Experience Sacred Monasteries, Greek Mythology, Ancient Communities and more. A transformative pilgrimage to the mystical islands of the Gods.
April 22 to May 5, 2023 – Open to Everyone
14 days, 13 nights
Join us for 14 inspiring days in Greece and the island of Crete. Together we’ll use the “Yuga Cycles of Time” to explore mythology and ancient civilizations in a stunning landscape while encountering thousands of years of spiritual practice. We’ll visit holy sites where pilgrims have received healings, learn ancient Greek myths and culture while exploring mystic oracles, gleaming temples, and miraculous caves and streams.
Arrive Athens April 22
2 nights Athens (22 & 23)
2 nights Delphi (24 & 25)
2 nights Kalambaka ( 26 & 27)
6 nights Crete (April 28-May 3)
1 night Athens (May 4)
Depart May 5th
(Our 2023 Greece & Crete tour is now full. This tour will resume again, in either 2024 or 2025. Please contact email@example.com to be on our waiting list. Please note that the new Greece tour may include Gobekli Tepe and other fascinating sites in nearby Turkey)
Our tour begins in Athens, the ancient and modern capital of Greece. In Athens, we’ll take in the imposing and inspiring Acropolis, the majestic symbol of Classical Greece and its artistic achievements.
Note: Some of us will be flying to Athens a few days before the tour begins.
We’ll visit the Acropolis Museum and learn about the goddess Athena, plus much more. We’ll stay in a centrally located area within walking distance to the famous Plaka shops and cafes.
There will be time to explore or dine out in the tavernas along the slopes of the Acropolis hill. Our journey will involve daily walks and some easy-moderate hikes. Greek cuisine is very vegetarian-friendly. Most Greeks speak English and are very welcoming to tourists.
From Athens, we’ll travel north towards Delphi, a vast site of ancient temples, treasures, and a stadium built on a mountainside overlooking the Corinthian Gulf. In ancient times, Delphi was known as the “navel of the world,” the pinnacle of spiritual and political power.
In Delphi, we’ll visit the sites of the Delphic Oracle where the priestesses of Apollo prophesied the fate of the Greeks. Delphi is suffused with mystery and natural beauty, located as it is on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. We’ll visit the Corcynan Cave of the nymphs and Muses and weave our own prayers of enchantment. We’ll also take in the Kastalian Spring, the prophetic and purifying waters of the Delphic Oracle.
On the way to Delphi, we’ll see the 10th Century monastery of Saint Luke of Steiris and see a well-preserved Byzantine church and the relics of the saint. The Saint’s relics have been said to heal pilgrims for hundreds of years through spontaneous miracles, dreams, and the healing scent of myrrh.
From Delphi, we’ll travel to Kalambaka, a small town in central Greece. It is the home of the monastery complex of Meteora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where six monasteries are built on tall pillars of rock.
We’ll visit these sacred monasteries of Kalambaka and have the opportunity to meet monastics who are living there now.
Throughout our tour there will be time for meditation, prayer and hikes. In Kalambaka, we’ll have special arts activities, such as painting our own icons.
Before heading to the island of Crete we’ll tour south to Athens. Here, we’ll board a flight to Heraklion, Crete.
In Crete, we’ll be staying in a lovely beach hotel for the next six nights. All accommodations throughout the trip are at 3 & 4 star hotels.
In Crete we will immerse ourselves in the history of the Minoan civilization, a Bronze Age civilization that thrived beginning in 3,500 BC. We’ll chart their rise and fall as we visit their palace complexes and mountain cave shrines, traversing the natural landscape and coastlines of Crete.
Some of the most scenic villages and oceanside dwellings in all the Greek islands exist in Crete. This is where we’ll connect with the laid-back Greek culture, experience Greek dancing and sample Greek cuisine the island is known for. Here, we’ll also explore the mysteries of Minoan culture and discover some of the little-known spiritual traditions that have persisted since the descending age in the Yuga Cycles of Time.
We will visit the quaint village of Kritsa where we will have time for lunch and shopping. We’ll also visit the town of Gortyn, a place that was continually occupied since 7000 BC in the Treta Yuga. This is the site where the myth of Zeus and his lover Europa, turned into a bull, supposedly took place. Gortyn is also known as a place where an early Greek law code was discovered.
After visiting our tour sites, we’ll have a free day in Crete to explore additional sites on your own, relax, visit the beach, and take in the simple and arresting beauty of the Cretan coastline.
During our stay in Crete, we’ll take a 2-hour ferry ride to Santorini. We’ll tour this iconic village, and have the opportunity to hike the trail along the ancient caldera.
On May 4th, we’ll fly from Heraklion to Athens where we’ll have our final day and night. There will be free time to explore sites like the Temple of Olympian Zeus, or the Ancient Agora, and walk through the shops of the Plaka. On the evening of May 4th, we’ll have a special farewell dinner in Athens.
Jenny Kellogg, PhD, a Kriyaban who is fluent in Greek and has led Hellenic tours for Harvard.
Nayaswami Nischala, co-founder of Ananda College of Living Wisdom, and the New Horizons Gap Year.
Double room shared (two people)
$4,939 USD per person
Single room (one person)
$5,338 USD per person
Due to flight reservations needed for our group within Greece, we will not take tour reservations after October 30, 2022.
International Flights Not Included
- all accommodations at 3 & 4 star hotels
- transportation during the journey, entrance to all holy and ancient sites and museums including the Delphic Oracle and Acropolis Museum
- 13 buffet breakfasts, 12 dinners enjoyed together buffet style or at lovely restaurants
- Airfare from Athens to Crete, round-trip
- Roundtrip ferry from Heraklion to Santorini, and full day tour of Santorini.
- Online class on Yugas & Greece & Crete with Byasa Steinmetz & Jenny Kellogg before trip departs
- all expert guides for monastery and Delphi visits, Athens morning walking tour, hiking and cave expert guides
Cost does not include:
- your international flights to/from Greece
- any extra nights at hotels before or after trip
- travel insurance that we require proof of
- transportation from the Athens airport to our Athens hotel
- any personal expenses, laundry costs
- any medical expenses
- Meals other than the above. We do not cover drinks at meals we provide, or lunches we do not provide.
- NOTE: Greeks like to eat a light meal at 3:00 so we will visit small tavernas around lunch where people can order for themselves.
- We suggest you plan your budget to include tips for the specialty expert guides we have contracted with at key trip locations.
Requirements for traveling to Greece:
You should be reasonably fit, able to walk up stairs and walk throughout the day. The tour includes a few longer hikes, and walking on uneven surfaces, sometimes up hills.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our travelers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US $200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance a couple weeks ahead of departure; you will not be able to join the trip without it. Here are a couple options:
You must hold a valid National Travel passport with an expiration date at least six months after the end of your stay. No visa is needed for travelers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and most other countries in the Americas and Europe.
Travel Safe in Greece & Crete
On May 14, 2021, Greece opened its borders in a safe and attainable manner. Requirements for traveling internationally are changing with some regularity. We will keep you informed as we approach the date of this trip of the then-current requirements. For now, these are the circumstances: Prior to departure, all travelers must ensure that they carry an acceptable form of certification of their health condition.
More information on Greece/Crete travel at https://travel.gov.gr/#/