Greece 2020

GREECE: 9th – 22nd September August 2020

PRICE – R53 800 pp sharing

(This price is based on current exchange rates and may change based on fluctuations)

 Package Includes: Flights Johannesburg/Greece,  local transfers,  Airport Tax, 2 nights accommodation in Athen with breakfasts, guided tours in Athens, 7 nights accommodation on a catamaran liveaboard with breakfasts and lunches, 10 dives aboard the liveaboard, 2 nights accommodation in Santorini with breakfasts , 2 dives in Santorini, cylinder and weight belt rentals, all air fills, Wifi

 Package Excludes: Visas, travel insurance, dinners (except 2 on the boat), lunches off the boat, drinks, land tax, staff gratuity. 

This trip is offered to an exclusive number of guests as the boat can only accommodate 8 at a time. We are able to run two back to back trips based on interest. 

IS GREECE FOR ME?

Of Course it is! This trip is for divers of all levels as well as non-divers!
This is the ultimate diving package designed to create a unique experience in which clients get to explore the history and culture of this beautiful country, as well as explore the waters that surround it. A combination of 3 days in Athens visiting the archaeological treasures of the western civilization, 7 days of sailing and diving around the Greek isles, and another 3 days visiting the world famous Santorini. This trip has something for everyone

QUALIFICATIONS?

It is recommended that you are an Advanced Diver with a Deep speciality in order to fully enjoy all the dives, as some of dives may be slightly deeper than the average Open Water Course allows. However open water divers are more then welcome to come with and enjoy the shallower dives

THE DIVING?

With more than 240 inhabited islands and a significant coastline, you’ll find a wide variety of diving that includes wall, wreck, cavern and reef. And, like most of the countries with a lengthy seafaring history, wrecks tend to dominate the scene. There’s also considerable life in the seas, particularly if you slow down and think small.

Athens is well-known for the Acropolis, yet offering much in the way of wrecks. Explore fascinating shipwrecks, many of which sunk during historic battles.

Nea Kameni, Santorini – Roughly translated to mean New Volcano, this site has a small wreck that adds drama to the volcanic substrate. The Caves, Santorini – This pathway of canyons, swim-throughs and caverns make this site a unique experience for your logbook.

Trip details

The trip will start off with  2 nights in Athens, followed by 7 nights on board a liveaboard, exploring some of the best dive sites Greece has to offer, then 2 nights in Santorini

WHERE WILL WE BE STAYING 

RADISON BLU HOTEL IN ATHENS:

The hotel is right in the  centre of Athens,  at the edge of Pedion tou Areos, one of the city’s largest parks, and is only a short stroll from the National Archeological Museum. Enjoy comfortable rooms, with free high-speed Wi-Fi, marble bathrooms, and airconditioning throughout, to provide you with the utmost comfort. Maintain your fitness routine or relax after a busy day at our in-house fitness center, complete with sauna and steam room. Bask in the sunshine—with fabulous views of the city and its many architectural gems—by the stunning rooftop pool. When it comes to on-site dining, you’re spoiled for choice. The Oak Room Café is the perfect spot to indulge in coffee and cake after a morning of exploring. St’ Astra, on the top floor, is a dining experience like no other. Here you can savor craft cocktails and cosmopolitan Asian and Mediterranean fare, with stunning views of the iconic Acropolis.

Here we will also embark on some tours of the countries most spectacular historical sightings:

-The world famous Acropolis of Athens: Parthenon,
-Propylaea,
-Erechtheion and the Acropolis Museum,
-The ancient Agora, the place where democracy was born,
-Stoa of Attalos,
-Temple of Hephaestus,
-Odeon of Herodes Atticus,
-National Archaeological Museum

During your trip you will also visit the ancient Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, the ancient Temple of Aphaea in the island of Aegina and the ancient Theatre in Epidavros.

AFRODITE VENUS HOTEL SANTORINI:

Beautifully situated on the Greek island of Santorini, one of the most spectacular islands in the world, in the heart of Kamari village, famous for its astonishing black-sand beach, deep-blue water, unique archaeological and historical heritage as well as lively nightlife and dining scene. The resort’s rooms  feature a blend between traditional Greek décor and modern beauty with private balconies, relaxing pools, tranquil gardens and serene spa. You’ll encounter a seemingly endless variety of activities to enjoy during your stay, whether you prefer long days on our beach or greeting the morning with a swim in our outdoor pools or savour traditional Greek cuisine and wines at our inviting restaurants. When relaxation is in order, soothing sauna and pampering treatments at the Spa are ready to rejuvenate you.

While here you will also be doing 4 dives around this beautiful island and witness the beautiful underwater spectacular as a result of ancient volcanic events and eruptions.

NAUTITECH 47

Nautitech 47 has been carefully selected among other catamarans for her unique specifications in space, comfort, luxury & speed, as well as her ergonomics that make the diving concept not only feasible but also an unforgettable & fantastic liveaboard experience. This diving catamarans is equipped with dive-compressors for air and nitrox, water sports, underwater lighting & full diving equipment.

