The ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Tour is now available!

For those looking for a more unique and educative activity for their family or friends in Athens, there is now the Sea Turtle Rescue Tour, a special visit to the Sea Turtle Rescue Center of ARCHELON in Glyfada!

Starting this summer, you can sponsor a sea turtle under treatment in the Rescue Center of ARCHELON and have the experience of a special visit in the Center’s facilities and the sea turtle rehabilitation space. 100% of proceeds goes to the sea turtles at the Centre.


The Sea Turtle Rescue Tour became available on July 1st this year, after careful planning and taking into account the need to secure a tranquil and quiet environment for the sea turtles under treatment.

Participants have the opportunity to:


- Peek discretely into tanks, meet some of the resident sea turtles, including the one they directly sponsored for 10 days with their visit.

- Learn their stories and leave with the knowledge that your visit gets these fascinating creatures one step closer to returning to the sea!

- Find out more about sea turtles and about ARCHELON’s work to protect their nesting beaches in Greece.

- Enjoy the beach next to the Rescue Center and the lively suburb of Glyfada.

“ Your visit supports directly our efforts to have these animals return healthy back to their natural habitat, the Mediterranean Sea. The daily cost for food and pharmaceuticals for one sea turtles in the Center is 5 €” says Dimitris Fytilis, an oceanographer, who is responsible for the operations of the Rescue Centre.

The Sea Turtle Rescue Tour by ARCHELON is run in English and Greek. A visiting group can be 1-8 persons and children below 4 years are not accounted. The duration of the visit is 45 minutes and the sponsorship is 50€. There is wheelchair access to the turtle viewing deck and soon there will be also a wheelchair accessible toilet.


In 2018 the Centre received 9.000 visitors who received information about sea turtles. A number of visitors rated their experience in Trip Advisor, bringing the Rescue Center to the top 6 attractions in Glyfada!

Bookings are available online: https://archelon.simplybook.it. Information tel: (+30) 210 8982600, email: education@archelon.gr.


Short note for tour operators and journalists

About ARCHELON and the Sea Turtle Rescue Center

ARCHELON- The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece is a nonprofit Association, established in 1983 with the aim of protecting sea turtles and their habitats. The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre of ARCHELON was established in 1994 and is the first of its kind in the Mediterranean and the only one in Greece. The Centre receives an average of 65 sick or wounded animals per year and its annual operation is supported by 100 volunteers from Attica and all countries of the world. More than 500 sea turtles have been successfully rehabilitated and returned healthy to the Mediterranean Sea, since the beginning of its operations.


ARCHELON’s Environmental Awareness Program for schools is run every year, receiving an average of 10,000 pupils in the Rescue Centre during each school year.

Free admission to the public and short visits is possible every Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 - 17:00, except major public holidays. For the summer season (July 1st - September 15th) free admission is possible also daily from 13:00 to 15:00.



    Lilo, the tiny green turtle, made it back to the sea!

    In November 2021 a small green turtle arrived at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre with a very serious head injury. After almost two years of intensive care, one Wednesday in September 2023 he was finally discharged and returned to the sea!

    Read more

    World record of 37 years of reproductive life for a loggerhead sea turtle in Zakynthos, Greece – increased number of nests this summer, says ARCHELON

    ARCHELON – the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece announces an important outcome of the systematic work of this year's sea turtle nest monitoring team in Zakynthos. Based on their long-term observations, ARCHELON managed to certify a new World Record of reproductive activity for loggerhead turtles.

    Read more

    ATTENTION! Sea turtles are not pets: Do not touch them or feed them!

    The Municipality of Eastern Mani and the Port Authorities requested the assistance of ARCHELON to inform beach users in the area of Limeni, near Mani, where 35 new incidents of sea turtle attacks on sea bathers have been recorded during this summer season. These are added to the already long list of 200 such records of previous years found in the nearby Health Center in Areopolis.

    Read more

    Interview with a volunteer: Lea Heinen, Rescue Centre

    Interview with a volunteer: Lea Heinen, Rescue Centre Lea shares her experience volunteering at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre: “I think when a turtle starts to eat after a month of trying, when you can see the improvement or healing of a turtle's injury and when a turtle is released back into the sea, into its natural habitat, into its home - then you know that you are indeed saving turtles”.

