Greece Sea Turtle Conservation Holiday

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    Natural Greece

    Natural Greece is a licensed tour operator business that, ever since 2013, has been offering expert-led Eco & Wildlife Holidays all over Greece, delighting customers worldwide. Its team consists of leading tourism professionals and knowledgeable, passionate guides.

    • 9 Days
    • Eco Marine Tour
    • Peloponnese

    During this Sea turtle conservation holiday in the South of the Peloponnese peninsula, you protect nests and baby turtles, so that populations can thrive once again. 

    This sea turtle holiday is suitable for young and old, students, families, friends and couples. Children as young as 8 years old can participate, as long as there is adult guidance. Accommodation will be in a caravan, tent or apartment in 1 of Greece’s finest camping sites, camping Gythio Bay.  Sandy beaches provide the setting for this project where you make a difference! The holiday location is near Gythio, a pretty coastal village. A perfect setting to enjoy those long, warm Mediterranean Summer evenings. A local, friendly group leader is there for you to make this the perfect Summer get-away with a difference.

    Departure & Return Location

    • Athens, Greece

    Group size

    Max 10 people.

    Price Includes

    • Sea Turtle Rescue Tour in the Sea Turtle Rescue Center
    • All sea turtle volunteering activities on the beaches
    • Training & local support by staff of sea turtle protection society Archelon
    • All breakfasts and dinners
    • 1st overnight in hotel in Coastal Athens BB
    • 7 overnights in Camping Gythio Bay, Mavrovouni
    • Private transfer from airport Athens to Sea Turtle Rescue Center in coastal Athens area on day 1
    • Private transfer from hotel in coastal Athens area to Sea Turtle beaches South Peloponnese on day 2
    • Private transfer from beaches South Peloponnese to Athens airport on last day
    • Donation for sea turtle protection society Archelon, a t-shirt of Archelon and membership for 1 year
    • Tour operator liability insurance

    Price Excludes

    • Flights (to Athens and return flight)
    • Lunches, drinks, and tips
    • Travel insurance
    • Optional activities or excursions such as windsurfing, visiting Mystras

    Highlights

    • Help save our natural environment
    • Protect turtle nests and females from predators, inundation and human threats
    • Assist those baby turtles arrive safely at sea
    • Experience Greek culture, gastronomy & hospitality in one of Greece’s most beautiful corners
    • Enjoy fantastic beach life, swim, snorkel & relax
    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival day

    Arrive at Athens airport. Preferably before 3PM.  Meet the group and the tour leader! Your hotel for the first night will be along the pretty Athens Riviera. Within walkable distance from the Sea Turtle Rescue Center. In the evening there’s a welcome dinner. Great Greek food & company in an authentic Greek place!

    Day 2Gythio

    Your small group gets the transfer in a comfortable vehicle to the South-Peloponnese (289 km/180 miles, 4 hours’ drive), Gythio. The drive is over good roads and the scenery is beautiful. Halfway: it’s time for a break at the world-famous Corinth canal!

    Your accommodation for the following week will be at Camping Gythio Bay, in Mavrovouni. Near Gythio town. A stunning location, right on the beach where you will be offering your services for the Caretta caretta or Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

    Dinner & overnight at an apartment, caravan or tent at luxury Camping Gythio Bay. Time permitting,you get your first presentation & training – about the loggerhead sea turtles.

    Day 3-8Sea Turtle Volunteering

    Start sea turtle volunteering.

    Depending on the time of the year, activities include:

    • looking for adult turtle tracks,
    • locating nests, enclose and mark them
    • relocating the threatened nests
    • locating baby turtle tracks,
    • dealing with any hatchlings that are still on the beach
    • shading of the nests to protect the hatchlings from disorientation
    • help baby turtles arrive at the sea
    • excavations of hatched nests to determine the hatching success

    During your stay, you may also be needed for activities like:

    • beach cleanings
    • collection of reed to construct the protection of the nest
    • wooden constructions such as boxes for injured turtles and
    • maintenance activities for the equipment
    • raising awareness – inform beach users how to behave on the nesting beaches

    However, there is plenty of time to chill, explore and relax. The actual volunteering will take roughly 4 hours a day. This means there is time to:

    • swim or snorkel in the Med or in the pool of the camping
    • sunbathe, sip cocktails, chat or read near the pool
    • explore the local fishing port of Gythio town
    • take a windsurf lesson (at an extra cost)
    • table tennis at the campsite
    • watch movies (under the stars) or TV in lounge room
    • rent a bike & cycle (at extra cost)

    Alternatively, you could visit nearby places like:

    • the caves of Dyrou
    • world-famous Sparta –yes, home town of the famous Spartan warriors!
    • Monemvasiá, breathtaking medieval tower town also dubbed the Gibraltar of the East.

    Dinner is Greek, authentic and delicious. vegan/vegetarian options available.

    Day 4Back to Athens

    Transfer from Gythio back to Athens airport is included. Take a flight back home or extend your stay. We suggest finding a flight with a departure later than 2 PM. Of course, you could extend your stay in Greece.

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