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The Jewish sites in breathtaking Greece – 15-day tour – October 1st to 15th, 2021 – Hella

The Jewish sites in breathtaking Greece
15-day tour - October 1st to 15th, 2021
Combine the Jewish history of Greece with Greek culture & beauty, in 15 amazing days!
Organized by Atlantis Travel Agency, the oldest travel agency in Greece.

Cost of the Tour: starting from 1679 EURO per person (see the details below)
Book your place not later than Monday August 9th by sending us an email.
* It is suggested that all the passengers will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Friday October 1st ATHENS
In the morning you will be met by our representative at the airport of ATHENS, and transferred to your hotel in the center of Athens. We will have a Tour of the Jewish Sites of Athens. This will include a visit to the Jewish Museum, the Synagogue of Athens, the Holocaust Memorial, and other sites of Jewish interest. In the evening, we will have a KABBALAT SHABBAT dinner (either at the Community Center or at the Chabbad House). Overnight in Athens
.

DAY 2 – Saturday October 2nd ATHENS
After breakfast, you will have the morning free, and you can attend the Shabbat service at the Synagogue.
At 12:00 noon, we will start the Athens Sightseeing Tour (about 5 hours, including stopping for lunch). You will see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, Zappion, the National Garden, and the House of Parliament. We will stop at the “Memorial to the Unknown Soldier” where you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform. Pass by the Academy of Fine Arts, the University and the National Library. Then visit the Panathenaic Stadium, the cradle of the first Olympic Games of the modern era (1896). At about 1:30 PM we have lunch at a nice taverna. After lunch, we will visit the Acropolis & Parthenon (the most important monuments of Greece), and return back to the hotel in Athens at about 5:00 PM. Evening free, and overnight in Athens.

DAY 3 – Sunday October 3rd CHALKIDA & VOLOS
After breakfast, we will depart with our bus from Athens to CHALKIDA, a beautiful town which is the capital of Evoia island. We will visit the Synagogue of Chalkida, learn about the Jewish history of the town, and relax for about an hour at a cafeteria with great views of the bridge.
We then head to VOLOS, where we will arrive at about 2:00 PM. We will check into our hotel, and then have a free afternoon and evening to explore the city. Dinner and overnight in Volos.

DAY 4 – Monday October 4th VOLOS & PELION
After breakfast, we will visit the Synagogue of Volos, the Holocaust Memorial of Volos, and learn about the Jewish history of the town. We will have a short tour to PELION, visiting the 2 picturesque villages of Portaria and Makrynitsa. We will return back to Volos in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Volos.

DAY 5 – Tuesday October 5th METEORA, METSOVO, IOANNINA
After breakfast, we will depart in the morning from Volos to KALAMBAKA, a small town built at the foot of majestic gray rocks, where we will stop for about 2 hours for admiring the breathtaking METEORA monasteries. We then continue to METSOVO, a picturesque little town, where can stop for lunch.
We then head to IOANNINA (Yannena), a beautiful town with a very rich Jewish history. We will settle in our hotel, walk by the beautiful lake and explore the town. Dinner and overnight in Ioannina.

DAY 6 – Wednesday October 6thIOANNINA
After breakfast, we will have a tour of the Jewish sites of Ioannina, including the Synagogue and the Cemetery. Evening free for a wonderful stroll by the lake. Dinner and overnight in Ioannina.

DAY 7 Thursday October 7th IOANNINA – CORFU
After breakfast, we depart for Igoumenitsa, and take the ferry to the beautiful island of CORFU, where we will arrive at about 11:45 AM. We will visit the Jewish sites of Corfu, including the Synagogue, the site of the former Jewish Getto and the Monument to the Jews of Corfu (we can stop for a light lunch during this tour). We will arrive at our hotel at about 4:00 PM and check-in. Evening free. Dinner and Overnight in Corfu.

DAY 8 – Friday October 8thCORFU
After breakfast, we will have a culinary experience at a wonderful vineyard. We will start by getting to know “Ambelonas Corfu” – history of the place, the vineyard, the equipment and the processes for traditional olive and wine making, followed by lunch with exclusive products of Corfu! In the afternoon we will walk at the old city of Corfu and the Castle area. Evening free, dinner and overnight in Corfu.

