“Aegean OPUS”: A folk Music Retreat in Greece
EXPERIENCE Athens and HydrA with singer/songwriter & tour guide Jude ROberts
October 4-11, 2019
Have you ever dreamed of Greece? Does the thought of swimming in crystal clear, blue sea sound like paradise? Are you a lover of folk music? Then consider traveling with Jude Roberts. Jude has made numerous visits to Greece over the last 6 years, has studied the language extensively and fallen in love with the culture. Let him take you on an adventure from to the Rebetika clubs of Athens to the stunning, pristine waters of the Saronic Gulf. This tour is limited to 20 guests or less, so it will have a very personal feel. It’s going to be amazing!
Included in this package:
7 nights hotels (3 star or higher)
Full breakfast every morning
2 lunches & 2 dinners
Round trip transfers wherever necessary
Round trip ferry transport to Hydra
Athens museum pass including Acropolis visit.
Walking tour in Hydra
Morning Greek lessons for those who would like them
Outings to traditional music clubs in Athens
Evening Mini-Concerts in Hydra by Jude
Open Jams for musicians
Other options (additional charges will apply):
Package Price (Air Not Included):
$1975 per person/ double occupancy,
$2275 per person/ single occupancy
Turkish Hammam visit in Athens
Excursions to Delphi or other archeological sites
Boat tours in Hydra
PLEASE NOTE: Airfare is not included, but I am happy to offer guidance in finding the right flight for you. The itinerary may be subject to alteration based on availability.
(MAY CHANGE SLIGHTLY BASED ON AVAILABILITY)
DAY 1: Arrival in Athens. Transfer from airport to our hotel. After checking/settling in, we will have an orientation followed by dinner as a group at the hotel restaurant.
DAY 2: Breakfast at our Athens hotel. Morning Greek lesson (optional). A visit to the incredible New Acropolis Museum, followed by lunch on your own. Afternoon visit to the Parthenon and other Acropolis temples. Evening visit to a locals club where we will hear traditional Greek music- real music, not the tourist stuff!
DAY 3: Breakfast at our Athens Hotel. Morning Greek lesson (optional). Day on your own to explore this astounding, beautiful city. Suggestions will be made for museums, shopping, and excursions to Delphi or other sites. Evening visit to another locals club where we will hear the finest in Greek music.
DAY 4: Breakfast at our Athens hotel. Morning orientation for the next leg of our trip. Checkout and transfer to Piraeus, where we will board our ferry to Hydra (app. 2 hrs). Check into hotel. Afternoon free to explore the port area of serene, car-free Hydra with its many shops, restaurants, and crystal blue waters. Lunch on our own (souvlaki, anyone?). We meet at the hotel in the evening for a mini-concert with Jude Roberts, followed by a walk to a local restaurant for a group dinner. Fresh seafood, meat and vegetarian food is plentiful!
DAY 5: Breakfast at our Hydra hotel. Morning Greek lesson (optional). Walking tour of Hydra with our local tour guide, followed by lunch as a group in a local taverna. Free afternoon to explore the island’s beautiful walks, beaches, and villages. We reconvene at the hotel for an evening mini-concert with Jude Roberts. Dinner on our own in the port or neighboring village tavernas.
DAY 6: Breakfast at our Hydra hotel. Morning Greek lesson (optional). Suggestions will be made for daily activities, including excursion by boat to remote beaches which cannot be accessed on foot*, hiking to beautiful mountain monasteries, or luxury and relaxation of your choice!*. Evening concert with Jude Roberts. Dinner on our own in the port or neighboring village tavernas.
DAY 7: Breakfast at our Hydra hotel. Morning Greek lesson (optional). Time on our own to relax. 30 minute group stroll through the winding, cobblestoned paths of Hydra to a neighboring village taverna where we will enjoy a group lunch together. Afternoon free to enjoy beaches, yoga classes*, massage*, boat tours* or hiking! We meet for the closing concert of the tour with Jude Roberts, and an open jam for musicians who have brought their instruments. Dinner on our own. Farewell drink together at the locally famous Pirate Bar in the port of Hydra.
DAY 8: Breakfast at our Hydra hotel. Goodbyes and hugs. Checkout and morning ferry to Piraeus (app. 2 hrs.). Transfer by van or motorcoach to Athens airport for departures. If anyone wishes to continue on their own elsewhere, they may depart to additional islands from Piraeus or from the airport, or remain in Athens.
*Optional, not included/ additional charges will apply.