Part of our
merry band of adventures at the ancient ruins of Ephesus
E X E C U T I V E
O V E R V I E W
merry band of adventurers went to Greece in 2016. We
are planning on a future trip, late Oct / early Nov in
2018. Want to be on the list?
Are you in? Or do
you know of anyone who might be interested in going?
the itinerary below: Athens, Corinth, Patmos,
Ephesus, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and much more...
please forward this website
to the right people.
and what is included in the trip will be listed below. Plus, we will email you
a document responding to FAQs.
POTENTIAL FUTURE TRIPS
for info...and to be put on the list of
interested in a future Greece and/or Israel trip.
Many of our seasoned travelers from previous trips have
commented that this is the best tour they have ever
experienced...anywhere. We work hard to make this a
reality for each group. Review some past trips here
We are planning new experiences every year.
T H E T E A M
(tour guides, hotels, transportation, et al)
T O U R L E A D E R Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D.
English-speaking. Officially trained
and registered Greek tour guides will be providing the
direction for the entire tour. Come on this trip
with a lot of questions, because the guides possess a
deep/wide reservoir of historical, biblical and
geographical knowledge. You
will learn much from them on this trip.
will help to fill in with some added geographical,
and topographical information, along with spiritual
Basketball Metaphor:Our guides do the play-by-play. Joel provides the color commentary.
"We welcome you to the promise of a life-changing
experience. Get ready for the next trip." -- Joel A. Freeman
During our tour of Greece
and the surrounding region we will explore the
fascinating monuments made by man and nature over
A trip to Greece, Patmos, and Ephesus is safe, affordable, and
transforming. This is part of the land of the Bible and it
connects you with the roots of your faith in a way
that is truly life-changing. You’ll
never be the same.
Pastor's Appreciation Month -- Give the gift of a
trip to Greece to your pastor and spouse. I
like to tell people that tour of Greece -- following
the steps of Paul and John -- is
almost like two semesters of intensive Bible School
There's nothing quite seeing what is being read in the Scriptures.
And this trip will make the Bible come alive like
nothing else can.
you are a member of a congregation, drop the hint
with a few people to see if the idea gathers some
traction. Let us know how we can help...
We believe that people who travel to Greece:
Are in search of a deeper understanding of their
faith -- physically, spiritually & emotionally.
Desire to add color & depth to the faith story
that has already shaped their lives.
Long to see, touch, & encounter real places &
real people that bring real meaning to the Bible.
that groups (large or small)
that travel together:
Gain spiritual enrichment in learning together
“on site” as they follow in
the steps of Paul.
Build community by strengthening bonds among
members, bringing together generations, and reaching
out to non-members.
T W O V I D E O S
Theater of Ephesus (video 1:20)
where Paul preached -- Acts 19: 23-41
View of the Acroplis and sweeping
view of Athens from atop Mars Hill
"This is something everybody should experience."
Williams (NFL Ravens Champion)
"I took a tour to with Joel Freeman in 2014 and our
time was an experience beyond my wildest dreams. Joel orchestrated a tremendous
experience for our group which included me -- a former NFL chaplain -- and one
of our Super Bowl winning players and his family. If you're a professional
athlete, Joel understands the unique travel needs you and your family will have.
We had top tier accommodations all the way! Thanks Joel for a life-changing
experience." -- Rod Hairston, NFL Chaplain
(retired), Baltimore Ravens
MEMORIES FROM PREVIOUS TRIPS
Exhilarating. Exhausting. Educational.
