The Greece Experience - 17 to 27 May 2019

Mother Gaia, Artemis, Athena, the Swan Knight, the Greek Pantheon with its Myths and Mysteries, the ancient Mystery Schools, the Philosophers, Essenes (Therapeutae) and Atlantis, all these themes play important roles in a fabulous journey of discovery and reunion with ancient places and Self. Designed to my deeper callings, this tour will be your chance to experience Greece in a unique way.

"To be able to properly comprehend CE, we need to rediscover BCE."
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Join me on my very special group tour "The Greece Experience", which will be taking place from 17th to 27th May, 2019!


During this tour, which is presented in 2 segments, we will visit - among other places - Athens with the Plaka, The Agora, the Acropolis, Delphi including the Tholos & Athena Pronaia, the site of the Oracle, the Theater and the Pan Cave (Coryculum Cave), Meteora, The Argolis including ca. 3300 year old Mycenae, Nafplion, the theater and ancient Asklepius Sanctuary at Epidaurus and the famous Corinth Canal. In the second part of the tour we go to Crete, where we will visit the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, the Zeus Cave & Minoan Knossos. We will also make a day excursion to Santorini (Thira) where we visit Oia and Akrotiri (ancient Minoan remains). This tour has been well organized by Greek travel agents, but it has been completely designed to what I would like to show and share. ♥


ITINERARY AND PRICING

FIRST PART: MAINLAND GREECE - Prices start at € 1445,- euros p.p. for a double room (2 people sharing) and € 1915,- euros p.p. for a single room.

Friday, 17th May, 2019
Arrival in Athens and transfer to the hotel (1 transfer included, it is best to arrive in the afternoon between 2 and 5 pm). It is also possible to arrive earlier or later that day, and then we will either meet at the hotel (all details will be available, including how to get there) or I can arrange a separate transfer (not included) to take you to the hotel.

Meet and greet at the hotel followed by a buffet dinner.

Saturday, 18th May, 2019
Full day in Athens. In the morning we will visit the Acropolis and its slopes, the Parthenon & the Erechteion. There is so much more to the Acropolis than just the top, and although groups hardly ever do the tour around the sacred rock of Athena and Pan, we will. :)

I have arranged an official English speaking guide to accompany us the entire day, making sure we won't miss a thing.

Afterwards we will walk through the ancient quarter of Athens, the Plaka, for lunch (not included, but we stay together). Greek food is famous for its many tapas-like food and amazing dishes.

After lunch we will pass the Roman forum and visit the ancient Greek Agora with the Temple of Hephaestus and the lovely Agora museum. We will also walk part of the ancient Panathenaic Way.

At the end of the afternoon we will visit the famous Pnyx Hill where democracy was born, before we return to the hotel for dinner (included) and overnight. Dinner at the hotel.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019
Full day visiting the region called the 'Argolis'. We will see the famous Corinth Canal and the archaeological site of ancient Mycenae, which was one of the major centers of Greek civilization; a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece, Crete, the Cyclades and parts of southwest Anatolia. The Mycenaean period is from 1600 BCE to 1100 BCE. We meet our guide at the Tomb of Agamemnon (a.k.a. Tomb of Atreus) and visit the ancient city of Agamemnon, Mycenae, after which I will take you to the palace and the other city ruins behind the palace.

Then we will visit Nafplion and give you time to wander around this beautiful and picturesque harbour town, and to have lunch (not included) in a local Greek tavern in one of the picturesque streets or at the waterfront.

At 2 pm we will regroup and drive to Epidaurus to see the spectacular theater and the remains of the Asklepios Sanctuary).

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Athens.

