9 Day Tour of Greece

Tour #171227
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Departs Dec 26, 2017 from Asheville, NC

Hosted By: Folkmoot
Destination: Turkey & Greece
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Highlights: Acropolis, Athens, Corinth, Parthenon
A Cultural Exploration of Greece
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Dear Friends,

Folkmoot is working with Wilcox Travel to offer an affordable, informative and fun eight day trip to Greece, departing December 26, 2017 and returning January, 3, 2018.  This trip is for those interested in history, antiquity, art, archeology, religion, culture, and the joy of travelling to different parts of the world.  No place on this earth brings world history to life more than Greece.

Not only can you be a part of this amazing week, but you can know that your trip is bringing important programming to our community.

Based on the number of trips sold, Folkmoot can earn free trips, which in turn will become raffle/fundraising opportunities that will help Folkmoot with reaching its goal to grow its year round programming.  Therefore, your trip aids Folkmoot’s efforts to increase its role in leading cultural conversations, expand its youth and family programming and continue its efforts to restore the historic Folkmoot Friendship Center so that it can boost the number of concerts, dinners, classes and programs it offers western North Carolina communities.

I think it is safe to say that we all sometimes scratch our heads about the world we live in and wish there was more – and – less.  More understanding, less fear.  More conversation.  More acceptance and kindness and mean-spiritedness.  The celebration of cultural diversity and inclusivity is what Folkmoot has reveled in for almost 35 years with its annual festival.  And now, as we have settled into our Friendship Center home, we have a place to regularly meet, learn, dance, dine, laugh and learn together on a year round basis.

Your decision to travel to Greece will not only make great memories for you, but it will help Folkmoot build programs that will have a lasting effect on our community.  Your trip gives us opportunities for all the good that comes with “more.”

Cordially,

Angeline Schwab, Executive Director

Folkmoot

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9 Day Tour of Greece

DAY 01 – TUE. DEC. 26 – DEPART U.S.A.

Today we depart for our overnight international flight to Athens, Greece.

DAY 02 – WED. DEC. 27 – ATHENS

We arrive in Athens this afternoon where our Wilcox Tours agent meets us. Welcome to the capital of Greece! On our way from the airport we’ll enjoy the highlights of modern Athens – we pass by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Parliament House, Presidential Palace, Panathenian Stadium, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the University and the National Library. Two overnights in ancient Athens

DAY 03 – THU. DEC. 28 – ATHENS / CORINTH/ MYCENAE / EPIDAURUS

A scenic drive takes us along the beautiful Peloponnesian Gulf and across the Corinthian Canal to Corinth. In ancient times it was the chief commercial center of Greece.  Here St. Paul lived and preached for almost two years. Visit the Temple of Apollo. Enjoy a traditional Grecian lunch.  Two more major features today: MYCENAE, where 19th-century excavations reveal impressions of the splendors so vividly described by Homer. Admire the Beehive Tombs, the Treasury of Atreus, Lion Gate — Europe’s oldest known monument, remains of Agamemnon’s Royal Palace, and the impressive fortifications of the Citadel. Then a short drive to EPIDAURUS for a tour of its amazingly well-preserved 2,300-year-old open-air theater.

DAY 04 – FRI. DEC. 29 – ATHENS / DELPHI

Today we will visit the majestic Parthenon, the Acropolis (where the great dramas of classical Athens were staged), the Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora (great Athenian marketplace), adorned with public buildings and colonnades. We go to nearby Mars’ Hill (or Areopagus) where the Apostle Paul delivered his well-known sermon.  Next we travel north to the Arachova, a small town famous for its flocati rugs, cheese, honey and wine.  We continue on to the home of the ancient Oracle, Delphi for one overnight.

