Ancient Greece & beach holiday, small group
Description of Ancient Greece & beach holiday, small group
Combine the fascinating history and mythology of Ancient Greece with a relaxing stay on the island of Santorini with this small group tour. For the first five days, you’ll embark on a fast-paced itinerary that takes you to Athens, with its majestic architecture including the Parthenon, Hadrian’s Arch and the Acropolis, then over the Corinth Canal to Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later you’ll take a guided tour around Nafplion, the first capital of Greece which sits at the foot of a cliff, and the vast Roman amphitheatre of Epidaurus.
Whether or not you’re one of those fans that are glued to the TV whenever the athletics are on, you’re sure to love a visit to Olympia, home of the very first Olympic Games and where you can still see the altar where the flame was placed. More treasures of the ancient world are to be found in Delphi later on, including the well-preserved remains of the Temple of Apollo.
Delphi marks the midway point in the trip. The following day you’ll take a ferry across to Santorini, its rugged island scenery given a unique cast by a 16th century volcanic eruption. Staying just outside the picturesque town of Fira, you now have two days entirely at liberty to do as you want. Perhaps a boat trip around the island, a therapeutic mud bath or, for the more adventurous, a hike to the summit of an active volcano! Whatever you end up doing, make the most of that glorious Greek food and wine before the return to Athens.
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PlanetWe know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task. However, our enthusiasm and commitment towards our travel responsibility mission is far stronger than any obstacles. We believe that in order to achieve any objective, the company has to have accurate policies and procedures for the employees and the guests to follow in order to reach our goal.
We have decided that the environment is a major component of any local community and any negative effect on the environment would directly have an impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the local community. Therefore, we have drawn up a strict environmental protection policy that all our employees and travelers have to abide by. For example, we recycle empty ink cartridges. A company collects them and disposes of them the correct manner. We’ve also moved towards a paperless booking process, where we encourage our travelers to download tour notes and vouchers onto their handheld devices instead of printing those out. For documents that require printing, we’ve kept them to a minimum of one page, such as our tour confirmation vouchers.
We no longer produce printed brochures. Not only does this reduce the usage of paper and ink, it also enables us to update our product line online which means our clients have direct access to latest information.
Ancient Ruins are found all over Greece. We encourage our travellers to take photos of these, but take nothing more than that. We also instruct our clients not to touch, sit or scrape at any ruins as these should be left in place for many generations to see.
Santorini and the Greek Islands brag some of the cleanest waters on the planet. It is the responsibility of all travelers to reduce waste and to not litter on the pristine beaches and coastal towns. We operate a leave nothing but footprints policy and encourage our guests to keep waste to a minimum wherever we travel on this trip.
As we eat in locally owned restaurants and taverns on this trip, the produce is all sourced locally and has a much smaller carbon footprint because of this. It also tastes much better than imported ingredients too!
For us, Responsible Travel is the only way to travel.
PeopleThroughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 15 years of travel operation in the Middle East, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with the communities we are dealing with in the host destinations. By making use of the same suppliers and organizers, our travelers are bound to be exposed to the best tours and services during their travels with us.
We aim to inform and educate our travelers on the cultures of the destinations they are visiting. By doing this we aim to create a form of respect between the travelers and the local citizens who they will face along their tour
We believe that the Responsible Travel concept has to be a two-way strategy with both the travelers and the local community gaining benefits. We benefit the local communities we visit using a wide scope of activities that have a positive impact on the local economy, and by recruiting employees who belonging to the local community.
We encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services that people local community offer. Local markets that have vendors and locals selling handicraft is the best way to support the craftsmen and the local economy. There are evil eyes, money pouches, scarves and ceramics to pick from during your shopping spree.
When leaving Athens behind, we will be making some lunch stops on some days. We like to use local, family owned restaurants where they still prepare the traditional Greek food that everyone desires to eat. From dolmades, mousaka, calamari and Greek salad served with delicious fresh feta and tomatoes bursting with flavour.
In Santorini there are a number of water activities, especially boat trips, to enjoy. It is great to support local owners who own and maintain these boats. It is also here where you should aim at eating from local, cheaper restaurants that are usually family owned and serve fresher more traditional food than chains and fast food places.
We further support the local community by employing local guides, using local handicraft shops and recommend shops to our travelers so that their holiday spending contributes to the people of that country. We also provide each traveler with a tipping guide. By doing this we set a concept of tipping and gratuity for every person who will offer a form of service to the traveler.
We have also considered the social aspect of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of the inhabitants helping us operate our tours. We always provide our guests with all the information needed to understand the community they are visiting and we create valuable opportunities for the travelers and the locals to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts. During free time the travelers can walk about and eat at local places where locals will also be eating out for their evening meals. This makes for a perfect scene to speak to locals and perhaps even have a meal side by side.
We educate all our staff on the real life situations of each destination. Sales consultants will use this information to inform potential travelers of the correct information and threats that they may face. By creating long lasting relationships with our local ground handlers, we are able to establish what needs the community has and through their information we can inform our travelers what they can contribute to the local community from their home countries.
Greece is recovering from a major economical crisis. We encourage our travellers to buy from local shops, eat at street stalls and support the local people financially by tipping them for their services.