DAY 9 – Saturday October 9thCORFU
After breakfast, we start a tour of Corfu, visiting Achilleion Palace. We then continue to the village of Benitses, where we can swim at the lovely beach (we can then have lunch at a traditional taverna). Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Evening free. Dinner and overnight in Corfu.

DAY 10 – Sunday October 10thTHESSALONIKI
After breakfast, we take the ferry from Corfu to Igoumenitsa, and then we head to THESSALONIKI, where we will arrive in the afternoon. Settle in our hotel and rest. In the evening we will have a pleasant walk by the White Tower, Ladadika area, etc. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 11 – Monday October 11thTHESSALONIKI
After breakfast, we start exploring the amazing Jewish sites of this city. We will walk together through the historical center of Thessaloniki, where Jewish life used to flourish from the 15th century until World War II. We start the tour by visiting the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, and continue to the main Synagogue “Monastirioton”, the only pre-war synagogue (out of 43) still existing in the city. We will then visit “Yad Lezikaron” synagogue (if permitted) and continue to Modiano market, in the heart of the former quarter of Jewish life in the city. We will proceed to the Yahudi Hamam and then to Allatini Bank in Frangon area, the heart of the commercial life of the past.
We will then visit the Shoah monument (Holocaust memorial) at Liberty Square, where the first Nazi prosecution of Thessaloniki’s Jews took place. Evening free. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 12 – Tuesday October 12thTHESSALONIKI
After breakfast, we will continue touring the Jewish sites of Thessaloniki. We will first drive to the old train station, from where the deportations to Auschwitz Birkenau had started. Then we will drive to the east part of the city, to see all the villas of the wealthy Jews of the prewar period – some masterpieces among them! We will continue to the Yeni Cami, which used to be a mosque built for the converted Jews (a jewel of architecture loaded with an amazing story), the old city walls with an amazing view, and of course the University campus with the recently inaugurated monument for the destroyed ancient Jewish cemetery, where there used to be more than 350.000 tombs (totally destroyed today). Of course, during the tour, we will also also admire the touristic attractions of the city. Evening free. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

DAY 13 – Wednesday October 13thLARISSA and ATHENS
After breakfast, we depart with our bus from Thessaloniki to LARISSA, where we will stop for about 3 hours, for visiting the Synagogue and the Monument of Jewish Martyrs of the Holocaust. We will have lunch in Larissa, and then head to ATHENS, where we will arrive at about 6:00 PM and settle at our hotel. Evening free and overnight in Athens.

DAY 14 – Thursday October 14th – ATHENS
After breakfast, we can optionally visit the National Gallery of Greece, with countless masterpieces! We will then visit “Perivoli at Vari” an amazing farm producing organic products and serving them directly to the clients! We will have a picturesque stroll at the premises, discussing the venue’s unique cultivation practices, based on the principles of regenerative agriculture. The visitors will admire the “chicken tractor” and the biodiversity pond, and experience first-hand how food is grown in the most harmonious way with Nature. We will then have a family-style lu
nch with fresh organic products of the farm. In the evening, we will have a Farewell dinner at a traditional Greek taverna with live folk singing, dancing, and a wonderful show! There is no better way for ending this incredible tour, which will create memories for a lifetime! Overnight in Athens.

DAY 15 – Friday October 15thATHENS
Transfer to the airport of Athens for our return flight.

Cost & Details

The total cost of this Tour is:
1739 EURO per person, when sharing Double (or twin) rooms at the hotels
2395 EURO per person, when having Single rooms at the hotels
1679 EURO per person, when sharing Triple rooms at the hotels

Payment Plan:
A downpayment of 739 EURO per person is required until Monday August 9th 2021.
The balance payment is due until Wednesday September 1st 2021.

Cancellation Policy:
FULL REFUND in case of cancelling until August 22nd.
10% cancellation fees from August 23rd to 31st.   25% cancellation fees from September 1st to September 9th.
50% cancellation fees from September 10th to 17th.   75% cancellation fees from September 18th to 25th.
100% cancellation fees (no refund) from September 26th and later.
* In case of a passenger getting sick with Covid-19 shortly before the departure date, it will be possible to substitute the name of this passenger by another one (even at the last minute), otherwise an effort will be made to reduce the cancellation fees for the sick person.
We recommend that the passengers will have Cancellation Insurance (you can buy this through any Insurance Company in your Country – otherwise we can suggest a reliable Insurance Company).


