“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Greece is renowned for their beautiful beaches and blue waters, but few release the unlocked beauty of nature in the waters itself! The sea Turtles that can be found in Greece are sadly under threat and if you would like to enjoy helping protect these turtles, in the beauty of Greece, this trip is for you! This sea turtle holiday is suitable for young and old, students, families, friends and couples. Children as young as 8 years old can participate, as long as there is adult guidance.
Accommodation will be in a caravan, tent or apartment in 1 of Greece’s finest camping sites, camping Gythio Bay. Sandy beaches provide the setting for this project where you make a difference! The holiday location is near Gythio, a pretty coastal village. A perfect setting to enjoy those long, warm Mediterranean Summer evenings. A local, friendly group leader is there for you to make this the perfect Summer get-away with a difference.
Details about this amazing tour are provided below:
Arrive at Athens airport. Preferably before 3PM. Meet the group and the tour leader! Your hotel for the first night will be along the pretty Athens Riviera. Within walkable distance from the Sea Turtle Rescue Center. In the evening there’s a welcome dinner. Great Greek food & company in an authentic Greek place!
Your small group gets the transfer in a comfortable vehicle to the South-Peloponnese (289 km/180 miles, 4 hours’ drive), Gythio. The drive is over good roads and the scenery is beautiful. Halfway: it’s time for a break at the world-famous Corinth canal!
Your accommodation for the following week will be at Camping Gythio Bay, in Mavrovouni. Near Gythio town. A stunning location, right on the beach where you will be offering your services for the Caretta caretta or Loggerhead Sea Turtles.
Dinner & overnight at an apartment, caravan or tent at luxury Camping Gythio Bay. Time permitting,you get your first presentation & training – about the loggerhead sea turtles.
Start sea turtle volunteering.
Depending on the time of the year, activities include:
During your stay, you may also be needed for activities like:
However, there is plenty of time to chill, explore and relax. The actual volunteering will take roughly 4 hours a day. This means there is time to:
Alternatively, you could visit nearby places like:
Dinner is Greek, authentic and delicious. vegan/vegetarian options available.
Transfer from Gythio back to Athens airport is included. Take a flight back home or extend your stay. We suggest finding a flight with a departure later than 2 PM. Of course, you could extend your stay in Greece.
|INCLUDES||Sea Turtle Rescue Tour in the Sea Turtle Rescue Center
All sea turtle volunteering activities on the beaches
Training & local support by staff of sea turtle protection society Archelon
All breakfasts and dinners
1st overnight in hotel in Coastal Athens BB
7 overnights in Camping Gythio Bay, Mavrovouni
Private transfer from airport Athens to Sea Turtle Rescue Center in coastal Athens area on day 1
Private transfer from hotel in coastal Athens area to Sea Turtle beaches South Peloponnese on day 2
Private transfer from beaches South Peloponnese to Athens airport on last day
Donation for sea turtle protection society Archelon, a t-shirt of Archelon and membership for 1 year
Tour operator liability insurance
|EXCLUDES||Flights (to Athens and return flight)
Lunches, drinks, and tips
Optional activities or excursions such as windsurfing, visiting Mystras
Price and availability can be further discussed through direct enquiry with Animals around the Globe.
Adult price: 850 EUROS
Child price: 750 EURO
As this is a summer tour, and groups are always limited this tour is in high demand.
Additional dates can be arranged for private small groups too, however direct contact with Animals Around the Globe is required for this.
I had the most brilliant time. The conservation work Archelon do is very important and it was uplifting to feel part of the team involved in such vital work. The volunteers were really enthusiastic and informative and glad to have a few extra hands. The Peloponnese is the most beautiful part of Greece and the sea is clear, blue and warm. Our guide Christos was invaluable taking us snorkelling and sorting out any problems. I totally recommend to anyone wanting more than just a holiday.
We had a fantastic time. The location was beautiful and the accommodation was good. Chris, our guide, was really helpful and knowledgeable. We learnt a lot about turtle conservation and were able to do some useful things. We learnt a lot from the Archelon volunteers and also were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in an introduction to turtle conservation.
Great holiday. The turtle project was interesting and rewarding. The accommodation was better than expected. The food was excellent and plentiful with lots of vegetarian options. I found the Peloponnese region stunning with beautiful beaches surrounded by dramatic mountains and one advantage of the early morning surveys was that we got to see a gorgeous sunrise every day.