SAIL THE SEAS OF “THE ODYSSEY.”
LEAVE A TRAVELER. RETURN A HERO.
9 Days | Athens + Aegean Sea, Greece
“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.”
~ Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
Greece, the ancient land of mythical gods and goddesses. Zeus, Herakles, Aphrodite. Where the cradle of western civilization was born in its philosophers. Aristotle, Plato, Socrates. Though when we think of Greece, it is its waters that call to us. The tranquil blue waters of the Aegean Sea are soothing beyond compare. Come with us as we set a course through some of the most beautiful and pristine Greek islands. Like seafarers of a bygone era, explore both by water and land. An idyllic way to do it is aboard a private sailboat.
We are offering a truly timeless sail and hike experience that can be curated to your wishes. Our team is happy to attend to every detail. This adventure is perfect for families, small groups, and those who want to truly unplug away from crowds.
Special activities on offer include mindful nature hikes. Maybe you would like to try your hand at Greek cooking or perhaps dancing at a local taverna. If you want to explore the sea’s fabled underwater world, we can arrange that too.
As you sail from island to island, Maria will guide you on a profoundly reflective inner journey. One that is personalized to create an experience that opens you to connect in a more heartful way to your outer journey. The price varies depending on the time of year, the number of guests, and special requests.
In Greece, food is life, and life is food. Known for its freshly caught seafood, feta cheese made from sheep’s milk, kalamata olives grown in the region of its name, and of course, Ouzo! Your adventure begins in Athens by enjoying an exquisitely prepared traditional Greek dinner at a taverna overlooking the Acropolis. Seeing its Parthenon lit up by lights is a sight to behold, especially as a bouzouki player strums in the background. Your first moments of this adventure are already calling you to savor them.
The outer world of the natural wonders of the Aegean Islands meeting the inner world you have yet explore.
(RE)SET YOUR COMPASS
Your first exploration is on land, visiting Athens’ most monumental sites. The Acropolis. The Parthenon. Panathinaikon Stadium, the stadium where the first Olympic games were in 1896. Wind through its old town streets, filled with souvenir Greek flags, toy hoplites soldiers for the kids, worry beads for the adults. Calling from corner carts are bakers selling freshly made koulouri, sesame covered bread rings. You are in it, then get to escape it.
Like James Bond, you head off on a high-speed ferry to an offshore island where a sailboat awaits us. Anchors away! The next several days can only be described as a journey of discovery.
Our sailboat will take you to the pristine Cycladic Islands of Kythros, Sifnos, Milos, Folegandros. All are known for their natural sandy beaches, idyllic villages, extraordinary geological formations, hidden caves, and spectacular views. Indeed, the antidote for our stressful everyday lives.
Here you can unwind, detox, refocus and return home anew.
The average sailing time each day is three to four hours.
LAND AND SEA
No sailing experience necessary. Those who are already familiar boating are welcome to help the skipper — a perfect time to perfect the art of sailing.
Hikers should be fit. Average walks are three to five hours over dirt tracks, mule paths, or sand.
Heal the Landscape
This Sojourn's Gift Offering
In 2018, one of the worst wildfires of the 21st-century sweep through the coastal area of Attica, outside of Athens. Residents in the area had to be evacuated. Our travel Experience Specialist in Greece, Nondas Iliadis was one of the thousands impacted by the fires. Today, the forests that burned are still being replanted. For each guest, we will make a gift donation of a tree to be planted in their name.
Thank you so much for helping us to design and execute one of the most memorable trips of our lives. You took amazing care of all our travel details, so much so that it felt so smooth and easy, even though we were in a foreign country. Yet the most special part was that you not only designed a trip for us, you designed an incredible experience. Feeling blessed to have you on our trip.
Gerardo VManufacture Owner
Last a Lifetime
Priceless memories that will last a lifetime.
My trip was so well-orchestrated! Each detail was spot on perfect! I can’t thank Maria Baltazzi enough for making this experience so magical! Her choices of locations, accommodations, meals, tour guides, and on and on was literally spectacular! I can’t wait for the next adventure!
Gary GFormer BP Operations Engineer
This journey marks the beginning of my new life.
John KEntertainment Industry Professional
Happy to recommend a trip
What a fabulous trip we had with Maria! Every last small detail was executed perfectly. We wanted for nothing! Accommodations were splendid and the food!!! We ate so well, I thought I was going to have to start jogging to work off the pounds gained!! Our local guide was very knowledgeable but also charming and fun. I would be more than happy to recommend a trip to anyone I know. Thank you — Thank you!!
Helen GFormer radio talkshow host
I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the journey with this beautiful group of people!
Always In Our Hearts
We feel so blessed that our journey was shared with Maria. We couldn’t have asked for a better journey…This trip was incredible and will always be in our hearts.
Ted VChemical Engineer
Faith and Beliefs Magnified
Truly a trip of a lifetime. It’s difficult for me to express my thoughts and the raw emotions that I experienced in the last ten days; as my faith and beliefs have been magnified like I have never imagined. Thank you for making my spiritual journey such an incredible experience.
Steve HDevelopment Contractor
The trip was fantastic. I made so many memories and found myself, along with a second family.
Pilgrimage to Savor
This trip has been one I’ve taken as a pilgrim to savor the beautiful and historic landscape that so influenced the thoughts of the world. I am truly blessed.
More Than We Could Have Dreamt
This trip was something that we wanted to do for so long. It was so much more than we could have dreamt of. We are blessed and grateful for all that we have seen and experienced together.
We All Take Away What Was Special
Whatever our stories or reasons for ending up together was meant to be and we all take away what was special to us, understand our faith better, and now have bonds we will carry forward.
Jodi LAirline Professional
An unforgettable experience
Truly an unforgettable experience! You have done an amazing job. We appreciate you putting this wonderful trip together in such a thoughtful way! Thank you for all the things you have cared for and all the detailed information you send in every email! Loved your packing list by the way! I was really doubtful about packing. Big family hug!
Monica HChemical Engineer
I feel blessed to have experienced my journey
Maria lets your journey be whatever you want it to be, whether that be based on the walking, the history, spirituality, photography, sightseeing. Personally, it was about all of the above for me. Maria is also a qualified [mindfulness movement] teacher and offered stretching if and when we wanted/needed it. It really tops off a day of walking! I feel blessed to have experienced my journey the way I did, fun and serenity rolled into one.
Exceeded all of my expectations
Our trip exceeded all of my expectations from beginning to end. It was truly the best family trip we’ve ever had. Thanks again and best for you and Sojourn Explorers.
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