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Homeric Delight

3 Nights Athens, 3 Nights Santorini & 4-Day Cruise

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Discover the ancient city of Athens. Spend three nights exploring the home to the world-famous Acropolis and the Panathenaikon Stadium, the place of the first modern Olympic Games. Complete your tour and sail away on a 4-day cruise with stunning ports of calls like Mykonos, home to celebrities and jet setters, Kusadasi, the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, Patmos, famous for the cave where St. John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelations, and Crete, home to the Palace of King Minos. Disembark on the romantic island of Santorini with its incredible sunsets and panoramic views. This breathtaking island offers visitors the best of everything - from a 3,500 year-old archaeological site at Akrotiri to famous wineries. Explore the little town of Oia where you can stroll through the marble-paved alleys, become acquainted with the buildings carved in the rocks and enjoy the volcano island, which is one of the most unforgettable places in the world.

Itinerary

Homeric Delight starts in Athens every Friday.
  • DAY 1, FRI

    ATHENS

    Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
  • DAY 2, SAT

    ATHENS

    Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. Visits include the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Spend the afternoon at leisure or explore this fascinating city on your own.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 3, SUN

    ATHENS

    Day at leisure. Shop for bargains at the Athens Flea Market, Monastiraki or view the changing of guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit the Archaeological Museum on your own or you may take an optonal tour to Delphi or to Cape Sounion.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 4, MON

    ATHENS / PIRAEUS / MYKONOS

    After breakfast, transfer to Piraeus to board the ship for your cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. Your first port-of-call is Mykonos. Enjoy the whitewashed houses and the picturesque windmills.
    Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner included
  • DAY 5, TUE

    KUSADASI / PATMOS

    Arrive in Kusadasi where you can take an optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. Then on to Patmos where you can take an optional excursion to the Monastery and Cave where John the Divine wrote the Book of Revelation.
    Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner included
  • DAY 6, WED

    RHODES

    Arrive in Rhodes where you will spend a full day. Visit the rocky Acropolis of Lindos to see the Temple of Athena and the Citadel of the Knights.
    Breakfast ,Lunch and Dinner included
  • DAY 7, THU

    HERAKLION / SANTORINI

    Arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Visit the Palace of King Minos at Knossos, the center of the Minoan civilization. Sail on to Santorini. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a glorious 3-day stay.
    Breakfast & Lunch Included
  • DAY 8 & 9 FRI & SAT

    SANTORINI

    Enjoy this beautiful and unique island at leisure. Visit the black or red beaches, enjoy lunch at a cliff side cafe or simply take in the beauty of the outstanding views.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 10, SUN

    SANTORINI / ATHENS

    Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens.
    Breakfast Included

Package Includes

  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Athens.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Santorini.
  • Breakfast daily in Athens and Santorini.
  • 3 night cruise to the Greek Islands & Turkey, including all meals and entertainment. Cabin upgrades available.
  • Athens City sightseeing tour including the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.
  • All transfers as per itinerary.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person.
  • Orientation by Homeric Tours representative at Athens hotel.
  • 24/7 Support from a Homeric representative.
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.
  • Two shore excursions: Rhodes Medieval tour (Acropolis of Lindos and Citadel of the Knights) and Ancient Ephesus through the Ages (Kusadasi)
  • Drink package inclusive of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (for adults 18 and over) on Greek Island cruise.

Dates & Prices

Homeric Delight - DOUBLE PRICES

Athens
Golden Age
Athens Hilton
SantoriniXenones FiloteraMajestic
APR 3, 10, 2020$1,532$1,819
APR 17, 2020$1,561$1,819
APR 24, 2020$1,634$1,865
MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020$1,802$2,120
MAY 29, 2020$2,024$2,313
JUN 5, 12, 19, 2020$2,024$2,313
JUN 26, 2020$2,110$2,421
JUL 3, 10, 17, 2020$2,110$2,421
JUL 24, 31, 2020$2,081$2,321
AUG 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020$2,081$2,321
SEP 4, 2020$2,255$2,494
SEP 11, 18, 2020$2,169$2,458
SEP 25, 2020$1,947$2,266
OCT 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020$1,693$2,051

