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Pilates in Greece

STOTT PILATES® Intensive Mat Plus™ Course

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Duration: 15 days
Start: Wed, May 15 2013
End: Wed, May 29 2013
Price: $2,490 CAD
+ $1500 for Intensive Mat Plus Course
See below for details.

Summary: We are offering a greek adventure with the option to take a pilates course:
For the first time the STOTT PILATES®, Intensive Mat Plus™ course is combined with a cultural adventure. Therefore, mixing work and play as you discover the beautiful islands of Crete and Santorini.

- Non pilates students pay $2490
- Pilates students pay $2490 + $1500

We will be accompanied by a Greek living in Montreal as well as a host and fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor plus a STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer from the Toronto headquarters (Leslie Wall). Travelers will have a total of 40-hours of IMP course, divided into ten 4-hour sessions, with all the equipment necessary.

STOTT PILATES®, Intensive Mat Plus™/® trademark or registered trademark of Merrithew Corporation, used under license.

Part 1 - Athens ►
Part 2 - Crete ►
Part 3 - Santorini ►
Part 4 - Athens ►

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Host/Pilates Instrucor Danielle Haggar
Contact Danielle at dhaggar@kepri.com for any questions regarding this trip. Read BIO ►

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CO (Creative Organizer)
Read BIO ►

Outdoor / Nature  
Cultural Exchange
Positive Impact
 
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Athens

  • The Parthenon & archeological museum
  • Walk through the areas of Plaka & Monastiraki
  • The changing of the guards at Syndagma Square
  • The famous Greek nightlife
  • Dinner at the foot of the Acroplis
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Day 1 - Athens (Description)

Depending on the flight arrival times we will be taking it easy today with a simple dinner. From our centrally located hotel we will be able to walk around Plaka, at the foot of the Acropolis to find a charming place for first dinner.

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Day 2 - Athens (Description)

After breakfast, we will take the short walk from our hotel to start our visits of the day: we will make our way on foot towards the center of old Athens, as we enter the Agora, near Plaka. We will take the short hike up the Acropolis to visit the Parthenon as well as the Museum of Archeology.

We will walk back down to Monastiraki Square and the charming labyrinth of small streets before heading to the studio for the first IMP course session of the trip.

We will then head back to the hotel to relax a bit before dinner. We will eat in the typical Greek restaurant with mezze and after dinner those who wish will be able to visit the popular night scene in Psiri.

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Crete

  • 5 days in a small village only accessible by boat
  • The Village of Loutro and its unique charm
  • Knossos, disc of Phaestos & the Palace of Minos
  • Trek the many gorges of southern Crete
  • Cooking workshop to learn a typical Greek dish
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Day 3 - Crete (Description)

We'll arrive by ferry early in the morning to the island of Crete, southern Greece. Being the largest island in the country, we won't run out of things to see and do.

We'll head off straight to Loutro to start our Cretan experience in a secluded village. The next few days will allow us to connect with ourselves and take in the charm of Loutro, the hidden pearl on the island of Crete.

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Day 4 - Crete (Description)

The next day's schedules will have the following logic: pilates workshops in the morning and an afternoon full of treks, gorges and beaches.

We'll always return in the late afternoon and have time to relax before the sunset, and finally to enjoy our dinner. As on every evening, the selection of the food will vary and we'll make sure our tastebuds are having as much fun as we are.

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Days 5 - 6 - Crete (Description)

Loutro is a one-sidewalk village is a true hidden gem, completely disconnected from the road network, with all hotel rooms guaranteed a direct view of the sea which is always a few feet away.

Kristina and her family-run hotel is where we'll be hosted but we'll have the choice of different meals in the villager's restaurants all located right on the seafront. The village is located near some Byzantine ruins and is a trek away from different gorges and beaches.

The afternoons will allow us to choose among relaxing on the beach, kayaking in the bay and/or trekking around the area to discover the hilly countryside. The coastline around Loutro is revered by many as some of the best trekking in Greece.

Kristina's sister will also let us into her kitchen to teach us how to prepare a typical Greek dish which we'll be able to eat for dinner.

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Days 7 - 8 - Crete (Description)

We will continue our Cretan adventure with a bus ride to Xania, a cute little Venetian city. The charming small streets and unique shopping will allow us to settle into Crete's marvelous beauty. There, we will have an afternoon pilates class. On the second day in Xania we'll take a boat ride to one of the most impressive beaches of the island, Elafonissi!

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Day 9 - Crete (Description)

After Loutro and Xania, we'll head back towards the port of Heraklion to visit the famous archeological site of Knossos and the Museum of Archeology before taking our ferry back to Athens.

We'll first drop off our bags in Heraklion, the ancient port of Crete and walk around the old part of town. After visiting the Museum of Archeology which holds the unique disc of Phaestos we'll make our way (30-min ride) to the Palace of Knossos. This will be our chance to learn about the incredible civilization that existed before the ancient greeks: the Minoans.

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Santorini

  • See the world-famous views from Fira & Ia
  • Donkey ride back up the steps in Fira
  • Kamari's boardwalk and the island's volcanic sand beach
  • Shopping in some of the world's most exclusive shops
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Day 10 - Santorini (Description)

Then we'll take a ferry, just for a few hours, to get to the famous Island of Santorini.

