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      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 06/30/2024 - 07/14/2024

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 15 Days / 14 Nights


      This amazing tour through the cradle of Western Civilization brings the distant past and vibrant present into sharp focus. Between the must-see historical sights of Athens and Delphi, the rugged plateaus of the fabled Samariá Gorge, personal encounters in isolated Cretan villages, and the breezy sway of Santorini at sundown, you won’t have a moment to waste. Witness Greece in all her timeless glory.

      What's Included:
      • Athens orientation walk
      • Tour of Shedia Home and a Beverage, Athens
      • Meteora Monastery visit
      • Guided tour of Ancient Delphi
      • Samariá Gorge hike
      • Cooking class and dinner with local village family (Irákleion)
      • Knossos visit
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout and local guides
      • 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner – allow $560-730 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels (13 nts), overnight ferry (1 nt, 4-berth mixed-sex cabins)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by ferry, taxi, private van, train
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Athens at any time. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Greece at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Athens before and/or after the trip. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another. Please note: All GEEO trips to Europe use public transportation. This means you will need to have luggage you can easily carry with you up and down stairs, on and off trains and buses, etc.

      Athens is the capital of Greece, a city of culture, science, and commerce. From the colorful markets to the ancient monuments and the hustle and bustle of Plateia Syntagmatos (Constitution Square), Athens is rich with history and had a profound impact on the development of Western civilization. Named after the goddess of wisdom Athena, Athens encompasses eight hills within its borders. The most prominent of these, the Acropolis, stands as the ultimate architectural and artistic expression of the ancient Athenian spirit. Athens is a growing city, engulfing its neighboring suburbs all the way to Piraeus, the city's port and gateway to the Greek isles. Today, we enjoy a brief walk with the tour leader, who will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. You will then have free time explore on your own. Chances are other people in the group will want to see the same places as you, so typically the group will break off into smaller sub-groups to explore Athens. See our optional activities list further down on this page for our suggestions on what to see in Athens, although you will have to come in at least a day before our trip starts to see them all. Later in the day, be enriched and refreshed with drinks and a tour of local non-profit cafe, Shedia Home, which provides purpose and employment to over 150 individuals experiencing homelessness in Athens. You'll enjoy a drink while one of Shedia's guides recounts the recent history of Greece's financial crisis which has made initiatives like Shedia even more important for those who have found themselves without work and shelter. Your stop here supports their programs, including the cafe, art program, and magazine, all dedicated to supporting the community.

      Today, we travel by train north to Kalambaka, our base for exploring the spectacular “hanging” monasteries of Meteora, perched atop pinnacles of rock. You may opt to do a sunset tour, where you can listen to the stories and legends of Meteora from a local guide. Visit one of the six active monasteries, see the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary, and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots. The tour ends with an awe-inspiring sunset, which you will watch from a magical spot high up on the rocks of Meteora. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by train

      Today, we have a full day to discover the secrets of this mysterious and astonishing place. Learn about the monasteries’ history from the monks themselves as you discover their rich heritage. We will take a bus up to see several monasteries in the area, built before any roads or settlements existed in the area and situated at over 2,000 feet above sea level on a precipitous rock pinnacle. Your afternoon is free to visit other monasteries or perhaps take a hike in the scenic local area. Please keep in mind that most of the monasteries require men and women to cover their knees and shoulders. Most provide clothing that can be borrowed, but they often are not freshly washed. Past travelers have told us that women need to wear skirts and that long pants are not acceptable. You can wrap a large scarf around your waist to act as a skirt.

