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Camden Conference Cordially Invites You On A Classic Adventure To Greece: Beauty, History & Refugee Issues

Camden Conference in partnership with Classic Escapes is organizing a trip to Greece in October 2017. Click below for full brochure: 

Camden Conference – Greece – Beauty, History and Refugee Issues with Classic Escapes 

October 6 To 16, 2017

Your Itinerary

Day 1~Friday~October 6

Boston/En Route

This evening your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Athens.  (Meals Aloft)

Day 2~Saturday~October 7

Athens

Arrive in Athens, named after Athena – the goddess of wisdom – who, according to legend, won the city after defeating Poseidon in a duel. The goddess’ victory was celebrated by the construction of a temple on the Acropolis, the site of the city’s earliest settlement in Attica. As a city state, the coastal capital of Athens reached its heyday in the fifth century BC. The office of the statesman, Pericles – between 461BC and his death in 429BC – saw an unprecedented spate of construction resulting in many of the great classical buildings – the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Hephaisteion and the temple at Sounion – now regarded as icons of ancient Greece. Physical evidence of the city’s success was matched by achievements in the intellectual arts. Democracy was born, drama flourished and Socrates conceived the foundations of Western philosophy. Remarkably, although the cultural legacy of this period has influenced Western civilization ever since, the classical age in Athens only lasted for five decades. Under the Macedonians and Romans, the city retained a privileged cultural and political position but became a prestigious backwater of the Empire rather than a major player. The birth of Christianity heralded a long period of occupation and decline, culminating in 1456 and four centuries of Turkish domination, which has left an indelible cultural mark on the city. Modern Athens was born in 1834, when the city was restored as the capital of a newly independent Greece. To understand the essence of Greece one must experience Athens, ancient monuments surviving in a sea of cement, startling beauty amid squalor, tradition and modernity side by side. Athens is an intriguing crossroads, blending elements of Middle Eastern and Western cultures.

Tonight your welcome dinner is at a traditional taverna in the Psiri area. After 6:00 p.m. Psiri undergoes the transformation from working-class-light-industrial, to a Mecca of cafes, bars, restaurants and ouzeries in a setting that reminds you of a scaled down version of New York’s Soho district with the East Village tossed in. Each restaurant has its own style, from traditional Greek taverna or ouzerie-mezedopouleon to 60’s style cafes that may remind you of a luncheonette in an old movie. Many are decorated with historic photos of Athens and some with relics of Greek modern society.

 Situated in the heart of Athens is the luxurious Divani Caravel Hotel which symbolizes refinement, elegance and exceptional service. At dusk head to one of the hotel’s restaurants and sit in awe as a myriad of colors form the most breathtaking backdrop for the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. One of the unique amenities of your hotel is the swimming pool located at the roof top. Operating all year round, offering breathtaking views of Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill, it is without a doubt a unique place to chill out and be seduced. For those seeking ultimate pampering, retire to the rooftop spa and take in the spectacular views while your masseuse massages all your worries away.  

Overnight at the DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL. (Meals Aloft, D) http://divanicaravelhotel.com/

 Day 3~Sunday~October 8

Athens

Your day is spent exploring the wonderful highlights of Athens including the Parthenon and Acropolis Museum, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Royal Palace, temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenian Stadium and the flea market.

The Acropolis still dominates the Athenian skyline, and seems to rise above the human realm. It was an important site as early as the Bronze Age, when it housed a Mycenaean citadel. In the 6th century BC, the Athenian tyrants used the Acropolis as a base, but they were the last of the ancients to live there. By the Classical Age, it was home to the gods, not mortals. Further, the burning of the Acropolis during the second Persian invasion (480 BC) left the site almost barren. It would not be until after the middle of the 5th century BC, at Athens’s Golden Age, that reconstruction, urged by Pericles to express the power and glory of Athens. These messages can still be seen as the monuments on the Acropolis reflect the successive phases of the city’s history. Some of them were converted into Christian churches, houses of the Franks and later on, of the Turks. After the liberation of Athens from the Turks, the protection, restoration and conservation of the monuments was one of the first tasks of the newly-founded Greek state. This major effort is continued until today, with the large-scale restoration and support of the monuments, which started in the 1970’s and is still in progress.

