Project Description

Chamber of Commerce

~ Greece with Island Cruise ~

Travel Dates: September 27 –  October 9,  2022

Athens and the Plaka, 4 day Greek Island Cruise, Delphi, Meteora Santorini, Ephesus, Mykonos, Temple of Apollo & Zeus, Corinth Canal, Olympia, Fabulous food & wine, Olive Grove Tour

ITINERARY

Day 1 Tuesday, September 27 International Flight to Athens

Overnight: On board flight Meals Included: TBA

Meet TYW at EIA for your International flight to Athens.

Flight information TBA in December 2021

Day 2 Wednesday, September 28 Athens

Overnight: TBA – centrally located Meals Included: TBA 

Καλωσόρισμα!   Welcome to Greece!

Upon arrival in Athens, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Thursday, September 29  Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Myceane,

Overnight: Hotel Europa / Olympia Meals Included: B

This morning continue to the legendary Corinth Canal and on to Epidaurus, the site of the most popular Sanctuary of Asclepius in ancient Greece.  This amazing Theater is preserved in an almost perfect condition, while the other remaining beautiful edifices of the Sanctuary, lie in ruins at a small distance from the Theater. Next, explore Old Nafplion, one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The former capital of Greece may remind visitors of the Plaka but it’s on the sea. With two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbour, Nafplion is full of restaurants, shops, cafes and beautiful old buildings.

Continuing along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf, the tour arrives at Mycenae the legendary home of the Atreides that gave its name to Civilization throughout the Greek world. You will visit the famous “Tomb of King Agamemnon” and see the “Lion’s Gate”, part of the great Cyclopean Wall. End your day in Olympia at the beautiful Hotel Europa (or similar).

Did you know…..  Greek olive oil, or “Liquid Gold,” as Homer called it, has been part of Greece’s history since antiquity. Fossilized olive leaves believed to be from 50,000 to 60,000 years old have been found on the Greek islands of the Aegean. 

… Each Greek person consumes an average of 26 litres of olive oil a year!

… A mature olive tree will produce 15- 20 kilos of olives each year. It takes about 5 kilos of olives to make a litre of oil; therefore, an olive tree yields 3-4 litres of oil each year.  It’s no wonder the Greeks are so famous for their olive oil.

We will learn more about the Greek olive on our Olive Grove tour today.

Day 4 Friday, September 30 Olympia to Delphi

Overnight: Hotel Amalia Meals Included: B

After breakfast, it is time to explore Olympia, admiring the splendours of this unique place, where the ancient Greek ideas of unity, peace, and fair play flourished. See the impressive ruins of Hera and Zeus’s Temples, the Leonidaion, the Workshop of the sculptor Pheidias and of course, the famous Stadium, where the Olympic Games were held. Also, visit the Museum, with its new display of amazing pieces of sculpture and pottery and the architectural remains of the ancient edifices. Don’t miss the pride of this museum, the “Hermes” of Praxiteles, one of the most wonderful ancient statues ever made. 

Later, enjoy the drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia to the magnificent bridge crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea before you finally arrive in Delphi. Delphi, the scenic and one of the most beautiful places on the face of the earth, according to poetry, and explore the archaeological site, which was once believed to be the “navel” (omphalos) of the world. According to mythology, Zeus sent out two eagles from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world, and it was in this location that they met. 

Walk on the Sacred Way to see the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo, where the oracle delivered her ambiguous prophecies, and the Theater. Also, visit the Museum with its splendid collection of ancient works of art, including the Sphinx of the Naxians, the Silver Bull, the Column of the Dancers, the “Omphalos” and the pride of the museum, the 5th B.C. bronze “Charioteer”.  Dinner and overnight in Delphi.

