Ever seen a
tour group with 2 - 6 busloads of dazed people
with headsets on.....hardly even talking with each
No fun at all.
Kind of like herding cats. THAT. IS. NOT. A.
We are limiting the upcoming
all-inclusive 2020 trip to
only 48 people. Ask why.
We guarantee that we will never fill more than
one fun-filled bus. Ask why.
We always use non-stop flight itineraries to and
from Athens. Ask why.
We lead tours to Greece only in late
Fall and/or early Spring
each year. Ask why.
We sold out all the seats on the last tour
quite rapidly. First come, first served.
the Greece cruise/tour every 18 months.
We do not have the
specific dates yet for the Nov 2020 cruise/tour.
have that specific flight itinerary and cost by Dec
will put you on the list for the upcoming
Are you in? Or
do you know of anyone who might be interested in
going on an 11-day Greece cruise/tour?
please share this website
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Watch the two videos below...
the itinerary below: Athens, Corinth, Patmos,
Ephesus, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and much more...
Please forward this website
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and what is included in the trip will be listed below. Plus, we will email you
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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 to Israel have
commented this this is the best group tour they have ever
experienced...anywhere. We work hard to make this a
reality for each group. Review some photographs from past trips
on social media (Facebook,
We are planning some new experiences this year. Going to Greece with The
Tours is not a vacation, nor a luxury,
but an investment that will pay spiritual dividends
for the rest of your life. You will never read the
Bible the same way.
This ain't my first rodeo...
Myron Golden VIDEO (1:42) -- "People
wonder whether or not it is safe..."
T H E T E A M
(tour guides, hotels, transportation, et al) THE TEAM: Joel and Shirley in Santorini
T O U R L E A D E R Joel A. Freeman,
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.
Dr. Joel Freeman
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 like 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.
Part of our
merry band of adventures at the ancient ruins of Ephesus
W A T C H V I D E O S
Janice Holsonbake VIDEO (1:24) -- A
Theater of Ephesus (video 1:20)
where Paul preached -- Acts 19: 23-41
"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
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
Here is an overview of the itinerary for this
upcoming memorable 2018 trip to Greece:
Arrival Athens --
arrival at Athens Airport you will meet your tour
guide and you will board your coach to drive to
Athens. Arrive at the hotel, check in, dinner and
Day 2: Full Day
Tour of Athens --
Discover the modern
and classical side of Athens. Our city tour begins
from the contemporary heart of Athens, Syntagma
Square where the impressive building of the Greek
Parliament is located. In front of it the
Presidential Guard in their traditional colorful
uniform offers honors to the memorial Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier. We drive by numerous beautiful
neoclassical buildings, including the President’s
Residence, a former Royal Palace, to reach the
Panathenaic Stadium that held the first modern
Olympic Games in 1896. After a small stop we pass by
the classical temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's
Arch, erected by the Romans as a boundary the
separated the Greek and Roman part of city. As we
continue in the Panepistimiou Avenue to see the
National Library and Academy, the University of
Athens and the Catholic Cathedral, you will be
amazed by the rich heritage of Athens and the unique
combination of its ancient and contemporary faces.
Our next stop is at the
National Archaeological Museum. Not only this is the
largest museum in Greece but it is considered one of
the greatest museums worldwide due its rich
collection of artefacts from Greek antiquity. The
multiple museum’s collection will take you to a
journey from the prehistoric to Roman period. The
tour continues with a visit to the Acropolis,
landmark of Athens, the eternal symbol of democracy,
education and inspiration. Your guide will explain
the history of the Golden Age of Athens as you visit
the architectural masterpieces the Propylea, the
Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally
the Parthenon, the one of the world’s most famous
landmark monuments dedicated to the goddess Athena.
Our next stop is the Acropolis Museum. Besides a
collection of 4.000 artefacts, this museum has a
unique modern design that incorporates excavations,
visible through a glass floor, and offers a
breath-taking panoramic view to the Acropolis. The
tour ends at Plaka a neighborhood characterized by a
unique architecture. You will have some free time to
shop, make pictures and enjoy a walk it its colorful
alleys, before you return to your hotel for dinner
Day 3: Corinth &
After breakfast, we
will head toward ancient Corinth (Acts 18.1-18). It
was in ancient Corinth where Paul came and worked,
established a thriving church and writing two of the
epistles, which are now part of the New Testament.