Secure your place not later than Monday August 9th!
Please send us an email, including all your details: Name,  email, telephone number, number of passengers, occupancy of room (single, double, triple), preferred language, and any travel request that you may have.

Inclusions & Exclusions

The price INCLUDES

  • Transportation by luxurious air-conditioned buses for the duration of the tour, exactly as per the above itinerary.
  • Experienced guides and escorts, for the whole above itinerary. They are local Jews, with a deep knowledge of the Jewish sites of Greece. They speak fluently English, Spanish and Hebrew.
  • Accommodation in excellent and central First Class 4-star hotels for 14 nights. Specifically:
    In Athens, the 2 nights of October 1st and 2nd, 2021, including breakfast.
    In Volos, the 2 nights of October 3rd and 4th, 2021, including breakfast and dinner.
    In Ioannina, the 2 nights of October 5th and 6th, 2021, including breakfast and dinner.
    In Corfu, the 3 nights of October 7th, 8th and 9th, 2021, including breakfast and dinner.
    In Thessaloniki, the 3 nights of October 10th, 11th and 12th, 2021, including breakfast and dinner.
    In Athens, the 2 nights of October 13th and 14th, 2021, including breakfast.
  • Totally 14 breakfasts at the hotels
  • Totally 12 dinners:
    Kabbalat Shabbat dinner in Athens on October 1st 2021.
    10 dinners at the hotels (mentioned above) on October 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 2021.
    Farewell dinnet at the traditional taverna in Athens on October 14th 2021.
  • Totally 6 lunches:
    On October 2nd 2021, in a traditional taverna in Plaka area in Athens.
    On October 4th 2021, in a traditional taverna in Pelion, (either in the village of Portaria or Makrynitsa).
    On October 5th 2021, in a traditional taverna in the village of Metsovo.
    On October 8th 2021, in the vineyard (Ambelonas) in Corfu.
    On October 13th 2021, in Larissa.
    On October 14th 2021, at the Organic farm (Perivoli in Vari).
  • All taxes are included in the price, except only the City Tax for the hotels (as described below).

The meals will include everything except pork and seafood.
There is a possibility of having KOSHER MEALS at an additional cost: 23 Euro per lunch box or dinner box.

The price does NOT include

  • Flights to Greece. You need to reserve your own flights. It is advisable to land in Athens in the morning (or noon) of October 1st 2021, and depart from Athens on October 15th 2021 (at aby time that you wish). If you wish to arrive to Athens one or two days earlier (or depart one or two days later), then you can let us know, and we will book for you the extra nights at the hotel at the lowest possible cost.
  • Entrance fees to the Acropolis archaeological site, the Jewish Museums of Athens and Thessaloniki, and the Synagogues that we will visit. At the time being, the entrance fees to all the above sites are 56 EURO per person (totally).
    The entrance fee to the National Gallery of Greece is 10 Euro person (anyone who does not wish to visit this, may remain at the hotel during this morning).
    There is a possibility that some entrance fees may change slightly in the future. Also, in some sites there are discounts for students and for senior citizens.
  • The City Tax for the hotels is totally totally 43 Euro per room for all the 14 nights (so it will be 21.50 Euro per person who is sharing a double room, or 43 Euro per person who has a single room at the hotels). These can be paid to the Group Guide in the beginning of the tour.
  • Drinks throughout the tour, and Food where it is not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities / tips
  • Personal expenses

If you are interested in participating in this Tour, please send us an email, including all your details: Name,  email, telephone number, number of passengers, occupancy of room (single, double, triple), preferred language, and any travel request that you may have.

About Atlantis Travel Agency

Atlantis Travel Agency has been 73 years in the traveller’s service (since 1948).
It is the OLDEST travel agency in Greece, and one of the few agencies in the world that are members of IATA since 1951 (IATA # 27218424).
Based on our long experience in the Greek market, we are happy to offer our expertise and lowest prices for travel services of the highest quality in Greece.
We have a deep knowledge of the Jewish history of Greece, and great bonds with the local Jewish community.
Except Jewish tours, we also offer Cruises, Sightseeing tours, Travel Packages, and all kinds of Travel Services in Greece.
Our philosophy is to treat every client as a friend, so we offer a personalized customer service. You will not benefit just by our lower prices, but you will also have Real People to take care of you when you are here in Greece.
Don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by telephone at +30-210-5202700, for any inquiry that you may have!