Minoan Cup : 14-16 Day tour

Minoan Cup

“The Youth World Games”

14 & 16 DAYS ROME, ATHENS & CRETE TOUR

(Minoan Cup) 2017

This year we have opened the tournament to both teams and individuals. The ideal situation is for schools to enter complete teams in as many of the sports available as possible, but there are many students who miss out because the school cannot enter a team so we invite entries from individuals and we will assemble composite teams so that no-one misses out.

Also this year the Sponsored Tournament dates have been changed so as to give players and students the opportunity to experience one of the great annual Greek Festivals, The Greek Easter Festival. This is a great Festive occasion in Greece and here is an opportunity to experience it firsthand. (The Greek Easter is often at a different timing to the Western Easter but 2017 it’s the same making it easy to fit around school holidays.)

This tour takes in the Island of Crete where the Allied forces made a great reputation during World War II. Special attention has been made to visit sites that are of significance to People from Allied countries during their visit to Crete.

The Minoan Cup – The Youth World Games ( a Multi-Sport Festival )  is held on grounds situated right in the middle of all these significant sites.

On this tour we also go to Athens and onto Olympia, where the Olympic Games have their origin and see sights that each four years play a significant role in the opening of each Olympic Games, and then onto Rome where a Cricket tournament, the Minoan Cricket Tournament – Roma, with Football games also available, will be staged so as to give travelers the opportunity to play sport in the Eternal City. The tour is open to schools to enter either one team or multi teams but in situations where a complete team cannot be entered individuals can enter and we will put them into composite teams.

I know this tour will be of great interest and one you will always remember, but as an education it will be invaluable to experience some of the world’s oldest cultures and most treasured historical sites. So much of our language and history started in Greece or Italy.

Additional days in Rome can also be organized. For those who are Sailing and want to arrive in Souda Bay early so they can have one or two practice days, we can organize this.

In most states and countries of the world there are school holidays around the Easter period. Because these are different in different countries we have given two options for the timing of this tour so as to fit your school holidays. The first is to travel to Rome before the Minoan cup and option 2 is to do the Minoan cup first and then Italy and Rome with the Minoan Cricket tournament – Roma, or Football games available after Greece.

 

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Option 1: Rome then on to Greece and Minoan Cup:

DAY 1 (Saturday 1st April):  ROME, Midday arrival in Rome. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight Rome.

DAY 2 (Sunday 2nd April):  ROME. (City Tour) :  Panoramic guided city tour Rome. After breakfast, meeting with our local guide and we start the Panoramic City tour of Rome. You will see amongst the others, the Colosseum (short stop),Bocca della Verita, the Circo Massimo, the Piazza Venezia with the Capitol Hills, Piazza Barberini and Piazza del Popolo.

Afternoon free.  (Remember Italy Has Siesta each afternoon) After dinner, experience “Rome by night” and discover how the city is transformed after dark.

Across the most famous piazzas and past the most beautiful fountains. Our guide will lead you through the maze of back streets which connect Piazza Della Repubblica, Piazza Barberini, Piazza di Spagna, and Piazza Navona, revealing treasures such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.

Overnight Rome

DAY 3 (Monday 3rd April): ROME (Vatican city):  Half day tour to Vatican city .On this tour will skip the long lines to visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art-history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artifacts in these rooms, explaining each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history.

The highlight of this tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters Basilica, again without waiting in line! Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

Afternoon free for shopping .  Overnight Rome.

DAY 4 (Tuesday 4th April):  ROME – ANCONA  . After breakfast we drive east to the port of Ancona (approx. three and a half hours). Arrival, embarkation to the ferry and accommodation at four birth cabins.

Enjoy the facilities of the luxury ferry, while crossing the Adriatic Sea. Dinner on board.Overnight on board.

DAY 5 (Wednesday 5th April):  PATRAS – OLYMPIA.  Breakfast and lunch on board. Early in the afternoon arrive at the port of Patras . Drive to Olympia (the birthplace of the Olympic Games, a place that everyone involved in sports and athleticism should visit once in a life). Check in at the hotel and dinner.  Overnight Olympia.

DAY 6 (Thursday 6th April):  OLYMPIA – ATHENS: Breakfast at 08.00. Then  visit of the archaeological site of Olympia with the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the museum of Olympia. Leave Olympia at 12.00 and drive to Nafplion (first capital of Greece).  Lunch at 14.30. After lunch drive to Piraeus (port of Athens) to get the ferry to Heraklion  which departs at  21.00. Accommodation in 4 berth cabins. Dinner on board at 21.30. Overnight on board.