Our merry band on Mars Hill in Athens (2016)
"This was my first group trip and it was a great
experience." -- Angie
was overwhelmed, awestruck, humbled, and inspired -- all at
the same time. The Bible comes
alive as you read it. " -- Bill
"Thanks for a great trip. We
really enjoyed being with your group. Everyone was
really friendly and good to be with. We are home now
and catching up on our naps. Keep us tuned in to
your future trips. Thanks again for your
effort in making the trip worthwhile." -- Oscar
"The 2012 trip was conducted with a great deal of
thought and planning that far exceeding my expectations. I
am still baffled of how well this trip went. I am even
getting “goose bumps” while I am typing this. For the price
that I paid I received way more that it was worth. All of
the sites were my favorite because they had their own story
which was fascinating and breathtaking to me. I absolutely
hated group trips before this one because of past
experiences but knowing Joel, trusting his judgment and
embracing his friendship I took the challenge and loved
every moment of the trip and group that I was so honored to
be with during this trip. Thank you Joel Freeman from the bottom of my heart."
Light in a shell on a table in a restaurant on the
water's edge in Mykonos
"Thank you for the wonderful trip.
Prior to going on the trip I did not know exactly
what to expect. I suppose I thought it would be like
other vacations we have taken to other parts of the
world. It was not at all anything like any other
trip I have taken. It was a surreal trip into all
those Bible stories I learned as a child. It helped
me to put them into a historical sequence instead of
individual stories. It has inspired me to be
sure my Grandchildren learn all of these Bible
stories as well. I have told them to
include at least one Bible story to the bed time
stories we read when they spend the night. All in
all it was a wonderful experience and I love that we
had great leaders we could count upon. On your
trip I felt I was able to sit where it made me
comfortable and I could talk to whom I pleased and I
could get to know people as I wished. I
would definitely recommend this trip to my friends.
It was the most unique vacation I have ever taken."
"We had a wonderful experience! We are so glad that our friends invited us
to take this trip. Thank you for all you did to make
this trip a success. We truly enjoyed
meeting and interacting with him. We are enjoying
reviewing all the photos we took (1,000+). I am
annotating each one. It will take me several more
days (weeks?) to get it all done, but worth the
effort as I am happily re-living the trip while doing
it." -- Jim and Rita
"Kudos for creating our superb
Discovery Tour! Joel, thanks
to your attention to detail and hands-on approach.
Our tour was a rare in-depth spiritual
journey -- plus a comprehensive view of the past, present and future. We didn't just
visit; we brought the meaning of the Bible home with us. Thanks again for the journey
of a lifetime." -- Terry and Carolyn
Our cruise ship tied up at the Mykonos dock
"An unforgettable experience. It's the
trip of a lifetime and so much more than I expected. The
sites transported me to events of thousands years past --
the Old Testament through the New Testament. It's all about
God. Beauty, history, landscape and culture will
draw me back one day, but as I wait, I will share
what I learned with my own beloved country. And, I will hope
that it draws you to visit one day soon." -- Miriam
Joel & Shirley Freeman in Corinth, Greece -- overlooking
the Ionian Sea
What Motivates Us to Lead Trips to Greece?
It takes an inordinate amount of time, energy &
“brain-damage” to put together a group trip to Greece
and the surrounding region.
Every traveler has legitimate questions and needs and
we try to anticipate as many in advance as possible.
Some issues are more detailed than others.
The process starts about 10-11 months prior to each trip. And there are
endless discussions with tour operators, our travel
agent and guides. We are always searching for the best
pricing, coupled with the most excellent hotels, food
and customer service. One could be exhausted before
the tour even starts in Greece.
So, why do we bother leading annual trips to Greece? Good question. We do not even have to hesitate
with our response.
- It’s because of the impact each trip has on the
lives of every person who takes the journey.
We get the joy of watching the decision-making process
every person goes through before they sign on to such
- It’s seeing the excited looks on people’s faces when they
learn the behind-the-scenes historical backdrop to many
sites throughout the region.
- It’s knowing that each person who has experienced
Greece will now not only “read” the
Bible, but they will be “seeing” what they are
- It’s the testimonials we receive from people,
months after they have taken a trip with us.
We put a lot of thought into
developing a trip that most of the other larger tour groups
are not able to visit. We welcome you to be a part of
the next trip. It's going to be an
Beautiful view on Mykonos
Island at sunset
What's so Different About this Trip?