Divers will get to enjoy 2 dives in a different island every day. The dives are mostly wreck dives ranging at depths from 10m (33ft) to 35m (100ft), as well as impressive wall dives. During the dives, non divers can relax, swim, sunbath or canoe in a beautiful quiet cove where the boat will be anchored. Clients will also get the chance to disembark and enjoy exploring the islands.

WHERE WILL YOU BE DIVING 

Dive plan will only be set closer to the time, based on recent weather conditions, visibility and dive conditions. Some of the sites may include:

– Cape Sounio – lies jut beneath the temple of Poseidon and is made up of small caves and canyons. The dive site has a depth of 12-24m with a visibility of around 20m. Divers require an open water qualification to dive this site.

– Patroklos Island – wreck dive located 8 miles off the coats of Anavisos made up of the Freighter Kyra Eleni split into two pieces. The dive site has a depth of 6 -28m, and divers are required to have an open water diver qualification.

– Fleves island – Wreck dive located 3 miles off the coast of Vouliagmen made up of the Jozina MV ship wreck . The dive site has a depth of 6 – 35m and requires divers to have an open water qualification. Cave diving located within the deep wall alone the coats of the island. The dive site has a depth of 3 – 40 m and divers are required to have an open water qualification.

– Agistri island – Wreck dive located just off the coast of Aponisosmade up of the Avantis III ship wreck. The dive site is 16 – 47m deep and requires divers to have an open water qualification and an advance deep diver qualification for the deeper sites.

– Poros island – Cave diving in the blue cave

– Hydra island – rich in underwater caves and reefs, as well as wreck diving the Dokos shipwreck. The dive site is 10 – 30m and requires an open water diving qualification

– Santorini- Its unique composition offers a great variety of diving for all levels due to its lack of currents and absence of tides, which makes it a perfect spot for diving Dive sites sit as a depth of 20 – 30m with a visibility of 20 – 30m. Santorini is also know for its underwater volcanic activity, creating magical dive sites. Divers are required to have an open water qualification.

TRIP DETAILS:

– Wednesday 09/09/2020: Depart Johannesburg via OR Tambo

– Thursday 10/09/2020 : Arrive in Athens, Greece and be transferred to the RadisonBlu hotel. The rest of the day is free to do with as you wish.

– Friday 11/09/2020: at 08:30 we will start with our guided tours, exploring the greatness that Athens has to offer. We will visit the New Acropolis Museum and continue on with the Parthenon temple and the ancient Agora of Athens. The rest of the day, clients will be able to explore on their own and enjoy some of the surrounding areas of Acropolis.

– Saturday 12/09/2020: Following breakfast, clients will take a guided tour of the Archeological museum. Here they will be able to see the marine archeology of different areas of Greece such as the Antikythera wreck. In the afternoon, clients will then be transferred to Lavrion to board the catamaran – Embark at 17:00

– Sunday 13/09/2020 – Friday18/09/2020: During this period we will be sailing the waters in a 55ft catamaran. The itinerary of the catamaran will depend on weather conditions and will be decided upon much closer to the time, but will include:

      • Cape Sounion- where we will visit the ancient temple of Poseidon
      • Patroklos island
      • Fleves island
      • Aegina island
      • Agistri island
      • Poros island
      • Hydra island

Every day is balanced between 2 dives, sailing, and onshore exploration. Each evening the boat will dock at an island where customers are encouraged to go ashore and enjoy some local cuisine. 2 of the nights the trip will be anchored off shore in a quiet cove, where clients will enjoy a bbq and a night dive.

– Friday 18/09/2020: The boat will return to the dock in Lavrion and spend the night there

– Saturday 19/09/2020: Clients will depart the boat at 09:00 and are transferred to Athens International Airport for their flight to Santorini. Once landing in Santorini, clients will be transferred to the Afrodite Venus Hotel.

– Sunday 20/09/2020: Clients will get to enjoy 2 boat dives this day in the magical waters that surround this beautiful island. The rest of the day will be up to you to enjoy

– Monday 21/09/2020: Clients will have the morning to explore the island and discover the beauties it has to offer. In the afternoon, clients will be transferred to the airport for their flight back to Johannesburg

– Tuesday 22/09/202: Clients will arrive back in Johannesburg at OR Tambo.

INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All transfers within Greece
  • 2 nights accommodation at the RadisonBlu hotel in Athens with breakfast
  • Guided tours in Athens
  • 7 nights aboard a livaboard with breakfasts, lunches and 2 dinners
  • 10 dive package on the liveaboard
  • cylinder and weight belt rental with all airfills
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santorini with breakfasts
  • 4 dives in Santorini
  • Wifi
  • Kayaks, paddle boards and water inflatables onboard the liveaboard.

EXCLUDED:

  • Lunches and dinners in Athens and Santorini
  • Dinners, except 2, on the liveaboard
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Staff gratuity

DEPOSITS:

All we require now to book the space is a R5000 Deposit, Final amount needs to be paid by 30th June 2020. Space is limited as this trip can only take 8 guests at a time.

Please contact us for further information or for details of the payment plan:

training@divetek.co.za or 011 791 1095