Lands of Ancient Greece: Climbing camp in the cradle of Europe.

Un camp autant pour les passionnés d'escalade que pour les nouveaux venus dans ce sport. dans la région de la capitale de l'escalade en Europe: la péninsule du Péloponnèse

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In brief:

Originally introduced in 2021, this camp can be defined as a contrasting mix of experiences: a mix of relaxed sports and entertainment, climbing trips and days by the sea, in a land of mountains and valleys, historical battles and widespread culture. For 2 weeks we will travel mainly through the Peneloponesse Peninsula, an absolute epicenter for culture, history and natural beauty. We’ll stop and explore world-famous climbing spots that belong in the climbing history books. In addition, we will have fun in many beaches and water sports. We’ll travel from Athens to Olympia (the birthplace of the Olympic Games), exploring both the Greek countryside and the waterfront and searching for the most popular and best climbing spots on the Peloponnese peninsula along the way.

The program:

Why should I attend this camp?

The Ancient Greek Lands camp is a unique opportunity, where campers have the chance to challenge themselves in a new and exciting way. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, they will hone their climbing skills, increase their confidence, and gain a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. Whether they’re climbing challenging rock formations, exploring scenic trails, or simply taking in breathtaking views, they’ll be surrounded by stunning natural beauty at every turn.


By pushing themselves to new heights, campers will not only develop their strength and endurance, but they will also discover their own inner strength. With each new challenge they overcome, they will develop a greater sense of self-awareness, courage, and determination. And, by working as a team, they will forge lasting bonds with their fellow campers and instructors, creating a supportive community that will encourage and inspire them throughout the week.


When the day ends and campers return to their tents or cabins, they will be filled with a sense of accomplishment, pride, and admiration. They will reminisce about the day’s adventures, share stories and memories with their new friends. And, as they fall asleep under the stars, they will do so with a sense of wonder, knowing that the next day will bring even more challenges and exciting discoveries.


This camp is a one-of-a-kind experience, where campers will leave feeling inspired, empowered, and changed. With a renewed sense of purpose, they will return home with a greater appreciation for the world around them and a lasting sense of pride in all they have accomplished. It is truly the opportunity of a lifetime, one they will never forget.


The camp takes place in several independent sessions of two weeks (participation in several sessions is possible):

Session 1: 2.07.23 – 15.07.23
Session 2: 16.07.23 – 30.07.23
Session 3: 30.07.23 – 14.08.23

For participants with tight schedules, a week’s attendance at any of the periods can be arranged and we have had such cases in the past.

Prices & Materials

With the help of our local sponsors we are able to provide a discounted price to all Swiss nationals: Swiss national: The price of a
1 week
session is 870chf. International Participant: The price of a 1-week session is 1170chf (all inclusive). This includes all of the participant’s expenses during the camp period, i.e. any public or private transportation during the camp, food, accommodation costs, and any common group equipment (tents and any other equipment related to the activities, harnesses and climbing equipment). Not included: transportation to and from the meeting point and any personal equipment (sleeping bag (contact us if you need it), clothing and other personal expenses). We offer a 20% discount to all participants coming with sisters, brothers and friends.


For Swiss participants, the meeting point will be Geneva Airport:

Session 1: July 2, 2023 at 10 a.m.
Session 2: July 16, 2023 at 9 a.m.
Session 3: On July 30, 2023 at 9:15 am.

and for all our international participants (from Europe and elsewhere), the meeting point will be directly at Athens International Airport. Similarly for the return point at the end of the camps is again Geneva airport or to other destinations directly for international participants.

Ages & Languages

We offer this camp for 11 – 16 year olds. Previous climbing experience is a plus but not a requirement. In addition, we have enthusiastic youth aged 17+ to 18 who participate to help manage the camp tasks, in case you would like to come as a helper, please contact us at We believe in bringing together an international community, which is why the languages spoken at the camp are French and English, which is what we have seen from our past experience and the huge benefit of mixing Francophones and Anglophones and learning from both groups.

