During the Greek Orthodox Easter Celebration-It is an amazing time to be in Greece!
Minimum of 14 travelers
10 days/9 nights
Her Dream Vacation will be in lovely Greece during a beautiful time of year, celebrating a joyous Spring and rebirth in both its literal and figurative sense. This is the largest holiday in all of Greece. Let the festivities commence!
Greece is considered the cradle of western civilization. Home of some of the most important ancient and archaeological sites in the world. Your tour will begin in Athens bringing together the past, present and future. Athens is a perfect example of living history and living dreams.
Athens: You will arrive Athens, Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization.
This will be a week filled with spirituality, gods, myths, monasteries, oeonophilia and new friends. Before noon, you will be welcomed at Athens International Airport by your private driver and taken to your four/five-star hotel or similar luxury accommodations..
The afternoon will be spent relaxing, taking in the scenery and remembering all of those Greek Gods you have dreamed about. We will whet our exploration appetite with an easy stroll through cobblestone streets reaching the Plaka in anticipation of the weekend festivities. There will be a lovely evening of ouzo, mezes and a rooftop evening view of the Acropolis.
Athens: After breakfast, we will meet our private guide and begin our walking tour at the new Acropolis Museum and then we will visit the Acropolis itself and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike.
We will make a short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus.
This is Good Friday (Megali Paraskevi) and it is a solemn day with some noon closings. We will experience processions, the smells of burning incense and the ringing of bells city wide. This will be the beginning of our immersion into the wonderful celebration of what is Greece.
*Breakfast and Lunch
Athens: This will be a morning of relaxation and catching up on any necessary rejuvenation needed for the Easter/Pascha festivities.
All day on Saturday, we will find the final preparations going on for the Greek Orthodox Easter services and the anticipation of midnight.
It will be quite beautiful and our guide from the previous day, will have explained the traditions, the meaning of Orthodoxy and how it fits into modern civilization.
We will feast in a traditional Greek taverna in the city and be close to the Monastery where the Holy Light arrives from Jerusalem. Be prepared for all serendipitous and uplifting moments of the celebrations. The atmosphere will be full of magic, scents from the sacred rocks of the Acropolis.
You can choose to participate in the Easter celebrations within the Monastery for an incredible sacred experience or remain in the Plaka. During the Easter service, the lights will be turned off and each of us will have a candle and the Holy light will be passed.
At midnight, the Priest will sing “Christ is Risen” …..church bells, fireworks and cracking of eggs.
Yes, eggs! Xristos Anesti!
*Breakfast and late Dinner
A day of celebration with Greek Customs. After breakfast we will make our way to Syntagma Square where we will enjoy the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Most sites are closed on this day and the city is empty with the locals who have headed to their villages or islands for their family celebrations. A perfect day for exploring! A walk through the National Gardens, the Temple of Zeus and the Panathinaicos Stadium: home of the first modern day Olympics.
*Breakfast and Traditional Easter Lunch
Athens-Napflio: After breakfast, we will depart Athens via private luxe transportation and drive through Ancient Corinth and the Canal for a visit to Mycenae and the Epidaurus theatre.
The Ancient Greeks had slaves drag boats across the narrow spit of land that separated the Aegean Sea from the Adriatic Sea; modern man has created a canal to allow ships to pass.
The Corinth Canal is a wonder of modern engineering ; we will stop here for a short time to take in this modern marvel as we travel to Napflio, once the capital of Greece. Along the way to Napflio, we will stop for wine tasting and lunch in a small Greek village before we reach Epidaurus.
Epidaurus has a must see incredible amphitheatre. This well-preserved site, built over two thousand years ago has some of the most perfect acoustics you will ever experience. Someone standing on the stage can be heard whispering from the back row. is is your opportunity for an encore performance!
It will be an amazing experience before we spend the evening in the beautiful town of Napflio. Once in Napflio, the first capital of Greece, we will stroll along the promenade gazing at Greek, Venetian and Turkish architecture before having a seaside dinner and spending the night in a lovely seaside hotel.
