Greek Islands Fitness Adventure Tour (Athens-Santorini-Crete)

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10 days / 9 nights
Period of Operation : May 19 - 28 & September 7-16, 2019
Athens
Min Participants : 8
Max People : 7
Tour Description

Escape in a fitness and adventure experience in the Mediterranean Sea, while combining exciting outdoor activities along with workouts in impressive settings! Beginning in iconic Athens and ending in picturesque Crete, via Santorini, our unique Greek Islands Fitness Adventure Tour makes for a spectacular experience.

Follow Jen Jewell, a remarkable and talented woman/fitness expert, on this unique journey and reward yourself with an active vacation on the Aegean Sea!

Enjoy healthy, fresh Mediterranean food, strengthen your body, sharpen your mind and immerse yourself in culture, must-see sights and lots of activeness on this 10-day Grecian adventure.

This trip provides the perfect balance between fitness, adventure, culture and of course fun! Hike, kayak and swim; no matter your mode of travel, Greece is a generous destination. We’ll experience each moment through the eyes of our guide and fitness expert and alongside similarly well-being-loving travelers.

Workout in centuries old settings, kayak the Athenian Riviera reaching the majestic temple of Poseidon, see Santorini and Crete by sea on this perfectly-designed journey through some of the most remarkable highlights of Greece. Hike along Santorini’s  crater’s edge with unbelievable sea views and winding coastal paths and Crete’s impressive gorges, take in the sun-soaked countryside and expansive fields of olive groves and grapevines and sample local wines and fresh produce while learning the secrets of the world famous and healthy Greek cuisine in a cooking class.

Experience the perfect blend of outdoor activities and fitness on this multi-sport adventure to Athens and two of Greece’s most beautiful islands, make new friends and create lifelong memories!

Highlights:

  • Visit world famous archaeological sites and museums
  • Savoir delicious Greek food and wine
  • Thrilling outdoor activities and fitness workouts in unique settings
  • Feel the warm Greek hospitality
  • Experience a perfectly balanced tour full of energy and relaxation

Fixed Departure Dates: September 12 – 21, 2020 (Feel free to ask us in order to book your own private group or join others on different dates too)

Level of difficulty / Entry requirements

A good level of fitness and experience is required. Participants should be comfortable in water and able to swim. 

Grade and terrain

Although the paths are quite well-kept the terrain in Greece tends to be sometimes stony and rocky, especially during the Imbros gorge walking on this particular tour.

Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Athens! Walking tour of the historic Plaka

Arrive in Athens and transfer to our hotel located near the historic center of Greece’s capital! Early this evening we meet in the hotel lobby for introductions, followed by a short walking tour in the city’s oldest neighborhood, Plaka! Its narrow lanes and stepped alleys, little squares with small churches, lively shops and cafes, and grand neoclassical-style houses are delightful, picturesque and inspiring! Welcome dinner is at a Greek tavern serving delicious traditional home cooked-style meals.
Overnight in Athens (D)

Day 2“Work off jet lag!” - Athens by bike

What better way to work off the jet lag than a morning work out in the Athenian National Gardens!
From there, we will take our bikes and head towards the most important highlights such as the National Observatory, the Ancient Greek cemetery (Kerameikos), Thission neighborhood, the Ancient Greek Agora, the Roman Agora, the Athens’ Orthodox Cathedral, Zappeion Hall, the Panathenaic stadium and much more!
At the Panathenaic stadium, we will have the opportunity for another workout in a unique setting, giving us our own moment of Olympic glory and excitement!
Our cycling experience will end at Acropolis, where we will enter this world famous location for a private tour by our professional guide. Next stop the Acropolis museum and its amazing artifacts, ideal place for our meal at its breathtaking veranda!
Back to our hotel for some freshening up and evening walk to Lycabettus to experience the” golden hour” of Athens and its wonderful sunset!
Overnight in Athens (B,L,D).

Day 3Athens Sea Kayak

Prepare yourselves for the one and only sea kayaking experience that Athens has to offer, our amazing Athens Sea Kayak tour! Be the lucky ones and admire stunning views from the seaside along the Athenian Riviera all the way to Cape Sounio and the famous Temple of Poseidon.
After a short but necessary introductory lesson, containing important directions for your safety and the smooth conduct of the activity, we will begin our rowing adventure, having as our end point the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounio.
The beaches along our way create the ideal scenery for some beach workouts, followed by a refreshing swim and snorkeling! En route we will also enjoy our picnic meal made by Greek produce!
Towards the end of our paddling part for today, we will have the opportunity to approach the Temple of Poseidon by the sea just like the ancient travelers did, a truly breathtaking and life-lasting memory! One can actually feel the energy of this sacred and very important monument and location.
After leaving our sea kayaks at the beach, we will head towards the temple and enjoy the beauty of the archaeological site.
Overnight in Athens (B,L,D)

Day 4 Santorini - Cooking class

In the morning we will board a high-speed ferry at Piraeus port and begin our Greek island hop with Santorini, the precious gem of the Aegean sea! At first glance, Santorini is unlike any other Greek island, as its cosmopolitan lifestyle and Greek culture merge with spectacular landscapes, whitewashed stone homes and breathtaking sunsets. After settling into our accommodation, we will experience a fitness session and later in the evening we will head to Megalochori village for an authentic Greek cooking class!