      An early departure by bus from Meteora takes us through spectacular mountain scenery around the imposing and mythical Mount Parnassos to Delphi. We will drive through the region of Thessalia to arrive at Delphi, a small town perched at the edge of a cliff with fantastic views of the valley below. Visit the ancient city of Delphi, at the base of Mount Parnassos, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes ancient buildings like treasuries, a stadium, a gymnasium, an altar, hippodrome, and the Temple of Apollo. The Temple of Apollo dates back to the 4th century BC. Over the years, war and earthquakes have destroyed the site, but the ruins still standing today offer a fantastic insight into the lives of the ancient Greeks. Afterward, we spend the evening exploring the charming little town or relaxing in a small café enjoying the views of the nearby valley. Approximate travel time: 5-6 hrs by bus

      We travel to Náfplio, often described as one of the country’s prettiest towns, this morning. Lose yourself in the narrow pedestrian streets of the old town and explore the many sights, sounds, and smells it has to offer. Don’t miss the climb up to the Acronáfplia and Palamidi Fortresses, whose proud Venetian ramparts dominate Náfplio's skyline. The views from the top of Acronáfplia are phenomenal, looking back over the bay to Argos and out into the Saronic Gulf. Approximate travel time: 5 hrs by private vehicle

      Today, you have a free day to enjoy Náfplio and the surrounding region. There is a wealth of ancient sights within easy reach of Náfplio if you’re looking for some more culture to round out your experience. You might consider a guided tour of Epidavros (roughly €12 EUR), which is highly regarded as one of the most renowned of Greek ancient sights, housing a huge, well-preserved theater famous for its incredible acoustics, as well as the remains of an important medical sanctuary. Also close by, opt to visit famous Mycenae (roughly €12 EUR), a UNESCO World Heritage Site with spectacular ruins and a treasury. Once a major settlement of Greek civilization, Mycenae was occupied during the Neolithic period around 4000 BC and is linked to the mythology in Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey. You could also visit Tiryns (roughly €8 EUR), a lesser-known Mycenean site, hidden in the suburbs of Náfplio. Along with Mycenae, Tiryns is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site and was first excavated in 1831 by German archaeologists. In the early evening we will travel to Piraeus in Athens and then board an overnight ferry to Crete in 4-berth mixed-gender cabins with a private bathroom and air-conditioning. Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle (Náfplio to Piraeus); 8 hrs by overnight sleeper ferry (Athens to Crete)

      We arrive in Crete in the early morning. You have the rest of the day to enjoy relaxing at one of the many harbor-side cafés or wandering the streets of the old town with its fascinating blend of ancient and modern, Turkish and Venetian architecture, reflecting the diverse history of the island. Crete is Greece’s largest island, filled with stunning scenery and friendly people. Although most tourists only see the major towns on the north coast, we will be visiting some of the smaller towns of the Southwestern coast and interior, where our walks take place. Crete has an interesting and full history, beginning with the Minoan culture, which flourished from about 2800 BC and suddenly disappeared around 1450 BC. Crete then passed through the hands of the Romans, Genoese, and Venetians before the Turks finally conquered it in 1670. It became a British protectorate in 1898 after much social and civil unrest, and was finally united with mainland Greece in 1913.

      We start with a scenic drive from Chania to the coastal village of Sfkakia, and then catch a boat to Agia Roumeli, a fishing village at the end of the famous Samaria Gorge hike. The group will then hike into the Gorge and you can go as far in as you like—just don't go in too far, as you will need to hike back to Agia Roumeli afterward. Samaria Gorge is well known in Europe as a unique geological formation. It is the deepest and narrowest gorge on the continent. At one point, its width is less than 8 feet and the height of the stone walls exceeds 2,000 feet at many points. The natural beauty of the area overrides any feeling of exhaustion during the walk. Agia Roumeli is a small settlement at the exit point of the Samaria gorge. The village is built on the ancient site of Tarra, mentioned by many ancient writers as a small but independent-minded town. It used to mint its own coins, on one side depicting the Cretan mountain goat and an arrow, and on the other side a bee. Agia Roumeli is very remote, connected with neighboring towns and villages only by sea or footpaths. Please bring a day pack with any essentials needed during the hike, and ensure to wear proper hiking attire. Head towards the narrowest and most impressive part of the gorge, known as the Iron Gates. This makes for a perfect rest spot to enjoy a packed lunch (not included) by the river while appreciating the surrounding natural beauty. Continue hiking, returning to Agia Roumeli with plenty of time for swimming or resting on the beach. Approximate travel time: 1.5 hrs by private vehicle, 30 minutes by ferry