We will see all the sites that are associated with
his ministry: the Agora, the Temple of Apollo, the
roman Odeon, the Bema and Gallio’s seat, the
pillars, stairs, and the place of public worship,
where Paul preached. All these visits will certainly
enhance the understanding of Corinthians I and II.
Before ending the tour and return to Athens, we will
pass by the ancient Greek port of Cenchrea (Acts
18:18) where Paul was during his second missionary
journey and the ruin of the early Christian 5th
Century basilica. The tour continues as we reach
Acrocorinth. This impressive fortified acropolis was
occupied from archaic times till the 19th century.
Visit the temple of Venus at its highest point and
cherish the breath-taking view. Return to Athens,
dinner and overnight. ARE YOU READY FOR A
Day 4: Embark
Three-Day Cruise/Mykonos --
Embark on a wonderful 3-night cruise to the Greek
Islands and Turkey. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are
served daily while on board. Mykonos, the
whitewashed jewel of the Cyclades Islands, is your
first stop. This charming, mountainous island is
known for the hundreds of tiny chapels, white-washed
buildings and beautiful windmills that dot its
landscape. Don’t miss taking a stroll down Mykonos
Town, where mazes of narrow streets link the
whitewashed buildings and traditional life continues
amidst the bustling activity. Enjoy free time to
explore this little paradise in the middle of the
Day 5: Three-Day
Breakfast and stop at the Turkish port of Kusadasi
for an included excursion to the ruins of Ephesus
where Paul the Saint spent three years during his
ministry and where its inhabitants were the
recipients of Paul’s famous epistle. Ancient Ephesus
was the Roman capital of Asia Minor and an important
center for Christianity from AD 50s.
During AD52-54 Saint Paul lived here working
with the congregation and organizing his
missionary activity and taught the Word of
God (Acts 20:31) and this is where he wrote
the Epistle to Corinthians I. Additionally
this was one of the seven cities found in
the Book of Revelation(Acts 2:1-7),
indicating a strong church. We will visit
the house of Virgin Mary where she lived
with John, on the hill behind the city.
After this amazing experience we will have
lunch and then visit the Basilica of St.
John as well as the ruins of the famous
Diana’s temple with the Baths of Scholastica,
the Library of Celsus, the Odeon, the Arch
of Hercules, the Temple of Hadrian, the
Agora and the Greco-Roman theater. Continue
your cruise to the island of Patmos, a
beautiful and spiritual island where In 95
AD, St. John the Theologian - one of the
twelve disciples of Jesus - was sent into
exile. St. John remained on the island for
eighteen months during which time he lived
in a cave below the hilltop temple of Diana.
In this cave exists a small hole in the rock
wall, from which derived a series of
oracular messages that Prochoros, a disciple
of St. John, transcribed as the Biblical
chapter of Revelations. During his time in
the sacred cave, now known as the Holy
Grotto of the Revelation, St. John also
composed the Fourth Gospel. During our time
there we will visit the Monastery of St.
John the Theologian UNESCO World Heritage
Site where we will see the Holy Grotto as
well as priceless icons and manuscripts.
Afterwards, drive back to the port of Scala
and enjoy some free time in this quaint and
Day 6: Three-Day
In the morning the ship will dock at the port of
Heraklion on the island of Crete. In Heraklion Paul
met the owner and captain of the ship, who warned
him about continuing his journey to Rome. You can
take a tour (optional) to the Palace of Knossos, the
center of the Minoan civilization. After lunch, the
ship will travel to the most beautiful island in the
Aegean Sea known as the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”,
the volcanic Santorini where we will enjoy the
breathtaking Panoramic View. Latest excavations have
suggested that Santorini might be the lost site of
Disembarkation Athens//Mycenae//Epidaurus --Upon
disembarkation, we leave the Port of Piraeus and
enter the region of Peloponnese as we pass from the
Corinth Canal. We make a short stop to admire and
make photos of this great canal that connects the
Aegean and Ionian seas. We continue to Mycenae,
which is one of the most important archaeological
sites in Greece. Mycenae was described as the ‘City
rich in Gold’ in Homer’s epic poem Iliad. Such
descriptions were matched once the Golden Mask of
Agamemnon was discovered among many other treasures.
