Saint Leo - Greece 2016
Athens & Classical Greece
March 13 – 17, 2016
On March 13th 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 14th you will dedicate the day to a full day sightseeing and guided Museum tour including visits to the New Acropolis Museum*, Acropolis, Parthenon*, whose dimensions and the lengths conform to the mathematical principles of proportion of the Pythagoreans, and much more. Witness the influence of Pythagoras, Euclid and Archimedes whose geometrical axioms and rules are still taught in schools today. Later this afternoon 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. March 15th begins your classical tour of Greece with guided visits to the National Archeological Museum* before departing to Mycenae and Epidaurus. Highlights of this day include views of the Corinth Canal, the ancient theatre in Epidaurus*, and the Tomb of Agamemnon & Palace in Mycenae*. You will enjoy a brief visit to Nauplia before spending the night in Tolo. On March 16th 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 departing for Delphi the next morning.
Delphi & Saronic Islands Cruise
March 17 – 20, 2016
On March 17th 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*. Upon returning to Athens on March 18th, you a visit is planned to the Benaki Museum*, where you will see artifacts from prehistoric, archaic, classical, Hellenic and Roman times. This evening you may wish to simply stroll through the historic center of Athens to enjoy the classical ambience of this city. Depart Athens on March 19th for a full day Saronic Cruise to the Islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra*! Aegina*, known for its rich history, inspiring pistachio grove landscapes, and picturesque seaside villages such as St. Marina with its taverns, traditional shops and beautiful golden beaches. You may choose to visit the majestic 5th century BC temple of the Goddess Aphaia which is regarded as the best preserved ancient temple of Greece offering a magnificent view of the whole Saronic Gulf or the church of St. Nectarios known for its impressive Byzantine architecture and silver-carved tomb of the Saint. Poros Town* rests in a narrow strait between Poros Island and the Peloponnese, quietly nestled in the embrace of deep green pine forests and mildly scented lemon groves. A climb to the town’s magnificent bell tower offers an unforgettable view. A favorite of the international Jet-set Hydra* is the beloved muse of painters, craftsmen and photographers. Its unique architecture, crystal clear waters, splendid craft & jewel shops, folk art and the island’s traditional means of transport – the donkey, make it one of the last examples of “living Mediterranean history”. On March 20th 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 $3,883.00; otherwise, if paying by credit card, the standard non-discounted price is $3,983.00. Tour participation is based on triple occupancy and includes roundtrip airfare from Orlando, point-to point transportation between cities while in Europe, all breakfasts and 6 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, Saronic Islands Cruise and a 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 $325.00. A guaranteed twin room may be available for a supplemental charge of $115.00 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 $200.00 non-refundable deposit is required no later than November 27, 2015 to 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 216141. The final payment of $3,683.00 is due no later than January 20, 2016 to participate in this tour. Additional tour conditions apply as listed on our online Tour Participation Agreement at EAtours.com. Updated Tour details (hotels, day by day itinerary, flights, etc.) are scheduled to be released approximately four weeks prior to departure.
Please submit your online application and $200 deposit to EAtours.com by October 1, 2015 for a FREE visit to Poseidon’s Temple at Cape Sounion!