      The seaside village of Loutro is situated at the end of Cape Mouri, where the ancient city of Finix once stood. The village was named after the baths (Loutra) found in the area, from which water was directed to nearby Anopoli. Loutro also served as the port of ancient Anopoli. Later, it became the winter time port of the town of Sfakia, due to the fact that the enclosed bay and the small island in its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe even in the worst weather conditions. Loutro is completely inaccessible by major roads, with sea and mountain paths being the only transportation routes. These mountains rearing straight up from the sea, deep wooded gorges, ravines and valleys have been the site of many heroic deeds, ancient civilizations, and constant intrigue for thousands of years. Today, the village of Loutro is a magnet for tourists, especially for other Cretans who escape the crowded and noisy northern regions of Crete, for peace, fun, and relaxation. Loutro is their secret holiday hideaway not yet discovered by the average tourist. The majestic scenery, crystal clear Mediterranean water, friendly people, and peaceful atmosphere all make Loutro an ideal place to relax after all the distance we have covered. You can also rent a kayak (roughly €10 EUR) and head out on the clear, blue-green waters along the coast of Loutro. Approximate travel time: 30 mins by ferry

      Splash around in the beautiful waters along the coast of Loutro. Or head out into the Aradena Gorge to experience more of the area's gorgeous landscape. One of the most popular walks in western Crete, the main route from Marmara near Loutro to the Aradena village takes about 3 hours to complete. The path is steep and rocky in places, with incredible views of the landscape and local fauna. Keep an eye out for the griffin vultures flying above, whose nests are nearby.

      Today we travel to Iraklio, also known as Heraklion. The capital of Crete, Iraklio is the fourth largest city in Greece. The bustling port town used to be the slave-trade capital of the Mediterranean when the Arabs were in control of the region. Enjoy an included visit to Knossos, known to be the largest archaeological site of the Bronze Age on Crete. Knossos was a major city ruled by King Minos and is believed to be the oldest city in all of Europe. Explore the ancient palace and surrounding city, re-discovered in the 1900s by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans. Enjoy a cooking class and dinner with a local family who will share with you the secrets of home-cooked Cretan cuisine. Approximate travel time: 30 mins by ferry; 3.5 hrs by private transfer

      Today, we travel by ferry to beautiful Santorini. Known as "Thira" in Greek, Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades and is regarded by some as the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. Formed by a violent volcanic eruption, the ring-shaped island has a stunning caldera lined with high cliffs – easy to appreciate when arriving by boat. The shape of the crater ring has constantly changed over the last 3,000 years with several parts of the crater wall collapsing into the sea. Remarkably, the island has always been resettled due to the rich volcanic soil's fertile properties. The wines, tomatoes, and cucumbers from this island are extremely flavorful due to the soil composition and low rainfall. Visitors can make their way from sea level to the crater rim either by bus, gondola, or even a donkey ride. Fira, the main town, sits perched on the edge of the caldera with breathtaking views of multi-colored cliffs, sugar-cube architecture, and great shopping. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by ferry

      Today is another free day to explore this magnificent island. You might opt to go on a half-day volcano tour, do some shopping, relax on the beach, or make your way to the crater's rim to take in a stunning view of the island and its surroundings. You may pre-book the Santorini Sunset Cruise (€130 EUR), which will allow you to soak in the views of Santorini from the water over dinner and toast to another beautiful day in paradise. Contact GEEO to include this optional activity in your tour.

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Santorini at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Santorini, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.


