Hidden Trails and Golden Beaches of the Cyclades

Hiking in the Greek Isles

Greece

13 Days

From $5,595

Level 3+

Moderate

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    Overview

    Greece casts a spell, with its honey-colored isles surrounded by azure seas. In the archipelago of the Cyclades, named for the circle it forms in the turquoise waters of the Aegean, we hike on Tinos, Naxos, and rugged Amorgos, each island its own distinctive realm of bougainvillea-draped villages and cobbled pathways above the sea. As we hike past blue-domed churches, up to cliff-perched monasteries, and to tiny whitewashed villages, the good life of Greece surrounds us. Our Greek Trip Leaders are famously passionate about food, and along the way, they'll introduce us to a mouth-watering array of seasonal and local treats.

    Arrive: Athens, Greece

    Depart: Athens, Greece

    Highlights

    • Hike village to village along island pathways of Tinos, Naxos, and Amorgos
    • Savor the delightfully authentic and homemade dishes of each island
    • Swim in the beautiful coves of the blue Aegean
    • Enjoy a wonderful immersion into the culture and history of Greece with our exuberant Trip Leaders

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      From Athens, we ferry to Tinos to hike along paths past small villages and up an old Roman road to the great Venetian fortress of Exomvourgo. One hike brings us to lovely Pyrgos, and another takes from the mountain village of Falatados down to the beach at Livada for a swim.
      Crossing the blue Aegean to Naxos, Lord Byron's favorite Greek island, we explore the twisting lanes of Chora, the main town, and hike on Mount Zas (3,284'), the highest point in the Cyclades and home to a sacred cave thought to be the birthplace of Zeus. We also visit the Kato Kastro, a medieval-era castle, and see the famous Portara ("Great Door"—an uncompleted temple from 506 BC), from where we can admire a glorious sunset.
      Easternmost of the Cyclades, Amorgos is a gorgeous island of hidden coves and dramatic mountains. Traditional stone-paved paths lead us between villages, past frescoed churches, and along the spectacular coast. One ramble is up to Hozoviotissa, an 11th century monastery set high above the Aegean. Depart on Day 13 via Athens.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and country inns
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Divani Palace Acropolis

      Athens, Greece

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Exploring the ancient history of the Parthenon and the museums of Plaka is easy from the Divani Palace Acropolis. Set below the Acropolis, rooms at Divani Palace Acropolis offer modern decor, private balconies, some with views of the Acropolis, and marble details in the bathroom. Begin your day of sightseeing...

      Mr & Mrs White Boutique Resort

      Tinos, Greece

      Days 2-5 (4 nights)

      Perched on a hillside overlooking the blue Aegean Sea, this hotel is just a short stroll from the beach and a few minutes' drive from the center of town. Blending traditional Cycladic architecture with the natural environment, guest rooms are bright and modern, and feature balconies with iconic views of...

      Alkyoni Beach Hotel

      Naxos, Greece

      Days 6-8 (3 nights)

      Set about a minute's walk from the beach of Agios Georgios and ten minutes from Naxos town, this family-run hotel offers a warm, traditional welcome. Guest rooms are bright and airy, and most have sea views or overlook the gardens or swimming pool.

      Vigla Hotel

      Tholaria, Greece

      Days 9-12 (4 nights)

      On the beautiful, mountainous island of Amorgos, we stay at the family-run Vigla Hotel, set on a hill in the ancient whitewashed village of Tholaria overlooking Egiali Bay. Guest rooms are spacious, each with a terrace overlooking the coast, and there's a hiking trail just a few feet away.

      Trip Leaders

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      Dimitra Panagiotopoulou

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      Konstantinos Papoulas

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. Hiking times vary from 3 to 6 hours on moderate trails that can be rocky and rugged. Although you carry only a daypack on the hikes, be prepared for steep ascents and descents and some sections that cross uneven terrain and rough or rocky trails. We highly recommend hiking poles on this trip. Some days are a full day of hiking; others involve a half day or more exploring one of the towns on foot.
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      For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the trip. Daily walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises. You should wear sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots for maximum comfort on the trail.

      Greece has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters. Daytime temperatures in the summer peak in the high 70s°F, while the winter temperature rarely drops below 50°F.

      Accommodations are in small local hotels chosen for their atmosphere and location. Although the rooms in these pensions are not always of uniform or international size, our leaders always try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole.

