Tour to Greece 11 Days

Greece in Depth

Greece, the ancient kingdom that ruled the Mediterranean region before the Romans, is an attraction for travelers. It’s not just her islands. Greece is an interesting combination of a modern country that possesses an ancient culture and to this day it preserves its heritage and culture. All this with the amazing natural phenomena in the valleys and mountains, mountain villages with stone houses, hanging monasteries, abundant rivers, and Jewish history, are ingredients of a unique travel experience.

ITINERARY

We will visit Athens’ most famous site, the Acropolis, which means the upper city- the name including every rocky area inside the walled hill on which a temple was built in the city center.  In this area are found the remains of three temples, two theaters, and a museum. The most important of these buildings is the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess, Athena from whom the city of Athens is named. We will see the ancient agora which served as the political and commercial center in ancient Greece.

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The Greeks believed that here, on a steep slope at the foot of Mount Parnassos, is the center of the world. There they have built a temple to the god Apollo. We will visit the museum and the archaeological site where the Oracle of Apollo, a religious priestess, was consulted before any major event or the beginning of a war campaign.

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In the past, Ioannina served as a seat for a Jewish community of members of the Romaniote community, whose roots are ancient and reach the Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel, during the Second Temple period.  We will visit the synagogue, tell the story of the magnificent community that was there until World War II, visit the Byzantine-Turkish quarter and tell the colorful story of The Ruler Ali Pasha.

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We will also visit the village of Monodandri, located at the beginning of the Vicus Canyon, one of the most impressive natural sites in the Zagoria region. This is the deepest canyon in Europe and one of the deepest in the world.

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On the top of tall pillars 650 meters high, orthodox monks built monasteries that look as if they are hanging in the air. Six monasteries remain and have been declared “World Heritage Sites” by UNESCO. We will experience breathtaking views among the cliffs and reach monasteries that served as a haven for monks. At the end of the visit, we will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city and one of its most important port cities. At the end of the tour, we will return to the hotel and get ready for Shabbat.

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On shabbat the city was almost completely idle, including the port, because of the large percentage of Jews living here. On Saturday night we’ll go out to a local taverna.

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We will continue to visit the Jewish cemetery, see houses where Jews once lived and see the memorial in memory of the 50,000 Jews of Thessaloniki who perished in the Holocaust.

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The mountain stands in the center of a national park, with rich vegetation and many species of animals. We will take the road that winds through forests up to towering cliffs to the village of Pelion, which is at the end of the road before going up to the mountain. We’ll take a trip to the village where the typical Greek style is preserved. At the end of the visit, we will travel to our hotel in the Pelion Peninsula which is characterized by breathtaking mountain scenery.

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During World War II, residents of neighboring villages rescued many of the Jews who were in the city. We will tour the municipality and see its main buildings, including the University of Tsalia and the Memorial to those killed in the Holocaust. Then, we will go up to Mount Pelion, visiting the village of Makrinitsa, whose houses appear to be hanging on the slopes of the mountain and therefore the village is known as the “balcony” of Mount Pelion. We will visit the plant to create oil and olives, where we will see the production process of oil and organic honey.

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We will visit two synagogues, the ancient Romanian synagogue “Tree of Life” and the new Sephardic synagogue, “Beit Shalom”, and we will see the Holocaust memorial, and be treated to a panoramic view of the city from Lycabettus Hill. In the evening we’ll go to a folklore show.

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PRICES & DATES

DEAPARTURE
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PRICE *
SINGLE ROOM **
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16 May 22
26 May 22
11
$ 2195
$ 660
Excluding
24 Oct 22
03 Nov 22
11
$ 2195
$ 660
Excluding

* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room

NEED TO KNOW

Price Includes:

Accommodation in 4* or/and 5* hotels
Morning and evening meals + ingredients for preparations of lunch
Convenient air-conditioned tour bus
Tours in accordance with the itinerary and local English -speaking guide in accordance with the laws of the country-
Entrance fee to the various sites
Tips for overseas service providers
English speaking guide from the Shai Bar-Ilan team

Price Excludes:

International round-trip flight by route
Travel, health, and luggage insurance
Tip for the Israeli guide (it is customary to give €4 per day per passenger)
Expenses of any personal nature such as drinks at meals, phones, etc.
Any service not mentioned in the “price of the trip includes”

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

Note
• Fridays and Saturdays, and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not considered as working days.
• The price of the trip is based on a minimum of 20 paying passengers.
• In the event of a change, cancellation, or malfunction related to flights, traffic, the responsibility will fall on the airline or the transport.
• There may be changes in the itinerary due to a change in flight times and other objective reasons.
• Terms and responsibilities as shown on the website.
• It is important to make sure that the passport is valid for at least 6 months.
• The program describes the sites of the visit but not necessarily the order of visits.

Payment terms
• When registering – $300 per person.
• Up to 35 days before departure – payment is finished.

Cancellation Conditions
• From the moment of registration and up to 45 working days before departure – the cancellation fee is only $47 per person.
• From 44 – 30 working days before departure – 30% of the price of the trip.
• From 29 – 15 working days before departure – 50% of the price of the trip.
• From 14 – 8 working days before departure – 75% of the price of the trip.
• From 7 working days until departure – 100% of the price of the trip.

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