Homeric Delight - SINGLE PRICES

Athens
Golden Age
Athens Hilton
SantoriniXenones FiloteraMajestic
APR 3, 10, 2020$2,345$2,816
APR 17, 2020$2,424$2,816
APR 24, 2020$2,549$2,947
MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020$2,783$3,386
MAY 29, 2020$3,138$3,632
JUN 5, 12, 19, 2020$3,138$3,632
JUN 26, 2020$3,385$3,830
JUL 3, 10, 17, 2020$3,385$3,629
JUL 24, 31, 2020$3,306$3,629
AUG 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020$3,306$3,629
SEP 4, 2020$3,574$3,887
SEP 11, 18, 2020$3,327$3,821
SEP 25, 2020$2,972$3,575
OCT 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020$2,596$3,189

HOTELS

Athens

Golden Age Hotel★ ★ ★ ★
The Golden Age is located on Michalakopoulou Avenue, near Athens Music Hall, Megaro Musikis. The Acropolis and the famous New Acropolis Museum is about a ten minute Metro ride away. Or enjoy a nice stroll along one of the most well kept avenues of Athens, Vasilissis Sophias, where you will find some of the most classical buildings, monuments and museums of Athens.
  • Hotel Address:Michalakopoulou 57, 115 28 , ATHENS - Greece
    Phone:+30 2107240860, Fax:+30 2107213965,

Athens

Athens Hilton★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Hilton Athens is more than a hotel - it's a legacy. A favorite among locals and guests alike, this landmark hotel is a destination itself as the hub for Athens’ business, cultural and social life. Explore its unique architectural and artistic style and relax at the spa. View the Acropolis and city skyline from the private balcony of your guest room. The hotel's prime location in the heart of Athens is the perfect home base for discovering the city's world-famous attractions. Enjoy a leisurely dip in the Hilton Athens' 25-meter outdoor swimming pool, the largest in the center of Athens. Refresh and nourish body and soul in this urban oasis - the ultimate glamorous getaway to escape the summer heat. Savor your dining experience with Mediterranean, Greek and fusion cuisine. Catch the vibrant nightlife and city views at the multi-awarded Galaxy Bar and discover unique fine dining with fresh seafood at the world-famous Milos restaurant.
  • Hotel Address:Leof. Vasilissis Sofias 46, 115 28 Athens Greece
    Phone:+30 21 0728 1000,

Santorini

Xenones Filotera★ ★ ★ ★
Xenones Filotera hotel offers luxurious accommodation in Santorini (Imerovigli) and was created for those seeking an exclusive experience of the Aegean ambiance. Escape into the luxurious calm of these secluded Villas, only a few minutes away from the crowded alleys of Santorini's cosmopolitan villages. It is located 2,5 km from the town of Fira, 10 km from the port and 7km from the town of Oia. Offering 18 luxury villas & studios with breathtaking view to the volcanic caldera of Santorini or the Aegean archipelago, our hotel will be your comfortable home for unique Santorini moments. Spaces designed in sophisticated simplicity and hospitable warmth, reflect the essence of Greek philosophy.
  • Hotel Address:PO Box 11, Imerovigli, Santorini - Greece
    Phone:+30-22860-28770, Fax:+30-22860-28773,

Santorini

Majestic★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The luxurious Majestic Hotel is located right at the entrance of Fira, 500 meters from the center of the capital of Santorini island, 7 Km from the airport and 9 km from the port. The five star hotel offers high quality accommodation and services. Modern spirited and fashionable, it is bound to electrify its guest with a breeze of luxury and comfort and the breathtaking view of the glorious sunset of Santorini. Guests of the Majestic Hotel can choose amongst a variety of hotel room accommodations, including a master suite, maisonettes, and rooms for the physically challenged guests. All hotel facilities are accessible to the physically challenged. The Majestic Hotel offers a wide variety of facilities including two restaurants, a pool bar, an indoor lounge bar, 3 fresh water swimming pools (one of the pools heated), a children's pool and a playground available for younger guests, health and beauty spa, sauna, jacuzzi and a fully equipped and air-conditioned gym. Convention and business centers with the latest audiovisual technology are also available, including two conference centers and an open amphitheater. The 24-hour reception will assist you with any additional services you may require, including car rental, restaurant bookings and excursions, chauffeur driven luxury cars, private yacht and sailing boat trips with captain, and more. Everything provided with a warm smile. The Majestic Hotel Santorini promises you a thrilling experience of tranquility and chic together with absolute luxury and relaxation in Santorini.
  • Hotel Address:PO Box 11, Fira, Santorini - Greece
    Phone:+30-22860-25972, Fax:+30-22860-25971,

