Greece May 2017 8 Days 7 Nights of Magic OPA

$500.00

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Marilyn Sholin Fine Art Excursions Presents Greece May 14 to May 21 2017

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Upon your arrival in Athens today you will be transferred to your select Athens hotel where you will have time to relax prior to your tour wine & cheese reception early in the evening.  The remainder of the day is to be spent completely at your leisure in Athens.

Day 2:  Athens Sightseeing

Early rise this morning in order to meet with your tour guide who will transport you to a truly spectacular location from where you will be able to view the sunrise and photograph this incredible, ancient city’s unique character.   Return to the hotel for breakfast and then head off on a half-day walking tour of the Plaka District and the Acropolis with its Parthenon.  The afternoon is to be spent completely at your leisure.  This evening you will have an option to return to any of the fascinating locations you visited during the day to take in the sunset and the magic hour in the Greek capital.  Overnight in Athens at your hotel

 

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Day Three Athens Culinary Walking Tour

Discover another side of Athens which lies in the shadow of the famous Acropolis where a kaleidoscope of colors, smells, tastes and textures await. Your expert and totally passionate about food guide will lead you past produce stalls bursting with color, intoxicating spice shops, enticing sweet shops, and of course the bustling central food market of Athens. We will visit various specialty food shops, colorful and alluring delicatessens, aromatic and tempting bakeries and sweet shops, restaurants, dairies, spice, grocery and pie shops where you will sample and taste the most traditional Greek food and not necessarily the Greek food stereotypes such as “Greek salad” or “moussaka”. A genuine Athenian food tour would not be complete without a visit to the vibrant central Varvakeios food market, with its bustling energy and loud bargaining; this dazzling galaxy of fruit and spice, meat and fish will enchant you. Our guides will knowledgeably lead you through a food stroll and introduce you to small, hidden specialty food shops. They will provide valuable insight both on the unique and intricate culinary heritage of Greece as well as the famous Mediterranean diet, hailed today as a model of healthy living.

Join us as we embark on a culinary journey and a delightful world of the five senses and the culinary Athens will be revealed to you.  The remainder of the day is to be spent at the group’s leisure prior to heading out to find incredible vistas and sites for the magic hour.  Overnight in Athens at your hotel.

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Day 4: Morning Departure for Meteora via Ancient Delphi
Today you will check out of your Athens hotel and proceed to the ancient archaeological site of Delphi, long ago considered to be the birthplace of the world. You will have a guided visit of the ancient theatre, stadium and famous Tholos. The topographical location of Delphi is as impressive as its archaeological riches. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was home to the Pythian Games, second only to the Olympic Games in importance throughout the ancient world. The vistas and open-air archaeological ruins offer an incredible opportunity to hone your landscape still-photo skills. After your visit to Delphi you will have lunch in a traditional tavern in the mountain village of Arachova. From there you will drive north up to the Larissa Plateau where the most fertile valley in Greece meets with the fabled Pindos Mountains. At this juncture lies one of the most unique monastic communities in Europe, Meteora. After you have checked into your hotel and finished your early dinner, you will be transferred to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Meteora where your tour guide will provide you access to vantage points from where to best take in the magic hour in this, one of Greece’s most magical and mythical spots. The combination of stunning landscapes, physics-defying architecture and historical significance lend an almost spiritual emotion to this location. This day and evening will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip. Overnight in Kalambaka

Day 5:  Morning visit of Meteora – Drive to Athens Airport – Flight to Santorini

This morning you will enjoy a morning visit to at least 2 of the world-famous monasteries of Meteora, where you will view Byzantine art and frescoes created by monks dating back to the 1300s.  After your visit, the group will then drive south towards Athens, stopping off at the ancient site of Thermopylae.  This is the site of the ancient battle between King Leonidas of the Spartans and Xerxes of the Persian army, and the inspiration for the blockbuster movie “300”.  Upon arrival at Athens International Airport you will board your plane for your short 50-minute flight to Santorini.  Upon arrival in Santorini you will be transferred to your select hotel.  The remainder of the day and evening is to be spend completely at your leisure. Additionally, the group might want to make its way to the world famous Caldera for a trial run at photographing the world-famous sunsets and white cubist style cliff-top villages.  Overnight in Santorini

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Day 6:  Full Day Santorini tour with winery visit and memorable lunch

