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INVITATION
Athens and Classical Greece Study Tour
To participate in an educational Familiarization Ten (10) Day Study Tour visiting the highlights of Greece from June 2nd   – June 11th , 2009 (and November 2009), free of charge!!!!

The Acropolis is at the top of most tourists' must-see lists.

The tour offers educational study travel to Greece as an introduction to the country and its cultural treasures. This is an opportunity to visit our country and get familiar with our services,  in order to further promote the planning of future group study tours  of your college (for students and/or alumni) to Greece and Turkey in 2009 and 2010.

We are a family-run tour operator specializing in custom tailored educational programs, offering our services to colleges, universities, high school groups for more than 35 years!!

Among those, some of our repeat clients are:
University of California at Long Beach, St Olaf College, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, Drew College, Concordia College, St. Mary’s College, Carthage College, Centenary College, Grandview College, Winthrop College, University of Arkansas, Wright State University , Ft Lewis College, Austin Pay State University to name a few.

Eligibility to participate:

  • Faculty professors in colleges and universities at Classics Dept, Archaeology Dept , Religion Dept , Art History Dept, Philosophy  and History Dept, Architecture Dept

 

  • Staff in Continuing Education Dept, Study Abroad Dept.

 

WHY OFFER THIS TOUR? As believers of first hand experience and personal knowledge, we invest on people (instead of printed advertising) and their personal development. Thus we believe that visiting the sites, museums and people of Greece as a part of “on hands” education is very important for students so we would like to encourage you to come and experience Greece and its cultural wealth as a potential educational destination for your study tours. We would like to offer this fam trip free of charge as an exploration tour. There is no obligation on the part of the participants except to consider us as their future travel partner for organizing group travel arrangements for the next group study travel to Greece, Turkey or Italy.

Itinerary

Day1 Tuesday June 2 ,  /  Friday November 6th
Flight to Athens from USA (suggestion to use one of Lufthansas  17 gateways in the US  including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta or JFK for competitive rates, check www.weflyhome.com).

Day2. Wednesday June 3  / Saturday November 7th ATHENS
Arrival in ATHENS in the early afternoon. Meeting and transfer by private bus and assistant to your centrally located first class hotel Herodion near the Acropolis, the old town and the new Acropolis Museum. Orientation tour on foot and welcome dinner. Overnight at Hotel Herodion (www.herodion.gr).

Day3. Thursday June 4 / Sunday November 8th ATHENSCAPE SOUNION
Departure at 8.30am from your hotel along with your private guide for visit of the Acropolis and the Ancient Agora.  Afternoon coach tour to Cape Sounion to view the Temple of Poseidon, overlooking the Aegean and  visit the replica of the ancient Trireme on the way.  Dinner with a variation of Greek appetizers in Voula, on the way back to Athens, in a typical Greek tavern. Overnight in Athens.

Day4. Friday, June 5  /  Monday November 9th ATHENS – CORINTH – MYCENAE - EPIDAURUS – NAUPLION
We start our 4 day tour of Greece at 8:00 am travelling towards the Peloponnese. Pass the Corinth canal, and then visit Ancient Corinth (site and the arch. museum) – Mycenae (Lions Gate, Royal tombs, Site of the Palace of Agamemnon, the new arch. museum, the beehive tomb of Atreus)  - Epidaurus (the  ancient Theatre still in use today, arch. Museum and the sanctuary of Ascleipion). Reach the seaside town of Nauplion, with its old town in traditional architecture, the Palamidi Venetian fortress and Bourtzi island. Dinner in a typical Greek tavern and overnight in a guest house in the old town, Hotel Marianna (www.pensionmarianna.gr).

Day5. Saturday,  June 6 / Tuesday November 10th   NAUPLION – TIRYNS - OLYMPIA
Morning departure with your private bus and guide to pass by Tiryns, known for its Cyclopean walls, for a visit and then drive through the mountains of Arcadia (3 hours) to reach Ancient Olympia with its impressive arch. Museum, the sanctuary  and the stadium of the  Olympic Games. Dinner and overnight in the first class hotel Europa (www.hoteleuropa.gr).

Day6. Sunday, June 7 / Wednesday  November 11th OLYMPIA – PATRAS - DELPHI - ARACHOVA
Morning visit of the site of Olympia. Then depart to the north to pass by Patras and the newly constructed over the water Rion/Antirion bridge to reach Nafpaktos and Galaxidi. Lunch stop on the way. Dinner and overnight in the Hotel Lykoria, in the picturesque mountain village of Arachova just a few miles outside Delphi.

Day7. Monday  June 8 / Thursday  November 12th DELPHI - ATHENS
Morning visit of the oracle of Delphi and its sanctuary and renovated arch. museum. Then, after lunch depart Delphi for Athens. Dinner in selected tavern in Plaka in Athens and overnight in Hotel Herodion.

