Our founder, Leftheris Papageorgiou, was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He earned degrees in history and psychology in the United States and established a successful career in teaching and psychotherapy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 1986, a friend persuaded Leftheris to organize and co-lead a trip to his beloved native country. He began to offer more trips and soon word of his expertise and intimate group travel size spread. By 1996, with the growth of his travels, Leftheris decided to put his family therapy practice on hold to devote full energy to his growing venture—Hellenic Adventures.
Today, Hellenic Adventures has expanded to offering Travels with Leftheris™ tours to seven specialty destinations: Greece, Turkey, Italy and Cyprus in the Mediterranean and Peru, Chile and Argentina in South America. Why South America? That’s another story…
Moving beyond the specialty tours that Leftheris often leads himself, our company works with individuals and multigenerational families or friends traveling together to customize just the programs those travelers envision. We love to work with folks on memorable honeymoons and weddings, with group leaders whose focus is one special interest or another for the groups they wish to lead in one of our destinations, and we are happy to arrange bare boat or crewed yacht charters and cruises.
Leftheris has logged nearly 100,000 miles in our seven specialty destinations, seeking out the best and most unique places to charm the visitor. He has personally inspected every service that we recommend. This hands-on research and attention to detail have been the foundation of the success of Hellenic Adventures. In fact, Condé Nast Traveler has named Leftheris Top Travel Specialist for Greece annually since 2004.
Further, over the years Leftheris has chosen a staff whose love of travel and commitment to customer service is nearly unparalleled. With their assistance, Hellenic Adventures has carved a niche by providing a level of service unique among travel companies. That service includes providing each traveler with a detailed “Handy Facts” handout, a basic language guide, lists of suggested restaurants and recommended wines, maps, mileage charts, bibliographies… and more.
Hellenic Adventures also has been featured in the Los Angeles Times on its list of Top 10 Tours for the Thinking Person, Free Riders (a Warren Miller film), and in Twin Cities Business Monthly, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside, The Educated TravelerM/em>, Private Clubs, Powder, Honeymoon, and Travel Weekly, among other magazines. Our clientele includes an Oscar Award-winning actress, three Royal Families, several Fortune 500 CEOs and many, many people who just want to take the trip of a lifetime.
Our company headquarters is in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Leftheris and his staff spend nearly three months each year abroad, overseeing our Athens’ branch office and continuing our research for off-the-beaten-path places in all our destinations. We work together at Hellenic Adventures with strict adherence to Leftheris’ motto:
“Do what you love.”