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GreenTraveller is a travel company specialising in educational, volunteering, adventure, cultural, wildlife and eco-friendly activities in Greece. We are a small company and we prefer it that way. “Small” means that our visitors are not a "client" on one of our projects, but rather our honoured guests. We prefer to dedicate our time with our guests either personally leading and guiding our outdoor tours or facilitating and supervising our volunteer and education projects.

As a tour operator, our focus lies on travelling in small groups, helping preserve the natural areas we travel in, raising awareness of the environmental and cultural issues, supporting local communities and promoting sustainable and responsible tourism.

As a volunteer and education service provider, we offer transformational learning experiences that promote environmentally sustainable action. We work with volunteers, educators and students to help them develop their experiences and skills fostering new generations of environmental leaders.

Vassilis Kouroutos

GreenTraveller was established by Vassilis Kouroutos, holder of University degree in Environmental/ Biology studies. Vassilis brings more than 25 years of environmental management experience to GreenTraveller, including extensive knowledge in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, ecotourism and field research projects.  His background has ranged across educational delivery and planning, business development, biodiversity conservation strategies, Protected Area Management, Fisheries sustainable development policies, planning of research and education activities, as well as community and private sector engagement. In the public sector he has worked as Director of Mom (The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal) and MEDASSET (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles), and Manager of the National Marine Park of Alonnisos Northern Sporades. As manager of his own ecotourism business he has gained extensive experience in sustainable tourism development. During his professional life as a Biology scientist, conservationist and environmental manager has conducted numerous biodiversity monitoring programmes (monk seals, sea turtles, cetaceans, birds etc.), worked with conservation groups, local communities, fishermen, decision-making bodies and intergovernmental agencies, supervised many volunteer/ student groups and lectured in postgraduate and field training courses. He has participated in many environmental documentaries and has written numerous wildlife and conservation articles. He is  co-author of the Resource Book for Educators in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Biospheres Reserves and other Designated Areas”, a joint UNESCO and MIO-ECSDE publication. He is an experienced qualified ship captain (Skipper Class A diploma), a lifesaving and fire fighting certificate and a sailing boat offshore yacht master diploma. He is an experienced SCUBA diver with more than fifteen (15) years sailing experience in cruise boats, as well as in private, research, sailing and law enforcement patrol vessels. Read Vassilis' Full CV

Solo & Group Travel

Visit to Culture Treasures

Exploring Cultural & Natural treasures

Take part in an exciting journey exploring Greece's rich wildlife and impressive culture. You will be based in a single good quality hotel, and will take daily field trips to National Parks and cultural sites. This expedition takes places within the five National Parks of Epirus Region, renowned for landscapes of exceptional beauty and marvellous variety of fauna and flora. The region’s fascinating ancient, historical and religious heritage will not be forgotten...Read more...

Marine wildlife surveys

Summer Adventures

An excellent opportunity for those wishing to spend a week observing marine wildlife, while meeting the daily challenges of living on a sailing vessel. You have the opportunity to become one of the crew and learn the traditional skills and tasks of a sailor including keeping watches, setting sails, steering, navigation and more. You will participate in wildlife surveys around the waters of the Ionian Islands, focusing on Short-beaked Common Dolphin...Read more...

Birdwatching in protected areas

Wildlife Expeditions

Explore the wildlife of some of the most pristine National Parks of Northern Greece, outstanding areas that are excellent destinations for bird, wildflower, butterfly and photography enthusiasts or for those who simply wish to unwind in the tranquillity of nature. This trip is for those who want to discover few of the region's best wildlife hotspots observing rare and endangered species, feel the insights of Thessaloniki long history and cosmopolitan life, and visit distinctive archaeological... Read more...

Volunteer & Education

Protected Areas Management

Protected Areas

Experience a truly rewarding Protected Area Management programme in the pristine National Parks of the Epirus Region. Working closely with Park’s staff and inspiring environmentalists, volunteers undertake various field work and office duties to assist in the implementation of the Parks’ day-to-day Management and conservation efforts. .. Read more...

Wildlife Surveys in Tzoumerka National Park

Wildlife Surveys

Participate in the monitoring and research of National Parks' abundant wildlife.In this project volunteers will be involved with the monitoring and research of the Parks’ rich wildlife. You will be working together with the Parks’ personnel and other highly experienced scientists and you will learn a range of skills from those focused on research... Read more...

Monk Seal Pup

Autumn Eco-Navigation

An excellent opportunity for those wishing to engage in marine conservation projects and marine wildlife surveys while living and working on a sailing vessel. As a volunteer you will become one of the crew and learn the traditional skills and tasks of a sailor including keeping watches, setting sails, steering, navigation, galley cooking duties, and vessel upkeep. You will participate in wildlife surveys ... Read more...

Butterfly on a wildflower

Nature Guides/Ecotourism

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain intense experience, knowledge and skills as Nature Guides and amateur nature & wildlife photographers. This intern programme offers the best in theoretical teaching and hands-on information and experience for participants who are keen to establish themselves as a professional Nature Guide or for the adventurous type wanting to gain ... Read more...

Solo & Group Adventure Travel
News & Updates
Exploring Culture & Nature Treasures
Summer Adventures
Wildlife Expeditions
Volunteer/ Education
General Info
Uni & College Students
Gap Year
Placements & Interns
Volunteer/ Education
Student Programmes
Protected Areas
Wildlife Surveys
Autumn Eco-Navigation
Destinations Tzoumerka Nat. Park
Pindos Nat. Park
Pamvotis Lake
Acherontas Nat.Park
Amvrakikos Nat. Park
Metsovo village
Ioannina city
Protected Areas
Zakynthos Nat.Park
Mount Aenos Park
Kerkini Lake
Axios-Aliakmonas Delta
Koroneia & Volvi Lakes
Prespa Nat. Park
Mount Olympus Park
Nestos-Vistonida Delta
Rodopi Mountain Range
About Us
General Info
Mission Statement
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Ioannina-Metsovo, Gr
Tel: +30 6945373088
Bus.Hours: 9:00am–5:00pm M-F, GMT +2