Monday, 20th May, 2019
We leave the hotel in Athens to go to Delphi, and have a short coffee stop before we check into our hotel in Arachova.
Then we will go to Delphi for an organized lunch with a spectacular view. After lunch (included) we will visit the remains of ancient Delphi. We start at the amazing museum with its famous archaeological finds, and then we visit the archaeological site including the Apollo Temple, both with a local, English speaking guide.
Dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, 21st May, 2019
Early morning breakfast and departure to the Parnassos National Park just outside Arachova for the hike (not difficult) to the enigmatic Pan Cave (Corycian Cave) with a local guide. After the hike we will have lunch in the lovely mountain town of Arachova (not included). In the afternoon we visit the Tholos and Athena Pronaia Temple remains and the famous Castalia Spring, where the Pythia and the priests used to purify themselves before they started the Oracle process.
Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019
The program for today starts with a stunning road trip through mainland Greece. Our goal: Meteora, the famous rock formations on which tops medieval monks built monasteries. Organized lunch included. We visit 2 monasteries with a local guide, followed by a short coffee/snack stop. The cherry on the pie is a magical sunset tour of Meteora to grasp the beauty of this amazing landscape in the special orange light of the setting sun.
Dinner at the hotel in Kalambaka.

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019
We depart from Kalambaka and drive, with several stops for coffee and snacks, to Athens airport for the flight home (make sure you organize your flight home to depart after 15h30 (3.30 pm)). If you book the 2nd part of this tour, you will stay with the group and we will fly to Heraklion, Crete.

SECOND PART - CRETE & SANTORINI (including your inland flight) - Prices start at € 870,- euros p.p. for a double room (2 people sharing) and € 1015, p.p. for a single room.

On Thursday, 23rd May we arrive at Heraklion airport.

In the early evening we will check into our 4 star resort hotel on the beach in Sissi, not far from Heraklion, where we will stay for 3 nights. Dinner at the hotel.

Crete is Greece's biggest island and its history is even older, with the Minoan culture predating the Mycenean culture on the mainland. Crete has its own character and atmosphere. Sissi is a picturesque harbour town east of Heraklion. The Mediterranean Sea is always calm here, thanks to the wave-breaker.

Friday, 24th May, 2019
Visit to the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos and the mythological Zeus Cave, both with local guides. The word 'Mythos' means 'story'. Therefore, some of the myths of ancient Greece could be true, some made up. Most of the myths, however, have much deeper layers. Today we will hear several local true stories as well as some of the mythological stories.

Organized lunch included.

Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday, 25th May, 2019
Full day tour to Santorini (Thira), with free time for lunch (not included) in Oia and a visit to the ancient Minoan site of Akrotiri with a local guide.
Dinner at the hotel on Crete.

Sunday, 26th May, 2019
In the morning we visit the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion. Afterwards we drive to the airport for the flight back to Athens.

Last night of this tour in Athens.

We will spend our last evening together at the Plaka, the old historical neighbourhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis. We will have an organized special dinner in one of the nicest places of the Plaka (included).

Monday, 27th May, 2019
After breakfast there will be a transfer to Athens airport from the hotel.

Minimum number of participants: 10.

TOTAL PACKAGE PRICE FOR THE ENTIRE TOUR INCLUDING INLAND FLIGHT ATHENS-HERAKLION-ATHENS:
Double room (2 people sharing): €2315,- p.p.
Single room: €2930,- p.p.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Inland flight return ticket Athens-Heraklion-Athens.
- Dinners as mentioned in the program.
- Breakfast on day 2 to the final day (departure).
- Three organized group lunches.
- Entrance fees and tourist taxes.
- Transfer (1 group transfer on day one and 1 group transfer on your departure day).
- Tour guides and excursions mentioned in the program.
- Excellent 3 star accommodation in Athens, Arachova and Kalambaka, and on part 2 of the tour, 4 star accommodation on Crete and excellent 3 star accommodation in Athens on the final night.
- The recipient's Bank/PayPal fees

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Your flights to and from Athens.
- Drinks not included in the meals that are included in this tour.
- Meals that are not included in the tour.
- Personal expenses and travel insurances.

HOW TO BOOK THIS TOUR:
E-mail me at anneke@barinca.fr

Registrations and deposits: before January 10th 2019.
To secure your seat, send me an e-mail with your name, your name as stated in your travel document / passport, your passport number, phone number (mobile), the name of your hometown & country, and whether you would like to book part 1 only, or both parts of this tour.
By registering for this tour, your seat will be booked and therefore a non-refundable deposit will be required of €500 euros p.p. Of course if we are the ones cancelling the tour due to lack of participants or other causes beyond our control, you will be refunded all the money you have paid by then, minus € 100,- euros. These €100,- euros will need to cover the cancellation fees of the inland airline tickets.
Second payment on January 10th: 30% of the tour price.
Final payments need to be in by March 1st.