There are many
options when it comes to traveling to Greece.
Our tours are different.
We keep the numbers
small, which makes us much more nimble and we
connect much better as a group than groups
with, let's say, 2-5 tour buses.
We are very
experienced. Each Greek guide we use knows the land from various
disciplines -- geographical, topographical,
archaeological, Scriptural, historical, etc.
They are not jaded. They approach each tour
with a great passion that you can feel -- as
if it was their first tour group.
We plan surprises every
We have a lot of fun!
Each group develops its own personality. When
people travel together excellent
friendships, camaraderie and fond memories
If we happen to have
extra time, we even throw in an extra
previously unplanned site, if our group is
willing and able.
Harbor in Crete
Make contact as soon as possible so that
your spot on the trip will be secured for you. First
come, first served. Every person who has been on
this trip tells us that we should have charged more
for the trip. But we are committed to keeping the
pricing as inexpensive as possible -- at the same
time never skimping on the quality of hotels, food,
travel & customer service."
Following the Footsteps of Paul and John
following info is from our last Greece trip.
Here is an overview of the itinerary for this
upcoming memorable 2018 trip to Greece:
-- JFK • ATHENS Depart from JFK on Delta’s
non-stop flight # 413 at 5:46PM. Meals and
overnight on board. After dinner relax and enjoy the
-- ATHENS Arrive Athens at 10:40AM. You
will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax and
unpack for three night at your hotel located in the
heart of Athens. Dinner and overnight at the Divani
-- ATHENS This morning we visit the God
Apollo’s sanctuary where the oracle delivered
her famous prophesies in ancient times. Visit the
museum housing the bronze statue of the
Charioteer, one of the masterpieces of ancient
Greek art. Then proceed through the sacred way
to the archaeological site visiting the different
treasures, the Temple of Apollo, the theater,
the stadium where festivals and games were held in
honor of the sun god and the Spring of Castalia.
Proceed to Athens via Arachova, Levadia and
Thebes for overnight.
-- CORINTH • MYCENAE • NAUPLIA Today we tour to
Corinth driving through Daphni and Eleusis.
After crossing the Corinthian Canal which
connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas, we will arrive
in ancient Corinth. We visit the ruins of Corinth
where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla.
Included are the First Century shops, the Agora,
Temple of Apollo and the Bema Seat. Still
gurgling under the ruins is the water of the springs
of the mighty Acropolis above, which once fed the
Fountain of Pirene. Continue your drive up to
Acrocorinth, in Paul’s time site of the great
Temple of Aphrodite. We will drive to
Mycenae and visit the Gate of the Lions,
the Acropolis, and visit a beehive tomb.
Return to Athens where the rest of the afternoon is
at leisure. Dinner and overnight. -- Ready for a
-- ATHENS • MYKONOS This morning we drive to
Piraeus and embark on our cruise through the
Aegean to Turkey. Arrive at Mykonos in the
afternoon. The afternoon is at leisure on this small
and famous gleaming white Aegean Island, with its
golden beaches, windmills and picturesque narrow
roads. All meals on board our cruise ship.
DAY SIX -- KUSADASI (EPHESUS)
• PATMOS This morning we arrive in
Kusadasi, Turkey. Kusadasi is a colorful
harbor town and the starting point for an
optional excursion to the ancient Greek
city of Ephesus, site of one of the
Seven Churches of Revelation.
Excavation still continues in this once
great and important city, which was founded
in the 10th century BC and was subdued by
both Croesus and Alexander the Great.
Walk through history along streets lined
with magnificent public buildings, among
them the Baths of Skolasticia, the Library
of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian and
Ephesus also played an important part in the
life of the Apostle Paul, who wrote an
epistle to its inhabitants.
This afternoon we spend our time cruising
the beautiful, blue Aegean arriving after
lunch in Patmos. Patmos is the
beautiful, rocky island where the exiled St.
John the Divine received the mystical
Revelation which forms the last book of the
Optional excursion to the Grotto of the
Revelation and then on to the 11th
Century Monastery of St. John, which houses
an original manuscript of the Gospel. Enjoy
the panoramic view from this superb,
fortress-like complex, high on a hill.
-- RHODES This morning
we wake up in Rhodes, the largest of Greece’s
Dodecanese islands, known for its beach
resorts, ancient ruins and remnants of its
occupation by the Knights of St. John during the
Crusades. The Apostle Paul stopped off at Rhodes
after visiting the elders of Ephesus for the last
time in Miletus(Acts 21:1). The city of Rhodes has
an Old Town featuring the medieval Street of the
Knights and the castlelike Palace of the Grand
Masters. Captured by the Ottomans and then held by
the Italians, the palace is now a history museum.
-- CRETE, SANTORINI This morning we wake up
at Heraklion, Crete, the home of the great
Minoan Civilization . Optional visit to the
Knossos excavations dating back to 4000 B.C. and
the Palace. Return to our cruise ship to sail to
Santorini, for a visit on this interesting
a short trip by local boat to Athenios harbor where
we board our motor coach to visit Oia Village, built
on the Caldera rim which is an excellent example of
Cycladic architecture. A unique sight is the various
layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the
rock, each layer being another phase of the volcano
activity. Proceed through the beautiful countryside
to Fira, an attractive town perched on the Caldera
rim where the land slopes gently in one direction
and falls steeply in to the sea in the other. Enjoy
the town at leisure or perhaps relax over a coffee
as you gaze down upon Kamenes, the two black
volcanic islets in the Caldera Bay. Afterwards,
return to the small pier of Scala by cable car or
mule, where the vessel's tenders will take you back
to the ship. Overnight on board our cruise ship.
DAY NINE -- ATHENS CITY TOUR We disembark our
ship at 6:00AM.
Of Greece and Surrounding Region
Today’s tour will touch the highlights of
this center of one of the world’s greatest
civilizations and the cradle of Western
civilization. First visit the Acropolis
and wander through the ruins of some of the
most architecturally perfect buildings ever
constructed. We’ll see the Propylaea,
the Temple of the Wingless Victory,
the Erechtheum with its peerless
Porch of Maidens and Mars Hill where
Paul was brought before the council.
Finally, we reach the ‘harmony between
matter and spirit’, the monument that ‘puts
order in the mind’, the Parthenon. On
a drive through the city we’ll see the
National Library, the University,
the Academy, the Presidential
Palace, the Stadium, Temple of Zeus
and Hadrian’s Arch. We will visit the
National Museum. The afternoon is at
leisure. Dinner & overnight in Athens.
DAY TEN -- ATHENS • JFK We transfer to the
airport for departure from Athens on Delta’s
non-stop Flight # 213 at 12:40PM for New York.
Arrive JFK today at 4:50PM with wonderful
memories of a magnificent journey.
fly home, a little older and wiser. And with a
greater desire to study the Bible -- knowing that now
the Scriptures will jump alive like never before as we
study about places we have actually visited. Plus you
will now have some new "traveling buddies" you
will want to keep in touch with on Facebook!
WHAT YOU CAN BRING WITH YOU ON THIS TRIP:
Many of us will meet as
strangers at the beginning of the trip and will part
at the end of the trip as
friends. Joel, our guides, the bus driver and other helpers will
supply excellent customer service, clear
communication, smiles...and hugs if necessary.
There are unpredictable aspects to traveling abroad. And travel to
another country with others we did not previously know
can be quite stressful for some travelers and an
adventure for other travelers.
It's all about the
curiosity-driven life. We hope you pack your
"adventurous spirit" for your trip to
You will have a great time on this trip if you bring along your great attitude,
a sense of humor and
an adventurous spirit.
we require an up-front deposit? In order for us to get the
flight and ground travel/hotel costs, we
actually have to provide advance guarantee to airlines that all of the
seats will be purchased and to the hotels and bus
company we must guarantee that all of the food, ground
travel, park, museum, and hotel costs are going to be covered. This
is a big responsibility.
That's why we need an up-front deposit
from each person, along with the payment schedule you
will see below. The payment schedule is for your
budgeting convenience. If you want to pay more at any
time, you can do so and we will keep a record of all
payments. We will place all of the funds for this trip
in a separate account and will release funds when
required to do so by the airlines, hotels and bus
With rising fuel costs and taxes we
have fought hard to keep the pricing as low as
possible. You may find moderately less expensive
trips to Greece, but when you compare the
quality of the hotels, the food, the specialized
customer service, and some of the unique experiences
we provide on this trip -- you will realize that our
price is a bargain.
cost of the Greece cruise/tour is $3,990. What do
you receive for your money?
R/T flight on Delta Airlines (coach), all ground
travel (air-conditioned bus), excellent hotels (based
upon shared accommodations in twin-bedded rooms and
private showers or baths) , remarkable Greek
registered tour guides, and food (breakfast and
supper every day). We are still looking at the hotels. Here are the hotels we
stayed at during the last trip:
Departing NONSTOP from JFK Intl Airport (NY) on
Airlines: Leave NY (JFK) at 5:46pm (Flight
#413) and arrive in Athens the next morning,
October 11th, at 10:40am
from Athens to JFK Intl Airport (NY): Leave Athens at
12:40pm (Flight #213) and
arrive at NY the same day at 4:50pm
Each traveler is responsible to get to JFK International Airport. We
will supply a list of all travelers well in advance so
that you can connect with other travelers in your
region. Perhaps some who live in the same region will rent a van together and
leave it at the JFK Airport in
long-term parking (online payment for long-term
parking at airports is always cheaper). Flight
times are always subject to change.
BAGGAGE: Delta allows one free checked bag (up
to 50 pounds...23kg...verify this for yourself prior to the
trip) and one
small carry-on. Please weigh your bag to make sure
that it does not weigh over 50 pounds. You will be
responsible for any cost charged by Delta for
excess weight or additional luggage.
(We have worked hard to keep the price as low as
possible): $3,990 per person.
What's covered by $3,990?
1. Non-stop, R/T air travel from JFK to Athens
(includes tax & fuel surcharges)
2. Ground travel (includes cost of driver
and tour bus)
3. Hotel rooms and food (includes breakfast/dinner)
4. Greek registered tour guides for entire trip
5. Entrance fees to all parks and museums
Make checks out to: Friendship Tours, Box 305, Gambrills, MD 21054.
PAYMENT, GROUP SIZE &
$1,000 deposit per person
(minimum $500 deposit allowed) is due
ASAP. Your only financial risk on the deposit: $100.00 of the deposit per
a non-refundable administrative fee...unless you can
find people to fill your seat(s). (Payment
is to The Freeman Institute...by check or cash. If you
want to pay with credit card, 3% will be added to
cover processing fee.)
We are keeping this trip to 40 travelers because it
makes for a much better opportunity for everyone to
get the most out of the trip. We want to
retain a more intimate family atmosphere that is
missed when more than one bus is utilized. If you
know of people who might be interested in traveling
on this trip, please send them to this website. In
the unlikely event of the number of passengers
falling below 10 travelers, the airfare may
increase, as group pricing will no longer apply. We
have set aside enough seats with the airline by
placing a down payment for each ticket (your
ticket). But once ticketing is finalized (in
July) and the full price is paid, your flight ticket is
non-refundable and non-changeable.
GENERAL WEATHER DESCRIPTION:
October is nice season of the year (Fall), with very
comfortable weather. That's one of the main reasons we
chose this time of year for our trip to Greece and the
surrounding region. Temperature in Athens is usually
between 76 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit. Modern,
large-windowed air-conditioned/heated motor coaches --
designed for sight-seeing -- will be used for all
ground travel in Greece.
WHAT TO WEAR: Think layers. You will
definitely want to bring a fleece or jacket.
It will be chilly in the morning when you start out,
then warm up to short sleeves weather, and then cool
off again in the evening. On some of the days you may
want a long t-shirt and light jacket, while on other
days a short sleeve T-shirt will do. So, bring a good
range of generally light clothes, with comfortable
walking shoes. There will be no need for any fancy
The evening dinners will be in very nice open
seating dining rooms, with an incredible choice of
food to fill your own plate. Business casual wear is
appropriate. You may want to pack a swimming suit for
the hotel swimming pool. Remember that your
checked suitcase needs to be under 50 pounds, so pack
accordingly. Some airlines charge for an extra checked
bag and/or an overweight bag.
PASSPORT: Photo copies of valid United
States passports for all passengers must be received
by July 15, 2016 for a ticket to be issued for
that passenger. If you do not have a valid US
passport, please start that process right away at your
local Post Office. We will notify you of the best
address to mail a photocopy of the first page -- in plenty of time to
share the info with the airline.
IMPORTANT: The expiration date on any passport
must be no earlier than March 20, 2017.
TURKISH VISA: We will be making a stop at Ephesus
(Turkey) during the cruise portion of the trip. Our
tour operator is facilitating the Visa process.
HEALTH REGULATIONS: No vaccinations are
required. Water is safe to drink, but most people
drink bottled water. You will always be reminded to
bring bottled water when walking any distance.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE (info
for 2018 Trip):
-- ASAP: Deposit of $1,000.00 per person to
guarantee your seat on the plane. Checks can be made
out to: The Freeman Institute, Box 305, Gambrills, MD
Deposit of $1,000 is preferred ($500 is
This is a low-risk deposit. ($100 per person is a
non-refundable administrative fee for canceling...up
to 90 days before departure. But if you have to
cancel up to 90 days prior to the trip, they are even
willing to waive the $100 admin fee if you can
find people to replace the exact number of seats you are giving up.)
-- January 1st, 2018: If deposited only $500, you must have another amount of $500 per person.
-- May 15th, 2018 (160 days before trip): You must have
another amount of $1,000 per person
-- June 15th, 2018 (130 days before trip): You must have
another amount of $1,000 per person.
-- July 15th, 2018 (100 days prior to trip): You must
have the final amount of $990 per person.
Total: $3,990.00 per person
(each payment date mentioned above is important)
NOTE: I have to submit a final list of
passengers to the airline by August 30th, 2016.
The payment schedule mentioned above is designed to make it easier for
some travelers to better afford the trip. Knowing the
payment schedule in advance, many can place the funds
in an envelope every month so that there are no
surprises when the payments are due.
Five main elements make up this trip:
1. R/T air travel
2. Ground travel (tour bus),
3. Hotel rooms and food (breakfast/dinner)
4. Greek registered tour guide
5. Entrance fees to parks and museums
You are given one unified price, but we have to
address all five aspects separately
behind the scenes if anyone needs to cancel.
IMPORTANT: In case of cancellations, the following
CANCELLATIONS: In the event of
cancellation from registration date to 90 days before
departure, there is a $100 per person non-refundable
administrative fee...unless you can fill your seat(s).
Thereafter the following charges
* 89-50 days prior to departure the charge is 50%
of total cost.
* 49 days prior to departure the
cancellation penalty of 100% of the total cost of the
tour will be charged. No refunds whatsoever! Trip
cancellation insurance is suggested.
* No shows or
cancellation after date of departure will receive no
If cancellation is due to health or illness in the
immediate family of the traveler, and can be supported
by a Doctor's Certificate, this may be waived. Air
travel cancellation insurance is recommended. While is
is not required, if you can find a replacement for
your seat(s) it would be much appreciated.
ITINERARY CHANGES: Changes -- deviations from
the main flight itinerary are not recommended. Why? We
are required to have a certain number of travelers
booked before the airlines will grant us the group
discounted rate. Any deviations must
be requested in writing via
If you leave early or return individually and not with the group
there is a $100 surcharge plus an additional airfare
differential for the deviation. Group fares generally do not
permit upgrades to first class. But sometimes they
will open up for a limited number who wish to use
their frequent flier miles. Any passengers wishing to upgrade may
arrange their own airfare. An airline credit of $1,000
off the total cost of the trip will be given to those
passengers who wish to make their own airline
bookings. It is requested that they seek to make the
arrangements as close as possible to the itinerary for
this trip. Any additional ground travel arrangements
and cost to catch up with the rest of the group or to
leave early/later will
be each traveler's responsibility.
NOT INCLUDED: Passport fees; phone calls;
valet/laundry service; overweight or excess baggage on
airplane; and all other items that are
strictly personal in nature; flight
insurance (highly recommended); any beverage (please
note that the custom abroad is to include coffee or
tea with breakfast only); it is an extra charge when
served mineral water, sodas, wine or liquor; expenses
within the USA or Canada; and tips. TIPS: This is an
important part of the trip. Tips are a tangible way of
saying "thank you." We suggest that
you bring $100 in $1 bills for tips throughout the
trip. (Also, a minimum $100 tip per traveler for our
registered Greek guides,
is customary. Our tour guide works very hard before and during
the trip to make it a stress-free experience for you.
Plus, you will learn much from our tour guide and will feel
honored to give him such a tip. View the
tip guide below and plan ahead. The tip for our tour
the bus driver will be collected at the end of the
Tipping Guide: Bus Driver: $5.00
per person per day Restaurant Wait Staff:
$1.50 per person Hotel Porter: 50
per bag per person Hotel Room Maid:
$1.00 per person per day
Any Additional Local Guides: $2.00 per person per day
RESPONSIBILITY: The Freeman Institute, Joel
Freeman, and our tour operator accept no responsibility for
expense on any personal purchases made while overseas.
Any personal purchases are the full responsibility of
MOBILE PHONE: It is important that we have one
mobile phone for every 3-4 travelers. Sometimes we are
shopping in a crowded market for a couple of hours,
with a designated meeting time and place set up in
advance. If someone gets lost or disoriented, it is
always good to know that we can call their cell to
help guide them back to the rest of the group. Call
your cell provider to determine the best way to
upgrade your current cell phone for this international
trip. Please let us know if you are willing and able
to bring your cell.
SINGLE or DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (Hotel): If you are
a person traveling alone on this trip, you need to
realize that prices mentioned for this trip are based
upon double occupancy hotel rooms. There is an extra
charge for one person staying in a room ($700). If you are
traveling alone you may want to reach out to friends
and family to see if there is someone you know who is
willing and able to travel with you on this trip. That
way you will be staying in a double occupancy room
(covered by the basic cost of the trip) with someone
TRIP INSURANCE OPTIONS:
It's ultimately your choice. But we highly recommend taking out comprehensive travel
insurance, which should cover emergency evacuation,
cancellation, delay, illness, loss of damage to
personal belongings and luggage etc. It is relatively
inexpensive. Check for yourself. You can purchase
trip insurance at any time during the entire process
prior to the trip, which will cover all costs (flight,
hotels, ground travel, etc.). Here are two credible options for
you to consider:
CONTACT INFORMATION: Joel A. Freeman:
-- The Freeman Institute, Box 305, Gambrills, MD
NOTE: Before every trip...I (Joel) always get
calls from nervous travelers who have just seen images
of a car/bus bombing or a fiery protest on CNN or Fox. I
do not want to downplay any of these images or fears, but there
always seem to be situations covered by the press
prior to every trip. We will be going on this trip unless the US Department of State
states that it is not safe for US Citizens to travel to
during this period.
Safety and Security are Paramount:
1. The safety and security of the
participants on this tour is our number one concern.
2. Working closely with our Greek
partners, we are constantly monitoring the security
well as the mood of
the situation and react swiftly to it.
3. We receive real-time information
from the police, armed forces and security services.
4. The group has a mobile phone for
Joel explaining to a group on the
bus where we are going next