8 Day Athens with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise



Land Only


Air & Land

8 Day Athens with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise



Land Only


Air & Land

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Cat. IA Inside
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens
Divani Caravel Athens
The Stanley Athens
Celestyal Cruises Athens
Cat. IB Inside
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens
Divani Caravel Athens
The Stanley Athens
Celestyal Cruises Athens
Cat. IC Inside
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens
Divani Caravel Athens
The Stanley Athens
Celestyal Cruises Athens
Cat. XA Outside
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens
Divani Caravel Athens
The Stanley Athens
Celestyal Cruises Athens
Cat. XB Outside
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens
Divani Caravel Athens
The Stanley Athens
Celestyal Cruises Athens
Cat. XC Outside
Athenian Callirhoe Hotel Athens
Divani Caravel Athens
The Stanley Athens
Celestyal Cruises Athens

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2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $650
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 22  (Sold Out) $999 $2009*
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $999 $1939*
Apr 05  (Sold Out) $1199 $2129*
$1199 $2099*
Apr 19  (Sold Out) $1199 $2649*
$1199 $2509*
May 10  (Sold Out) $1299 $2579*
$1299 $2879*
May 24  (Sold Out) $1299 $2899*
$1299 $2699*
$1299 $2979*
$1299 $2909*
$1299 $2969*
$1299 $3209*
$1199 $2859*
$1199 $2759*
$1199 $2979*
$1199 $2999*
$1199 $2849*
$1199 $2949*
$1099 $2599*
$1249 $2859*
$1549 $2609*
$1549 $2609*
$1549 $2529*
$1549 $2609*
$1399 $2459*
$1399 $2379*
$1399 $2459*
$1249 $2419*
$1249 $2179*
$1249 $2179*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $700
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 22  (Sold Out) $1049 $2059*
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $1049 $1989*
Apr 05  (Sold Out) $1249 $2179*
$1249 $2149*
Apr 19  (Sold Out) $1249 $2699*
$1249 $2559*
May 10  (Sold Out) $1349 $2629*
$1349 $2929*
May 24  (Sold Out) $1349 $2949*
$1349 $2749*
$1349 $3029*
$1349 $2959*
$1349 $3019*
$1349 $3259*
$1249 $2909*
$1249 $2809*
$1249 $3029*
$1249 $3049*
$1249 $2899*
$1249 $2999*
$1149 $2649*
$1349 $2959*
$1599 $2659*
$1599 $2659*
$1599 $2579*
$1599 $2659*
$1399 $2459*
$1399 $2379*
$1399 $2459*
$1299 $2469*
$1299 $2229*
$1299 $2229*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $700
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 22  (Sold Out) $1149 $2159*
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $1149 $2089*
Apr 05  (Sold Out) $1299 $2229*
$1299 $2199*
Apr 19  (Sold Out) $1299 $2749*
$1299 $2609*
May 10  (Sold Out) $1399 $2679*
$1399 $2979*
May 24  (Sold Out) $1399 $2999*
$1399 $3079*
$1399 $3009*
$1399 $3069*
$1399 $3309*
$1299 $2959*
$1299 $2859*
$1299 $3079*
$1299 $3099*
$1299 $2949*
$1299 $3049*
$1199 $2699*
$1399 $3009*
$1649 $2709*
$1649 $2709*
$1649 $2629*
$1649 $2709*
$1499 $2559*
$1499 $2479*
$1499 $2559*
$1349 $2519*
$1349 $2279*
$1349 $2279*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $750
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 22  (Sold Out) $1199 $2209*
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $1199 $2139*
Apr 05  (Sold Out) $1349 $2279*
$1349 $2249*
Apr 19  (Sold Out) $1349 $2799*
$1349 $2659*
May 10  (Sold Out) $1499 $2779*
$1499 $3079*
May 24  (Sold Out) $1499 $3099*
$1499 $2899*
$1499 $3179*
$1499 $3109*
$1499 $3169*
$1499 $3409*
$1349 $3009*
$1349 $2909*
$1349 $3129*
$1349 $3149*
$1349 $2999*
$1349 $3099*
$1249 $2749*
$1449 $3059*
$1699 $2759*
$1699 $2759*
$1699 $2679*
$1699 $2759*
$1499 $2559*
$1499 $2479*
$1499 $2559*
$1399 $2569*
$1399 $2329*
$1399 $2329*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $750
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 22  (Sold Out) $1249 $2259*
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $1249 $2189*
Apr 05  (Sold Out) $1399 $2329*
$1399 $2299*
Apr 19  (Sold Out) $1399 $2849*
$1399 $2709*
May 10  (Sold Out) $1549 $2829*
$1549 $3129*
$1549 $2949*
$1549 $3229*
$1549 $3159*
$1549 $3219*
$1549 $3459*
$1399 $3059*
$1399 $2959*
$1399 $3179*
$1399 $3199*
$1399 $3049*
$1399 $3149*
$1299 $2799*
$1499 $3109*
$1799 $2859*
$1799 $2859*
$1799 $2779*
$1799 $2859*
$1599 $2659*
$1599 $2579*
$1599 $2659*
$1449 $2619*
$1449 $2379*
$1449 $2379*
2024 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $800
Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Mar 22  (Sold Out) $1299 $2309*
Mar 29  (Sold Out) $1299 $2239*
Apr 05  (Sold Out) $1449 $2379*
$1449 $2349*
Apr 19  (Sold Out) $1449 $2899*
$1449 $2759*
May 10  (Sold Out) $1599 $2879*
$1599 $3179*
May 24  (Sold Out) $1599 $3199*
$1599 $2999*
$1599 $3279*
$1599 $3209*
$1599 $3269*
$1599 $3509*
$1449 $3109*
$1449 $3009*
$1449 $3229*
$1449 $3249*
$1449 $3099*
$1449 $3199*
$1349 $2849*
$1549 $3159*
$1899 $2959*
$1899 $2959*
$1899 $2879*
$1649 $2709*
$1649 $2629*
$1649 $2709*
$1499 $2669*
$1499 $2429*
$1499 $2429*

