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ITALY TRAVEL TIPS

Passport/Visa:

Your passport must have at least six months of validity from your return date when traveling abroad.
Participants with valid U.S. or Canadian passport do not require a visa. If you hold a passport of a foreign country, please contact the Italian Consulate in your area for further information on visa requirements.

Currency:

Italy’s unit of currency is the Euro. Coinage is available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents with 1 and 2 Euros. Bank notes come in units of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. We suggest you exchange your money in a bank or at an ATM, as opposed to the hotel, in order to get the best exchange rate. Banks are open from 8:35am to 1:35pm and 3:00-4:00pm from Monday to Friday.

ATMs in Italy are known as ‘Bancomats’ and are found both in large cities and small towns. Most reputable establishments will accept major credit cards. Many people think that it might be more convenient to use Travelers Checks, but fewer and fewer places accept them. If you prefer to use Travelers Checks, they can be purchased in the U.S. and should already be in Euros to avoid additional exchange rates.

Electrical Current:

The electrical current in Italy is 220 volts. It is best to travel with dual current appliances with plug adapters.

Time:

Italy is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Daylight Savings Time is in effect from the end of March to the end of September.

Telephones:

purchased at post offices, bars, tobacco shops and some kiosks. Direct dialing is also possible for continental and intercontinental communications.

Museums:

Museums are generally open 9am-1:00pm and are closed on Mondays, although hours may vary.

Shopping:

Normally shops are open from 9am-1pm and 3:30/4pm-7:30/8pm. In large cities and tourist areas, shops tend to stay open from 9:30am-7:30pm. Some excellent purchases are clothes for men and women, lacework, jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, gold & silver items, woodwork, straw, embroidery, glass and crystal-ware.

Tipping:

A service charge of 15% is added to all restaurant bills. It is customary to leave a small tip for good service as follows: Waiters: 5-10% of check – Cafes/Bars: 15% if at a table and if not included on bill – Taxis: 5-10% –
Guides/Drivers: 15% of cost of tour

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"Our group trip to Portugal was WONDERFUL!  Being based in Porto for 4 nights and Lisbon for 5, made us feel like we had a home-base, while every day we would set off in another direction and see totally different things." - Karen V., Travel Advisor, Chicago, IL

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"We cannot thank you and the staff at Homeric Tours enough for the absolutely fabulous time we had on the Greek Islands tour! All the hotels were spectacular with gorgeous accommodations and truly attentive staff..." - Ann & John M.,Sandwich, MA

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"Hello! I just wanted to let you know that our trip to Greece was amazing and all of the Homeric representatives at all of our stops were great!!! So punctual and helpful!" - Sara C., East Stroudsburg, PA

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I hope we get to meet sometime soon so I can fill you in on our wonderful trip. Everything was just great. Alex was incredibly happy with all his arrangements - loved where he stayed and the transportation arranged. - Barbara K., Buffalo, NY

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"We did have a most memorable trip to Croatia, Slovenia & Montenegro. We thank you for your help in arranging the details!" - Charlotte M., Dallas, TX

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I want to thank you for all the work you did to make our vacation to Italy so wonderful! - Donna H & Ed O., New York, NY

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"You did a fantastic job putting together my trip to Greece exactly the way I wanted. We had a fantastic time in Crete and in Santorini. My husband got to swim in the hot springs and we ate grilled octopus..." - Doris & Albert L., Miami, FL

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"Thank you so much for making our trip to Greece this year so wonderful. Also thanks to Kostas, Giorgios and Atha for all their helpful suggestions and the personal attention they gave us." - Eleni S., N. Bellmore, NY

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"I wanted to thank you for all your help and attention to detail. My clients had a spectacular time and thanked me over and over. They stayed in Athens at the Grand Bretagne, in Deluxe Acropolis view on butler floor" - Fred T., Travel Advisor, Western Springs, IL

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"We returned from Morocco yesterday evening. Everything was great and we had a wonderful time. We are grateful to Homeric Tours for an impeccably organized trip." - Loucas & Penny T., New York, NY

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"This package was so well planned. We were a family of 6 and all of our needs were met. I would highly recommend this trip. The people at Homeric were very reachable before during and after our trip. Oooopaaaa!!!!" - Mary Kay H., New York, NY

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"My clients had a fabulous time on their trip to Egypt and Israel! In fact, they came in and spent two hours with me detailing the trip. And you were right they were treated like a king and queen in Egypt!" - Pam L., Travel Professional, Carmichael, CA

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"The Artellis have returned from Greece with rave reviews for Homeric! Thank you again, for making me look so good!" - Pamela W., Travel Advisor, Denver, CO

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"My clients have returned from Greece with rave reviews for Homeric! Thank you again, for making me look so good!" - Pamela W., Travel Professional Denver, CO