The most famous of the remaining monuments is the Parthenon. Built under Pericles between 447 BC and 432 BC, it is the culminating masterpiece of Greek architecture. The temple is peripteral, with eight Doric columns at each end and 17 on the flanks (46 in all); it stands upon a stylobate three steps high. The body of the building comprised a cella and behind it an inner chamber (the Parthenon proper), which gave the temple its name.

Ample time will be spent exploring the new Acropolis Museum, located in Athens’s historic area of Makryianni. The Museum stands less than 1,000 feet southeast of the Parthenon, at the entrance of a network of pedestrian walkways that link the key archaeological sites and monuments of the Acropolis. This location was carefully selected to enable a dialogue between the Museum’s exhibition spaces and the Acropolis buildings.

“The new Acropolis Museum was designed with two objectives: the first to offer the best conditions for the exhibition of its exhibits and secondly to be a Museum that welcomes and befriends its visitors. A walk through its galleries is a walk through history – between the masterpieces of the Archaic and Classical periods, but also in the ancient neighborhoods of Athens. The Museum offers many opportunities for rest and recreation, as well as a visitor friendly environment for some of the most emblematic works of antiquity.”

In the afternoon you may have a possible meeting with a local non-government organization to discuss about the refugee crisis and side effects to the local community.

Overnight at the DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL. (B)

 Day 4~Monday~October 9

Athens /Epidaurus/Nafplion/Mycenae/Olympia

Today’s drive takes you over to the Peloponnese peninsula for a visit to Epidaurus, one of the most important centers of healing in the ancient world. The major attraction is the wonderful theatre, with its legendary acoustics which amaze and delight 21st century audiences. If you drop a matchstick in the center of the original beaten earth stage it can be heard by people sitting in the highest of the 55 tiers. Having lain hidden and protected beneath layers of earth for centuries, it is one of the best preserved structures from Classical Greece. Elegant with its stone seats, it not only reaffirms the achievements of ancient civilization it also plays host to marvelous concerts.

Continue to the picturesque city of Nafplion. With its marble pavements, looming castles and remarkable homogeneous architecture, Nauplion is the most elegant town in mainland Greece. Defended to the south by the Akronafplía and Palamídi fortresses and to the north by Bourtzi castle, the town occupies the northern side of a peninsula at the head of the Argolic Gulf.

Drive through the plain of Argos on to Mycenae to visit the remains of the ancient city, including the Lionesses Gate, the tomb of Agamemnon and the Palace. Everything here reminds one of Homer’s Iliad including the Grave Circle, in which the famous golden mask of Agamemnon was found. Visit the amazing museum full of exquisite artifacts found on the site.

Depart for Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, driving through the spectacular mountains of Arcadia.

The Arty Grand Hotel, built in the hill above Ancient Olympia, exhales the good taste and the high aesthetics of the persons that created it. Its physiognomy and its tastefulness is something that you experience with all your senses from the first moment that you will find yourself in its spaces. From the reception hall, up to the 61 comfortable, luminous rooms with beautiful verandas and luxurious suites Arty Grand has been carefully made up to the last detail.

Overnight at the ARTY GRAND HOTEL. (B,D)

http://artygrandhotel.gr/index.php?lang=en

 Day 5~Tuesday~October 10

Olympia/Delphi

Olympia, one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity, dedicated to the father of the gods, Olympian Zeus, and birth-place to one the world’s most prestigious sporting events.  It is one of the largest and most beautiful sites in Greece, and the setting is as perfect as could be imagined.  Situated in the West Peloponnesus, Olympia is an unspoiled, tranquil, lush green valley of wild olive and plane trees, spread beside the twin rivers of Alpheus (the largest in the Peloponnesus) and Kladhios, and overlooked by the pine covered hill of Kronos. The valley among the two rivers was in ancient times full of wild olive trees, poplars, oaks, pines and plane trees and it was these trees that gave the center of the sanctuary the name Altis, meaning alsos (grove). The first Olympic Games were held in 776 BC and reached their height of popularity in 576 BC. The festival was open to only Greek born men but later Romans were allowed to compete. Slaves and women were not even allowed to be spectators and women caught sneaking in were thrown off a cliff. The events included foot races, wrestling, discus, javelin, long-jump, horse and chariot racing, and a type of boxing called pancratium. There were not only athletic events but also writing, poetry and history readings, plus business transactions and treaties were made between leaders of city-states.  

