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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, 27th May, 2019
After breakfast there will be a transfer to Athens airport from the hotel.
Minimum number of participants: 10.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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