Experience the Must-Sees of Athens, Kayak and Beach Hop Around a Greek Island, Best of Greece Food Tour
About this Trip
Opa! Breathtaking beaches, mouthwatering Mediterranean cuisine, fascinating Greek ruins and mythology
You’ll bike your way through the heart of Athens and transport yourself back in time as you explore the Parthenon, Acropolis, and other ancient ruins. You’ll see the birthplace of the Olympics and democracy, admire ancient and modern street art, eat incredibly delicious Greek food, and soak in the genuine and friendly hospitality of the amazing, proud-to-be-Greek locals.
Hop on a short flight and you’ll spend the next several days relaxing on a picture-perfect island with whitewashed homes and blue roofs (cue Mamma Mia), where time slows down and you beach hop, cliff jump, and kayak until the sun goes down. You’ll hike to ancient catacombs, enjoy dinner by the sea, and stroll through cobblestone streets at sunset.
Youth & Parent Experiences
”I loved my TFY trips!! As I’ve reflected on my trip experiences, I’ve realized how much they have helped me grow. The trips have changed the way I see others and the world. I have overcome challenges on the trips that have changed my life. I am extremely grateful for my opportunity to go.Hannah M.
”Even though we have traveled abroad, sending our teenage son overseas without us was daunting. What we found with TFY was a well-organized and experienced group that knew how to balance safety, spirituality, work, and play in a way that made me comfortable and my son very happy. We are so grateful for the excellent experience we had with TFY.Sara K.
”Each trip taught me something new about myself, the world, and especially God. I learned the gospel of Jesus Christ in Costa Rica, learned to see others as God sees them in Greece. I was exposed to a whole new view of the world and poverty in Zambia, and I developed my confidence in my place in the world in Tahiti. Erin and Kimball have put so much time and effort into making these trips life-changing, and they definitely have succeeded in creating a whole new way to travel.Renee F.
”TFY showed me how much the world had to offer. I learned each day on the trip that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and experience things you never have before. I would make everyone go on a TFY trip if I could because you can’t get those experiences anywhere else!Brynli A.
”I’ve been to Costa Rica before, but I had never seen it the TFY way. I loved moving around from place to place and doing things I would never try on my own, like sleeping in a cave and rappelling down a 90-ft waterfall. This trip was the perfect combination of adventure, service, and spiritual strengthening.Avery M.
”My TFY trips were the BEST!! The leaders, experiences, and especially the environment helped teach me about the world and about myself. I grew spiritually and mentally on my trip and would recommend anyone and everyone to go! Not only are you having a blast and making lifetime connections, but you are also learning life skills and serving those around you... what could be better!?!Emily B.
”TFY absolutely changed me for the better. I learned that making friends is so much easier than I could have ever imagined. It made me have love and appreciation for what I have and the world! My experience at TFY gave me eternal friendships, faith, and self-confidence. The trip may seem scary at first but it is 1000% worth it and it will be something you never forget. And if you can’t find someone to come with you I promise it’s just as good (or better) alone!! I’m forever thankful for travel for youth!Natalee P.
Who Can Go On This Teen Trip?
All youth, ages 15-18, who commit to and follow the rules and safety standards of Travel For Youth can attend this trip.
Is Greece safe?
Safety is, by far, our number one priority when we choose a location for our trips. We are keenly aware of the intense trust that is placed in us to provide a safe and life-changing experience for your child. As parents of three children, we do not take that trust lightly. Because of this, we will never take your child to a place that we, as the founders, do not deem safe for our own small children, and that we have not PERSONALLY visited and vetted from top to bottom.
Greece is an amazing country with a high level of safety and hospitality. The most common types of violence experienced by tourists are petty theft (pickpocketing) and local demonstrations in large, public areas.
We have several layers of safety in place to prevent all that we can. You can read more about our robust safety precautions here.
What is the food like?
Greek food can be described in one word: AMAZING. Gyros, bougatsa, gelato, pitas and hummus, olives, dolmadakia, mousakka, Greek salads, etc. A typical meal involves some kind of meat, cheeses, vegetables and bread. Our hosts are always very willing to accommodate and help with food allergies when they can. Traveling with a gluten or dairy allergy is manageable in Greece, but it takes some additional planning and preparation.
What are the housing accommodations going to be?
Again, safety is our number one priority. When we consider new locations, we always go beforehand and scout out the safest, highest quality housing and neighborhoods available. We never stay in hostels and we personally go and vet every accommodation for cleanliness, location, safety, and privacy. In order to provide a more immersive cultural experience, and to better support and give back to the community we are visiting, we prioritize Airbnb’s or privately owned bed and breakfasts for the majority of our stay.
What can I do to prepare for my trip?
First and foremost, get a passport if you don’t already have one!
Next, keep your eye out for the information and resources that we will be sending you about your trip. The more you know and understand, the more this experience will mean to you and the more prepared you will be to make a meaningful difference.
While we will use the metro in Athens, you will also need to be prepared to do a good amount of walking each day as you explore the better, less touristy, parts of the city and the island. While you will be required to wear a lifejacket during your kayak adventure, it is important that you know how to swim in order to fully participate in other parts of this trip. Knowing how to ride, and being comfortable on a bike, will also be important for this trip.
Lastly, practice getting uncomfortable: try new foods, start conversations with people you don’t know, put away your phone for a few hours every day, etc. Traveling is exhilarating and life-changing, but it can also be full of moments that are new, hard, or uncomfortable. New people, new cultures, new languages, and new food can be a lot to take in at times. Everything you do to get ready now will make it that much easier. Just know that we’ll be there to walk you through all of it and help make the experience amazing!