Greece Yoga Retreat 2017


Greece is a dream destination for many. But planning a trip can be daunting. There are so many wonderful places to see and endless choices. Our yoga retreat in Greece is a curated experience designed to help retreaters relax and rejuvenate while having the experience of a lifetime.

When?

May 27 to June 5. 2017

Saturday, May 27:
TBA Departure from Omaha airport, for an overnight flight to
Sunday, May 28:
Arrival to Athens airport. Transfer to Athens center and our
hotel (40 min. transfer time), check in and the remainder of the
day for leisure.
Monday, May 29:
Athens City Sightseeing (6 hours).
Full day sightseeing with English speaking guide. The tour
includes visit to the Acropolis Hill and passing from all the
major sites of this amazing city. Lunch is included at local
taverna in the old part of town- Plaka, and time for leisure and
shopping in the afternoon.
Late afternoon short transfer to Piraeus (the port of Athens) for
ferry passage to Egina (1 hour 10 min). Upon arrival to Egina
town, we have arranged transfer (15 min) to Vagia and your
lovely Irides Luxury Apartments Hotel. Check in and relax.
Tuesday, May 30: Yoga classes in the morning hours – enjoy the resort!
Wednesday, May 31: Yoga classes in the morning hours – enjoy the resort!
Thursday, June 1: Yoga classes in the morning hours – enjoy the resort!
Friday, June 2: Yoga classes in the morning hours – enjoy the resort!
Saturday, June 3: Yoga classes in the morning hours – enjoy the resort!
Sunday, June 4: The day for leisure to enjoy the resort. Sunset Yoga class.
Monday, June 5: After breakfast we say farewell to Egina and transfer by ferry
back to Athens. Arrival at noon and the remainder of the day at
leisure. Lunch is arranged close to the hotel and we will enjoy
a farewell dinner in the old part of town- Plaka.
Tuesday, June 6: Transfer to Athens airport (40 min) in the morning to depart for
the United States. Arrival the same evening.

Some details are subject to change. Optional tours will be added to the days spent in Aegina.

The best time to visit Greece is in June or September for the best weather. We’ve chosen June since September is a particularly hard month to travel for Americans due to school schedules.

The average high temperature during our visit is 78° the average low is 69

Where?

Athens and Aegina

What visit to Greece would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis. We’ll visit all the major sites in this amazing city and enjoy lunch in the old part of town, Plaka.
Located just an hour or so away from the Athens port (Piraeus), Aegina is an island that appeals to Athenians as a popular destination. Unlike other Greek islands, Aegina is still relatively unspoiled and has maintained it’s essential Greek character. It’s the perfect place to explore Greek island life without the crowds.

How?

Leave it to us!

  • Per person in single room $2,045
  • Per person in shared double room $1,745
  • Per person in shared triple room/triple studio: $1,645
  • Children 0-2 years* $350.00
  • Children 2-12 years* $1245.00
    *sharing room with 2 adults

A non-refundable deposit of $350 is required to reserve your spot. Payment arrangements can be made with Anne for the remainder of your balance. Must be paid in full 60 days before the trip.

Included are:

  •  2 nights at 4* hotel in Athens center with breakfast
  • 7 nights at Irides, studios as available (we may have the whole resort to ourselves, depending on reservations) on full board basis (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Transfer from Athens airport to the hotel in Athens
  • Transfer from the hotel in Athens to Piraeus port
  •  Transfer from Piraeus port to the hotel in Athens
  • Transfer from the hotel in Athens to Athens airport
  •  Round trip transfers in Egina
  • Ferry tickets, economy class (1 hour and 10 min passage) Piraeus-Egina-Piraeus
  • 6 hours Athens City Sightseeing English speaking guide & lunch in old town Plaka
  • Entrance fee Acropolis
  • 1 cooking class at hotel (vegetarian class if you wish)
  • VAT and all local taxes in Greece as per May 16, 2016

Irides Luxury Apartments Hotel

Located in Aegina, this beachfront apartment is in the historical district. We’ll wake up to the sound of the ocean and practice yoga with the waves as our soundtrack. Irides is a small property and we may have it all to ourselves while on retreat! Rooms have kitchenettes and furnished balconies. Single, double and even family accomodations are possible

Aegina Island

So you want to go to a really Greek island? Look no further than Aegina, just an hour from Athens by ferry, where you will find great seafood tavernas, beautiful beaches, small fishing villages, popular tourist resorts, cafes, nightlife, archaeological sites, museums and everything you would expect to find on a Greek island and more, and so close to Athens you can go for the day. Located in the Saronic islands, it’s close enough to the mainland to offer opportunities to visit other Greek sites.

