Classic Greece

Trip Code: ZMKE

Why we love it

Hike along the scenic Menalon Trail, starting in Lousios Valley and walking among fir forest with views of waterfalls, monasteries, rivers and the villages below., Visit famed archaeological sites like Delphi – home to the Athena temple complex, Epidavros – home to the famed theatre and Mycenae – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – all with local guides who know all the fascinating history., Eat your way through Greece’s picturesque Peloponnese, starting with a mezze welcome dinner. Along the way, try fresh seafood, seared meats and traditional salads, cheeses and breads., Get to know the locals at a family-run winery near Nafplion, where you’ll get to taste their signature dry wines, followed by a lunch of traditional Greek food and local hospitality., Take the scenic railway journey from Diakopto to Kalavryta, passing through the Vouraikos Gorge as well as forests dotted with waterfalls., By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Amurtel, who provide a safe space for refugee women and children in Greece. Donations help them provide antenatal and postnatal care programs run by qualified midwives.

Is this trip right for me?

Summer temperatures in Greece can reach up to 40°C, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. In April, many businesses may still be closed, and the weather can be unpredictable. However, you may have some of the major sights almost to yourself. Please consider the time of year you wish to travel and your suitability for that season.

Important information

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

What to bring/pack

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travellers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip not having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.

Many travellers carry their luggage in a compact smaller suitcase or backpack with wheels. We recommend your bag has carry straps or handles so it is easy to lift and carry for the times you are unable to wheel it (ie. on rough surfaces or up steps).

If you are taking overnight trains, or primarily using public transport then the smaller your luggage the easier it will be to store under or above bunks. Large suitcases may not be able to be taken on board. A lockable bag or small padlock for your bag will be useful especially when travelling on public transportation as well.

You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, swimming suit, waterproof pouch/bag for phone, hiking shoes and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.

Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your group leader or local representative will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination and if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day. If you are walking or trekking as part of your trip you will need to carry at least 2L of water with you.

Physical rating

 
2

This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Some trips may have individual inclusions that may be of a higher physical rating compared to the overall rating of the trip. Please read the day-to-day itinerary carefully to find out more details on each day's activities, and whether they are suitable for you. Activities can be opted out of if you don't want to participate.

Joining your group

Acropolis Hill Hotel, 7 Mouson Street, Athina, Athens, 117 42, GREECE, Phone: +30 2109235151

Alternate Joining Point

For trips departing on the following dates
use this joining point.
14 Sep 2024 (ZMKE240914)
Arion Hotel
18
Agiou Dimitriou Str.
Psiri
Athens
10554
GREECE
Phone: +30 2103240415
Fax: +30 2103240419
For trips departing on the following dates
use this joining point.
21 Sep 2024 (ZMKE240921)
Hotel Achilleas
Lekka 21
Athina
Athens
105 62
GREECE
Phone: 30 2103233197

Joining instructions

Intrepid can assist with pre-booking an arrival transfer from the airport - enquire with your agent. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure.

For your confirmed arrival transfer, you’ll be met in the Arrivals Hall by a transfer representative holding an Intrepid sign. In case of flight cancellations, changes, if you experience severe delays at immigration, baggage collection or customs, or if you are not able to find the driver, please contact the transfer operator directly: +30 6979117622.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. The price is currently a flat rate of EUR40 between 5am and midnight and EUR55 from midnight to 5am. The journey takes approximately 40mins from the airport to your hotel.

Finishing your trip

Acropolis Hill Hotel, 7 Mouson Street, Athina, Athens, 117 42, GREECE, Phone: +30 2109235151

Alternate Finish Point

For trips departing on the following dates
use this finish point.
14 Sep 2024 (ZMKE240914)
Hotel Achilleas
Lekka 21
Athina
Athens
105 62
GREECE
Phone: 30 2103233197

Intrepid can assist with pre-booking a departure transfer to the airport - enquire with your agent. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to the start of your trip.

If you have a confirmed departure transfer your leader will advise your pick up time the day before your trip ends. If your driver has not arrived within 30 minutes of the scheduled pick up time, or your departing flight is cancelled or changed, please contact the transfer operator directly: +30 6979117622.

Alternatively, please ask your leader or hotel staff for assistance in arranging a taxi.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 2

Dinners included: 1

While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader or local representative will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

Climate & seasonal information

HOT WEATHER
Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below:

Intrepid local operator : Available for phone call on +30 697 800 6335 

Intrepid's Local Operator: +49 8024 4679 540

Accommodations

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

EUROPEAN HOTELS
Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms can be rather small, especially by American or Australian standards.

Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

Transportation