BROCHURE

Brochure Name:

GREECE 2020

Homeric Delight Tour Page:

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Optional Tours

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Ancient Corinth

Half Day (morning)

$84 

Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth (visit) where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. Back in the ancient times Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th C.B.C) brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked.

 

Athens By Night

city: Athens/(Greece) Nightly 

$82

Your evening dinner/tour begins with a pleasant scenic drive through the illuminated boulevards of Athens, as far as Piraeus, Greece's principal commercial port. Continue to Marina Zea, one of the busiest yacht harbors in the Mediterranean and home port to many luxury pleasure yachts belonging to Greece's ship owning and international jet-set communities. From here, a short drive to Mikrolimano, another picturesque yacht and fishing boat harbor, home to the ex Royal Yacht Club and many fine waterfront seafood restaurants. We finally return to Athens and the renowned "Plaka" district, located around the base of the Acropolis, for dinner with live floor show at a typical Greek taverna

Classical Tour

Athens/(Greece) Three days (on Halfboard Basis)

$515

DAY 1: Starting from Athens, drive westward along the scenic coast until reaching the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus (visit the archaeological site and the Theatre famous for its remarkable acoustics) and then on to Nauplia, the first capital of Greece (short stop). Drive to Mycenae, where you will visit the archaeological site and then depart for Olympia through the central Peloponnese area passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Arrive in Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia. (D) 
DAY 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to ANTIRION on the "state of the art" suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos and then continue to Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi. (B,D) 
DAY 3: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Two hours at leisure before starting the drive back to Athens. (B.) 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Classical Tour with Meteora

 Four days (on Halfboard Basis)

$719

DAY 1: Starting from Athens, drive westwards along the scenic coast, until reaching the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Epidaurus for a visit. On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then depart for Nauplia, the first capital of Greece (Short Stop). Next, drive to Mycenae for a visit. Mycenae, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon which was first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization. In the afternoon depart for Olympia. Dinner & Overnight in Olympia. (D) 
DAY 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the "state of the art" suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos and then continue to Delphi. Dinner & Overnight in Delphi. (B,D) 
DAY 3: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka. Drive through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight (B,D) 
DAY 4: In the morning, visit breathtaking Meteora and in the early afternoon start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae (visit) and Kammena Vourla. (B)
The most outstanding classical sites are visited on this tour, reminding the visitor of the glory that was Greece. 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

One-Day Cruise Excursion to Hydra, Poros & Aegina

Lunch Included 

$107

7:45am - Transfer by motorcoach from Athens to Piraeus Port and embark on the cruise ship. 
8:15am - Sail for the island of Hydra, where you will have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros.. Upon arrival in Aegina you can either join the excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (extra cost ) or walk around the main town. Lunch is served on board. 
Sail to Poros for a short visit before reembarking for the sail back to Piraeus Port. 
7:15pm  Arrival at Piraeus Port and transfer to Athens

One-Day Delphi

Delphi Full Day (Lunch Included)

$122

Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets). Arrive in Delphi the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Visit the Museum where one can see among other archaeological treasures, the unique bronze Charioteer, then proceed through the sacred way to the Athenian treasury. Visit the Temple of Apollo. Return to Athens by the same route.

One-Day Mycenae & Epidaurus

Athens/(Greece) Full Day

$122

Drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae (Visit) . Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon that was first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization

Then drive through Argos on the way to Nauplia, the 1st capital of Greece in 1829. After lunch depart for Epidaurus for a visit.

On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.