Day trips and excursions

Monday, May 29
This tour is included in the retreat price
After a healthy breakfast on our first full day in Greece, we meet with our private English-speaking guide and driver, to experience Athens and all the amazing sites this city has to offer. A visit to the Acropolis is included as well as touring and passing the major sites such as the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place, Zappion, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Academy of Athens, the University of Athens and the National Library. We will also pass by the National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, the Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Constitution Square. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in the old part of Athens; Plaka,
Yoga Retreat in GreeceFriday, June 2
Optional Tour, 12 participants minimum
$250/person. Includes round trip ferry tickets, private motor coach, English speaking guide, lunch in Nafplion, entrance tickets to Ancient Epidaurus

We will start our day with transferring to Egina town to ferry back to Piraeus (1 hour, 10 min passage). Here we are meeting with our local English-speaking tour guide, who will be with us during the day. Our first stop after a short drive is at the impressive Corinth canal. We will admire the amazing canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean sea. Neros in 67AD was the first attempt to cut through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth. The canal was finally accomplished in 1893 and separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece, thus effectively making the former peninsula an island. We stop at the far end where there is the submergible bridge that sinks down into the water for the ships to pass, coming back up again – many times full of fish! We continue to Nafplion, one of the most beautiful towns in eastern Peloponnese as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece. It was the first capital of the newly born Greek State between 1823-1834. Lunch is served at a local taverna and you will have time to stroll the medieval Old Town with its narrow cobblestone alleys and Turkish fountains. Our last stop is at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus. The UNESCO’s World Heritage listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the king and god of healing, and was the most celebrated healing center of the Classic World, the place where ill people went in the hope to be cured. Found in the sanctuary, there was a guesthouse of 160 guestrooms. There are also mineral springs in the vicinity, which may have been used in healing. The prosperity brought by the Asclepieion enabled Epidaurus to construct civic monuments too: the huge theater that delighted Pausanias for its symmetry and beauty, which is used once again for dramatic performances, the ceremonial Hestiatoreion, baths and Palaestra. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken words from the proscenium to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating. The theater is still used today for performances in ancient Greek dramas and comedies during July and August. In the late afternoon we return to Piraeus to take the ferry to Egina.
Greek Yoga RetreatSunday, June 4
Optional tour, 12 participants minimum

$115/person including private boat and skipper

A full day private tour by boat to the surrounding islands. Our captain will pick us up right at the beach of Irides. We will be cruising through the narrow passages of Perdika and Methana with heading towards the island of Poros. Enjoy your swim in a small bay with crystal clear waters. We leave Poros through the beautiful narrow port-canal and sail to the cosmopolitan island of Hydra where we arrive in perfect time for a walk around the port and we will have plenty of time to enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included). Departure from Hydra approximately at 3pm. We will make a quick swim stop in quiet bay between Hydra and Poros to cool down. At the port of Poros we will have time to relax and taste the popular traditional desserts: Galaktompoureko. Heading back, there is a possibility that we will have enough time for a quick swim in Moni island. Estimated return to Irides at 7pm.

Retreat Personel

Mandy Ryle, E-RYT

Mandy the owner/President and Director of Teacher Training at Sound Method Yoga. Teaching yoga full time since 2008, she has seen countless times the subtle and dramatic changes that yoga can bring about in people both physically and emotionally Mandy’s classes often tell a story and are sequenced to maximize the success of each student. Check out Mandy’s blog on yoga, fitness, nutrition and yoga philosophy at http://yoga.mandyryle.com/

Anne Fulby-Olsen

Groups, Meetings and Incentives Director at Executive Travel. Anne brings decades of experience to planning our trip. We are so lucky to have her since she resides in Lincoln, NE only half of each year. The rest of the time she works from Athens where she lives with her husband.
Contact Anne for More Information

Ready for the trip of a lifetime?

Beautiful scenery, history, culture and food are just the beginning. Daily yoga to center you and the security and economy of traveling with like minded companions make the journey so much sweeter. Return with a fresh perspective and a bunch of new friends.

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