11 Day Essential Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise



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11 Day Essential Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise



Land Only


Air & Land

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2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $500
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Tue, Mar 28  (Sold Out) $1599 $2299*
2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $550
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Tue, Mar 28  (Sold Out) $1649 $2349*
2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $550
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Tue, Mar 28  (Sold Out) $1699 $2399*
2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $550
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Tue, Mar 28  (Sold Out) $1799 $2499*
2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $600
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Tue, Mar 28  (Sold Out) $1849 $2549*
2023 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $600
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Tue, Mar 28  (Sold Out) $1899 $2599*

Not Included:
Port charges of $199, optional shore excursions and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers. As taxis are difficult to find upon disembarkation, we suggest that the departure transfer is pre-booked.

Passengers returning from Athens on Day 11 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12 PM.

Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Ancient Ephesus through the Ages (KUS-02), Rhodes & Lindos Combined (RHO-01).

While sailing with Celestyal Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Celestyal Cruise's Conditions of Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage

Visas are not required for shore excursions to Kusadasi.

Passport information for all passengers traveling on Celestyal Cruises must be submitted 60 days prior to departure.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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Flight Details

Part-Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Athens, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Athens
    • 1 night Olympia
    • 1 night Delphi or Arachova
    • 4 nights Celestyal Cruise
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager (Days 2-6)
  • Services of local guide in Athens
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis Museum, a modern museum housing ancient relics from the Acropolis
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi
  • Tour the traditional settlement of Lindos and the medieval city of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece; transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 5 PM
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Thursday - Athens City Tour
This morning is at leisure, or join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis. This architectural masterpiece was built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For passengers who opt not participate in the optional tour, transportation has been included to meet the Tour Manager and the rest of the group at the Acropolis Museum. Visit the museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. After lunch on your own, join the Tour Manager for a walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Continue by bus to Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner in Athens. Begin the evening with a panoramic drive through illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna
Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Visit a local store, where you will have a chance to taste local olive oil and spices. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Sunday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Afterward, travel south and arrive in Athens in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager for a drink to bid farewell
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Embark Cruise, Arrive in Mykonos
Morning arrival at the pier for embarkation. Set sail at 11:30 AM, and sit back as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 6 PM in the ultra-popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafes and boutiques. Find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and the gorgeous views. Late in the evening, at 11 PM, set sail for Kusadasi, Turkey
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Arrive in Kusadasi (Ephesus), Evening in Patmos
Today, arrive at 7:30 AM in Kusadasi, Turkey. This splendid city is renowned for its significant historical and religious sites, including ancient Ephesus, one of the most exquisite cities in antiquity. Tour the magnificent archaeological site of Ephesus, home to the Library of Celsus and Fountain of Trajan. Enjoy free time in Kusadasi before returning to the ship in time for lunch and departure at 1 PM. At 5 PM, arrive in Patmos. This small island is steeped with an intense spiritual character, which inspired St. John the Divine to write the Book of Apocalypse. A large monastery in his name dominates the landscape above Chora, the island's capital, surrounded by strong fortress-like walls. Follow the picturesque narrow lanes in the port of Skála and discover cafés, shops and bakeries selling traditional honey and nut pastries. Time to linger until sailing at 9:30 PM to Rhodes
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 7 AM in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Drive along the coastline to the tiny town of Lindos, with its whitewashed houses nestled on the hillside overlooking the crystal sapphire waters of the bay. Tour the Acropolis of Lindos and Temple of Athena before proceeding to the city of Rhodes. See the ruins of ancient Rhodes before enjoying a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. View the Palace of the Knights, continuing down Chevaliers Road, before transferring back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 6 PM
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Arrive in Crete, Evening in Santorini
At 7 AM, arrive in Crete, largest of the Greek Islands. Crete's remarkable history is highlighted by the ruins of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Here, the mountain caves are thought to be the legendary birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. Free time to explore on your own or join the locals sitting in a café drinking coffee. Return to the ship in time for a leisurely lunch on board and depart at 12 PM. At 4:30 PM, cruise into Santorini's caldera as you marvel at the sapphire blue water, snow-white architecture and multicolored cliffs that characterize this enchanting getaway. The streets of bustling Fira, the island's capital city, are a vision of pristine whitewashed buildings. Relax at a cliffside café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 PM
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Depart Greece
Arrive at the pier at 7 AM, disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour

Join a guided walking tour of the Acropolis, the architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the gleaming white marble ruins and view the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and of course the Parthenon, the crowning jewel that rises above the city below.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #3 01 Nov 2022 - 31 Mar 2023 $29.00
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Dinner in Athens

Begin the evening with a panoramic drive though illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka, the oldest section of Athens and the most picturesque, located under the slopes of the Acropolis. Here, enjoy a 3-course meal of traditional Greek food, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #3 01 Sep 2020 - 31 Dec 2023 $55.00
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Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.

Celestyal Cruises - Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure. This information needs to be submitted to Port Authorities for embarkation.

Traveling with Friends or Family?
If you are traveling with friends or family who are booked on another reservation, please make sure that we are aware. On occasion, we may operate more than one vehicle on your tour departure in which case we will ensure that guests will be assigned together. This is achieved by connecting your reservations before your departure. Once you arrive in your destination, it may not be possible to make assignment changes. To check that your reservations are linked, log into https://www.gate1travel.com/res with your email and password, select your reservation number, and check to see that your reservations are indicated as "Traveling With" at the top right side of the display.

Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver's license) are in order. Make sure also that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip and carry them with you in case your luggage is delayed. Bring a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost. Lost luggage is common. We strongly urge you to consider carry-ons instead of checked bags when possible, and when checking a bag is necessary, choose a bag color and identification that stands out. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. You may also make a digital copy of your passport to keep a clear picture with the important details in your cell phone or digital camera photos. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

Celestyal Cruises Terms & Conditions: Celestyal Cruises Terms & Conditions governing the cruise component of a Tour & Cruise package apply to all customers sailing with Celestyal Cruises. Carriage by Sea is subject to the Carrier's Conditions of Carriage which are expressly incorporated into the following document: Celestyal Cruise's Conditions of Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage

Travel Safety Advice: The safety of our guests is Gate 1’s #1 concern. Before making the decision to reserve your vacation, we want you to be aware of potential situations which may impact your holiday. While most of the time our programs run precisely according to plans, on rare occasion force majeure events including weather, transportation mechanical issues, or uninhabitable accommodation, civil unrest and even criminal or terrorist activities will present themselves unexpectedly and with little or no notice. Gate 1 will make the decision to cancel a tour only after receiving verifiable government issued information. We are otherwise obliged to comply with contractual airline and vendor agreements and carry out the tour until or unless we are advised otherwise. In the event of such an occurrence anytime after your date of departure, Gate 1 and the local destination ground staff, in coordination with government advisories, airlines, hotels, cruise ships and other vendors, will make decisions with regard to your safety first. We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Travel Protection
Even the best-planned trips can be impacted by the unexpected. And that is why we recommend that you help protect yourself and your investment by purchasing Travel Protection for your Gate 1 trip. Travel Protection can help with medical coverage for illness or injury, trip cancellation and/or interruption, baggage loss, medical evacuation, and more. At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travel Protection. The protection plan premium is non-refundable after a 10-day review period. In addition, you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit (CFAR) is a non-insurance feature that allows you to cancel up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason not otherwise covered in the Travel Protection Plan. CFAR must be purchased at the same time as the Travel Protection Plan as well as within 21 days of the original booking date. Independent or escorted tour reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to the full cost of your trip, less the cost of initial deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. Sea or river cruise reservations will be eligible for a future travel credit equal to 50% of the cost of your trip, less the cost of initial trip deposit, airline-assessed fees, amendment fees, and insurance premium. All CFAR credits are valid for a period of two years from the original date of travel. CFAR Credits have no cash value and are not transferrable. Airline-assessed fees are generally $300 per person, but may be as much as fully non-refundable. Some non-refundable airline tickets may retain value, less airline-assessed fees. Your future air credit must be used to book with the same airline. Deadlines to rebook and complete travel vary by airline and may be as early as 12 months from when the tickets were originally issued (not the date of travel). For details, www.gate1travel.com/insurance/.

This program does not apply to custom groups and Antarctica cruises. Residents of New York, Missouri & Minnesota may purchase this Cancel for Any Reason Waiver Benefit separate from Travel Protection. Call to speak with a reservation agent for details. This Cancel for any Reason Wavier Benefit is not insurance and is provided by Gate 1 Travel.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Additionally, if your phone can connect to WiFi you may be able to make voice and video calls free of charge. Please contact your cell phone provider for further details. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally. When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges. Please note that we are unable to provide compensation for phone calls regardless of reason.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the destination Country Code, then the Phone Number. For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If you are dialing from a mobile phone, you can enter a “+” instead of the international Exit Code (011, 001, 0011 or 00) by pressing and holding the 0 key. For most countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and South Pacific, if you are calling from a local phone to a number within the same country, you should drop both the exit and country codes and then add a leading 0 (zero). Exceptions include Spain, Italy, Hungary and Malta (no additional zero needed to dial locally).