DAY 7 (Friday 7th April): HERAKLION – CHANIA:  Breakfast on board. Disembarkation at 08.00 am and meeting with our local guide.

Crete is the homeland of the Ancient Minoan Civilization and today we will have the opportunity to visit the famous Knossos palace and the archaeological museum of Heraklion.

The Palace of Knossos, lies 5 km south to Heraklion and is the largest of the preserved Minoan palatial centers. Four wings are arranged around a central courtyard, containing the royal quarters, workshops, shrines, storerooms, repositories, the throne room and banquet halls. Dated to 2000-1350 B.C.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.

Lunch at a restaurant in the city center. After lunch free, to stroll in the small alleys and the picturesque squares of the city, admiring and visiting some of the best preserved Venetian monuments of the Mediterranean. Early afternoon drive west to Chania. Check in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight Chania.

DAY 8 (Saturday 8th April):  CHANIA : Morning  visit the Commonwealth war sites of Chania ( Souda bay Commonwealth War Cemetery, Maleme airport, Galatas village and the German cemetery).  Walking tour of Chania tour. Lunch at the hotel. At 17.30 transfer for the OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MINOAN CUP. Overnight Chania.

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DAY 9 – 11 (Sunday 9th April – Tuesday 11th April):  CHANIA : MINOAN CUP  One of these days  , depending on the match schedule, half day tour to Rerhymnon and visit of the Commonwealth War sites in Rerthymnon. All these days overnight in Chania.

DAY 12 (Wednesday 12th April):  CHANIA: At 14.00 Closing and Prize giving ceremony of the MINOAN CUP. Late evening transfer to Souda Port and embarkation to the ferry to Athens. Dinner on board .Overnight on board.

DAY 13 (Thursday 13th April): ATHENS (City tour) At 08.00 disembarkation from the ferry, meeting with our local guide and half day guided tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens.

Walking through Amalias’ street, passing by  Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and Adrian’s Arch , you will arrive at the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896).

Continuing you will pass by the Presidential House (ex Royal House) at Herodus Atticus str., cross the National Garden and arrive at Syntagma (Constitution) Square where you will see the Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones on their traditional uniforms.

Then you will have the experience of one of Athens’ bravura achievements: the Athens Metro. A magnificent marriage of high-tech transportation and archeology, this rapid transit system is a museum in of itself with its marble surroundings, displays of antiquities uncovered during construction and glass-encased artifact exhibits. Nowhere else in the world can one experience the glory of one civilization simultaneously within the urbanity of another.

Upon exiting the Metro you pass by the hill where St. Paul spoke to the Athenians on your way to the top of the Acropolis, home of the Parthenon, dedicated to Athena–the Goddess of Wisdom and Patron Goddess of Athens–the Erechtheion, the Temple Of Athena Niki and the Propylae.

Lunch at a restaurant in Plaka.

Afternoon free.  Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with live music and Greek folk dances. Overnight Athens.

DAY 14 (Friday 14th April): ATHENS (departure).  Transfer to Athens’ airport for departure.

Additional days in Rome can be added and sports events arranged. Please ask for a special quote for these requests.

 

 

Option 2A & 2M: Greece and Minoan Cup then on to Rome with 2 options, just Rome(2A) or Rome with Minoan Cup –Roma, inc Cricket Tournament and Football Games (2M)

 

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Options 2A & 2M: Greece and Minoan Cup then on to Rome with 2 options, just Rome(2A) or Rome with Minoan Cup –Roma, inc Cricket Tournament and Football Games (2M)

DAY 1 (Thursday 6th April):  Arrive by Plane – ATHENS: Clear customs and drive to Piraeus (port of Athens) to get the ferry to Heraklion (21.00). Overnight on board.

DAY 2 (Friday 7th April): HERAKLION – CHANIA:  Disembarkation at 08.00 am and meeting with our local guide.

Crete is the homeland of the Ancient Minoan Civilization and today we will have the opportunity to visit the famous Knossos palace and the archaeological museum of Heraklion.

The Palace of Knossos, lies 5 km south to Heraklion and is the largest of the preserved Minoan palatial centers. Four wings are arranged around a central courtyard, containing the royal quarters, workshops, shrines, storerooms, repositories, the throne room and banquet halls. Dated to 2000-1350 B.C.

