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Greetings Nashville Hikers & Travel enthusiasts,
NHM is partnering with Fun Happenings Travel & Adventure Meetup and Active Outdoors Nashville in putting together a Trip of a Lifetime to Greece this October!
Our 12 Day "Greek Island Hopper & Aegean Adventure" takes us to culturally diverse destinations in Greece and Turkey. The trip is an Amazing itinerary- exclusively customized for Fun Happenings- and includes both Island Stays and cruising. The trip's itinerary offers relaxing stays on Mykonos & Santorini and a 4-Day Aegean Sea Cruise visiting Kudsasi Turkey, Patmos, Rhodes and Crete! The cruise allows us to see so much in 4 days- as we relax and enjoy the ship's nightly entertainment, casino, pools and bars and sleep- while our ship travels to our next port of call.
Our Group Departs the U.S. WED. OCT. 9TH - RETURNING MON. OCT. 21ST - Join this Amazing Trip of a Lifetime! Deadline to get in on this Amazing Trip of a Lifetime is Monday, July 15th!
TRIP ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE OCTOBER 2013 GREECE TRIP - $2850.00
More Trip Details below email or go to http://www.meetup.com... for more details.
Deadline to get in on this Amazing Trip of a Lifetime is Monday, July 15th!
Hope to see everyone in Greece!
Your Trip Leader,
**** CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE MAY 2013 GREECE TRIP:
FUN HAPPENINGS TRAVEL & ADVENTURE PRESENTS
THE FIRST TRIP WAS SO MUCH FUN- WE HAD TO DO IT AGAIN!
FUN HAPPENINGS FALL 2013
GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURE
12 DAYS EXPLORING 5 GREEK ISLANDS, KUDSASI TURKEY & ATHENS
DEPARTING U.S. WED. OCT. 9TH - RETURNING MON. OCT. 21ST
AN AMAZING TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
IT'S BACK AGAIN! The first Greek Island Adventure was so incredible in May- we had to do it again for everyone that missed it! We're partnering with Nashville Hiking Meetup group & other meetup's across the state to create a fun, eclectic group of travelers.
This trip's itinerary has changed slightly from the May Greece Trip- and includes one extra night in Santorini (total 4 Nights) and a $200 savings from the May 2013 trip- due to lower air fare and hotels in October.
Fun Happening's 12 Day "Greek Island Hopper & Aegean Adventure" takes us to culturally diverse destinations in Greece and Turkey. The trip is an Amazing itinerary- exclusively customized for Fun Happenings- and includes both Island Stays and cruising. The trip's itinerary offers relaxing stays on Mykonos & Santorini and a 4-Day Aegean Sea Cruise visiting Kudsasi Turkey, Patmos, Rhodes and Crete! The cruise allows us to see so much in 4 days- as we relax and enjoy the ship's nightly entertainment, casino, pools and bars and sleep- while our ship travels to our next port of call.
Fun Happenings is partnering with a local Greek tour company that has customized our group's itinerary and excursions that allow us to completely immerse ourselves into the Greek culture and experience a part of Greece that tourists rarely see... We will experience authentic Greek Tavernas, unique walking tours of towns we visit, partake in a cooking class and enjoy the nightlife in Mykonos and Santorini... It's definitely going to be a trip of a Lifetime!
Mykonos Harbor and City.....
Oia, Santorini - famous for the Caldera Views where our group will spend 4 glorious nights!
View from our Athens Hotel- overlooking the Acropolis
Aegean Sea- Outside of Herkalion, Crete
12-DAY TRIP ITINERARY
(This trip is one day longer than the previous trip in May and was extended because Air was not available for group space back to Nashville on Sun. Oct. 20th- You may return one day earlier on 10/20/13- if you are purchasing your own air).