Excavations are ongoing with new treasures being unearthed. See the workshop of Phidius were he created the famous statue of Zeus, one of the ancient wonders of the world no longer with us. Next to the Temple of Zeus ranked the Heraeum, dedicated to Hera, the wife of Zeus. In this temple, probably the oldest Doric building known, stood the table on which were placed the garlands prepared for the victors in the games. The votive buildings included a row of 12 treasure houses and the Philippeum, a circular Ionic building dedicated by Philip II, king of Macedonia, to himself. The Altis, or sacred precinct, enclosed a level space about 660 ft. long by nearly 580 ft. broad. In this were the chief centers of religious worship, the votive buildings, and buildings associated with the administration of the games. Strolling through this magical place you can almost imagine the pomp and majesty that brought fighting nations together for a short time every four years, to compete in sporting events rather than battle.

Depart via Patras (short stop) to Rion, cross the Chanel to Andirion over the “state of the art” suspended bridge, the most modern in Europe. Arrive Nafpaktos and then, continue to Delphi, known in ancient times as the navel of the world.

Aegli means grandeur in Greek and your home tonight, Aegli Resort & Spa, epitomizes Greek glamour in the heart of Arachova. Newly built five-star hotel and owner operated, the hotel is located very close to the town of Arachova and just 5.5 miles from the archaeological site of Delphi. At an altitude of 3,444 feet you will enjoy spectacular views, of the landscape of Delphi and the Peloponnese. The resort was built with absolute respect to the traditional architecture of Arachova using natural materials like stone, wood, pan tiles and stone steps. All 23 rooms are equipped with luxurious furnishings, marble bathrooms, central heating and air-conditioning. Wired high speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. The hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility.

Overnight at AEGLI RESORT & SPA. (B,D) http://www.koutras.gr/e_index.html.

 Day 6~Wednesday~October 11

Delhi/Kalambaka/Meteora

You will have the morning to discover Delphi’s magnificence. It has everything: a long and glorious history, spectacular ancient remains, a superb museum, and a heartbreakingly beautiful location on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Look up and you see the cliffs and crags of Parnassus; look down and you see Greece’s most beautiful plain of olive trees stretching as far as the eye can see. In ancient times, Delphi was considered the center of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met. According to legend it was the all-powerful Zeus who declared Delphi to be the center of the world after he released two eagles from different ends of the earth and they met on the spot where the Temple of Apollo was subsequently built. Delphi is known as the center of worship for the god Apollo, son of Zeus, who embodied moral discipline and spiritual clarity.

You’ll visit the Archaeological Museum, one of the finest collections of historic art and artifacts in Greece. The star attraction is the larger than life bronze charioteer from the 5th century BC, an extraordinarily well preserved figure, once part of a group that included a four-horse chariot. The museum’s 13 galleries represent a fabulous treasure trove of sculptures, artwork and priceless gifts offered to the sanctuary by wealthy devotees of the Greek gods. Its collection also includes the statue of Antinoos and the Naxian Sphinx.

Continue to Kalambaka, a small country town situated at the point where the river Piniós emerges from the Pindos range onto the Thessalian plain. Destroyed by the Nazis in WWII, Kalambaka is now a modern city. It lies close to Meteora, famous for its rock-top monasteries.

Located just in the periphery of Kalambaka, the Divani Meteora Hotel is just about a km from the incredible Meteora monasteries. Beautiful view of the massifs, elegant and comfortable rooms, all modern amenities, good food and wonderful hospitality epitomize this lovely hotel.

