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GREECE: ATHENS & THE GREEK ISLES (MYKONOS, SANTORINI & CRETE)

September 14 27, 2019 (Saturday to Friday)

Trip Application Form:  trip-application-form.pdf

Trip Terms Document:  Greece 2019 - Trip Terms 9-30-18.pdf

Trip Status:  Sold out/waiting list

Number of Nights:  12 nights lodging.

Trip Details:  Join SSC as we travel to Athens, the capital of Greece, and the Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete.  Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, and the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, literature, major scientific and mathematical principles, drama, and the Olympic games. This trip is packed with history, exploration, culture, and great cuisine! In addition to on land site-seeing and excursions, you will also view Athens and the islands from the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Crete as we make our way from Athens to the three Isles on three high speed ferry’s. And you will have free time for self-exploration.

Athens brings together the best of the ancient and contemporary of Greece, with its sun-bleached ruins and deep blue skies, museums, sandy beaches, waterside nightclubs, inspired cuisine and passionate music. We will see the Acropolis, Museum, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Athene Nike, The Erechtheion, Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon, the National Garden, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Greek Parliament. We will stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, host of the 1896 Olympic Games, and walk through the Plaka neighborhood with its narrow streets, churches, Byzantine architecture, museums, cafĂ©’s, shopping.

Mykonos is made up of breathtaking beaches, elegant boutiques, fine dining restaurants, and lively bars and nightclubs where partying is a round the clock affair.  All this against a backdrop of scenic whitewashed houses, iconic windmills, and picturesque churches. We will test out the beaches, visit the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani with its gold plated iconostasis remains, and take a walking tour of a Mykonos town where we may see “Pelican Petros”. 

Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The iconic whitewashed houses in the main towns of Fira and Oia line the cliffs overlooking the sea, and the beaches that are made up of black, red, and white lava pebbles. Our hotel is located in Fira, the island's commercial heart, close to museums, restaurants, and shopping.  Going out in the evening is like a fairy tale, and the bars and clubs constitute a dominant party scene.

Crete, Greece’s largest island, is the oldest wine-producing area in Europe, with a wine tradition that is more than 4000 years old. We will stay in the city of Chania, which is one of the biggest island cities, with lots to do and explore.

This trip is 14 days, includes 12 nights lodging (3 nights at each location), daily breakfast, welcome dinner with Greek music and folk dancing, four full-day excursions, roundtrip air from Dulles to Athens and home from Crete, all ground transfers, and high speed ferry transfers.

Lodging:  3 nights, Hotel Center Square Athens***; 3 nights, Hotel Alkistis*** in Agios Stefanos, Mykonos; 3 nights, Hotel Horizon Resort*** at Santorini (some will be at Hotel Sunshine***); 3 nights, Hotel Arkadia at Chania, Crete.

Airline:  Luftansa: Dulles/Frankfurt/Athens; Crete/Munich/Dulles

Trip Size:  42

Features Included (Meals, Side Trips, Etc.):  Standard trip package includes roundtrip bus to Dulles, roundtrip air, 12 nights lodging, daily breakfast, dinner first night, 4 tours – one at each location, porterage at Mykonos, all ground transfers, and high speed ferry transfers.

Trip Cost Standard Package per person double occupancy:  The trip price is estimated at $3,100 per person double occupancy. The estimate is due to the airfare. Pricing for airfare will not be available until later in October. We have included airfare cost of $1,000 in the estimated price above. When the airfare is available the price of the trip will be adjusted accordingly.

Initial Deposit Amount:  $775.00       Due Date:  Due with application. The name on the application must be printed, legible, and must match exactly your passport name. Changes after booking have a $300 fee.

2nd Payment Amount:   $775.00       Due Date:  December 20, 2018
3rd Payment Amount:   $775.00       Due Date:  February 20, 2019
4th Payment Amount:  Balance       Due Date:  May 20, 2019

Reference Links:  

http://www.athenscentersquarehotel.gr/

https://www.alkistismykonos.gr/en

http://www.horizonresort.gr/index.html

www.sunshinehotelsantorini.com

https://www.arkadi-hotel.gr/en-gb

Trip Leader:  Dianne Paukovits
Address:  1107 Cord Drive
City State Zip:  Hummelstown, PA  17036
Phone:  717-503-9493
Email:  dpaukovits@comcast.net

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