N.B. These payment terms are adapted to the terms and conditions of the travel agents in Greece.


N.B. This tour is only suitable for those who are able to walk uneven, stony paths that are sometimes on a slope (sometimes a little bit steep, but not too bad).

Food: We will try to cater for vegetarians and gluten free diets, but for most meals we will make use of buffets, so people can choose what they would like every day. But... when in Greece... :)




My name is Anneke Koremans. Since 2007 I have been a resident of the southern French department of the Aude-Pyrénées. In my spare time I enjoy photography and writing (under the nom de plume of Jeanne D’Août) and producing little video trailers to help promote this region. Since early childhood I loved studying the lost history of civilization, the first centuries of Christianity, the Gnosis and Mysticism. My esoteric adventure novels and articles have been published in English to reach as many people as possible. In the past I have been a guest on many radio shows, both in the USA and in Australia, but also on a live TV Talk Show in Las Vegas in 2013. In 2012 I was interviewed for a now world famous TV documentary called "Himmler and the Holy Grail", giving me a page on IMDb. I also worked together with the well-known American filmmaker Frank LaLoggia, to write a synopsis for a possible screenplay for my first book "White Lie ~ The Quest for The Forbidden Relic", which is available together with its sequel, "The Eye of Ra", on Amazon (see www.jeannedaout.com for all the direct links). In the Summer of 2015, I became a member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers Organization). In 2016, both "The Forbidden Relic" and its sequel "The Eye of Ra" were also published on Kindle eBook. My third book will explore the ancient world of the very early Celts in the Mediterranean and will be situated in Occitania and Greece. This final book of my trilogy will be released in the Winter of 2019/2020.

This tour has been made possible by:
JeanneDaout.com & Barinca.fr


REVIEWS (copied from my other blog (Cathar Country Experience Tours):

Immensely grateful for the reviews below. If you have been on one of my tours and would like to be on this page as well, please contact me or write your review in the comments below. Warmest of hugs and much love to you all! ♥

“Anneke will provide you with the experience of a lifetime. She knows every nook, cranny, mystery, and secret of Cathar country.”

~ Steve Berry, New York Times Best Selling author, known for e.g. "The Templar Legacy" (http://steveberry.org).

"You can have no better guide to the mysteries of Cathar Country than Anneke! Her gentle but passionate manner is matched by her very deep knowledge of all matters Cathar, she truly lives and breathes this wonderful land!"

~ Cameron & Glenn Broughton, Journeys With Soul (www.journeyswithsoul.com)

"Anneke is a treasure-trove of knowledge about her beloved Occitania which she imparts with eloquence, humour, and passion. For one week she was the guide for my group of visitors from many countries whom she delighted with her talks on history, mythology, and invaluable local knowledge. She enriched their experience of this amazing part of the world and I could not have wished for a better guide.

~ Mara Freeman, Owner, Celtic Spirit Journeys (www.celticspiritjourneys.com).

I have had three occasions to experience the guidance of Anneke Koremans and I share that she is beyond experienced in both history, wisdom, and practicality. Every need was attended to and her ability to bring the hidden details of history to life was a joy to witness.

~ Marge Richards, The Awareness Group and Author of Inspiring Butterflies (www.theawarenessgroup.com).

"Nothing's too hard or too remote for Anneke. She has all the facts and a story for every occasion. Endless care. I've worked with her with a group I've brought and would give her 100%."

~ Colum Hayward, Polair Publishing, White Eagle Lodge (www.polairpublishing.co.uk)

"Anneke is a natural story-teller and a born historian. She knows all the facts and details of intriguing Cathar Country and reproduces them in breath taking stories like nobody else can. Anneke is a unique, unparralled guide. Her tours are not only full of facts and dates, but when you’re open for it she will also share the spiritual wisdom of this area – and more. Many thanks for your support on my path.
~ Harriët Kroon, Founder of the Divine Plan Healing School (www.divineplanhealingschool.org)

"Having Anneke lead our tour was like a breath of fresh air. Not only is Anneke extremely knowledgeable about the history, lore and myths of the beautiful Languedoc region of France, but you will feel like you are traveling with your good friend. Her ability to make people feel at ease, lighthearted, and enjoying some good laughs, is a combination that is rare to find and what makes Anneke an exceptional tour guide. I will be back again.”

