(based on 15pax – trip operates between June-September).
As soon as you arrive you’re thrown into the Greek traditions and history that makes this city what it is. The main focus is to get to understand their culture and enjoy the awesome food before making your way out to the Turtle project. Here, you’ll spend the next few days camping on the beach and learning about one of the most important turtle nesting areas in the Mediterranean. You’ll be monitoring their activity, so up at sunrise to look for tracks, and out under the stars waiting for females to come ashore and lay their eggs. Not only will you learn about the importance of conserving such an incredible species but also their value to the ecosystem, their behaviour, ecological importance and the effect that they have on the local communities, and tourism as a whole. If you’re looking for a mini adventure, want to check out some of the most important historical sites in the world and make a difference then this is a pretty good start!
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)
£995 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, which is why we 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.