      We enjoy our lunches at small tavernas. Our dinners also feature local food and a chance to sample traditional specialties of the Cyclades. Some evenings we dine in our pensions and other nights at local restaurants. The delicious cuisine of these islands comes straight from the land or the sea. Please note that in Greece, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 8:00 pm.

      On some days, we taxi or take a local bus to a starting point for our hike and also use a taxi or local transport to return to our night's lodging. Travel between islands is by ferry (or high-speed catamaran, if it is available); ferry rides are likely to be an average of two to five hours. On a couple of days, ferry rides may take longer due to weather or schedule changes. We do our best to use the fastest ferries, but this is not always possible. There are many opportunities for swimming on this trip.

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      Client Testimonials

      "The trip was outstanding in so many respects: the organization and efficiency, the guides' leadership and knowledge, the choice of sites to visit and stay, and more."

      Al D.

      Twin Lakes, CO

      "A flawless trip with outstanding leaders and an itinerary that went off like clockwork. It struck the perfect balance between hiking in breathtaking locations to immersions in the culture and history of Greece. All the hikes were beautiful, the cultural tours fascinating, the food and drink wonderful, and the lodging very clean and comfortable."

      Alex F.

      Brooklyn, NY

      "Less than a year ago this trip was not even on our radar. Fast forward to today and it feels it is a journey we were always meant to take. When a typical island day starts with a good breakfast, is followed by a significant hike amongst sites of historic and natural importance, ends with a swim in the Aegean, and is followed by lunch at a local Taverna—you know you've made the right decision. Late afternoon personal exploration or a dip in the pool, and an always a delicious dinner rounded out our days. Having such a rich cultural and healthful experience with wonderful guides and no worries about the practicalities of travel enabled it to be not just a vacation but a life-enhancing experience."

      Alicia K.

      Grosse Pointe Park, MI

      "We had a great time and highly recommend this trip for anyone who's never seen these stunningly beautiful isles. Great leadership, Wonderful food—a must-do!"

      Bill G.

      Corrales, NM

      "We had a fantastic trip hiking the Greek isles. Kostas and Dimitra were excellent guides and the scenery, hikes, people, and food all made for a trip we'll long remember. We're so glad to have had the opportunity to go!"

      Cara T.

      Brooklyn, NY

      "This was a trip for the ages—excellent guide, food, planning, knowledge...I will never forget it."

      Catherine S.

      Bethesda, MD

      "I will never forget this experience. It was everything I had hoped for: the chance to be outdoors in nature, adventure, fun, and beyond that, an opportunity to lose myself completely in the beauty of the country and the warmth of its people. Your company is great to work with, as always. This was my third and favorite trip so far, and I’m not  done yet!"

      Cathy C.

      Sonoma, CA

      "We were very impressed with the overall experience. It was a nice blend of hiking and leisure. And the meals were epic! We had no idea we would be experiencing such a culinary adventure."

      Cheryl L.

      Parkdale, OR

      "Wilderness always does an excellent job with their trips. This is my first hiking trip and I am 60+. The variety of food during our meals was excellent."

      Christine B.

      New York, NY

      "The trip far exceeded our expectations, with excellent trip leaders who provided not only great leadership, but were so informative and fun to be with! And the food was all incredible."

      Claire K.

      Conroe, TX

      "Great food, beautiful scenery, and I felt we were seeing the real Greece and not just the tourist areas. I had a great time!"

      David S.

      Carson City, NV

      "A fun trip, every day was a gift."

      Dawn M.

      Hillsboro, OR

      "This is the first ever group travel experience my husband and I have ever had, and it was wonderful! We enjoyed the people, the leaders, the scenery, the food, the hiking, and the sites we saw."

      Dena S.

      Memphis, TN

      "I describe this to my friends as a trip in which I hiked and ate my way across the Greek Islands. The food was awesome, the hiking was beautiful, and the leaders were outstanding!"

      Gwynne W.

      Lebanon, NJ

      "I had a wonderful time on this trip. Kostas was a great leader, the hikes were awesome, and I loved that it combined hiking and swimming. The food was amazing!"

      Jennifer S.

      Glendale, AZ

      "This was absolutely one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. I loved every second of it and did not want to come home!"

      Jenny G.

      San Diego, CA

      "Greatest trip I have taken. Everything exceeded my expectations. This trip was on my ‘bucket list’ and I'm so glad to have taken it with WT."

      Jim H.

      Montgomery Village, MD

      "We loved this trip. It was a wonderful combination of hiking, exploring archaeological and historical sites, swimming in the Aegean Sea, meeting wonderful people, from hotel hosts to friendly taverna cooks and local residents. We were constantly amazed at the quality (and quantity!) of food, wine, and other treats."