~ Maureen Lamb Liedtke, Owner, MaurChi (http://maurchi.com)

"Dear Anneke and Peter, thank you so much for your extraordinary help and dedication during our recent trip to France. I have worked in the tourism business for 20 years and I have been very impressed with your obvious concern for the needs of the clients. You ensured that everything went ahead so seamlessly. You took care of the clients as if they were members of your own family. Everyone on the trip had the highest of praise for you both. I love your social conscience, your very apparent love for what you do and the fact the you genuinely adore the places you brought us to. You brought the past to life with your stories and insights and adapted your commentaries to the interests of the group. Every single detail was anticipated and taken care of by you so no one had to wonder what was happening next. It was great fun and we all wished the journey would never end. It is great to have seen such a wonderful mix of spirituality, compassion and professionalism. From the bottom of my heart I thank you. With kind regards,

~ Mark Mulvey - Tour Manager Power Places Tours (http://powerplaces.com)

"What a delight to reconnect with Anneke Koremans again last week in Belvaines, France. Anneke had taken a group of mine on a tour of the Sacred Mary Magdalen sites last October. I loved the tour so much, I invited two friends to join me there again this month. The weather was cold and rainy, so Anneke suggested we head south where there was a chance of more sun. She navigated us up a winding mountain road to a the beautiful Abbey of St. Michael. She sang for us in the sanctuary and her voice is quite Divine. She is so full of wisdom and love that being with her makes my heart sing! Thank you Anneke…. I’ll be back again as soon as I can."
~ Patti Ashley (www.pattiashly.com).

"I guide people through initiatory experiences at powerful places through out the world. This year's sacred journey was to the south of France. While the focus was on the teachings of Mary Magdalene, I was looking for a local tour guide who understood the mysteries well beyond the stories of Mary Magdalene. I was so fortunate to find Anneke Koreman, a local tour guide that exceeded my expectations. She's a joy to be with, a beautiful, kind presence with a big heart. As I've been a student of esoteric studies for over 20 years, I appreciate her vast knowledge of the gnosis, and her in-depth research provides such a solid foundation for her work and what she teaches. The south of France is filled with mystery far beyond Mary Magdalene, and I believe that Anneke holds the key that is unlocking the wisdom that has been held in secret for so long. Anneke also added to our initiatory experience by offering songs where her beautiful voice and ancient lyrics invoked the presence of the Divine. She is a treasure, and I'm looking forward to working with her again in the near future.


"Three weeks of different trip segments with Anneke and Peter has been one of the highlights of my life. Being a historical nerd, I appreciated the depth of knowledge presented. Anneke knows the local legends, the mysteries and myths of the area. She offers so much more than the typical just the facts kind of tours. On one trip, Peter stayed with me all the way up St Baume. It rained all day and the hike up the mountain was painful for me but I was determined. I might have given up without Peter's support. I named him my Grail Knight from that day forward. All of the places we stayed were excellent. Anneke and Peter are a great team and do their utmost best to provide the best experience they can. I would only use their services if I should be able to return to this area. They are the best."
~ Bette Brownlow

