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Homeric Explorer

2 Nights Athens, 3-Night Greek Island Cruise, 3 Nights Cairo, & 3 Nights Tel Aviv

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Experience an odyssey like no other on this journey to Greece, Egypt and Israel. Enjoy morning half-day sightseeing tour in Athens, including visits to the Acropolis and its museum, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896, and much more. Then take a four-day sea voyage to the Greek Islands and Turkey, including Kusadasi and its ancient city of Ephesus, then on to Patmos, Heraklion Crete where you will visit the Palace of Minos at Knossos the center of the Minoan civilization. Then sail on to Santorini, the volcano island with its unforgettable panoramic views and the beautiful village of Oia, perched on the rim of the caldera. After disembarking you will be transferred to the airport of your flight to Cairo and begin your full-day tour with visits to the Egyptian Museum, Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, and the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Finally, find yourself at Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Masada and the Dead Sea in Israel, guaranteeing memories that will live with you forever.

Itinerary

Homeric Explorer starts on Wednesdays.
  • DAY 1, WED

    ATHENS

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

    ATHENS

    Morning half-day sightseeing tour of Athens. Visits include the Acropolis and its museum, the Panathenaikon Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896, and much more. The afternoon is at leisure.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 3, FRI

    ATHENS/ PIRAEUS/ MYKONOS

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the port to board your 3-night cruise to the Greek Islands & Turkey. Your first port of call is Mykonos. Enjoy the whitewashed houses and the picturesque windmills.
    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • DAY 4, SAT

    KUSADASI/ PATMOS

    Arrive in Kusadasi. Drive to ancient city of Ephesus and visit one of the world's largest open air archaeological museums. 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 & Dinner Included
  • DAY 5, SUN

    HERAKLION/ SANTORINI

    Arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Visit the Palace of Minos at Knossos, the center of the Minoan civilization. Sail on to Santorini, the volcano island, one of the most unforgettable places in the world. Visit the beautiful village of Oia, perched on the rim of the caldera offering panoramic views of breathtaking beauty.
    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
  • DAY 6, MON

    PIRAEUS/ CAIRO

    Disembark after breakfast and transfer to airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 7, TUE

    CAIRO

    After breakfast begin your full day tour, visiting the Egyptian Museum, home of the world's greatest collections of antiquities from the Pharaonic period. Continue your sightseeing to the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. Visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar before returning to your hotel.
    Breakfast & Lunch Included
  • DAY 8, WED

    CAIRO

    A full day at leisure in Cairo.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 9, THU

    CAIRO/ TEL AVIV

    After breakfast this morning transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remaining of the day is at leisure.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 10, FRI

    JERUSALEM/ BETHLEHEM

    After breakfast drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Waling Wall, the Kotel and continue to the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue to Bethlehem* and visit the Church of Nativity. Drive back to Tel Aviv. ** Note: Modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering are required for visiting holy sites. *You must carry your passport on this day. This full day tour can be substituted with a Jerusalem tour that visits Jerusalem's New City (Knesset, Israel's Parliament, Holocaust memorial) instead of Bethlehem. Please inquire.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 11, SAT

    MASADA/ DEAD SEA

    Depart Tel Aviv via the Judean hills to the Dead Sea and Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod. Continue to the Dead Sea. Enjoy the unique opportunity to swim and float in the Dead Sea. Return to your hotel for overnight. ** Note: This full day tour can be substituted with a tour to Nazareth and Tiberius or a tour to Caesarea, Haifa Acre and Rosh Hanikra. Please inquire.
    Breakfast Included
  • DAY 12, SUN

    TEL AVIV

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport.
    Breakfast Included

Package Includes

  • 2-nights hotel accommodations in Athens.
  • 3-night cruise to the Greek Islands & Turkey including all meals and entertainment. Inside cabins with two lower beds. Cabin upgrades available.
  • Two shore excursions: Spectacular Oia village 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.
  • Athens sightseeing tour including the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.
  • 3-night hotel accommodations in Cairo
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Cairo, including the Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Entrance fees and lunch are also included.
  • 3-night stay hotel accommodations in Tel Aviv
  • Full day tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem
  • Full day tour to Masada and Dead Sea
  • Breakfast daily
  • 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

Dates & Prices

Homeric Explorer - DOUBLE PRICES

Athens

Golden Age

Athens Hilton

CairoPyramids ParkRamses Hilton
Tel AvivMelody Tel AvivRenaissance
MAR 18, 25, 2020$2,571$2,752
APR 1, 2020$2,571$2,752
APR 8, 2020$2,609$2,815
APR 15, 22, 2020$2,629$2,815
APR 29, 2020$2,675$2,897
MAY 6, 13, 20, 2020$2,675$2,964
MAY 27, JUN 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020$2,637$2,900
JUL 1, 8, 15, 2020$2,637$2,833
JUL 22, 2020 $2,617$2,833
JUL 29, AUG 5, 12, 19, 2020$2,655$2,897
AUG 26, 2020$2,617$2,892
SEP 2, 9, 16, 2020$2,791$3,064
SEP 23, 2020$2,829$3,128
SEP 30, OCT 7, 14, 2020$2,823$3,139
OCT 21, 28, 2020$2,843$3,145
NOV 4, 11, 18, 2020$2,718$2,989