Depart Wed. Oct. 9th- Arrive Athens Thursday, Oct. 10th - Return Athens for Nashville on Mon. Oct. 21st
TRIP AT A GLANCE
Day 1: Morning Arrival in Athens (9:40am)- Athens Panoramic City Tour included and Guided Tour/admission to the Acropolis/Parthenon, Welcome Dinner (Thursday)
DEPARTURE DAY: Wednesday 10/09/2013- Depart Nashville (BNA) at 9:15am- Arrive Athens Greece Thursday, October 10th at 9:40am (via connections in ATL and JFK).
Day 1: THURSDAY: Arrival into Athens at 09:40am- Our private coach and Tour Guide, who will be with us for 12 days- will meet our group at Athens International Airport. They will take our group on a Panoramic Tour of Athens and stopping at- before taking us to our Centrally located Athens hotel- The Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel. Hotel staff will join us for a Private Check-in, allow us to Freshen up and grab a quick bite to eat- before meeting in the lobby for a private Guided Tour of the Acropolis / Parthenon. Join our Group for a Happy Hour at 5:30pm on the Hotel's rooftop patio- overlooking the Acropolis, before we walk to a nearby local Greek Taverna for our "Welcome to Greece" dinner starting at 7pm. A busy day- but so much to see and explore in this beautiful city!
Day 2: FRIDAY: Athens- Depart Athens in morning- after breakfast for our Day Cruise to Mykonos. Meet in the lobby at 8:15am for our transfer to the port of Piraeus. Mykonos is known as one of the most beautiful islands in the world and as the "Greek St Tropez". Upon arrival in Mykonos, we are led on a walking tour of Mykonos Town- so we can familarize ourselves with this quaint town- for our 3 night stay. Then we are transferred to our hotel in Mykonos- the majestic 4-star Aphrodite Beach Resort on Kalafatis Beach- one of the top beaches in Mykonos.
Day 3 & Day 4: SATURDAY & SUNDAY- Mykonos- Enjoy three sun-filled days on the island of Mykonos, where your options are endless. Spend a day relaxing on one of its many beaches, stroll down the town’s whitewashed streets, sip a drink on the waterfront while enjoying the sunset, partake in some of the best shopping in the world, take a trip to the nearby magical island of Delos, enjoy the exciting nightlife, savor the authentic Greek cuisine and more! And don't forget the Nightlife in Mykonos- some of the best in the world!
Day 5: MONDAY: Mykonos- Spend most of the Day on Mykonos at your leisure, head into town and explore all quaint boutiques, cafes and galleries or relax at hotel's pool or beach- but definitely savor your last day on this beautiful island! We Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 4:30pm- to be transferred to our cruise ship- The Louis Olympia-to Embark on our 4-Day Cruise to Kudsasi Turkey, Patmos, Rhodes and Crete. The cruise is a great time- with many activities to enjoy onboard. While we play, eat and sleep at night and enjoy the luxuries of a cruise ship- we'll wake up to a different island to explore each day.
Day 6: TUESDAY: Kusadasi Turkey / Patmos- Our ship arrives in Kusadasi, Turkey at 7:00am- where we'll have the chance to visit Ephesus, the ancient Greek city founded in the 8th Century BC and one of the top preserved archeological sites in the world! EPHESUS is not to be missed! Our ship then departs for the island of Patmos. Enjoy this sacred island of Patmos, with an austere physiognomy and where you will have the opportunity to visit St. John Monastary and see where John the Evangelist wrote the Apocalypse. There's so much history on this smaller Greek island. (FYI: We are 500 miles away from Istanbul and their are no reported demonstrations in this region).
Day 7: WEDNESDAY: RHODES- Enjoy a Full Day on the the beautiful and historical Island of Rhodes. Take the adventurous excursion to Lindos and tour the Famous "Acropolis of Lindos" or take the Fun Happenings' Walking tour of the Old Town of Rhodes and visit some of the island's top landmarks- The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodesor the Colossus of Rhodes- one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World (admissions extra). The shopping in Rhodes Town is incredible and the town is filled with many cafes, galleries and shops.
