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You are bound for an adventure that will rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. You will explore and expand yourselves in a pressure-free, non-competitive environment. Each day you will enjoy being in the beauty of nature and experiencing another culture different than our own. Every stop is laden with attractions that will enliven your senses and will leave you with an indelible feeling of having ridden through the soul of Greece. Get ready for an awesome week with yoga, swimming, hiking, and other fun sea activities!
As with every Women’s Quest retreat, they love their downtime. Your home for the week is the Aegialis Hotel & Spa Resort, the island’s most luxurious property sitting above their tranquil home bay. The Aegialis is a 5-star resort and is the perfect place to chill, practice sunset yoga, feast like Queens and spoil yourself with a deluxe spa treatment. Mind, body and Greek spirit, all covered.
Aegialis Hotel and Spa is a renowned destination for wellness and yoga enthusiasts, awarded by CNN for being one of the top five yoga hotels in Greece!
You will be spending your week “surrounded by water” in the luxurious 5-star Aegialis Hotel and Spa. All rooms offer amazing views of the Aegean Sea and the Aegiali beach. This hotel is ideal for relaxing after your morning water outings and it has a large yoga shala overlooking the water for your restorative afternoon classes where you can hear the whispering sound of the waves. It also has an onsite spa, saltwater swimming pools, fitness center and more.
A soothing experience of stillness and harmony amid the mind-blowing scenery of the Aegean. The name of the spa is taken from the story of the ancient water oracle dedicated to the god Apollo, where visitors came seeking clarity and answers in prophetic water readings. Find purity and peace of mind in this nurturing and peaceful atmosphere, allowing inspired therapists to bring you to a state of stillness and rest, and let the voice of the sea soothe your mind away from the chaos of life.
The retreat is for all levels of ocean mermaids. You will be swimming from 1 to 3 miles per day in the open ocean with different options for all ability levels. You will also have an ocean kayak to sag all swims. And if you’d rather float than swim, you can SUP and kayaking for 3 days. The ocean in late September and early October is optimal for swimming because the water is warm and calm. If you’re part mermaid, this is an incredible ocean experience you’ll keep with you for the rest of your life.
You will align and rebalance every afternoon with a Restorative yoga practice. This gentle but powerful practice draws inspiration from Gyrokinesis, Qigong, and Tai Chi, and is a perfect way to unwind and recalibrate your body after a long day of play.
Amorgos is famous worldwide for its hiking trails. Most of them are old donkey routes that connect the villages of Amorgos. Your first hike (the dolphin and goat tour) is around 3 hours and connects the village of Tholaria to the village of Langada. It’s a traverse that rewards hikers with spectacular views of the entire valley of Aegiali and the four villages of Tholaria, Langada, Ormos, and Potamos. Your second hike is the path from Aegiali to Chora and the Monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa. This path is declared as one of the most fabulous hikes in Greece, offering sea views on both sides of the trail.
Kayaking around the Aegean is spectacular and listed in the top 10 kayaking destinations by National Geographic Magazine. Women's Quest will have open kayaks and SUPS for 3 days.
This swim tour is designed for all levels of ocean swimmers. Swim routes are structured so that you can swim a shorter distance or continue longer. You will be grouped with swim buddies of similar ability so you swim at the same pace. An experienced support kayaker will accompany swimmers in the water. The 3 days of SUP or kayaking will take the same route as the swimmers.
From your luxury hotel in Amorgo’s Aegialis Bay, you will be transferred to swim locations around the island by private bus. You will swim a different route each day from 7 different swim locations, according to conditions on the day. Lady Anna Chapel Beach, the picturesque film location in ‘The Big Blue, is a highlight on your itinerary. Enjoy spectacular swims each morning (1.5 to 3 miles).
September 27th: Arrival day, Aegialis Bay local swim, start/finish Lakki Beach with a surprise beach. On this day, you will try out SUP andthe kayak boats to learn how to use them in Aegialis Bay.
September 28th: Paradise Beach to Shipwreck Beach and will finish at Kalotaritissa. The activity of the day will be swimming, SUP or kayak.
September 29th: ‘Chapel Hopping’ - Katapola Port and The 4 Chapels swim. The activity of the day will be swimming, SUP or kayak.
September 30th: ‘Big Blue Swim’ - Lady Anna Beach and Hazoviotissa Monastery. The activity of the day will be swimming, SUP or kayak.
October 1st: Goats and dolphins tour followed by hiking, Tholaria Village and Bay swim (out and back swim) and 3-hour hike (from Tholaria -Village hopping: Tholaria, Stroumbos, Lagada, Firo).
October 2nd: ‘Island Hopping’ - Nikouria Island with cruise and swimming at the Westside of the island. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and island hopping via the private cruise.
October 3rd: ‘Beach Hopping’ - remote beaches swim and explore Hora Town on the Southeast side of the island. It will be an out and back swim. You will start from at Mourous Beach, swim to Naya’s Beach, Amoudi Beach, and return back to Mourous Beach. This day is a day to swim as far as you like or sit and relax on the beach
October 4th: Today will be a local swim and late September and early October are traditionally great times of the year to swim and kayak since the summer breezes have calmed. Still, all swims and sea activities will be dependent on the conditions of the day and could change.
