Archaeological Excursion, Traditional Farming & Folklore, Island Hopping


Deep immersion into the rich history, culture, and tastes of Greece exploring how ancient societies have evolved to address modern social and environmental issues.

Experience a deeper side of Greece. This program is designed open your eyes to the realities of climate change while also learning about and exploring the proactive and life-affirming ways that we can overcome our current and future environmental challenges. “This program is an excellent way to experience Europe in a diverse way, in a manner that would have been impossible for me to do on my own.” -Student

Experience the heart of Western Civilization
Reflect, Reimagine, Transform

Watch this 3-minute video to get a sense of how a Global Routes experience may change your life.

This 3-week summer program is ideal for students in high school, who are looking for a meaningful international experience with a balance of service, experiential learning, cultural immersion, and adventure.


Explore Greek language and culture on the island of Crete, while also learning about traditional agriculture, cooking, and building. We’ll explore the surrounding mountains unique flora and fauna, learn about traditional farming methods and folklore, and meet with archaeologists to learn about this islands fascinating history.  

Explore Athens – the birthplace of democracy and the heart of ancient Greek civilization. While here, meet with local youth to help them practice their English and to learn more about Greek history and culture.  Work on a tree-planting project to address the scarring from climate-change fueled forest fires. 

Spend a few days of island hopping from Mainland Greece to Crete. Greece is known for its many islands, beaches and bright blue sea, most iconically for the picturesque blue and white villages of the Cycladic Island chain. Explore the steaming caldera of volcanic and mesmerizing Santorini, work on marine conservation projects with sea lions in the shadows of the filming locations of mama mia.


Our son's experience was transformational. He gained maturity, confidence and a new perspective on global concerns. He even gained a love of hiking in the mountains. We sincerely thank the staff for that experience.
Susanna, Parent
The decision for our family to work with Global Routes was easy. From the initial communication, which prepared our kids well for their experience, to the top-shelf leaders, to the home base communication, everything about the Global Routes program is polished and professional.
Scott, Parent
My leaders inspired me to fall further into the culture and to take real interest in the places we visited and to recognize just how amazing things truly are.
Lily, Student
Program Details
July 19 - August 8, 2023
Starting/Ending Point
Athens, Greece
Learning Goals
History, climate resilience, culture, language, outdoors
Service Hours Earned
Language Requirement
Highs: 80s-90s, Lows: 70s
Group Size
up to 18 Students, 2-3 U.S. Leaders
Spaces Available
Enrolling for 2023
Italian food! Amazingly fresh produce, pasta, and overall deliciousness
Program Fee
International airfare is not included in tuition.
Eco-Lodge, Guest Houses, Camping/Glamping, Hostels

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Your Journey
Days 1 - 5: Orientation in Athens and Mt Olympus

After arrival in Athens, we’ll have a few days to settle in, dive into beginner’s Greek language lessons, and cultural orientation, and explore the ancient Acropolis and Parthenon as you orient to life in Greece.

We’ll then travel to the abode of the Gods, the mythical and mystical Mt Olympus. We’ll climb Mt Olympus and spend two nights at the mountain refuge, setting our group intentions for the rest of the program in this mesmerizing setting. This is how you’re unforgettable journey begins.

Lest we forget, we’ll stop in Thermapoli on the way, the historical location of the critical battle made famous in the film 300.

Days 6 - 9: Alonissos

As we descend from Mt Olympus, now a deeply ingrained community of like-minded travelers, we may our way on the ferry, crossing the blue waters of the Aegean Sea to Alonissos, one of the most special of Greece’s 1000+ islands. You may recognize Alonissos as you step off the ferry in the region where Mama Mia was filmed!

After breaking out in Abba-inspired song and dance we’ll dive into our first major service project of the program, working on marine conservation projects with a local NGO supporting populations of seals, sea turtles, and dolphins and learning about cutting-edge environmental initiatives on this island. We’ll be supporting these projects and also traversing the waters monitoring the sea populations and supporting wildlife initiatives.

At night, visit local tavernas, sampling the fresh and nourishing foods of the Mediterranean, celebrating your group and your experience under the beautiful starry expanse of summer night skies.

Days 10 - 13: Athens

We now return, equipped with our language skills and dancing skills back to where we began, the city of Athena. You’ll see 3,000-year-old artifacts through glass sidewalks in the ancient sections of the city. Athens is more than a city, it is a way of life, a feeling. During these days we’ll combine a deep exploration of Greek history and culture while also sharing time and cultural/language exchange with our partner projects.

We’ll support environmental initiatives through beach clean-ups and tree-planting initiatives to address recent climate-change-fueled wildfires, leading English exchanges with migrants displaced from the Middle East and North Africa while exploring Europe’s migration issues.

Days 14-21: The Islands, Santorini and Crete

Cross the Aegean Sea, landing on the world-renowned postcard-famous Santorini, the volcanic island. Explore black, pink, and white sand beaches, wander the picturesque white mountainside towns and take in the most famous sunset on earth from Oia point. We’ll then be following the storied routes of Mediterranean explorers as you head to the largest and southernost Greek Island, Crete.

Deepen your understanding of Greek language and culture, explore the surrounding mountains, deep caverns, azure waters, and learn about traditional farming methods and folklore. You’ll also meet with archaeologists to learn about the fascinating history of these islands and the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans. You’ll also learn why this is one of the places in the world with the longest lifespans on earth! Hike through the longest canyon in Europe and finish your program off immersed in an artists’ community while living in traditional mud-style homes (that are incredibly beautiful and comfortable) learning about local agriculture and exploring hidden canyons and caves and waterfalls.


Over two decades of experience has demonstrated to us that providing financial aid awards increases the diversity of our student body and thus the depth and quality of our programs. Global Routes strives to make our programs accessible to students who otherwise, due to financial reasons, would not have the opportunity to contribute their energy and special gifts to our projects.

We offer aid packages of between 10% and 50% off tuition, which is exclusive of airfare.

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