Aegina – The Retreat | Aegina Island, Greece |
It must be the light. Maybe it’s the soil. Perhaps the secret is hidden in its ancient past. Quite possibly a combination of all three. One thing’s for sure: there’s something about Aegina Island.
Home of the Greek Pistachio Nut, this Greek island has also been home to some of Greece’s most famous and revered artists; from Nikos Kazantzakis (writer and poet; Zorba the Greek) to Yannis Moralis (visual artist and painter). What’s more, standing gloriously ‘above’ the island is the Temple of Aphaia (c. 500 BC). Proudly looking over the blankets of pistachio tree orchards that cover the island. But even before the pistachio trees, this temple has been watching over the island for over 2,ooo years.
Here amongst the pistachios, we will help you become acquainted with this ancient land. An extraordinary 5 day/ 4 night journey of cooking, eating, and walking through ancient olive groves. The experiences that will make this journey unique will focus on an array of activities that will enrich your knowledge of the Mediterranean way of life.
Together we will walk through rugged paths to breathtaking sunset views of vast blue waters kissing the feet of rolling hills. We will picnic in an ancient olive grove. We will sip wine whilst gazing at the magnificent sunset from the patio of our very own villa.
Our cooking classes will need fresh fish and produce. We’ll source these together from the fresh fish market and farmers’ markets, maybe stopping in between for a Greek coffee or (if you really want to be Greek) ouzo and meze.
As your hosts we will ensure that your overall experience is enriched with activities such as sunset yoga, a ceramic lesson, ancient temple visit, and several other surprise activities.
On a hill overlooking the rustic fishing village of Perdika, your dreamy, privately owned estate, patiently awaits you. Amongst a serene oasis of flowers, olive and citrus trees, sits Aelia Villa, a two-storey villa equipped with all necessary amenities and comforts. It features 5 bedrooms with double beds each with its own bathroom. Its number one feature: The sunsets from the villa patio. Trust us.
The villa also consists of:
- 2 sitting areas (ground and 1st floor)
- Playroom (includes, T.V., playstation, dvd/cd/MP3 player, radio)
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Laundry room
- 1 extra W.C.
- Outdoor pool 14m x 7m (built-in children’s pool & Jacuzzi)
Only 10 guests will be able to enjoy this, intimate, 5 day retreat
When : Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates
Where : Aegina Island (45’ Hydrofoil ride from the main port of Athens)
Price : October – March €2,000 single ocuppancy / €1,600 double occupancy || April – October €2,700 single occupancy / €2,300 double occupancy
A few days before your arrival we will contact you with all necessary information on how to get to the port, and ferry boat and hydrofoil timetables.
The retreat will take place in English
Guests have a *choice of an extra day in Athens which will include accommodation for one night and a tour.
*The extra day can be the day before the Aegina OR the day after the Aegina retreat.
What Is Included In Price
- One night accommodation Athens (see ‘The Details’)
- One Athens Tour (see ‘The Details)
- All transportation to and from activities on Aegina Island
- Accommodation on Aegina Island
- All Breakfasts at Villa
- All meals, snacks, and beverages during our site activities
- 3 lunches
- 3 dinners
- All cooking sessions
- Wine tasting evening
- 2 sunset yoga sessions
- Archaeological site entrance fee
- Boat trip to Moni island
- Professional photographs of whole experience
- Visit to fish market
- Visit to boat market
- Picnic dinner at an ancient olive grove
- Ouzo and meze dinner at a seafood tavern in the fishing village
- 2 cooking classes
- 2 sunset yoga lessons
- Visit to a pistachio workshop
- Visit ceramic workshop
- Visit to the Temple of Aphaia
- Walk to Anitseo Village – Spectacular view!
- Trip to Moni island for a swim (weather permitting)
Frequently Asked Question
What is included in the price?
One night accommodation Athens
One Athens Tour
All transportation to and from activities on Aegina Island
Accommodation on Aegina Island
All Breakfasts at Villa
All meals, snacks, and beverages during our site activities
All cooking sessions
Wine tasting evening
2 sunset yoga sessions
Archaeological site entrance fee
It is your responsibility however to cover things such as extra drinks not included in the meals or personal shopping, as well as any incidentals during your trip.
What is the payment method for my trip?
Your spot for the retreat is insured once you have deposited the 50% (600 euro) of the total price. The other half will be paid on the day of the trip either in cash or credit card.
What about travel insurance?
We advise you to have personal health travel insurance on your trip In the event of health problems or any other unforeseen event. There is a public health centre and hospital on the island plus a private emergency helicopter service.
Who will be our hosts?
Your hosts will be either Helen or Chryssa (or even both) and Vasso the owner of Aelia Villa. We will be there for the entire duration of the retreat. Of course you will meet more team members on your activities and excursions. Our goal is to ensure an all-round unforgettable experience for you.
Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Greek cuisine is quite diverse and depends upon the season and is based on a plethora of fruit and vegetables, wild greens, fish, legumes, olive oil, and homemade bread. There will be meat on the menu but any dish that is based on meat can also become vegetarian. We just need to know in advance.
What if I need to cancel?
As we need to cover all reservation fees in advance for this trip, unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds or cancellations unless you can find a replacement. We can also keep your spot for a future retreat as we are in the process of preparing quite a few more. Nevertheless, please make sure you can make it before booking for trip.
I have more questions, may I contact you?
Of course you can! Email us here email@example.com. If you prefer telephone contact, send us your telephone and we will contact you within 24 hours.
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