Greece Cruise and Tour 2018
Footsteps of Paul & John

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B E   A   P A R T   O F   H I S T O R Y

:::::::  Upcoming Tour/Cruise  :::::::
Late Oct / Early Nov 2018



Part of our merry band of adventures at the ancient ruins of Ephesus (2016)






E X E C U T I V E   O V E R V I E W

   Our 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? Email me

  Review the itinerary below: Athens, Corinth, Patmos, Ephesus, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and much more...

   If so, please forward this website
to the right people.

   The cost and what is included in the trip will be listed below. Plus, we will email you a document responding to FAQs.


Email for info...and to be put on the list of people
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 -- #FreemanInstituteTours

  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.

   GUIDES -- 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.
  Joel Freeman will help to fill in with some added geographical, biblical, historical, and topographical information, along with spiritual application.

   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 the centuries.

  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.


   OCTOBER: 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 training.

   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.

   If 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.

   We believe 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."
-- Bobbie 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


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

"I 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

Beautiful Santorini

"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."  -- Marcus

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." -- Sue

"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 an adventure.

  - 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 reading.

  - 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 unforgettable adventure!

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.

  1.   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.

  2.   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.

  3.   We plan surprises every trip.

  4.  We have a lot of fun! Each group develops its own personality. When people travel together excellent  friendships, camaraderie and fond memories emerge.

  5.   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."   

                                                            -- 100,000 Blessings, Joel & Shirley -- Email

2018 Trip Theme
Following the Footsteps of Paul and John

The following info is from our last Greece trip.

Here is an overview of the itinerary for this upcoming memorable 2018 trip to Greece:

  DAY ONE -- 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 on-board entertainment.

  DAY TWO -- 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 Palace Hotel.

  DAY THREE -- 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.

  DAY FOUR -- 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 cruise?

  DAY FIVE -- 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 the theatre. 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 New Testament.
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.

Patmos, 1832

  DAY SEVEN -- 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.

  DAY EIGHT -- 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 island.


  OPTIONAL:  Enjoy 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.  

            Map 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.


   We 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 Greece! You will have a great time on this trip if you bring along your great attitude, a sense of humor and an adventurous spirit.


"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered
." --
G.K Chesterton


~   O V E R V I E W   O F   T R I P   ~

Step back in time...the Ancient Areopagus, Mars Hill -- late 1800s

Ephesus -- 1836


    Why do 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 company.

   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.



   The total 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:
         Athens -- staying at luxurious Divani Acropolis Palace Hotel -- 4 nights
         Celestyal Cruise -- Food and lodging on ship -- 3 nights


Joel and Shirley in Santorini

F L I G H T     I T I N E R A R Y

The following info is from a previous trip.


    Departing NONSTOP from JFK Intl Airport (NY) on Delta Airlines
    : Leave NY (JFK) at 5:46pm (Flight #413) and arrive in Athens the next morning, October 11th, at 10:40am

    Returning NONSTOP from Athens to JFK Intl Airport (NY): Leave Athens at 12:40pm (Flight #213) and arrive at NY the same day at 4:50pm

  2.       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.

    : 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.


  3. PRICE (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.



    $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 person is a non-refundable administrative fee...unless you can find people to fill your seat(s).  (Payment is to The Freeman 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.

    : 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.

    : 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 clothes.

    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.


    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.
    : 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.


  6. 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 21054.

    Deposit of $1,000 is preferred ($500 is required). 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 penalties apply:

    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 apply:
    * 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 refunds.

    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
    EMAIL. 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.

    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 guide and the bus driver will be collected at the end of the trip.)
          Tipping Guide:
              Bus Driver: $5.00 per person per day
                Restaurant Wait Staff: $1.50 per person
                  Hotel Porter: 50 cents per bag per person
                    Hotel Room Maid: $1.00 per person per day
                      Any Additional Local Guides: $2.00 per person per day

    PASSENGER 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 each passenger.

    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 you know.


    IMPORTANT: 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:


    Joel A. Freeman: 410-729-4011 / EMAIL -- The Freeman Institute, Box 305, Gambrills, MD 21054.

  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 officially states that it is not safe for US Citizens to travel to Greece 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 situation as
           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 contact.


Joel explaining to a group on the
bus where we are going next


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Blast from the Past ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Blast to the Past ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Patmos Bay (early 1700s)

View of Corinth (1836)

View of Ephesus (1700)

Possible Patmos Cave where John received the Revelation

Santorini (early 1900s)


Temple of Zeus -- late 1800s

The Ancient Areopagus, Mars Hill -- late 1800s

Theater near Athens -- late 1800s

Old Corinth -- late 1800s

Hadrian's Arch and Temple of Jupiter -- late 1800s

The Acropolis -- late 1800s

The Acropolis from Philopappos Hill  -- late 1800s

Temple of Jupiter -- late 1800s

Thriasian Plain and Eleusis on the Bay
-- late 1800s




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