The beautiful Pansileno’s hotel is overlooking the gorgeous Aegean Sea. With a salt water pool next to the sea and an outdoor area that is open very late to converse and catch up with friends, the Pansilenos is a family owned facility that treats you like family! There are fruit trees throughout the premises and property. The property is quiet in the evening and located next to a spectacular farm from which Cheri Rae will be preparing your meals. We are a 15 min walk to Angela and Victor’s home and 15 minutes’ drive away from lovely stone village of Molyvos, full of night life and culture. Hot springs are located throughout the island. Lesvos is known for having some of the best olive oil in the world and while you are at it, experience a massage with Bernard who is certified from the prestigious Esalen Institute in massage. Molyvos will have little if no crime, and children will be playing in the streets at nights, while parents are enjoying catching up. Come explore the local castle or take a hike through ancient trails. The pictures tell only half the story, the other half is you experiencing it for yourself!!!
Arrival & Departure Information
American and European Airlines: You will fly into Athens airport using our domestic/European airline but will not use our domestic airlines for flights to Mytilini, Lesvos. The Greek airlines from Athens to Mytilini are very economical and practical. You will arrange to get a flight from Athens to Mytilini Lesvos, using Olympic or Aegean Airlines. If you haven’t been to Greece, plan on a couple days to be in Athens before or after the retreat.
GREEK DOMESTIC AIRLINES: You fly from Athens to Mytilini (Airline Code is MJT); the port city of Lesvos on either Olympic Airlines or Aegean Airlines (They are owned by the same Company). You can book and pay their websites. Please make sure you re-confirm your flight back from Mytilini to Athens...sometimes they get changed. https://www.olympicair.comhttps://en.aegeanair.com/ TAXI FROM MYTILINI TO MOLIVOS: Rides can be shared with 2 or 3 people depending on the amount of luggage you have. Taxis meet the flights, or you (or your Hotel). Please email Cheri at email@example.com and cc Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marks cell phone is 562-708-0578 and Cheri’s phone is 213-500-5007. A good idea also is to download the app “WhatsApp”. It allows us all to talk to each other for free or message should that be necessary. ff
Athens and Athens Hotels
Air B&B works well and the people are very appreciative when you stay with them. Otherwise there are a wide range of hotels. The subways are clean and new and just have your money and passport secured in zipper pockets or the equivalent. Subways in Europe are notorious for have master thieves. Athens is one of the most lovely walking cities on earth. Athens Hotels – many more to be found on the Internet There is a Metro - high-speed train from the Athens airport into the City. Below are a few. Attalos Hotel –30-103-212-801, 30-103-212-802. www.atttalos.gr Acropolis House, simple but central and cheap. Rooms 401 and 402 have good views and can be requested. Phone: 01-322-2344. Hotel Kogros. 010-32-27431. Quiet street, roof rooms have great view of Acropolis…near the Plaka…a little run down, but fine.
Athens Airport Accommodations
At the Athens Airport: Sofitel Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Baggage Claim. Overnight rooms are very quiet, clean and luxurious. Somewhat expensive, but so easy if you need an overnight or have an early flight out. Full service restaurant (and room service), outdoor café, and pool with spa services. http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-3167-sofitel-athens-airport/index.shtml Holiday Inn near the airport (free shuttle) is usually less expensive than the Sofitel.
More Travel Tips
EXCHANGE CURRENCY: We recommend that people bring Euros with them. Either from your home/bank in Europe, or if you are outside the Euro Zone, to buy them at your local bank. Otherwise: Molyvos Bank is open daily (check with Victor about hours) and Euro exchanges can be made at the Athens airport. ATM: Work well...most of the time. 200 Euros withdrawal per 24 hour time period.
MOTORSCOOTER RENTALS: Usually just an international driver’s license is adequate for the smaller scooters. You may need a motorcycle license to rent a larger motor scooter/motorcycle.
CAR RENTAL: Canadian and USA - You will need an international driver’s license (USA residents these International Driver’s Licenses are available at AAA for $25). See Rick Steves tip about this: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/transportation/rental-car-requirements
FERRY: There a 12-hour overnight ferry trip from Piraeus (the harbour for Athens) to Mytilini. Check with the Port Authority in Piraeus about sailings and prices. (30-142-86-9120). www.hellasferries.net
INTERNET: There are Internet cafes with easy access, and most Hotels will have WIFI/internet access. We will have internet at our hotel.
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES: If travelling from the USA, please make sure that anything you will be plugging into a wall socket is dual voltage (110 & 220). You will need adaptors for anything that is plugged into a wall socket. These are inexpensive and are readily available at airport news or gadget shops and at Brookstone in USA airports.
Recommended Precautions • Check local weather before departure and become familiar with recreational activities you plan to do • Bring appropriate clothing, footwear, supplies, protective gear (sports related, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, etc.) suitable for destination weather, outdoor or recreational activities, standing/walking etc. • Avoid bringing valuables or keep secure at all times. Triad Yoga & Pilates, Peace Yoga, Cheri Rae Russel nor Mark Allen Devenpeck are not responsible for lost or stolen items. • Bring any necessary medications or emergency/medical kits (ie bee sting kits/epi-pen, inhalers, etc.)