There is no amount of photos, video, or stories that can prepare a person for the incredibly captivating country that is Greece. It’s a place that few people visit just once. Whether it’s the jaw-dropping scenery, the hospitable people, the fascinating history, the laid-back lifestyle, or the endless exploring opportunities, Greece leaves travelers in awe. Catch the sun setting over Santorini’s cliffs, start your day with a dive into the warm Aegean Sea, sip Ouzo in the shadow of the Acropolis, explore the famously gay island of Mykonos… so many options, all guaranteed to be unforgettable.
Our 12-day Greece trips promise to deliver the best of Athens and the Greek Islands with stops in dramatic Santorini, cosmopolitan Mykonos, and peaceful Milos. Our trips are, and always have been, laid-back, leaving plenty of room for spontaneity and adventure. No rushing around, no stress, no limiting daily itineraries, just a great group of guys who are all excited and ready to explore and have fun. And isn’t that what travel is all about?
So whether you’re a history buff, beach bum, adventure addict, or a mix of all different traveler-types, our Greece adventure won’t disappoint. Browse through more in-depth info on our trip stops below.
September 18, 2020 to September 29, 2020 – USD $2880.00
Duration: 12 Days
Starts In: ATHENS
Ends In: ATHENS
All land and sea transportation within Greece
Accommodations for your 12-day Detours experience
All full breakfasts
Group travel within Greece
Athens / Acropolis city tour with local guide
3-day ATV rental on Milos
Welcome dinner and drinks
Knowledgeable and fun Detours leader
Meals and drinks outside of those listed above
Activities outside of the those listed above
International Drivers License (available at your local driver licensing provider)
Don’t worry about getting chilly, our trips are scheduled in the warm summer months ensuring maximum warmth and sunshine! Temperatures during summer generally average highs of 27C/81F, and lows of 21C/70F, although weather can sometimes be unpredictable so it’s always good to bring a couple items of warm clothing just to be safe. Greek summers receive very little rain so it’s not necessary to pack for rainstorms.
Greeks are incredibly friendly, happy, helpful, welcoming and easy going people! It’s not difficult to make friends with the locals while you’re here. Family is incredibly important to Greek people so often you’ll find the entire family working at a hotel or restaurant together. Although English is very widely spoken, consider learning a few words of Greek language while you’re here, we recommend starting off with “Yia sou” (hello), “Efharisto” (thank you), and of course “Pou ine i paralia?” (where’s the beach?)
Enjoy Greek food? It’s even better in Greece! Their local cuisine is Mediterranean with Middle Eastern influences. Olives, cheeses, eggplant, lamb, and yoghurt can be found on almost every menu. Detours doesn’t believe in limiting your choices by including all of your meals at pre-decided restaurants as part of the trip package. Instead, we include all of your breakfasts to start your day off, then encourage you to explore all of the different restaurant options available to you for lunch and dinner. This way you can eat when you want, where you want, with whomever you want, and spend what you want! Your trip leader definitely has their favorite spots so if you’d like some advice on the best in each location, just check with them.
What to bring?
Our advice is simple. Pack your bag, then take half of those things out and leave them back home. It’s common to hear people wishing they’d packed less stuff, but we’ve never heard anyone complain that they didn’t bring enough. Even if you realize you forget to pack some crucial item you can always pick up a replacement once you arrive in Athens. More packing information including a suggested packing list is included in your “Pre-trip Guidebook” which can be found on your “Your Trip” page after your trip registration.
We REALLY suggest just bringing your regular bank card from home and using the Greek ATMs to get cash; in our experience it’s much cheaper than any currency exchange service in Greece or even at home. Greece uses the Euro as their local currency so once you arrive into Athens airport you should stock up on some Euro cash.
Tipping isn’t a native Greek custom, however, it is always appreciated by local service staff. We suggest tipping for any services that go above and beyond expectations. That extra dollar or two on a dinner bill is extremely appreciated by the service staff.
We have pretty high standards when it comes to choosing our accommodations, and trust us, we’ve done plenty of room-sniffing, pillow-patting, and bathroom inspections to make sure we stay at quality spots. To be approved as a Detours accommodations provider, a guesthouse must: be locally owned (to support the local community), be in an amazing location (close to the beach or other hot spots), AND be gay-owned or gay-friendly. We won’t be staying in 5-star Ritz-Carltons but we also won’t subject you to anything we wouldn’t want to stay in ourselves. Clean, comfortable, well-located spots that’ll put a smile on your face, you can count on that!
