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discover & work in
The ancient atmosphere and beauty of the cities, countryside, and islands will become your backdrop during your 14-day Greece Workation package. Visit Athens, Nafplio, and Santorini while balancing work and life to enjoy the world in new and exciting ways.
This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist
Athens is a magical city that instantly welcomes visitors with a combination of ancient wonder and gritty bohemia. Classical antiquity pops up around every corner and reflects more than three millennia of ideas, concepts, and the evolution of Western Civilization. Your Workation representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your pre-vetted accommodations where you can find all you need for a successful Workation experience.
Take your time getting to know your new neighborhood. You may find yourself in the Psirri neighborhood, where the local life shines brightest. Cafes set out tables and chairs along the streets where you can smell the buttery filo dough of fresh baklava or the charred meat of roasting souvlaki.
Focus: When you reach your new accommodations, get settled into the space with active breathing. Close your eyes and Inhale through your nose for six seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, then Exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. Do this at least three times and notice if you feel any different.
Suggestion: If you want to immediately walk the shopping districts, you can visit the Monastiraki or Kolonaki neighborhoods.
Your full day exploring Athens will take you to the top of the Acropolis. Visiting the ancient combination of sites with a guide will give you better information and more insight into the reasons the ruins are so powerful and alluring.
At the top of the Acropolis, you can find the famous Parthenon protected at the crown of the hills. Marble paves the plateau and supports the collection of temples dedicated to gods like Poseidon, Nike, and Athena. Your guide can help uncover unique details of the remaining elements of the Parthenon, including the images of the goddess Athena being birthed from Zeus’s head. After visiting the open-air museum on top of the mountain, you can tour the award-winning Acropolis Museum to find artifacts connected to the ancient sites around the hill.
Focus: Strike a power pose you think Zeus or Athena would make before leaving your accommodation. Then make a power pose authentic to you. How does your body feel and how much space do you take up?
Suggestion: The Acropolis Museum has a tremendous view of the Parthenon on the top floor.
You will have your first day of working in a new space and can set up rituals that will make it easier for you to start and end the day. Check in with your big goal, create a list of tasks, or block out specific times for certain projects. You can follow a similar idea for checking out of work to enjoy your work-life balance.
You can travel to the coastline to visit the grand and opulent ruins of Poseidon Temple at the edge of Cape Sounion. The setting adds to the incredible atmosphere, with the towering marble columns from the 5th century BCE perched more than 213 feet above the Aegean Sea. Poet Lord Byron carved his name into the marble out of sheer awe. At sunset, the white columns reflect the shifting colors of the day for an unforgettable moment in time.
Focus: Make a to-do list of things you would like to do and see while in Athens. At the end of the day, check things off. How does it make you feel?
Suggestion: If you have the opportunity to eat near Cape Sounion, the shoreline has incredible seafood including dishes like grilled octopus or shrimp.
You will have another day to test your rituals and dive into work at the start of the day. You can take a break with a coffee at the nearby cafe or enjoy a taste of the vrahakia, almonds covered in chocolate. At the end of the workday, enjoy the ritual of disconnecting from the focus of work so you can enjoy your cooking class led by a local chef.
Visit the Central Market with your guide to see the essential ingredients used in making a variety of dishes. You can smell the garlic and yogurt as you make tzatziki and enjoy the sounds of crisp dough as you pull the spanikopita from the oven stuffed with feta and spinach. The magic of the cooking class allows you to learn more about Greek culture, both ancient and contemporary, through the traditions of the kitchen and the ingredients used.
Focus: Write down the ingredients you enjoyed most during the class. What did they smell like and taste like? How did they affect the overall dishes you tried?
Suggestion: When in the Central Market, ask vendors for samples. It’s a better way to get in touch with the ingredients.
Dive into work early to give yourself plenty of time to travel to Nafplio, the former capital of Greece. Your Workation representative will meet you at your accommodations before you make the easy drive out of the city to reach the Peloponnese Peninsula.
Nafplio is one of Greece’s greatest urban treasures, with marbled streets, colorful Neoclassical mansions, and a marina shaped by the looming cliffside and floating fortress. It is easy to take comfort in the charming atmosphere of Nafplio and your pre-screened accommodation only reassures your successful Workation package.
Focus: Try working with the Pomodoro method to help you focus. Work hard for 25-minute intervals, then take a 5-minute break. How does it make you feel?
Suggestion: If you reach Nafplio before it’s dark, visit the Palamidi Fortress at the top of the hill.
After work, you can take to the sea to enjoy the beauty of Nafplio with a panorama of the shoreline and a visit to Bourtzi Castle. The small island of St. Theodoroi contains the 15th-century Venetian stronghold that once protected the coastline from invaders.
The fortress has acted as a prison, an executioner’s residence, and a hotel. You can enjoy the smell of the water, the feel of the breeze, and view before you reach the dock and walk around the castle walls, remaining cannons, and preserved turrets.
Focus: What does the view look like from the towers? How does Nafplio look from a distance? Write down the sensory details you notice, the smells, textures of the castle walls, or sounds.
Suggestion: If you have time, you can visit the Basil Papantoniou Foundation Museum for a better idea of local folklore, arts, and crafts.
With your last day of work for the week, you can take stock of what worked and didn’t work during the week. By paying attention to what methods worked best, you can continue to implement them throughout your Greece Workation package.
Enjoy a more relaxing night in Nafplio with time along the Arvanitia Promenade. The cobbled pathway is mainly known to residents and travels approximately a half-mile around the Acronauplia rock. Couples and families enjoy listening to the water splash against the walkway’s corners or stroll in search of a private spot to enjoy the sunset and view of the gulf. In season, you can find locals relaxing on the small beach at the edge of the path.