To dial the following number in Germany (as listed on your voucher): +(49) 0555-555
From USA or your US cell phone: 011-49-555-555
From another country in Europe: 00-49-555-555
From a German phone within Germany: 0555-555

WiFi Access
WiFi access has improved. Free or inexpensive WiFi internet is accessible at coffee shops, airports, restaurants, libraries and on some trains and buses. WiFi access in hotels and cruise lines often involves a fee, determined by that property. Signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Availability on cruises is also dependent upon its location while sailing through multiple countries. Please note that WiFi can be extremely slow, unreliable and sometimes nonexistent in developing countries or, on moving conveyances such as buses and cruise ships.

Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal healthcare provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

  • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
  • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
  • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
  • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

Consideration for Tour Participants (Escorted Tours)
For the benefit of all tour participants, we ask tour members to be considerate of their fellow travelers in the following ways:
  • Refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance in respect for other guests who may be allergic
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes, e-cigarettes or cigars in the vicinity of other tour members, including in outdoor areas where smoking may be permitted but may still affect other tour participants
  • Avoid attire with political or religious messages that may offend other travelers
  • Respect your fellow passengers. Guests come from all walks of life and varied lifestyles. Please refrain from topics of conversation which might cause offense, such as religion and politics
  • Refrain from conversation or talking on mobile phones while commentary is in progress
  • Respect the mandatory seat rotation policy on the coach
  • Make use of the available hand sanitizer on the coach to support a healthy environment
  • Seek approval before taking photographs of other tour participants
  • Respect tour departures times to avoid delay and loss of sightseeing opportunities

Climate & Clothing
Greece - Spring: 60°F-80°F; Summer: 85°F-95°F; Autumn: 60°F-80°F; Winter: 40°F-50°F Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, and an all-weather coat. Some religious sites may require modest dress code to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Long pants are required for men, a long skirt covering the knees is required for women, and shoulders are required to be covered.

On cruises, daytime dress code is casual (shorts and t-shirts for example), however swimsuits are not allowed in public areas or restaurants, except for the lunch buffet on deck. The majority of evenings on board are country club casual. There will be one formal evening on the 4 day, 5 day, and 7 day cruise, which will be indicated on the daily program. A suit and tie are suggested for gentlemen, and a cocktail dress or pantsuit suggested for women.

Greece Average Temperatures: https://www.gate1travel.com/weather/mediterranean/default.aspx#greece-weather

About Drones
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or “drone” technology has quickly become affordable and is increasingly popular with recreational users. While some countries have clear, established drone laws, others do not, or existing regulations are undergoing review and change. Travelers who wish to bring a drone on their trip are responsible to research and abide by the laws and regulations of the countries they are visiting, as well as to check with their airline(s) regarding their rules for transporting drones. Please note that tours are unable to extend the length of scheduled visits and stops to accommodate use of drones.

Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination - either in advance of their trip or while traveling - as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guide book, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our Tour Managers and staff to recommend books and films which past guests may have enjoyed. The following does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or films listed, it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.

Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller
The Island by Victoria Hislop
The Odyssey by Homer
The Summer of my Greek Taverna by Tom Stone
Eleni by Nicholas Gage
It's All Greek to Me by John Mole
Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

Mamma Mia! The Movie (2008)
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Zorba the Greek (1964)
Moonspinners (1964)

Preparing for Your Trip
Reconfirming Flights
It is not necessary to call your airline to reconfirm your flights. However, we do recommend that you check your airline’s website 24 hours prior to your flight to ensure that your flights remain on schedule and that flight times are unchanged.

Seat Assignments
As a courtesy service, complimentary airline seat assignments are requested on your behalf and, when available, are displayed in order of Passenger #1, #2 and so on. Assignments reflect the best available seats at the time of booking. Some airlines and/or fare types do not allow for pre-seating and require this be done at airport check-in only; in which case the display shows “N/A”. Seats are subject to change by your airline(s) including, for example, when there is a schedule change or equipment change after your initial booking; this may cause seat assignments to be changed or even cancelled. Some airlines offer preferred seating for an additional fee; these seats may only be purchased directly from the airline. You will need your family name and the 6-digit airline “Record Locator” which is displayed with the flight details on your reservation. In the event that you change seat assignments directly with your airline, changes will not be reflected on your invoice or documents. At the time that Gate 1 travel documents are issued, the currently assigned seats will be listed based on the assignments stored in your airline reservation at that time. Should you have questions regarding your assignments, please write to us at www.gate1travel.com/contactus.

Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual. Some private airfares, such as a “Gate 1 Travel Airfare”, are not eligible for mileage or may qualify for reduced mileage, even if the same airline class of service is eligible for full mileage when sold as an “Instant Purchase” published airfare. Not all published airfares are eligible for mileage. Gate 1 Travel will record frequent flier numbers when provided by the passenger prior to travel documents being issued. However, the addition of frequent flier numbers to airline records does not guarantee mileage eligibility which is at the sole discretion of each airline. Airline schedule changes may result in flights which were originally eligible for mileage accrual no longer being eligible. We highly recommend passengers to provide their frequent flier account information whenever checking in online and/or at the airport check-in desk. After travel has commenced, it is often not possible to apply for frequent mileage credit. Passengers are also responsible to determine whether previously earned mileage may be applied to flights to secure upgrades.

Known Traveler Number (KTN)
If you have a KTN number, you are normally able to join the TSA security line for expedited processing at the airport. Prior to check in, you should go online or call your airline and add your KTN number to your reservation record. In most cases, you will then see the letters "TSA PRE" printed on your boarding pass. If these letters are not printed, you will not be permitted on the TSA line. Please be aware that some airlines do not participate in the program and therefore even if there is a TSA line at the airport, you will not be given TSA PRE status. Sometimes you may not be selected by TSA (even if you entered a KTN number) and even a minor name discrepancy can result in TSA PRE being denied. It is your responsibility to register your KTN number with your airline and Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for denial of expedited security. Note: KTNs are issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after completing a background check through TSA's PreCheck® program. Global Entry members may also enjoy expedited customs processing.

Luggage & Packing
Checked bags are typically limited to a total dimension of 62 inches by adding length + width + height (example: 26"+26"+10" = 62”), and a maximum weight of 50 lbs (23kg). Smart Bags with a USB charging port, GPS tracking device and other high-tech features are prohibited as checked or carry-on baggage unless the bag is made with removable batteries and the batteries are removed and stored separately. Many airlines charge for checked bags including flights which begin and end within the USA. The most inexpensive airfare options commonly known as Basic Economy airfares do not include any checked bags nor seat assignments before the day of departure. However, for some airlines, other airfare categories also do not include checked baggage. This will be clearly displayed in our airfare selection and on your invoice. Where available, we highly recommend selecting airfares which include at least 1 piece of checked baggage. Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline. Checked baggage allowances displayed on reservation details and invoices reflect the applicable allowance at the time of booking but are subject to change by your airline(s). For your airline’s requirements and fees, visit www.gate1travel.com/baggagefees.aspx. For important baggage information, visit www.gate1travel.com/luggage.aspx. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard the aircraft in your luggage, your carry-on or on your person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Check the Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) website www.tsa.gov to find out the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing. We recommend that you use brightly colored luggage tags, straps or other identifiers to help you locate you luggage upon arrival or to describe it in the event that it is lost.

Carry on Luggage
Missed connections and lost luggage are more common than ever. We strongly suggest you use your carry on bag for those necessities you would miss if your checked bags went astray. Items to consider, but not limited to, are prescription medicines, eyeglasses, a change of clothes, mobile phone and charger, valuables (including jewelry and cash), passport, keys, insurance cards, local contact information. Refer to the TSA website for a complete list of items and their sizes which may be carried on board. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes in your carry on bag in the event that your luggage is delayed or lost.

Celestyal Cruises - Our local staff will provide luggage tags for the cruise which you should clearly label with your name, cabin number and sailing date.

E-Tickets & Advance Check-In
Review the flight itinerary included in your documents. Print and carry a copy of the air itinerary which contains the 6-digit airline "Record Locator" and e-ticket numbers. Advance online check-in is available on some airlines. If available, you may enter your name and 6-digit Record Locator or Flight Ticket Number at the airline's website, and print the boarding pass on your home printer within twenty-four hours of departure. You may check-in online, even if you plan to check luggage at the airport. Airlines without advance online check-in require you to present your identification and e-ticket numbers at the airport self-service kiosk or check-in counter. Paper tickets will be provided in the rare instance when e-tickets cannot be issued.

Day of Departure
Arrive On Time
Due to increased security measures, you should plan to check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights and two hours prior for domestic flights. Many airlines do not permit check-in less than one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. It is your responsibility to arrive on time for all scheduled flights. Enhanced security procedures, including passenger screening, canine inspection, and inspection of personal electronic devices, have been implemented for all flights into the United States, and therefore security procedures may take longer than normal.