      Kate A.

      San Francisco, CA

      "The trip was a wonderful adventure in a beautiful corner of the world. The quality of the preparation and the skill of the guide made it a very relaxing holiday. We put our minds to rest and let our feet do the work. We loved it!"

      Kim O.

      Bellevue, WA

      "This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel and our first trip in a group. We had a wonderful, moving journey...trekking, eating, visiting museums, churches, and monasteries, swimming, ferrying, shopping, touring, and learning. We have never been to Greece and it was such a joy to be able to let the experts give us the full experience of their knowledge, culture, and history. Our guides were fantastic at every step and every destination."

      Kim R.

      Gloucester, MA

      "This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I have already begun recommending Wilderness Travel to friends and family and am very eager myself to go on another WT trip!"

      Kyla M.

      Greenville, TX

      "Another exceptional trip with WT. Everything went smoothly down to the last detail, which made for easy travel and allowed us to focus on the culture, beauty, and charm if the Greek Isles. Can't wait to book my next WT adventure!"

      Laurie D.

      Basalt, CO

      "The trip was fantastic! Kostas and Wilderness Travel allowed us to enjoy our private journey with our kids to give us memories to last a lifetime."

      Linda B.

      Madison, WI

      "Lots of fun! Beautiful sites, excellent food, great company!"

      Liz K.

      San Francisco, CA

      "We hiked along trails blanketed with wildflowers to spectacular cliffs; explored the narrow streets, small museums, and shops of whitewashed villages perched above the sea; visited simple chapels with ancient icons and frescos; lunched on secluded beaches; explored ruins at sites that have been inhabited for 4,000 years or more. To a person, the Greeks could not have been friendlier or more welcoming to us."

      Niles B.

      Madison, WI

      "We saw wonderful parts of the Greek isles that we would never have seen on our own."

      Ollie H.

      Castle Rock, CO

      "Hiking the Greek Isles and swimming and boating the Aegean Sea is a trip I dreamed about—a trip that came true with this spectacular Wilderness Travel trip."

      Robert M.

      Great Falls, VA

      "The combination of the history of Athens (the Acropolis, Parthenon, etc.) with the beauty of the Greek Islands, along with the amazing food, wine, ouzo, and people, was wonderful. There was not one single glitch in the entire trip—and we got to try something like 187 different dishes, all of which were homemade and authentic."

      Robert T.

      Phoenix, AZ

      "Great trip: Good, knowledgeable fun guides, nice combination of archaeology, history, culture, ferry travel, hiking, swimming, great food!"

      Steven M.

      "Getting to taste 168 different Greek recipes on the trip was an adventure in itself! The trip really ought to be called 'Eating in the Greek Isles, with some hiking.'"

      Susan J.

      Cochrane, Alberta

      "I'm still basking in the glow of this glorious adventure. It was the perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural exploration. There were amazing hikes, quaint towns, and beautiful beaches. Every bite of food was delicious. The hotels were lovely. All of our Greek hosts were warm and gracious. It was my first time in Greece, and because of this trip, it won't be my last. As in all Wilderness trips I've taken, I felt like I had the insider track and got to see places I'd never been able to discover or have access to on my own."

      Susanne R.

      Brewster, NY

      "I'm so glad we opted to explore the Greek isles the Wilderness Travel way rather than by luxury cruise!"

      Wallace I.

      Honolulu, HI

      "Fabulous trip in all respects! Loved the combination of busy and less busy islands, of hiking and archaeology, of very unique B&B's and more modern hotels, and of a vast menu of delicious Greek food and drink."

      Weezie J.

