SACRED JOURNEYS and GODDESS
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SACRED JOURNEY to GREECE: CRETE & CYPRUS
|Day 1:||Our tour starts in Athens where we explore the ancient city and walk up to the Acropolis and Parthenon, dedicated to Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and patroness of Athens.|
Eleusis - sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone - where the Eleusian Mysteries were performed. Evening flight from Athens to Crete, and on to our Beach Resort Hotel at Capsis Bay.
Morning visit to the museum in Heraklion to see the world famous Snake Goddesses and other treasures of the Minoan Culture. Afternoon exploration of the Palace of Knossos, where societies worshipped the ancient Mother Goddess in her many forms over 3500 years ago.
|Day 4:||Tour to Festos/Gortys, in beautiful southern Crete, where we see the famous historical site of Phaestos, which like Knossos, was an important center and ceremonial site of the Minoan culture.|
|Day 5:||Full day at the Lasithi Plateau, Dikti mountain and Psychro Cave. The breathtaking western slopes of Mt. Dikti are green and fertile, irrigated by thousands of windmills. The Kera Monastery with its late Byzantine frescoes and folklore museum is in the nearby village of St. George. Our next stop is Psychro, where the Diktean cave - the mythical birthplace of Zeus - offers impressive stalactites and stalagmites.|
|Day 6:||Travel to Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque port with a legendary bottomless lake, and one of Crete's liveliest resorts. We continue to the scenic village of Matala on the Southern coastline, to visit the caves of the Goddess.|
|Day 7:||Flight to Cyprus, via Athens; transfer to our hotel in Limassol by the Sea.|
|Day 9:||Amathus, Kourion, Sanctuary of Apollo, Hylates. In Amathus the worship of Aphrodite flourished and legends tell us Theseus left the pregnant Ariadne here to be taken care of after his battle with the Minotaur. We will explore this potent myth! In Kourion, one of the most spectacular sites on the island, we visit the theater, the sanctuary of Apollo, the holy sanctuaries and shrines, and the Nymphaeum - dedicated to the water nymphs.|
|Day 10:||Petra tou Romiou, Palaipaphos, Mosaics of Paphos. Petra tou Romiou is the birthplace of Aphrodite and it is said that this strikingly beautiful site is where the Goddess of Love and Beauty rose from the waves. We will perform a special rite dedicated to the power of love and the Goddess within. In the village of Kouklia, near Paphos, is the famous sanctuary of Aphrodite, one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centers of the ancient world. The local museum contains many interesting finds from the sanctuary, including a huge black stone, excavated from Aphrodite's Temple ~ The Black Madonna of Cyprus ~|
|Day 11:||Special Celebration at the birthplace of Aphrodite, and visit to the newly excavated Aphrodite Temple in Nicosia, believed to be part of ancient Ledra.|
|Day 12:||Departure from Cyprus for our return flight to the US via Athens, or join our optional extension to Athens, Delphi and Epidaurus.|
|FEE: Please contact us.|
Our prices include round trip airfares Athens-Crete-Athens and Athens-Cyprus-Athens; 4-star hotel in Athens and beach resorts in Crete & Cyprus, including breakfasts daily; all ground transportation and transfers by private coach; entrance fees to all sites; services of English speaking guides.
Contact us for our 3-day extension to Delphi, Epidaurus and Athens.