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history • 9 days, 8 nights

Underground Greece: Ghost Cities & Sinking Ships

history • 9 days, 8 nights

Underground Greece: Ghost Cities & Sinking Ships

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Road Trip
from $3,974 USD per person
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Trip Overview

To much of the outside world, Greece is a nation steeped in mythology, ancient history, and beauty. But there’s much that escapes this easy narrative: the creaking ship graveyards, snaking underground tunnels, and abandoned industrial towns. During this immersive, nine-day adventure, we’ll delve into the hidden histories and oft-overlooked spaces scattered throughout the rugged region of Peloponnese, casting an ear to local lore, divergent perspectives, and stories you likely never heard in history class. While we’ll spend ample time exploring the region’s ancient roots—exploring a necropolis, wandering a forgotten Byzantine city, and venturing into a cave home to the Gate to the Underworld—we’ll pay equal attention to its deserted industrial centers, gritty mountain villages, and abandoned train stations, tucking into hearty gyros and savory tripe soup as we go.

  • Discover hidden shipwrecks, wartime bunkers, tunnels, and catacombs
  • Roam a ghost Byzantine city with an archaeologist
  • Admire the vista at quirky life-sized Fairytale Castle
  • Explore old Spartan territory
  • Enter the Cave to the Underworld
  • Visit the UNESCO sites of Acropolis and Mystras


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Evan Panagopoulos
Born and raised in Greece, Evan is an urban storyteller, a fan of brutalist and mid-century architecture, and a knowledgeable guide who’s been engaging with Greece’s hidden histories and abandoned spaces since childhood. A travel industry veteran, he’s also the founder of Explorabilia, a travel site that helps people discover off-beat, astonishing spaces hidden in plain sight. When he’s not leading niche history tours around Europe, Evan lives in London, where he hosts highly acclaimed architecture and urban history walks.
Sirey Siado
After years of recreational and spiritual trips around the world to more than 50 countries, Sirey’s path led her to Greece, were she fell in love with the country, the culture, and the people. Originally from Colombia, she received degrees in both computer engineering and telecommunications management and worked for years in some of the world’s most well-known corporations. Yet she realized that something was missing, and decided to leave her job and pursue the type of work that truly brings her happiness. Sirey now lives in Athens organizing custom-made trips, combining travel with life coaching in a quest to help people find their path and purpose.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $575. After booking your trip, please request a single room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner in Athens on Day 1. We recommend you arrive in Athens by 12 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in time for a late lunch. On Day 9 you can plan to depart anytime after breakfast.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking four to six miles over the course of each day on flat and uneven ground as well as stairs. Please be advised that we’ll be exploring dark tunnels and basements as well as a natural cavern. We’ll also be exploring a number of abandoned spaces: factories, a train station, a resort, an ancient burial site, and a Byzantine city.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable boutique hotels, a farmhouse homestay, and inside a medieval island fortress
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • Transportation and flights to and from Athens, including airport transfers
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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