Homeric Explorer - SINGLE PRICES

Athens

Golden Age

Athens Hilton

CairoPyramids ParkRamses Hilton
Tel AvivMelody Tel AvivRenaissance
MAR 18, 25, 2020$3,608$4,070
APR 1, 2020$3,608$4,070
APR 8, 2020$3,646$4,194
APR 15, 22, 2020$3,699$4,194
APR 29, 2020$3,740$4,297
MAY 6, 13, 20, 2020$3,740$4,431
MAY 27, JUN 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020$3,702$4,308
JUL 1, 8, 15, 2020$3,702$4,173
JUL 22, 2020$3,649$4,173
JUL 29, AUG 5, 12, 19, 2020$3,687$4,297
AUG 26, 2020$3,649$4,262
SEP 2, 9, 16, 2020$3,913$4,534
SEP 23, 2020$3,951$4,658
SEP 30, OCT 7, 14, 2020$3,963$4,689
OCT 21, 28, 2020$4,014$4,672
NOV 4, 11, 18, 2020$3,824$4,431

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,

Cairo

Pyramids Park Resort★ ★ ★ ★
Pyramids Park Resort Cairo is in an ideal location close to the region's most amazing sights. It is considered a heaven in a unique landscape of greenery, offering guests a memorable experience amidst a comfortable and relaxing 25 acres of lush gardens and exotied rare plants. The resort is only five minutes away from the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, in walking distance from the new grand museum and only 20 minutes away from the Egyptian Museum and Citadel.

Cairo

Ramses Hilton★ ★ ★ ★
Set on the banks of the River Nile, the Ramses Hilton hotel is the perfect base for exploring all that Egypt's capital has to offer. The hotel is steps from the famous Egyptian Museum and a short drive to the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy a wealth of activities at the hotel including a casino, billiards hall, and a galleria of 250 shops. Soak up the sun at the pool along the riverfront, and indulge in international cuisines at the various restaurants.

Tel Aviv

Melody Hotel★ ★ ★ ★
Just steps from Tel Aviv's beach shore, near the greenery of Independence Park and the bustle of Ben Yehuda and Hayarkon streets, is the Melody - a hotel which encompasses its philosophy of ""Work & Play."" Providing fine business facilities, an inviting lobby lounge, a delicious buffet breakfast and happy hour bites, guests will be swept along with the melodic charm that is unique to this hotel. The hotel's 8th-floor rooftop provides a breathtaking ocean view, promoting calm and serenity, and hosts Sunday yoga sessions. Its 55 rooms have been meticulously designed for an idyllic retreat after an action-packed day in Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv

Renaissance Tel Aviv★ ★ ★ ★
While visiting the heart of Israel, pamper yourself at the Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel - offering the best location directly on the beach and within easy access to business, shopping and entertainment. Located in the city center, this superb hotel is situated where you can sink into the warm white sand and Mediterranean Sea. Whether your trip is for business or leisure, we will make your stay relaxing and memorable. Your comfortable air-conditioned accommodation features a private balcony with fabulous views, well-lit work desk, wireless Internet, in-room safe and mini-bar. Before enjoying a hearty breakfast buffet, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or rejuvenate yourself in the on-site fitness gym. After a long day of meetings or sightseeing, rest your eyes or relax with a good book on the sun deck. The Renaissance Tel Aviv's tradition of extraordinary service & attention to detail will make for a perfect beach holiday.

BROCHURE

Brochure Name:

GREECE 2020

Homeric Explorer Tour Page:

48

Important Tour Info

PACKAGE RULES – HOMERIC EXPLORER

  • The flights between Athens and Cairo and Cairo and Tel Aviv are additional and airfare will be determined at the time of booking.
  • A supplement of $159 will apply to one passenger traveling alone, in addition to the single supplement.
  • 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.
  • Port Taxes and ship gratuities of $168 are additional.
  • Hotels featured above may be substituted according to the availability.
  • Homeric Tours can provide competitive airfares from USA in conjuction with your tour request.
  • Tours can be extended as desired, please inquire directly.

 

BOOKING INFO – HOMERIC EXPLORER

The flights between Athens and Cairo and Cairo and Tel Aviv are additional and airfare will be determined at the time of booking.

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

TRAVEL TIPS – GREECE , ISRAEL , 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.) 

 

ISRAEL

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 valid U.S. passport do not require visas. If you hold a passport of a foreign country, please contact the Israeli 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: (Not only does Israel boost warm, pleasant weather from Spring throughout Autumn, but this period is totally rainless. Rain falls only during the winter months, particularly from December through February. The average temperature in Jerusalem from June to September is 72F, and 63F in May and October.) 
CLOTHING: (Israel is an especially informal country. A formal affair calls for no more than a dark suit for men and the corresponding equivalent for women. During the day, particularly for touring, comfort is the guiding rule and cottons are coolest. Modest attire is required for visits to religious sites.) 
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS: (The currencies of most Western countries are recognized in Israel as legal tender. Therefore, one can make purchases in one's own currency, with change made in Israeli Shekel. Travelers checks may be used and major international credit card are also accepted.) 
SHOPPING HOURS: (Most shops are open daily, Sunday through Friday, and closed for the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday (Christian owned shops close on Sunday and Moslem owned shops on Friday). Some shops close between 1pm-4pm.) 
TIPPING: (A 10% tip in a restaurant is considered correct. No tip is required for taxi drivers. It is convenience to tip one's tour guide and coach driver at the end of the tour, as well as hotel chamber maids, waiters, etc.) 

 

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.) 

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.

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