The Ursuline School - Greece 2016
Athens & Classical Greece
March 20 – 24, 2016
On March 20th you will arrive in Athens to begin your European adventure. You will spend the evening exploring with your tour leader after checking into your hotel. On March 21st you will dedicate the day to a full day sightseeing and guided museum tour including visits to the New Acropolis Museum*, Acropolis*, and Parthenon*, whose dimensions and the lengths conform to the mathematical principles of proportion of the Pythagoreans, and much more. March 22nd begins your classical tour of Greece as you journey to Delphi. Delphi will greet you with its historic architecture and rich scenery. In Delphi* the temple of Apollo and the seat of the Oracle, to whom the ancient Greeks looked for advice, awaits your visit. During your full day guided tour of Delphi*, including lunch, you will enjoy visits to the Delphi Site and Museum*. On March 23rd you will visit ancient Olympia*, where the first recorded Ancient Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C., and it’s Archaeological Museum* with your guide before arriving to Nafplio for the evening. On March 24th your adventure continues as you travel to Mycenae and Epidaurus before returning to Athens this evening. Highlights of this day include the ancient theatre in Epidaurus*, and the Tomb of Agamemnon & Palace in Mycenae*.
Athens, Islands Cruise & Cape Sounion
March 25 – 29, 2016
Depart Athens on March 25th for a 3 day Islands Cruise to Mykonos, Kusadasi and Crete*! The cruise’s first port of call is Mykonos where you may stroll the picturesque alleys of Mykonos Town and, after the sun sets, enjoy its exhilarating nightlife. From Mykonos you sail overnight to arrive in time for breakfast in quiet Kusadasi on March 26th, whose white sand beaches are a stone’s throw from the incredible excavation of the ancient city of Ephesus and its Terrace Houses (one of the world’s largest open-air museums), the House of the Virgin Mary, beautiful Sirince Village and the thrilling metropolis of Izmir. This afternoon your cruise continues to the holy island of Patmos: many believe John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations in a mountainside grotto on Patmos where he heard the voice of God. Further up the mountain, within the white walls of Hora, the monastery founded in his honor in 1088 stands sentinel above this verdant island. You leave Patmos and sail through another lovely Aegean evening to arrive in Heraklion on March 27th, an ancient Venetian port and the fascinating capital of Crete. Greece’s largest island is a paradise of secluded beaches, hiking trails, rivers and archeological marvels, including the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Archeological Museum in Heraklion. This afternoon you will sail from Heraklion for an evening on incredible Santorini before returning to Athens on March 28th. After disembarking from your cruise, you will have ample time at leisure for last minute shopping, exploring or sightseeing before an afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion. A highlight of your tour will be dinner and sunset at Cape Sounion*, home of the Temple of Poseidon (free to those who submit their application and deposit by the deadline). The present Temple is built on the site of the older ruins among cliffs tumbling into the Aegean Sea. Cape Sounion was ideally located for worship of the powerful god of the sea. On March 29th you will return to the United States with fond memories, amazing experiences and perhaps a souvenir or two from your European adventure.
SPECIAL TOUR CONDITIONS: **The tour price, if payments are made by cash or check, is $3,595.00; otherwise, if paying by credit card, the standard non-discounted price is $3,695.00. Tour participation is based on triple occupancy and includes roundtrip airfare from New York, point-to point transportation between cities while in Greece, all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. *Entrance fees and/or transportation marked with an asterisk are included in the tour price (the site of the Acropolis, New Museum of the Acropolis, National Museum, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi, Benaki Museum, and a 3 day Aegean Islands Cruise and city tour in Athens) and may be subject to availability. Additional items may be offered optionally, are also subject to availability and are not included in the tour price. A guaranteed single room may be available for a supplemental charge of $560.00. A guaranteed twin room may be available for a supplemental charge of $385.00 per person. Included are applicable governmental international airline ticket taxes, fuel surcharges, security surcharges, and associated fees. If applicable, tax increases will be billed on a supplemental invoice. A minimum number of paying participants may be required to operate the tour. All tour participants must submit a signed application. A $500.00 non-refundable deposit is required and will reserve your space on this tour. The tour cost, including the initial deposit, is fully refundable if the tour does not operate. You may apply online by visiting www.EAtours.com and “student/traveler sign up.” The tour number for your group is 216133. A 2nd payment, generally $1,000, will be due no later than 15 to 30 days after your initial payment. Final payments are due no later than 70 days before departure. Updated Tour details (hotels, day by day itinerary, flights, etc.) are scheduled to be released approximately four weeks prior to departure.
Please return your application and $500 deposit to EA Tours by October 16, 2015 for a FREE visit to Poseidon’s Temple at Cape Sounion!