If your flight itinerary displays a flight as “Operated By” another carrier, you should check-in at the desk of the “Operated By” airline. When you arrive at the airport, check the airport monitors for updated check-in desk listings. At check-in, be prepared to provide your government issued identification (valid passport required when traveling internationally) and your e-ticket itinerary/ticket numbers to the agent. Once you've checked in and received your boarding passes and luggage claim tickets, proceed directly to the security check. Security lines are often backed up and can take time to get through. Once you've completed security check, proceed directly to your gate and check the large electronic flight screens for your flight time and departure gate for schedule and gate changes. Airport desk clerks will assist with unexpected changes. Once you are in the gate area you can relax, shop or buy a snack before your flight.

Connecting Passengers
Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage “interlining,” and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. When connecting between flights in major airports, you may need to pass through multiple security checkpoints. Therefore, we recommend that you proceed immediately to the gate area for your connecting flight to avoid any unexpected delays which may cause you to be late. Passengers returning to the USA may need to collect their luggage at the first airport of entry and recheck their luggage for their connecting flight.

Flight Services
Avoiding Jet Lag
In order to minimize fatigue and general restlessness caused by jet lag, there are a few steps you may take including switching to your destination time zone when you board the plane, by sleeping and eating according to the new schedule, avoiding heavy eating, caffeine or alcoholic beverages before or during your flight, and by drinking plenty of water and/or fruit juice while flying. Try to sleep on overnight flights and then, upon arrival, avoid the temptation to nap until nighttime.

Airline Food
Unless you are a first or business class passenger, you will likely be treated to a pretty mediocre culinary experience. Reasons for this range from airline budget constraints to the logistics of high altitudes, low humidity and air pressure which tend to desensitize taste buds. Small galleys, tiny ovens and precooked food, plus previously mentioned cost-cuts in order to keep airfares as low as possible, add to some often pretty poor fare. Our suggestion is to stick to simple options, carry a few granola bars, and don't expect this to be your best dining experience.

Premium Economy or Business Class
Service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Premium Economy or Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive.

US Customs & Immigration for Return Flights
In most cases, passengers with return flights that include a connection in the US will need to complete customs and immigration formalities in their first port of entry, requiring them to collect their luggage and check-in for their onward flight. However, there are some exceptions: certain airports in Canada and Ireland (Dublin), allow US Immigration formalities to be completed in the overseas airport at the gate area.

Foreign Domestic Flights
If your tour program includes foreign domestic flights, and those tickets are not included together with the e-ticket itinerary in your travel documents, you will receive those tickets at your destination from our local representative.

What to do if You Need Assistance

Whether you purchased your airfare from Gate 1 Travel or from the airline directly, please bear in mind that Gate 1 Travel does not own nor operate the airline(s), nor the airport facilities where they operate. At times, flying can be a frustrating experience, especially when things do not go exactly as planned, and airline explanations can be confusing or even misleading. Should you face a problem, remain calm and seek assistance either from the airline directly or from Gate 1. Please be aware that in most cases, on the day of your flight(s), airlines pass responsibility for your reservation to their staff at the airport and it is not always possible for Gate 1 Travel to intervene on your behalf, either through our reservations system or directly with your airline.

Emergency Assistance
The Gate 1 emergency line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676. From overseas, call: 001 215 572-7676. Outside office hours, listen to the prompts, then press 3. You will speak immediately with a representative, or you may be asked to leave a detailed message including your name, your booking number, and most importantly the telephone number where you can be reached. Your message will be forwarded immediately to a representative who will contact you at the telephone number provided.

Last Minute Schedule Changes & Flight Delays
On the day of travel, check the flight schedule and advise Gate 1 by phone, 800 682-3333 or 215 572-7676, of any significant changes that might affect your arrival transfer or hotel reservation. Gate 1 cannot be held responsible for affected land services, including arrival and/or departure transfers should flights be changed without our knowledge. Gate 1 will make every effort to inform passengers of schedule changes and cannot be held responsible for changes in routing and/or the number of stops in the itinerary. Nor will Gate 1 provide compensation for changes or cancellations implemented by an airline.

Missed Flights
In the event that you miss your flight which departs as scheduled, for any reason, your airline will consider you a "no-show” and may resell your seat(s) to other customers. This will also result in the cancellation of any later flights in your itinerary. Similarly, if you voluntarily decide not to use any of the flights on your itinerary, the airline will consider you a “no show” and cancel remaining flights on your itinerary. In this case, please contact your airline immediately for assistance in getting you to your destination. Missed flights are typically fully non-refundable and you may be required to purchase new flights from the airline at your own expense. Once your alternative arrangements have been confirmed, please contact Gate 1 with your new flight details.

Missed Connection
If you are connecting from a domestic flight which is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares which carry restrictions and penalties if changed, it's the airline's responsibility to make alternate arrangements on your behalf as Gate 1 has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.

Lost Luggage
If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider. You may be required to return to an airport to retrieve your luggage personally.

Arrival & Departure
Arrival Procedures
Upon arrival, please complete immigration formalities if necessary and claim your luggage. If your program includes airport arrival transfers, check your voucher for specific instructions, as they vary with every destination. In most cases, you will be met after collecting your luggage or passing through Customs by the local representative who will be holding a Gate 1 Travel sign and/or a sign with your name on it. In some instances you will be instructed to walk a short distance to a transportation counter. The company's name and location will be printed on your voucher. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, go to the Tourist Information Desk and ask them to page the Gate 1 Travel representative or phone the number on your voucher. If you are delayed due to lost luggage, phone the number on the voucher or have a companion exit the Customs Area to advise the transfer representative.

Greece - If you have purchased international airfare and/or transfers from Gate 1, please complete immigration formalities and claim your luggage. You will be met by our local representative after you pass through customs. Look for someone holding a Gate 1 Travel sign. If for any reason you do not connect with the Gate 1 transfer personnel, please call the Gate 1 emergency phone number on your voucher.

What To Do When Your Flight Is Delayed
Airlines do not share flight manifest information. Therefore, the only way we may learn of a delay or schedule change while you are traveling is from you, the traveler. The sooner you are able to contact one of our offices, the better we can respond. Please refer to the Emergency Assistance instructions on this same document. Gate 1 Travel is only able to guarantee pre-reserved arrival transfers for up to one hour from the scheduled time, no matter the cause. In case you are delayed for any reason, and are unable to follow the instructions on your voucher, please make independent transfer arrangements and retain your receipts. Unused tour services, including transfers and hotel nights are not refundable. Upon you return home you will need to contact your airline and/or insurance carrier to investigate the possibility of reimbursement for any unused tour services.

Departure Procedures
If your program includes departure transfers, instructions will be stated on your voucher or provided locally.

Due to local traffic and other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you allow 30 minutes from your scheduled transfer time for our representative to arrive. This includes hotel, airport and cruise transfers. Such possible delays are taken into consideration in scheduling transfers and you should therefore have no concerns about arriving late for your tour, flight or cruise. For transfers from a hotel, let the hotel reception desk or concierge know that you are waiting for a transfer. In the case of a missed transfer, reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses will be considered provided you obtain a written statement from the hotel's front desk verifying the length of time you waited, and the time you left the hotel, and a receipt for your transportation with time and date.

The cost of a transfer is more expensive than hiring a taxi, as a Gate 1 transfer necessarily includes round trip service, or 'dead-leg'. Often the places of call (airports, seaports, hotels) demand entrance and parking fees, where drivers may have to wait for up to an hour. Passengers comfortable hiring a taxi on their own and do not require assistance will save money.

Public Transportation for the Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

Metro service between the Athens Airport and the center of Athens, Syntagma Station, is available on the Blue Line and is scheduled every 30 minutes. The cost is 10 Euros per person and journey time is approximately 50 minutes. The Metro runs between 6 AM and 10 PM. There is also a bus service from Syntagma Square to the airport (and vice versa) for 6 Euros. They are scheduled every 10 to 15 minutes, and journey time is approximately 60 to 70 minutes. Buses run 24/7, though from 11 PM till 6 AM, they are running every 30 to 50 minutes. The Suburban Rail Line train runs every 30 minutes between the airport and Larissa Train Station. The cost is 10 Euros per person, and journey time is approximately 50 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the Athens city center costs approximately 35 Euros per taxi during the day. Between midnight and 6 AM, this cost is approximately 50 Euros.

Metro service between the Piraeus Port and the center of Athens is available on Metro Line #1 from Omonia Station. The cost is 1.40 Euros per person, and journey time is approximately 30 minutes. A taxi from the center of Athens to Piraeus Port costs approximately 15 Euros, and journey time is approximately 30 minutes.