Enter the ancient town from the Lion Gate and walk
up to Agamemnon`s Royal Palace, as your guide
explains the history and mythology of the site. Our
next stop is Nafplio, the first capital of the
modern Greek state. We have lunch (optional) at a
local restaurant and then stroll around the
picturesque town, to see the Syntagma Square, the
primary Parliament House of Greece and numerous
other historic buildings. We continue our trip with
a visit to the theater of Epidaurus, still in use
today and renowned for its amazing acoustics. In the
antiquity, apart from a theater Epidaurus was a
world famous medical and healing center. Temples
dedicated to Apollo and Asklepeios are located here.
Following the same route we return to Athens and
your hote for dinner and overnight, filled with
images and memories from the rich Argolis region.
Day 8: Delphi --
Of Greece and Surrounding Region
We begin our journey in the morning heading
to Delphi, located 170km northeast of
Athens. Passing through the fertile plain of
Boeotia, crossing the towns of Thebes which
is connected with the tragedy of king
Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova we will
arrive at Delphi –the Omphalos (Navel of
Earth) whose prestige extended far beyond
the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a
landscape of unparalleled beauty and
majesty, lies Delphi’s archaeological site
filled with monuments and temples, with the
ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo being the
most important. You will also be astonished
by Treasury of the Athenians, the Theatre,
the Stadium and the Museum with the famous
statue of Antinoos and the unique bronze
statue of the Charioteer dated from 475 B.C
and the famous athlete Aghias. The tour
takes you to the modern village of Delphi or
Arachova, for a short walk, lunch and
shopping. The area is well known for its
hand woven colorful quilts, rugs and
carpets, as well as for its wine and cheese.
We return to Athens by the same route early
in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Cape
leave the city centre of Athens for an escape to the
'Riviera of Attica'. Drive a long a scenic costal
road with wonderful beaches and majestic view of the
Saronic Gulf, as we pass from some of the most
beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza,
Lagonissi and Anavissos) to the southern-most point
of the entire peninsula, Cape Sounion (Sounio). The ancient
Greek traveler writer and geographer Pausanias
mentions Cape Sounion at the very beginning of his
description of Greece as a 'sacred promontory of the
Athenians'. Your guide will tell you the history and
mythology of this unique location with great
strategic and religious importance in ancient times.
You will visit the impressive Temple of Poseidon,
built by the edge off the cliff, and enjoy a
breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. We return to
Athens for free time until dinner time at the hotel.
Day 10: Departure
from Athens --
After breakfast, we
transfer to the airport for departure from Athens 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 $4,285. 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 Hotel --
3 nights Celestyal Cruise -- Food and lodging on ship
-- 6 nights
F L I G H T I T I N E R A R Y
We'll know the exact
flight itinerary and cost by December 2019
"DELTA AIRLINES" TICKETS
Departing NONSTOP from JFK Intl Airport (NY) on
Airlines: Leave NY (JFK) at (Flight
#) and arrive in Athens the next morning,
, at (lose 6 hours)
Returning on NONSTOP
from Athens to JFK Intl Airport (NY): Leave Athens at (Flight #) and
arrive at NY the same day ( ) at (gain 6
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): $4,485 per person.
What's covered by $4,485? (Checks
payable to: Freeman Institute, Box 305, Gambrills,
1. Non-stop, Delta R/T air travel from JFK to
Athens (includes tax & fuel surcharges)
2. Ground travel (includes cost of
driver and A/C tour bus)
3. Four star+ hotel rooms and food (6
nights in hotel...includes breakfast/dinner)
4. Greek registered, English-speaking tour
guides for entire trip
Athens Sightseeing Private tour with English
Speaking Licensed guide (8 hrs)
- Ancient Corinth
Private tour with English Speaking Licensed guide
(approx. 8 hrs)
- Argolis Tour
including Mycenae & Epidaurus with English Speaking
Licensed Guide (10 hrs)
- Delphi Private
tour with English Speaking Licensed guide (approx.
