Greece

  • "Ancient Oracles, Ancient Wisdom" Tour with Crete Extension
  • 17 September-01 October 2011
  • with Crete Pre-tour 13-17 September 2011
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Meteroa.jpgFrom Athens, travel to Cape Sounio to view the ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea.  

While in Athens, visit Epidaurus. The sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidaurus was a sacred site, dream and healing center as well as a cultural center in ancient times.

Pass through Nafplio before driving to the ancient citadel of Mycenae, an imposing site on top of a rocky hill. Mycenae was the center of power in the Late Bronze Age (1600-1100 BCE), and the excavated ruins that sculpt the top of the rocky hill protected the royal families inside the famous Cyclopean walls.

Continue through the countryside to the temple complex of Artemis, a sacred site of the huntress-goddess Artemis. Artemis was the a goddess of the edges and boundaries, between culture and civilization, virginity and marriage, war and peace, births and deaths. She is the deity of the moon, transition and wild places and is the protectress of animals.

Also from Athens, travel to Eleusis, the sacred sanctuary/temple complex of the ancient Eleusinian mysteries. The Eleusinian Mysteries were secretive initiation rites designed to bring about enlightenment and a rebirth of consciousness through intuitive insight and spiritual transcendence, uniting of the individual with the Whole (essentially the Self with the Cosmos).

The Island of Aegina is home to the Tree of Aphaea (dedicated to a Cretan nymph). The temple forms a sacred triangle (sacred geometry) with the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo at Sounion.

Leave Athens for Central Greece and the remote archaeological site of Ancient Pheneos, the center of the Hermes cult in Arcadia as well as an auxiliary site of the Eleusinian mysteries with worship of Demeter.

The mysterious Acheron River, next on the journey, is symbolized in Greek mythology as the River Styx or the river of the underworld where Charon rowed the dead across to Hades. Visit the Oracle of the Dead, the mystical sanctuary of Hades and Persephone where guidance for the future was given from souls that had passed over. The Necromanteion was the most famous sanctuary of its kind in antiquity and was visited by many pilgrims including Odysseus who wished to connect with Achilles spirit.

Continue to the Oracle of Zeus, an intensely sacred site and energy center that dates back 5,000 years. Many rituals performed here were similar to those of Druid priests in Britain and Gaul.

Then visit breathtaking Meteora. The word Meteora literally means “hovering in the air”. What created this rare “giant rock” geological phenomenon remains a mystery of nature but even more amazing are the building on top of them. The area of Meteora was originally settled by the monks who lived in caves within the rocks during the 11th century. 

Continue to travel through the plains of Thessaly where Asclepius received his training in the healing arts from Chiron. Then arrive in Delphi and the Kastillian Springs, a source of Divine creative inspiration and purification.

Delphi was a famous center for divination in the ancient world. More than any other archaeological site in Greece, Delphi has special meaning. It was considered the center of the known world or the Navel of the Earth in ancient times; the place where heaven and earth met. Delphi is an extremely important sacred site as well as an earth energy center. It is the starting point for the Apollo & Athena Ley Lines that begin here and travels south into Africa and north into Northern Germany and a cross-through point for the St. Michael’s Ley Line that runs from Mt. Carmel in Israel through Dephi. Complex Greek alignments are evidence of sacred geometry through triangulation, straight line alignments and equal distances. 

Continue to the Island of Mykonos to visit  Delos Island, an archeological sanctuary, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Delos was a sacred island for the ancient Greeks with the Delos Oracle being second only to that of Delphi. The island became the holiest place in the Aegean. As a result, a flourishing town grew here with a large population, temples and open air theatre.The journey ends back in Athens.

 

Crete Pre-tour: 13-17 September 2011

Arrive to Heraklion, Crete and visit two of the most important sites in Crete, Knossos and Phaestos. At Knossos experience the main ceremonial center and the palace of King Minos. During your visit, see examples of the advanced architecture, marvel at the ancients' understanding of mathematics, and be inspired by examples of their sacred art that is totally unique in the world. View the original labyrinth, home of the famed Minotaur. Walk through the rooms and terraces that still whisper the magical tales of the ancient Minoans. Be touched by their love of life and joy of living that is still palpable at this site.

From there, continue to the ancient site of Gortyn, famous for the "Law Code of Gortyn", large 6th century B.C. tablets of stone built into a wall and one of the first examples of laws ever written down and now the oldest example still in existence.
Complete your tour today with a visit to the ceremonial center and Minoan Palace of important Phaestos, home to the one-of-a-kind “Phaistos Disc”.
 
While in Crete tour the 13th century monastery of Panagia Kera where worship is still centered around the Mother Gaia (Mother Earth) and a famous painting of the Virgin Mary is purported to have special healing powers.. This is also the site of the Tree of Life. Continue to the ancient Minoan palace and ceremonial center of Malia.
 
Then travel inland to the Eiliuthia Cave (the womb of Mother Earth). Continue to the Skoteino Cave whose name means darkness and whose decent goes four levels into the depths of Mother Earth. The goddess was first worshiped by the Minoans before 1000 BC and adopted by the Christians who built a church in her honor above her depths. Return to Athens to join the main tour.
 
 
 
  • $3,595
  • per person in double occupancy
  • minimum 16 participants
  • Price is indicative of EURO/dollar exchange rate. Fixed tour price is 2462,00 Euros. Includes on-site transpersonal psychologist to assist tour participants to obtain the maximum spiritual experience, English-speaking Greek tour escort, English-speaking guides, boat fares, entrance fees, accommodations, breakfast daily. 50% deposit required to book. Crete pre-tour is priced at 902,00 Euros or approx. USD$1316.00.
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