Day 5Santorini Sailing Experience

Today, after our mighty breakfast, we will embrace the beauty of Santorini and the art of sailing in the Caldera with the most magnificent views. Swim & snorkel in a quiet bay and reach the sulfuric Hot Springs of the volcano.
We will visit the picturesque Red & White beaches and en route use every chance for a workout in a unique surrounding! Taste the exquisite local wine, beer or a refreshing beverage and indulge ourselves in a freshly prepared Greek meal. while you sit back and enjoy the breathtaking Aegean Sea, since the most stunning views of Santorini are best seen from the its crystal clear waters..
Back to our hotel to wash off the sea salt, relax and dinner in Oia, while witnessing the world famous Santorinian sunset!
Overnight in Santorini (B,L,D)

Day 6Hike along the crater's edge (Caldera Trail)

After our breakfast, today’s hiking adventure begins on a stone path that turns into a dirt footpath while following the edge of the caldera.The cobblestone trail follows the rim of the Caldera, taking you away from the crowds, permitting you to admire the power of the natural forces that shaped this amazing environment. The trail is guaranteed to be one of the most spectacular you’ve ever hiked so don’t forget your camera!
Early evening ferry to Crete, a gorgeous island that harmonically combines canyons, mountains and, of course, amazing beaches. Overnight in Heraklion (B,L,D)

Day 7 Heraklion archaeological museum – Knossos - Wine tasting

A visit to the archaeological museum of Heraklion is a “must” since it showcases finds from all over Crete, covering a 5,500years of history! Next destination, the island’s wine-making region, where we will hike along charming villages, vineyards and olive groves ending at one of Crete’s best wineries, in order to enjoy a vineyard tour, wine tasting and lunch. Today’s journey into Crete’s ancient history will be completed with a visit to the archaeological site of Knossos, Europe’s oldest city, famous for King Minos’ mythological labyrinth, home of the Minotaur!
On our way to Chania (2 hour’s drive) we will enjoy a rejuvenating work out on a stunning beach!
Overnight in Chania (B,L,D)

Day 8Imbros Gorge Hike

To go to Crete without entering a gorge would be a missed opportunity for an incredible experience, and at the southern slopes of White Mountains there is one of the most fascinating.
The pine tree-lined Imbros gorge, is not as famous as Samaria but is in physical terms as impressive and much less crowded. Enjoy this wonderfully quiet walk, narrow and stiflingly confined in places, speckled with caves in others and at one point passing under a monumental natural stone archway. At the end of the gorge we will hop in our bus for a short ride to Frangokastello, a striking 14th century Venetian fortress on a fine stretch of a beach. Here we can wash off the gorge’s dust and enjoy our lunch overlooking the Libyan sea. Free evening on your own.
(B,L)

Day 9Gramvousa Balos Private Boat Tour – Flight to Athens – Farewell dinner

Today an amazing experience lies ahead of us! After our mighty breakfast, we will embark our private boat or a unique tour! Heading towards Gramvousa we’ll observe geological phenomena, sea caves and beautiful waters. Upon arrival at Gramvousa island we will walk up to the Venetian castle, another perfect location for our workout followed by a refreshing dip into the clear waters!
Our next stop is Balos, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here we will have the privilege of swimming in the shallow and warm waters and experience another “special” workout! In the afternoon we begin our journey back for our evening short flight to Athens and our farewell dinner!!
Overnight in Athens (B,L,D)

Day 10Departure Day

Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel. (B)
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Pricing

Price is based on a minimum attendance of 8 people.

Price Includes

  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All transportations during the trip (including ferries to Santorini and Crete and flight from Crete to Athens)
  • Daily workouts / fitness retreat with Jen Jewell
  • Aegean Outdoors English speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites, museums and attractions within the program
  • All activities and experiences mentioned in the program
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person
  • Professional tourist guide for the archaeological sites of Acropolis and Knossos and for the museum of Acropolis and Heraklion
  • All meals (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner) as indicated in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Flights to/from Greece
  • Anything not mentioned in the program
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any meals not mentioned in the program
  • Alcoholic drinks during meals
  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Recommended Gear

For the Greek Island Fitness Adventure Tour please consider taking along the following items on your trip. This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit. Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”.

What to bring

  • Day pack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
  • Outerwear
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
  • Casual, comfortable shoes for evening
  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Beach towel
  • Electrical adapter plug/converter

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