Not Included:
Port charges of US $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 8 should select flights that depart no earlier than 12 PM.

Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Ancient Ephesus Through The Ages (KUS-02). You may purchase additional excursions on board your cruise.

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.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms/cabins are not available.

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 independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. The cruise is a leisurely-paced program, and affordable shore excursions are available locally on board the cruise to enhance your holiday. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require two to three hours of walking. 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. A local guide will be present for the Athens city tour, however please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details

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Additional Nights

Flight Details

Independent 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
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Cruise gratuities & porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Wine and beer with all meals on board the cruise
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit the Acropolis, the astonishing ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens
  • Tour the Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed
  • Explore the archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus and the colorful town of Kusadasi

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

Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. The cruise is a leisurely-paced program, and affordable shore excursions are available locally on board the cruise to enhance your holiday. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require two to three hours of walking. 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. A local guide will be present for the Athens city tour, however please note that this tour is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours. This is an Independent program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Greece
Depart for Greece

DAY 2, Saturday - 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
Overnight: Athens

DAY 3, Sunday - Athens City Tour
The exploration of Athens begins with a panoramic drive through the city center. View the Panathenian Stadium and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Continue on to visit the Acropolis, the ancient architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and the new Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building built at the base of the monument where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed. The rest of the day is at leisure. Be sure to walk to Constitution Square, where you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, perhaps walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Cruise Embarkation, 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. Perhaps visit one of the island's popular night clubs before returning to the ship departing at 11 PM for Kusadasi, Turkey
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, 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 historic 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. Spend 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 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Rhodes
View the magnificent panorama as the ship arrives at 7 AM in Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Discover the medieval Old Town of Rhodes on your own. Perhaps visit the Palace of the Grand Master and Knight's Quarter, or shop for souvenirs. Later, transfer back to the ship. Set sail this evening at 6 PM
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, 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. Explore the palace ruins, including the Throne Room, the fresco of the "Prince of the Lilies", and the Queen's Megaron in the east. At 12 PM, enjoy a leisurely lunch on board as the ship sets sail. 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 cliff-side café or wander the narrow footpaths before the ship sails towards Athens at 9:30 PM
*Mar. & Nov. sailings will not visit Crete/the Palace of Knoosos.
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Depart Greece
Arrive at the pier at 7 AM, disembark your cruise and transfer to the airport in Athens for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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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.
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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/reservations 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.

Mobile Phones
Mobile networks differ from country to country. We recommend you check with your provider to see if your wireless plan will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. To avoid possible roaming charges, you may want to consider purchasing an international plan. With most major phone companies, for a modest fee, you will be able to use your domestic plan's talk, text, and data allowances just like you do at home. If you can access the internet while you travel, you can also take advantage of services such as WhatsApp or Skype.

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 is available in most airports, hotels, and cruise lines, as well as on some flights, trains, and buses. There may be a fee for access and service quality and speed may vary greatly especially while on moving vehicles. 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.

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
  • No Smoking of any kind (medical or recreational) is allowed on any transportation that is exclusively provided by Gate 1. This includes e-cigarettes, e-cigars or any other smoking device. Furthermore, some countries heavily regulate the public use and possession of cigarettes (including e-cigarettes and vape pens) which could include their complete ban. Please check the regulation for the destinations you plan on traveling to prior to departure.
  • 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.

Be wary of airport scammers who offer unwanted assistance. If you are arriving without a pre-arranged transfer, we strongly recommend going to the Tourist Information Desk to ask for a licensed taxi or transfer service. You may be asked to pay for the transfer at the desk prior to the trip, this will ensure you are not charged extra during the trip.

