Tours Greece

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Greece Tour: Sea Turtle Conservation Holiday

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:

  • looking for adult turtle tracks,
  • locating nests, enclose and mark them
  • relocating the threatened nests
  • locating baby turtle tracks,
  • dealing with any hatchlings that are still on the beach
  • shading of the nests to protect the hatchlings from disorientation
  • help baby turtles arrive at the sea
  • excavations of hatched nests to determine the hatching success

During your stay, you may also be needed for activities like:

  • beach cleanings
  • collection of reed to construct the protection of the nest
  • wooden constructions such as boxes for injured turtles and
  • maintenance activities for the equipment
  • raising awareness – inform beach users how to behave on the nesting beaches

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:

  • swim or snorkel in the Med or in the pool of the camping
  • sunbathe, sip cocktails, chat or read near the pool
  • explore the local fishing port of Gythio town
  • take a windsurf lesson (at an extra cost)
  • table tennis at the campsite
  • watch movies (under the stars) or TV in lounge room
  • rent a bike & cycle (at extra cost)

Alternatively, you could visit nearby places like:

  • the caves of Dyrou
  • world-famous Sparta –yes, home town of the famous Spartan warriors!
  • Monemvasiá, breathtaking medieval tower town also dubbed the Gibraltar of the East.

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Help save our natural environment
  • Protect turtle nests and females from predators, inundation and human threats
  • Assist those baby turtles arrive safely at sea
  • Experience Greek culture, gastronomy & hospitality in one of Greece’s most beautiful corners
  • Enjoy fantastic beach life, swim, snorkel & relax

 

Whats included?

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

Travel insurance

Optional activities or excursions such as windsurfing, visiting Mystras

Price and Availability

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.   

  • 17 – 25 July 2021 (Available) 
  • 31 July – 8 August 2021  (Available) 
Additional dates can be arranged for private small groups too, however direct contact with Animals Around the Globe is required for this. 
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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.
Abigail Williams
Previous Explorer
5/5
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.
Mary McMellon
Previous Exporer
5/5
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.
Belinda
Previous Explorer
5/5

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