      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Greece
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. LUGGAGE: In Europe, it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels, or other public places. We use some public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses, etc. and possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. You should be able to comfortably walk for 10-30 minutes at a time with your luggage. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage that is compact and lightweight. Carrying your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
      2. PACE: This trip has a rapid pace and the heat of the summer can make it quite exhausting. Please know in advance that you will see a lot, but this isn't a relaxing vacation.
      3. ORIENTATION WALKS: The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobblestone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer. Feel free to opt-out of these walking tours if you wish to, as they can be very physically taxing. In some cases, on the other side of the coin, they may move a bit too slow for you. If you have a map, a travel app, or a guidebook, feel free to go off on your own. GEEO wants you to have the experience you desire, and sometimes that means separating yourself at times from the group.
      4. GUIDES: In Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks that will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are legally unable to share historical facts and figures in public places. Your tour leader will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one.
      5. FERRY: The cabins are sometimes mixed-sex on the overnight ferry to Crete.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go your own pace. It is very hot in Greece during the summer, so make sure you stay hydrated.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. When you arrive at the airport, you can either take a taxi or use public transportation. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost around €38-€50 EUR. It is easy to get into the city from Athens International Airport by metro. The M3 to Agia Marina departs every 30 minutes. After 16 stops (about 40 minutes ride) get off at Monastiraki Station. You can walk from here about 15 minutes/1.3 km, or you can transfer to the M1 Metro for 1 stop, about 2 minutes to Omonia Station. The hotel is about 2 minute walk/240 metres from Omonia Station. Exit the station and Head west on Pl. Omonias toward 3is Septemvriou. Turn right onto 3is Septemvriou. Turn right onto Chalkokondili
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Berlin office: +441858378000 If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Light windproof/waterproof jacket or umbrella
      • Personal clothing for hot weather – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once; covering shoulders is advisable
      • One pair of long pants for men, one long skirt or large scarf for women – for the monasteries in Meteora
      • Sturdy walking or running shoes. (You will have many opportunities to hike, so hiking shoes may be worthwhile for some.)
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Bathing suit and towel
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries – Important: Some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      • Light fleece top
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO programs require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Greece. Non-American participants should check with their government and local embassy to find out if they need visas.
      Money Exchange
      Greece is part of the Eurozone and uses the common currency, the euro (EUR). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 EUR per person per week would be appropriate.
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins in Athens and ends in Santorini. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Athens. You may want to arrive in Athens one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart Santorini any time on the final day of the program. This itinerary only includes one full day in Athens. We recommend arriving a day or two early to see more of the city. We include one and a half days in Santorini, which is enough time to see the major sights. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so if you want to relax, spend some time on the beach, and explore more of the island, staying an extra day or two would be worthwhile.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. Greece has type C outlets for two circular prongs, and the voltage is 220-240V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
      • The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      • You must be able to carry or roll your luggage easily, so do not over-pack.
      • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      Greece is hot and dry in the summer, with temperatures typically in the 80s and 90s F.
      Advice From Past Participants
      "Take hiking poles...they were useful in Meteora, Delphi, the gorge hike, the Loutro to Lykos hike, and the Santorini hike to the ruins of Thira." "If you ask for water at a meal in Greece or Crete, ask for tap water. Otherwise you pay for a bottle. Not a big deal, but we were initially surprised." "There is a dress code for monasteries. If women take a big scarf, they can use it as a wrap. Women must wear a skirt. Pants were not accepted." "Nothing other than that it was very hot most of the trip (90+ F). Sunscreen and a hat were a must. And it didn't cool down much in the evenings." "Money was easy to get at ATMs. I felt safe. Food was good. It is a hot and dry climate. People need to drink plenty of water." "Do not flush toilet paper. Instead throw it out in the little garbage can they have in each bathroom." "I had emailed GEEO before the trip to ask the best way to exchange money, and got the response that I could just use my debit card in any ATM (airport, etc), and it would automatically withdraw as euros. True. But what I didn't know, that would have saved me significant money, is that the ATM will ask you if you want to accept its exchange rate, and make it seem like you have no choice, and the exchange rate is awful. But you can actually click NO, it will not exit you out of the machine, it will just say that your bank will later determine the exchange rate. THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT. DO NOT ACCEPT THE REALLY BAD EXCHANGE RATES FROM THE ATM MACHINE!" "Two things: I highly recommend getting Euros from your bank in the USA exchanged before you travel. It costs absolutely nothing, and you get the maximum exchange rate. Some banks may have a small service fee if they have to order them for you ($5), but people who waited and used mac machines had to pay a lot more than I did. I would also NOT recommend the Athens City Pass. I bought the version that was supposed to include the Acropolis admissions fee, but when I got there they refused to accept it. I showed them all the paperwork, my receipt, QR code, etc. and their response was, "that is a separate company that has nothing to do with us." "Don't bring a jacket for rain and pack very light. There are opportunities to do laundry. Buy a Sim card for your phone." "Bring waterproof sandals. I did, but many did not, and most of the beaches are rock, not sand."