Itinerary and activities
Day 1: Arrival in Athens
  • Arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Athens.
  • Check-in and rest after a long flight.
  • Meet the rest of the group and enjoy a welcome dinner while taking in the stunning views of the city.
  • Learn about Athens’ rich history and culture as you explore the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
Day 2: Explore Athens
  • Spend the day exploring Athens, the cradle of Western civilization
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to some of Greece’s most valuable historical artifacts
  • Take a walking tour of the city’s historic center and visit sights such as the Plaka district, the Ancient Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Savor the flavors of Greek cuisine while enjoying a delicious lunch and dinner
Day 3: Drive to the Peloponnese Peninsula
  • Depart Athens and head to the Peloponnese Peninsula, a stunning region known for its rugged landscapes, stunning beaches, and rich history
  • Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day taking in the views and getting ready for the week ahead
Day 4-5: Rock climbing in the Peloponnese Peninsula
  • Spend two full days exploring the climbing spots of the Peloponnese Peninsula
  • Climb to various locations, including Mount Parnon and Mount Taygetos
  • Receive instruction and advice from experienced climbing guides
  • Take in stunning views of the coast and mountains as you climb
Day 6: Drive to Olympia
  • Depart the Peloponnese and head to Olympia, a historic city known for its former Olympic Games
  • Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day taking in the views and preparing for the next phase of the trip
Day 7-8: Climbing and discovery of Olympia
  • Spend two full days exploring the climbing sites and ancient sites of Olympia and the surrounding area
  • Climb to various locations, including the Rocks of Olympia and Cronus Mountain
  • Visit Ancient Olympia and learn about the rich history and mythology of this important site
  • Explore the fascinating ruins of the Olympic Stadium and the Temple of Zeus
Day 9: Drive to Nafplio
  • Depart Olympia and head to Nafplio, a charming city known for its stunning architecture and rich history
  • Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day taking in the views and preparing for the next phase of the trip
Day 10-11 : Climbing and discovery of Nafplio
  • Spend two full days exploring the climbing and historical sites of Nafplio and its surroundings
  • Climb to various locations, including the Sea Cliff and Melagavi Cave
  • Visit the Ancient Theater and Palamidi Fortress
  • Explore the charming old town and take in the stunning views from the castle
Day 12: Drive to Delphi
  • Depart Nafplio and head to Delphi, a historic city known for its ancient temple and oracle
  • Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day taking in the views and preparing for the next phase of the trip
Day 13: Rock Climbing & Exploring Delphi
  • Spend two full days exploring the climbing sites and ancient sites of Delphi and its surroundings
  • Ascend to various locations, including the amphitheater, cave, and ridge
  • Visit the ancient temple of Delphi and learn about the rich history and mythology of this important site
  • Take in stunning views of the surrounding mountains and ancient ruins as you climb
Day 14: Departure from Athens
A typical day
7:00 am – Wake up and have breakfast at camp.
8:00 am – Camp preparation. Activities (archaeological site or climbing)
12:00 pm – Stop for lunch (sandwich, crackers, fruit, etc.)
1:00 p.m. – Resumption of activities
14:00 – Camp set up for the night.
15:00 – Explore the surroundings or relax.
6:00 p.m. – Cook dinner (freeze-dried meal, soup, etc.)
7:00 p.m. – Campfire and socialization, educational program (astronomy, team game).
9:00 p.m. – Lights off
Note: This is only a sample itinerary and activities can be adjusted according to the needs and preferences of the group.
What physical condition should I be in?

Since we will be participating in different outdoor activities throughout the trip, our students must have a minimum of physical fitness to participate in the camp. But in our experience, this is the case for 95% of young people between 11 and 16 years old! In the months leading up to your trip, we recommend that you participate in physical activity at least once a week if you are not already doing so. Since we will be separating groups according to the level of climbing and different instructors will have different skill levels, the camp welcomes beginners in outdoor climbing. All other activities will take place together. Contact us if in doubt, we will be happy to guide you to the best camp.

What equipment should I bring?
  • Sleeping bag, mattress and pillow
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Diapers for 4 days and 3 nights
  • Hiking boots
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Jacket/sweatshirt
  • Several swimsuits and sunscreen
  • Towels (Shower & Beach)
  • Multiple sets of socks and underwear
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Medicine
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • T-shirts, shorts, pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • A slice of house (photos, notes, stuffed animals, etc.)

*Note: A more detailed packing list will be emailed one week prior to camp*

Learning outcomes from this trip:
Our participants gain a variety of skills and knowledge, including:
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Outdoor Survival & Camping Skills
  • First Aid and Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Awareness and Conservation
  • Personal Values and Ethical Decision-Making
  • Cultural understanding and respect for diversity
  • Fitness & Healthy Habits
  • Citizenship and Community Service
  • The ultimate goal is to help our participants become responsible and well-rounded individuals, ready to make a positive impact in the world.
What if I don't know anyone else?

Most of our students come to Young Explorers Club without knowing anyone before their trip. You’ll start making friends as soon as you arrive at the airport (and our instructors will be there to help). Once the journey is over, you won’t want to leave your new community! Most of our students remain friends long after their summer is over. We firmly believe that life is about having new experiences and making the most of every moment. However, we also recognize that the most meaningful experiences often require stepping out of our comfort zones and venturing away from familiar surroundings. When we do this, we find ourselves in unfamiliar and challenging environments, which forces us to fully engage with our surroundings and truly live in the moment. These new places and situations often bring new perspectives and can inspire us to continue seeking out new experiences that push us to grow and broaden our horizons.

What are the other students like?

The teenagers who come to the Young Explorers Club are kind, welcoming, eager to learn and come from all over Switzerland, France, USA and elsewhere. Our groups are full of positive young adults who will work well with each other. Young Explorers Club places a strong emphasis on group dynamics and creating a supportive social environment, and our students reflect this.

Safety: Is this camp safe?

During each activity, all preventive safety measures are in place and strictly followed. To see all our safety measures and protocols, please visit our dedicated page: SECURITY & TEAM.

Do you have any other questions?

We believe in human-to-human interaction: write to us via our contact methods ( and schedule a call or meeting with one of our employees. We will be happy to answer any doubts or questions you may have. Or find the list of all frequently asked questions on FAQs.

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Looking for a safe and transformative summer experience.

Our son has always been a shy and introverted child, but the summer climbing camp in Greece turned him into a confident and adventurous young man. He made lasting friendships, stepped out of his comfort zone, and discovered a passion for climbing that we could never have imagined. The staff were patient, kind and always made sure our son felt supported and encouraged. We are eternally grateful for the life-changing experience at this camp and highly recommend him to any parent looking for a safe and transformative summer experience for their child."
Paul González , Parent 2020

Our daughter has always been an active child

"Our daughter has always been an active and adventurous child, but the climbing summer camp in Greece exceeded all our expectations. She learned a lot about the sport, pushed herself to new heights and discovered a deep love for the great outdoors. The staff were incredibly stimulating and created a safe and supportive environment where all children could thrive. Watching our daughter grow and flourish in this camp was one of the proudest moments of our lives. If you're looking for an unforgettable summer experience for your child, look no further than this amazing climbing camp in Greece."
Martha de Luc , Parent 2020
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