Dubrovnik to Santorini Trip Notes

Dubrovnik to Santorini

Last Modified: 06 Feb 2016
Dubrovnik to Santorini
Trip code: ZMSEC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Table of Contents
StyleTippingFinish point description
ThemesDeparture taxFinish point instructions
Is this trip right for you?Important notesEmergency contact
Why we love itGroup sizeEmergency funds
MapYour fellow travellersVisas
ItinerarySingle travellersIssues on your trip
Also available to purchaseAccommodationWhat to take
We also recommendMeals introductionHealth
Itinerary disclaimerMealsSafety
Culture shock rating TransportTravel insurance
Physical ratingGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining point A couple of rules
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsCarbon offset
Spending moneyFinish point Feedback
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • Our Original style trips have a great balance of included activities with your group and free time to explore independently. Where we stay ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched in a region’s people and culture, and provides them with unique local experiences that benefits the community too. In most locations we stay in simple tourist-class hotels (i.e. 2-3 stars), plus on many trips you'll also get to experience a night with a local family on a homestay or something a little different like a Bedouin camp in the Sahara. Original style trips come with all manner of transport modes and use a mixture of local and private transport. You might find yourself sailing in a dhow in Zanzibar, jumping on a rickshaw in Sri Lanka or sailing on a yacht through the Galapagos. No matter the mode, it's all about minimising our environmental impact and making getting around part of the adventure.
Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- We have had reports of travellers being pickpocketed on public transport in Athens. Please be careful with your valuables while travelling on the metro or the bus.
- Summer temperatures in Greece and Croatia can reach up to 40°C, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
- Due to the current financial situation, banking services in Greece could potentially become limited at short notice. This includes credit card processing services and servicing of ATMs. When travelling through Greece, please ensure you have more than one means of payment with you (cash, debit cards, credit cards, etc.). You'll also need to have sufficient Euros in cash to cover emergencies, unforeseen circumstances and any unexpected delays.
- As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
- As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
Why we love it
- Take a guided walk around the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik, the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'
- Lake Ohrid straddles the border between Macedonia and Albania. Take a cruise on the stunning lake, which is also one of the oldest in Europe
- Albania's colourful capital of Tirana is on the verge of big changes, so visit before the rest of the world does. Enjoy Albanian hospitality and plenty of free time to explore this fascinating city
- Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with visits to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora
- Wander through the charming villages of Syros. When night falls, indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas while Rembetika music floats around you
- With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side. Let the rest of the world melt away as you swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the Aegean Sea
- The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island from Thira to Oia, passing through white villages that cling to plunging cliffs
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Dubrovnik
Dobro Dosli! Welcome to Croatia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting today at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
The jewel of the Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik is a beautiful white stone town surrounded by city walls. If you arrive early, why not head out to one of the nearby Elafiti Islands? Visit Lopud, a quiet island with lovely hikes, beaches and a ruined castle, the sleepy enclave of Kolocep, which features walks for every fitness level, or friendly Sipan, the most populated of the isles. Alternatively, you might choose to laze about on one of Dubrovnik's beaches and people-watch for hours. When in town, perhaps check out the 13th-century Franciscan monastery or the Sponza and Rector's Palaces, the only Renaissance buildings in the city to survive a devastating earthquake and fire in 1667.
Optional Activities
  • City Sightseeing - HRK90
  • Fish Picnic Cruise - HRK300
  • Franciscan Monastery - HRK30
  • Lokrum Island Boat Trip - HRK75
  • War Photography Museum - HRK40
Accommodation
Pension (1 nt)
Day 2 Kotor
This morning take a one-hour guided walk around Dubrovnik's old city walls. Providing panoramic views over the sparkling Adriatic Sea, this is a highlight not to be missed. The ancient walls were put to modern use during the eight-month siege of Dubrovnik in the early 1990s. Thankfully, most of the damage has now been repaired.
After the walk, the group will take a private transfer to Kotor on the Montenegrin coast. On arrival, your leader will take you on an orientation tour round the World Heritage-listed town. Kotor's crooked alleyways offer lots of opportunities to get lost and mingle with the locals. You can also take an optional cruise on the Kotor Fjord to visit grottos and an island church. The fjord is the longest of its kind south of Scandinavia.
