After logging thousands of miles to create our one-of-a-kind itineraries, we go the extra mile to ensure that your journey is exceptional.
Our hands-on attention to detail begins by carefully crafting a personal journey that echoes your dreams and goals. We’ll book the appropriate hotels and arrange for all necessary transfers, car rentals, private guides, boat charters, cruises—even small cooking classes or private sailing at sunset. We also take care of the little details, like including tips for your guides, drivers and crew members, if you wish. And we’ll check in with you, both during and after your expedition, to make sure everything was to your satisfaction.
Our years of experience allow us to thoughtfully anticipate our travelers’ needs—often before they do. You may even find a surprise or two along the way!
No matter where you go, Hellenic Adventures has made the effort to find the best and most professionally-run lodging from 5-star luxury hotels to villas and lovely, small boutique hotels with high quality services and amenities for your overnight stays. We have established long-term relationships with many of our hoteliers, and that personal relationship assures that you will be well looked after.
We also know that the right accommodations are the accommodations right for you. So we make sure to listen to your needs to understand the type of hotels that feel like home to you.
Our guides are chosen not only for their intimate knowledge of the region and its history, but also for their ability to turn lectures into conversations. In the company of our charming guides, you’ll experience a friend showing you their home.
When you think of an adventure to a distant land, you might first think of what you will see when you arrive. The secret to a truly great adventure, however, is in what you taste.
When we research our destinations, we seek out lovely small restaurants, trattorias, and tavernas that the locals love, where our travelers can find fabulous multi-course feasts and the best of native wines.
Our small group trips are just the right size to enjoy wonderful meals in locations like these.
If you are traveling on your own, we give you recommendations of our favorite dining destinations. We also have special relationships with many of these restaurants that allow us to offer you special meals, which can be included in your trip package, that you will never forget.
So pack your taste buds… they are in for an adventure of a lifetime!
We know the secrets of our destinations, and we want to share them with you: special moments you will hold in your heart forever.
- Imagine a private sailing excursion in the Santorini caldera, cliffs towering above you as the sea shimmers.
- Or a cooking class, where you discover a recipe that will become a new family favorite.
- A hike along hidden paths with your guide showing you a whole new world you never knew existed.
Dream big; we sure do! We will work with you to find the special moments hidden along the trail of your journey and work magic to make those moments into cherished memories.
Hellenic Adventures has carved out a niche by providing a level of service unique among travel companies.
That service begins by listening to you to make sure we understand your travel needs, so that we can help make sure that your trip is just right for you.
We also work hard to prepare you for your trip. We provide you with a detailed “Handy Facts” handout, lists of suggested restaurants and recommended wines, language guides, maps, mileage charts, bibliographies… and more. We go over your itinerary with you before you depart to make sure you understand every aspect of the adventure that lies ahead.
During your trip, we work behind the scenes to make sure everything is going according to plan… and we are ready to step in to lend a hand if the best-laid plans go awry.
After you return, we ask you to fill out an evaluation of your trip, and we talk to you about the highlights of your journey and about what could have made it even better, so that we can use your experience to enhance the trips of others.
We never forget that this is your adventure, and we are thrilled to work hard to make sure it is the best adventure possible.
WAYS TO TRAVEL
When you travel overseas with us, we want you to be anxious, but with excitement not worrying about how you will get from point A to point B.
We know the backroads, how to get from one island to another… all the logistics that can make a trip smooth as silk.
When your plane lands, for example, we arrange transfers so someone can meet you and whisk you and your baggage into the heart of your new adventure. Rather than worrying about how to call a taxi in a foreign language, we take care of arranging your transfers beforehand.
If you are traveling with a group, our guides and drivers will take care of all the logistics, leaving you to wonder at the marvelous destinations you are visiting.
Traveling on your own? Not to worry. Even if you are driving, we will go over the maps with you beforehand and explain to you the best routes to take, from our own experience, to make sure you feel comfortable with the adventure that lies ahead.
If something does happen while you are traveling, let us know! We excel at working to make things right, so you can get back to enjoying your trip as soon as possible.
Driving on your own offers the greatest amount of flexibility and efficiency when it comes to fully exploring a destination. You can come and go as you like and on your own schedule. And from the road you can often find those off-the-beaten-path gems that will live on in your memory, like…
- That gorgeous beach that you spotted from the ferry: when you found it, you had it entirely to yourselves for the whole afternoon.
- That farm restaurant outside of town where they serve free range chicken on the spit and you unashamedly ate two whole chickens… just the two of you!
- The little taverna at the top of the mountain with the amazing view of the river valley where the waiter burst into song every time he walked into the kitchen
- The hiking path that started outside the village and then dropped to the sea where you swam in the breakers and laughed yourselves silly every time a wave smacked you to the sand
- The small, family-owned winery that serves those incredible “snacks” between their varietals and where you met that Italian couple who lived in Rome and knew your cousin who works at the FAO
Driving can certainly have its own rewards.
It’s a great way for everyone in your party to enjoy the landscape (no one has to keep their eyes on the road!) and there is comfort in being able to get up and move around… is it time for a coffee? Head for the club car! The centrally located train stations also make for boarding without the lengthy wait or long security line that airports promise.
Certain of our destinations lend themselves very well to travel by rail. In Italy, for example, the railroad system is well developed and efficient, and it is quite easy to move from one destination to another on a comfortable, frequently scheduled, and on-time train. We recommend first class, non-smoking cars for the greatest comfort.
In Peru, train travel can be a destination in itself as train routes connect some of the most important sites, and certain routes and trains offer unique comforts. The trip on the Andean Explorer from Cusco to Puno on Lake Titicaca, for example, is like a trip on the Orient Express… highly recommended!
“When visiting my grandmother as a child, I remember hearing the train whistle and wondering who was aboard and where they were going. I could hardly wait for my first train trip, and I still love the freedom of train travel.”