      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $150-300 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,000-1,800 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Airport Transfers
      $10 for the metro or $50 for a taxi. The Metro in Athens is very nice and easy to handle.
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      We recommend $70-90 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides and drivers.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $560-730 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Booked In Advance
      Please contact to book the following activity. It must be booked in advance of your departure. Athens Sunset Bike Tour: $43 USD Witness the light of the setting sun transform the ancient city of Athens into a sight to behold - all from a bicycle seat. Take in the golden hour during a scenic bike tour as you roll past Athens' most noteworthy sites. You will see the Panathenaic Stadium, the National Gardens, and the Acropolis Museum, to name a few. Prepare for both up close and personal glimpses into life in Athens as well as breathtaking panoramic views of the city during your bike tour. Santorini Sunset Cruise: €130 EUR per person Head out to sea and soak in the views of the sun setting over the azure waters of the Aegean. Enjoy a dinner, take in the picturesque site of Santorini, and toast to another beautiful day in paradise. Opa!
      Acropolis and Parthenon: €20 EUR per person Discover the most famous of Athens’ eight hills: the Acropolis, the ultimate architectural and artistic expression of the ancient Athenian spirit. Visit the Parthenon, built for the Goddess Athena in 447 BC. This Greek temple, despite the gradual state of ruin and damage sustained over time, still symbolizes the key ideals of harmony and balance that defined the Classical style of Greek architecture. Roman Agora: €2 EUR per person Explore the ruins, located in the heart of modern Athens, which were once the site of the marketplace in ancient times. It was the political, cultural, social, and economic centre of the ancient world. The likes of Socrates, Plato, and affluent Athenians used to gather in the agora to discuss philosophy, political issues, exchange gossip, and trade. National Archaeological Museum: €10 EUR per person Take a tour of the National Archaeological Museum, home to some of the most important artifacts from ancient Greece. In the collection are various sculptures, vases, and metalworks. The museum is considered one of the most impressive archaeological museums in the world. Syntagma (Constitution) Square: Free Most of Athens's important sights and interesting neighborhoods border this central square. The square was built in the early 19th century in front of the Old Royal Palace of King Otto of Greece. Walk around and admire the architecture, stop at a café and people-watch, or see the ceremonial changing of the guards called Evzones. Acropolis Museum: €5 EUR per person Visit the Acropolis Museum to see some of the artifacts and artworks discovered during excavations of the Acropolis. With over 25,000 square meters (82,020 ft), the museum is as interesting architecturally as the collection is historically. The museum is built over an archaeological dig site, and there is an impressive view of the Acropolis from the third floor.
      Sunset Tour: €25 EUR Listen to the stories and legends of Meteora from a local guide, visit one of the 6 active monasteries, the Byzantine church of Virgin Mary and enjoy great views from the most panoramic spots. The tour ends with the an awe-inspiring sunset which you will watch from a magical spot high up on the rocks of Meteora. Natural History Museum of Meteora: €5 EUR Located along the highway and a short distance from the city centre, the Natural History Museum of Meteora houses over 300 exhibits featuring mammals, birds and local flora and fauna. Roussanou Convent: €3 EUR One of the six monasteries that are still active in Meteora, the Roussanou Convent is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was founded in the 16th century by the monk Maximos. The convent is accessible via a stairway cut into the rock and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Inside, visitors can see the church of Saint Barbara, which features frescoes and icons, as well as the nun's cells and other buildings.