Weather is ideal for swimming and paddling throughout September. It will be quite warm during the day but cooler than mid-summer temperatures. Daytime temperatures typically range from 73 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with evenings cooling off to 63 degrees Fahrenheit to 68 degrees Fahrenheit and water temps typically between 73 degrees Fahrenheit and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The island is usually dry in September but there is always a chance of rain in late September. All accommodations have air conditioning.
Women's Quest has a wide range of women who attend their retreats, from 15-70 years young.
The majority of the women who attend the retreats come by themselves. Greece is a safe and easy country to travel as a single female. English is spoken in most tourist areas and Women's Quest is here to answer any questions about travel that you may have. Although you may come alone, you will leave the retreat with new, lifelong friends!
No! All activities and outings are optional. This is your retreat. Women's Quest encourages you to do what feels most nurturing and right for you. You will be fully supported in doing as much or as little as you choose. All of the activities will be guided by expert staff, and instruction and support will be offered for every activity according to your experience level.
This is a retreat that everyone can do. You will be swimming, kayaking and hiking during the retreat, so make sure you get out and do some similar activities at home to get your prepared.
Hazoviotissa Monastery: this 1,000-year-old Monastery is built 300 meters above the sea on cliffs overlooking impressive views of the island. Home to the miraculous icon of the same name, it is one of the most remarkable and most visited monasteries in Greece.
Sister Irini’s and St George Valsamitis Monastery: the picturesque capital of the island, Chora, has 40 churches and 12 windmills, beautiful squares and houses of the 17th center. On the road connecting Chora to Kato Meria, you will visit the very special nun Sister Irini and St. George Valsamitis.
Colleen Cannon founded Women's Quest after a highly successful career as a professional triathlete. In her racing days, she was a World Champion in 1984, and National Champion in 1988 and 1990. She was also a multiple U.S. National Team member. Her passions, besides chocolate and being in nature, are liberating and empowering women through movement, balance, and targeting their true "hearts' desire". Colleen continues to evolve adventures for Women's Quest, delighting in ways to enchant women with the experiences that coax happiness grown from joyful physical experiences.
This swim, SUP, kayaking, hiking, and yoga retreat takes place on Amorgos - an unspoiled Greek island in the Aegean Sea made famous in Luc Besson’s classic ‘The Big Blue’. The island’s spectacular coastline and the azure-colored sea was chosen as the ideal location for the film, and Women's Quest big blue swim retreat. The island is also known for its healing and transformative energy, dramatically beautiful landscapes and medicinal herbs that grow wild on its hills and valleys where you will be hiking.
Imagine swimming and seeing the most famous monastery in all of Greece, the ethereal Hazzoviotissa Monastery, built into the soaring cliffs, taking your breath away! The monks inside will treat you to Greek sweets and holy wine. Experience swimming, SUP’ing or kayaking in dazzling blue water, exploring grottoes and secluded beaches you can only visit by water. Mix it up with an island-hopping cruise where you will snorkel and swim around the pristine islands near Amorgos.
This Greek island retreat continues off the water too. Finding your land legs, you hike down a breathtaking rugged gorge, through crumbling ancient windmills, and between traditional mountain villages frozen in time. Here, donkeys still carry loads through cobbled streets, and folks go about their simple daily lives with welcoming smiles on their faces. Ease into the slow pace like a local, feast on traditional dishes from the healthiest diet in the world, and learn the recipe secrets in Greek cooking class, using fresh organic ingredients from the hotel’s own garden.
According to mythology, Amorgos was the island where Ulysses, returning to Ithaki, was attracted like a magnet by Goddess Kirki and stayed for many years. Every year since the same magnetic attraction brings people from everywhere to the island attracted by its strong revitalizing energy and abundance of therapeutic herbs for spiritual and physical upliftment.
The Greek diet is considered the healthiest diet in the world and especially at the hotel where they use food and beverages from their organic garden. You will be eating at the Ambrosia Gallery Restaurant that specializes in traditional Amorgian cuisine.
The chef specializes in Greek traditional food and uses recipes of the owners’ grandparents. He prepares local dishes such as “patatato” (Amorgian goat marinated in local red wine, slowly cooked in a cinnamon flavor tomato sauce with potatoes); “fava” (Amorgian yellow peas cooked with fresh onion and rainwater, served in puree style, topped with sweet onions, fresh herbs, wild mint, and virgin Amorgian olive oil); and “favokeftedes” (Amorgian vegetable croquettes with yellow peas).
Women's Quest will also have vegetarian meals such as the veggie delight (a synthesis of grilled marinated ingredients with thyme, melted ladotiri cheese, arugula pesto, balsamic glaze, and a portion of wild aromatic rice). You will be delighted by the tasty Greek island fare, as you dine right next to the gently breaking waves of the enchanting Aegean Sea.
There will be a traditional Greek cooking class one evening. After a warm welcome including Greek coffee or organic tea with fresh homemade cookies, your introduction to the local agricultural products and mountainous herbs begins. You will learn from their chef how to make fava, favatokeftedes, vegetable croquettes, methismena Amorgiana dessert, and many more delicious Greek dishes. You will be taking a piece of Greece with you back home.
Greek night is a super fun experience with authentic Greek food and traditional dancing. It is the Greek way of life to enjoy dinner for a celebration of fun, dancing to the sound of the violin and lute all night long.
There will be a 30-minute massage included in the price.
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer to and from the airport is not included.
Transfers to and from the port are included in the price.
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