*Breakfast and Lunch
Nafplio-Olympia-Delphi: This morning will be a quick start to make our way to Olympia, home of the Olympic games and the site where the flame for every Modern Olympic Games torch is lit. Along the way we will also visit Ancient Mycenae, home to some of the oldest civilizations found in Greece.
The home of the lauded King Agamemnon, this ancient site was once one of the most important centers of the Bronze Age.
The famous Lions Gate is the crowning jewel of the archaeological site which you will have the chance to explore before grabbing lunch on your own. After lunch, we will continue from Rion to Antirion on the new, “state of the art” suspended bridge, considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe.
We will arrive in Delphi in time for a beautiful sunset and a lovely dinner in a local restaurant in the nearby village of Arachova.
*Breakfast and Dinner
Delphi-Meteora: Today will be one of the more memorable days of your visit to Greece. After breakfast, we will visit the beautiful Sanctuary at Delphi.
This is one of the most sacred and beautiful ancient sites in Greece.
Nestled high in the hills at the foot of Mount Parnassos, Delphi has been part of the Greek psyche for many centuries being home to the famous oracle and the vestal virgins who used to tend to the Temple. You will spend the morning discovering this fascinating ancient site for yourself with an introduction by our private guide.
You can spend as much time as you want at the ruins of the temples, bath houses, and the well preserved amphitheater or you can head directly to the Delphi Archaeological Museum with its fascinating array of artefacts.
Around lunch time we will make our way to the town of Kalambaka, travelling through the towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala on the way.
The landscape changes as you travel north, the mountains become starker and the land more lush. Arriving in Kalambaka and hopefully for time to visit one monastery before sunset, you will witness breathtaking mountains, home to the most awesome Monasteries in the world. After a local taverna dinner, Kalambaka’s nightlife can be explored.
Waking in Kalambaka in the shadow of the mountains, we will spend the morning at one of the most unique places on the planet. After an early breakfast, we may decide to walk to our first Monastery or have our driver lead the way up the windy mountain to the site of the Monasteries at Meteroa, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Meteora means “suspended in air” which is literally how most see these monasteries, perched high up on the sheer cliff and mountain faces, and still home to many monks. In late afternoon, we will leisurely depart for Athens making stops along the way.
Oh, what a serendipitous day this will be.
After breakfast, we will continue make our way to Athens for one last evening of celebration! You will have the afternoon free for any last minute shopping, another museum visit or time just for you! Our last evening of dancing and maybe breaking of a few plates! OPA!
*Breakfast and Dinner
It will be tough to say goodbye! What a great 9 days of beautiful Greece. Pascha in Greece. A Dream Vacation to remember for a lifetime. Or you may decide to continue on to Santorini. We will be departing by high speed ferry!
Recommended Readings for this Dream Vacation because I feel strongly about empowerment and often times we are empowered by the books we read and the films we see. How fun to recognize where you might go or where you have been…these places are not only meant to be in dreams. They are in books, movies, music and travels. The dream traveler in you can be made real….
Books that may inspire you:
Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi by Bantam Books
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
The Olive Grove: Travels in Greece by Katherine Kizilos
A Summer All Her Own by Rosanne Keller
The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault
My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart
Eurydice Street: A Place in Athens by Sofka Zinovieff
Movies set in Greece that will inspire you:
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Mama Mia with Meryl Streep
My Life in Ruins! with Nia Vardalos
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Shirley Valentine with Pauline Collins
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin With Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz
For Your Eyes Only with Roger Moore (Meteora)
Never on Sunday with Melina Mercouri
…new friends, new memories. Taking care of YOU!
BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy. Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.
This particular dream vacation is limited to 10 women. Minimum booking is 6. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour. This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.
Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.
If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced.
Tour Cost: $5695.00
Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.
*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*
THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains and ferries. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.
Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.
We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in. Please join us in Greece!
****NOTE: This tour will be in conjunction with a tour hosted by sister company Athenian Adventures. www.athenianadventures.com
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