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk - Kotor
  • City Walls Walk
Optional Activities
  • Cruise on Kotor Fjord - EUR30
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 3-4 Tirana
After breakfast today, it's about a 4-5 hour drive to Tirana in Albania, depending on road conditions and traffic. Once you've arrived, your guide will lead you on an orientation walk of the city. Albania's capital is filled with mosques, citadels and Ottoman and Italian architecture. Many buildings have been newly painted to alleviate the Soviet block feeling that pervaded the city in the late 20th century. Tirana's locals are warm and welcoming, so don't be surprised if you find yourself swapping stories with strangers over a glass of raki or three.
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk - Tirana
  • Kruja Day Trip
Optional Activities
  • Et'hem Bey Mosque - Free
  • Rafting and Hiking Trips - ALL6500
  • Sky Tower - Free
  • National Art Gallery - ALL200
  • National History Museum - ALL700
Meals Included
2 Breakfasts
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 5-6 Ohrid
Travel for three hours by private bus to Ohrid in Macedonia. On arrival, get your bearings on an orientation walk of the town. Wander through the charming old quarter, checking out the various churches dotted around the place. A medieval castle overlooks the city. You'll spend the next two nights in Ohrid, so there's plenty of time to relax and explore.
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk - Ohrid
  • Lake Ohrid Boat Ride
Optional Activities
  • Robev Family House National Museum - MKD100
  • St Jovan Church - MKD100
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 7-8 Skopje
This morning hop on a public bus to Skopje, Macedonia's capital city. On arrival, head out on an orientation walk of the city. Walk through Macedonia Square and see the iconic old stone bridge connecting the square to the Old Bazaar over the river Vardar. Sample some delicious gomleze and baklava. In your free time, take a step back to Ottoman time with a visit to the Daut Pasha Hamam or journey through the Holocaust Museum to learn how Macedonia suffered during this tragic chapter of history.
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk - Skopje
  • Iconic Stone Bridge Visit
Optional Activities
  • Boat Ride - Matka Canyon - MKD139
  • Museum of the City of Skopje - Free
  • Kale Fortress - Free
  • Mount Vodno Cable Car to Millennium Cross - MKD100
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 9 Pelister National Park
Today catch a three-hour public bus to Pelister National Park, located in the Baba Mountain massif. On arrival, take a walk through the park and see stunning views. You'll be spending the night in a local homestay, where the owner produces his own prize-winning wine. Enjoy a wine tasting and indulge in homemade bread, jams and salami.
Included Activities
  • Wine Tasting
Accommodation
Homestay (1 nt)
Days 10-11 Ioannina
Take a private transfer across the border into Greece. Your destination is the small city of Ioannina, set on the banks of Lake Pamvotis. Get your bearings on an orientation walk with the group. The old quarter of the Kastro features Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and offers great views over the area. You'll also take a boat tour out on the lake, making a stop at the island Ali Pasha Museum for insight into the city's political history.
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk - Ioannina
  • Boat trip and Ali Pasa Museum
  • Day Trip to Zagoria Villages
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 12-13 Levkas
Today take a private bus over a causeway to the island of Levkas in the Ionian sea. The island is home to remote forest, mountains and some of the best beaches in Greece. After an orientation walk of the town, the rest of the day is free to explore or simply relax on a beach with a book. In the evening, tuck into some delicious island cuisine in town.
Included Activities
  • Orientation Walk - Levkas
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 14 Athens
Today your journey continues onto Athens, the ancient capital of Greece and the birthplace of Western civilisation. You'll have the rest of today and tomorrow to explore this historic city. Highlights include the renowned changing of the guard at Syntagma (Parliament) Square, the National Gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the original Olympic Stadium. Last but not least is the famous Acropolis, where you can enter the Pantheon and enjoy fabulous views over the city. A pass to multiple historic sights gives you better value for money.
