We hear those words again and again from our guests and from those who have not yet come to Greece. Everyone wants to experience this special land for its natural beauty, temperate climate, influential history and exceptional hospitality. It is our mission to ensure that your dream vacation succeeds on all levels.
As a specialty tour operator, we introduce you to people, places, and activities not found on your own or ignored by most other tour operators. Small and intimate traveling allows our guests a meaningful exchange with Greece and its people. The trips are carefully planned to present aspects of Greece that you won’t find in your latest edition guide book. That’s because we are here on the ground, or at sea, always seeking out new contacts and points of interest privy only to the locals.
Set Itineraries. Customized Trips. Scheduled Tours.
Within each travel category on the left menu bar you will find Set Itineraries with routes and activities already laid out with the day-to-day agenda and destinations. Saves you a lot of work researching where to go and what to do. There are Set Itineraries for dedicated cycling trips, dedicated hiking or walking trips, sailing cruises –with or without multi-sports. There are also leisure Set Itineraries focusing on history, culture, culinary & wine, religious tours, as well as trips for families and grandparents with grandkids. A ton of options!
If our Set Itineraries are too set for your vision of a holiday in Greece or don't fit your needs, we can work with you to sculpt your dream vacation. Customized Trips can be just as much in the planning stage --- figuring out where to go and what to see there to produce a final itinerary that suits your specifications.
We also have a few scheduled tours that our guided and fully supported with fixed dates. The bulk of our scheduled tours are bicycle tours operated through Aegea's exclusive cycling division, CycleGreece.
Go to Pricing for information about these three travel options.
Let our team handle all the logistics of your Greece vacation, from booking flights, hotels, and ferries to setting up exchanges with artists, chefs and archaeology guides. Life would be easy if MapQuest conquered Greece, but they are not here so we have mapped out the best roads and routes for the scheduled and set itineraries. You may feel a little intimidated to come to a country with a foreign alphabet, but first, it will surprise you how many Greeks speak English, and second, that is our task to streamline your itinerary and agenda and minimize potential frustrations.
Right from the beginning, from your initial encounter with us, we regard each contact as a new opportunity to promote Greece and create another Grecophile. We share lots of information to facilitate your journey --- what to pack, airport/hotel directions, phone contacts, eating fish in Greece, restaurant recommendations, reading list, etc.
Monica Madill from Toronto rated us “10” for our services with this kind comment:
You really took the time to get a sense of what we were looking for and it was fantastic of you to be flexible and accommodate our preferences. The booking/payment etc. went smoothly. You answered any questions promptly and thoroughly. The materials you sent in advance were incredibly helpful.
Eco-tourism. Sustainable tourism. Responsible tourism. Whatever name, the aim is the same -- sensitivity to the place you travel to. Aegea trips leave small footprints. Cycling, hiking and walking, and sailing are offered and promoted as means of locomotion. We encourage drinking from local fountains which spew fresh spring water rather than purchase bottled water. As the world’s largest industry, tourism has the potential to destroy the lands we visit unless low impact changes are implemented. In Greece, Aegea Adventures is a leader and pioneer in responsible tourism practices.
The success of the 2004 Athens Olympics was due in part to Greece’s construction of new infrastructure, including a new international airport, an extended metro system in Athens and surrounding cities, a pedestrian mall around the Acropolis, a coastal tram and the world’s second longest cable-stayed bridge. These modern amenities facilitate the foreign traveler’s navigation in Greece. And our course, there remains the country’s stellar sea transport system, from ferries to hydrofoils to sailboats.
Our top priority, besides delivering you the ingredients for a fabulous fun time, is your safety and comfort during your vacation, especially if you are traveling with your children. Greece is a relatively crime-free country. Outside the capital, crime is almost non-existent. Nonetheless, we make diligent efforts to ensure safety particularly for active adventures. For example, we require guests to carry “identity cards” with your name and our contact info written in Greek so that if you are lost or hurt a native Greek who doesn’t speak your language can assist you.
We have cultivated contacts in diverse regions of Greece with many fine establishments from luxury resorts to cozy mom and pop country inns. The hotels we seek, be they very traditional or minimalist boutiques, exude a Grecian flavor. The accommodations tend to be 3 or 4 star or 5 star upgrades. Hotels prices are based on double occupancy with single supplements (private room for one person) at an additional cost of typically 10-15% of tour price.
For some travelers, the quality of accommodations are the tail that wag the dog. They are partial to choice hotels and will only travel to destinations that provide their level of service. Other travelers choose their destinations then select accommodations from the options available. Note: In seeking a more traditional, authentic Greek experience, primarily in rural regions, the range of accommodations and services are not as plentiful as in more touristed regions.
Depending on your destination, in Greece you can select from five star resorts with spa facilities, luxury or moderate hotels, boutique hotels, traditional country inns, traditional family run pensions or private villas.
The biggest pastime in Greece is eating. Greeks go out constantly and spend hours at the table with multiple course and always good wine. You, too, will be enriched by the delicious tastes and wide variety of dishes that make up Greek cuisine and will appreciate its health factors. The Mediterranean diet, known for longer life spans and lower rates of heart disease and cancer, emphasizes olive oil, fresh produce and fish. We steer you towards those eating establishments that cater to good, traditional Greek food.
If you are on a scheduled guided tour or you opt for a guide to accompany you on a private trip, you will discover that Aegea’s guides enhance your Greek experience. Our guides speak English and Greek and are resourceful in helping you attend to your travel needs. They know local customs, whether the fish is fresh enough or the raki pure enough and they can lead you to obscure and delightful points of interest that you won’t encounter on your own. For cycling or hiking excursions, the guides are fit and knowledgeable about the terrain.
We are most proud of our Specialized fleet of bicycles. Road or hybrid, flat or drop handlebars, they are lightweight, 27 gears, triple chain ring, carbon fiber fork. Our vehicle bike rack was designed by a local Greek who built the bike racks for the 2004 Athens Olympics bike teams. Our wooden sailboats are also dear to us. They are teak and mahogany with seven cabins and one master cabin, each with removable third berths, and ensuite WC. There is no finer experience than sailing the Greek waters in a 68 foot yacht. Walking sticks are available for hikes and walks if you are not inclined to pack your own. Sea kayaks are available when specified on active tours.