Day 8: THURSDAY: Heraklion Crete / Santorini- Arrive in the Capital city of Heraklion on the island of Crete in the morning. While in Crete, you can visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos (optional excursion), Take a winery tour or explore the beautiful port city on your own. Around noon, we sail for Island of Santorini- where we'll spend 4 glorious nights in the Town of Fira. Our group will be staying at the centrally-located 4-star hotel- The Kallista Thera Hotel. After check-in, Enjoy a complimentary walking tour of Fira or take the rest of the Day and evening at leisure. Find a cliff side cafe or bar and toast the most beautiful sunset you will ever see! Santorini is unbelievable! Our group will completely immerse ourselves in Santorini's culture for 3 full days and explore every area of the island!
Day 9, 10 & 11: FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY: Santorini- Spend 3 fun-filled Days on Santorini! You will have plenty of options to explore on this enchanting island- as there's so much to experience here. We'll offer several excursions in Santorini to enjoy! Take our 3 Winery Tour (optional) and enjoy the magical views- while sampling wines or Don't miss the most incredible Sunset Cruise in the world- as we charter a 110' Tall Ship to see the magnificent sunset in Santorini. Or possibly book a cliff side / caldera view Massage- where you will experience views like never before- during your massage! Explore the quaint villages of Fira and Oia for shopping, galleries and quaint cafes or rent a jeep or scooters and explore the quiet side of the island with beautiful black lava beaches...Santorini is the most incredible destination in the World! Enjoy our final night in Santorini on Sunday- as our group gathers at a popular local Taverna for our "Farewell to Greece" celebration!
Day 12: MONDAY: Santorini- Depart early Monday morning on Aegean Airlines to Athens Airport for afternoon Departure to U.S. Depart Athens GR at 12:20pm on Delta Airlines- Schedule arrival to Nashville BNA - 10:57pm (same day due to time change). (If purchasing your own Air- schedule US Departure after 11:00am).
What's Included in this Trip
- Round Trip coach Airfare from Nashville to Athens Greece on Delta (with Air/Land Pkg.)- All ground transfers, 4-star hotel accommodations w/ daily breakfast in Athens, Mykonos & Santorini.
- 11 Breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 Dinners Included (60% of your meals included)
- Athens Panoramic City Tour w/ adm to the Acropolis, Walking tours of Mykonos, Rhodes & Santorini.
- Welcome Dinner in Athens & Farewell Dinner in Santorini
- 4-Day Aegean cruise full board accommodations, meals, entertainment, port taxes.
- Domestic One-Way Airfare from Santorini to Athens (included in Land Only Pkg as well)
- All domestic taxes, International flight taxes, porterage at hotels.
What's Not Included on the Trip
- All items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, room service, spa services, internet, medical services, meals not included in Land Package, alcoholic beverages)
- Optional Excursions not included on trip, Tips to Tour Guides or Cruise Personnel.
- Souvenirs, Medical assistance, International Medical insurance, Trip interruption insurance.
- On board the Cruise, no alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks included with meals or during the cruise. You will have the opportunity to purchase either a non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink package for the cruise- that includes unlimited drinks.
Fun Happenings is providing highly rated 3 1/2 - 4 star Superior/First Class hotels in central locations with many amenities- including full service restaurant, pools, spa, gym, free wi fi and free breakfast. The accommodations provided onboard the cruise- are inside cabins- but can be upgraded for a nominal fee to outside cabins or Junior suite. In Santorini, our hotel is centrally located in Fira, with no sea views. If you wish to upgrade to a more romantic sea view hotel- just around the corner- we will be offering cliff side rooms for anyone that wishes to upgrade to a caldera view room.
