Greece Trip – Group Travel | Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Evan Panagopoulos
Photo Credit: Evan Panagopoulos
Photo Credit: Evan Panagopoulos
Photo Credit: Evan Panagopoulos

Forgotten Greece: Ghost Cities & Sinking Ships

from $3,540 USD per person for 9 days, 8 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Road Trip
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Trip Overview
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 spectacular ancient roots—exploring an ancient 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.

Highlights
  • Explore an abandoned industrial zone
  • Discover hidden shipwrecks, wartime bunkers, tunnels, and catacombs
  • Roam a ghost Byzantine city with an archaeologist
  • Stay overnight at a medieval island fortress
  • Admire the vista at an improbable Fairytale Castle
  • Visit the locations of Greece’s most infamous war crimes

Itinerary

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.
Greece

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

Pricing

The cost of this trip is $3,540, 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: 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 $320. 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 2 p.m. that day so you can settle into your accommodations and meet our guide and group in time for dinner. Our trip concludes in the morning on Day 9. If leaving Athens directly after our tour, we recommend departing any time in the afternoon on that day. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

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.

Accommodations

For most of the trip, we’ll be staying in three- and four-star boutique hotels. For two nights of the trip, we’ll be in a comfortable and characterful farmhouse homestay in Kyparissia. Note that the homestay may not have the same amenities as a hotel, but we promise its unique charm will more than make up for it. If you have any questions about the homestay arrangement, we’re happy to provide further information.

Included
  • Eight nights of accommodation at comfortable boutique hotels, a farmhouse homestay, and inside a medieval island fortress.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel will be by private van as well as by foot, and in one instance by train.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Greece has to offer!
Excluded
  • Transportation to and from Athens.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Greek visa, if applicable.
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Trip FAQ

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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  • Jun 7–Jun 15, 2021
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