 

Sounion

Half Day (afternoon) 

$56

Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour, Cape Sounion is dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Three-Day Delphi & Meteora

     Three Days (on Halfboard Basis)

$515

DAY 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive in Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the "severe" Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Delphi. (D)
DAY 2: Morning at leisure. Drive by the Central Greece towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala to arrive into Kalambaka. Overnight. (B,D)
DAY 3: In the morning visit the breathtaking Meteora and then start the drive back to Athens, passing through Thermopylae (visit) and Kamena Vourla. (B)
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Two-Day Delphi

Delphi Two Days (On Halfboard basis)

$210

DAY 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive into Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. 
Visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ''severe'' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist. 
The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Delphi. (D). 
DAY 2: Day at leisure to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Delphi's landscape, before the afternoon drive back to Athens. (B) 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Two-Day Meteora

Athens/(Greece) Two Days (On Halfboard basis)

$227

DAY 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive in Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site (Museum not included). 
After visit depart to Kalambaka through the towns of Central Greece  Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala - crossing the Thessalian Plain, the granary of Greece. Dinner & Overnight in Kalambaka. (D). 
DAY 2: Morning visit of the breathtaking Meteora and its monasteries built on the top of high rocks. Then start the drive back to Athens passing through Thermopylae where Leonidas was killed (visit) and Kamena Vourla. (B) 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Two-Day Mycenae & Epidaurus

Athens/(Greece)  Two Days (on Halfboard basis)

$210

DAY 1: Starting from Athens, drive westwards along the scenic coast, until you reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. 
Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae for a visit. Mycenae, 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon that was first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization. Then depart for Nauplia, the first capital of Greece. After lunch, afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Nauplia. (L) 
DAY 2: After a morning at leisure, depart for Epidaurus for a visit. On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating 
In the afternoon drive back to Athens (B).

Important Tour Info

PACKAGE RULES – HOMERIC DELIGHT

 

  • Port taxes and ship gratuities of $209 are additional.
  • A Greece(accommodation)tax of up to 4 euros per person per night is additional and will need to be paid directly to the hotel upon check-out.
  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
    Triple occupancy and children prices are available upon request.
  • Hotels featured above may be substituted according to the availability.
  • The flight between Santorini and Athens is additional (airfare will be determined at the time of the reservation).
  • Homeric Tours can provide competitive airfares from USA in conjuction with your tour request.
  • To view the single prices, please select the "Land Only - SGL" tab.
  • Tours can be extended as desired, please inquire directly.
  •  A 50 Euro per person fee will be collected by Celestyal Cruise on board for disembarking the ship in Santorini.

ITINERARY INFO – HOMERIC DELIGHT

Homeric Delight SM  starts in Athens every Friday. 

BOOKING INFO – HOMERIC DELIGHT

You must choose a flight that departs Athens at 11:00am or later in order to connect from the cruise to your flight home.

Homeric Tours will provide affordable airfare from USA in conjuction with the tour upon request.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Prepare for the Unexpected

Homeric Tours highly recommends that all our passengers purchase travel insurance. We offer a cost-effective, comprehensive insurance plan that protects you in cases such as having to cancel your trip for medical reasons, leaving your trip early due to an emergency, getting reimbursed in case your baggage arrives late, and so on.

We offer two separate plans: one for passengers who purchase only air tickets from us and the other for passengers who purchase land-only services (hotels, cruises, transfers, etc.) or land-and-air packages.

