Join Greek yoga instructor, George Skilas and other like-minded souls as you nourish
mind, body and spirit on a magical journey to explore the Splendors of ancient Greece by
land and sea! The timeless legends of the Aegean Islands evoke the adventures of Homers
heroes, while lively harbors and charming towns showcase today`s vibrant Greek culture.
Here, dazzling white-washed villages and lively ports serve as a backdrop to classical
archaeological sites that have continued to lure travelers and scholars since ancient times. The Acropolis, perched on a high hill in the center of
Athens is stunning. The mystical mountains of Greece hold the mysteries of Delphi, Meteora and many other extraordinary sites. The food is
fabulous, the local folks friendly, the yoga nurturing and the sunsets on Santorini are dazzling!
Instructor, George Skilas, will offer a variety of yoga modalities including Kundalini, Hatha, Iyengar, meditation, breathwork, chanting and more.
George's classes will be appropriate for all levels of yoga experience, beginners to advanced. Morning, evening and afternoon yoga will be offered
during your adventure in Greece. Deepen your practice, nuture your spirit, ponder ancient mysteries and make new like-minded friends having
fun! Don't miss this once in a lifetime yoga adventure in Greece!
|To reserve your space for this trip
Contact: Gayle Lawrence
Journeys of Discovery
DAY 9 Sun. Oct. 11 B, D Yoga
Your journey on mainland Greece continues this morning as you drive from Delphi to
Western Thessaly in central Greece to visit the unique monasteries of Meteora. The
Greek word Meteora means "suspended in the air". The conglomerate rock at Meteora
has eroded into fantastic rock towers upon which medieval monks built incredible
monasteries. The isolated monasteries of Meteora helped keep Greek Orthodox
religious traditions and Hellenic culture alive during the turbulent Middle Ages. In
1988, UNESCO declared Meteora to be a World Heritage Site. In the afternoon you will
visit some of these amazing monasteries with your guide. Enjoy dinner at the 5 Star
Meteora Hotel and overnight. Evening relaxation yoga class
DAY 10 Mon. Oct. 12 B, D Yoga
This morning is at leisure to enjoy Meteora on your own.
After lunch enjoy a relaxing drive back to Athens passing through a
number of beautiful places on the way.
Dinner and overnight at The Titania hotel in Athens.
|TOUR PRICE of $2,599.00 INCLUDES:
Facilitated yoga classes with George Skilas
Shared land accommodations in 4 & 5 star hotels
“Jewels of the Agean” 4 day cruise in standard
Port fees of $90.00
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 9 dinners
Land transportation in private motorcoach
Services of local Greek “mystical” guide
Private reception first night in Athens
All sightseeing entrance fees (as indicated in
$500 deposit required to reserve your
Single supplement: $596.00
You must have a valid passport
|DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Group international airfare
Meals not specified
Items of a personal nature, drinks, laundry, phone
Tips to guides, porters and cruise staff
Trip cancellation & emergency medical insurance
Optional shore excursion tours while on the cruise ship
Cabin upgrades on cruise ship
Any airport taxes or departure fees required
|George Skilas - yoga instructor- trip leader:
Currently resides in Tarpon Springs, Florida and is the son of a Greek immigrant family from the island of
Kalymnos . His interest in yoga began at a very early age and for the past 20 years he has been a serious
practicioner of various forms and styles of yoga. He is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor and also a Reiki Master
and spiritual intuitive. George incorporates a variety of yoga styles in his classes and also utilizes, breath work,
chanting and relaxation yoga. George’s passion is to work with people in helping them discover their own inner
peace, balance and personal healing on a mind, body, spirit level through the powerful practice of yoga. George
currently teaches at several yoga studios in the central Gulf area of Florida . George is passionate about sharing the
beauty of Greece and his love of yoga with groups of like-minded individuals.
Day 1 Sat. Oct 3, 2009 Depart USA for Athens, Greece
DAY 2 Sun. Oct. 4 Welcome dinner group orientation
Arrival at Athens where our representative will meet you and transfer you to the 4 Star Titania Hotel.
In the evening enjoy a private “welcome” cocktail party followed by a “welcome” dinner and group
orientation with George. Overnight Athens
DAY 3 Mon. Oct. 5 B, L, D Yoga
This morning board the ship and begin your 4 day Jewels of the Aegean cruise.
Today you can explore the world famous island of Myconos on your own.
An architectural masterpiece, tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed
island with its beautiful windmills while restaurants and shops call you to explore and enjoy.
What better way to relax into your Greek holiday? Afternoon yoga class onboard.
DAY 4 Tues. Oct. 6 B, L, D
Morning arrival in Kusadasi, Turkey. You may take an optional tour to visit the
ancient sacred site of Ephesus. You walk towards the ancient harbor, down a marble
road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots as you pass architectural masterpieces.