Day 5 Saturday, October 1  Delphi to Kalambaka

Overnight: Hotel Amalia Kalambaka Meals Included: B

After breakfast visit the archeological site and the museum of Delphi. One of the most interesting archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus in central Greece. Delphi Greece was the most important oracle in the ancient Greek world and pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean would come to ask for the prophecy of god Apollo.     Amongst other archaeological treasures, you can contemplate the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos. After the visit, depart for Kalambaka, a small town located at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, an almost alien landscape filled with gigantic rock formations. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the Hotel Amalia Kalambaka. (or similar)

Day 6 Sunday, October 2 Kalambaka, Meteora to Athens

Overnight: Hotel TBA Meals Included: B

This morning we will continue our adventures to one of the most amazing places in Greece ~ Meteora. Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. Monks would descend in nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below to grow grapes, corn and potatoes. Each community developed its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.

Return to Athens passing through Thermopylae for a photo stop where you’ll make a short stop to see Leonida’s Monument. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 7 Monday, October 3 Cruise to Mykonos

Overnight: Ship TBA Meals Included: BD

This morning experience Athens with your guided city tour to see the center of the city, Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see the Hadrianʼs Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the harmony between material and spirit, the monument that puts order in the mind, the Parthenon.

After lunch begin your second adventure as you board your vessel to cruise the Greek Islands. First stop – the world-famous island of Mykonos, also known as the Island of Wind. You can enjoy a walk to the city to discover this small architectural miracle, with its gleaming whitewashed buildings and windmills, lovely little churches and delightful restaurants at the water’s edge. It’s my favourite choice for a fresh seafood meal along the shores.     *Arrive into Mykonos at 18:00 ~ depart at 23:00

Day 8 Tuesday, October 4 Kusadasi & Patmos

Overnight: Ship TBA Meals Included: BLD

Excursion included: Ancient Ephesus

Arrive today in Kusadasi, Turkey, a very colourful beach town with great markets. Here we will visit ancient Ephesus. Your guided tour includes the impressive remains of the Agora (the city centre square), the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsius, the ruins of the Temple of Diana, one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.” This will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your entire tour! Later, sail for the isle of Patmos, one of the northernmost islands in the Dodecanese and one of the smallest with a charm all its own. 

Celeystal Cruise and Ancient Ephesus: ​​Our Ancient Ephesus bus tour is a journey through the golden ages which shaped a pivotal center of commerce and spirituality. Built 3,000 years ago, Ephesus shaped the history of Greek, Turkish and Christian civilizations from its privileged location, chosen (according to legend) by the oracle of Delphi. A site of pilgrimage, due to its proximity to the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Wonders of the World) and the presence of major Christian figures (the apostles Paul and John and the Virgin Mary) within the city walls, Ephesus is currently one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The splendour of its golden age is visible throughout its streets and exceptionally well-preserved ruins. As we explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site you will have the opportunity to breathe in the centuries of cultural effervescence, visible in the Ephesus Agora, Odeon, the Houses of the Patricians, the beautiful Temple of Hadrian and the astonishing Library of Celsus.

*Arrive into Kusadasi at 07:00 / depart at 13:00      ** Arrive into Patmos at 16:30 / depart at 21:30

Day 9 Wednesday, October 5 Rhodes

Overnight: Ship TBA Meals Included: BLD

The excursion included: Lindos, the Acropolis, and a walking tour of the Old Town of Rhodes

Today you will spend the day on the island of Rhodes, where after your morning excursion, you can further explore the medieval city with an opportunity to shop in the many interesting shops for souvenirs like sponges, jewelry, and colourful umbrellas ( a bit of a joke since this island has 300 sunny days each year). 

Celeystal Cruise and the Medieval tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights: Centuries of culture and layer upon layer of extraordinary civilizations await to be discovered during our bus tour through impressive Lindos and within the awe-inspiring structure of the Acropolis of Lindos. We will follow the footsteps of heroes as we walk along Knight’s Street in the heart of historical Rhodes. The seven lodges of the Order, still bearing their original coats of arms, are displayed along the cobblestone street where Rhodes’ history was written for over two centuries. Sitting at the top of Knights Street, the Grand Master’s Palace is well worth its name. You will be awed by the fort’s imposing Gothic architecture and strength displayed throughout its court structures, as you get a glimpse into the fascinating era of the Knights. We will end our tour of historical Rhodes with free time so that you may fortify your memories of Rhodes at your own pace.  *Arrive into Rhodes at 07:00 / depart at 18:00

Day 10 Thursday, October 6 Heraklion (Crete) and Santorini

Overnight: Ship Meals Included: BL

Crete, Greece’s largest island, (and 88th in the world) is known as the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. The capital, Heraklion, is home to the Palace of Knossos, a maze-like hilltop ruin and renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum housing Minoan artifacts. Also famous for its beaches, ancient treasures and landscapes.