      Concord, MA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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After exploring the fortress, we head downhill to the beautiful village of Potamia (named for the local springs), then soon come to an old quarry with a broken statue of Couros dating back to the early 6th century BC. We transfer back to Naxos Town for lunch and an afternoon guided tour of Naxos Old Town. We visit the Kato Kastro, a medieval-era castle, and arrive at the famous Portara (&ldquo;Great Door&rdquo;&mdash;an uncompleted temple from 506 BC), from where we can admire a glorious sunset. Dinner is on your own this evening. 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It enjoys a spectacular location, clinging to a towering red cliff 300 feet above the sea. It was originally built around 1017 and renovated in 1088 by the Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus. After we visit the monastery, our hike brings us to the old town of Amorgos (Hora), with its windmills, narrow streets, and small chapels. Lunch is in Hora, with a bus ride back to Tholaria. Tonight we gather for our festive Farewell Dinner.\r\nHiking Details: 3 hours, 4 miles, 894 feet ascent; Driving time: 1 hour","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Naxos \/ Athens \/ Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We take an early morning ferry, stopping in Naxos, then continue to Athens, arriving in the midafternoon. 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He has a keen interest in graphic arts, digital mapping, and photography."},{"GuideID":851276,"First_Name":"Stela","Last_Name":"Panagiotopoulou","BioShort":"","BioLong":"After a career managing several companies in Greece, Stela met Trip Leader Konstantinos (Ntinos) Papoulas, who passed along his love of the mountains to her. Like him, she decided to change her life and now helps lead our adventures in Greece. Stela is an artist who loves to paint nature and show people a different perspective of nature in Greece."},{"GuideID":851275,"First_Name":"Konstantinos","Last_Name":"Papoulas","BioShort":"","BioLong":"Konstantinos (Ntinos), a native of Thessaloniki, studied law and economics in college, and subsequently worked for more than 25 years as a director of the National Bank of Greece. From a young age, though, he loved hiking with his family in the mountainous wilderness of Greece, and several years ago, decided to change his life and turn his love of mountaineering into a profession. He has been guiding groups to the mountains of Greece ever since and truly loves exploring new destinations and sharing his knowledge of the natural world with trip members."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Al D.","GuestLocation":"Twin Lakes, CO","GuestReview":"The trip was outstanding in so many respects: the organization and efficiency, the guides' leadership and knowledge, the choice of sites to visit and stay, and more."},{"GuestNames":"Alex F.","GuestLocation":"Brooklyn, NY","GuestReview":"A flawless trip with outstanding leaders and an itinerary that went off like clockwork. It struck the perfect balance between hiking in breathtaking locations to immersions in the culture and history of Greece. All the hikes were beautiful, the cultural tours fascinating, the food and drink wonderful, and the lodging very clean and comfortable."},{"GuestNames":"Alicia K.","GuestLocation":"Grosse Pointe Park, MI","GuestReview":"Less than a year ago this trip was not even on our radar. Fast forward to today and it feels it is a journey we were always meant to take. When a typical island day starts with a good breakfast, is followed by a significant hike amongst sites of historic and natural importance, ends with a swim in the Aegean, and is followed by lunch at a local Taverna&mdash;you know you've made the right decision. Late afternoon personal exploration or a dip in the pool, and an always a delicious dinner rounded out our days. Having such a rich cultural and healthful experience with wonderful guides and no worries about the practicalities of travel enabled it to be not just a vacation but a life-enhancing experience."},{"GuestNames":"Bill G.","GuestLocation":"Corrales, NM","GuestReview":"We had a great time and highly recommend this trip for anyone who's never seen these stunningly beautiful isles. Great leadership, Wonderful food&#8212;a must-do!"},{"GuestNames":"Cara T.","GuestLocation":"Brooklyn, NY","GuestReview":"We had a fantastic trip hiking the Greek isles. Kostas and Dimitra were excellent guides and the scenery, hikes, people, and food all made for a trip we'll long remember. We're so glad to have had the opportunity to go!"},{"GuestNames":"Catherine S.","GuestLocation":"Bethesda, MD","GuestReview":"This was a trip for the ages&#8212;excellent guide, food, planning, knowledge...I will never forget it."},{"GuestNames":"Cathy C.","GuestLocation":"Sonoma, CA","GuestReview":"I will never forget this experience. It was everything I had hoped for: the chance to be outdoors in nature, adventure, fun, and beyond that, an opportunity to lose myself completely in the beauty of the country and the warmth of its people. Your company is great to work with, as always. This was my third and favorite trip so far, and I&#8217;m not&#160; done yet!"},{"GuestNames":"Cheryl L.","GuestLocation":"Parkdale, OR","GuestReview":"We were very impressed with the overall experience. It was a nice blend of hiking and leisure. And the meals were epic! We had no idea we would be experiencing such a culinary adventure."},{"GuestNames":"Christine B.