      Hike to Korkyrian Cave on Mount Parnassos: €30 EUR per cab to hike start point; 4-hr hike back to Delphi Take a cab to Korkyrian Cave where you can start a challenging but rewarding trek back to Delphi that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Greece. The Korykian Cave is a natural limestone cave that was considered sacred to the ancient Greeks and was dedicated to the god Apollo and the muses. The hike starts from the cave and passes by the peak of Liakoura, where you will have a great view of the valley of Delphi. The trail is well marked, but it can be steep and rocky in places. Once you reach Delphi, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the ancient ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo, the stadium, and the theater. Visit to Itea: €2 EUR each way Itea is a small coastal town at the foot of Mount Parnassus where visitors can enjoy the sea and the view of the nearby mountains. Visit to historic Galaxidhi: €6 EUR each way Galaxidi is known for its picturesque waterfront and traditional architecture, as well as its rich maritime history and culture. The town has a long history of shipbuilding and fishing, which is highlighted in the Galaxidi Museum of Marine Tradition. Visitors can also stroll along the town's seafront promenade, which is lined with colorful houses and traditional cafes.
      Ferry to Bourtzi (castle in the sea): €4 EUR return ticket Take a short ferry ride to this Venetian landmark, a medieval castle off the coast of Nafpilo. A visit here offers visitors the chance to explore the castle's rooms, and a great views of the city on shore. War Museum: €6 EUR Explore the history of Nafplio through the Greek Revolution, Macedonian Struggle, the Balkan Wars and succeeding conflicts at the War Museum, housed in the building of the First Academy. Archaeology Museum: €6 EUR Located in one of Nafplio's best preserved Venetian buildings near Syntagma Square, the Archaeological Museum exhibits a wide range of artifacts from the Argolis region, including a full set of armour cast in bronze from the Mycenean era. It's certainly worth a visit! Guided tour of the Kolomboloi (Worry Bead) Museum: Free for teachers and students; €2 EUR for all others This small museum showcases the history and art of traditional Greek worry beads, known as "komboloi." The museum features a variety of komboloi made from different materials such as amber, ivory, and silver, and also has displays on the cultural significance of the beads and the traditional techniques used to make them. It is a small but interesting museum for those who want to learn something new about Greek culture. Acronafplia Fortress: Free Climb to the top of the Akronofplia fortress tower to enjoy the phenomenal view from the top that looks back over the bay to Argos and out into the Saronic Gulf. Palamidi Fortress: €8 EUR Explore the Palamidi Fortress, built by the Venetians in the late 1600s when they occupied the area for the second time. Climb the 999 stairs from the town to the fortress, or 913 depending on who you ask—either way expect to feel the burn tomorrow. The view over the Argolic Gulf and the city are worth the work to reach the top. Epidavros: €12 EUR Visit Epidavros, highly regarded as one of the most renowned of Greek ancient sites. The site houses a huge, well-preserved theatre famous for its incredible acoustics, as well as the remains of an important medical sanctuary. Mycenae: €12 EUR Visit the famous Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and archaeological site with spectacular ruins and a treasury. Once a major settlement of Greek civilization, Mycenae was occupied during the Neolithic period around 4000 BC, and is linked to the mythology in Homer’s epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. Bus to Mycenae site: €4 EUR each way Private transport to Epidavros and Mycenae: About €60 EUR, which can be split among multiple people Tiryns: €8 EUR Explore the lesser-known Mycenean site, hidden in the suburbs of Nafplio. Along with Mycenae, Tiryns is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site first excavated in 1831 by German archaeologists.
