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New! 2017 Northern Greece, Albania & Macedonia: Ancient Lands of Alexander the Great

Greece: Thessaloniki, Meteora, Zagoria • Albania: Gjirokaster, Tirana • Macedonia: Ohrid, Skopje

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18 Days from only $4595 including international airfare

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Out of Sight

Meet four Albanian children and discover how, despite living in poverty, they have big dreams for the future.

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36 Hours in Athens

Discover two sides of Athens—our pre-trip extension destination—from ancient ruins to a vibrant youth culture.

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Gjirokaster and Libohove, Albania

Soar above Gjirokaster for a unique perspective on the Albanian hillside town's Ottoman-era historic structures.

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How to Make Greek Moussaka

Learn how to cook traditional Greek moussaka, an iconic lamb and eggplant dish.

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Athens and the Peloponnese

Get to know iconic Athens and discover the legendary locales beyond its borders with travel expert Rudy Maxa.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

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Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Eleni Maria Nikolaidou

Born
Surrey, UK
Resides
Thessaloniki, Greece
Languages
Greek and English
Hobbies & Interests
Hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and scuba diving.
With us since
2016

I was born in the UK to an English mother and Greek father but moved to Greece at a very young age. As a child, my dual nationality originally made me feel as though I didn’t belong in either place, but I later realized that I was lucky to belong to both and get the best of both worlds. Apart from being able to speak two languages fluently it also gave me the ability to see things from different perspectives and made me more accepting of diversity.

I’ve always been fascinated by the history and archaeology of my country. Even as a child, I would make my family take trips around Greece to visit archaeological sites. This fascination quickly turned into a passion that led me to study history and archaeology at the University of Thessaloniki, my hometown. I later went on to complete a masters in Museum Studies in London, being interested in the stories that can be told through the remains of the past. My goal at the time was to become a curator and work at a big London museum. However, the financial crisis brought me back to Greece where I had to help out with the family business. At first I felt like I was giving up on my own dreams, but it actually turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Returning home gave me the chance to travel, rediscover my own country, and fall madly in love with it. There are so many things that make my country unique: the weather, the food, the music, the diverse landscapes, incredible natural beauty, and rich culture and history. Greece really does have it all. But what I love most are the people. Despite the difficulties Greeks are experiencing with the current financial and socio-political crisis, they remain open and friendly. There has been a huge movement of solidarity among Greeks, toward strangers, and toward all the refugees that arrived in the country last year. It has been inspiring to see how resilient and generous the Greek spirit is.

After I returned home, a friend of mine suggested I get certified as a guide since I loved sharing the stories of my country’s past and present so much. Shortly after, I heard O.A.T. was looking for Trip Leaders. Even after only working for O.A.T. for a few months, I already had many memorable experiences from my trips. From evening strolls on the promenade of Thessaloniki and watching the sun set behind Mt Olympus, to dancing traditional Greek dances under the magnificent rocks of Meteora, I couldn’t have found a more perfect job.

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