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Walking Athens - EUR46
  • Urban Adventures - Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens - EUR54
  • Urban Adventures - Taste of Athens - EUR60
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 15 Athens
Today you'll have more time to explore Athens. You might like to take part in one of our Urban Adventure day trips, such as 'Taste of Athens' or 'Markets, Ruins and Ancient Athens'. As this is a combination trip, your leader and the composition of your group may change at this point. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary. You're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers. In the evening after the meeting, why not head out for some gyros and ouzo with your new friends?
Optional Activities
  • Acropolis Pass for 5 Sites - EUR20
  • National Archaeological Museum - EUR7
  • Day Trip to the Saronic Islands - EUR20
  • Day Trip to Delphi - EUR33
  • Dora Stratou - EUR15
  • Lycabettus Hill - Free
  • Numismatic Museum - EUR3
  • Urban Adventures - Walking Athens - EUR46
  • Urban Adventures - Taste of Athens - EUR60
  • Urban Adventures - Markets, Ruins & Ancient Athens - EUR54
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 16 Syros
Today travel by metro to the port of Piraeus, where you'll catch a four-hour ferry to Syros. In the heart of the Cyclades, Syros offers a rare opportunity to see the islands as the Greeks do. Also known as Syra, the island features typical whitewashed houses, farms, terraced fields and gorgeous sandy beaches. Syros is also home to delicious sweets. Take a wander through the main town of Ermoupolis and try the hazelnut, almond or honey-filled wafers or the fruit-flavoured jelly from one of many one-room shops. You'll have plenty of time to explore tomorrow, so perhaps kick up your feet at a waterfront cafe and watch the setting sun turn the houses pink.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 17 Syros
Take a guided walk through the fortress-like town of Ano Syros, which offers great views of the Aegean Sea. Wander the narrow alleyways, keeping an ear open for traditional Rembetiko music floating out of the tavernas. Enjoy free time to further explore Syros in your own time. Perhaps hire a bike in town and cycle to the various archeological sites on the island. You might prefer to simply hole up on a beach for the afternoon. The most popular beaches are on the southern side of the island. While some are sandy and others pebbly, all boast crystal clear waters for swimming in. In the evening, take taxis to a remotely located taverna in the rugged northern part of the island to sample delicious local specialities during an included meal, while watching the sun set over the Aegean Sea.
Included Activities
  • Ano Syros Walk
Optional Activities
  • Bicycle Rental - EUR8
  • Archaeological Sites/Ruins - EUR5
Meals Included
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 18 Mykonos
Today board a two-hour ferry to Mykonos. Mykonos is legendary both in ancient and modern times. Known in ancient Greek mythology as the battlefield where Zeus fought the Gigantes, today the island is best known for its decadence, style and nightlife. Take a walk through town and browse the chic galleries and boutiques. In the evening, perhaps wander down to Little Venice, where colourful balconies hang precariously over the sea - the ideal spot to sit back with a cocktail and enjoy an Aegean sunset. Afterwards, join in the fun of Mykonos’ notorious nightlife.
Optional Activities
  • House of Lena - EUR2
  • Aegean Maritime Museum - EUR4
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 19 Mykonos
Today you might like to head to one of Mykonos' many beaches, which are some of the nicest in Europe. Take a short bus ride to the pumping Paradise or Super Paradise beach bars, or perhaps find a quieter spot to relax along the beautiful coastline. You could also check out the 19th-century House of Lena or the Aegean Maritime Museum in town. At some point today, the group will take a half-day trip out to the nearby island of Delos. One of the most important mythological sites in the Greek Islands, Delos is considered to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
Included Activities
  • Day Trip to the Island of Delos
Optional Activities
  • Bicycle Rental - EUR10
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 20 Santorini
Today take a three-hour ferry to Santorini. Renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, Santorini is one of Europe's tourist hotspots. Discover the hilltop ruins of Ancient Thira and the archeological site of Akrotiri, a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. Check out the range of restaurants and shops in the island's capital, also called Thira. If you have time while you're here, perhaps head to one of Santorini's volcanic beaches, such as Red Beach or the black beaches of Perissa, Vlhada, Perivolos or Agios Georgios.
