Explore both the culture and the natural beauty of the Greek islands by foot. We will hike along ancient footpaths, sample Greek delicacies at local taverns, sit back to watch the street life, and swim in the azure seas. The Cycladic complex of islands is the most representative of the archetypal Greek style: fishing villages with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow streets, hundreds of chapels, rocky landscape contrasting with the deep blue sea, and bays with powdery white sandy beaches. On this trip we will visit the best spots as well as journey to the interior of the islands where we can experience firsthand the culture and habits of the islanders. Maximum group size: 14
What's not included: Travel to and from Athens, beverages (aside from bottled water at meals), 1 lunch and 1 dinner, guide gratuities, optional activities, travel insurance.
This trip is a great choice for women in good physical condition who enjoy walking on a mixture of rocky paths, dirt tracks, occasional paved roads and mule paths, with occasional steep places. Suitable for both adventurous novice and experienced hikers, most days the hiking is 3 to 4 hours. The hike with the most elevation gain is climbing Mount Zeus, with the ascent and descent taking up to 5 hours; however you can always opt out for a delightful day in town. This trip is rated both 2 and 3 because there are options. If you want to participate in the longer options, you should train for a level 3 trip: engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Rating: 1   4 5.
While this is primarily a hiking trip, there are also opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, learning about Greek culture and how to cook Greek food, wandering in small towns, and eating excellent Greek food.
We will be staying in a 3-star hotel in Athens and 3 local guesthouses on the islands, as specified in the itinerary.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Both guides were awesome. The history of Greece as told by the guides is always fascinating and a good review of my old academic classes. The beauty of the islands made each day exciting. All the ladies in the group were great and were able to share their experiences.
What a beautiful country to share with new friends. The food, the sights and the people were amazing. Sharon and Nefeli were knowledgable, patient guides who went above and beyond every step of the way. When an AGC trip ends I am not only bringing home great memories but, many new friends.
The guides were amazing! Great hikes and incredible food. Transports were easy and well organized.
This was my second trip with AGC and it was incredible. I enjoyed all the Islands we visited, the hiking was amazing, but mostly I enjoyed our two guides Sharon King Donahue and Nefeli Pap, the two worked together to ensure we moved from place to place seamlessly, the food was also my favorite part of the trip, Nefeli ordered for the group family style and it was the highlight of my trip. Taking the guess work out of ordering and the time that is normally wasted with 14 ladies ordering. Not to mention we were able to fully experience the Greek food and culture. Best trip ever, I highly recommend it.
Leaders were terrific! Very organized, good communication and knowledge of Greece and of hiking skills. Of course Greece was special too -- so beautiful, welcoming and great food! My favorite activity -- not just on this trip, but on any tour (and I've done a lot) was the group cooking event with Maria. That was the moment we came together as a group. So much fun and such a feeling of camaraderie!
I loved every second of this trip!
There were so many well-planned activities and events! The cooking class, the visit to the Organic Farm, visiting Archelogolical sites, kayaking, and not to mention hiking trips on the Greek Islands. All were so well organized, informative, and FUN!
The guides were superb-they ensured that we experienced the best that Greece has to offer-the food, the history, the mythology, the breathtaking views! The additional group experiences, especially the cooking class and the kayak trip, were a unique look into Greek life, and proved to be great bonding experiences for the group. The guides also ensured we were prepared and equipped to deal with each day's activities. It was an unforgettable trip!
Our guides, the food, the hikes, the uniqueness of each island, Athens. This trip was fantastic!
Top to bottom, the attention to detail was superb. Not having to think about transportation, food, where to eat, what to eat, or what was included or not was just awesome.
Fantastic guides, culture, food, variety of hikes, experiences, logistics was excellent. Best experience in travel compared to other journeys worldwide. Will do this again with AGC in the future!
All the ladies and of course our two guides. Greece was so very lovely. The food, culture and people. Each Island visited was better and better. The little hiking I did do was just great. If I ever go back with AGC, I will certainly do all the hiking offered. Loved listening to our Greek Guild Sylvia speak about her family.
Again it's the women. For me it's important to have considerate travel companions and times again the AGC women exceed my expectations. The selection of venues and trails are well thought out. The guides were attentive and adaptable.
There were so many special things about this trip! The other women on the trip were great, interesting and fun! Brenda, our AGC guide, was patient and kind. Sylvia, our Greek guide, was completely on top of everything and made everything run so smoothly. I loved seeing the ruins. How exciting to actually be at the Acropolis!! I loved Akortiri in particular, having seen a Nat Geo documentary about it a couple of years ago. The hikes were also full of history and the scenery was spectacular. On days when I opted out of hikes, there was always someone available to wander around town with to get in some shopping and other sightseeing. The food was fantastic and Sylvia did an excellent job of ordering a wonderful and interesting variety of meals for us.
The itinerary of island hopping in 3 Greek islands. Loved the hiking, swimming and kayaking.
This Greece adventure was glorious! I loved it all: getting to know the strong, interesting women in the group; eating all the fresh, delicious food; walking the ancient footpaths and feeling connected to history; walking through the tiny villages; climbing trails that overlook the turqoise sea. This was a long-awaited trip and it was everything I hoped for and more.
Sylvia and her food tour and knowledge of the items. She navigated us all through many modes of transportation seamlessly and knew everyone. She always went the extra step to insure everyone got wat they needed to be comfortable and have a "Great" experience. There was something on the Greece tour for everyone. Lots of information on Greece and the Culture
Sylvia, our Greek guide, was exceptional.