Athens Hotel: Divani Palace Acropolis Hotel - www.divaniacropolis.gr
Mykonos Hotel: Aphrodite Beach Resort - http://mykonospalace.com
Santorini Hotel: Kallisti Thera Hotel - www.kallistitherahotel.com
Cruise Line/Ship: Louis Cruise Lines - http://www.louiscruis...
(Ship): Louis Olympia: http://www.louiscruises.com/en/cruise-ships/cruise-ship/LO/louis-olympia.html
1.) LAND ONLY PACKAGE: $1475.00 - (If Paid in Full by Check- Includes Hotels for 11-Night/12 Day Land Pkg, ground transportation, 4 tours, 60% meals, 4 Day cruise, one-way flight Santorini/Athens & taxes w/ check-out in Santorini on Mon. Oct. 21st)
2.) AIR / LAND PACKAGE: $2850.00 (PAID IN FULL BY CHECK- INCLUDES RT AIR FROM BNA TO ATHENS GR, 11-NIGHT/12 DAY LAND PACKAGE WITH SAME AS ABOVE INCLUSIONS) AND FLIGHT RETURNING ON MONDAY, OCT. 21ST). - Pricing for the Air/Land Spots are guaranteed for the first 40 persons that join the trip- as Group Air space is maximum capacity -
3.) 4 PAYMENTS - PAID OVER 4 MONTHS- Cost is higher to make 4 payments- $50 for Land Only Package / $100 additional for Air/Land Pkg.)
LAND ONLY PACKAGE
AIR /LAND PACKAGE
(Guaranteed Pricing for first 40 persons)
Payments can be sent either by:
If you do not have a roommate or wish to have your own room- there is a single room supplement of $660 ($60 x 11 nights) that covers all 8 Nights Hotel Stays and 3 Nights on the Cruise- giving you a single room for all 11 Nights.
DELTA AIRLINES FLIGHT INFORMATION:
BNA TO ATHENS GREECE: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Delta Flt #1011: Dep BNA 9:15am Arr Atlanta 11:25am
Delta Flt # 2408: Dep ATL 12:40PM / Arr JFK NYC 3:02pm
Delta Flt # 132: Dep JFK 4:39pm Arr ATH 9:40am (Arrive Thur. Oct. 10th)
ATHENS TO NASHVILLE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013
Air France Flt #1233: Dep ATH 12:20pm Arr Paris FR 2:45pm
Delta Flt #029: Dep Paris FR 4:10pm Arr ATL 8:07pm
Delta Flt # 1709: Dep ATL 10:50pm Arrive BNA 10:57pm
(same day- Mon. 10/21)
** Trip Cancellation Policy: After July 15, 2013, there is a $200.00 cancellation fee, deducted from your deposits, should you cancel the trip. After August 1st, 2013- the cancellation fee increases to $300.00- as more non-refundable deposits are required for hotels, cruise, transportation and one-way flight from Santorini to Athens. After August 5, 2013- the Airfare portion is no longer refundable and can be credited back with a Delta Voucher- less $200.00 Trip Change fee, imposed by Delta Airlines. If you have someone that takes your place- the total cancellation fees is $200, plus a $150 name change fee on the air portion- totaling $350 cancellation fee.
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"Louis Olympia" - Our Cruise Ship for 4 days...
SOME PHOTOS FROM OUR MAY 2013
GREEK ISLAND ADVENTURE
Exploring Mykonos and the Famous Windmills!
Exploring the village of Oia on Santorini
Michael and Bryan climbed to the top of Delos Island
Our group hiked one of the "Top 10 Hikes in the World"
from Fira to Oia on a scenic 7.2 mile hike.....
Our Amazing 110' Brigatine Tall Ship "Thalassa" was our
ship for the afternoon and evening... What an incredible Day!
Views from our Sunset Caldera cruise....
Amazing views of Santorini....
Our Welcome Dinner in Athens at Acropol Taverna... OPA!
Lots of fun on our cruise ship- while we're island hopping!
What an incredible Trip!