The impressive remains include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the
Library of Celsius, the ruins of the Temple of Diana (one of the “seven
Wonders of the Ancient World”) and more.
Later, sail to the isle of Patmos, known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine. You can visit the Monastery of St. John on your own,
built on one of the islands highest points. From there walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse and visit the cave where he lived and had his vision of the end
of times. A popular island with spiritually minded people, there is no denying the feeling of sacredness here.
Ephesus Rhodes Palace of the Grand Master
DAY 5 Wed. Oct. 7 B, L, D Yoga
Spend the day on the island of Rhodes, where you can stroll around the medieval city and see the Palace of the Grand Master, which was built by the Knights
of St John. You may choose to take an optional excursion to the lovely town of Lindos and climb its Acropolis to admire the panoramic view and then enjoy a
relaxing lunch by the beach.
Evening yoga class
DAY 6 Thursday Oct. 8 B, L, D
In the morning arrive at Heraklion, Crete, home of the oldest female worship in Greece and the famous Minoan Snake Goddess.
You can choose to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos,
home to king Minos and his legendary beast, the Minotaur.
In the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion you can find the
unbelievable works of art (pieces of sculpture and
pottery, jewellery, arms, frescoes), that have been found in
a number of Minoan sites all over Crete.
In the afternoon sail north to the isle of Santorini, the most
breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The exquisite whitewashed villages,
including the town of Fira, or Thira, cling to volcanic cliffs, accessible
by cable-car, or mule. You will have several hours to explore this
beautiful island and enjoy a spectacular sunset as you sip a Greek coffee.
DAY 7 Friday Oct. 9 B, L
Morning arrival at the port of Athens. Board your private bus accompanied by your local mystical guide and begin your scenic drive into the mountains to
Delphi, passing through the cities of Thebes and Livadia. This breathtaking place, Delphi, was believed to be the “navel” (omphalos) of the world and Apollo’s
most important and famous oracle was there. Follow the Sacred Way up to Apollo’s Temple, where his priestess Pythia delivered her oblique prophecies,
marvel at the beauty of the landscape and consider the never-ending search of mortal people for the truth and the real meaning of life. Discuss the ideas of the
last philosophers of the pagan world (neo – Platonism and neo-Aristotelianism) and their effect on the early “fathers of the Christian Church”. We will visit
the exquisite Museum which is full of masterpieces, all of them “ex votos” (images produced as a sign of thanks for an answered prayer or favor granted) of the
pilgrims who came to consult Apollo. The pride of this museum is the bronze “Charioteer”, one of the finest examples of classical sculpture of the “severe
style”. Enjoy an included lunch at a local Greek restaurant with delicious food. Overnight Delphi Amalia Hotel
DAY 8 Sat. Oct. 10 B, D Yoga
This morning sleep in and relax and enjoy breakfast at your leisure. George will offer a mid-morning
yoga class, outside if possible with a spectacular view in this beautiful mountain setting. The rest of the
day is yours to do some shopping and explore more of Delphi, one of the most spectacular mystical sites
in the world. At Delphi, a seeress was suspended from a metal tripod over psychoactive vapors arising
through an opening underneath her.Attendants deciphered the future from her inspired prophecy.
Academe itself, the Western institution of higher learning, arose from a prophecy issued here.
Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims traversing their way through the holy sites of this place of
power, inspiration, purification and rejuvenation. Here you experience the nourishing and healing
energies still present at the Temple to Athena Pronea, the temple dedicated to protecting women,
especially during childbirth. The powerful primal essence of the purifying springs of Castellan will
also take your breath away. Take some time for meditation to experience the very special qualities
of this site. Also nearby see the site of what was Trophonius, where visitants sought knowledge of the
future in a sobering delirium induced in a dark cavern deep underground. Overnight Amalia Hotel
DAY 11 Tues. Oct. 13 B, Farewell dinner – final group yoga class
In the morning enjoy a tour to the world renown Acropolis to see the architectural
miracles of the Golden Age of Pericles: the Propylea, the Erechtheum and, above all,
the Parthenon (temple of Athena, goddess of wisdom). Have a panoramic view of the cityand observe
the Agora (market-place), where many ancient philosophers spent their time.
Continue with a bus-tour in the center of Athens and admire the Old Olympic Stadium,
the University, the Academy, The temple of Olympian Zeus, Constitution Square with the
House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and much more. The afternoon
is free to shop at the Monastraki flea market or the Plaka and explore more of Athens on your own.
Enjoy a farewell group dinner at a
local Greek restaurant. An evening yoga class will complete your magical journey where
you have made new friends, lasting memories and deepened your own personal yoga practice
within the Splendors of Ancient Greece.
DAY 12 Wed. Oct. 14 B
Depart Athens, Greece for your flight back to USA. Welcome Home!