About Your Accommodations
Gate 1 Travel has carefully selected each hotel based on overall quality, location, price, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard twin-bedded (two single beds) rooms with private facilities. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preference and connecting rooms are subject to availability. Room selection in all cases, unless otherwise reserved, is strictly at the discretion of the hotel's management on a run-of-house basis. Triple rooms consist of standard twin beds or one double bed plus a sofa/folding bed or cot for third person except in the U.S. and Canada, where triple rooms often consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway. The number of persons accommodated does not dictate the room size. Although available at most 4 and 5 star hotels, the use of air-conditioning abroad differs greatly from the United States, and is often shut down at night and from the end until the start of the summer months. Some lodges and accommodations in remote regions may not have all of the amenities, such as hairdryer, alarm clock and room service, that you might find in a larger hotel located in a city center.

Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
Hotel check-in time is generally not before 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is prior to noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.

At Your Destination
Eco & Sustainable Tourism
We support global efforts to create a more eco-friendly world, intolerant of any forms of cruelty, abuse and intentional environmental destruction. To that end we ask that our clients maintain a watchful eye as they travel, and report any abuses they may encounter. One of the many benefits of tourism is the shared cultural knowledge and ultimate elimination of negative behavior through education. We rely on your good feedback to enable this element of symbiosis. As you travel and learn about foreign cultures, we ask first and foremost that you practice tolerance and respect for local customs.

Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional "compensation." There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. If you become uncomfortable by any behavior you encounter, please advise your tour manager or phone our local office. Numbers are provided in your documents for your convenience.

Suggested Tipping: Greece & Greek Island Cruises

Tour Manager (Coordinator; may or may not act as a guide): US $6 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $3 per person per day, US $2 per half day
Local Guide (Offers in-depth information at specific locations. There may be one or many guides along a tour program): US $3 per person per day of sightseeing, US $2 per half day
Hotel porters and wait staff: Included

Greece - Service charges are generally included in restaurant bills, however it is customary to leave a 10% tip. Also, it is customary to leave coins totaling around one Euro for the busboy.

Celestyal Cruises - Cruise gratuities are included in your package rate.

About Your Sightseeing
To ensure a pleasant and fair experience for passengers on our escorted tours, there is a mandatory seat rotation policy on our motor coaches which will be organized by your Tour Manager. Some buses are equipped with toilet facility, however they are strictly intended for emergency use only and often require the vehicle to stop for safety reasons before use. When travel dates coincide with religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may be closed, sometimes without prior notice. On these occasions, escorted touring itineraries may be amended to reflect these closures. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, and/or due to other unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions, there may be last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, which may affect the sequence of the tour and locations visited. National monuments and tourist sites regularly undergo renovations, which can obscure the monument's view. No tour will be canceled due to renovations, however Gate 1 will decide based on the conditions whether to amend an itinerary. To respect the privacy of all tour participants, your tour manager will not organize a group photo or collect passenger email addresses for a group list.

Tour Services
Please note that this tour is operated by G.O. Tours and welcomes passengers from Gate 1 Travel as well as other tour companies and/or English-speaking countries. While you will find some minor differences between tour services provided by G.O. Tours and Gate 1's worldwide tour services, the overall level of services provided is consistent with Gate 1 standards. Please note that you will not see the usual signage and Gate 1 name tags will not be provided.

Land Only Passengers (Escorted Tours)
Your tour manager will contact you after your arrival at your hotel. Passengers who have not purchased arrival transfers from Gate 1 Travel should proceed directly to the hotel for check-in. The details of the hotel can be found in your documents.

Purchasing Tours Locally
On escorted tours, the guides will generally sell optional tours to passengers who have not pre-purchased them. Payment can be made by cash or credit card, unless otherwise noted below. This does not apply to Independent packages. Please see Gate 1 Terms & Conditions for more information. https://www.gate1travel.com/terms.aspx#optional

Independent Activities - Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently and with due consideration. Gate 1 is not responsible for any activities not expressly included in its programs. Caution should be exercised when selecting certain activities that may require physical strength, coordination or exertion. Particular care should be taken when considering animal rides, such as on camels, mules or horses

We suggest getting a small amount of currency for the first country you're visiting before you depart (except India). It is a good idea to carry a chart with you to help you convert dollars to the local currency. It's also a good idea not to carry too much money. Many countries have ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers-the keypads on foreign ATMs don't always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency. Check with respective consulates to learn current currency allowances and requirements. Use your credit card whenever possible. Should you decide to carry cash, please note that exchange at banks is typically more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus. However, bank hours are limited to Mondays through Fridays and sometimes only morning hours on those days. Please note that many banks and most vendors will not accept or exchange $100 bills. We suggest to carry $20 bills or smaller. In many destinations (except Western Europe), we suggest to bring between $50 to $100 in $1 bills which may be used to pay gratuities.

Celestyal Cruises - The Euro is the currency used aboard the ship. Please note that while calling at port, other currencies may be used depending on the country being visited.

Greece - The Euro is the currency of Greece.

Credit Cards
While credit cards are accepted in most destinations, it is advisable to carry local currency. Inform your credit card company that you are traveling to avoid your card being blocked for security reasons.
While most US-issued credit cards have the embedded microprocessor chip, there are still some that have the magnetic-strip technology. The “chip-and-PIN” cards require users to punch in a personal identification number (PIN) instead of signing for a purchase. For example, many automated ticket kiosks, such as those commonly found at train stations, gas pumps and parking garages, don’t accept cards without a chip and PIN. Most cash registers are equipped to handle American cards but if you encounter difficulties, offer an alternative credit card or politely insist that the cashier keep trying to swipe the credit card. ATMs typically recognize and accept US issued debit cards. For travel to Europe, should you anticipate using ticket kiosks or purchasing train tickets locally, you may consider buying tickets and other basic purchases prior to departure.

Greece - Credit cards are not widely accepted in restaurants, small shops, museums and archeological sites.

Most people enjoy bringing home at least one souvenir from the countries they visit. However, some find any amount of shopping to be too much while others never find enough opportunities.

We have built into our Escorted itineraries a few shopping stops at recommended spots. These stops are designed to enhance your experience by providing an opportunity to see first-hand quality locally crafted merchandise which you may not be able to find on your own. Shops are checked to ensure the quality and authenticity of the products they offer, and we limit guides from visiting other locations. In some cases, we plan these stops to provide an opportunity to use clean bathrooms and to stretch your legs. All shops want your satisfaction, and therefore in case of any misunderstanding they ask that you kindly submit your claim to us within one week of the item's receipt. Claims submitted later will be subject to each store’s policies.

While shopping independently, we advise you to exercise care and common sense when making any purchase. Always get a formal receipt. And remember that, just like in this country, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

About Tax-Free Shopping
Tax-Free Shopping allows shoppers to reclaim the VAT (Value-Added Tax) or GST (Goods and Services Tax) they have paid on their purchases in some foreign countries in accordance with restrictions and procedures as dictated by each country. Refund eligibility varies by country, but may require presenting a scanned copy of your passport at the time of purchase, a minimum amount spent, or providing original store receipts. For more details, check the respective country’s online website, with the shop salesperson, with your tour manager or at www.globalblue.com for specific country regulations and airport operation hours. Please keep in mind that you must apply for VAT refund in the airport of the country the items were purchased and allow enough time prior to your flight for the application.

U.S. Customs & Shipping Charges
You may carry items with a fair retail value totaling $800 into the U.S. Taxes may be applied to the next $1,000 worth of merchandise. U.S. Customs determines the value of your items, often honoring a genuine sales receipt. Items which are shipped home are always subject to duty when received in the U.S. (in addition to shipping charges). Some shops may offer to include shipping and duties in the price but this typically means shipping only to the customs facility closest to you and payment only of the export duties; you would still need to collect the item and pay U.S. import duties. Please be aware that it is illegal to import products made from endangered animal species. U.S. Customs & Border Protection will seize these items, as well as most furs, coral, tortoise shell, reptile skins, feathers, plants, and items made from animal skins.

Greece - Greece offers an array of boutique shopping. Along with traditional handicrafts, honey, and olive oil, Greece is famous for its production of high-end, designer footwear and other fashion accessories. Shops generally open at 9:00, closing in the mid afternoon, and sometimes reopening for a few hours in the evening, from about 5:30 to 8:30. Most major department stores and boutiques are closed on Sunday.

Your Safety is Very Important
Prior to your trip, if you are traveling overseas, we strongly recommend that you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov, specifically the section which addresses International Travel. You should read the tips for foreign travel and travel warnings for the country or countries that you plan to visit.

