An idyllic Greek holiday isn't just for honeymooners...

Have you been dreaming of feasting on feta at a seaside taverna, wandering white-washed villages, or island hopping through the glittering Aegean sea, but don't want to wait for the perfect partner? Consider joining a small group tour in this Hellenic paradise. As a solo traveler in Greece, you can join fellow sun-worshippers on a sailing trip through the Cyclades, link up with like-minded history-buffs to explore the ruins of Athens, or dance the night away with your new pals in Mykonos, all while creating unforgettable memories along the way.

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The perks of solo travel in Greece with Intrepid

A local guide and travel group pose for a photo in Greece

A local leader

With a reputation for being a dream destination for many travelers, our savvy local leaders will guide you away from the tourist traps and toward authentic experiences that will make your trip unforgettable. All of our leaders in Greece are local to the area, so they'll be able to point you toward the most delicious moussaka, the cheapest gyros (yiros), and the best photo spots for crowd-free sunset snaps.

A traveler stands in front of the Parthenon in Athens

Safety

While Greece is overall very safe for travelers, it's not immune to some common petty crimes that can occur in major tourist areas. Your local leader can provide tips on keeping your valuables safe, especially on public transportation, so you can focus on the destination ahead. When heading out to some of the Greek islands' famous party spots, having your crew of new friends to walk home with at night is an added benefit for peace of mind, especially after a few drinks.

Raising a glass of ouzo to toast to new friendships

Ready-made friends

Looking to have the freedom of solo travel but can't imagine watching a Santorini sunset alone? Our small group tours are for you. Whether your idea of free time consists of boutique shopping, swimming in turquoise waters, or nerding out over Zeus' birthplace, you'll likely find a travel buddy that shares your unique interests. You can plan a day with your crew or spend it solo, but at the end of the day, a glass of ouzo always tastes better when shared with friends.

Travelers pile into a zodiac to be transported from their sailing vessel to port.

Logistics and convenience

With over 200 islands in the Cyclades alone and a ferry system that's notorious for headaches, traveling in the Greek islands can require a little bit of strategy. Our skippers will get you from point A to point B, hitting hot spots like Santorini and Mykonos, while also giving you a glimpse into the sleepy lifestyles of smaller, less populated islands like Amorgos. From transportation to accommodation to the tavernas with the best views, we'll handle the tough stuff so you can focus on how many mezedhes to order for the table. 

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FAQs

It's completely up to you! Intrepid trips organize rooming on a twin-share basis, so solo travelers are paired up with another traveler of the same gender as per the gender marker on their passport.  If you'd prefer your own room, most of our trips offer a single supplement for an extra charge – just mention this to our customer service team when booking your trip and they'll arrange it for you.  As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

Each sailing vessel typically comes with three twin/double cabins, as well as a couple of single berths for staff. Your skipper will allocate rooms on arrival. Passengers traveling in pairs will be accommodated together while solo travelers will be placed with a fellow passenger of the same gender wherever possible. This may mean sharing a double mattress or twin mattresses side by side.

Solo travelers have the option of booking a cabin to themselves for an additional fee, please ask our team at the time of your booking for more details. 

If you do not identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking so we can make an adjustment to your sleeping arrangements.

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While our trips do have set itineraries, the amount of free time you'll have depends on the travel style. If you're joining a group trip to Greece, chances are you'll have designated time set aside for you to do your own exploring if you'd like, and your guide will be able to provide tips and recommendations before you head out on your own. 

Intrepid's travelers are connected more by attitude than age.  They’re a friendly, open-minded, and curious bunch, and a lot of them elect to travel alone (so no third-wheeling, we promise). Our trips attract a mix of genders and ages generally ranging from 25 to 65. It’s hard to know exactly who you’ll meet, but you can be assured you'll be a part of the fun.

You sure do. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their tour. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability, and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every trip.

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Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Our solo travel safety guide

Good advice for us all, but particularly for people traveling solo. Make copies of your itinerary, contact details, passport, and travel insurance, then email them to yourself and to one or two friends/family at home. Check in on social media when you can so people can keep track of where you are. 

If you’re arriving late in a city by yourself, book a hotel with a front desk or concierge service (many hotels also offer private transfers that don’t cost the earth from the airport or train station). If you're traveling with us, we can help you organize an arrival transfer. Read your maps before you head out for a walk (you can use a map app on your smartphone – or take screenshots of where you’re going if you don’t want to use up your precious data). If you need to check your map when you’re out and about, duck into a shop or café to do it. Leave the blingy jewelry, wedding rings, and designer clothes at home, and aim to dress as the locals do – hit up the local markets if you haven’t packed the right outfits. Aim to keep track of travel times, so you’re not caught out after dark.

Most mobile/cell providers now offer travel passes to help manage your international roaming costs (which, let’s face it, are expensive!). For a few dollars a day, you’ll have access to data, which means you can log into your apps (like Skype, email, and WhatsApp) when you’re out of WiFi zones and quickly get in touch with someone – a friend at home, someone in your group, or the police – if you need to. It might also be worth checking out the local cell/mobile providers as these can be quite cost-effective. 

Solo travelers are way more likely to be ‘taken for a ride’ at the airport by unscrupulous taxi drivers, so do your research before you arrive. Make sure you get a cab from the airport/station taxi rank – if you’re not sure where to go, just head to the information desk for help. Touts tend to hang out in the arrivals area and promise cheaper rates, but can often be dodgy. When you get to the cab rank, ask the driver to use the meter or request a cost estimate before you hop in the car – if it’s way higher than it should be, pick another vehicle. A lot of airports have train stations attached as well, so consider public transport if you want to save a dollar or two.

It’s one of the advantages of traveling solo on a group tour: safety in numbers. The big, 50-person bus groups stand out on the road, but a small Intrepid group of eight or nine people, with a local leader showing the way – including areas to avoid and getting around safely – won’t draw much attention. Plus, it’s a great way to see parts of the world you may feel uncomfortable exploring on your own. If you want to do things on your own, consider a day tour to familiarise yourself with a city and get to know the local way of life. 

Solo travel is all about confidence. If you’re relaxed and self-assured on the street, you’re more likely to blend in. When you meet new people, don’t assume they’re all out to get you, but be sensible too and trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Remember: the popular tourist areas are often the most well-lit and secure, but they’re often a juicier target for pickpockets and scammers. Just use your common sense; half of travel safety is simply being aware of your surroundings.

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