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Ancient Greece & Its Spellbinding Islands Tour

15-26 June 2019

(12 Days / 11 Nights)

Immerse Yourself in the Myths & Mysteries in the Mediterranean! 

On our journey we will explore Athens, Delphi, myths, mysteries, history, ancient temples, the
islands of Mykanos, Delos, Crete & Santorini and much more...

Greece is beauty and Greece in June is beautifully idyllic and idyllically
beautiful!
This idea would have appealed to the ancient Greeks whose whole
society was based on the symmetry, beauty and harmony that they saw in the works
of the Gods/Goddesses. They mirrored the heavens by building their temples
according to sacred geometry and laying them out on the landscape to replicate the
star constellations on Earth. Experience the foundation of Western Culture in the
temples, islands, and holy landscape of the Central Mediterranean.

On the Greek mainland our journey starts in Athens with the Acropolis and
the Agora and an introduction to the ancient Greek worldview. This will inform our
experience when we visit Greece's most sacred site, the Oracle at Delphi, where we
can pose our deepest personal questions. On the hillside the Temples to Apollo &
Athena a
re where powerful Earth energy currents converge.

No visit to Greece is complete without visiting the Greek Islands – we will visit four!
The stunning blue sea perfectly complements the clusters of white painted houses
on the shores of Mykonos, an idyllic base for three nights as we enjoy Greek
hospitality and cuisine. From here we take a day trip by ferry boat to the island
of Delos to prepare for the summer solstice at the Temple to Apollo, the second most
sacred site in Greece after Delphi.
We move on to the largest of the Greek islands, Crete, where we will be based for
five nights, making a day journey to the volcanic island of Santorini, or Thera. We
will be immersed in the history, myths and legends of the Minoans while we explore
the possibilities of Plato’s Atlantis before the massive volcanic eruption of Thera between 1650 and
1600 BC. 

We’ll recount Homer’s tales of the Illiad and the Odyssey and delve into
the archetypes of the Greek Gods and Goddeses. On Santorini we will visit the
ruins of Akrotiri and the beautiful coastal town of Oia where we get panoramic views
over the island! On Crete we visit Knossos, the archaeological site of the
Minoan capital of Crete, and the Cave of Zeus where, in legend, he was born.

Be prepared for our journey to leave you with a new and deep respect for the
ancients whose society laid the foundations for our own and from whom we
can still learn lessons to improve our world today.

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Ancient Greece & Its Spellbinding Islands Itinerary

Day 1, Sat June 15

Arrive at the Athens airport where we will meet you and bring you to our hotel. You
will have time to rest or explore on your own before our welcome and orientation
meeting. Following our gathering we will have our welcome group dinner at an
outdoor restaurant in the Plaka district. We will be suffused in the aura of Athens’
ancient civilisation, while we dine on delicious Greek cuisine at the foot of the
Acropolis.
Group welcome
Welcome dinner included (Overnight in Athens) Meet in lobby to walk 10 mins to a
restaurant in the Plaka (D)

Day 2, Sun June 16

Breakfast at hotel
We will leave by coach to explore Athens myths, mysteries and ancient history. It is
one of the oldest cities in the world going back almost 3,500 years, with many
ancient sites still standing within the modern metropolis of present day Athens,
brimming with energy and the hustle and bustle of a modern city.
This morning we will visit the Acropolis and slopes where we’ll see the remarkable
ruins of the Parthenon, dedicated to Athena, Goddess of wisdom, the world's oldest
theatre, the Theatre of Dionysus, where Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides plays
were performed, as well as the Temple of Zeus and the Erechtheion with its Porch
of Maidens.

Following our rejuvenating lunch on the Plaka we’ll continue our exploration of this
majestic city. We will go to Agora, the ancient market place where Greek Athenian
philosophers, like Aristotle, Plato and Socrates would have gathered with the citizens
of Athens. There we will also visit the Temple of Hephaestus, God of the Forge. The
Temple is one of the best preserved ‘Doric temples’ in Greece, built in 449 BC by
one of the architects of the Parthenon, Ictinus. Following in the footsteps of the
procession of the Goddess, we will walk the Panathenaic Way and visit Pnyx Hill,
where Athenians gathered to birth Democracy as early as 507BC.
Free choice dinner not included (B,L)

Day 3, Mon June 17

After an early breakfast we journey to Delphi, northwest of Athens.
Arriving in Delphi we will have lunch in town and begin to immerse ourselves in the
mysteries of Delphi, the centre of Ancient Greece. Stopping at the Castalia Spring
source where we will clear ourselves before making our pilgrimage to Athena’s
Pronaia
. Immersing ourselves in the rich mythology of the Ancient Greek Gods we
will also connect with the Apollo and Athena energy currents that travel together
side by side through Delphi.
Leave for our hotel in Arachova
Option for wine tasting in Arachova
Dinner included (B,L,D)