It is also important that you do not allow your common sense to take a vacation while on your trip. Here are several tips which, if followed, will save much potential hardship:

  • Always use seat belts (if provided)
  • Be aware of potentially dangerous places and situations as you would be at home. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and carry your valuables concealed in inside pockets or hidden pouches. Your objective is to avoid drawing attention and to blend in with the crowd
  • Don't put all your valuables (money, credit cards, passports, etc.) in the same place (in case one wallet is stolen, you should have other valuables and identification in another safe place)
  • Do not leave valuables laying loose in your room or on the bus as Gate 1 Travel is not responsible for any loss. Use the hotel safe. Keep copies of your passports, credit card numbers and travelers checks numbers in the hotel safe
  • When possible we suggest traveling in pairs or groups when moving about independently
  • Do not pack valuables (cameras, computers, jewelry, etc.) in your checked luggage. Keep hard to replace valuables with you in your carry-on bag
  • Keep wallets safely tucked into front trouser pockets and/or wear a money pouch inside your clothing
  • Carry handbags close to your body, shoulder bags the cross-body method with the bag in front of your body
  • Credit cards are generally accepted everywhere and are safer than traveling with large amounts of cash

If you've purchased an escorted tour program, your travel documents will include telephone numbers of local Gate 1 Travel representatives who will do their utmost to assist you in the event of an emergency. The numbers are printed on your Gate 1 Travel vouchers. Please copy the numbers. Once you relinquish the voucher, you will not have this information. Passengers traveling independently should employ the services of hotel concierges and local authorities.

Celestyal Cruises - You are on a ship with a high safety standard and reliable crew. In case of emergency, we ask you to follow the instructions of your crew. Swipe your card when you leave and board the ship. This helps ensure your security by allowing the crew to immediately determine if all passengers are on board before continuing the cruise. While in port, please keep your cabin door locked.

Greece - Pick-pocketing is a centuries-old crime. However in Athens, the incident has rapidly increased over the past few years. These crimes are rarely aggressive, however, this warning should not be taken lightly. Pick-pocketing typically takes place in crowded shopping areas, tourist attractions, and while riding public transportation, particularly while traveling on the subway/metro.

Take note:
  • Don’t carry open bags
  • Keep bags in front of you on public transportation
  • Don’t expose outside pockets on hand/shoulder bags or backpacks
  • Never leave a parcel unattended in an unprotected public space
  • Carry only the bare minimum amount of cash in a zipped front pocket

Tourist Street Scams
Pickpockets and thieves can destroy an otherwise wonderful holiday. Be mindful of these precautions to help avoid being scammed or robbed:

  • Remain alert and cautious. Be wary of any unusual contact or commotion in crowded public places, including train stations, markets, subways and tourist sites;
  • Be especially careful when traveling independently, or leaving your tour group to explore on your own. Try not to travel alone, especially at night. Avoid narrow alleys and poorly lit streets;
  • Use only official taxis and check the change you receive from all taxi drivers and vendors;
  • Beware of pickpockets often working with an accomplice who will distract you by spilling something on you, dropping a wallet or other seemingly valuable object, or tripping and falling down in front of you;
  • Beware of aggressive street vendors who may approach you offering a demonstration which may end with you being pressured to purchase an item or act as a distraction for another pickpocket;
  • Don’t tip beggars;
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest;
  • Carry modest amounts of cash (US dollars) in small denominations so that you can avoid flashing large bills when paying for small items;
  • ATM machines can be a convenient way to carry less currency. However those machines too can be used for robbery. Be wary of anyone who can look over your shoulder when inputting PINs. Another scam involves rigging the machine with a plastic insert which makes your card retrieval difficult; the thief then removes your card after you walk away;
  • If you are confronted, do not fight back - give up your valuables. If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police and keep a copy of the official report for insurance claims.

Local Emergency Phone Numbers
  • General Emergency: 112
  • Ambulance/Medical: 166
  • Fire: 199
  • Police: 100

Celestyal Cruises
  • General Emergency: 112

Greece - Greek is the local language. Limited English is generally spoken in tourist areas.

Please note: The U.S. uses 120 volts and you can purchase a converter and transformer at most hardware stores for your 120V appliances.

Greece - The voltage used is 220 volts.

Celestyal Cruises - Crystal, Olympia: the voltage used is 110 volts.

Code of Conduct
Greece - The Greeks are known for their relatively relaxed approach to life with an emphasis on hospitality, similar to other Mediterranean European countries. The Greek Orthodox Church retains a fairly strong cultural influence. In Greece, politics is considered an acceptable topic of discussion in almost any social situation. As a result, people may attempt to draw you into political discussions, which can include the subject of American politics. Keep in mind that regardless of their political views, most Greeks like Americans themselves very much.

Smoking is mostly prohibited in public places except in designated areas. Violations can incur fines. Restaurants have smoking and non-smoking sections, while traditional coffee houses and nightclubs usually allow unrestricted smoking. Casual dress is generally acceptable, though some religious sites require long pants for men and a long skirt covering the knees for women, and for shoulders to be covered.

Food and Meals
As specified in each itinerary. Meals are based on the hotel's or restaurant's buffet or set menu. In general, beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although Gate 1 cannot make guarantees, every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests submitted in writing at least 72 hours prior to departure at www.gate1travel.com/contactus. Terminology for dietary requests can vary from country to country and options may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you make your wishes known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant.

On public holidays, there may be reduced public transportation, as well as limited hours or closures of attractions, shops and restaurants.

Holidays - Greece

Holidays 2022

Jan 1: New Year's
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Mar 7: Ash Monday
Mar 25: Independence Day
Apr 22: Orthodox Good Friday
Apr 24: Orthodox Easter
Apr 25: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 13: Day of the Holy Spirit
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Oct 28: Ochi Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Synaxis of the Mother of God

Holidays 2023

Jan 1: New Year's
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Feb 27: Ash Monday
Mar 25: Independence Day
Apr 14: Orthodox Good Friday
Apr 16: Orthodox Easter
Apr 17: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 5: Day of the Holy Spirit
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Oct 28: Ochi Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Synaxis of the Mother of God

All offices, stores and some sites or museums are closed on these days. The Plaka area is open year round, except for the morning of New Year.

On-board Cashless System - Celestyal Cruises
You will receive an Access Card, which will serve as both your boarding pass and onboard charge card. Please store it securely as you would any other charge or identification card.

There is a cashless system on board. All on board expenditures (in the bar, restaurant, shop, etc.) are charged to your Access Card, and cash is not accepted at any of the ship's outlets. Your card's limit can be extended by verifying a credit card at Reception . At the end of your cruise, the closing invoice will be presented for settlement. Payment can be made by cash, credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club) and traveler's checks. Personal checks are not accepted.

Children's Access Cards may be restricted by taking them to Reception for re-encoding with a reduced limit.

If you misplace your Access Card, report this immediately to Reception. Otherwise, another person may use the card and you will be liable for their charges.
Cruise Embarkation / Disembarkation
Embarkation commences three hours before the departure time of the vessel. Your passport and cruise voucher should be ready to present to the embarkation staff. The ship's staff collects and holds your passport for the duration of the cruise. A receipt will be given to you and should be presented at the designated time when passport will be returned to you prior to disembarkation. At embarkation you will be issued with your own personal embarkation card which acts as your on board payment card and the security for embarking and disembarking the vessel.

Disembarking in Athens:
Upon arrival, please proceed through customs with your luggage. With Gate 1 transfer: Meet Gate 1 representative holding Gate 1 sign after clearing immigration and customs. You will be responsible for carrying your luggage to the vehicle.

On Your Cruise - Celestyal Cruises
Daytime dress code is casual (shorts and t-shirts for example), however swimsuits are not allowed in public areas or restaurants, except for the lunch buffet on deck. Long pants/dresses are required for meals in the main dining room, and no flip flops are permitted to be worn (sandals are allowed). The majority of evenings on board are country club casual. There will be one formal evening on the 4 day, 5 day, and 7 day cruise, which will be indicated on the daily program. A suit and tie are suggested for gentlemen, and a cocktail dress or pantsuit suggested for women. On shore excursions, some religious sites may require modest dress code to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Long pants are required for men and a long skirt is required for women or a sarong wrap will be provided if necessary.

Meals and Dietary Restrictions:
Upon embarkation, the Maitre d'Hotel will take your dining room reservation and assign your table. You will have the choice, depending on availability, of main or late sitting. Breakfast and lunch are free-sitting and no reservation is required.

All dietary restrictions, particularly for medical reasons should be advised at time of booking. While every effort will be made to accommodate, Gate 1 cannot guarantee every restaurant will be able to comply to the fullest extent. Dinners in tour packages are based on set menus and some buffets.

Your cruise includes a drink package. This package includes tap water, soda, juice, coffee, tea, and select beer and wine by the glass. This package includes a variety of liquors and cocktails. Certain specialty beverages, such as premium cocktails, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and canned/bottled soda are available at an additional supplement. Alcoholic beverages will not be available for passengers under the age of 18. Details of beverage choices will be provided on board the cruise. The drink package is available from the opening to the closing hours of the bars and restaurants, from the time you board the vessel until the time you disembark.

Smoking is prohibited in all areas except one designated lounge, the casino and on open decks. Smoking is not permitted in the cabins.

The Casino will be open during sailing times only. Guests under the age of 18 are not permitted to enter. Your ship's account card may not be used to play in the casino.