This morning may be the perfect day to take in the world-famous sunrise of Santorini.  After breakfast, you will be greeted at your hotel where the group will embark on a memorable 5-hour tour of Santorini.  You will have a scenic raide around the countryside of the island prior to visiting the prehistoric Minoan site of Akrotiri. This ancient site is the Greek version of Pompeii, as the town was buried under a mountain of vocanic lava and ask during a major eruption around 1600BC.  This volcanic eruption is what created the world-famous Caldera (volcanic crater) , of which Santorini is a part of.  The ancient archaeological site of Akrotiri was home to a famous Minoan society.  The town itself has been under excavation since 1967 and offers visitors a unique glimpse into the daily life of its citizens.  Afterwards, the group will visit a traditional village and have an opportunity to sample a bit of the local culture.  The village of Oia will be visited, with its numerous opportunities for photographic moments.  Towards the end of your tour you will visit and stroll along a local black pebble beach prior to visiting a family owned wine estate for a tasting and light meal, overlooking the Caldera.  The remainder of the day is to be spent at your leisure.  Overnight in Santorini

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Photography and Cooking Class Day

The group will spend the early morning photographing Santorini in all its glory.  Later in the morning the group will be collected from the hotel and proceed to a local farm where you will be offered a variety of local products to taste.  You will also visit a family Estate (different than the one you visited in Day 5) for an oenological lesson on the unique characteristics of the Santorini grape and vine.  There will be opportunity to photograph the unique vine formations indigenous to Santorini.  Afterwards you will take part in a hands-on cooking lesson of traditional Santorini cuisine.  Following the lesson, the group will enjoy the fruits of their labor by sitting down and dining on their delicious food, coupled expertly with sensational Santorini white and red wine.   This afternoon you will return to your hotel where you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure prior to heading out to capture the magical hour on Santorini.  Overnight in Santorini

Day 8:  Santorini – Flight – Athens – Flight Home

Today (this morning) you will be transferred to Santorini Airport where you will board your flight back to Athens for your flight home.

Your Package Includes All Tours and Guided Tours and airfare to Santorini and Hotels and many meals.

We will be having computer classes to work on our art and paintings during the “down” times.

Airfare is on your own

More details coming as we get closer!

LIMITED to a small group! RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW!

$500 deposit to save your space

Six Months Before another 50% is Due and will be Invoiced

Full Balance Due February 14th 2017

When your deposit is received a set of releases will be sent to you for your signature with suggestions and more details.

What’s Not Included:

– Airfare

  1. Travel/personal insurance (highly recommend as it covers medical also) HIGHLY RECOMMEND MEDICAL!

  2. Personal expenditures (souvenirs, etc.)

  3. Other transportation transfers or excursions, and experiences not specified in the tour itinerary

  4. Small gratuity for the tour guide & driver (at your discretion and will be collected at the end of the tour – Suggestion: 5 to 10 Euro per day)

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    Although we know that you wouldn’t miss this workshop for the world, we do realize that life happens, so just in case, please refer to the cancellation policy below. Please be aware that we will be making non-refundable reservations for hotel, transportation, etc.

    6 Months or More Before Workshop
    We will happily refund all but $200 of the amount paid.

    Less Than 90 Days Before Workshop
    We will NOT refund any payments made.

    By giving a deposit to reserve your space your have agreed to this cancellation policy.

    DEPOSIT REQUIRED TO HOLD YOUR SPOT: $500

    Balance is due 90 Days before and Invoices are sent out. We can accept Paypal payments that are sent as CASH  and any credit card can be used via Paypal or we can put through any credit card for you ourselves. 

    DOCUMENTATION
     
    Once your registration is received you will be sent info for the trip and suggestions of what to bring and you will be sent a RELEASE and information packet that will need to be filled out and returned to us.
    If you will need extra days reservations for the hotel as you want to arrive two days earlier or stay later, you will need to let us know so we have the hotel hold your rooms and you will pay the hotel directly for the extra nights.
    We always go early and take a few extra days somewhere and we let you all know so you can book same hotel is you want to hang out early before the official tour starts. We are happy to meet you all early and have some fun beforehand!!

    DO NOT BOOK YOUR PLANE TICKETS UNTIL YOU GET A CONFIRMATION FROM US!!

    Trip Cost:

    $3800 per person based on double occupancy. $4200 for a single private room. We will try to accommodate travelers who are looking for a roommate to pay the $3800 cost. However, if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay additional fee for the single private room. Please note when reserving if you want us to try to find a roommate or you want the single room. REMEMBER that in Europe that rooms are usually smaller than usual and so are the bathrooms. (But many times we are pleasantly surprised like last year in Tuscany! and previously in Venice the rooms were amazing)

    SPOUSE FEE: $3500 (assuming they are not participating in the computer and wet painting workshop time). Deposit also required to save the date.

Deposit Now Due is $500 to Reserve