(based on 8pax – trip operates between June-September).
The main objective of the trip is to gain some pretty awesome, hands on, experience within the conservation world and in this case working with the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta). You’ll first start by taking in the local culture, like all of our trips, checking out Athens and Olympia but also visiting the Turtle Rescue Centre, where you’ll start to understand more about the project, the issues the turtles face and how they’re protected and rehabilitated. You’ll then head out to the program where you’ll be camping under the stars, rising early to look for turtle tracks, identify nests, relocate (if necessary), observe and potentially tag individuals, protect nesting sites and learn about their behaviour and ecological importance. To gain this kind of experience is fundamental for those seeking a career in conservation but if you’re looking for a more advanced program, e.g. data collection, then please get in touch as this is also possible.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Athens city centre. Depending on your arrival time you’ll walk around the old market area of Plaka or relax in the hotel ready for tomorrow.
Following breakfast you’ll head off to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum and then onto a very typical but awesome mediterranean feast for lunch. After lunch you’ll head to the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre and see some of the incredible work we do, to help injured turtles get back out to sea.
Before reaching the Turtle project, you’ll travel to Olympia, the birthplace of the modern day olympics, and en-route visit a spectacular piece of engineering, known as the Corinth Canal. You’ll then make your way to the campsite and have your first Turtle conservation induction.
During the project you’ll participate in conservation activities such as:
- Morning surveys; locating and excavating nests
- Night surveys; data collection and tagging
- Protecting and marking nests, for tracking and recovery
- Beach patrols in order to raise awareness, and
- Maintenance of the equipment and sites
After clearing up the campsite you’ll begin to make your way back to Athens, but before we head back we’ll stop off at an ancient Watermill and a pretty cool waterfall. Once you’re back in Athens you’ll get ready for your farewell dinner and, depending on the weather, the rooftop cinema.
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Activities and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide for Athens and Olympia
- Turtle project participation fees
- Food and Accommodation
- Woodland Trust Carbon Project Contribution
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Expenditure of a personal nature
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
Based on twin sharing (Single supplement £100)
£1200 per person
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, we highly recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.