Additional shore excursions will be available for purchase on board the cruise. In Santorini, passengers on a shore excursion will disembark at Athinios, all other passengers in Fira. Disembarkation and embarkation in Santorini, Patmos, and Mykonos may be done via tender boats. Cruise itineraries and ships are subject to change without notice. Furthermore, cruise ships may be chartered and/or departure dates canceled after publication, in which case all moneys will be refunded. Gate 1 takes no responsibility for ship substitutions or itinerary changes imposed by a cruise line.

Shore excursion itineraries and rates:
Olympia and Crystal: https://www.gate1travel.com/cruises/ships/celestyal/excursions/

Internet facilities are available on board for a fee that is charged to your shipboard account.

7 Day Essential Greece, October 2022
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My daughter and I could not have asked for a better tour experience! Matina went above and beyond our entire tour. Matina was incredibly engaging informative and professional. It was endearing how much she loves her country. Being first time travelers she ensured we were safe and experienced everything our tour had to offer. We even forgot our passports in the safe at the previous hotel and she arranged to have them delivered for lunch! Her wealth of knowledge and unique story telling ability were truly a highlight! Our experience was flawless thanks to her dedication to her profession. Our experience with her alone will be why we choose Gate 1 again for any of our travel destinations. We honestly can't stop singing her praises to everyone! We will be eternally grateful for the experience she gave us. She is a true gem! I know that her job can't be easy but she made it look that way and truly enjoys her job! With since praise!

Hollie P.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, October 2022
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The 14 day Greece with Mykonos & Santorini was fantastic. This was my ninth trip with Gate 1. I have had exceptional guides on my other trips but Anna was in a category of her own. She was a walking book of knowledge. Her love of her country and the safety of her tour group came through in everything she did. You are truly blessed to have her as a part of the Gate 1 team.

Elizabeth G.
10 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, October 2022
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This was a most wonderful trip! I was the leader for 10 young at heart senior women and I was so scared. I wasn't sure the hotels would be centralized, but they were beautiful! I was worried about our transfers, but a note to me before we left settled all that, and the representatives were there waiting and were just great! I was worried about some of the gals that had difficulty ambulating rushing with our short time between flights coming home. They hustled but we all made it! I was told it was a trip of a lifetime; it was perfect! I cannot thank you and Gate One enough!!!

Kathryn L.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, October 2022
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The tour of Greece was absolutely amazing! Viewing the iconic archaeological ruins and hanging monasteries were definitely highlights for me. But of course experiencing the food, customs, and people of another country are always fascinating. This was my 6th Gate 1 trip, and I have to say that our tour manager, Vivian, was exceptional in every way. She has excellent speaking skills, gives clear instructions, and is a captivating storyteller. She made the ancient history of Greece come alive for us throughout our tour of Athens, Olympia, Meteora, and the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Most importantly, Vivian went above and beyond to ensure that everyone on our tour was safe and had the best possible experience. A tour manager like Vivian is irreplaceable. I hope that you are able to maintain her services for many years to come. My husband, friends, and I feel so fortunate to have been randomly assigned to her group. How lucky! Thank you, Gate 1, for another fabulous trip!

Kristine F.
10 Day Essential Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, October 2022
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It was remarkable and wonderful. We can not say enough good things about our guides. Anna is an extraordinary tour guide. Her organizational skills, knowledge of history, culture, religion and life in Greece were extensive and the ways in which she conveyed those things to us enriched our experience immensely. Her English is flawless, and yet, she would gently teach us Greek - and the history of what we spoke about. So great is our admiration for her that we would seriously book any other tour she is guiding! Similarly, Panos and Dimitris, on the cruise portion of the trip, were also terrific: great mastery of English, ability to solve any problems that came up. Wonderful senses of humor, and again, terrific organizational skills. We loved the extras Gate 1 provided - the trips to the cooking class/lunch - which was a surprise - and the visit to the Turkish rug factory with snacks - also a fun diversion, as were the coffee breaks that were programmed into our schedule. I also want to express appreciation for the arrangement of covid testing for our group prior to the cruise - this maximized the time that we had together and yet accomplished the testing necessary for us to continue the trip. This was our first Gate 1 trip; we are confident that it will not be our last.

Deborah S.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2022
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It's excellent. Demetra was the best tour guide in my trips. She is so knowledgeable about everything in Greece and she was warm and very capable to manage the trip for over 40 people for two weeks, which is not easy, but she made everything smooth.

Bing C.
12 Day Classic Greece with 6 Day Idyllic Aegean Cruise, September 2022
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This was our 14th trip with G1 and thus far all our tour managers have been excellent. I want to particularly laud the service of our cruise tour manager, Maria. Maria far exceeded our expectations. There aren't many people like Maria who genuinely have a passion for their job and it was apparent in everything she did. Maria excelled in every aspect of her responsibilities and made our trip and that of our group companions so very special. She is a credit to Gate 1 and reaffirms our loyalty to the company.

Jeffrey F.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2022
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I wanted to take time to say that Matina is an absolute superstar! She made the entire experience of visiting beautiful Greece even better. She has an enormous amount of knowledge of Greek history and antiquities, immeasurable patience and compassion and she is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She handled every question, ask, request, complaint in stride and she was our cheerleader when our energy was flagging. Her pride in her country is contagious! Matina is TRULY THE BEST representative of Greece and of Gate 1's philosophy and customer service you could possibly have. We had so much confidence we would be cared for with her, we joked that if Gate 1 ever organizes a trip to Hell and back, as long as Matina was our guide, we'd sign up in heartbeat! Also, I would like to commend our driver Akis, for all he did ensuring that we and our luggage arrived safely along the way. We were sad to see him go when we left for the islands. His work ethic is outstanding! He is the consummate professional. Please do everything in your power to keep these 2 amazing people happy and employed by Gate 1!! The excursions and transport for this trip were outstanding. My only regret was there was not enough "down" time to relax/shop/explore on our own. Otherwise, thanks for an amazing trip and ensuring we saw/experienced so many of the highlights of Greece.

Diane F.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2022
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I wanted to take time to say that Matina is an absolute superstar! She made the entire experience of visiting beautiful Greece even better. She has an enormous amount of knowledge of Greek history and antiquities, immeasurable patience and compassion and she is one of the kindest people I have ever met. She handled every question, ask, request, complaint in stride and she was our cheerleader when our energy was flagging. Her pride in her country is contagious! Matina is TRULY THE BEST representative of Greece and of Gate 1's philosophy and customer service you could possibly have. We had so much confidence we would be cared for with her. Also, I would like to commend our driver Akis, for all he did ensuring that we and our luggage arrived safely along the way. We were sad to see him go when we left for the islands. His work ethic is outstanding! He is the consummate professional. Please do everything in your power to keep these 2 amazing people happy and employed by Gate 1!! The excursions and transport for this trip were outstanding. My only regret was there was not enough "down" time to relax/shop/explore on our own. Otherwise, thanks for an amazing trip and ensuring we saw/experienced so many of the highlights of Greece.

Diane F.
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, July 2022
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I have to take the time to let you know how excellent our two tour managers, Maria and Panos, were in Greece. Both were incredibly knowledgeable, super organized, full of historical and local information, very pleasant and approachable. The list could go on and on. THANK YOU for obtaining such wonderful people to help make our trip so much more enjoyable. Kudos to both Maria and Panos!!!

Heidi F.
13 Day Greek Islander with Crete, July 2022
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My trip was wonderful. This was the 1st time i used Gate 1 and I have to say I am very happy with the experience. All was very organized and the Gate 1 people were very nice and helpful. I definitely will do another one with Gate 1 and I will recommend to my friends. Thank you for being professional and organized.

Sandra V.
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, July 2022
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Great trip to Greece! Eva is a exceptional tour manager. She is well organized and kept us on schedule, and extremely knowledgeable. All went smoothly, no issues. Looking forward to our next gate 1 trip in October.

Darrel W.
10 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, June 2022
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Overall trip was AMAZING! Gate 1 was on point in all areas with regards to being present when I arrived at the airport, at ferry site, tours and responding to questions in a timely manner. This is my second time using Gate 1 and know Gate 1 will be the only travel agency I will use for all my future international travels. Again THANK YOU and I look forward to booking my next trip with GATE 1.

Kandes D.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, May 2022
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I would like to thank our tour guide for her excellent care and service during our tour. Managing 35 people with a variety of needs, demands and some very different personalities and physical abilities is a difficult task. However, Viviane handled each person with skill and professionalism as well as a sense of humor. For some of our group the Greek trip was physically demanding, they were accommodated kindly and given alternative suggestions when the tour was too strenuous for them. I can't thank Viviane enough for her guidance along the way as well as her knowledge of Greek history and the sites we visited.