Overnight at the DIVANI METEORA HOTEL. (B,D) http://divanis.com/

 Day 7~Thusrday~October 12

Kalambaka/Meteora/Athens

Today you visit two of the hill-built world renowned Meteora monasteries. In the northwest corner of Thessaly, the wide bed of the Pinios River emerges from the mighty canyons of the Eastern Pindus Mountains and plummets abruptly onto the Thessalian plain. Here, in the shadow of the mountains just beyond the town of Kalambaka, massive rock pinnacles soar towards the sky. This strange, breathtaking landscape has been sculpted by wind and water over thousands of years. The smooth, precipitous rocks have become a favorite destination for rock climbers, who are, perhaps, the only ones today who can truly appreciate the feat of the 9th-century hermits who first climbed them to settle in the caves and fissures of the rocks. The name Meteora means “suspended in air.” The area soon encompassed the entire community of 24 monasteries. For centuries, the main access to the monasteries was by means of a net hoisted up by rope and a hand-cranked windlass to winch towers overhanging the chasm.

Monks descended in the nets or on long retractable wooden ladders to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources. By the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. Today, only seven monasteries remain, two of which we will visit. Within the monasteries are portable icons, miniatures, ecclesiastical robes, utensils and crosses, all of them excellent examples of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art. You will also see rare editions and manuscripts.

 Return to Athens where the rest of the day is at leisure. En route visit Thermopylae and the Leonida Monument, famous for the ancient battle that took place there in 480 B.C. where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans opposed Xerxes and his Persian army. There are no ancient ruins to see. The morphology of the grounds has changed due to erosion by rain and sea but you can still get a good idea how the battle must have been and where it took place.

Overnight at the DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL. (B)

 Days 8/9~Friday/Saturday~October 13/14

Athens/Lesvos (Or Mytilene)

Head to the airport early this morning and board your short flight to Lesvos Island. Also, called Mytilene, Lesvos is one the largest Greek islands in the northern Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey, rich in history and culture. The greatest lyrical poets of all times were born here, Sapho (700-600 B.C.) and Alcaeos (640-560 B.C.) as well as Pittacos one of the Seven Sages of antiquity.  The intellectual tradition continues to modern days with Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996) winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for literature. Upon arrival, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. You have some time to relax or do some sightseeing on your own.

In the afternoon visit the Castle of Mytilene. The capital of Lesvos Island is built around a hill, close to the port. It is one of the largest castles of Eastern Mediterranean covering an area of 60 acres with magnificent views from the top overlooking the town and the Aegean Sea. Its construction started around 483-565 AD and was completed during the years of the rule of the Genoese family of Gateluzzi (1355-1462). Its initial nucleus is thought to have been built on the grounds of the ancient Acropolis. The first significant modifications to the castle took place during the period of Lesvos dominion of the Genoan Gateluzzi family and more specifically of the ruler Francisco Gateluzzo in the year 1373. Francisco took the island as a dowry in 1355 after marrying the sister of the Byzantine emperor John V. During the Ottoman rule, a seminary was built; the building is still preserved today and other works took place. Under the Castle there is a system of tunnels, which offered shelter to women and children during war and a cistern with a capacity of 141,258 cubic feet. Today the castle is used for cultural events.

After the visit to the Castle, commence your walking tour towards the old port of Mytilene passing the old market, (Turkish `Tzami`) one of the most active in Greece. It has many shops offering a large variety of products; the local fish mongers are the highlight of the walk. The city is adorned with imposing churches and renowned neo-classical mansions which are scattered throughout the city, particularly in the old aristocratic neighborhoods.

The island of Lesvos has become a focal point of the refugee crisis in Greece. Its residents have been nominated for a Nobel peace prize for their empathy and assistance but worries persist over long-term effects to its tourist trade. On your second day here you will have some time dedicated to work on the refugees’ issues in Greece and may include meetings, discussions, presentations, field visits with migration experts or local government departments or aid organizations or asylum seekers; the aim being to comprehend better the complex issues involved in the current refugee crisis.

The rest of the day is free to explore the island and enjoy its beauties. Taste some of the local delicacies and drink ouzo, the local aperitif.

Overlooking the city’s main port and the sea, the Hotel Blue Sea is conveniently located in the center of Mytilene and allows quick access to restaurants and shops. Each room has a verandah with a superb view. All rooms are equipped with modern comforts including double glazed safety windows, bath, telephone, television set, air conditioning and central heating. From your verandah, you can enjoy the view of picturesque Mytilene and the crystal clear romantic Aegean Sea. The modern bathroom offers a hairdryer and amenities.

Overnights at the BLUE SEA HOTEL. (B,D Daily)

http://www.bluesealesvos.gr/.