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 $10 per person per day
Driver (Provides chauffeur services and limited assistance with luggage) : US $5 per person per day, US $3 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. On river cruises, color-coded group splits may be used for shoreside included and Optional tours. 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.

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. American Express cards are not accepted in Greece.

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
  • While in destination, you may encounter local wildlife. Please refrain from touching any animal as they may carry diseases or harm you.

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.

Meals & Dietary Requests
Included meals are based on the restaurant's buffet or set menu. Beverages are not included, unless specifically stated. Although special diets like Vegetarian and Vegan are relatively commonplace in the USA, much of the world's menu options are more provincial. Please do not expect to find the variety of food selection outside of the local norm. Every effort will be made to honor special dietary requests selected no later than 5 days prior to departure in the passenger details section of your reservation. In addition, we recommend that you make preferences known to your tour manager upon arrival, and at each hotel/restaurant. Special requests are subject to local conditions and availability and cannot be guaranteed.

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

Holidays - Greece

Holidays 2024

Jan 1: New Year's
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Mar 18: Orthodox Ash Monday
Mar 25: Independence Day
May 1: Labor Day
May 3: Orthodox Good Friday
May 5: Orthodox Easter Sunday
May 6: Orthodox Easter Monday
Jun 23: Orthodox Whit Sunday
Jun 24: Orthodox Whit Monday
Aug 15: Feast of the Assumption
Oct 28: Ochi Day
Dec 25: Christmas Day
Dec 26: Synaxis of the Mother of God

Holidays 2025

Jan 1: New Year's
Jan 6: Feast of the Epiphany
Mar 25: Independence Day
Apr 18: Orthodox Good Friday
Apr 20: Orthodox Easter
Apr 21: Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 8: 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, Mylos, 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, November 2023
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On my 7days essential Greece trip: Nina our tour guide was incredible! She had us be prompt in the mornings which was the best! We missed the larger crowds at the museums before it got too loud and crowded. We were early for lunches/dinner so it wasn't too crowded or loud in the beginning. It made everything feel more personal! She had several amazing surprises for us which made the experience even better! She took good care of us! Our Driver was amazing as well! He maneuvered the bus in the narrow streets like I have never seen before! And he was always willing to take breaks so we could stop and take photos! He was so sweet! They both are a huge highlight of my first trip out of the United States!

Amy W.
7 Day Essential Greece, November 2023
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We just completed the 7 Day Essential Greece tour with our tour manager, Nineta. Our driver for our trip was Socrates. Nina was an outstanding tour guide with a boundless knowledge of Greece. She was outstanding in her presentations, organized, and made all of us very comfortable. Her love for her country was exhibited in her presentations and her deep concern for us to have accurate knowledge of her country, Greece. This was our 4th trip with Gate 1, all of them having outstanding tour guides, but Nina was at the top of that list. She is marvelous. She made us feel safe and comfortable while on this tour. With Socrates doing an excellent job with driving the tour bus, it made for tremendous combination. Gate 1 can be very proud of the job that Nina did as our tour guide. She is marvelous, and she will be missed by all of us in that tour group! Bravo to Gate 1 for offering another outstanding trip for us!

Christopher S.
8 Day Greece Walking Tour with Meteora & Zagori, November 2023
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Fantastic!! Passionate and knowledgeable guide; caring and fun local guide; a skillful and humorous driver; excellent hotel accommodations; great group of fellow travelers; beautiful weather; delicious food; out of this world scenic hikes. I couldn't have ask for more.

Susan S.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2023
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Can not say enough good things about our tour guide, Marianna. She is a walking encyclopedia about Ancient Greece. FULL of knowledge and information. She clearly loves her job and educating Gate1 guests about the history of the towns and cities we visited. She is also a very pleasant, kind, and organized guide. It felt as though we all became family during our tour. Marianna is an asset to the company, for sure! One of our best tours yet!

Elizabeth C.
8 Day Greece Walking Tour with Meteora & Zagori, October 2023
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Thank you! This trip exceeded my expectations. The description was a walking trip. But it was a hiking adventure. I was so pleased about that. Beautiful scenery, Challenging trails. Our guides were warm, engaging, intelligent, and fun! The accommodations were comfortable and inviting. Food out of this world! Thank you again, Gate 1 for another memorable and fulfilling adventure.

Debra O.
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, October 2023
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Oh the most amazing experience and time with Gate 1 travel. Hands down you are the best, I highly recommend you to other travelers. Our Tour director Yianni is the best friendly and knowledgeable if I will ever go back to Greece I will request to be on his group. Keep up the good classy customer service and classy hotels and classy restaurants you offer and picked for the tours we really enjoyed the food. I would make reservations again with Gate 1 Travel in the future.