The first international trip since the pandemic started! Naturally I felt some anxiety before starting. AGC handled everything so well and gracefully. Made it a joyous occasion, a happy time with my daughter and friend, and all the new friends in the group.
Greece is beautiful and the local guides are wonderful.
I loved kayaking in the Aegean Sea. The sunset in Santorini was spectacular. The hikes were a bit challenging but very doable.
For a level 3 hiking trip, I expected more hiking and less time for shopping.
Greece was even dreamier than I expected. The beauty of the Islands, the turquoise seas, the fresh delicious food, and the welcoming people. What more could you ask for? I loved hiking the Byzantine Path on Paros, and both archeological sites we visited. The special sunset yoga on the beach was very memorable as well. I appreciate being invited into the homes of a few locals to see their weaving and how their families lived for generations. I feel like I soaked in the entire experience. I liked the combination of activity and culture, especially in a place with so much antiquity.
I enjoyed the food and the places we visited. The trip was pretty jam packed with very little downtime. I also felt the time in Athens for the ladies who didn't come a few days early was very hurried.
The trip was what I expected with a mix of hiking and cultural excursions. Seeing archeological sites that are still being uncovered was interesting.
Loved the trip, thought the hotels were average, didn't like that I couldn't stay with room mate who I got on well with.
The food was out of this world, the hikes were tough but doable, the visit to AKROTIRI was breathtaking.
I thought both the group leaders were excellent, thoughtful people, easy to be with, communicative and full of information.
I know it's a hiking trip and I did really enjoy the hikes, especially to the summit of Mt. Zeus, but I thought the food was beyond awesome. I loved that Sylvia ordered family style and we all got to try everything. The women on every trip are amazing, but I felt that there was a camaraderie that developed almost immediately.
So much to see!
AGC Guide was very thorough and helpful! Sylvia and Sirimali; the Greek guides were excellent! The women on the trip were so very enjoyable and we worked well as a team. I could not have asked for a better trip.
Cooking class, summiting Mt.Zeus, delicious food I like family style dinner.
Had a great time. Loved the cooking class
Great group, guides, food, hikes.
The ease of the trip itself, not having to think about anything other than immersing myself in the experience is what surprised me the most. After that the highlights were the food, the beauty of the locations, the knowledge of the guides, and meeting my fellow hikers.
Outstanding local guides (Sylvia and Syrmali), the ability to see a range of places in Greece, well organized logistics, wonderful food, great group of participants and Agc guide
This trip was a wonderful way to explore Greece differently than most people see. Great hikes, amazing food and overall a fabulous trip.
For me, highlight of the trip was the local guide, Sylvia. She was incredibly knowledgeable, a great hiker, and willing to adjust as needed. I particularly enjoyed the Lefke and Santorini hikes. The cooking class was unique, and also enjoyed the addition of the Akrotiri site with guide. I did not enjoy the late start times, especially given the heat that we encountered (though we gradually started earlier) and wish we had approx. 1/2 day to 1 day in each island to explore the towns (from original itinerary, seemed we would have more time-- think this was result of group hike speed).
Beautiful scenery and the food.
Greece was beautiful. The food was superb. The people and culture were wonderful. The weather was just too hot, and there was very little shade. I checked the average temperatures for May...expected it to be in the 70s. It was, but it felt like in the 100s due to the dry climate and lack of shade. I will never travel to Greece again during the months of May to September. The best part of the trip was the extension to Crete. It was my favorite island. I especially enjoyed the boat trip to Balos with 3 hours of swim time.
This was my first AGC trip and I did not really know what to expect. This trip exceeded everything I may have expected EXCEPT for having more down time to roam in the places we stayed. I loved hiking from a trailhead, over a mountain to a charming village and having dinner or lunch in a street cafe. As well, I really LOVED the cooking class with Maria as well as kayaking in Santorini.
Highlights Guided tour of the Acropolis with Katherine. Local food. Added bonus of Akrotiri on the island of Naxos. This was my first AGC trip that left me feeling a little disappointed. Maybe because it came on the heels of Croatia - fabulous trip and a great pair of guides. Extremely well organized and very interesting and educational.
Liked all the hikes: herbs, flowers along the Paros Byzantine trail, the challenge of Mt. Zeus hike, the beauty of the Santorini caldera coast. Always love kayaking. Loved the food and the selections of restaurants and food arrangements made by Sylvia, out in-country guide Loved the cooking class and Maria our teacher Loved the Acropolis and the museum Appreciated the knowledge of the official, trained guides for the Acropolis and the added tour of the excavation museum on Santorini (glad Sylvia offered it to us for the extra cost and would be well worth being a part of the AGC trip). Kalypso Hotel on the water in Paros.
Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to do water activities. It would have been nice to have alternative day to replace the kayaking.
I would have to say I loved all the places we went. As so often is the case, I think from my perspective, I would enjoy fewer places with longer stays.
The hikes were great, as were the cultural experiences. The local guides were a wonderful addition. My only critique would be the mini-van we traveled in for a full, rainy day while in Crete. It was a tight fit, and at times pretty uncomfortable. Everyone was a good sport, but I would have opted for a slightly larger vehicle.
Loved Paros (wanted more time there) and loves the hiking on Naxos - felt like I was out in nature. Did not like Santorini at all - would have liked another less touristy island with better hiking. So glad we flew from Athens to Paros - 5 hr ferry ride would not be appreciated
A 'no worry' trip for participants. Guides were well-trained and talented as well as genuinely nice people.