- Cape Sounion Tour
with English Speaking Licensed Guide (approx. 4 hrs)
5. Entrance fees to all parks and museums
- Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum, National
Archaeological Museum, Ancient Corinth,
Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delphi Site & Museum, Cape
Sounion. 6. Inside cabins (no windows) on
cruise (see below for outside cabin upgrade)
7. Turkish Visa needed for visiting Ephesus
(done on ship…offshore excursion in Turkey)
8. Port taxes – we are paying the extra $168
per person (most tours do not cover the port
taxes for a cruise)
9. Tipping for every aspect of the cruise
(guides, waiters, cabin cleaning, etc.)
10. Double occupancy in hotel room and cruise
cabin (see single occupancy below)
11. Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
12. Entertainment on cruise
13. All-inclusive drinks package on board the cruise
14. PLUS: We are paying for two Shore excursions for you
Kus-02: Ancient Ephesus Through The Ages-Hellenistic
INCLUDED: 1. Every cruise has optional shore
excursion costs. And this cruise is no
different. We have included 2 shore excursions for
The rate quoted
for shore excursions is for excursions when
we stop at the various islands.
2. Cabin with Porthole (with outside
view) on cruise. $195 extra per person.
The quoted and reserved
outside cabins are the standard outside
cabins. Those cabins have either big portholes or a
window. Depending on the ship’s availability,
the cruise line almost always accommodates the
Freeman Institute Tours groups to cabins with
a picture window. But it is not a guarantee.
3. Cabin with large Window on cruise. $245 extra
per person. The Celestyal Cruise Lines ship can
handle about 1,000 passengers.
It is not like the huge cruise lines with
balconies. This is the finest cabin available on
this particular cruise.
4. The cost of obtaining a US Passport, meals or beverages
other than specified, insurance,
items of personal nature (laundry,
telephone calls, any extra extra tips you want to
5. Supplement for single occupancy hotel
room and cruise cabin($800 extra)
Make checks out to: Freeman Institute, 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 45 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 December 15th, 2019 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 October, 2020.
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 (You
can make payments any time you want...but this is a
-- 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.)
-- As soon as possible: If deposited only $500, you must have another amount of $500 per person. -- Set your own payment pace: Send in
whatever you can and we will account for it.
-- July 10th, 2018 (100 days prior to trip): You must
have the final amount per person.
Total: $4,285.00 per person
NOTE: I have to submit a final list of
passengers to the airline by December 15th, 2019.
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. By the way, T-Mobile charges only
$0.2/min charge on any call...a serious benefit with
no international surcharge (check to make sure it
is still their policy).
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 ($795). 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
** IMPORTANT: From 1st January 2018
the Hellenic National Tourism Organization has
decided to impose the resident city fee. This tax
must be paid by the guest directly to the hotel
before the end of the stay. Projection is that for
the hotels nights, the tax will be Euro 4 per room
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
PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY
(requiring a wheelchair): HONEST TALK -- This
tour includes a lot of up and down walking,
especially where there are
streets made of uneven pavement or stony paths. Many of the places
we visit -- especially in and around Athens,
Ephesus, Santorini, Delphi, Mycenae and Corinth --
are not generally considered to be
wheel-chair-friendly sites. The day excursion trips
during the cruise are not always best for walking,
with a lot of up and down terrain in Ephesus,
Santorini and some other islands.
The rule of thumb is that if you need to
request a wheelchair at the airport to get to your
gate, this tour is probably not for you. However, if
you are willing to pay for a care-giver (perhaps
a friend who is willing and able to push your
wheelchair throughout the tour) to come along to
take care of your physical needs, we encourage you to
come. On the tour we will alert you in advance when
we are approaching a site that is not
wheel-chair-friendly. At those times you can stay on
the bus...meeting the rest of the group on the other
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