Maria D.
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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My husband and I just returned from a Kaleidoscope 15 day tour of Greece. We cannot say enough good things about this trip! I'm sure you are aware that the tour guide is the driving force for excellent reviews. Our tour guide was Militsa. I simply cannot tell you that she was amazing. We've been on many tours, some with Gate 1, some with other tour companies, but Militsa was by far, the best guide ever. (In all fairness, our guide Amine, in Morocco last October was also amazing.). But I'm here to tell you about our experience with Militsa. When we arrived at the hotel in Thessaloniki, she came running out to introduce herself and to shake our hands. Such a warm welcome! Throughout the tour, she showed the utmost professionalism. She was extremely passionate about her country, sharing an abundance of facts and history about the country she loves. She was extremely knowledgeable about every place we went, and gave us a great deal of information about Greece and mythology while the bus traveled. She was always upbeat and smiling and took the time to really know each person in the large group of 37. She treated everyone with great respect and genuinely loved all of us. She never once got upset or short with anyone...she had a kind and sweet way to get a point across. She was helpful and kept us safe and together every step of the way...including some fairly intense moments arriving at the ferries. Again, I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful employee you have in Militsa representing Gate1. Our trip was absolutely perfect and memorable because of Militsa!

Barbara C.
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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It was FANTASTIC! Our guide, Konstantina, did an excellent job in explaining all about the country's culture and the various cities, archeological sites, and attractions which were included in our itinerary. The overall experience was a wonderful one and everything went very smoothly. Again, the trip was made much more pleasant due to Konstantina's very attentive and professional demeanor and her excellent command of the English language and knowledge, where no questions were left unanswered. This having been our second trip with Gate 1, we were equally impressed and pleased with the experience and will continue to share these very positive experiences and comments with our friends and family.

Lancelot L.
8 Day Greece Walking Tour with Meteora & Zagori, September 2023
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The Greece Walking Tour was great! We enjoyed everything about the trip from the natural beauty of Zagori and Meteora, to the history and culture of the small villages and towns, to Mountain Tea and Mountain Music, to the stone bridges, Vikos Gorge, the monasteries, the Pindus Range and the amazing rock formations. We also had great accommodations and food throughout the trip. Our guide and driver Dimitris and Gregory were both personable, knowledgeable and accommodating, and made our trip completely stress-free. Thank you Gate 1 for a wonderful itinerary and unforgettable trip.

Holly K.
15 Day Kaleidoscope of Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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The Tour was well planned with a variety of interesting activities and tours, the included meals were all great and we were very happy with the hotels as well, The best thing about our tour was our guide, Marianna, She has a background in archeology which made understanding the many historic sites much easier. She was so patient and helpful with all of the members of our diverse group.

Catherine G.
10 Day Greek Islander: Santorini, Mykonos & Athens, September 2023
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Our 10 day Independent Tour to Greece was phenomenal and we thank Gate 1 for helping make it so. Even though it was an independent tour we felt pampered and taken care of by Gate 1. We traveled with three other couples and none of us knew quite how the operation worked. It was so comforting to be met at each transfer along the way with someone local who told us what to expect and walked us (almost hand in hand) to our transfer or checkin. Thank you so much to all of your competent, confident and kind employees! We will definitely book with Gate 1 again.

Linda L.
8 Day Greece Walking Tour with Meteora & Zagori, September 2023
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We had an amazing hiking trip to Greece! Thanks to our tour guides, Dimitri and Angelos for keeping us safe when hiking on difficult terrains. Our driver, Gregory, went the extra mile taking us downtown one evening even though he was supposedly off duty. We enjoyed meeting everyone in our small group and developed friendships with many. The hotels are excellent. The food was superb. We couldn't have a better tour! This isn't our first tour with Gate1 and it won't be our last. Gate 1 has continually surprised us on every trip we have taken so far. Looking forward to our next in November and April next year. Thank you again for another memorable experience.

Lam-Anh G.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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It was absolutely amazing! We loved our guide "Vivi" - she was very very knowledgeable. I can't believe anyone can remember that many dates. Everything was very well planned and carried through and we had a really good group of people. We were very pleased with Gate 1 and hope to be on another trip soon.

Brenda T.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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It was absolutely wonderful! The guide, the activities, the bus/ferry/plane, and the other guests. A dream of 40 years came true and was beyond my best hopes!

Patricia K.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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Our Tour Manager, Constantinos, was simply outstanding! However many stars constitute excellence, I would award him double that number. His knowledge of every aspect of Greek life, history, mythology, archeology, agriculture, politics, cuisine, fashion, finance, language -- is dazzling -- and his ability to share his passion for Greece made our trip unforgettable. Everywhere we went (and I do mean everywhere) he was recognized and greeted warmly by other guides and former students. He was able to get our tour group admitted into popular attractions early and adroitly so that we avoided crowds as much as possible, and I am so grateful for that. Tourism is the #1 industry in Greece, but it seems to be wildly mis-managed, with large numbers of cruise ships in every port, throngs of people filling the narrow waterfront streets, and nobody in charge able or willing to regulate it. I am so happy that I was able to see Greece before the entire country sinks into the Aegean from the combined weight of TOO MANY tourists at one time.