The Heraklion Archaeological Museum is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artifacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The singularly important Minoan collection contains unique examples of Minoan art, many of them true masterpieces. The Heraklion Museum is rightly considered as the museum of Minoan culture par excellence worldwide.

Lunch at a restaurant in the city center. After lunch free, to stroll in the small alleys and the picturesque squares of the city, admiring and visiting some of the best preserved Venetian monuments of the Mediterranean. Early afternoon drive west to Chania. Check in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight Chania.

DAY 3 (Saturday 8th April):  CHANIA : Morning  visit the Commonwealth war sites of Chania ( Souda bay Commonwealth War Cemetery, Maleme airport, Galatas village and the German cemetery).  Walking tour of Chania tour. Lunch at the hotel. At 17.30 transfer for the OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MINOAN CUP. Overnight Chania.

 

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DAY 4 – 6 (Sunday 9th April – Tuesday 11th April):  CHANIA : MINOAN CUP  One of these days  , depending on the match schedule, half day tour to Rerhymnon and visit of the Commonwealth War  sites in Rerthymnon. All these days overnight in Chania.

 

The daily schedule will be:               08:00 : Breakfast

                                                                                09:00 – 13:15 : Morning matches

                                                                                13:45 : Lunch

                                                                                14:30 – 16:30 : Relax

                                                                                17:00 – 19:45 : Afternoon matches

                                                                                20:30 : Dinner

 

DAY 7 (Wednesday 12th April):  CHANIA: At 14.00 Closing and Prize giving ceremony of the MINOAN CUP. Late evening transfer to Souda Port and embarkation to the ferry to Athens. Dinner on board .Overnight on board.

DAY 8 (Thursday 13th April): ATHENS (City tour)OLYMPIA .Breakfast on board. At 08.00 disembarkation from the ferry, meeting with our local guide and half day guided tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens.

Walking through Amalias’ street, passing by  Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and Adrian’s Arch , you will arrive at the Panathinaikon Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896).

Continuing you will pass by the Presidential House (ex Royal House) at Herodus Atticus str., cross the National Garden and arrive at Syntagma (Constitution) Square where you will see the Parliament and the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones on their traditional uniforms.

Then you will have the experience of one of Athens’ bravura achievements: the Athens Metro. A magnificent marriage of high-tech transportation and archeology, this rapid transit system is a museum in of itself with its marble surroundings, displays of antiquities uncovered during construction and glass-encased artifact exhibits. Nowhere else in the world can one experience the glory of one civilization simultaneously within the urbanity of another.

Upon exiting the Metro you pass by the hill where St. Paul spoke to the Athenians on your way to the top of the Acropolis, home of the Parthenon, dedicated to Athena–the Goddess of Wisdom and Patron Goddess of Athens–the Erechtheion, the Temple Of Athena Niki and the Propylae.

Lunch at a restaurant in Plaka.

At 16.00 departure to Olympia. Check in at the hotel and dinner. Overnight Olympia (the birthplace of the Olympic Games, a place that everyone involved in sports and athleticism should visit once in a life).

DAY 9 (Friday 14th April): OLYMPIA – ANCONA. After breakfast visit the archaeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Stadium and the archaeological museum.

Lunch in Olympia. Then travel to Patras, embarkation to the ferry to ANCONA (Italy) and accommodation at four birth cabins.

Enjoy the facilities of the luxury ferry, while crossing the Adriatic Sea. Dinner on board. Overnight on board

DAY 10 (Saturday 15th April):  ANCONA _ VENICE. Breakfast and lunch on board. Arrival in Ancona early in the afternoon and transfer to Mestre or Treviso ( Venice area). Check in and dinner at the hotel. Then you have the experience Venice by night , a night visit to Venice accompanied by our local guide. Overnight Mestre or Treviso.

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DAY 11 (Sunday 16th April, Easter Sunday):  VENICE _ FLORENCE. Morning city tour of Venice. Take the boat from Piazzale Roma we arrive at Piazza San Marco. Visit amongst others, the Doge Palace (exterior visit) , the Grand Canal, the Rialto bridge and the St. Mark square. Time free for lunch (own expenses). Afternoon travel to Florence, the capital of Renaissance. Check in at the hotel and dinner. Overnight Florence.

