Featuring Local Greek Eats, Relaxing Beaches & Volunteering with Dirty Girls to assist in the Refugee Crisis. Fall in love with Lesvos On A Shoe String Budget!
AIRFARE, TRAVEL INSURANCE AND SOME MEALS NOT INCLUDED.
Please join us for a 4 night/ 5 day Retreat!
Trip dates are May 26-30th and June 2-6th, 2017! We are offering 2 trips to accommodate reserve schedules!
Tara will meet you at the Mytilini Airport in Lesvos on Day 1, where we will load up into several economy rental cars and enjoy the lovely coastal drive to Molyvos. Situated on the magical north-western coastline of the majestic Aegean island of Lesvos, Aphrodite Hotel, the #1 Hotel in Molyvos, has a private beach, amidst splendid palm trees, olive groves and flower gardens. After everyone’s settled in, we will meet at the hotel taverna for an evening sunset! If you like, our guides will then accompany you to Congas Beach Tiki Bar for DJ & dancing! We will explore the Traditional Market of Molyvos! Enjoy the afternoon shopping or sipping a café on a veranda overlooking the harbor. We can take an excursion to the natural Healing Springs (#3 To Do in Molyvos on TripAdvsior) and relaxing beaches of Efthalou, followed by a lunch together at Taverna Vafios, an open air restaurant with great ambiance, views of the ocean and amazing local dishes! We will also spend one morning volunteering with Dirty Girls (last year, we cleaned up beaches that have been affected by the refugee boats arriving.) We will bring in our last day together by heading 5km over to Petra, where you can see Panagia Glykofilousa, a church on a rock with incredible views of the town and coast. We will enjoy a traditional Greek family style dinner at The Women’s Co-Operative, Petra’s #1 Restaurant! Should you like to check out the largest nightclub on the Northern Aegean shore, our guides would be happy to accompany the group to Oxy Club, a beach front dance club with a pool! We will also be collecting donations of art supplies, always a great need for schools on the island. We invite you to read more about our June 2016 trip at Tara’s blog, Eat Love Volunteer!
NOTE that ALL transportation costs are included and have been worked into the price!
While this trip was designed for anyone’s budget, we are happy to welcome seasoned crew, companions, crew family members and friends with big hearts and a smile! Lesvos is an incredible island full of kind people and amazing hospitality. The island has lost visitors since the medias began covering the refugee crisis. While it is now rare to even see refugees where we will be staying, your trip supports the local economy that helped those refugees and who are now struggling- through enjoying our time in Lesvos, we will make a difference in their lives. Come prepared to fall in love!
This retreat was designed for a group of 10 Crew Travelers. Without 10 crew travelers minimum, we reserve the right to cancel each trip.
Deposit due by APRIL 25th, 2017 to reserve! First come first serve! 10 Spots Available per Trip!
Payment #2 DUE MAY 1st. Deposits are non-refundable after APRIL 25th, 2017.
EVERY TRAVELER must sign up through the website to ensure that they are added to the official trip roster! Let us know who your roommate is in the notes, and make sure that they sign up separately!
Secure your spot with a $100 deposit ASAP! Spots are limited!
|ARRIVAL DESTINATION||Mytilene International Airport (MJT).|
|TOUR DATES||May 26-30th and June 2-6th, 2017.|
|INCLUDED||ALL breakfasts + 1 dinner + 1 lunch included!
Aphrodite Balcony Room Hotel for 4 nights/ 5 days.
ALL transportation costs in Lesvos.
Volunteer with Dirty Girls (aide in the refugee crisis).
Family style Greek dinner at The Women’s Cooperative (Petra’s #1 Restaurant according to TripAdvisor).
Relaxing visit to the beaches of Efthalou.
Excursion to Congas Beach Bar.
Molyvos Traditional Market.
Greek Lunch provided at Taverna Vafios, a terrace restaurant.
|EXCLUDED||Airfare to MJT (around $150 RT full fare from ATH)
8 meals (expect to pay $5-$10 USD).
Yoga classes (provided upon request for a reasonable cost).
Donations of hotel amenities & pens (optional).
Tips (they aren’t expected, but very appreciated and helpful).
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|Room Type||(MAY 26-30) Double Balcony 2 Person Suite – $350 per person, (JUNE 2-6) Double Balcony 2 Person Suite – $350 per person|
GETTING TO ATHENS
There are three direct flights to Athens from the US. From Athens you can take OLYMPIC air (AEGEAN) to MJT airport, which is a 30 minute flight .
3 Direct flights to Athens:
AA operates ONE flight out of PHL.
TWO are on DL out of JFK. Other connecting options are to get to European cities that have service to Athens (there are a bunch of them!)
Some options include service to Athens via:
- Geneva on Swiss Air
- Frankfort on Lufthansa
- Rome on Italia
- Zurich on Swiss
- London’s Heathrow on British Airways
Hope this helps! Some may want to make a few days of it exploring on their own in the connecting cities which helps spread up the fight for seats, since we are all in this together! We ourselves plan to spend a few days in Athens before take the ferry over!
You will need to purchase airfare into MJT. Interline Airfare is a bit cheaper, but RT full fare is not much more. We will get our transportation together and head on to our hotel in Molyvos (otherwise, note that anyone who comes a day late will have to pay 80 euros for a taxi to take them up to the northern part of the island to meet the group). Once you arrive to Lesvos, I’ve got all the transportation covered! We will have several Economy Rental Cars, to accommodate 4 people to a vehicle comfortably. Please be considerate when packing your luggage, and try not to pack too much! And let us know if you would consider being a driver!
Arrival to Lesvos!
Arrival: Meet Tara at the airport, where she will meet you with several economy rental cars (Please pack light!)! We will take a scenic drive to Aphrodite Hotel. Once everyone is settled into their rooms, we will meet at the terrace for a magnificent sunset and to finalize the itinerary together!
Morning: Breakfast at the hotel before volunteering with Alison and Dirty Girls, based on what the needs are. We will enjoy a delicious lunch and beautiful views on the outside terrace at Tavernos Varfios!
Evening: Excursion to Congas Beach Bar for live music, dancing, drinks or just to lounge by the beach!
Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. If you like, take a short walk to visit one of the largest castles in the Mediterranean, the Castle of Molyvos! We will visit the traditional market of Molyvos and visit shops that sell the best olive oils, soaps and other hand-made crafts. Take in the view and if you wish, take a cup of coffee as you take in breathtaking views of the ocean.
Evening: Excursion to Molly’s Bar (#1 Bar in Molyvos)!
Morning: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending a relaxing day at the beaches of Efthalou! BYOB, or you can grab drinks and snacks at a nearby beach taverna! Natural Healing Springs will be nearby and available for a couple of euros!
Evening: We will enjoy an incredible family style dinner at Women’s Cooperative, The #1 restaurant in Petra. It is about 10 minutes by car from Molyvos to Petra. You may want to arrive earlier or spend some time after dinner exploring the cobblestone streets!
Breakfast and departure from hotel.