Laurel A.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2023
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There are not enough words in the English or Greek vocabulary to describe the joy that we feel for the experience we had with Gate 1's Discovery trip entitled, "Greece, the Birthplace of Civilization " and our guide, Sofia with bus driver, Lambrious! Sofia is by far the best guide we have EVER had with all our travels!!!!! Descriptive words: EXTREMELY knowledgeable ; thorough; flexible; thoughtful; kept everything on schedule; well timed on events; cared for individual needs -- we would give her an A+++ !! She, and gate one provided a Marvelous trip with a variety of classic Greek history, glimpses of Greek agriculture, and sumptuous views of Greek's natural beauty! Additionally, we were soo impressed with her choices of restaurants offering a wide variety of miss out on this trip- especially if you can do it with Sofia and Lamprious!!

Joyce L.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, September 2023
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Our trip was better than great! Maria was our trip leader and tour guide. The amount of knowledge that woman has is amazing and so interesting. She, having been an archeologist, added so much extra to everything we saw. She was passionate not only about archeology, but also the history and mythology associated with every ruin, monastery, and town/island we visited. I feel ready for a game of Jeopardy! We were near the first group at each destination which made our visit so nice as we didn't have to deal with the crowds. We came into bad weather and she was able to change gears and book us all flights the same day to Mykonos due to the ferry system being unable to operate. We had a couple of other hiccups that she handled with expertise and grace. She was kind, thoughtful, patient and funny. It was obvious she loves what she is doing. She is an educator and this opened our eyes to see more of Greece. I know it must have been exhausting for her to spend so much energy making sure we were all happy but if it makes her feel better, we all appreciated it. Thank you so much Maria! Thank you Gate 1.

Laurie L.
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, September 2023
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We completely enjoyed every aspect of our Greece Tour. A special thanks for our Tour Managers Chrysanthos and Panagiotis (Panos), they were awesome. We love this trip so much that already booked a Spain & Portugal Tour with you for next year. We have had one other trip with Gate One to Ireland years back and was equally enjoyable. Thanks you for your great service. We will be life long travelers with Gate One. A special thanks to Emad, our waiter, on the Celestyal Cruiseship he was impeccable.

Ann K.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, August 2023
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The trip was great. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. The itinerary was followed and the places we visited were amazing. The hotels and included meals were excellent. The people on the tour were nice and everyone got along. No complaints!

Sandra J.
8 Day Classic Greece, August 2023
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It was absolutely amazing! We had a wonderful time. Our guide was just perfect, the places we went were amazing. It was definitely a trip that I would recommend to others!

Jannell D.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, August 2023
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Amazing! We loved it and we'll have the memories forever! We also bought some jewelry that we're enjoying very much! Our tour guide (Demetra) was wonderful! She's smart, well-educated, kind, worldly, and articulate - basically, everything that you want in a tour guide! She really went above and beyond for us! We're really grateful to her for taking such good care of us! Also, she took us to a place that served artichokes for lunch one day (I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the place!), and they were some of the best artichokes that we have ever had - we're still talking about that meal (it was great to get to pick what you wanted to eat from so many options and their fresh squeezed orange juice was delightful too) and we hope she keeps taking people there! Also, the catamaran trip was my absolute favorite part! It was unbelievably lovely! I would do it over and over again! Highly, highly, and highly recommend! The guys on the boat made the experience a total slice of Heaven! Worth every penny that we paid for the trip! I recommend Gate 1 to everyone (all the time)! We'll be traveling with you again soon! Thank you and much appreciated for everything - again, especially to Demetra!

Carissa K.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, July 2023
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This was our third trip with Gate 1. I have to say by far the best one yet! Your tour Guide Demetra was absolutely amazing!. She is like a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Greek history, Architecture and she has the endurance of a 20yr old soldier! The heat was brutal, but that is something no one could predict or control, she always made sure everyone had plenty of cold water to drink and that we got to take plenty of breaks. The Hotels and Resorts were all very nice, the ferry shuttles, bus drivers and resort folks were all very kind and helpful. Oh and the meals were amazing as well. Just wanted to compliment your company for such an amazing, bucket list accomplishment for my wife and I. This would not have been possible without Demetra's vast knowledge and experience.

Steven B.
14 Day Classic Greece with Crete & Santorini, June 2023
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Anna was our wonderful tour guide. She is a great historian regarding Greek history, art, and architecture. She even told us about Greek mythology and Greek culture. We felt safe under her care and because of her we have a new love and appreciation for Greece. We definitely would love to come back. We will be telling all of our friends about the fabulous time we had with her and with Gate1. Our driver Nikos was also very professional and went above and beyond to make sure we were safe and got to see all of Greece

Karol L.
14 Day Classic Greece with Crete & Santorini, June 2023
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The trip was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our tour manager Evi was the best, so knowledgeable and took great care of the group. We had great weather and the group of people we were with was great. We along got along and have exchanged email addresses and facebook. I had forgotten about all the history that Greece has. Plus, the islands are so beautiful. My niece, Samantha, did not want to leave. In fact, she cried when we left. We have a lot of great memories. I would highly recommend this tour, plus Evi with her knowledge and getting up thru everything really made it. I will definitely be booking another tour in the future with you. Thinking about italy.

