White Greek buildings in the distance, while a kayaker paddles in the foreground.

Come join us as we return to Poros, Greece in 2023. The dates for this trip are September 16th to September 23th, 2023. There are many reasons why we return to this magical place, and we hope you come with us to create your own memories. Some of the reasons we return are the kayaking, the scenery, the people, the culture, and lastly the food. This week long trip has many inclusions, and only a few exclusions for the value of the price.

So - what does a usual trip look like? Here is our video montage from Sept '22

 

Activities while there/ what's included

Getting to the Poros - After your arrival to Athens airport, make your way to the Piraeus Marina. We will meet as a group and I will have the one-way high speed ferry ticket over to Poros awaiting for you. Prior to the trip, I will provide you essential information about using public transportation and additional guidance.

Lodging - You will stay at the Odyssey Suites during your week long adventure. This will serve as your 'base camp'. Here all meals, meetings, group discussions, and your sleeping will take place. Majority of the rooms are designed for couples, there are only a few rooms suited for the solo traveler. This location is about 2 miles away from the marina downtown, about 1/8 mile away from the beach (where our kayaks are staged). There is a grocery store and rental store within walking distance from this location.

Kayaking - There will be plenty of kayaking – both ½ day and full day excursions (all dependent on weather conditions). We will be provided the use of the kayaks and gear with our Scottish kayaking guide, Brian. Brian has been to Poros numerous times over the years, and knows the area very well. Your kayak is a 14 long sea yak and about 24.5 inches wide. Made in Italy they are called Rainbow. They are quite nimble, comfortable and stable. Paddles, PFD’s and dry bags will be made available for each outing. The group will be paddling within the Aegean Sea. Unlike most seas, there are no tides within this body of water. Yes, it is salty and there are some waves present (usually less than a foot). The water temperatures remain around the low 80’s.

Food – Authentic, fresh, and all soooooo good! Breakfast options are quite numerous. There are meat options, fresh fruit, breads, yogurt, and drink options (coffee/tea/milk/juice/water). If we are on the water for a day paddle, you will be provided a ‘box lunch’ which is usually fruit, a sandwich, and another option. Supper is quite the event, as this follows the typical European style meal. It will start around 7 PM and last until 830 or 9 PM. There are several courses served during that time. It is a time of reflection, conversation, relaxation and digestion. Try something new and exciting, try everything; you may be surprised and delighted. Sometime during the meal, we will have an informal meeting and talk about the next day’s schedule, and what to expect.

Culture- Katerina, Dora and/or Rik (Our hosts at the Odyssey) will take us on a morning tour of the downtown. She will provide us entertaining details surrounding the architecture of the buildings, a rich historic account on how the residents of Poros fought off the Romans  and other invaders over the years, find out why there are so many religious buildings there are on the island (more than you think), learn why the headstones in the cemeteries face in one direction, as well as many more interesting cultural facts.

An evening with Katerina and Rik – We will take a water taxi over to their farm, tour the farm, learn what it takes to grow fruit trees, and take a guess how many olive trees are on the farm. Join in the process to cook up a meal for a large group of people, take in a traditional dance, drink some wine, and watch the sunset over the mountains, and look upon the city of Poros as the light fades.

Greek cooking – A small group of people will rotate through the Greek cooking class during the week. Here you will be tasked to become the sous-chef as you prep, chop, cook, and prepare many meals – all of which will be cooked by Katerina’s staff and served later that evening. This brings a great conversation piece to the table as the ‘cooks’ take pride in their meals and describe what it took to make it. Oh, did I mention, there was wine involved?

Day trip to Hydra – On a selected day of the week, the group will take a trip by ferry over to the island of Hydra. Here you will get a walking tour of the harbor and surrounding town. Embrace yourself in the history of the island, take a walk along the stone path roads (have shoes with good traction), take a picture with a donkey, tour the historic pharmacy (no pictures inside, please), and take in a meal near the windmills overlooking the sea – while there, take a swim at the watering hole. Please note, this is a tourist attraction and some of the items for sale in the stores may be slightly elevated.

Free time – If you are not feeling up to a paddle trip for the day, take a tour of the island, get those unique gifts, and find your special place to reflect. It may be on the top of the island, overlooking numerous miles of water and surrounding land masses, sitting on the nearby beach, or it may be at one of the many ruins. You can either take a walking tour, or rent a bike, atv, or scooter. To rent a motorized bike – all one needs to provide is a driver’s license to the owners. Helmets are provided, if asked. There are several places to visit on the island, some more remote than others.

Payment

Total price for this trip is $2100 per person (excludes airfare, baggage fees, ground transportation, and other associated fees).

Payment in full can be made several ways - To avoid the additional 6% booking software fee, give us a call. Choose your method:

Double Occupancy Room - Two people sharing the room. Please provide me info if you need separate beds.

Option 1:

Pay the full amount ($2100) on/before Jan 15, 2023.

Full Payment .(includes deposit)

Option 2 (Payment Plan): Double Occupancy Room

There is a $350 non-refundable deposit due by Jan 15th, 2023 to reserve the trip.

Greece Deposit 

First payment due on Mar 12, 2023 ($875)

1st Payment

Final payment on June 14, 2023 ($875)

2nd Payment

Single Occupancy Room - Solo travelers. Please note, there is an additional supplemental fee of $300.

Option 1 :

Pay the full amount ($2400) on/before Jan 15th, 2023

Full Payment .(includes deposit)

Option 2 (Payment Plan): Solo traveler

There is a $350 non-refundable deposit due by Jan 15th, 2023 to reserve the trip.

Greece Deposit 

First Payment due on Mar 12, 2023 ($1025)

1st Payment

Second Payment due on June 14, 2023 ($1025)

2nd Payment