"I've had an interest in this part of the world since I was in my teens, particularly the stories of Rennes-le-chateau and Montsegur, so of course when I finally got to Occitania they were on my list of must-sees. There are quite a few guides in the area but when I saw Anneke's photo I just had the feeling these were the 'right' people for us. I'm so glad I went with my intuition, we only had 4 days to do a whirlwind tour, and while I'm interested in the stories of hidden treasures, Mary Magdalene and the Cathars, I'm also a plain history, geology and biology geek, and also wanted to experience some of the present day lifestyle in the area as well as the past, so we gave them our wish list and they put together a custom tour for us. Anneke has an in depth knowledge of the history in this beautiful place so was able to point out the remnants of a world now gone and paint a very vivid picture of life as it was over the last few thousand years. It was good to be able to have conversations about the Cathars and their history but also to hear about the Troubadours and the various politics and populations that have occupied this region since ancient times. While we covered quite a lot of ground (both geographical and informative) in our short tour we had enough time to take photos and to soak up the atmosphere in each of the places we went to. We were well looked after on our tour with Anneke and Peter providing us with walking poles for the trek up Montsegur, and keeping us fed and watered (or wined) along the journey in style... thanks for introducing us to Blanquette de Limoux Peter! Both Anneke and Peter have a breadth of knowledge of this area that meant not only were many of our curiosities fulfilled, but we also had a journey that fed our spirits and left us with a strong desire to return to this magical land. I treasure the friendships made with you two and hope to see you again in the spring of 2019"
~ Susan Attwell, New Zealand

"My parents and l spent a week in Cathar country four years ago and had a wonderful time thanks to our guide Anneke Koremans. Anneke is so passionate about this land and its history, she lives and breathes it. If you want to be guided in to the depth and heart of the Languedoc with its rich and varied stories no one could do it better. We highly recommend Anneke, she certainly gives everything she has to her work, it was a real pleasure to spend time with her and to visit such amazing places."

~ Craig, Margaret and John Irving, Owners, Sunnymeade Garden, Victoria, Australia (www.sunnymeade.com.au)

"Since the age of fifty I have been taking trips around the world. I am now 73 years old with many incredible memories. The most memorable was my trip to Cathar country with Anneke. That trip was magical and mystical far beyond the common experience."

~ Gloria Davis
"As a tour manager, I bring small groups to Occitania every year, every year I hire Anneke as our local guide and every year I learn something new from her! Her relentless study of the esoteric and known history of the area adds so much depth to her guiding and because she lives there, her intimate knowledge of all the nooks and crannies really makes my tours special."

~ Tina Hartzell (www.twinstartribe.com/travel)
"Some twelve years ago my personal quest for inner wisdom and inner strength brought me to Ornolac/Ussat-les-Bains in Occitanie/France, village of the medieval Cathars with their caves for initiations. At this spiritual halting-place I met Anneke Koremans, who helps me with her knowledge – cognitive and spiritual- which deepens my search. She was and is my personal ¨lady with the lamp¨. Thank you Anneke!"

~ Willem Kramer  (Maison Antonin Gadal, Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains)
"Anneke is a gem. Her knowledge about forbiden sacred history and her quest for truth is deeply enlightening in the presence of sacred sites as we move towards our inner mystery, she lights up the way."

~ Eve Marie Roy (www.evemarieroy.com)

"My name is Jaap Rameijer and I have lived for over 17 years in Rennes-le-Chateau, in the estate of Les Labadous. I have guided, just like Anneke, hundreds of people, coming from all over the world, who visited this very special area. The land of the Cathars, of Mary Magdalene, of magic and mysteries, of treasures, a pure land with a very special, healing energy. I wrote several books, about Rennes-le-Chateau, about Mary Magdalene, about the Cathars, about Orbs and about a boy named Jamie. Anneke and I have been very good friends for a long time. She is a very likable, charming woman. Some-one who knows the area like no other person and who loves to take you the all the magical, powerful places. She will tell wonderful stories, captivating stories, making you love the area all the more. And wanting to come back."

~ Jaap Rameijer, writer, photographer, coach, guide and lecturer (jaap-adventures.com - Amazon.com)

"Prepare yourself for something wonderful. Anneke will take you on a journey to the heart and soul of your destination, revealing secrets hidden for centuries. I highly recommend her as a tour guide."

~ Murray Davidson
"I take travelers on sacred journeys around the world and in October, I landed in SW France on a special Mary Magdalene quest. After looking extensively for the right guide and tour company, I found Anneke. Anneke was perfect - experienced, professional, knowledgeable, interesting, personable and fun! She shared her heart and her passion for truth while keeping the mystery and mystic alive. And, she graced us with her amazing angelic voice in a few sacred spots! Every day was a Divine adventure! I can't wait to return with another group!"

~ Junia Imel (www.DivineAdventures.org)

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