Day8. Tuesday, June 9 /Friday  November 13th ATHENS – AEGINA
Depart at 8:00 am for one day tour with your private bus and guide to the nearby island of Aegina (1 ½ hour ferry boat ride) to visit the Temple of Aphea, the picturesque port of Aegina famous for its pistachio nuts. Return to Athens in the early afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day9. Wednesday, June 10 /  Saturday November 14th ATHENS
Morning departure at 9.00 am for guided visit of the Arch. museum in Athens and the Benaki Museum, with displays of all eras of the Greek civilization. Farewell dinner in a typical tavern in the Plaka (old town of Athens) and overnight in  Athens.

Day10. Thursday, June 11 /Sunday  November 15th ATHENS – USA
Transfer by cab or minibus to the airport for your return flight.

INCLUDES:
Accommodation in shared double/twin rooms with private facilities in first class hotels in Athens, Olympia and Superior Tourist Class hotels in Nauplion and in Arachova
Daily breakfast buffet
All dinners mentioned (4 course dinners) in selected establishments
English speaking licensed guide/lecturer as per itinerary while in Greece
Transportation by selected motor coach with all comforts and professional bus driver for tour and transfers as per itinerary
Metro tickets as per itinerary when needed in Athens
Boat tickets Piraeus – Aegina Roundtrip
All admission fees to sites and museums mentioned in the itinerary
Assistance and guidance from our local reps through out your stay

Not included:

Transatlantic flight tickets to and from Greece. Lunches and meals not mentioned, Visits and admission fees not mentioned in the itinerary. Gratuities to drivers ($ 3 per day /per person) and guide ($ 4 per day/person)

NOTE: The study tour can only operate if we reach the min. number of participants

Dates of Exploration Study Tour: June 2    – June 11-2009    *********      
Deadline for REGISTRATION:   April 15th 2009                                *********                        

Dates of Exploration Study Tour: November 6th – November 15th 2009
Deadline for REGISTRATION:  July 15th, 2009

Good Faith deposit of $ 50  per participant is required to secure your accommodation
This deposit is refundable upon arrival in Greece

Extra COSTS:
Spouses are eligible to join at a supplement:  $ 350 per person
Single supplement: $295 per person

 

Opportunity to extend your stay in Greece on your own to visit other sites, islands and cities or to travel with our assistance to Turkey, Italy or Egypt for exploration.

PAYMENT CHECK
Please forward   your check issued in the name of Educational Tours and Cruises LTD of $50 refundable deposit to:
Dimitri or Thalia Cocconi, 17, Democratias Street , Voula 16673, Athens – Greece

*** Participation is limited. Please send the below form ASAP –preferably by APRIL 15th - to secure your place on the trip.

PLEASE EMAIL (edtours@ed-tours.com) or FAX (011-30210-8955419) THIS FORM by APRIL 15th 2009

 

 

 

RESERVATION FORM:

 

NAME: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

TITLE: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

ADDRESS: ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

TEL: ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

EMAIL: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

NAME OF UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE: …………………………………………………………………..

 

FAM TRIP
(please select the dates) June 2009………………………November 2009 …………….

I WOULD LIKE A:  DOUBLE ROOM ……………………. SINGLE ROOM ……………………….

 

SPOUSE NAME (IF ATTENDING THE TRIP) ………………………………………………………

Single Supplement ($295 p.p.) ………………. Spouse supplement ($350 p.p.) ………..

ARRIVAL DATE:
FLIGHT INFORMATION: arrival flight ………………………..departing flight………………

 

I would like to do an extension to: …………………………………………………………………
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NOTES: …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

The deposit of $50 per person (refundable upon arrival in Greece) is being sent by mail to:
Thalia/Dimitri Cocconi, 17, Dimocratias Street, 16673 Voula, Athens, Greece

Signature: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

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Educational Tours and Cruises (ETC) provides customized travel planning throughout the world for group travellers who have a variety of reasons and goals for travel. The goals and/or opinions of these groups do not reflect or imply the position of ETC in any matter. Brochure contents may not be duplicated without permission from ETC. In offering these travel arrangements, ETC acts solely as an agent for the sale of air transportation and other travel related services. ETC maintains no control over the personnel, equipment or operations of any entity furnishing services, products or accommodations. ETC  assumes no responsibility or liability for, and shall not be expected, asked or required to pay for any injury, damage, expense, personal injury, property damage, inconvenience or any other loss experienced by reason of:
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Athens, Jan 6th 2009 UPDATED
Dimitri Cocconi / Thalia Cocconi

 

 

*Rates for 2011/12 are based on the current exchange rate of the Euro to the Dollar (1 Euro = $1.35) and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations