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Greece  |   Yoga Tour: Explore and Restore  |   Multiple Dates

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LUX World Travel specializes in providing sophisticated luxury journeys and retreats by combining exotic destinations with stunning  accommodations, and opportunities for wellness travel, yoga and adventure, women's travel, cultural journeys and faith travel.
The Destinations

 

Athens is a city that happened two-and-a-half thousand years ago. It's true that even now the past looms large – literally, in the shape of the mighty Acropolis that dominates almost every view, as well as on every visitor's itinerary. Yet the modern conurbation is home to over four million people – more than a third of the Greek nation's population – and has undergone a transformation in the twenty-first century. The stimulus of the 2004 Olympics made it far more than a repository of antiquities, lifting it above the clichés of pollution and impossible traffic that have blighted its reputation in recent years.

 

View across collapsed caldera

Santorini was named by the Latin Empire in the thirteenth century, and is a reference to Saint Irene, from the name of the old cathedral in the village of Perissa.  The name Santorini is a contraction of the name Santa Irini. Before then, it was known as Kallístē ("the most beautiful one"), Strongýlē ("the circular one"),or Thēra.

The name Thera was revived in the nineteenth century as the official name of the island and its main city, but the colloquial name Santorini is still in popular use. During the Ottoman Empire's domination of the Aegean Sea, the Turkish exonym for the island was "Santurin" or "Santoron."

 

Crete is the largest island in Greece, and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, the visitor can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to uncover.

Due to its geographical position between Africa, Europe, and Asia Minor and due to its mild climate, Crete became a center of culture as early as Neolithic times. The first prehistoric settlements appeared in Crete around 6000 BC while in 2600 BC settlers who knew how to craft bronze arrived in Crete. It was then that the illustrious course of the Minoan Civilization began, reaching its peak around 1950 BC with the erection of the imposing palaces in Knossos, Faistos, and Malia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Being your own Muse...
 
Overview
 

Become one with yourself. Visit the mythological islands of Santorini and Crete, the lands of muses, gods and goddesses.  Visit the historical sites, enjoy daily yoga and meditation, learn Greek dance, cook with a local Greek Yia Yia (grandmother), support women through  the ‘’Angel’s House’’ women’s social project  and experience vibrant Greek community and culture.

 

 

 

 

     

 

Itinerary

 

DAY 1: Arrive in Athens
Namaste and Yiasou. Welcome to Greece!  Your guide will greet you upon arrival at Athens International Airport where you’ll transfer to your hotel in downtown Athens. Afternoon yoga class. Evening  welcome dinner overlooking the Acropolis tonight! PM-Meditation and overnight. (D)

 

DAY 2: Athens, Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon
Morning yoga class. After breakfast we start off on a  half day Athens city tour with a local historian guide, including a panoramic city tour and, of course, a visit to the Acropolis and the incredible Acropolis Museum. Our expert guide takes you to see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library.

In the afternoon drive along the coastal road, to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand.  On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore.  After visiting the Temple of Poseidon,  we will have a meditation near the rocky promontory of Sounion.  Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at local seaside restaurant. (B,D)

 

 

DAY 3: Athens, Santorini
Early morning departure for Piraeus port and board the ferry boat heading towards Santorini Island. Arrival at the port of Santorini and transfer to hotel. The volcanic island of the Cyclades, Santorini, is known world wide as the most mythical Island.   Afternoon free to explore the village walking along the cobble-stone streets and the white washed houses with blue shutters.  Later afternoon yoga and meditation. Tonight enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

 

DAY 4: Santorini, Volcano, Boat experience in the Caldera
AM Yoga. Morning departure to the old port of Santorini for a tour in Caldera with a catamaran including visit of the Volcano and Oia village sunset. Admire the spectacular caldera, created by the eruption of the islands volcano in the ancient times and the white washed houses perched on the edge in Santorini.

First stop at the red beach for swimming and snorkeling. Make a second stop at the white beach for more swimming and snorkeling and lunch. The last stop for swimming will be at hot springs created thousand years ago by the underwater power of the volcano! Return back to hotel. Meditation. Tonight enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

 

 

DAY 5: Santorini, Dance Class
AM Yoga. Free day for spa, massage or for immersing in the local culture. This evening, get ready to learn the meaning of OPA! We will learn a traditional Greek dance followed by dinner at a local taverna. Overnight  in Santorini. (B, D)

 

DAY 6: Santorini, Cruise to Crete
AM Yoga. Morning and early afternoon free.  In the late afternoon, we will head to the  main port of Santorini to board the high-speed boat going toward Crete. Arrival at Heraklion port and transfer to the hotel.  PM Meditation.  Dinner & Overnight at hotel in Crete. (B, D)

 

DAY 7: Crete, Community Service at Angels House
AM yoga. Morning to relax and reflect. This afternoon, we will visit  ‘’Angel’s House’’ which occupies, protects and helps the abused women, orphans and the homeless. At the moment there is only one structure which provides housing for abused women, orphans and the homeless. We will help the community by painting, working in the gardens and other projects as needed.  Return to the hotel for meditation and overnight. (B, L, D)

 

 

Day 8: Mystical Crete, Temple of Knossos and Arolithos, Traditional Village with cooking demonstration and lunch
AM Yoga. After breakfast, depart for one of the most mystical sites of Crete: The famous Knossos archaeological site. Knossos is the site of the palace of Minoan civilization. According to tradition, it was the seat of the legendary King Minos. The Palace is also connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur, and the story of Daidalus, Ariadne and Theseus. This place will render you breathless as you wonder over the technology and facilities of that period.

Here you will have the chance to cook with a Greek Yia Yia and learn to make tzatziki and Cretan dakos.  Lunch will follow and then you will learn how to make loukoumades (Greek donuts). 

Free time to wander through the tree-lined narrow streets; take a look inside a typical Cretan village house for a snapshot of traditional Cretan life. Browse around the museum which contains items depicting the rural history and local handicrafts. Farewell dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: Depart for Home
Breakfast at hotel. Depart from Greece, taking with you the magic and energy of the land.  Love and light until we meet again on another great journey.

 

 

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Tour Details
9 Days / 8 Nights
 
Price
$3290 pp, based on double occupancy
Solo Rate + $525
 
June: $3725 pp.
Solo Rate + $555
 
Deposit
50% at time of Booking
 
Includes
2 nights in Athens
3 nights in Santorini
3 nights in Crete
Daily breakfast and dinner  (excluding day of arrival and departure)
3 lunches
Daily yoga and meditation
Health and Wellness Manager / Guide
Coach for airport transfers and touring
Ferries as noted
Santorini Volcano cruise
Greek dance lesson
Cooking demonstration
Community service project
 
 

 

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