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"Thanks, Greece was AMAZING!!! The views we got to see were incredible, Homeric was great and the hotels were perfect." - Patrick & Laurie M., Sicklerville, NJ

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"Thanks, Greece was AMAZING!!! The views we got to see were incredible, Homeric was great and the hotels you booked for us were perfect. Athens Plaza was great being right in the city!" - Patrick and Laurie M., Haddonfield, NJ

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"My clients had a wonderful time in Greece. All the Homeric services were excellent. They were extremely happy with the Homeric people in Athens." - Patty S., Travel Professional, Paramus, NJ

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"The trip was fantastic! We loved every minute of it. Homeric Tours was TOP NOTCH! I would highly recommend using them again. On time, very organized, always had someone waiting to pick us up" - Robert S., Rapid City, SD

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"Thank you so much for the most wonderful accommodation you arranged for us in Greece and Turkey. We truly had the most memorable vacation in these two beautiful countries." - Arceli and Ismael I., San Francisco, CA

Happy Travelers’ Testimonials

"Hello! I just wanted to let you know that our trip to Greece was amazing and all of the Homeric representatives at all of our stops were great!!! So punctual and helpful!! " - Sara C., Lancaster, PA

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"We had an absolute blast on our trip to Greece! The hotels you chose for me and my 5 kids were incredible and absolutely perfect for our time there. You listened to what we were looking for and made this a dream vacation for all of us." - Stacey V., Lagrangeville, NY

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"Words cannot express how much we enjoyed our trip to Israel! The accommodations at all the hotels were top notch, the service was great and the staff was so helpful and the food was delicious..." - Wendy and Paul H., Lehighton, PA

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"The trip to Israel was truly AMAZING....thanks to all yours and HOMERIC TOURS efforts." - Βesi M., Travel Advisor, Springfield, MA

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"Thank you and the rest of the staff at Homeric Tours for your assistance these past 2 weeks. I am new in the travel business and your assistance with the Randy group was invaluable" - Kenya S., Travel Professional, Brunswick, OH

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"My clients just returned from Greece and were so impressed with Homeric. Your staff there in Greece was wonderful.If they go back to Greece, they will only allow me to book Homeric." - Dorene P. L., Travel Professional, Newburgh, Ny

Happy Travelers’ Testimonials

"The trip was fantastic! We loved every minute of it. Homeric Tours was TOP NOTCH! I would highly recommend using them again. On time, very organized, always had someone waiting to pick us up. " - Robert S., Rapid City, Sd

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"My husband and I would like to inform your travel company of the very efficient, friendly and courteous employees that assisted us with our trip to Greece." - Charles And Kathleen C., West Springfield, Ma

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"We had an absolute blast on our trip to Greece! The hotels you chose for me and my 5 kids were incredible and absolutely perfect for our time there." - Stacey V., Lagandgeville, Ny

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"I am writing to say thank you for your perfect arrangements for our travels to Italy, Poland and Greece. Your efforts are appreciated. I especially want to say thank you for arranging wonderful hotels, in great locations, clean and comfortable." - Richard And Judi M., Miami, Fl

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My client had a wonderful trip to Italy. The Homeric reservations and arrangements were perfect and all the drivers and guides were prompt and courteous. - Tom C., Travel Professional, Mequon, Wi

Happy Travelers’ Testimonials

Thanks, Greece was AMAZING!!! The views we got to see were incredible, Homeric was great and the hotels were perfect. - Patrick & Laurie M., Sicklerville, Nj

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The trip was handled very well and enjoyed every aspect of it. - Pat D., Summerville, Sc

Happy Travelers’ Testimonials

You did a fantastic job putting together my trip to Greece exactly the way I wanted. We had a fantastic time in Crete and in Santorini. - Doris & Albert L., Miami, Fl

Happy Travelers’ Testimonials

We cannot thank you and the staff at Homeric Tours enough for the absolutely fabulous time we had on the Greek Islands tour! - Ann & John M., Sandwich, Ma

Happy Travelers’ Testimonials

Thank you so much for the most wonderful accommodation you arranged for us in Greece and Turkey. - Arceli And Ismael I., San Francisco, Ca

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The trip was really nice. Sicily is beautiful however very hot. - Mary And Dennis F., Franklin Square, Ny

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I just wanted to share a quick note and let you know that Homeric Egypt did a really great job. I’m glad I decided to choose Egypt as my destination. - Barbara M., New York, Ny

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The trip to Israel was truly AMAZING...thanks to all yours and HOMERIC TOURS efforts. - Besi M., Travel Consultant, Springfield, Ma

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Just a quick note to say that it was a pleasure to work with you all and the trip went smoothly. - Rebecca D.,Travel Professional Memphis, Tn