TRAVELLING TO THE ISLAND
Our retreats are week long and run from Sunday to Saturday.
The pick up point for transfer via private water taxi to the Island is from the harbour of Oreoi on each Sunday, the day the retreat begins.
The transfer time is 12:20pm in low season and 10:20am in high season. We time the transfers to the bus departure & arrival times.
In low season it is 8:45am and in high season 6:45am. Due to the pandemic there is no high or low season so the first bus from Athens is at 8:45am. Bus schedule subject to change.
Alternatively, if you would like to spend some time exploring incredible Greece, there are many other airlines and flights into Athens. If you don't enjoy cities and want to get to the beach, then you are welcome to stay in our little local village of Oreoi. We have included accommodation recommendations and booking details in our travel pack for you.
Once you have booked, you will receive detailed updated travel information pack.
From Athens to the port of Oreoi, the journey takes 3,5 hours.
We recommend the use of Athens Taxi Transfers for transfers as they are very professional and trustworthy. They can arrange your pick up from the airport to your hotel or from the airport directly to the local port of Oreoi. They offer private or shared taxi transfers. You can contact Frances on email@example.com for prices for transfers or for for the price to Oreoi via either the mountains or the ferry crossing route. Frances can also arrange any pre or post holiday travel if required.
From Athens to the port of Oreoi, the journey takes 4 hours.
The LIOSION Bus Terminal is where the KTEL bus departs from. We ask our guests to be on the first bus at 6:45am (high season) and 8:45am (low season) which comes directly to our local port. the cost is €18 and it includes a fun ferry crossing €4,70. In 2021 there is no high or low season, the first bus is 8:45am. Bus tickets are available online but only available a few days before travel.
You will arrive at 10:15am (high season) and 12:15pm (low season) and we will meet you as the bus comes in. You will have an opportunity to get a few last minute things in the village before departing for the island by water taxi and 10:20am (high season) and 12:20pm (low season)
If you are arriving the day or two before your retreat and would like to spend a few nights in the village of Oreoi, there are 3 busses to daily which leave from Athens
FROM THE ISLAND TO ATHENS
At the end of the retreat on the Saturday, you will be returned via water taxi to Oreoi at about 11:00/ 11:30am to catch the 1pm bus, arriving at 5pm or to take your taxi back to Athens, giving you time to enjoy the local village. When you are booking your return flight, please allow enough time for you to have your PCR test if required as these are only available in ATHENS or major cities, and to catch your outbound flight. We recommend flying out on Sunday or flights after 7pm on Saturday if you do not need a PCR test.
ALTERNATIVE ARRIVAL DATES /TIMES
Alternative arrival / departure times are not possible. If you are not able to make the arrival or departure times, this needs to be communicated well in advance and it will cost €150 for the trip, and will be weather dependent.
TRAVEL & TEMPERATURES
TRAVEL DURING COVID
Due to the pandemic the travel situation is changing constantly. Therefore we ask you to ensure you have the most up to date information pertaining to your your Government requirements with regard to PCR testing, international travel and quarantine. Travel to the island is your responsibility and the information below is to support and help you in reaching us.
CURRENT TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR GREECE
Please see the link below for the most up to date information from the Greek Govt
For arrival into Greece it is mandatory to compete a passenger locator form (PLF) before entering and leaving Greece. You will receive a confirmation email and a QR code, so please give yourself time as you will not be able to fly without the confirmation or QR code. Please visit the Travel.Gov.GR page by clicking the 'guidelines for Greece' link is above, as this is essential to all your travel plans.
Anyone travelling to Greece from foreign countries is required to have either:
A negative PCR certificate from a testing laboratory, for a Covid-19 test taken no later than 72 hours before arrival
A negative antigen (rapid) certificate taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival
A vaccination certificate
Proof of a negative PCR test is not required if the traveler was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days.
In Greece, PCR testing is available at the airport or can be privately arranged to come to your hotel. The results are ready within 6 hours and you will receive an official laboratory report to your email, which can be downloaded and printed for travel.
FERRY TRAVEL & COVID REQUIRMENTS
Instated on the 5th of July 2021 in order to travel via Ferry, you are required to complete the health statement form available online here (t will ask for your email &you will then receive a link to log in).
You only need to have your test results and this form completed when travelling from Athens to the Island, but not for your return journey from us to Athens.
Therefore you must have a copy of your Passenger Locator Form as well as your original negative Covid test for boarding the Ferry. Please make sure you have those readily available if you are travelling via the ferry (bus or taxi) to the island.
Here is a quick overview with regards to your proof of negative Covid-19 test, it could be any of the following:
Full vaccination certificate (valid as long as 14 days have passed since full vaccination)
Official confirmation of Covid-19 infection issued 30 days after the first positive test (valid for 180 days after the first positive test)
Negative result of PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before departure
Negative result of rapid test carried out up to 48 hours before departure
Negative result of a Covid-19 self-test carried out up to 24 hours before departure, only valid for passengers 12-17 years old and passengers of all ages for ferry trips between islands (island hopping) of the same regional unit (the result is declared either in writing on the printed version of the self-test result declaration form or through the self-test result declaration platform for Greek citizens, as well as on the pre-boarding form)
Important: To travel by ferry in Greece from one island to another, you need to present one of the aforementioned documents if the islands are not in the same regional unit. For island hopping within the same regional unit, Covid-19 self tests are valid.