DAY 12 (Monday 17th April):  FLORENCE _ ROME: Morning walking city tour of Florence .  Visit amongst others the Cathedral of Florence with its majestic dome of Brunelleschi. the Baptistery of San Giovanni, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, the Ponte Vecchio bridge , with the charm of its traditional shops, the Piazza della Signoria, which has been for centuries a meeting place for locals.

Time free for lunch (own expenses) and departure for Rome.

Late evening arrival at the Eternal City. Check in at the hotel and dinner.

Overnight Rome.

DAY 13 (Tuesday 18th April). ROME (Vatican city) Option 2A: (For those not competing in the Minoan Tournament – Roma) Half day tour to Vatican city .On this tour will skip the long lines to visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art-history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artifacts in these rooms, explaining each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history.

The highlight of this tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters Basilica, again without waiting in line! Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

Afternoon free for shopping .  Overnight Rome.

Option 2M: MINOAN YOUTH CRICKET TOURNAMENT – ROMA).

After breakfast transfer to Campanille Cricket ground for the first cricket match. Football available also.

After the match transfer back to Rome for an afternoon city tour of Rome , with our local guide.. You will see amongst the others, the Colosseum (short stop),Bocca della Verita, the Circo Massimo, the Piazza Venezia with the Capitol Hills, Piazza Barberini and Piazza del Popolo.

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rome.

DAY 14 (Wednesday 19th April) option 2A : Breakfast at Hotel then make our way to Rome International Airport for your trip home.

Additional days in Rome can be added and sports events arranged. Please ask for a special quote for these requests.

 

Option 2M: ROME (MINOAN YOUTH CRICKET TOURNAMENT – ROMA). Football Games organizes also.

Breakfast at Hotel and transfer to Campanille Cricket ground for the second cricket match.

Afternoon free for shopping.

Early dinner at the hotel. After dinner, experience “Rome by night” and discover how the city is transformed after dark.

Across the most famous piazzas and past the most beautiful fountains. Our guide will lead you through the maze of back streets which connect Piazza Della Repubblica, Piazza Barberini, Piazza di Spagna, and Piazza Navona, revealing treasures such as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.

Overnight Rome

DAY 15 (Thursday 20th April.)  OPTION 2M, ROME (MINOAN YOUTH CRICKET TOURNAMENT – ROMA).

After breakfast transfer to Campanille cricket ground for the finals and the closing ceremony.

(Afternoon optional visit to Vatican Museums).

Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Rome.

 

DAY 16 (Friday 21st April) Breakfast at the hotel, then make our way to Rome International Airport for your trip home.

 

Additional days in Rome can be added and sports events arranged. Please ask for a special quote for these requests.

 

 

 

 

 

Prices: These prices are prices per person with no FOC. FOC person are to be worked out by your agent when he knows how many Free of charge persons are travelling. Prices shown are total cost per person in playing and official group .Price per paying person is simply total group cost divided by number paying.

Because of the fluctuating exchange rate the prices are shown in Euro and we can convert it to your preferred currency when finalizing a quote.

Option 1(For all, other than those Sailing)

  1. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2100.00 (based on Min 15 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                            2/room € 2325.00 (based on Min 15  persons in 1 Bus)
  2. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 1960.00 (based on Min 20 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                            2/room € 2160.00 (based on Min 20  persons in 1 Bus)
  3. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 1815.00 (based on Min 30 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                            2/room € 2015.00 (based on Min 30  persons in 1 Bus)

 

Option 1S for those who are doing Sailing (Sailing is more expensive because we have to Hire boats from the local club in Crete)

 

  1. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2535.00 (based on Min 15 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                            2/room € 2760 .00 (based on Min 15  persons in 1 Bus)
  2. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2395.00 (based on Min 20 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                            2/room € 2595.00 (based on Min 20  persons in 1 Bus)
  3. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2250.00 (based on Min 30 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                            2/room € 2450.00 (based on Min 30  persons in 1 Bus)

 

(A maximum of 15 persons per team at the subsidized tournament Rate. Special quote required for Parents and supporters)

 

Option 2A(For all, other than those Sailing) 

  1. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2655.00 (based on Min 15 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 2875.00 (based on Min 15  persons in 1 Bus)
  2. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2395.00 (based on Min 20 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 2610.00 (based on Min 20  persons in 1 Bus)
  3. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2175.00 (based on Min 30 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 2350.00 (based on Min 30  persons in 1 Bus)

 

 

 