Gail B.
10 Day Essential Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, May 2023
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Yet again, Gate 1 did a great job. Our tour guides were exceptional and management was great. Prior to retirement, managing conventions was an important part of my job. I understand it is the small things that can make or break someone's satisfaction despite hundreds of hours dedicated to pre-planning an event they are experiencing. Anyone can do the big jobs such as scheduling a bus. Gate 1 is good at the smaller more personal aspects. No better example than the cooking class and dancing lessons. You have the right touch.

Dennis B.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2023
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My Discovery Tour, Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, was sensational. The Manager, Militsa was super over the top outstanding in every way imaginable. She was provided everything that was required and beyond. She provided a Welcome Letter with 4 pages of Greek info. She provided us with a handout of important Greek language phrases to use during the trip; a handout of historic Greek symbols; a 9 page timeline of Greek history; a poem by C. P. Covafy; a small map of Greece showing us our route and the cities we would visit; she used her own time to highlight in orange marker the route of the trip on my large Michelin Greek road map. Her knowledge and passion for Greek history and culture was outstanding. She created a family atmosphere for all of the trip participants. We visited several locations during the tour that were personal favorites of Militsa that she shared with us. She answered any and all questions. If anyone had a problem with the hotel rooms or the meals, Militsa was quick to fix the difficulty. Provided details about Greek culture: about the family, weddings, military service, religion. food, education and many aspects of Greek life. She provided information about your own life and family. I have been on 7 Gate 1 trips and I cannot remember any other tour manager meeting everyone on the final departure morning. Militsa was there at 4, 5 and 9:30 to see that everyone got off safely to the airport. I cannot provide enough compliments for Militsa. Our coach driver Mario was superb. It was amazing how he guided the coach through the narrow streets. Our hotel in Corfu was at the top of a reverse 'S' narrow driveway with no turn around which required the coach to be backed down the curved driveway. I was amazed how easily Mario did that multiple times during our visit to Corfu. All of the scheduled stops for the tour were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the Macedonian tombs at Vergina. The meteora Monasteries and Corfu were more than I expected. Really enjoyed the honey farm and olive oil farm in Olympia. For the first time on a tour I purchased wine to take home from the Theotoky Estate. I think Gate 1 could expand the stay at Nauplion to enjoy more of the town but that probably could be said about each of the towns we only had a 1 night stay in. The hotels and restaurants were superb. Militsa explained that the portions were going to be large. She was correct. All of the restaurants had fantastic breakfast buffets. I have no complaints regarding the meals during the tour. All of the hotels were excellent. I had a comfortable room in all of the hotels. There were some comments about the Divani Meteora Hotel being somewhat dated but I had no problems. All of the hotel's staff were excellent. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed my trip.

Leroy H.
14 Day Classic Greece with Mykonos & Santorini, May 2023
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My trip was absolutely wonderful, Ryan ..nothing at all could have improved it. Gate 1 took care of every detail, every ticket, every schedule to make an easy tour for our group .. Maria was fantastic by sharing her vast knowledge of Greek life, history, ancient history ... phenomenal amount of information. I'm traveling again with Gate 1,I think to Italy, others in our group recommended the Romance Italian tour which they said was their best tour ever. I am so happy I found you.

Marjorie P.
14 Day Classic Greece with Crete & Santorini, May 2023
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Thanks to Gate 1 for planning an itinerary that took us to such varied locations across Greece: from ancient historic ruins to modern day wineries to canals to major cities to mountaintops to islands. We leave with a wealth of knowledge gained from our most excellent local guides. The planned stops at the restaurants where we ate lunches and dinners gave us delicious and varied meals, true tastes of Greece. We always felt safe in the very capable hands of our bus drivers. We especially appreciated Paris who was with us several days and drove us up dizzying heights to the monasteries of Meteora and George who safely navigated hairpin turns up and down one mountain road after another as he proudly shared with us nuggets of information about his native Santorini. Thoughtful moments like breaking for Greek coffee and tasty bougasta in Heraklion in the midst of our busy touring schedule were much appreciated. The little extras like the stop for frappe in Nafpaktos and having four delightful university students join us for conversation, dinner, and dancing while in Crete made our trip all the more memorable. The cooking demonstration followed by music and dancing will be remembered as a most lovely afternoon in Greece. It was no small feat for Katerina, our tour manager, to lead this group of big personalities and great expectations, but that is exactly what she did with grace and patience. Our pleasure and enjoyment were paramount to Katerina but not at the expense of our comfort and safety. While seeing to all of this had to be challenging, Katerina made our traveling and touring seem easy, handling every detail with the utmost professionalism. Katerina tied together all that we had learned and seen by sharing insights into her own family life and life experiences. Out of her love for and pride in her home country, Katerina sparked in us our own love for the indescribably beautiful country of Greece.

