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Embark on a yoga tour through the Aegean Sea. Your trip will start in Athens and finish in Santorini, taking local ferries around the Cyclades Islands. You will indulge in a little island hopping and take the time to uncover remote ruins, gorgeous beaches, and outstanding scenery. Traveling from the ancient capital of Athens all the way to the spectacular natural wonders on the island of Santorini while practicing yoga sessions will be the highlight of this wonderful Greek adventure. Come and join Tais Froggatt for this amazing tour!
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You will stay at hotels in Athens, Syros, Mykonos, and Santorini. As accommodations on this trip are twin-share, single travelers will share a room with another traveler of the same sex. If you would prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often do not have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
During this trip, you will uncover thousands of years of civilization in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora, let the rest of the world melt away as you swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea, and wander through the charming villages of Syros. When night falls, you will indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas as Rembetika music floats around you.
With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches, and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side. The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. You can walk along the volcanic rim of the island from Thira to Oia, passing through white villages that cling to plunging cliffs. You will practice Vinyasa yoga every day.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00 p.m. today. Tais Froggatt welcomes you to Greece. As there is not much time to explore Athens on this trip before you head out to the islands, arriving a few days early is recommended. Highlights include the renowned changing of the guard at Syntagma (Parliament) square, the national gardens, the temple of Olympian Zeus, the original Olympic stadium, and, of course, the Acropolis, where you can enter the Pantheon and enjoy fabulous views over the city.
Maybe you can join an urban adventure day trip, such as "taste of Athens" or "markets, ruins, and ancient Athens". You could also take a day trip to the Peloponnese peninsula via ancient Epidavros and the Corinthian canal. After the welcome meeting, perhaps you can head out for some gyros and ouzo with your new travel companions.
Today, you will travel by metro to the port of Piraeus, then catch a relaxing scenic ferry to Syros in approximately four hours. In the heart of the Cyclades, Syros offers a rare opportunity to see the islands as the Greeks do. Also known as Syra, the island features typical whitewashed houses, farms, terraced fields, and gorgeous sandy beaches. Upon arrival on one of the Aegean's most underrated islands, you will discover abandoned windmills, ancient ruins, and charming villages on a network of stone-paved tracks that crisscross the island.
Syros is also home to delicious sweets so you can take a wander through the main town of Ermoupolis, the home to gorgeous neoclassical mansions and 19th-century tenement blocks, and try the hazelnut, almond, or honey-filled wafers or the fruit-flavored jelly from one of many one-room shops. You will have plenty of time to explore tomorrow, so perhaps you can kick up your feet at a waterfront cafe and watch the setting sun turn the houses pink. Your breakfast will be included.
You will take a walk through the fortress-like town of Ano Syros, which offers great views of the Aegean Sea. You will then wander the narrow alleyways, pass handmade-souvenir shops, and keep an ear open for traditional Rembetiko music floating out of the family-run tavernas. After that, you can enjoy your free time to further explore Syros at your own pace. Perhaps you can hire a bike in the town and cycle to the various archaeological sites on the island or you might prefer to simply hole up on a beach for the afternoon.
Outside of Ermoupolis are many small tranquil coves, while the most popular beaches are on the southern side of the island. While some are sandy and others pebbly, all boast crystal clear waters for swimming in. In the evening, you can take a taxi to a taverna in a remotely located village in the rugged northern part of the island to sample delicious local specialties during an included dinner, all while watching the sunset over the Aegean Sea.
Today you will board a two-hour ferry to Mykonos, a beautiful island named in honor of Apollo's grandson. Mykonos is legendary both in ancient and modern times. Known in ancient Greek mythology as the battlefield where Zeus fought the Gigantes, today the island is best known for its decadence, style, and nightlife. You will join your leader for a walk through the maze-like old town and be captivated by the quintessential Greek Isles vista of squat white houses brightly juxtaposed against the cerulean sea.
You will browse the chic galleries and boutiques, follow flower-lined paths past age-old churches and tiny restaurants to secluded, sandy beaches, and spend the afternoon soaking up the rays and splashing in the water. As the sunset, you will join the group for a picnic dinner of local specialties. Your leader will know the ideal spot to sit back and enjoy an Aegean sunset.
This morning, you will take a half-day trip out to the nearby island of Delos. One of the most important archaeological and mythological sites in the Greek Islands, a sacred area that was once the political and religious center of the Aegean, Delos is considered to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. This is a living museum, the wealthy built mansions in the town that developed around Apollo’s sanctuary, decorating them with luxurious frescoes, mosaics, and statues.