Barbara E.
8 Day Athens with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, May 2022
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WOW!!!! What an awesome trip. From the time we finally made it through to customs & loss luggage (about 2 hours) Dimitri at Gate 1 reassured me the driver Kostus was waiting for us. We had the time of our lives. Every tour guide was knowledgeable and welcoming at each tour we booked. And, a very "SPECIAL" thank you to our tour manager Pano. He was also knowledgeable and helpful with the multiple questions we had. He answered each question concise and always with a smile. I was so worried about getting loss in a foreign country, but with Gate 1 and the entire professional staff of tour guides: Helena in Athens, Sue in Ephesus, Celesei in Patmos, Alexi in Rhodes & Alexa In Santorini; bus drivers and PANO our wonderful tour manager who kept us on schedule and on time, and information for areas to explore on your own. This was a trip of a life time for me and GATE 1 alleviated all my fears and allowed me enjoy myself. Thank you. I have recommended you to my friends.

Beverly W.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, May 2022
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I would like to express our gratitude for our tour guide Yiotta. She is a a true gem. She is kind, thoughtful and extremely organized. She truly cares about everyone having the best experience possible. She is patient and is in tune to everyone's needs. My husband and I travel often (2-3times a year) and this was our first time using the services of Gate1. If all tour guides are the caliber of Yiotta, we will definitely be using and recommending Gate1 to others. We consider Yiotta to be one of the best tour guides we have ever encountered. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Carol W.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, May 2022
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I would like to express our gratitude for our tour guide Yiotta. She is a a true gem. She is kind, thoughtful and extremely organized. She truly cares about everyone having the best experience possible. She is patient and is in tune to everyone's needs. My husband and I travel often (2-3times a year) and this was our first time using the services of Gate1. If all tour guides are the caliber of Yiotta, we will definitely be using and recommending Gate1 to others. We consider Yiotta to be one of the best tour guides we have ever encountered. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Carol W.
7 Day Athens with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, May 2022
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What a wonderful trip to Greece. Certainly and as expected flights, accommodations, sites were excellent but did not know as a bonus that I would meet and be guided by the "Energizer Bunny", Ms. Maria. She was with us every minute of every hour of every day providing much needed information and being the problem solver in chief. Patient as a saint and every attention to detail was paid in full. Have done a number of Gate 1 tours previously but she really made this one memorable. Enough so to want to return!

Thomas P.
10 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, May 2022
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The trip was wonderful! Great hotels and service by the Gate 1 representatives we dealt with. Our transportation vehicles and drivers were all very nice and had prompt pickups. Very thorough explanations of how things will work when we arrived in Athens.

Diane A.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, May 2022
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It was a great trip! My wife and I as well as our friends joining the same group enjoyed every minute of it. We are particularly impressed by the tour manager/guide Angeliki, who has so much detailed knowledge about the history, culture, and various interesting things of every place we visited. She worked tirelessly to make the tour so exciting and enjoyable. We are looking forward to have another tour with Gate1 in the near future.

Gary L.
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2022
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Amazing as always! Our guides Efi and Panos made sure the land and sea portions went smoothly and were knowledgeable and just generally awesome. Accommodations and included meals were top notch.

Staci B.
14 Day Classic Greece with Crete & Santorini, April 2022
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We have just returned from our second Gate 1 experience, this time the 2022 Classical Greece tour. We thought nothing could match our previous outing (Egypt), but thanks in large part to our incomparable guide Jenny we have just had one of the best vacations imaginable. Jenny was highly educated in all the right disciplines yet entirely relatable. Her command of English, her outstanding people skills, and her mastery of logistics and scheduling- with great flexibility whenever called for - combined to make her a memorable, effective, delightful leader of our group. Parting from her after two weeks was bittersweet: we wanted more Jenny, and because of her, more Greece. And definitely more Gate 1!

Mona G.
11 Day Classic Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2022
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Grateful, Thankful and Blessed. It is with great joy and thankfulness to express our gratitude for organizing such an amazing trip to Greece. Our hostesses -Tour Guides from the Moment we arrived to Greece (Athens )we were welcomed with courtesy and warm candid smiles. When my husband Julio and I arrived to the Hotel Divani Caravel in Athens each working personal were very attentive and very welcoming .The same attitude and care was equally given in all the Hotels we stayed in . Eventually we meet Our Tour Guide Matina. Our experience traveling with Matina as our Tour Guide was phenomenal, terrific, marvelous and fantastic. Every tourist location we went with Matina was well organized with details. Matina surpassed our expectations. She is very knowledgeable in the history of her country and was able to communicate well with assertiveness the value and history of every place we travel with her in Greece. As Matina would guide us explaining the places she was taken us ,she showed and transmitted passion for the culture and history of her nation . My husband and I can only say that our childhood dreams came to true traveling in Greece. After all, Greece is the cradle of civilization for the birth of Democracy. Also ,with this in mind, the bus driver Socrates was Matina's Traveler companion that drove the 24 USA Passengers from Gate 1 to each touristic city we visited .Socrates was an excellent driver with experience. He was very attentive in carrying and transferring our luggage as we arrived to each hotel. Overall, it was a joy to have travel in Greece.

Diana C.
10 Day Essential Greece with Crete, March 2022
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Our 10 days vacation in Greece was memorable, everything EXCELLENT from beginning to end; Our tour Manager Eva was EXCEPTIONAL, very knowledgeable, Incredible, unforgettable, she made us feel as family, she explained everything very well; very organized, she is passionate about the history of her country, every question was responded with lots of explanations. The drivers were AMAZING very kind, taking us safe wherever we went thru those narrow routes. Everything fantastic and we will definitely book our next vacations with GATE1 and we certainly recommend GATE1 to friends and family. THANK YOU!

Maria A.
10 Day Essential Greece with Crete, March 2022
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Our tour of Greece with Eva was so enlightening due to her expansive knowledge and friendly nature. There wasn't a question she couldn't answer about the sites or museum artifacts. Her enthusiasm for her country shown through in her work. She did an especially good job with a group of diverse ages and interests.

Mary A.
7 Day Essential Greece, February 2022
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Our trip to Greece with Gate1 Travel was just wonderful, we enthusiastically breathed the aromas of the spring wildflowers, enjoyed the beautiful scenery, held our breath and listened to our really professional guide Maria who enthusiastically told us about ancient Greece, historical sights and so much much more... We are truly fascinated by this journey into the past of Greece!

Halina C.
7 Day Essential Greece, February 2022
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My husband and I just returned home after our first Gate 1 tour in Greece. We have been to Ireland on a tour with another company, it was very nice, but this was most amazing vacation ever! Elena, our tour guide was the BEST! She is vibrant, enthusiastic, funny, patient, organized and efficient! It is an understatement to say that she knows Greek history! She explained buildings, sites, food and even shopping! She kept it so very interesting and entertaining! The way the tour was set up was very smart as well. First, the museum to have everything explained and then go to the actual sites. It all came together. It is incredible how knowledgeable she is! Our group included many people that have been on several Gate 1 tours. They all agreed that Elena was EXCEPTIONAL! The hotels were very nice with great meals. The food on the rest of the tour was delicious. I must speak on Emirates Airlines. My husband is retired from American Airlines, so we fly frequently. Emirates is phenomenal! The flight attendants all look so professional and neat! They were so friendly, organized and beyond efficient! The food was delicious. It reminded us of how flying used to be. My only complaint is a minor one. The lack of legroom on the bus and in economy class on the plane. We did upgrade our flight home to the seats with extra legroom and that was very comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful trip and definitely plan on using Gate 1 travel again in the future! Next year, Italy!!

Patricia S.
7 Day Essential Greece, January 2022
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I took the 7 day Greece tour with a start date of Jan.31. I wanted to make sure that my guide, Mila and my driver Socrates are recognized for their amazing work!! It was an experience of sheer perfection thanks to their hard work and great care. I was a Delta flight attendant for 40 years and I sure know amazing customer service when I see it. They were simply legendary.

Debra D.
7 Day Essential Greece, December 2021
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We just completed a trip to Greece with our return to the USA on Christmas Day. My wife and two adult children and I had never been on a group tour type trip in our lives and were a bit nervous about how it would go. I must say that Gate1 did a wonderful job. Nina and Costa were our guide and driver and we cannot say enough about their professionalism. Greece is a place we will definitely return to, we had a wonderful time. We will definitely consider travelling with Gate1 in the future and wish everyone a happy new year.

Gregg C.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, October 2021
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This was our first Gate1 trip. My husband and I were not sure what to expect. We should not have been concerned. Our trip to Greece was top notch from our guide Anna with her organizational skills, knowledge and friendly personality to the meals and accommodations. We could not have been more pleased. We look forward to our upcoming Gate1 trips with complete confidence.