 Day 10~Sunday~October 15

Lesvos/Athens

Sadly find yourself at the airport for you short flight back to Athens. You will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel or do some sightseeing of your own.

Overnight at the DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL. (B)

 Day 11~Monday~October 16

Athens/Boston

This morning your journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your return flights home. You have just experienced a unique world, one that combines the thrill of ancient civilizations, warm hospitality and amazing natural beauty. (B, Meals Aloft)
Optional Post-Extension To Crete

Day 10~Sunday~October 15

Lesvos/Athens/Heraklion

This morning, bid farewell to the rest of the group returning to the USA as you board your afternoon flight to Crete via Athens where your next journey awaits you.  Crete is a large island of amazing variety. It combines snow-capped mountains, rolling hills covered with olive trees and over 620 miles of varied coastline. The island is divided into four main districts, Heraklion, Chania, Rethymnon and Aghios Nikolaos. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. 

The five star Hotel Galaxy offers modern luxury and comfort in the heart of Heraklion, the capital city of Crete. On-site amenities include a splendid outdoor swimming pool, wireless Internet access for guests with a laptop computer and a wellness center with fitness room and sauna, as well as massages and spa treatments (advanced reservations required). All rooms are spacious, ranging from superior to executive and suite, each with lavish en suite bathroom and modern amenities. At the Vetri restaurant you will be able to taste delicious local specialties for dinner in a beautiful environment and the Per Se Lounge restaurant, with city and pool views, that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as a wide selection of spirits, wines, cocktails and light snacks.

Overnight at HOTEL GALAXY. (B)

http://www.galaxy-hotel.com/

 Day 11~Monday~October 16

Heraklion/Knossos/Chania

Venture off to Knossos and begin your exploration of the ruins of Knossos Palace. The palace is one of the major must-see archaeological sites in Greece, presenting visitors with a rare glimpse into Minoan civilization. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. Accompanied by a knowledgeable, qualified archaeology guide who will offer in-depth personal attention, you will browse through the restored palace. By examining the structures the Minoans lived in, you will have the best avenue for piecing together the threads of this great civilization.

After exploring the labyrinth of corridors and rooms on the Knossos tour, you will travel into central Heraklion for a walk around its historical center and main sites and a visit to the recently renovated Archaeological Museum. The most magnificent collection of Minoan art and culture in the world is housed in this museum, one of the most visited in Greece, with an exhibition of artifacts, covering a period of 5,000 years.

Continue your drive to Chania, Crete’s second largest city and the capital of the island until 1972. En route, you stop at Rethymno town, to enjoy a fascinating walk through its narrow winding streets, the old houses with their wooden covered balconies, the Venetian and the Turkish monuments. A walk-through time, this stroll will help you gain an understanding of how the city’s multilayered history has unfolded.

Chania is a city of unique beauty, filled with an abundance of fragrant flowers and a rich cultural heritage, the most poetic city of Crete; when you walk through, it leaves you with a pleasant taste of beauty. Its history is particularly interesting as in the past invaders always focused in this area. Built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia it has seen and survived many invaders, but has also tasted civilizations that left their marks on building faces, castles, walls, antiquities, monasteries and churches. You’ll find traces of Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish and German times here. 

Built over ancient Kydonia in the heart of Chania, the city which evokes precious old charm, rich in history, colors and scents of a bygone era, stands Hotel Kydon. The four-star hotel occupies one of the most convenient locations in town, across from the main shopping district, within walking distance of the old quarter of the city and the Venetian port. Hotel Kydon embodies a rich Cretan tradition of warm hospitality. The rooms are pleasantly and comfortably furnished with pastel colored soft furnishings. Each has its own private balcony, satellite television, direct dial telephone and minibar. The restaurant, located on the first floor, is large and bright and offers a variety of Cretan, traditional Greek menus. There is also a coffee shop which overlooks the street below.