Focus: Make a list of the colors you see at sunset. Does the sunset change the original colors around you?
Suggestion: You can find great examples of local ceramics and traditional pottery around the historic city center.
You have a full day to explore the ancient world around the Peloponnese before you fly to Santorini for the remainder of your Greece Workation. Your Workation representative will meet you in Nafplio before you tour Epidaurus.
The greater complex was known as a place for healing and brought people from around the ancient world looking for miracle cures more than 2,300 years ago. The ancient theater still stands demonstrating the magnitude of the former city with stadium seating carved into the mountainside holding up to 14,000 spectators. At Mycenae, you can visit the foundations of Ancient Greece and the home of King Agamemnon, most famous for his role in the Peloponnesian War retold in Homer’s Iliad.
Focus: Before you leave Mycenae, choose an object in the museum that catches your eye. Memorize the details that stand out to you. Recall as many details as possible during your flight to Santorini.
Suggestion: You will need to leave Nafplio early to have enough time to tour the ancient sites and reach the airport for Santorini with a comfortable cushion.
The island of Santorini is known for its steep cliffs plunging into the water and the impressive colors of the sunset. Whitewashed walls glow against blue domes and housing trim. The day is yours to discover Santorini and the trail connecting the villages is one of the best ways to experience the island’s natural and cultural beauty.
The trail between Fira and Oia is about six miles and hugs the cliffs overlooking the caldera. Part of the fun is discovering the town and atmosphere along the way. Marble walkways weave in and out of shops and restaurants fading to the dirt path winding around the hills. Pass through the town of Imerovigli and reach the shining white architecture of Firostefani. Before continuing to Oia, visit Three Bells of Thira at Agios Theodoros church for a fantastic view of the water.
Focus: Practice mindfulness in the morning with a coffee and a view over the famous Santorini caldera. What are your first impressions?
Suggestion: in Oia, you can enjoy boutique shops, art galleries, and small cafes with great views to cap your experience.
Today you will dive back into the work week with extra vigor, excited and rejuvenated by your time exploring the Peloponnese and Santorini. Keep to your ritual to get started easily in this new space; create a strict schedule or ignore your inbox, whatever routine you have put in place to work.
After the workday is complete, you will have a sunset cruise showing off the exciting beaches and coastline of the island from a different point of view. Enjoy the smell of the sea breeze and the way the wind brushes your hair. You may hear the water splashing around the boat as you reach the Red Beach, where you can dive into the water and enjoy the crystal clear view to the bottom and the warm temperature.
Focus: Practice the Pomodoro method once again during work. Focus for 25 minutes then take a 5-minute break. Follow this structure three times.
Suggestion: Try the Tomatokeftedes when eating at a restaurant; the tomato fritters are slightly sweet, juicy, crunchy, and hold incredible flavor.
With the workday done, you can practice your ritual for disconnecting from the job and enjoy a wine tasting tour of the island. The unique climate and ancient history of cultivation on the volcanic soil produces unique flavors unlike anywhere else in the world.
At one of the selection of wineries, you could have an incredible view over the caldera and even enjoy the famous Santorini sunset with a glass in your hand. Close your eyes and look for the variety of characteristics your guide mentions, from smelling apricot and peach in a particular white wine to finding pronounced flavors of honey that compliment a light body of an easy red.
Focus: It is easy to practice mindfulness when tasting wine. Close your eyes and look for the flavors of each wine. Take your time, use all your senses, and enjoy slowing things down for the moment.
Suggestion: Many vineyards on the island produce more than just wine, so you may find some places offering cheese, nuts, or olive oil tastings as well.
After work, you can discover the unique grounds of an ancient city often called the “Pompeii of Greece.” Akrotiri was a thriving Minoan city more than 3,500 years ago and provided a harbor en route between major Mediterranean trading points.
The wealth of the former city is still being unearthed from beneath the volcanic ash and stone revealing one of the largest natural catastrophes in human history. Walk through the remains of history where large vases still hold signs of pickled fish or olive oil in view of two-story homes and streets. It is easy to imagine what life may have been like in the bustling city, especially when you find frescoes depicting period art, such as the wildflowers depicting colorful saffron and crocuses.
Focus: Learn three new facts about Akrotiri. What are they? Did you research them or did a guide tell you?
Suggestion: If you have time, visit the lighthouse for an unforgettable view.
Take part in your ritual to end the workday and enjoy your remaining time on the island. Visit the famous English language bookstore in Oia or sample the different pastries you’ve seen on display in Fira. For one final look at the island, you can visit Profit Ilas.
The hilltop is the highest point on the island standing 2,618 feet above sea level. Hike or take an ATV to the top for an epic adventure leading to the best 360-degree view of the island. Witness the caldera’s cliffs and whitewashed villages, find the farming terraces, and notice the layers of farmland on the flat terrain opposite the elevated seaside. It’s a great place for a quiet and reflective moment before returning home.
Focus: What was your favorite village? Make a list of the top five things you enjoyed about that space and why.
Suggestion: If you have time, you can visit the White Beach during the season to enjoy the water, the color, and the atmosphere.
Your last morning in Santorini is a great time to celebrate with traditional pastries like walnut cake or katafi. Enjoy the contrast between a strong Greek coffee and the sweet treat. Depending on the time of your flight, you can work early and finish your projects before meeting your Workation representative for your trip to the airport. Instead of heading directly home, you could extend your Workation Package with more time in Greece or with time spent in another location like Italy or Spain.
Focus: Write down the three moments you enjoyed the most. Were these what you expected or did they surprise you?
Suggestion: Santorini’s airport can get backed up, especially in summer. Your Workatino representative will most likely meet you early so you can check in for your flight with plenty of time.
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