Charlene C.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2021
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Our tour guide in Greece, Militsa, was an exceptional guide. Not only her knowledge of the history of Greece, Greek Mythology and how they impacted the rest of our culture, but her ability to herd our group around. She not only kept us together the best she could, but if stairs or hill climbs were too difficult for some, she gave them viable alternatives. Also her instructions as to when and where to meet back up worked 100% of the time. Prior to entering a monastery, church, ruin, restaurant, or pedestrian area, she prepared us as to rules, customs, expectations, especially as it related to Covid. On the bus she made sure we stayed masked and if someone forgot, she nudged them back into compliance. And 100% of our group tested negative at the end of the tour! Loved loved this trip

Vickie S.
8 Day Essential Greece, February 2020
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We absolutely loved this tour and can’t believe the incredible value we received! Everything was top notch! Maria, our tour guide was knowledgeable, caring and professional. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide if we tried! She had a wealth of historical knowledge, was charming and downright fun! She helped us get a feel for her country and gave us valuable tips along the way. She is a definite asset to Gate 1 in Greece! The hotels in all cities were well located, highly rated, comfortable, charming and welcoming. We especially loved the gorgeous Hotel Apollonia in Delphi. We were amazed at the beauty of the town and the gorgeous view from the balconies. Just to look out at the mountains gave us a magical feeling! The Hotel Europa Olympia was also beautiful, comfortable and relaxing. We loved our stay in that location, too. The Athenian Callirhoe was in a terrific location, their staff was friendly, the rooms were extremely clean and we found it a great place to stay while in Athens, not to mention the rooftop restaurant looking out at the Acropolis that was especially lovely in the evening! We completely fell in love with Greece and found the itinerary chock full of interesting sights and information. We saw so much of Greece and especially loved the cooking class and dancing lessons! This was a last minute addition to our tour and this activity really helped to make our group bond, laugh and feel happy. The best part was that this day was also my birthday and this activity made my day so very special!!! I was even serenaded with “Happy Birthday” and a cake by the group! We will definitely be telling more of our friends about Gate 1. We rave about your company everywhere we go! This was our 10th tour and won’t be our last!!!

Russel L. Appleton, WI
10 Day Essential Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, November 2019
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Our trip was really great. The tour Guide Maria was fantastic and exceptionally good,with her knowledge and experience. I was astonished at the high level of service Provided. Picking up bags, clear directions every day. The tour was well organized and gave us what we were looking for regarding the history and beauty of Greece. We also had plenty of opportunity to get to know and enjoy with our fellow travelers.

Rustam P. Nagpur, India
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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Well, I can’t say enough good things! It was the best trip ever. Our first Discovery tour. We have had excellent tour guides with Gate 1 and other companies, but Jenny was by far the best! She was so knowledgeable, kind, caring, engaging, and fun. We especially loved the hotel in Athens but all the hotels were good. We enjoyed all of the meals and loved the students who joined us for dinner in Athens. What amazing young people. Greece is now our favorite trip! Looking forward to planning our next Gate 1 trip.

Sharon & Stephen L. San Luis Obispo, CA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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It was a great trip! The guide, Yainni, was fantastic and the driver had nerves of steel! I do not plan to drive myself in Athens anytime soon. I was astonished at the high level of service provided...picking up bags, clear directions every day, and making sure we were escorted to the airport. Those are tiny examples, but they meant a lot.

Judy K. San Pedro, CA
10 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, September 2019
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The entire trip was wonderful. The islands were fabulous, the weather couldn't have been better, and every part of the trip Gate 1 was involved in was flawless. The contact at the airports, the transfers, the hotels and the excursions were all wonderful! Rest assured, we will definitely be using Gate 1 Travel again in the future.

Michael W. Louisville, KY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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It couldn’t have been better. We can’t say enough about our tour guide, Demetra, who anticipated every need of our group and shared the wealth of knowledge she has of Greece and its history, places, and culture. The tour was well designed and gave us what we were looking for regarding the history and beauty of Greece. The exposure to quality local restaurant foods was beyond our expectations. Also exposure to products such as the kumquats and wines was a nice feature of the tours. The hotels and services were more than satisfactory. The pace of the tour assured we wasted none of the precious time set aside for the Greece tour. We also had plenty of opportunity to get to know, enjoy and bond with our fellow travelers. And finally, at the very end when we had to get on a transfer vehicle to the airport at 4AM, Demetra was there to make sure the connection was working for us and fellow travelers and to wish us a warm farewell. We would do a tour with Gate 1 and Demetra anytime we can arrange for one in the future.

Larry and Helen T. Suffolk, VA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2019
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Our trip was really great. We enjoyed the Gate 1 customer experience for the first time and were impressed by the way the trip was planned. Most importantly, Demetra our tour guide was exceptionally good. With her knowledge and professionalism, she made our vacation quite memorable. She is the best travel guide we have had so far.

Shrikant N. Kendall Park, NJ
11 Day Classic Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, August 2019
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I had a fantastic time. Our tour director , on the land tour, Militska, was wonderful. She could relate historical facts intertwined with mythological fascinations. I always marveled at how upbeat she was every day. She cared about our safety, and helped us avoid overcrowded areas. I definitely would tour with her again. She also had a great sense of humor. The short trip to Kusadaki was fascinating and interested me in the Turkish population. The food we ate was superb both at tour sites and on the ship. I would recommend Gate 1 to others..

Frances G. Lakewood Township, NJ
11 Day Athens with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, July 2019
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Wonderful, just wonderful; will use Gate 1 again. Lovely lady met us at the airport both ways, and the guide on the ship was lovely too. Really enjoyed the set up on board with tours in the AM and free time in the afternoon. Food and entertainment on board were great.

Maureen G. Downingtown, PA
8 Day Classic Greece, July 2019
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We had a wonderful time. Our tour manager, Yainni, was terrific. He made the trip informative and fun. The hotels were great and we loved the food. The surprise cooking and dancing lesdon was so much fun. Thanks for another ( my 14th) awesome Gate 1 trip.

Gabriele D. New Hope, PA
11 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, July 2019
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It was amazing and another one of my most memorable international trips. Gate 1 made it even easier and stress free for us as an independent tourist. I felt like we were never alone on this adventure. Gate 1 was so organized and kept us informed about our next process to our next destinations. Would definitely travel with Gate 1 again!!!

Yin L. Staten Island, NY
10 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, July 2019
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Our "family vacation" to Greece was fantastic and I want to thank Gate 1 Travel for the excellent service. Although we opted for an independent package we had the support of Gate 1 during all of the transfers and other optional sightseeing packages. We were greeted at each location by the Gate 1 representative and they made sure we made it to our hotels and got on the proper ferry to both Mykonos and Athens. We will definitely consider Gate 1 for our future travel plans!

Duane & Dianne M. Rochester, MI
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2019
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We had a wonderful time. Our trip through Greece was sensational and we were very happy with the choice of hotels and restaurants– the food and wine were so delicious. The Gate 1 Guide, Millitsa, was excellent and she kept us informed and helped us have the most informative and entertaining time. There were only 14 of us on the trip and we all got along very well (only us from Australia and the others from US). This was our third Gate 1 trip this year and we very much appreciate the standard of service which Gate 1 provides.

Pauline G. Canberra, Australia
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2019
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The trip was great. Very well managed. I loved our two managers Yannis and Panos. Super knowledgeable and considerate. They had every detail of the trip planned out so we had a stress free trip and made some friends too. I have recommended Gate 1 to many friends and we will definitely trace with Gate 1 again.

Wei Z. Chesterfield, MO
11 Day Athens with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, April 2019
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My trip was excellent I would recommend Gate 1 to all my friends- all our guides were wonderful, Stella who met us at the Athens airport, Kassandra who was our Guide in Athens, was excellent- she was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Constantine who came aboard the ship with us was organized, checked in with us daily, gave us great advice, he was also excellent.

Suzanna A. Cardiff, CA
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2019
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Aaaaamazing! The hotels were good, especially the Callirhoe in Athens. The location was perfect and that view in the restaurant!!! We loved our guide Helena. She is so very knowledgeable and really brings the history to life!!! What a surprise to have Panos as a guide during the cruise portion. Gate 1 is really savvy to have a cruise director. This was our first large ship cruise. Panos organization and advice about the excursions, getting on/off at ports of call, and general helpfulness made it so much more maneuverable! Thank you tons and more for helping us with the reservations Gate 1. We will be contacting you soon to plan a new adventure!

Kathy H. Thomasville, GA
8 Day Classic Greece, April 2019
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We had a wonderful time in Greece! Sandra (our tour guide), along with Nick (our bus driver) made the trip run smoothly. Sandra was very welcoming and knowledgeable about all areas we visited. We were also fortunate that the tour was planned so that we were often the first bus to arrive at sites which helped to lessen the wait times and crowds who would arrive later. The weather cooperated fully throughout our trip too! Looking forward to planning our next Gate 1 trip!

Cynthia H. Lowell, MA
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, April 2019
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We had a great trip. Sophia, our guide was amazing. She had an endless knowledge of Greek history and culture and was able to relate it to all the things we saw. George, the bus driver was a careful driver and a gentleman. The trip went smoothly and the group size was great. This was our first discovery tour, although we have traveled many times with Gate 1, and I am sure we will do this again.

Debbie N. Nova Scotia, Canada
8 Day Essential Greece, March 2019
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Our trip to Greece was incredible! As always, traveling with Gate 1, was fun, informative and full of new experiences. We can't wait to book our next trip with you.

Jane P. Austin, TX


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