-conditioned coach from Athens to Delphi (via Eleusis).
Dinner & overnight in Delphi.

Day 4:  Delphi to Olympia {B, L, D}
Breakfast at the hotel.
Visit site and museum. Lunch in a restaurant with view Afternoon departure for Olympia.
Dinner & overnight in Olympia.

Day 5:  Olympia {B, L, D}
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to wander ancient town and visit the Olympics’ Museum.
Late morning walk to Ancient Olympic site. Lunch at a nearby to the Archaeological Museum restaurant, near the ruins. Free afternoon.
Dinner & overnight in Olympia.

Day 6:  Olympia to Nauplion {B, D}
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to wander the town or revisit the ruins.
Noon departure by coach from Olympia to the medieval monastic site of Mystras, famous for its mosaics. Midafternoon departure from Mystras.
Late afternoon arrival in Nauplion and check in at hotel.
Dinner & overnight in Nauplion.

Day 7:  Nauplion {B,D}
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure by coach from Nauplion to Mycenae.
Return to Nauplion. Free evening to have dinner in beautiful restored town square.
Overnight at in Nauplion.

Day 8:  Nauplion to Athens Airport. Flight to Santorini  {B,D} 
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure by coach from Nauplion to the Athens airport – On the way visit the famous dream temples of Asclepius and the still operating amphitheater in Epidaurus .
Return to Athens airport for a short flight to Santorini.
Dinner & Overnight in Santorini.

Day 9:  Santorini {B,D}
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning visit to Akrotiri
Early afternoon departure for sunset cruise .
Dinner on board
Overnight in Santorini.

Day 10:  Santorini to Athens {B,D}
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to pier for hydrofoil to Piraeus
Arrival at Piraeus pier and transfer to the hotel.
Farewell Dinner
Overnight at hotel in Athens.

Day 11:  Depart Athens {B}
Transfer to the airport for departure.

Crete Extension – September 25-28, 2013

Day 10: Santorini to Crete {B, L}
Breakfast at the hotel
Lunch in Santorini prior hydrofoil’s departure to Heraklion
Transfer to pier for hydrofoil
Arrival in Heraklion Port and transfer to the hotel.
Check in at hotel
Overnight

Day 11:  Crete {B,D}
Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 – 15:30 Heraklion – Museum & Knossos tour.
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 12:  Crete {B,D}
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day tour to Paliani Monastery – Dicteon Andron
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 13:  Crete to Athens {B}
Morning at leisure
Transfer to airport for flight back to Athens.
Overnight Athens

Day 14:  Depart Athens
Transfer to the airport for departure.

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Price Details for Main Tour

 

USD $4,200.00 per person in a double occupancy room

USD $4,820 per person in a single occupancy room

Above Prices are in U.S. Dollars and include:
~ 10 nights accommodation as follows:

    • 3 nights total in Athens at hotel Hermes or similar
    • 1 night in Delphi at the King Iniohos hotel or similar
    • 2 nights in Olympia at Antonios hotel or similar
    • 2 nights in Nauplion at hotel Agamemnon or similar
    • 2 nights in Santorini at hotel Kallsti or similar

~ 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
~ Deluxe a/c motor coach as per program (20 seater for up to 12 participants).
~ English speaking qualified guide (same in Athens and the mainland tour- local in Santorini)
~ Entrance fees at the sites visited during the mainland tour and on the islands (Acropolis site and Museum, Eleusis, Delphi site and Museum, Olympia site and museum, Mystras site, Mycenae site and museum & Epidaurus site and museum, Akrotiri).
~ One way air tickets on coach class from Athens to Santorini.
~ One way hydrofoil tickets from Santorini Piraeus (Athens) on economy class.
~ Porterage of one piece of luggage per person.
~ All road tolls and all local taxes.

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Price Details for Crete Extension

 

USD $1,500.00 per person in a double occupancy room

USD $1,690 per person in a single occupancy room

Above Prices are in U.S. Dollars and include:
~ 3 nights accommodation as follows:

    • 3 nights in Crete at hotel Astoria or similar

~ 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch (in Santorini), 2 dinners
~ English speaking qualified guide.
~ Entrance fees at the sites visited (Heraklion museum and Dicteon Andron).
~ One way air tickets on coach class from Heraklion to Athens
~ Porterage of one piece of luggage per person.

Above rates do not include:
~ Airfare to Athens

Tour organized by Sacred Earth Journeys. Prices are based on exchange rates as of September 2012 and subject to change (USD $1 = .7748 Euro).

Please email chris@chrissopa.com or call 480-269-0274 if you have any questions or are interested in joining this journey. Please note a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot is required.  Click on the PayPal button to reserve your spot!