TRAVEL TIPS – GREECE & TURKEY

GREECE

PASSPORT/VISA: (It is recommended that your passport have at least six months of validity whenever you travel abroad to avoid unintended travel disruptions. Because rules and regulations frequently change, please inquire about passports validity and visas from the consulate of the foreign country you will visit. Participants with valid U.S. and Canadian passports do not require visas. If you hold a passport of a foreign country, please contact the Greek Consulate in your area for information on whether or not you need a visa. 
Important: Passengers requiring a Schengen Visa must have a multi-entry Schengen Visa if visiting more than one country.) 
CLIMATE: (The temperature in Athens ranges from 55F in January to 92F in July and August. Seasonal breezes called meltemia moderate the summer heat. The country averages more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.) 
CLOTHING: (Dress tends to be casual, but there are limits. Sleeveless dresses and shorts may not be worn in monasteries and churches, and women should be sure that arms and shoulders are covered. Jackets for men and cocktail dresses for women are required in the posher of restaurants and in the casinos.) 
EXCURSIONS: (Visiting the Greek ruins often means traversing over irregular stony terrain that can present a double hazard. Thus, shoes worn on such excursions should be sturdy and absolutely comfortable. Do not wear high heel shoes on these excursions.) 
CURRENCY: (The 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. It is not necessary to exchange your money prior to your arrival in Athens.
There are two banks open where you can exchange your money at the baggage claim area in Athens airport. There are also banks at the hotels.) 
TIPPING: (The Greek restaurants automatically include a 15% service charge. If that is the case, the custom is to leave small change on the plate for the waiter and an equivalent amount on the table for the bus boy. In restaurants without a service charge or in the case of room service, 15% is the norm.) 
SHOPPING: (The favorite buys in Athens are furs, leather goods (especially shoes), hand-woven and hand-embroidered clothing and linen, ceramics, handbags, jewelry and flokati rugs. The most elegant shopping area is the Kolonaki district where you will find the latest European styles.) 
ELECTRICITY: (The standard electrical current throughout Greece is 220AC and the outlets are made for 2 round poles.) 
BANKS & CREDIT CARDS: (All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and cosmopolitan boutiques. However, they are not used as extensively as they are in the U.S. Traveler's checks are widely accepted throughout Greece. They can be exchanged easily at almost all banks and post offices.) 
TIME: (There is a seven-hour (+7) difference when New York is on the Eastern Standard Time. Greece, along with the rest of the European Community, observes daylight savings time from April to October.

 

TURKEY

PASSPORT/VISA: (It is recommended that your passport have at least six (6) months of validity whenever you travel abroad to avoid unintended travel disruptions. Because rules and regulations frequently change, please inquire about passports validity and visas from the consulate of the foreign country you will visit. Participants with a valid U.S. passport must also obtain a visa from the Turkish Consulate. If you hold a passport of a foreign country, please contact the Turkish Consulate in your area for information on whether or not you need a visa. Important:Passengers requiring a Schengen Visa must have a multi-entry Schengen Visa if visiting more than one country.) 
CURRENCY: (The unit of currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Coinage is available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Kurus with 1 Lira. Bank notes come in units of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 New Lira. It is best to consult your bank or newspaper for the current exchange rate before you leave the country. In Turkey, banks offer more favorable exchange rates than hotels. 
Travelers checks and major U.S. credit cards are widely accepted in major cities and resort areas. Sometimes payment in U.S. dollars can help you in bargaining for a special price. 
Banks are open weekdays from 8:30am to noon and from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Branches are major cities offer additional hours.) 
TIME: (Turkey standard time is 2 hours ahead of GMT, 1 hour ahead of mid-European time and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time.) 
ELECTRICAL CURRENT: (The electrical current in Turkey is 200 volts AC in all parts of the country. Most major hotels in the main cities have adapters and converters available for guest use.) 
WHAT TO PACK: (The dress code in Turkey is informal. Men will find that a jacket and tie may be appropriate for top restaurants and hotel dining rooms. While on tour and when visiting holy places of different faiths, dress should be conservative (no shorts or sleeveless shirts for men and women). The general rule is: the smaller the town, the more casual and conservative the dress.) 
SHOPPING: (Shopping is great in Turkey especially at the bazaars. The best buys in Turkey are leather and suede, copper, brassware, porcelains, jewelry, embroideries and the famed Turkish carpets. Remember to bargain that's part of the pleasure!) 
SHOPPING HOURS: (Shops are generally open from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday. Shops are closed on Sundays. However, in resort areas, shops are open daily until 9pm and on Sundays.) 
TIPPING: (Service charges are included but it is customary to show appreciation to hotel personnel and to your guide and driver. Service charges are included but it is customary to show appreciation to hotel personnel and to your guide and driver.) 

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