Overnight at KYDON HOTEL. (B)

 Day 12~Tuesday~October 17

Chania~Apokoronas Province

After breakfast meet up with your guide and go on a walking tour around the old city which has preserved, to a great extent, the distinctive atmosphere and charm of the Venetian and Turkish periods. Your walk will allow you to visit the most important sites, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Venetian fortifications, the Arsenals, the 1860 Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the 1879 Roman Catholic cathedral, the Etz Hayyim Synagogue, and the Turkish quarters behind the inner harbor. The tour will also bring out plenty of hidden spots off the beaten track, which reflect the eclectic mix of influences that has given Chania its unique atmosphere

Entire Venetian, Turkish and Jewish quarters are saved, with well conserved buildings in the narrow picturesque streets.  One of the most significant buildings is the large Venetian church of San Francesco, which today houses the Archaeological Museum of Chania. At the entrance of the harbor stands the renovated fort Firkas. Built in 1629, today it houses the Maritime Museum of Chania as well as a summer theatre, where drama performances are presented.  Opposite the Firkas fort, is the magnificent Venetian lighthouse, built in the 16th century and restored by the Egyptians. Also of interest are the Venetian Arsenals. These 16th century arched buildings designed for shipbuilding and repairs are located on the quietest part of the harbor

Drive towards the Akrotiri peninsula; visit the monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon. Built in the 17th century, with a majestic cruciform church, it is set on a wonderfully overgrown landscape of olive groves and cypress trees.

Continue to the picturesque province of Apokoronas for a short exploration of the villages Vamos and Gavalohori. Between Chania and Rethymnon, in the beautiful rolling foothills of the White Mountains and only a short distance from the northern Cretan sea, is the traditional village of Vamos, with a rich cultural heritage. It was in 1995 when a group of friends established Vamos Traditional Village Company with the aim to promote the area and share their love of their region and their feelings for the tradition with a wider population. The project was to organize activities that would highlight the image of the forgotten Crete, an image very different from the one perceived when visiting the busy tourist resorts.

Gavalohori is the second Cretan traditional village that you will visit today. The large old village has particularly interesting and well-preserved folk architecture. In this officially protected, traditional village a lot of interesting buildings can be found, such as the 18th century two-roomed, arched olive oil press, the temples of Panagia and Agios Sergios, the old school and many residences. Many of the lovely old buildings have been restored, including the Folk Museum, which chronicles the history of the village – an interesting record of culture and handicrafts. Overnight at KYDON HOTEL. (B)

 Day 13~Wednesday~October 18

Chania /Athens

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens. Your day is at leisure to explore more of Athens on your own.

Overnight at the DIVANI CARAVEL HOTEL. (B)

Day 14~Thursday~October 19

Athens /Boston

This morning your journey comes to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your return flights home. You have just experienced a unique world, one that combines the thrill of ancient civilizations, warm hospitality and amazing natural beauty. (B, Meals Aloft)

Inclusions

  • Domestic air transfers (Athens/Lesvos/Athens).
  • Flights between Lesvos/Athens/Heraklion-Chania/Athens on the post extension.
  • All transfers by air-conditioned motor coach or minibus depending on size of group.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • Services of English-speaking cultural guide throughout the tour.
  • Camden host will accompany the tour with a minimum of 10 travelers on both the main and extension programs.
  • Meals Included: Welcome dinner, breakfast daily and a farewell dinner; all other meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • All admission fees.
  • Gratuities for baggage handling, hotel tips and taxes.
  • Passport wallet and baggage tags.
  • Complimentary Emergency Evacuation Insurance.

Exclusions

  • Round trip air transportation between Boston and Athens, including fuel surcharges and airline taxes (quoted separately).
  • Gratuities to driver, guide and other conveyance attendants.
  • Any applicable departure taxes from Greece.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above

Please note that the itinerary sequence is correct at the time of writing, but is subject to change. 

Classic Escapes Conservation Fund

In keeping with our mission to provide exciting, educational, and fun-filled experiences that nurture and directly support the diverse wildlife and cultures we visit around the world, Classic Escapes has established the Classic Escapes Conservation Fund to ensure that a percentage of all profits go to support conservation and wildlife researchers performing their critical work in the field. Project support has included wild dog, elephant, rhino and cheetah conservation in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia, penguins in Punta San Juan Peru, tiger preservation in India, and sponsoring school children in Kenya, among many other projects around the world. By traveling with Classic Escapes, you are supporting travel as a tool for building the mutual respect, awareness and understanding that are vital to preserving this planet for future generations.

 

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