Yeong K.
7 Day Athens with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2023
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Just got back from 7 day Athens with 3 day iconic Aegean cruise. I was impressed with how the Gate 1 representatives took us under their wings the whole trip. Knowledgeable, compassionate, available, efficient and friendly- Panos and Gus, especially. The hotel Stanley was very nice, loved the rooftop restaurant. This was my first cruise, Celestial and the staff were great.

Karla O.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, April 2023
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The trip was excellent. Greece is a fascinating country. Sophia, the tour guide/manager, was superb. She said that she had 40 years of work experience and it showed. She was thoroughly knowledgeable, she gave interesting and informative information, she had a good sense of humor, she answered all questions very completely by us, she showed warmth and personality, and she took very good care of the people in our group. I was very impressed by her and feel lucky to have had her as my tour guide/manager. She is the best tour guide/manager I have ever had. She sets a high bar of excellence by which I will judge tour guides/managers on my future trips.. I will likely say, "This person is very good but not quite as good as Sophia." The hotels were excellent. They were very clean and in good condition. The hotel personnel were very friendly and hospitable. The bus driver was excellent. He could drive the large bus down narrow streets and make it seem like he was driving a Volkswagon Beetle. Besides Sophia, what impressed me was that the trip had very enjoyable side activities besides just seeing the tourist highlights and museums. I enjoyed the visits to the honeybee farm, the winery, and the olive oil factory. I enjoyed having dinner and conversing with the four young Greek people. I am definitely planning to take more Gate1 tours. Thank you for asking. If Sophia can be rewarded with a bonus, please see that she gets it.

Clifford L.
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2023
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I just wanted to send a quick note about our tour guide during our trip to Greece. Militsa was wonderful! She has such a love and passion for her job and her country. Her excitement and energy were contagious. She shared great stories of historical significance and her own stories as a Greek citizen. She was a delight everyday! She kept us safe, on time, and entertained every day. I enjoyed the chance to even meet her family, she is such a caring individual. Militsa definitely left us wanting more! Every place we went was breathtaking and fun. I just wanted to take a moment and let you know what a treasure you have in Militsa! She made our trip awesome! Thank you!

Steven B.
10 Day Essential Greece with Crete, March 2023
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I want to give an Excellent rating to Our Greece Tour Manager Guide Maria. I want to thank Gate 1 for having her in your team Maria has a wealth of knowledge in history, very well spoken. She is so far the best tour manager guide. Her organizational skills is great. Made sure we are safe all the time. She is a great in problem solving, very resourceful & very accommodating & very professional & most of all provided us with such great experience & made it fun filled w/ comfort & ease & safety. She is punctual & always providing us with information for each day. Maria made our tour such an amazing experience. I highly recommend Gate 1 Travel to anyone who wish to experience the excellent travel arrangements & I have many friends & family now traveling thru Gate 1.

Cynthia A.
7 Day Essential Greece, February 2023
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I would like to commend, Jenny, our tour director for this trip. She is very knowledgeable about Greek History and Mythology that made our trip a lot more interesting and exciting. She has given us given us 110% effort everyday we were there and always ready to answer our questions and guide us or help us in our inquiries. In addition, our bus driver Giorgios (George) was very professional and mad excellent driving skills. All of us in the bus appreciated his professionalism and keepin us very safe during our trips. This was our second Gate1 experience and will definitely do it again once we get a chance. To the management of Gate1, both of our trips show that the key to a good tour is the tandem work of the Tour Director and the Bus Driver. We applaud you for hiring educated professionals to handle a bunch of different peoples of different ages with different personalities. Kudos to all of you. Until our next trip!

Ricardo B.
7 Day Essential Greece, February 2023
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My Greece was amazing! Eugenia (Jenny) was absolutely awesome. She definitely knows her history and made the trip so interesting. She was professional, kind and very detailed and organized. People, food and culture were so fantastic. I enjoyed every moment of my trip. The driver, Costas, was wonderful and a great driver. Made me feel safe and the bus was comfortable. Gate1 ROCKS!!!

Olga V.
7 Day Essential Greece, December 2022
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I must say this was the best trip I have ever experienced. When I travel, I usually have not had a tour guide. All of that will change after my Greece experience. "MaMa" Maria greeted us warmly from day one. She kept the group informed and on schedule. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about Greece. She had our itinerary for the next day posted the night before. MaMa Maria was intentional about getting the group to know each other by having rotating seat assignments. Since coming back to America, I have reconnected with several of the people on the tour. MaMa Maria exposed us to many aspects of life in historical and present day Greece. I have recommended Gate 1 to several of my friends. I hope all the tour managers are like MaMa Maria. We are planning another trip in the Spring 2023 with Gate 1. I hope our tour manager will be as knowledgeable, passionate and energetic as MaMa Maria.

