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Athens, Crete, Rhodes and Turkey: Myth and Modernity

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Program #15544RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Start of Program
Apr 23, 2014
6 PM, at the hotel lobby for Welcome Meeting
You will be staying at the Divani Caravel Hotel that night.
Location: Athens
Nearest airport: ATH - Athens
Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Participants should look for the Road Scholar sign or their names on a sign board after clearing passport control and customs. Independent travelers may take a taxi directly to the hotel. The taxi terminal is located just outside the airport arrivals terminal at Exit 3. It is important to have your hotel name written in Greek and once you board a taxi remember to ask the driver to reset the meter. There is a flat rate of 35 Euro day time and 50 Euro night time for going to the center of Athens. The metro is another transportation option available at the Athens International Airport. It is quite easy to use and the charges are very consistent. The train station is connected to the airport although one will require to go a level up from arrivals using an elevator and cross over a pedestrian bridge. You are required to purchase a ticket from the station desk for about 8 Euros per person. One of the main advantages of using the metro is the fact that there are discounts for every additional person. For example, you will only pay 14 Euros for two people, or 20 Euros for three people. Trains run every 30 minutes (on the hour and half hour) from 05:30AM to 12:15AM (02:00AM on Fri & Sat nights) and take 40 minutes to the city centre (Syntagma Square). Here is the timetable: http://www.athensairport-2001.gr/athens_airport_metro.html

End of Program
May 7, 2014
After breakfast at 10 AM
You will be staying at the Armada Hotel Istanbul the night before.
Location: Istanbul
Nearest airport: IST - Istanbul
Transportation to site: Group transfers from the hotel to airport in Istanbul will be arranged for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and leave on the day the program ends. Independent travelers may take a taxi directly to the airport. Taxis can be arranged through the hotel desk and will cost around $35 USD to the airport. Taxis can comfortably take 3 people and luggage.
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Divani Caravel is a luxury Athens hotel ideally situated in the heart of Athens, just minutes away from the business centre, the fashionable Kolonaki with its exclusive shopping, trendy cafes and restaurants as well as important museums such as the Museum of Cycladic Arts and the National Gallery.

Contact info:
2, Vas. Alexandrou Avenue
Athens, 16121 Greece
phone: +30 210 7207000
Room amenities: Standard Rooms feature, direct dial telephone with voice mail, internet access, cable and satellite TV, individual climate control, mini bar, 4 radio channels, hair dryer, safe.

Facility amenities: Every room of our luxury Athens accommodation is recently renovated, well appointed with all the modern amenities, and stylish furnishings. The hotel features a swimming pool and fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact travel provider for additional nights.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Armada hotel is centrally located in the old city of Istanbul, on the city's historical peninsula. It is surrounded by the ancient city walls and is within walking distance and has views of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii). Open since 1994, the building was constructed on the site of a series of row houses which were built for the marine soldiers of the famed Ottoman Admiral Hayrettin Pasha (Barbarossa) in the 16th century. The hotel's façade replicates the original structures.

Contact info:
Ahirkapi Cad, 24
Sultanahmet
Istanbul, 34400 Turkey
phone: +90 212 455 44 55
web: www.armadahotel.com.tr

Room amenities: 110 rooms, decorated in the Ottoman style with traditional Edirnekari woodwork painting, are a graceful blend of past and present and offer all modern amenities, including air conditioning, central heat, hair dryer, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, Internet connection and safety-deposit box.

Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, rooftop terrace, room service and laundry service.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Contact info@baltactours.com
Contact the Program Provider to inquire about availability and prices at info@baltactours.com.

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
14 nights of accommodations
39 meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
36 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
3 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.2
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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