Continue as we sail to Santorini, the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The exquisite whitewashed villages, including the town of Fira which cling to the volcanic cliffs and are accessible by cable car. Santorini has some of the most colourful beaches to be seen with white, red and black sand beaches. Santoríni is one of Greece’s most prominent wine regions, whose wines enjoy special designation of origin status from the European Union. Here we will disembark our ship to spend 2 nights in Santorini.     

*Arrive into Crete at 07:00 / depart at 12:00    * Arrive into Santorini at 16:30 and depart the ship for your hotel ( Ship departs at 21:30)

Day 11 Friday, October 7 Santorini

Overnight: El Grecko / Santorini Palace or similar Meals Included: B

This is your free day to rest, relax, shop, hike or maybe join in on a wine tour…..

A wine tour is being arranged for those who would like to join in.  Στην υγειά σας! ( Cheers!)

Santorini wines: Wine has been made on the island for over 3000 years, with over 40 grape varieties grown on Santorini. Often, less than 10,000 bottles of Santorini wine per year are made by the wineries, so they export very little.

Did you know: People have been searching around the world for the mythical land of Atlantis for centuries. One of the possible locations for Atlantis is thought to be Santorini. This is likely because Santorini was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption which matches parts of Plato’s musings about Atlantis.

If you still have not quenched your thirst for history, you could visit Akrotiri – Akrotiri is a Minoan Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic Greek island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BC and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine frescoes and many objects and artworks. The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. The site has been excavated since 1967.  (Optional with an additional cost – TBA)

Day 12 Saturday, October 8 Athens

Overnight: TBA – centrally located Meals Included: B

Late return to Athens to celebrate your great adventure with a visit to the Plaka market and later a special dinner at a traditional Greek Taverna with traditional music and dancing.(Optional with an additional cost – TBA)   Opa!

Day 13 Sunday, October 9 Departure flight to Edmonton

Overnight: On board flight Meals Included: B / TBA for flights

B – Breakfast    L – Lunch   D – Dinner

The Islands of Mykonos and Heraklion: A walking tour of Mykonos Town and the centre of Heraklion provided by TYW.

In addition, Travel Your World has also included our private group escort for the group a high level of services throughout the cruise and Athens area:

  • Help and guide group during embarkation and disembarkation procedure and security control.
  • Arrange group’s dinner tables.
  • Manage any last-minute change group may need.
  • Arrange group’s shore excursions.
  • Escort the group during the shore excursions and make sure that they will get the best services and avoid any “shopping” tours, etc.
  • Offer daily guidelines and inform the cruise manager, cruise staff, and guides about our group’s needs or special requests (special focus on a specific archaeological site, etc.).
  • Receive and give daily feedback with the group leaders ~ Jennifer Garries, Tracey Hartfelder & Cindy Marleau.
  • Offer information and guidance to everyone regarding the visiting ports of call.

*Please note this tour may be subject to final edits and changes.