The island is overflowing with archaeological finds like the terrace of the lions and the sacred precinct, with much more still being uncovered. Later on today, you might like to head to one of Mykonos' many beaches, which are some of the nicest in Europe. You will take a short bus ride to the pumping Paradise or Super Paradise beach bars or perhaps find a quieter spot to relax along the beautiful coastline. You could also check out the 19th-century house of Lena or the Aegean maritime museum in the town.
This evening, you could make your way to the village of Ano Mera and seek out a tavern for a seafood dinner or perhaps wander down to Little Venice, where colorful balconies hang precariously over the sea.
You will take a ferry and wind up this Greek adventure on the southern island of Santorini in approximately three hours. Renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, Santorini is one of Europe's tourist hotspots, the home of the iconic image of the Greek islands with whitewashed, blue-domed buildings clinging to the cliff face with sparkling water in the background.
You will discover the hilltop ruins of Ancient Thira and its fascinating prehistoric museum as well as the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a Minoan bronze age settlement that gives an insight into how the people here lived before the eruption. You will check out the range of restaurants and shops in the island's capital, interchangeably called Thira or Fira. If you have time while you are here, perhaps you can head to one of Santorini's volcanic beaches, such as Red Beach or the black beaches of Perissa, Vlhada, Perivolos, or Agios Georgios.
You can be sure to try some of the island’s delicious food since the nutrient-filled volcanic soil makes the ingredients grown here full of flavor. Your breakfast is included in the prices.
In 1500 B.C., a volcanic eruption sank the center of Santorini, forming one of the most significant geological formations on the planet, the awe-inspiring caldera. The spectacular natural beauty of this caldera is what makes Santorini such a special place. Today, you will make an excursion along the crater rim, starting in Thira town and walking through little villages all the way to Oia, passing steep cliff faces, and experiencing breathtaking views along the way in approximately two and a half to three hours of walking.
If you have time, you might also like to take a half-day trip to the island's volcano and hot springs in the center of the lagoon or perhaps visit one of the island’s wineries. The vines here are cultivated in a very unusual way with the plants being pruned to form a low basket shape that sits on top of the volcanic soil to protect the grapes from strong winds. On the last evening of your adventure, you will rub shoulders with friendly locals in packed pubs and cafes, sipping a cocktail as you witness a magnificent Santorini sunset. Your breakfast will be provided.
Today your Greek Islands adventure comes to an end. You will have your breakfast before continuing your day. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. You might want to extend your stay to see all Santorini has to offer. Tais Froggatt is happy to book the additional accommodation, subject to availability. Please inquire at the time of booking.
During this holiday, you will visit Syros on day two. The next day will be the day for walking through the fortress-like town of Ano Syros. You will walk to Mykonos and have a picnic on day four. A half-day trip out to the nearby island of Delos and visits to the house of Lena or the Aegean maritime museum will be organized on the fifth day. On your sixth day, you will visit Santorini and discover the hilltop ruins of ancient Thira. There will be an excursion along the crater rim in Santorini on day seven.
Tais est originaire de Wahroonga, dans la banlieue nord de Sydney en Australie. Tous vous diront que c'est une personne vibrante et très positive. Elle porte un amour intense à la mer et le yoga élève son esprit gracieusement. Son style de pratique est rythmé par l'océan et plusieurs personnes se nourrissent de sa lumière et de son énergie. Elle a beaucoup voyagé et rencontré des yogis extraordinaires. Elle a appris plusieurs styles et variations comme le yin yoga, le yoga restauratif, le yoga ashtanga et vinyasa, qu'elle a finalement adopté. Plusieurs années plus tard, Tais a été inspirée et est devenue professeur de yoga.
The retreat will take place on Greek Island, Greece.
You will be served five breakfasts and one dinner included. Tais Froggatt takes food very seriously here at Tais Yoga retreats and it is a key part of their program. They tailor each dish to your personal tastes and dietary requirements whether it be vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pescetarian, dairy free, grain free, low fructose, and many more. Another reason why they set the standards of luxury yoga and surf retreats is sourced from local providores and of the highest quality.
As part of your yoga camp package deal, you will enjoy daily gourmet breakfasts, fresh delicious lunches, gourmet dinners, and snacks attack platters served some afternoons. Their cuisine is about delicious quality fuel, not deprivation. Their menu has been carefully devised by their therapeutic chef, based upon the philosophy of whole foods so they avoid preservatives and processed foods. It is healthy, delicious, and utterly nourishing leaving you to feel satisfied and energized.
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).
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