    Read more

    Kids Beach Competition 2023: Make your own little sea turtle with natural materials and send us a photo!

    Help us spread the message about the protection of sea turtles by making your own baby turtles with natural materials you will find on the beach. Sand, stones, pebbles, shells, seaweed, sticks and whatever else you have available, can be transformed with a little imagination! Take a photo of your work and send it to the ARCHELON Beach Competition.

    Read more

    Paving the way for next steps in conservation of marine turtles in the Mediterranean region

    Last week the partner organizations of the project “Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region” met for the 9th Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting was organized by SPA/RAC in the area of Kyparissia Bay, Greece on the 4th and 5th of July, 2023 in collaboration with ARCHELON.

    Read more

    An offer to EXPERIENCED volunteers: You can now join the beach projects for 2-3 weeks!

    The time is just right to join the projects again, even if you have only 2 or 3 weeks of available time. This offer is valid for August, September, October 2023. Apply through our new website and find out more about the dates and places you can join. More…

    Read more

    The nesting season has begun! Learn what you can do if you find sea turtle tracks or nests on the beach

    The nesting season for the loggerhead sea turtles has begun. The nests that are made in the areas monitored by ARCHELON and other collaborating groups are already being recorded. However, if you find tracks or nests on other beaches, you can also participate in the effort to record and protect these sporadic nests. Find out why it's important…

    Read more

    A breath away from registering a new world record on the years of known active reproduction of a loggerhead sea turtle is ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece

    This is the year when ARCHELON, a nonprofit environmental NGO, is celebrating 40 years of continuous and targeted action to save sea turtles in Greece and the Mediterranean. At the same time, the project teams of ARCHELON are ready to register the longest period of active reproduction known for the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), in case it happens this year!

    Read more
  10. OUR NEWS

    A Saturday unlike any other - Turtle Festival 2023

    ARCHELON invites kids and adults to celebrate the environment and the sea in an exciting way at the "Sea Turtle Festival" on Saturday, May 27 at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in the 3rd Marina of Glyfada.

    Read more
  11. OUR NEWS

    Announcement for all past volunteers of ARCHELON: Shall we meet this September?

    Highlight: Hi everyone! This year marks 40 years of ARCHELON’s action for protecting sea turtles in Greece. During these four decades, thousands of volunteers from many countries joined our sea turtle projects and the Rescue Centre to help save the turtles. Let’s meet again this coming September and celebrate the animals we saved during all these years.

    Read more
  12. OUR NEWS

    Waiting list for schools that want to visit the ARCHELON Rescue Centre

    Thousands of Greek students visit the Centre and get informed about the value of protecting the environment through contact with a particularly beloved animal, the sea turtle. "All the available visiting hours until the end of the 2022-2023 school year have been booked, but there is a waiting list that is activated in case of cancellations", says Anna Kontoleon, ARCHELON’s Education Officer. More hours for online tours may be added in May if volunteers become available.

    Read more
  13. OUR NEWS

    People are supporting wildlife conservation

    The donations and "adoptions" made at the Rescue Centre in Glyfada, Attica and at ARCHELON’s field projects in Zakynthos, the Peloponnese and Crete in 2022, reached the amount of €350,000. We did a lot last year thanks to all these people, who also made it possible for us to continue this year.

    Read more
  14. OUR NEWS

    Gail Schofield

    We learned with deep sadness the passing away of Gail Schofield, a pronounced sea turtle researcher and former ARCHELON volunteer. Read more…

    Read more
  15. OUR NEWS

    More than half of the rehabilitated sea turtles got released back to the sea in 2022!

    The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre of ARCHELON in Glyfada rescues, takes care of and rehabilitates injured sea turtles from all parts of Greece since 1994. More than half of the sea turtles that were under care at the Rescue Centre in 2022 got released back to the sea after reaching full recovery this year! Read more…

    Read more
1 out of 0
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Learn about our latest actions and find out about our programs and how you can help sea turtles!