Optional Activities
  • Museum of Prehistoric Thira - EUR3
  • Volcano and Hot Springs (Half-Day Trip) - EUR18
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 21 Santorini
In 1500 BC a volcanic eruption sank the centre of Santorini, forming one of the most significant geological formations on the planet - the awe-inspiring caldera. Today the group will make an excursion along the crater rim, starting in Thira town and walking through little villages all the way to Oia. If you have time, you might also like to take a half-day trip to the island's volcano and hot springs. On the last evening of your adventure, rub shoulders with friendly locals in packed pubs and cafes, sipping a cocktail as you witness a magnificent Santorini sunset.
Included Activities
  • Walk Thira to Oia
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 22 Santorini
Today your Greek Islands adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
  • Dubrovnik to Santorini - Single Supplement (ZMSEC)
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  • Dubrovnik to Athens (ZMSM)
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Itinerary disclaimer
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Culture shock rating

At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
Physical rating

Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
Included activities
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
Optional activities
A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
Money Exchange
The local currency in Croatia is the Kuna (HRK).
The local currency in Albania is the Lek (ALL).
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.
The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.
You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.
When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.
Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.
You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change Travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.
For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.
Spending money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Tipping
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers.
Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
Departure tax
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Important notes
ATHENS METRO:
We have had reports of travellers being pickpocketed on public transport in Athens. Please be careful with valuables whilst travelling on the metro or the bus.
Group size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
Single travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
Accommodation
Hotel (19 nts), Homestay (1 nt), Pension (1 nt)
OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.
CHECK-IN TIME
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and choices may be limited to soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans will find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.
Meals
8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
Budget for meals not included:
EUR 450.00
Transport
Metro, Ferry, Taxi, Private vehicle, Public bus, Bus
TRANSPORT IN EUROPE:
Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
Group leader
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Joining point
Pension Monastery
Branitelja 19
Dubrovnik
20000
CROATIA
Phone: +385 98 243 655
Joining point instructions
Pre booked arrival transfer from the airport:
If you have pre booked an arrival transfer, your transfer driver will be holding a board with Intrepid's Logo or your name at the arrivals hall.
In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number:+385 98 285 298, +385 99 2129 789
Arrival complications
EUROPE:
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) please follow the instructions under the "Joining point instructions" in order to find your driver. Should you have any problems locating your driver, please call the number of our transfer company which can be found under the joining point instructions as well. Should you continue to experience any difficulties, please call the emergency number for our local operations team which is available on the 'Emergency Contact' section in these trip notes.
No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
Finish point
Pension Petros
Fira 847 00
Fira
Santorini
GREECE
Phone: 30 2286 022573
Finish point description
All rooms in Pension Petros have private balconies and air-conditioning. It is located only 100m from the main square.
www.hotelpetros-santorini.gr
Finish point instructions
Public bus service runs randomly. A taxi to the harbour costs around EUR12, while a taxi to the airport is approximately EUR10. Hotel reception may be able to organise a shuttle service, this cannot be guaranteed though.
To return to Athens: There are regular flights from Santorini Airport to Athens (depending on the season, between 3 and 7 flights daily). Flight takes approximately 1 hour.
Also, there are regular ferry services from Santorini Harbour with several stops en route back to Piraeus (Athens). Depending on the speed of the boat (4 to 7 hours) and the service class, the trip costs between EUR35 and EUR75 per person. If you intend to use ferry transport, please book ahead. One of the many companies is www.bluestarferries.gr.
Pre booked departure transfer to the airport: You will be collected at the hotel reception 2 hours before your flight departure time.
In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone numbers: +30 697 911 7622.
Emergency contact
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on Tel: +49 (0) 8677 918 66 57.
Emergency funds
Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
Visas
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
What to take
EUROPE:
On this trip, you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
WATER BOTTLE:
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
IMAGES FROM HOME:
During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. We recommend that you bring some photos / postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country etc.
TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT:
It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary to store your luggage separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas. If your bag does not fit in these areas then often the only place to put it is on your bed or seat. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.
Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage for included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it's advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.
Health
All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
Safety
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
SEAT BELTS:
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
Responsible Travel
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
Carbon offset
Carbon Offset C02-e 313.00 kgs per pax.
Feedback
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