Day 4, Tues June 18

Checking out of the hotel we will continue our exploration of Delphi and
visit Apollo’s Temple where the Oracle of Delphi dwells. We will climb the hill
above Delphi’s Theater for the panoramic view of these magnificent sacred sites, still
alive today with the Apollo and Athena Earth energy currents that run through here
on their way through Athens and Delos, on their way to Mount Carmel and
Armageddon, circling the circumference of the Earth. On our pilgrimage we will
follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims who came to Delphi for over 1200 years to
consult the Oracle Sybil who was believed to obtain her wisdom directly from Gaia,
being one of the original Greek goddesses. Here we will bring to the oracle our inner
most important questions and quiet our minds to receive Gaia’s wisdom for us.
We will then visit the museum to see the ancient statues and ruins, such as
the Omphalos Stone, the Charioteer and the Winged Sphinx and learn of the
legends associated with them.
Depart for Athens Airport for late afternoon flight to Mykonos
Transfer from airport to hotel on Mykonos
Dinner included (B,D)

Day 5 Weds June 19

After breakfast, our coach will bring us on a half day excursion around the Island of
Mykonos to enjoy this dazzling island in all of its glory! Mykonos is known for
its beautiful white buildings, picturesque windmills, glorious beaches, charming
village shops and restaurants. It has 365 churches and chapels, one for each day
of the year, the most famous of which is the Panagia Paraportiani, which we will
visit.
Enjoy Lunch in a local tavern in Mykonos Town
There will be free time for you to enjoy ‘Mykonos Town’, then back to our hotel for
you to enjoy a bit of fun in the sun!
Dinner included (B,L,D)

Day 6 Thur June 20

We’ll catch the morning ferry to the island of Delos, the second most important
spiritual site in Ancient Greece after Delphi. In Greek mythology, Artemis and
Apollo, the twin sons of Zeus by Leto, were born there. The story goes that Hera,
Zeus’s wife, was so enraged that Leto was pregnant she banished her from the Earth
and Poseidon in sympathy, placed her on Delos to give birth. Here we will walk the
path of the Sacred Way and see the remains of the Agora of the Competialists and
the Stoa of Philip. We will visit the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the most
important part of Delos, which once contained three temples dedicated to
Apollo; Great Temple of Apollo, Temple of the Athenians and the Porinos Naos.
We will connect with the energies of the Apollo & Athena energy currents that run
through Delos. We will also visit the Terrace of the Lions, reminiscent of the rows of
guardian animals in Egypt.
Return by ferry for lunch included in Mykonos Town. 
Free afternoon and/or evening in Mykonos Town. There will be a bus in the late
afternoon back to the hotel or you can catch a public bus or taxi back, or
dine at a restaurant near our hotel…
Free choice dinner not included (B,L)

Day 7 Fri June 21

Today we celebrate the Summer Solstice on Mykonos by honouring the longest day
of the year surrounded by the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth.
In the afternoon we say goodbye to Mykonos and travel to Crete by high speed ferry (included in
the price) and check into the hotel on Crete for five nights.
Dinner included (B,D)

Day 8 Sat June 22

Enjoy a free day to assimilate all that we have seen and experienced to this point.
You’ll have the opportunity to join one of the many day excursions available, enjoy
exploring the town of Heraklion, go to the beach, swim in the pool and/or of course experiencing
a bit of local retail therapy.
Free choice dinner not included (B)

Day 9 Sun June 23

This morning we’ll have an early start, making the journey to Santorini, classically known
as Thera, by high speed ferry.
From the ferry we will depart for Akrotiri where we’ll find the excavated remains of a
Minoan Bronze Age settlement that was brought to an abrupt end by volcanic
eruption in the 16th century BC. Following our exploration into the glimpses of this
thriving settlement and the myriad of possibilities of that time period we will go to the
north western point of the island to visit Oia, a beautiful and bustling Greek island town, to visit the many boutiques, explore the town and/or relax in a
cafe/restaurant soaking in the vistas.
Return to Crete by high speed ferry. 
Free choice lunch & dinner not included (B)

Day 10 Mon June 24

Today we’ll visit Knossos, once the Minoan capital of Crete and the most elaborate
ruins on the island. Here we will begin to unravel the myths and mysteries of the
Minoan civilisation.
Lunch included
Following lunch we will make the journey into the hills to discover the mythological
cave where Zeus was born.
Free choice dinner not included (B,L)

Day 11 Tues June 25

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is noted to be the best in the world for
Minoan Art and holds the most complete collection of artefacts from the Minoan
civilisation. We will have the pleasure of spending the morning visiting the museum.
Lunch included
This afternoon we’ll visit the Malia Palace archaeological site and hear from a local
guide more about the continued discoveries of the Minoan people. Here we will say
our farewells to the land and spirit of Greece.
Farewell dinner included (B,L,D)

Day 12 Weds June 26

We will transport you to Athens International Airport for your flight home or to
continue onto the Add-on tour to Malta (time to be decided)


Ancient Greece & Its Spellbinding Islands Tour

June 15-26, 2019
12 Days / 11 Nights

£2895 per person, based on double occupancy
Single occupancy supplement: £575
Tour deposit: £750 (per person booked)

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