Marjorie S.
7 Day Essential Greece, November 2022
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The tour was just fantastic! Militsa, our tour manager was so organized, knowledgeable about the country, so positive and had a such wonderful sense of humor! Fanouris (our driver) was expert - especially in navigating the coach through narrow winding streets of small villages. I was amazed at how smooth and deftly he managed it! Greece is such a beautiful country! - Can't stop thinking about it! It genuinely was perfect from start to finish. Didn't want to come back! Thank you for such a nice time!

Brian L.
7 Day Essential Greece, November 2022
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We just completed our trip to Greece in late Nov which is our first Gate1 trip, it was truly an unforgettable travel experience mainly due to the terrific tour manager we had. Militsa is just simply wonderful, her knowledge of the Greek culture and mythology made the trip so special and unique. Her passion to make sure we all had a good time in enjoying the marvelous sceneries along the way and the visits of the many archeological ruins while educating us about the rich history and stories of the mythology made the journey so valuable... A big thank you to our driver Fanouris who was tireless in navigating the coach through the narrow streets in Athens and small towns and made us feel safe all along. We had a very good group to travel with and would love to go back again to relive the memories.

Anthony C.
7 Day Essential Greece, November 2022
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I can not find words to express how wonderful our trip to Greece was. From the moment we touched down to the moment our wheels went up leaving it was a most wonderful experience. Nineta (Nina) was above stellar. I was constantly amazed at the width and breadth of her knowledge of Greek history. No question went unanswered by her and she spoke to us in terms that we could understand and learn from. She has an instinct to know what how to boil down so much history into nuggets we could connect and with excitement. She was upfront, kind and patient. Always kind. Always patient. Always. I have told many people about her and this tour hoping they can met her should they decide to go. I cant say enough to impart what a gem she is. Our driver Fanourisi was a magician with the behemoth couch. I always felt safe while driving with him. I speak for my husband as well. This trip was a life bucket list check because of Nina and Fanourisi. We will always be indebted to them.

Karen A.
8 Day Athens with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, October 2022
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Our trip was excellent!!! On this trip were five first-time Gate1 travelers. I have been telling my friends for years, that I travel with Gate 1(MORE for less) and the exceptional price, accommodations, service, and hospitality that is shown to all travelers. They finally took a chance on this trip (still not believing that they could get more for less) and halfway through the trip...at dinner, they said, "I am a believer!" We had the best time and this time we got more than we could have ever imagined. The staff in all locations, the tour guides, and manager were EXCEPTIONAL. Additionally, the service team that had to change our original date for departure and flight at the end of the trip were kind, available and very helpful. I am so proud to say we travel with Gate 1. Thank you for caring about your customers...it is so evident.

Linda G.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2022
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My trip to Greece was one of the best Gate 1 trips that I have ever taken in my 30 years of traveling. It takes a Tour Guide who has all the great qualities needed to excel...supreme knowledge of her country, culture, history, people, food, music, and more. Demetra is that Tour Guide. How fortunate that I had Demetra as my Gate 1 Tour Guide. Demetra's love for her country and people clearly showed, and thus, enveloped me as well. Also our Driver Plato was an amazing driver as he maneuvered our bus through narrow passages! Many Thanks Gate 1 for this beautiful and historical trip to Greece that was truly one of my best trips ever!

Kathleen S.
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.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2022
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Small group - lots of room on the bus, lots of places could accommodate us vs. a large group. We went to small and beautiful towns throughout Greece - places that were not overrun by tourists - places that most people have not heard of. Loved the Edessa Waterfalls where we could walk behind the water fall. Loved the Meteora Monasteries (before going there - I was so - so as to it being on the itinerary but once we got there - it was a highlight. Enjoyed the boat ride to Bourtzi. Of course the Acropolis is stunning - our guide got us there early in the a.m. to miss the crowds. The restaurants had great food, some had amazing views like one in Delphi where we overlooked a beautiful valley, and another in Kalambaka at the base of Meteora rocks Our hotels were lovely. Our tour guide was AMAZING! Her name was Maria. She had SO much knowledge of archeology, Greek history, Greek mythology, and she connected all the dots. She enriched our trip immensely.

Patricia S.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2022
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Absolutely wonderful time! We introduced 4 other friends to Gate 1 and they were so happy with every part of our trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable able to handle the guest with courteousness and excellent management of time. Angelina was wonderful in creating a fun cohesive group of travelers she took into consideration the needs of individuals. Our guide made the trip what it was! Another fabulous Gate 1 trip.

Michelle T.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, September 2022
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It was a great trip. As a first timer with Gate1, we were very happy with both the Birthplace of Civilization trip and the Independent trip to Santorini and Mykonos. Angeliki was a consummate professional guide. We intend to travel with Gate1 again.

Gary W.


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