Option 2AS for those who are doing Sailing (Sailing is more expensive because we have to Hire boats from the local club in Crete)

 

  1. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 3090 .00 (based on Min 15 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                           2/room € 3310.00 (based on Min 15  persons in 1 Bus)
  2. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2830.00 (based on Min 20 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 3045.00 (based on Min 20  persons in 1 Bus)
  3. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2610.00 (based on Min 30 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 2785.00 (based on Min 30  persons in 1 Bus)

 

Option 2M(For all, other than those Sailing)

  1. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2855.00 (based on Min 15 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 3120.00 (based on Min 15  persons in 1 Bus)
  2. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2595.00 (based on Min 20 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 2855.00 (based on Min 20  persons in 1 Bus)
  3. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2375.00 (based on Min 30 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 2595.00 (based on Min 30  persons in 1 Bus)

 

Option 2MS for those who are doing Sailing (Sailing is more expensive because we have to Hire boats from the local club in Crete)

 

  1. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 3290 .00 (based on Min 15 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                           2/room € 3555.00 (based on Min 15  persons in 1 Bus)
  2. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 3030.00 (based on Min 20 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 3290.00 (based on Min 20  persons in 1 Bus)
  3. PRICE PER PERSON (paying persons Inc Cup) 3/room € 2810.00 (based on Min 30 persons in 1 Bus)                                                                                                                            2/room € 3030.00 (based on Min 30  persons in 1 Bus)

 

Tournament Price per person                     All sports except Sailing €259.00               Sailing €695.00                                         (Including Tournament accommodation is included in the Price). These prices are shown separate in case someone does not want the accompanying tour but where tour prices are shown they are inclusive of the tournament prices.

 Any paying person not directly involved with the team or above the 20 maximum paying persons per travelling team is automatically classed as Parent or Supporter.

Deposit payments for the tournament should be made as soon as interest is confirmed so as to secure your place in the tournament. That deposit is €150.00 per paying player and official per tournament. For some sports, inc Sailing and cricket, places are limited, so we suggest that decisions are made quickly so as to not miss an place in this truly International Sports event.

Additional Days in Rome: Price per person:

There is a special significance of days in Rome over the Easter Period for those of Christian Faiths. We will do our best to accommodate Christians observe the relevance of Rome to their religion.

 

 

SERVICES INCLUDED:

  • All Transfers and Tours by private air-conditioned coach.
  • Ferry tickets Piraeus – Heraklion, Chania – Piraeus and Patras – Ancona in four bedded cabins (AB4), with private facilities.
  • Dinners and breakfasts on board, as per itinerary.

 

  • Participation at the MINOAN CUP, on All Inclusive basis.

 

  • One extra night accommodation in Chania on HB basis.

 

  • Services of licensed English speaking guide  in Crete ( Days 2 and 3)

 

  • Services of licensed English speaking guide for Athens city tour.

 

  • One night accommodation in Olympia at a 4 star hotel on HB basis.

 

  • Lunches on days 2, 8 and 9   including bottled water and one soft drink per person

 

  • Accommodation 4 nights in Rome at a 3 or 4 star hotel (semi central) on Half-board (breakfast and dinner) basis.

 

  • Participation at the MINOAN Cricket Tournament ROMA.

 

  • Local guides in Venice, Florence and Rome.

 

  • Services of professional tour director during the tour in Italy and the Greek mainland. Entrance fees ( for adults only, students are FREE)  to the following  sites: Olympia, Knossos Palace, Heraklion museum and Acropolis. Assistance of our agency 24/7

 

  • All taxes, including VAT.

 

 

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  1. Telephone calls, laundry, tips and everything which is not clearly mentioned at “Services Included”.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1.  Deposit of €150.00 is to be paid immediately decision to enter tournament. This is because places are limited and your place needs to be secured first so as to ensure your participation. A payment of 30% is required upon your final confirmation of your accompanying tour or no later than 1st of December 2016. Settlement of account 45 days prior to travel commencing.
  2. In cases of late booking, all fees must be paid within 7 days of booking and departure for the tournament cannot happen unless all fees are paid.

For Standard Payment Terms and Conditions click here Payment Terms and Conditions

For any information about the tours, I remain at your disposal.

Feel free to contact me any time.

Regards,

 

Frank Hoffman

Managing Director

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Things you may need to know about travelling to Greece:

Do not forget your passport
Do not forget your passport and other needed travel documents. Get the phone number of your embassy in Greece, just in case.

