What will the accommodations be like?
EcoGreece believes it has discovered some
of the most authentic accommodations available. We choose
small to mid size hotels and pensions that are noted for
their hospitality and character. Each room on every trip
has a private bath. These lodging facilities are a welcome
site after your daily active adventure.
What will the meals be like?
Fresh and filling! We realize that active
touring creates a hungry stomach. Be ready to taste traditional
and delicious local fare at the tavernas and restaurants.
We know that some people have certain dietary needs. With
all the fresh vegetables grown in Greece it will be no
problem for vegetarians to enjoy the local cuisine too.
Wines are from the local region.
Ecogreece provides a lunch to be carried
in your backpack on the one day tavernas are not located
along our hiking trail. This lunch consists of a hearty
sandwich, fruit and your choice of either juice, soda,
beer or water.
What will the weather be like?
The weather in Greece is usually hot, with the
sun shining. However, if we cloudy or rainy days, our original
plan may have to be altered.
What about insects and snakes?
There are no dangerous insects to worry about.
Bees may prove dangerous to allergic persons. Mosquitoes are
found but are not in abundance and bites can be reduced by putting
on mosquito repellant. There are no lethal poisonous snakes.
Who will be guiding our trips?
People keep telling us "your guides are fantastic".
We at EcoGreece take great pride in this.
Our guides are chosen based on certain criteria.
Obviously we hire people for their expertise and intimate knowledge
for the areas we visit. Equally important is to find an individual
who has a passion for life, enthusiasm and a great sense of
Our guides are Greek professionals who live where
we travel. They will show you new things while at the same time
listen to your thoughts. They have a love and joy for sharing
their country with you.They are truly... wonderful people. Their
professions run the gamut from photographer to dentist and doctor.
What about money?
There are ATM's in all major cities such as Athens,
Hania and Iraklion. The smaller towns that we visit have are
no ATM's or banks. Visa, Master Card and American Express are
all widely accepted for shopping and at Hotels.
Will I feel comfortable as a solo traveler?
Expect to be in the company of good friends
right from the first day! All of our trips have a combination
of couples and single travelers. We can assign you a roommate,
or you choose to secure a single room and pay the single
supplement fee (see trip page). If you wish to share a
room we will attempt to find a roommate, however if we
are unable to do so you will be required to pay the single
Can EcoGreece assist with air travel?
Yes. We will help you get the best and most convenient
airfare both for international and domestic (in Greece). We
won't leave you alone to decide by yourself for this stressful
matter. We will suggest you contact Patricia Graham with Select
Travel American Express. Patricia can be reached at
HIKING TOURS - SPECIAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
How strenuous are the hikes and walks?
Basically all of our walking/hiking tours,
cover an average time of 3 to 7 walking/hiking hours each
day. Tours are leisurely and traverse a varity of terrain
including rolling hills on well tended paths, sidewalks,
and narrow or rocky paths. There are areas with increased
elevations with more frequent descents. Overall we will
be descending in gorges. There are no real steep ascents.
One of our hikes takes us through the Samaria
Gorge. On this hike you will descend from 4,000 feet to
sea level while walking/hiking on a very rocky path. This
hike makes it totally unsuitable for individuals with
severe leg or knee problems.
If you have any specific questions regarding
your ability or concerns, please contact us and we will
be happy to evaluate the situation with you.
Will my luggage be with me all the time?
Yes, for most days.There will be a day that we
walk the Samaria Gorge. On this day you will need to carry what
fits in your backpack only. If by chance the weather is not
friendly there would be one additional day of carrying what
fits in your backpack.
Do I need any special gear?
This gear list has been created to help you choose
your equipment for the hike tours.
Start with a comfortable fanny pack or day pack.
FOOTWEAR: A broken in pair of hiking boots. Please
make sure the foot wear provides good ankle support and good
traction. Be nice to your feet! If you plan on purchasing new
boots, do so well ahead of time and allow yourself time to break
Bring some extra moleskin, Second Skin, Compeed
(or similar ) for fast foot treatment, plus tape. And watch
out for blisters! A very good way to minimize the risk of blisters
is to wear a thin liner sock under your regular thicker hiking
socks. The liner sock should be made of a-non-absorbent, wicking
material, absolutely no cotton. Test your sock combination before
you go on the trip.
of the beaches have pebble rocks and make it uncomfortable to
walk in bare feet. We recommend that you bring a pair of swimming
shoes or sandals.
CLOTHING: Due to thorny bushes on some of the
hikes we recommend hiking pants, loose and easy to move in.
However if you want to bring shorts that is up to you. Four
T-shirts, One long-sleeve shirt. Typical underwear needed. Four
sets of socks (we recommend a thin liner sock also to avoid
blisters). Swimsuit (very important).
OUTER CLOTHING: The key to staying comfortable
while hiking is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum
weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create
the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.
Medium weight polarplus sweater, rain jacket and rain pants
(or poncho). Rain showers in the afternoons is a possibility
Choose breathable, lightweight fabrics. Cotton
is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet it
drains your body heat. Plan on bringing at least one synthetic
shirt that maintains its warmth when wet. Examples of these
fabrics would be Capilene, M.T.S. and Thermax. Always test your
layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over
the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
CITY CLOTHES: Bring a casual pair of shoes and
a few lightweight easily washable items for city wear.
HEADWEAR: Protect yourself from the sun with sun
screen, lip protection (SPF 15 rating), sunglasses. Lightweight
polypropylene or Capilene visor, sun hat or baseball cap. Bandanna,
water bottle and a good disposition are the only other suggestions.
ACCESSORIES: Walking stick or collapsible ski
poles. Toilet kit (soap, toothbrush, toilet articles, towel).
OPTIONAL: Camera and film. Reading and writing
HOW DO I AVOID "JET LAG"?
realizes that flying a long distance is not the easiest thing
in the world. It can sometimes make a person feel cranky and
tired during and after their flight.
Please remember that when the group
meets, our guide will have a smile and we want you to have one
too. Don't let an airline trip ruin it.
In order to help our clients avoid
certain flight discomforts we hope the following information
BEFORE YOU FLY...
Help your body to help itself:
- Avoid rich or fatty foods the day before
- Apply a good moisturizer before you travel
to help keep the skin moist
- Avoid alcohol, tea, and coffee on the
day before you travel
- Wear loose-fitting clothes made from
natural fibers to allow your skin to breath
...AND IN THE AIR:
- Select light in-flight menus
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid coffee and soft drinks containing
Stretch Your Muscles, Ease Your Body
Sitting in one place for a
long time can make you feel tired and stiff. These gentle
onboard exercises will help you minimize this and as a
result you will feel more comfortable during your flight.
- Gently lean to one side. Rest for 3 seconds,
breathe out. Repeat to the other side. Repeat 3 times.
- Lift hands, breathe in deeply and hold
for 3 seconds. Place arms behind head, breathe out.
Repeat 3 times.
- Bend feet upward, spread toes and hold
for 3 seconds. Point feet downward clenching toes and
hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Exercise during a stopover
- Exercise once you reach your destination
- Soak in your bathtub
- Take a quick jog or
- Adjust your watch
and personal activities to the new time zone as soon
- Try to eat at the
meal times of your destination country
- Try to sleep at the
normal bedtime of your destination country: it will
pay dividends in the morning!
Always check with your doctor before
starting this or any other health and exercise program. Do not
take part in activities that you have been instructed against