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 by clicking on the Trip Summary link on the left.
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! After working hard for your trip, you deserve an enjoyable, comfortable place to wind down at the end of your day. We put a LOT of time into finding the perfect accommodation for your trip so after sniffing around, fluffing pillows, and testing showers we have narrowed down our favorite properties that won't disappoint. Check out our approved accommodation to get an idea of the types of places you can expect to lay your head during your Detours trip.
ATHENS - 360 Pop Art Hotel
Why we love this property:
• Best location in the city
• Delicious buffet breakfast
• Trendy modern design
• Friendly and helpful staff
MYKONOS - Damiano's Hotel
Why we love this property:
• An endless ocean view
• Beautiful pool area
• 5 minute walk to main town
• Immaculately clean rooms
• Local family owned
SANTORINI - Nautilus Dome
Why we love this property:
• Clifftop location
• Walking distance to main town
• Beautiful whitewashed rooms
• Huge traditional breakfast
MILOS - Santa Maria Village
Why we love this property:
• Across the street from beach
• Local family owned
• Extremely friendly staff
• Large rooms
• Quiet, tranquil location
*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. 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.
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!
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 11 breakfasts • Group travel within Greece • Athens / Acropolis city tour • 3-day dune buggy rental • Welcome dinner and drinks • Knowledgeable and fun Detours leaders • Detours Travel Guidebook • 15 years of trip leading experience - What isn't included? • Meals and drinks outside of those listed above • Activities outside of the those listed above • International Airfare
Our travelers love us, and you will too.
Gerald L. - USA
July 6, 2018
Traveling with Detours is a great experience! Even if you don't know anyone else in your tour group beforehand, you instantly have a sense of community with your LGBT brethren from the minute you first meet up. What I also love about the tours is that they take the guess work out of where you need to go. The tour guides are super knowledgeable about where you are visiting and provide a sense of security in unfamiliar territory. I have been on two tours now with Detours, one to Spain and on to Greece and for good reason. Both have been truly great experiences that I would recommend to anyone in the LGBT community (or allies) for a great trip at a great value! Looking forward to my next trip with Detours!!
Derrick B. - Canada
June 26, 2018
I participated in the tour of Greece June 2 to 13 this year. This was my first tour with Detours and it was all I could have hoped for. The Detours staff went out of their way to help me secure the travel dates I wanted. Once there, the accommodations were beautiful, and the transportation between islands were almost seamless. I was also very fortunate to have been travelling with a terrific group of guys, lead by the amazing Dan, our GAL (Global Adventure Leader -- he said he's the one who came up with the acronym!) who never failed us at any turn. I was impressed at his ability to multi-task, yet make everyone feel like he he was giving them his individual attention. Anything you needed, he was there to help you in whatever way necessary. Add that to his knowledge of Greece, being adored by all of his contacts, and being an all-around great guy, it was a pleasure to have been part of his last tour group in Greece (for now!). I look forward to my next tour with Detours!
Kevin L. - USA
June 15, 2018
Mark and I just returned from an amazing trip to Greece with Detours. Dan, our Global Adventure Guide, was amazing! He definitely made sure we (the full group) were enjoying ourselves and seeing all of the amazing country that we could. We are already looking to take another trip with Detours and encouraging our friends to as well. The trip was seamless which is saying a lot given the multiple transportation methods at each location and between the islands.
Barry and Tim - USA
June 5, 2018
Tim and I just returned from the most fantastic vacation we have ever experienced. This was our first trip with Detours and it will not be our last. We are now planning on when we can do Thailand or another destination. The service and professionalism from the office staff and from our Trip Leaders, Dan Clarke and Shane Bingham was most excellent. I am sure that Miles was finally glad that our plane landed as the delays were numerous flying into Athens. The transportation arranged from the airport was there and we were whisked off to the hotel as if we had landed on time. Dan Clarke had to adlib as the trip was happening due to the rule changes on Milos and not being able to rent the ATV's for our group. You wouldn't have known that there were any changes to the plans as everything was flawless. The new friends we made on this trip will be with us for ever. The group of men we met and traveled with were all a delight to be with. Detours had the most comfortable hotels booked for us and the excursions were excellent. Thank you to Miles, Dan and Shane.
Robert P. - USA
October 11, 2017
We recently returned from Greece which was our third Detours vacation (also Spain and Peru). The Greek Isles are spectacularly beautiful and Detours made sure we saw all the amazing places Greece has to offer. Even more amazing was how easy Detours made it all possible. Just wake up in the morning and choose from a wide range of exciting adventures. Even more amazing was Miles our tour leader. He made it a point to get acquainted with all in our group and made sure we were all enjoying ourselves (he’s cute too). The other guys on the tour were awesome. We made many new friends. Most of us are now friends on Facebook and making plans to see each other in the future. We are already looking forward to our next Detours vacation to Costa Rica for Christmas and New Years.
Roland T. - USA
October 9, 2017
The Detours travel experience was absolutely amazing. Wonderful travel mates, fun adventures/activities, the most breathtaking views EVER, and great dining options made for some terrific memories of my first trip to Greece. Hotel accommodations were excellent as were the restaurants selected for lunch/dinner. Every activity, including lunches/dinners, was optional and so participants could do as much/little as they wanted. Of course, spending time with my travel mates seeing the beautiful sights, learning about the culture, sharing meals together, and learning about each other is what made the Detours experience unique and life enhancing. Venturing out of my comfort zone for just a little bit allowed me to be part of something really special. Detours Travel created a five star experience for me and so I am giving them five stars in return.
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