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"Wilderness always does an excellent job with their trips. This is my first hiking trip and I am 60+. The variety of food during our meals was excellent."},{"GuestNames":"Claire K.","GuestLocation":"Conroe, TX","GuestReview":"The trip far exceeded our expectations, with&#160;excellent trip leaders who provided not only great leadership, but were so informative and fun to be with! And the food was all incredible."},{"GuestNames":"David S.","GuestLocation":"Carson City, NV","GuestReview":"Great food, beautiful scenery, and I felt we were seeing the real Greece and not just the tourist areas. I had a great time!"},{"GuestNames":"Dawn M.","GuestLocation":"Hillsboro, OR","GuestReview":"A fun trip, every day was a gift."},{"GuestNames":"Dena S.","GuestLocation":"Memphis, TN","GuestReview":"This is the first ever group travel experience my husband and I have ever had, and it was wonderful! We enjoyed the people, the leaders, the scenery, the food, the hiking, and the sites we saw."},{"GuestNames":"Gwynne W.","GuestLocation":"Lebanon, NJ","GuestReview":"I describe this to my friends as a trip in which I hiked and ate my way across the Greek Islands. The food was awesome, the hiking was beautiful, and the leaders were outstanding!"},{"GuestNames":"Jennifer S.","GuestLocation":"Glendale, AZ","GuestReview":"I had a wonderful time on this trip. Kostas was a great leader, the hikes were awesome, and I loved that it combined hiking and swimming. The food was amazing!"},{"GuestNames":"Jenny G.","GuestLocation":"San Diego, CA","GuestReview":"This was absolutely one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. I loved every second of it and did not want to come home!"},{"GuestNames":"Jim H.","GuestLocation":"Montgomery Village, MD","GuestReview":"Greatest trip I have taken. Everything exceeded my expectations. This trip was on my &#8216;bucket list&#8217; and I'm so glad to have taken it with WT."},{"GuestNames":"Kate A.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"We loved this trip. It was a wonderful combination of hiking, exploring archaeological and historical sites, swimming in the Aegean Sea, meeting wonderful people, from hotel hosts to friendly taverna cooks and local residents. We were constantly amazed at the quality (and quantity!) of food, wine, and other treats."},{"GuestNames":"Kim O.","GuestLocation":"Bellevue, WA","GuestReview":"The trip was a wonderful adventure in a beautiful corner of the world. The quality of the preparation and the skill of the guide made it a very relaxing holiday. We put our minds to rest and let our feet do the work. We loved it!"},{"GuestNames":"Kim R.","GuestLocation":"Gloucester, MA","GuestReview":"This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel and our first trip in a group. We had a wonderful, moving journey...trekking, eating, visiting museums, churches, and monasteries, swimming, ferrying, shopping, touring, and learning. We have never been to Greece and it was such a joy to be able to let the experts give us the full experience of their knowledge, culture, and history. Our guides were fantastic at every step and every destination."},{"GuestNames":"Kyla M.","GuestLocation":"Greenville, TX","GuestReview":"This was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I have already begun recommending Wilderness Travel to friends and family and am very eager myself to go on another WT trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Laurie D.","GuestLocation":"Basalt, CO","GuestReview":"Another exceptional trip with WT. Everything went smoothly down to the last detail, which made for easy travel and allowed us to focus on the culture, beauty, and charm if the Greek Isles. Can't wait to book my next WT adventure!"},{"GuestNames":"Linda B.","GuestLocation":"Madison, WI","GuestReview":"The trip was fantastic! Kostas and Wilderness Travel allowed us to enjoy our private journey with our kids to give us memories to last a lifetime."},{"GuestNames":"Liz K.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"Lots of fun! 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To a person, the Greeks could not have been friendlier or more welcoming to us."},{"GuestNames":"Ollie H.","GuestLocation":"Castle Rock, CO","GuestReview":"We saw wonderful parts of the Greek isles that we would never have seen on our own."},{"GuestNames":"Robert M.","GuestLocation":"Great Falls, VA","GuestReview":"Hiking the Greek Isles and swimming and boating the Aegean Sea is a trip I dreamed about&#8212;a trip that came true with this spectacular Wilderness Travel trip."},{"GuestNames":"Robert T.","GuestLocation":"Phoenix, AZ","GuestReview":"The combination of the history of Athens (the Acropolis, Parthenon, etc.) with the beauty of the Greek Islands, along with the amazing food, wine, ouzo, and people, was wonderful. 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It was my first time in Greece, and because of this trip, it won't be my last. As in all Wilderness trips I've taken, I felt like I had the insider track and got to see places I'd never been able to discover or have access to on my own."},{"GuestNames":"Wallace I.","GuestLocation":"Honolulu, HI","GuestReview":"I'm so glad we opted to explore the Greek isles the Wilderness Travel way rather than by luxury cruise!"},{"GuestNames":"Weezie J.","GuestLocation":"Concord, MA","GuestReview":"Fabulous trip in all respects! 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us on this trip.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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