Have cash with you
Make sure you have enough money or you have ways to get some, for example through an ATM. Always have a credit card with you. You will find ATMs but many restaurants do not accept credit cards

Smoking country
Smoking is a very bad habit of the Greeks and it results very annoying for tourists. Till recently, smoking was allowed almost everywhere but closed public rooms should have special areas for smokers and non-smokers. A law published in July 2009 prohibited smoking in all indoor places and demanded special distinctions to be put in restaurants and clubs to separate smoking and non-smoking areas. Note that almost 50% of the Greek population smokes, so it will be impossible to avoid it.

Churches and monasteries
You will find churches and monasteries everywhere in Greece, As the Greeks are much bonded with religion, there are plenty of chapels in all towns and islands. In fact, there is a particular dress code to enter a church or a monastery. Visitors should be properly dressed, that means no swimming tanks, long trousers for men and long skirts for women.

Internet connections
Internet connection is pretty easy in Greece. If you have a laptop, you can connect in the several free WiFi spots in many squares or malls in Greece. Moreover, you can buy a prepaid internet card from the kiosk, which also includes an available phone line you can use for the dial-up connection. Have in mind that many hotels also offer internet connection and, of course, you can go to the many internet cafes you will find all over the country and in all large islands.

Do not forget
There are few things you shouldn’t forget when you travel in Greece: your camera, your sunglasses, bathing suit and sun cream. Do not worry if you forget anything as you can easily find it in Greece.

Pack lightly
Do not take much luggage with you because the trip might be long. Getting on and off planes or ferries will be very tiring if you have to drag your over-packed suitcase. Moreover, the paths in the islands are paved and it will difficult to carry many things. After all, you will not need but a couple of swimming suits, some light summer clothes and a couple of flat shoes or comfortable sneakers for walking. Also have a light sweater for some chilly evenings because the wind blows often in the islands

Plug adaptor.
You do need a plug adapter, which only changes the shape of your electric plug but not the voltage.  Standard European Plug, 240 Volts

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Easy to communicate
It will be easy to communicate in Greece, even if your English is not fluent, you will have English speaking tour guides with you who will have an understanding of your language. Most Greeks are familiarized with tourists and they will help you if you need directions or an explanation. Moreover, most street signs are in both Greek and English, so no reason to really worry about getting lost? Not exactly as most of the time there are not enough signs and many streets have no names

Greeks are friendly people
The Greeks will be more friendly and eager to help if you try to speak some Greek, too. Just a couple of words are fine, they love it when they hear a stranger speaking their language. So, say kalimera instead of “good morning” and efxaristo instead of “thank you”, and you will see some big proud smiles in their faces.

Be kind to be treated kindly
The Greeks like tourists and feel proud to welcome them, however they get mad when tourists bother them. Ask questions nicely and do not cause problems. For example, if you are making noise because you are drunk, the Greeks will probably call the police. The locals expect tourists to be descent.

Monetary unit
The official monetary unit of Greece is the Euro and no other money is accepted, so you will have to exchange your currency with euro. You can do it in the banks, in currency exchange offices or at the airport

Payments mostly in cash
Although credit cards are widely used abroad, in Greece most payments are done with cash. Credit cards are accepted in most stores (big shopping stores, large super markets, malls, restaurants) but do not take it for granted that people will accept it in smaller stores. For example, a tavern in a small / remote island will probably not take credit cards, nor will groceries or a kiosk on the street. Always have cash with you, just in case. Also even if the store window has signs that they accept credit cars, better ask before you buy to avoid any unpleasant surprise in the cashier’s desk.

ATMs
The best way to get money in Greece is through the ATMs that can be found almost everywhere. There are plenty of them in the large cities and the popular islands, however some small towns or remote islands might lack a bank or an ATM. Make sure there is an ATM in your destination or you should take more cash with you.

Drinking age limit
There is practically no drinking age limit in Greece. Although the legal age limit is 18 and 16 under supervision, the law is almost never obeyed. Some clubs and cafeterias have signs at the entrance saying that the consumption of alcohol is not permitted to people under 18, but nobody asks for an identity card when you enter the club or when you order a drink.

Water
Water is usually drinkable in most cities of the Greek mainland, but in the islands, you drink bottled water. Most Greek islands are not water sufficient and they have to carry water with the tank. This water is used for bathing or doing the laundry, but not for consumption.

 

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