As we arrive we'll make our way to the east side of the island, where we will be based for the next few days. Nikos and his family will receive us in their seaside hotel, right on Kamari's boardwalk.

After lunch we'll take a short walk around this small village and then start our IMP course session 8.

The sunset will bring us to take an hour or so to relax and shower after the course, and as we are a short walking distance from a plethora of seaside restaurants, we'll walk up and down the boardwalk until the group picks a restaurant of their choice for our first dinner in Santorini.

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Days 11 - 12 - Santorini (Description)

The next two days will feature a nice balance of fun activities: We'll start with our IMP course session 9.

In the afternoon we'll take the local bus (30 mins) to visit Fira, Santorini's capital. Built on the cliffs of the island, overlooking the volcano right across the sea, Fira is a beautiful sight and a perfect place for photos! We'll walk down the famous steps to take the donkeys back up. Fira is filled with shops and cute little pedestrian streets. We'll head back to Kamari for dinner.

On the next day we'll take the local bus but this time, going all the way to Ia, a small charming town with amazing views of the white houses built into the cliffs. We'll walk through the labyrinth of small streets and make our wa to a restaurant for lunch before heading back to Kamari for our last IMP course session, session 10.

Tonight we will have to pack in order to catch the ferry that will take us to Athens overnight.

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Athens

  • European shopping in Athens
  • The social scene in Gasi
  • Flight back home
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Days 13 - 14 - Athens (Description)

Upon our arrival in the country's capital we will drop off our bags at the centrally located hotel and have breakfast. This day will allow us to visit a plethora of shops: from antiques to souvenirs to cutting-edge fashion as famous the Athens shopping scene will keep us busy. There are also many archeological sites to visit for those who finish their shopping earlier than the rest.

Our last night will be highlighted by a Greek night on the town in Psiri and Gasi.

On our last morning we'll simply head out to the airport after breakfast to catch our flight back home.

Preps

Travel documents
A valid passport that expires at least 6 months after the date of your return flight back home.

Luggage
The least amount of luggage possible. We recommend bags that are practical and easy to carry. One large bag and a small day back-pack is ideal.

Health
We recommend you consult your local medical travel clinic (or doctor) a few months before leaving in order to ensure you have the necessary vaccines. Your medical insurance card might not cover costs incurred due to injuries or health costs when you are abroad. If you need to travel with medication of some kind, please bring a doctor's prescription.

Safety
We recommend you bring a concealed belt that can hold your important documents, credit cards and currencies. It is illegal to take any objects found in archeological sites or any natural resources from any of the national parks, ecological reserves, protectorates or any other sites visited.

Insurance
It is necessary that you buy medical travel insurance. You can also opt for cancellation, trip interruption and baggage insurance. Kepri can provide you price quotes with RBC Insurance, our travel insurance partner.

Here are the brochures for the various packages: Medical Package, Student Package and the Deluxe Package.

Trip Specific:

Intensive Mat Plus (For Pilates Students)
Intensive Mat Plus provides you with the solid foundation and skills you need to develop effective and motivating group and personal training programs. This course teaches you to design and teach the Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) Matwork repertoire, integrating light accessories to add variety and meet the specific needs of your clients.

Price Includes:

  • Food: 3 meals a day with choices for both carnivores and vegetarians.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and potable water.
  • Activities specified in the itinerary.
  • Local transportation.
  • Entrance tickets for museums, parks, visits and archeological sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lodging for the entire trip (double occupancy). Extra costs applicable for single rooms.
  • Tips to guides, drivers, restaurants, etc...
  • (For Pilates Students:) Pilates IMP Course with Lead Instructor Trainer from Toronto Headquarters ; Leslie Wall
  • (For Pilates Students:) Pilates IMP Course Material: Manual - Comprehensive Matwork, Mat/Ref Support Materials Book, DVD - Essential Matwork, 3rd Ed., DVD - Intermediate Matwork, 3rd Ed., DVD - Sculpt and Tone and DVD - Fitness Circle Challenge.
  • (For Pilates Students:) Pilates light equipment: Pilates Express Mat, Flex-band®, Fitness Circle® and Mini Stability Ball™
  • Between 3 to 5 Pilates Group Classes offered by Danielle Haggar.
  • Pilates workshops and private lessons available upon request.

Price Excludes:

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Souvenirs/gifts.
  • Transport/lodging/food or any other costs for days spent in the country of destination either before or after the itinerary.
  • International flight.
  • Contribution of 0.2% to the compensation fund of the OPC of the Province of Quebec (Office for the Protection of the Consumers). Example: $2.00 on a $1,000.00 price tag.
  • Laundry and any other personal expenses.
  • Personal medical insurance.
  • Arrival or departure visas or fees (if applicable) at the airport.
  • Extra costs for any courses/lessons/classes requested that are not part of the initial STOTT PILATES program included in the itinerary.
    a) Private sessions or workshops during the trip.
    b) Any replacement of damaged, lost or stolen materials given to you at the start of the trip.
    c) Private sessions for making up missed portions of the course.

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