INCLUSIONS

  • International Airfare including air taxes based on 2021 rates
  • All accommodations ~ 8 nights accommodations in hotels and 3 nights on the ship
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All land transfers by private coach, with cruise coach on islands
  • 4 Day All Inclusive Island Cruise 
  • Unlimited beverages while onboard 
  • All Port taxes and 2 Island excursions
  • Shore Excursion #1 Ancient Ephesus 
  • Shore Excursion #2 Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
  • English speaking professional and licensed guides
  • Entrance fees to: All Museums, Olive Grove tour, Ancient Olympia, Ancient Ephesus, Delphi Museum
  • Gratuities onboard ship

EXCLUSIONS

  • All gratuities for land
  • 8 lunches and 8 dinners 
  • All beverages (except at breakfast and while on the cruise)
  • Extra Shore excursions – TBA
  • Spa treatments and other services while on the cruise
  • Travel Visas (if applicable)
  • Camera fees (if applicable)

PACKAGE PRICE

$5149.00.00

Based on 35 – 40+ travellers in twin accommodations

Price based on lower cruise cabins

Single occupancy $TBA

For other cruise cabin options and reservations please contact  tours@tyw.ca  | 780.739.2245

TRAVEL FACTS:

Countries visiting: Greece and Kusadasi, Turkey

Visas: Not required for Canadian passport holders

Vaccinations: Recommended that all immunizations should be up to date 

COVID Vaccination: TBA – Travel COVID Passport:

Luggage allowance: 1 check in luggage,  maximum 50 lbs and 1 carry on as per 2021

Luggage fees: included, with the exception of overweight charges and extra baggage as per 2021

Climate for Fall:

Warm and sunny, and perfect! Highs of 23°C and lows of 16°C

*Please note this tour may be subject to final edits and changes.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

This is a quotation only and neither reservations for air services nor hotel bookings have been made. Availability of all services is guaranteed upon confirmation of the first deposit.  Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules, hotel availability and the number of travelling participants. Therefore, quoted rates might change accordingly.

Booking Conditions

Applications and Confirmation: ALL Leduc Chamber of Commerce documents as 1) Application, 2) signed Waiver & Release, 3) Payment Agreements, and 4) Insurance Waiver Form or request for Insurance must be completed in full and handed in by the due date to ensure your place and confirmation. This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Payments: All deposits are to be made to the Leduc Chamber of Commerce. 

Mandatory Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is not included in your quoted tour package, however, it is mandatory for all TYW customized tours. There are many plan options available to you.  To find a plan that specifically suits your needs and resolve any questions regarding Travel Insurance, or if you would like travel insurance quotes, please contact our Bilingual Licensed Manulife Travel Insurance Advisor at:

​​Donica MacIntosh ~ Bilingual Licensed Insurance Advisor | Inside Sales | Protection Solutions

E    donica_macintosh@manulife.ca  / 902-453-4300 x 217565 /  1-844-324-7094 / URL : https://www.manulife.ca

Your tour group name: Chamber Greece 2022

Manulife recommends the insurance coverage be purchased as soon as the trip is booked, especially for the plans that are eligible for the Cancel for Any Reason Benefit, which would have to be purchased within 72 hours of booking. 

Once your insurance is put in place, Manulife can then change the dates or increase the amount of coverage if they decided to extend their trip.

Manulife does offer an annual plan option. This might be something that you are interested in if you plan to travel more than once a year. You can speak with Donica about this to explore all of your options. 

 

Manulife does offer a COVID-19 pandemic plan that offers emergency medical coverage for emergencies related to COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 pandemic plan offers emergency medical coverage for emergencies related to COVID even if the level 3 travel advisory ‘avoid non-essential travel’ is still in place.

 

In terms of cancellation due to COVID, it is only offered under the Cancel For Any Reason benefit, due to it currently being a known event which we are all being impacted by, it is not covered under any other benefit in the Manulife policies.

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR INSURANCE with Manulife Insurance,  with the exception of the Visitors Plans that include Emergency Medical Insurance, you must be a resident of Canada and covered under a government health insurance plan for the entire duration of the trip.  

Please note you will NOT eligible for coverage if:
a) you have been advised by a physician not to travel; and/or
b) you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with less than 6 months to live; and/or
c) you have a kidney condition requiring dialysis; and/or
d) you have used home oxygen during the 12 months prior to the date of application.

Gratuities: TBA

*Please note: This tour is subject to final edits and changes

– For enquiries please contact tours@tyw.ca –

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