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Exploring Jewish Greece: A Journey Through the Ages
Sample Itinerary

 

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


MONDAY 
INTRODUCTIONS

1:30 p.m.  Convene in the hotel room for the 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 the Jewish Museum
Meeting with Zanet  Battinou, Museum Director (t.b.c.)
 
I. The Place of Public Space: A Cultural Comparison

  • A visit to Greek and Roman Agoras/Fora (including study session)
  • Break for Lunch
  • Exploring Monastiraki and environs: the Modern Era, From the Ottoman Conquest Until Today

2.  Hadrian's Library: Symbol of Tolerance or Repression? 
Study session and 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 Meteora 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

Late Afternoon:

  • Seuda Shlishit & group discussion
    Havdalah

OVERNIGHT SALONIKA


SUNDAY

TWO GOLDEN AGES RECALLED

Introduction to the day
REQUIEM FOR JEWISH SALONIKA
Visit Freedom Square and the Railway Freight Station;
Visit site of Old Jewish Cemetery at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki;
THE CRADLE OF HELLENISM: FROM FATHER TO SON: Depart for Macedonian sites: 

  • Vergina: The Creation of a Unified Hellas (Phillip II's Tomb)
  • Pella: Athens & Jerusalem - The Export of Hellenistic Civilization

Return to Salonika
Jewish-owned Villas of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries: a drive through the East Side of Salonika (time permitting)

OVERNIGHT SALONIKA


MONDAY

IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLOCAUST (part I)

Two Models of Response to the Nazi Occupation and Genocide: introduction

  • Trikala: Visit the Synagogue and the Cemetery
  • Break for lunch
  • Larisa: Visit the Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial 
    Meet with a 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

  • Distomo: Visit the Memorial site
  • Break for lunch
  • Return to Athens

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

For more information or to be notified when travel dates and prices are available for this seminar, please contact us.

 

Need to Know

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 2019

  • 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 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.

PAYMENT POLICY

Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before the scheduled trip begins, or as specified in your invoice.

CANCELATION POLICY

Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 90 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 89 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • For trips in Israel only: The cost of the PEACE OF MIND TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM (POM), if this was purchased.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.

MEALS

are included as specified in the itinerary.

TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE

All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.

GRATUITIES INCLUDED:

All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Credit card fees
  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):

TRIPS TO ISRAEL:

  • Group of 20 participants and more:
    Tour Educator: $8 | Driver: $4 - per participant per day
  • Group of 10–19 participants:
    Tour Educator: $10 | Driver: $5 - per participant per day
  • Group of 5-9 participants in a mini-van with a driver:
    Tour Educator: $100 | Driver: $50 - per day total
  • Group of 4-5 participants with a guide driving a private car:
    $90 per day total
  • Group of up to 3 participants with a guide driving a private car:
    $70 per day total

 TRIPS TO DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL:

  • Group of 20 participants and more:
    Da'at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day
  • Group of 10–19 participants:
    Da'at Tour Educator: $10 | Local Guide: $6 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day
  • Group of 5-9 participants in a mini-van with a driver:
    Da'at Tour Educator: $ | Local Guide: $ | Driver: $ - per participant per day
  • Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
  • A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor

AIR SERVICES

  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants.
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until XXXX (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancelation of group air reservations after XXXX(and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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 the Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.

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 canceled 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.

Guidelines for Registering Children (under age 18):

  • The first two people in any double or triple room are charged full package rates as adults, even if the second person is a child under the age of 18.

    For this reason, the first two people you select for a double or triple room MUST be selected as adults in order for the registration process to succeed.

    To register the following room configurations:

    • For double room occupancy for:
      • 1 adult & 1 child - Please select 2 adults.
      • 2 children - Please select 2 adults.
    • For triple room occupancy for:
      • 2 adults & 1 child - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 1 adult & 2 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**
      • 3 children - Please select 2 adults & 1 child**

    (**Reduced rate for a child as a 3rd in a triple room will only be applied if the child is under the age of 18.

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Melton Seminar to Greece
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