12 Days in Greece
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.
A city that’s been around for 3400 years has definitely built up its fair share of must-see’s, so our time here is spent immersing ourselves in the new and old of Athens. The Acropolis and the Parthenon looming over the city, or the fascinating Archeology Museum are great places to spend the daytime before we head to the charming streets of Monastiraki for our evening and, if you've still got energy, the Gazi area for the bustling Athens social scene. Our first meeting time on day 1 is at 4pm where we'll all meet together to start our adventure!
Milos is an unspoiled paradise, an undiscovered oasis of stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and breathtaking vistas, inhabited by the friendliest people in Greece. It's full of passionately proud residents who can't wait to tell you all about their island. We'll explore this paradise by ATV vehicle, allowing us to get off the beaten track and really experience the best this island has to offer! This is the island that you've probably never heard of but we guarantee you'll never forget!
Our days here will be spent making sure we discover why Santorini is one of the most famous islands in the world! It all begins as we arrive into Thira port, and travel up to the top of Imerovigli hill to our accommodation overlooking the majestic island and Aegean Sea. With postcard-worthy vistas, secluded beaches, sunsets to die for, wineries galore, hot springs, water activities, and more, there are plenty of reasons to fall in love with Santorini.
A bittersweet departure from Santorini is made a bit sweeter once we arrive in the famously gay island of Mykonos. This island, however is more than just bars and gay beaches, it's also narrow white-washed streets you'll want to get lost in, it's the hole-in-the-wall piano and jazz bars where people mingle from all over the world, and it's the ruins of past civilization that has thrived in this area for thousands of years.
Our trip finishes in Greece's largest city for one last chance to stock up on some delicious Greek food and get our last shots of ancient Acropolis before heading home. But rest assured, after these 12 days in Greece, it probably won't be your last visit. All travelers are welcome to book their flights departing from Greece at any time on the 12th day.
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.
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.
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. We'll include some trip-specific packing advice based on expected weather as part of our update email to you, sent 60 days prior to your trip.
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.
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 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!
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.
What's included? • All taxes • 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 •
What isn't included? • Meals and drinks outside of those listed above • Activities outside of the those listed above • International Airfare • International Drivers License (available at your local driver licensing provider) • Optional gratuities •
Additional spending budget? Your big-ticket items are included through the trip, but you'll want to budget for additional spending such as additional meals, drinks, shopping, activities, etc. These costs can vary dramatically with differing personal habits but we suggest expecting to spend an additional $750 USD at the lower end for the more budget-conscious and $1200 USD at the higher end for the splurgers. We suggest arriving to Greece with approximately 300 Euros in cash.
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Russ B. - USA
November 2, 2019
If you like to travel to amazing places, make new friends, and have the time of your life, I highly recommend Detours travel. We recently completed a nearly two week tour of Greece and had a blast traveling to several islands and Athens. Our tour guide, Miles, who is also the company owner, was a joy to be with and made the vacation carefree and fun. Our group bonded from the start, and before the end, we felt like family. It was sad to see it come to an end. We really feel we got our money’s worth and look forward to another Detours vacation in the future.
Chris W. - USA
October 10, 2019
Wow! Can't say enough good about Detours. Just back from a fabulous trip to Greece. Miles (tour leader/owner) did a great job shepherding 16 of us to some of the best places around. The tour is designed so that the disparate group members get to know each other and that only added to the wonderful adventure! What a great group!! Every detail was taken care of; once I landed in Athens, didn't have to worry about a thing. Miles took great care of all of us and went out of his way multiple times to help folks. Accommodations and transportation were top notch; dining even better. If you're like me and Greece is on your bucket list, you can't get better value for you money. I can't wait to take my next Detours' excursion.
Tarn H. - Australia
October 10, 2019
Just returned from a detours trip to Greece with tour leader Brandon. I had a few reservations at first coming to tour (having being a younger participant) I wanted to make sure the tour is the right fit for me but Miles and Shane reassured me at first after a few quick online queries (thanks Miles & Shane). After meeting the group and our tour leader Brandon on day 1 in the hotel lobby, I instantly felt relieved and very excited as I felt an instant connection to the group. Brandon went over and beyond to ensure everyone was engaged and having a great time. From the restraurants bookings to the transport, everything felt seamless and very well organised (hats off to you Brandon!). The beauty about this tour is that you’re not confined to a prescheduled arrangement so it’s ok to detour from the tour! The highlight of the trip was driving around Milos in the ATV and getting lost in the island, so much so that I hired the ATV again in Mykonos to venture out on other parts of the island. For those considering this tour... stop! Grab your wallet and book this trip ASAP, you won’t regret it! 10/10!!!!