DAY 05 – SAT. DEC. 30 – DELPHI / METEORA / KALAMBAKA

After breakfast we will visit Delphi, known in mythology as the “Center of the World.”  Today, archaeologist consider it to be one of Greece’s greatest cultural treasures. We will visit the museum to see the bronze “Charioteer” statue along with many other statues and busts of famous figures from the ancient world.  Above the sacred way is the Temple of Apollo and, in front of its entrance, an agora built in Roman times for the purpose of supplying pilgrims visiting the sanctuary. Then we drive to Kalmabaka with the hanging monasteries for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06 – SUN. DEC. 31- KALAMBAKA / BEREA / THESSALONIKI

Today we will visit the Monasteries of Meteora, incredibly perched on rocky pinnacles.  The Meteora are unbelievably tall stone giants rising out of what was once a lake bed.  They create one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.  Meaning “suspended in air” the name Meteora came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, all of differing heights, all rising hundreds of feet above the level of the plain.  Today, only six monasteries survive as museums. They are sparsely occupied by a few monks and nuns but they offer a rare glimpse of Orthodox monastic life. Then we drive to Berea where the Apostle Paul arrived.  We will see the Byzantine mosaic in the monument commemorating his preaching. Then we continue to Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia.  Thessaloniki was named after Alexander the Great’s sister. Here Paul preached to the Jewish community and wrote I and II Thessalonians to this church.  Tonight we’ll have a special New Year’s Eve dinner with music.  Two overnights in Thessaloniki.

DAY 07 – MON. JAN. 01 –  THESSALONIKI / PHILIPPI

Today we drive to the modern port city of Kavalla, ancient Neapolis.  It was here that Paul (accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy) first set foot in Europe before making his way along the Egnatian Way to Philippi and Thessaloniki.  We continue to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized Lydia of Thyatira (who traded in purple die) making her the first Christian in Europe. Return to Thessaloniki for an afternoon of leisure.

DAY 08 – TUE. JAN. 02 – THESSALONIKI / ATHENS

In the morning of our last day in Thessaloniki we will visit the old city ramparts, the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia, and the famous archaeological museum housing priceless collections from all over Macedonia.  On our way back to Athens we stop in Vergina (Ancient Aigai), the first capital of Macedonia. We visit the most important tomb ever discovered, Philip II of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. Continue to Athens where we can enjoy a walk in Plaka area with its plenty of shops and taverns.  Dinner and final overnight in Athens.

DAY 09 – WED. JAN. 03 – ATHENS / U.S.A.

Today we proceed toward home on our flight from Athens.

Air Transportation: ARC/IATAN jet economy class, round trip from gateway city applicable on all IATAN and ARC carriers, based on the non-refundable fare.  Tours must be fully paid for and tickets issued no later than 60 days before the tour’s departure date.  If you cancel or change your reservation for any reason after tickets have been issued, a cancellation fee of 100% of the ticket price will be charged by the airline. Fuel Surcharges: We will review the air costs approximately 65 days before departure and notify you of any changes in air fuel surcharges or taxes.  Deviations:  Deviation requests should be in writing and will incur an additional service fee plus any applicable fare increases.

Land Transportation and Transfers: By private deluxe motor coach.

Accommodations: Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom with tub or shower.  Single rooms subject to availability and an additional cost of $385.00 (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge).  Hotels used are superior first class category.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily.  Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra.

Baggage: Subject to change, free baggage allowance is governed by the airline on which you are flying.  Baggage allowance guidelines will be included in your final documents.  Excess baggage will be charged at the established rates. Due to limited motor coach capacity we urge our tour members to carry only one bag per person.  Porterage for one checked bag is included in the tour price. Excess baggage charges from the airlines and motor coaches are the passenger’s responsibility and will be collected at time of handling.

Service Charges and Taxes: Those normally levied by hotels and restaurants are included and all departure taxes and tipping.

Not Included: Passport costs, and health documentation costs (when required); food and beverages (including coffee and tea) not usually included with regular table d’hote meals; optional sightseeing tours and excursions; accident, baggage and trip cancellation insurance; transporting and handling excess luggage; tips to persons rendering special services not specifically mentioned as included; items of a purely personal nature such as laundry, telephone and cable expenses, internet access, room service orders, etc.; transportation between hometown city and gateway city.

Insurance: Acting only as agents for suppliers, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., is not responsible for damage, loss, or theft of luggage and/or personal belongings, or for personal injury, accident and/or illness. For protection, it is important that you have adequate insurance to cover these possibilities. We recommend Allianz Travel Insurance.  Travel protection is available to all residents of the U.S. and Canada, and includes coverage for lost luggage, medical emergencies and more.  Guests booking this tour have the option of purchasing cancellation protection in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations.  This optional Guest Protection may be requested at time of booking and fee included with initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your tour reservation.

Important Passport Information: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office. Passports must have an expiration date beyond Apr. 04, 2018 in order to travel with this tour. If your expiration date is inside this date, you must renew your passport in order to participate.

