Naturetreats Greece
 

7-15 September 2019

9 DAYS | INCLUDED: 3-star Hotel, airport/ferry transfer, transportation, select dinners, your hosts, activities & tickets, walks, Ikaria Travel Guidebook, Ikaria map for smartphones.

10% off if you book until August 10th 2019

This event is for you who’d love a unique local experience. To be surrounded by the mild and warm Aegean sea, on the island that has been rightfully labelled as the island of the Immortals.

You feel like slowing down. You love and respect nature, everywhere you go. You are active and conscious about your health. You are the one we're looking for. Let's spend 9 days together on Ikaria, the island where people don’t count time, relaxation kindles high inspiration, and the sea, sky and land invigorate you.

 

In a nutshell

You will stay in a seaside hotel in the town of Armenistis in North Ikaria, and then near Faros Beach for the last evenings.

As soon as you register, we will send you a copy of our Ikaria Guidebook, the most comprehensive travel and walking guide of Ikaria. You can already start exploring!

You’ll be picked up at the airport or ferry. All other transportations during the event activities and gatherings, are included. If you feel like having your own vehicle, we will happily assist you in booking one.

We also provide light hiking equipment such as walking poles and raincoats, although it’s highly unlikely you will need the latter!

There is a variety of activities to be active or to be treated, for example light walking and thermal bath visit. Wherever there is a ticket or fee, it is included in the retreat cost.

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Example schedule in detail

Arrival day: Pick up at airport/ferry. We drive to the hotel and have a relaxed day and afternoon. If you plan to arrive on an earlier date, we’ll happily help you arrange accommodation, if possible in the same hotel you’ll be staying at. First included meal together: we dance and eat (or the opposite) at an Ikarian panigiri, a night festival.

Day 2: Introduction to Ikaria and its unique characteristics. Walk through an ancient holm-oak forest; you’ll have the chance to learn about and smell blossoming wild herbs. This will be your first contact with one of the things that make Ikarians “immortals” - their mountains and their rich biodiversity. Choice: Afternoon travel writing class with Charlene or presentation on Greece’s current economy and culture.

Day 3: We meet a local Ikarian Honey producer and see how it’s collected, in the field. Walk to Ikaria’s old ‘anti-pirate’ hidden village in the mountains: Lagkada and presentation by Lefteris on Ikaria’s mountains and footpaths. Optional afternoon pottery workshop: you will get to keep what you create and it will have enough days to dry for you to get it back home.

Day 4: Full day excursion to the most wild and unexplored part of the island, Western Ikaria. We’ll walk to the most iconic lighthouse of the Aegean Sea, Kavo Papas Lighthouse. We will have a simple lunch at the village of Karkinagri where we can swim in some of the most crystal clear waters in the Aegean sea.

Day 5: Free Day. Optional botanical walk and visit to an organic soap factory. Early evening with a yoga session near the sea. All are welcome, even yoga newbies.

Day 6: Light walk to an old watermill and visit to a monastery. Second included meal together: we cook lunch with a local family using farm-fresh ingredients. Afternoon: tour in Ikaria’s best winery to find out how the local Ikarian wine is produced coupled with a wine tasting.

Day 7: Travel to the Eastern side of the island; we change hotel for two nights and stay at Faros. Walk to the other most iconic edge of Ikaria, the Drakano tower and the secluded, twin beaches. Presentation of Ikaria’s history from antiquity to middle ages. Optional visit to the island’s beer brewery. Free evening.

Day 8: Day excursion to the rock of Ikaris, the place where Ikarus fell into the sea. Afternoon SPA: optional thermal bath at the hamam and warm-springs at Therma, or bath at the open sea hot spring. Third included meal together: dinner. Night walk to the tower of Drakano to experience the most starry night you may ever see.

Day 9: Transport to the aiport. Depending on when your flight or ferry is leaving, we will have a breakfast together. We will happily help you to extend your visit, if you wish, before you arrive or during your stay.

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Example of our 3-star level hotel accommodations

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Cost

The Ikaria Retreat Event costs

  • €1665 per single participant. €1499 if you book until April 1st 2019.

  • €2775 per couple participation. €2499 if you book until April 1st 2019.

The prices include: 8 nights in a Hotel with breakfast, 3 joint meals (dinners, lunch or mixed), transportation to and from the airport / ports of Ikaria, transportation throughout our activities, activity and workshop fees and tickets, winery visit and wine tasting, your hosts' service and guiding, light walking equipment, maps and book.


Getting there

As stated above, the prices do not include your flight tickets to and from Ikaria. There are three ways of travelling to the island:

  1. Flight from Athens Airport (ATH). Regular flights almost on a daily basis that take 1hr.

  2. Flight from Thessaloniki (SKG). Less frequent flights with corresponding landing on the island of Lemnos. Approximate duration of 2hrs.

  3. Ferry from Piraeus, the port of Athens. The trip takes between 6-8hrs. Summer schedules are posted late in the Spring and you can find them both here and here.

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