Scott S. - USA
October 3, 2019
This trip was really quite incredible and I loved every minute. The structure was absolutely perfect for me, getting to participate in wonderful group activities, but also have plenty of personal time. Brandon was also an absolutely terrific tour guide - great energy and always made sure everyone’s needs were looked after. I had been dreaming of going to Greece for quite some time, and this trip exceeded my expectations.
Don F. - USA
October 2, 2019
Highly Recommend Detours Travel. My husband and I traveled with Detours to Greece from Sept 14 to Sept 25 for our honeymoon. Our tour guide, Miles, who is the owner of Detours was outstanding and made sure that every detail was attended to. The hotels and transportation were exceptional and well thought out. The hotel staff were very accommodating and welcoming of our group of 17 guys (including Miles). The transportation ferries between islands were seamless. Miles had suggestions for the group each day, some structured and some not. He arranged a private tour guide in Athens to see and learn about the important ruins. On each island they had planned activities or suggestions that were available. It was our choice whether we wanted to participate or not. We quickly learned that we would get the most out of our trip if we participated in at least part of the day. This was a pleasure as the group of guys on our tour made the trip even more enjoyable.
A few highlights of the trip were the rented ATV’s on Milos. This was something we would not have thought to do on our own but what an amazing way to explore the island. Plus with Miles as our guide we saw parts of the island that we would not have seen any other way. Another highlight was a full day sailboat charter that allowed us to see the island from the sea. The boat and crew were amazing and even put up with all of our friendly banter with each other and them. Each of the three islands had its own charm and I feel that Detours helped us experience that. Staying on each island for a few days allowed us to explore local food and dining options. Miles always had a dinner reservation for a local restaurant that were accommodating to a group our size. We had some amazing food and dining experiences. Again there was no pressure to go with the group but we enjoyed catching up with the guys to hear what they did or saw during their unstructured exploration time.
On the second to the last day of the trip we asked Miles for a recommendation for a private honeymoon meal. Not only did he secure reservations but also arranged luxury transportation for an amazing farm fresh meal. It turned out that it was not exactly what he had planned for us but turned out even better than expected. I few guys on our trip had been on other tours with Detours and commented that the experience we had with Miles was similar to what they had with their other guides. We will travel with Detours again and look forward to another adventure.
Craig S. - USA
October 1, 2019
I was on the late September 2019 trip to Athens, Milos, Santorini and Mykonos. I can give Detours my highest recommendation. Our trip leader (not a guide) was Shane. He worked double time to make sure all our arrangements were made and we had plenty to keep us busy. But, if we wanted to go off on our own or hang at the hotel pool...we did. The group of 16 ranged in age from 30s to 60s. I participated or struck out on my own or with a friend as I felt. I’ve never traveled with a group before. It has its advantages and disadvantages. I enjoyed the easy social interactions. Having arrangements already made was a luxury. I would travel with Detours again. — Greece: I spent a couple of months learning basic Greek before I left and I’m glad I did. Greeks are blown away even if you can speak just a few words of their language. However, you can travel all through the Greek Islands and Athens’ tourist areas and never speak one word of Greek. Greek food is so phenomenally better in country then what you can get in the United States. It’s way more than gyros, moussaka, and baklava. I never felt unsafe in Greece although a friend got pickpocketed on the Athens metro so be aware. If you like big cities you’ll like Athens. There’s a lot of energy there. Milos is a calm, laid-back island. Go sailing! Santorini is stunning with its views but way overrated. It’s jampacked full of tourists even in the off-season. I had the lowest hopes for Mykonos. But, it turned out to be a fantastic island. And by all means check out the archaeological sites in Greece. Lastly, get to know Greek people. They are wonderful and a lot of fun.
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