VISA: A visa is not required for US citizens traveling to Greece.

Deposits and Payments: A deposit of $300.00 per person is required immediately.  Installment payments are accepted and updated statements will be forwarded with each payment sent.  The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure. Please check your statement for specific due dates. Tour conditions and airfares are subject to Governmental, ARC/IATAN, and airline regulation requirements in effect on the date of and during the tour.  All airfares and land rates are quoted in US Dollars and are based on tariffs and cost in effect May 2017 and are subject to change without notice.  Land costs are based on group rates and final tour cost may be dependent on number of tour participants.

Guests with Disabilities: Please be aware that certain land tours may not be fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Wilcox World Travel and Tours must be notified of any special medical, physical or other requirements of passengers at the time of booking.  Should a passenger require the assistance of another to make this tour, it is the responsibility of that passenger to arrange for a companion to provide the assistance at all times and for the entire duration of the tour.

Participating Air Carriers: The services of any ARC/IATAN air carrier may be used by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. for the air portion of these tours.

Responsibility: Your tour operator, Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc., an ARC/IATAN appointed agent, acts as agent for you in the making and securing of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing, or for hotel accommodations for the tour.  Wilcox World Travel and Tours does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant, or any other supplier of services.  All coupons, receipts and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the suppliers.  Thus, by accepting the coupons and tickets and utilizing the services, you agree that neither Wilcox World Travel and Tours nor any of its Tour Hosts or Representatives shall be liable for any loss, injury or damage to you or your belongings or otherwise in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services, or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrences beyond its control including breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, delay or cancellation of or changes in itinerary, or schedules, etc.  Also, remember that travel documents are your responsibility as well as compliance with custom regulations.  No employee of Wilcox World Travel and Tours can change the terms under which you agree to take this tour.  Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time you are not onboard the aircraft.  The passage contract in use by the airline, when issued, constitutes the sole agreement between it and you.

Cancellations and Refunds: If a passenger cancels his/her tour membership up to 61 days prior to departure, there will be a cancellation fee of $250.00 to cover administration and communication costs. For cancellations within 60-46 days of departure date you will be subject to a 50% penalty or $250.00 whichever is greater. Cancellations within 45 days are subject to a penalty of 100% of tour price. All cancellation requests must be addressed to Wilcox Travel in writing. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

NOTE:  Wilcox World Travel and Tours reserves the right to cancel, withdraw, or change the tour, in part or whole, at any time.  In the event of a change deemed necessary by Wilcox World Travel and Tours, the sole and exclusive obligation of Wilcox World Travel and Tours, Div. of Wilcox Travel Agency, Inc. is to refund monies recovered.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Current round trip economy air fare from Asheville to Athens Greece.
  • Current airport departure taxes, customs & security fees and fuel surcharges.
  • First and superior first-class (3 & 4 star) hotel accommodations throughout (7 nights);

 

Athens             2 nights            Titania Hotel

Delphi              1 night              DomotelAnemolia

Kalambaka       1 night              Divani Meteora

Thessaloniki     2 nights            Capsis Hotel

Athens             1 night              Titania Hotel

 

  • Breakfast and dinner daily with a special New Year’s Eve dinner with music.
  • Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary by private deluxe motor coach with qualified driver and English-speaking, licensed guide/escort, who meets you upon arrival and stays with the group throughout until returning you to the airport for your flight to U.S.A.
  • Entrance fees to all sightseeing including the National Museum in Athens, Delphi Museum and Archaeological Museum in Thessaloniki.
  • All transfers and porterage (one suitcase per person).
  • All tipping to hotel and restaurant personnel, porters, drivers, and guides.
  • Whispers headsets.
  • Wilcox World Travel and Tours flight bag and a Greece Guidebook.
  • Individuals who purchase this trip to Greece will also receive a ticket to the Candlelight Closing in 2018.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement $ 385.00.
  • Insurance: Travel, baggage, trip cancellation, etc. – cost is $225.00
  • Beverages with meals, or meals not specifically mentioned on itinerary (lunches).
  • Passports
  • Personal Items and Immunizations
Option
Price (per passenger)
BASE PRICE
$3,149.00
SINGLE ROOM
+$385.00
TRIP INSURANCE
+$225.00