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Exploring Jewish Greece: A Journey Through the Ages

 

Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary


Tour Includes

 

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Meals: breakfast daily & 3 additional meals
  • All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton program


The Melton Greece seminar, meeting in Athens on October 8th, 2018 and ending there on October 17th, will be led by Avi Ben-Hur, Tour Educator and staff member for Melton Travel Seminars. The seminar is open to adults who enjoy in-depth Jewish educational travel, including all Melton students and graduates.


Seminar Dates: October 8-17, 2018


MONDAY
INTRODUCTIONS
1:30 p.m.  Convene in hotel room for opening session

Is it All Greek to Me? Introductions to the program and to each other

The Glory of Classic Athens: Visit the Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis

Opening dinner 
 
OVERNIGHT ATHENS


TUESDAY  
ATHENS & JERUSALEM
Introduction to the day
Visit to the Jewish Museum
Meeting with Zanet  Battinou, Museum Director
 
I. The Place of Public Space: A Cultural Comparison
(i) A visit to Greek and Roman Agoras/Fora (including study session)
Break for Lunch
(ii) Exploring Monastiraki and environs: the Modern Era, From the Ottoman Conquest Until Today
2.  Hadrian's Library: Symbol of Tolerance or Repression?
Summary discussion
Free time to explore markets and other public spaces

OVERNIGHT ATHENS


WEDNESDAY
VOLOS: A ROMANIOTE COMMUNITY
Introduction to the day
Depart for Makinitsa with a break en route
Makinitsa, “the balcony of Mt. Pelion": Overview, Between Geography & History
Lunch break at Makinitsa
Volos: An Evolving Jewish Community Over Two Millennia
*Visit the Synagogue and Cemetery
*Meeting with a member of the Jewish community
*Brief summary session
Evening free

OVERNIGHT VOLOS


THURSDAY  
WHO IS A GREEK?

The Question of Greek Identity Through to Modern Times: Introduction to the day
Depart for Meteora
Meteora,  Between the Cross and the Crescent, Exploring Greek Identity: Visits to St. Stephens Monastery and the Great Meteoran Monastery
Break for Lunch
Travel to Ioannina
Ioannina, A Greek Tragedy: What Happened to Ioannina's Jewish Community?
  *Visit the Jewish Quarter and Synagogue
  *Meeting with community leadership

OVERNIGHT IOANNINA


FRIDAY  
SALONIKA: PORTRAIT OF A COSMOPOLITAN CITY

Between Moslems, Christians and Jews
7:45 a.m.  Leave for Salonika
Visit Jewish Museum of Salonika
Break for lunch
Driving Orientation of the Entire City, including the White Tower and the Citadel View

Kabbalat Shabbat with the community at the community center (optional synagogue prayer)
Se'udat Shabbat  (dinner) at the Community Center

OVERNIGHT SALONIKA


SHABBAT
SALONIKA - JERUSALEM OF THE BALKANS
Morning        Tour of the Archaeology Museum (optional)
 
Afternoon Jewish Salonika From Settlement to Holocaust: Walking Tour
including the Karasso Arcade, the Modiano Market, Yahoudi Hammam, Freedom Square and the Railway Freight Station

Late Afternoon Seuda Shlishit & group discussion
Havdalah

OVERNIGHT SALONIKA


SUNDAY
THE CRADLE OF HELLENISM: FROM FATHER TO SON

Introduction to the day
Depart for Macedonian sites:
(i) Vergina: The Creation of a Unified Hellas (Phillip II's Tomb)
(ii)  Pella: Athens & Jerusalem - The Export of Hellenistic Civilization

Return to Salonika
Visit site of Old Jewish Cemetery at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Jewish-owned Villas of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries: a drive through the East Side of Salonika

OVERNIGHT SALONIKA


MONDAY
IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST (part I)

Two Models of Response to the Nazi Occupation and Genocide: introduction
(i) Trikala: Visit the Synagogue and the Cemetery
Break for lunch
(ii)  Larisa: Visit the Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial
Meet with member of the community

Travel to Volos

OVERNIGHT VOLOS


TUESDAY
IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST (Part II)

The Nazis and Collective Punishment: study session
(i) Distomo: Visit to the Memorial site
Break for lunch
Return to Athens
(ii) Athens:
* Visit the Beth Shalom Synagogue
* Visit the Holocaust Memorial

OVERNIGHT ATHENS


WEDNESDAY
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

From Ancient Glory to Modern Aspirations: A visit to the Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern-day Olympic Games

Is There a Jewish Future in Greece?
* Visit the Jewish Cultural Center
* Meet with community leadership

Free time including lunch break
Summary and concluding session
Festive closing dinner

OVERNIGHT ATHENS


THURSDAY
RETURN TO DIASPORAS

Departure as per individual plans

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. In travel beyond Israel, all group meals are kosher. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
  • All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.


Not Included

 

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included.
  • Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • Transfers from / to the airport.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities.


Additional Information

 

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.

 

 
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