      Maritime Museum: €3 EUR Located at the entrance of Firkas Fortress, the Maritime Museum of Crete houses a rich collection of nautical treasures. Find exhibits on traditional Greek shipbuilding techniques (with a fully reconstructed ancient Minoan ship), galleries that trace local naval history from the Venetian occupation to present day, and dozens of maps and navigational equipment used by early voyagers. Archeological Museum: €4-8 EUR Spend some time at the Archaeological Museum of Chania, housed in a beautiful 16th century Franciscan monastery. Among hundreds of artifacts recovered across the Cretan islands, find clay tablets and vessels from early Minoan settlements, as well as mosaics and sculptures brought by Roman settlers. Architecture Museum: €3 EUR Learn about the architecture of Crete in this museum housed in the former Venetian church of San Francesco, which was built in the 16th century. The museum showcases architectural elements, models, drawings, photographs, and other materials that give insight into the traditional architecture of the island. The museum exhibits houses, public buildings, religious and industrial constructions, tools, pottery, and other objects that were used in the construction and decoration of buildings. Boat tours: Prices vary Take a ride on a boat equipped with a glass bottom, giving you a view of the underwater marine life without having to get wet; see how many different species of fish, sea urchins, starfish, and other marine life you can spot. Another boat tour allows for snorkeling over a sunken German plane from World War II. Traditional Hammam experience: Prices vary depending on treatment A Hammam is a traditional Turkish bathhouse that typically features a hot room, a warm room, and a cold room. Hammam begins with a relaxing soak in a hot room, which is designed to open the pores and prepare the skin for the exfoliating treatment. After the soak, you will be scrubbed with a traditional kese mitt, which is a rough exfoliating glove made from natural fibers, to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and impurities, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed. After the exfoliation, enjoy the traditional soaps, oils, and lotions. The experience will end with a soak in a cold room to close the pores.
      Kayaking: €20-30 EUR per day or €5-10 EUR per hour Rent a kayak and head out on the clear, blue-green waters along the coast of Loutro. Marmara Beach: Free Take a visit to the pebbly bay of Marmara beach. With access to its azure waters only by boat or walking trail, this spot is truly remote, and one of the most picturesque in Loutro. Feeling active? Opt for a scenic hike in the Aradena Gorge during your visit. Aradena Gorge hike: Free Head out into the Aradena Gorge to experience more of this gorgeous landscape. One of the most popular walks in western Crete, the main route from Marmara near Loutro, to the Aradena village takes about 3 hours to complete. The path is rocky in places and steep, with incredible views of the landscape and local fauna. Keep a look out for the griffin vultures flying above, but don’t worry they’re not waiting for you to keel over, their nests are just nearby.
      Trip to Akrotiri (the "Pompeii of Greece"): €12 EUR plus taxi Rumoured to be the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis, the ancient ruins of Akrotiri are one of the most-visited attractions in Santorini for a reason. Buried under lava for centuries, many of the site's buildings, roads and structures present visitors an intimate look into Minoan culture from 1,650 B.C. Imerovigli Village: Free Named after the "vigla" or lookout point atop this picturesque village, Imerovigli overlooks the Santorini caldera and boasts a breathtaking view of the bay and nearby Skaros Rock. Recognized as a traditional settlement, many of the village's original hillside caves have been converted into beautiful hotels and guesthouses. Museum of Prehistoric Thera: €3 EUR Located in the island's capital, Fira, the Museum of Prehistoric Thera invites visitors to travel through time across the Cyclades islands. Learn about the region's geology and ancient settlements through the ceramics, frescoes and incredible objects on display, including a gold ibex figurine from the 17th century BC.