All of our trip leaders are gay, and all certified leaders must undergo a rigorous training routine that includes deep-fried cricket eating, and impromptu dancing tests. Apart from these vital skills, we require our leaders to know their stuff really, really well. Underneath their fun and quirky facades, our guides are experts and passionate about what they do. Don’t hesitate to ask them to teach you some Greek or question them about a random statue you might see along the way. Their job is to help ensure that this is your trip of a lifetime by taking the hassle out of your trip and enabling you to experience everything you came to Greece for.
We do absolutely everything possible to avoid needing such a mundane awakening. A world without alarm clocks is one we want to be part of, and your “rise and shine” while in Greece should come from the sound of crashing waves or church bells in the distance. However, sometimes due to current ferry schedules we are required to make early departures, but we do everything we can to minimize this.
Extending Your Trip
For many people, 12 days in Greece just isn’t enough time. If you’re lucky enough to be able to stay longer, or if you decide to quit your job and become a beach bum in the Mediterranean for the rest of your life, we’d be happy to extend (or cancel!) your return flight. We’ve been all over the area, so don’t think twice about asking where to go or what to do after your Detours trip is complete. Turkey, Israel, Italy… many interesting destinations are close-by.
Our Detours groups are run with a minimum of 4 travelers and up to a maximum of 15 travelers. Ages of group members vary but around 90% of our travelers are in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Whatever the age of the guys on our trips everyone’s already got something in common, an exciting new experience in a new country! Each group is led by a Detours trip leader who is there to ensure everything goes off without a hitch, allowing you to focus on having the time of your life!
A Little Bit About Modesty
The areas of Greece that we’ll be visiting are quite open-minded and most people will be welcoming of homosexuality. That said, the Greeks are largely influenced by the Orthodox church, and public displays of affection (gay or straight) are generally frowned upon. In respect for their local culture we usually suggest keeping your excitement and affection for your partner to more private locations.
No problem! Don’t worry, lots of our travelers come solo and our trip will provide plenty of chances to meet great people both inside and outside of our group, including other solos. As far as your accommodations go, you’ve got two choices. We can either pair you up with another solo group member in a two-bed room for no extra charge, or you can have your own room for a reasonable surcharge.
Greece uses a “type C” and “type F” plug, the same as most European countries and several other places in the world. The voltage is 230V with 50 Hz frequency. These days, the majority of items that are plugged into an outlet are built to handle varying voltage and frequency levels, but just to be sure, we suggest checking your item for its accetable range.
We don’t like staying in smelly shacks on our vacations and we’re pretty sure you don’t either! You work hard to go on vacation and we believe you deserve an enjoyable, comfortable place to wind down at the end of each day. We put a LOT of time into finding the perfect accommodation for your trip. After rigorous wifi signal testing, fluffing pillows, and taking a shower or two, we’ve narrowed down our favorite properties. Check out our approved accommodation to see where we’ve stayed in the past and where we’ll likely be staying on your trip.
ATHENS: 360 Pop Art Hotel
Set along a commercial street in the city center, this exceptionally-located hotel is a 2-minute walk from a metro station and 16 minutes’ walk from the Acropolis of Athens. Featuring retro-inspired furnishings, the stylish rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.
MYKONOS – Damiano’s Hotel
This stunning hotel is 2 km from the nearest beach and a 5 min walk to the main town. The bright rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. There’s also a snack bar, and a endless sea view at the pool, a bar and a sundeck.
SANTORINI: Loizos Stylish Residences
This breezy property is about one mile from Santorini’s Old Port. Close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre yet far enough to get a quiet night’s rest. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a sundeck with lounge chairs, and massage services. Each room offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities.
MILOS – Santa Maria Village
Overlooking the Gulf of Milos, this tranquil hotel spread over 7 whitewashed, block-style buildings is 2 miles (3 km) from Sarakiniko Beach. Rooms feature balconies or verandas with garden, pool or gulf views. All offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Additional amenities consist of a spa, a hot tub, a poolside bar, and an outdoor pool with sunloungers.
*Please note that due to availability, these exact hotels may not all be available during all Detours trips. However, we will always replace these with similar hotels, and will never downgrade.
47 Elizabeth Bay Road
Elizabeth Bay NSW
02 8667 3336