Serenity – A Yoga Retreat to the Isles    

MAY 18-27, 2019


Pack up your yoga mat, your walking shoes and your bucket list! We begin this journey with two nights in the heart of Athens, a lively and mesmerizing city center, still deeply connected to tradition and historical roots. Here you will have a day to explore the innumerable sights and sensations of this city such as a visit to the Acropolis Museum, one of the many picturesque Byzantine Cathedrals, sip on elleniko kafe (greek coffee) in the Plaka, or grab some inspiring souvenirs in the Agora-Athens Central Market.

Next, release from the pressures of the outside world as we head to the Greek Isle of Amorgos, a cyclade island rich in history where time stands still. Here we will hike over ancient hill tops, visit some of the oldest monasteries in written history, and indulge in flavorful traditional Greek cuisine (even learn how to cook some yourself!). Each morning as you wake in our 5-star accomodations, you will feel as though you have been transported to another world. The Aegialis Hotel and Spa features 6 yoga shalas included a rooftop shala with panoramic views, a spa with unlimited use of their hammam, sauna, and jacuzzi, and private rooms each with stellar vistas to take your breath away!


Included in your retreat:

  • 2 nights accommodations in central Athens (Akropoli area) walking distance of the historical Acropolis
  • 7 nights accommodations in the 5 star rated Aegialis Hotel and Spa on the Greek Isle of Amorgos
  • Ground transport
  • Ferry Transport to Amorgos: A round trip business class ticket on the Blue Star Ferry
  • All meals except for 3 lunches and 1 dinner to be enjoyed on your own
  • Entrance fee to the Acropolis UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A guided bus tour of Amorgos, home to some of the oldest monasteries in written history
  • A hiking tour of Amorgos villages: Tholaria, Stroumbos, and Langada
  • An authentic Greek cooking class complete with wine tasting
  • A tour of local herbal gardens and essential oil distillery
  • Tourism Tax of 4€ per night
  • 30 minute massage
  • Memories to last a lifetime

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Gratuity for accommodations, transport, and guides
  • Travel Insurance (optional but recommended!)
  • Souvenirs
  • 1 Dinner on Ferry, 1 Lunch on the Ferry, and 2 Lunches in Amorgos so you can explore the town!

 


 Investment:  

Double occupancy :: $2662

Single occupancy :: $2999


FAQs

What is the currency in Greece?

While many establishments will accept major credit cards, it is best to convert your American Dollars (or whatever you have on you!) into Euros.

Will I need an outlet converter?

Yes! Please make sure your adapter is suited to the Type C (aka the “Euro Plug”).

How long is the ferry?

The journey to the Greek Isle of Amorgos from Athens is a very comfortable 9 hour ferry ride which is much more like a cruise ship than a Ferry. Included in your journey is a business class ticket. There is also availability to upgrade to a cabin for extra cost if you feel compelled to do so.

Will I have WiFi?

WiFi will be available for purchase on the Blue Star Ferry and available for free at Aegialis. However, please do not expect the same high speed internet you may have at home.

Can I speak English?

While Greek is the national language, you will find many fluent English speakers. But do not hesitate to try your Greek speak while ordering, asking directions or looking for something spectacular to purchase in the market!

How will I get there and get home?

You should book your flight into Athens International Airport (ATH) on or before May 18. If you choose to arrive a day early we are happy to help you set up accomodations and additional payment. The Blue Star Ferry will Depart Amorgos at 6 am and arrive in Piraeus Port at roughly 3 pm. The time to Athens Airport (ATH) is about 45 minutes. We suggest booking a flight after 8pm on May 27. If you would like to arrange an extra night stay in Athens, we would be happy to help plan accommodations.

What should I expect in terms of weather?

Greece in May is STUNNING. Expect sunny skies, temperature in the mid 70s, with low humidity. Expect the Aegean Sea to be chilly, but swimmable! So pack that suit!.


Packing:

As we will be traveling to 2 different locations, please try and pack light! There will be laundry services available at each location if you’d like to wash your clothes.

  • Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts: for layering and to wear at night
  • Lightweight pants/capris
  • Hat (to protect from the sun)
  • Yoga pants and tops
  • A few nicer outfits for dinners
  • Shorts and short sleeve or tanks
  • Bathing suit for the pool, spa and ocean
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes (but avoiding anything too bulky)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any other medications
  • Plug converter
  • Binoculars
  • Yoga mat
  • Camera!

CANCELLATION POLICY

We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip that covers both international medical emergencies and trip cancellation. Purchasing insurance protects you from losing money should you need to cancel your trip. We recommend Squaremouth (squaremouth.com) to search and compare travel insurance options. World Nomad Travel Insurance (worldnomads.com) is also a great and trusted option! Travelers insurance if typically less than $100 for your trip and worth the investment for both medical and cancellation coverage.

If you must cancel your retreat and do not have travel insurance,, Yoga Bohemia provides the following reimbursement:

  • If you cancel 120 days before your trip, 100% of your payment will be reimbursed minus a 10% processing fee off the total retreat price.
  • If you cancel 90-119 days before your trip, 50% of your payment may be applied to another Yoga Bohemia Retreat,  the other 50% will be forfeited.
  • If you cancel 60-89 days before your trip, 40% of your payment may be applied to another Yoga Bohemia Retreat, the other 60% will be forfeited.
  • If you cancel 59 days of less before your trip, you will forfeit your entire payment unless another client takes your space.