Dawson School

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Greece

March 14-22, 2020

 

Passport & Visa 

 

U.S. Citizens

Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the final day of the program.  Please check the visiting countries for visa requirements.  There are no visas needed for Europe.  If a traveler is unable to obtain these travel documents, our standard cancellation policy will apply.

All children under the age of 18 unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian traveling abroad must have a notarized letter of permission with a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature.

To apply or renew your passports please click here

Non U.S. Citizens

Please contact your country's embassy to  find out visa and vaccination requirements for the countries you are visiting.

You can contact us for further information

Terms and Conditions

 

A La Carte Travel Booking Conditions

These Booking Conditions are valid for all A La Carte Travel departing after October 1, 2015, and are subject to change with or without notice. The most current Booking Conditions at the time of your departure will apply.

Enrollment

All Enrollment Forms must be received at A La Carte Travel 120 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and dates of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

Any corrections to match passport names made after 120 days prior to departure require that we change the flight reservation, resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket. This may also result in a different flight itinerary from the group. Travelers who have not yet applied for a passport should provide their full name and date of birth as they appear on their birth certificate.

Rooming

 A La Carte Travel handles final rooming assignments for all travelers. Please ensure that all rooming requests are submitted by 110 days prior to departure.

Students will room in double, triples, or quads with others of the same gender from the entire tour group.

Adults are placed in twin accommodations (a hotel room with two beds) with another adult of the same gender from the entire tour group unless the name of a roommate has been provided.

Adults can request double-bed accommodations (a room with one bed for two people)  or a single room for an additional fee per hotel.   Single rooms are not available on overnight trains.

Lost belongings

A La Carte Travel is not responsible for loss of passports, airline tickets or other documents, or for loss of or damage to luggage or any other passenger belongings. In the case of a lost paper airline ticket, the traveler is solely responsible for meeting the airline’s requirements (both logistical and financial) for ticket replacement.

Food Allergies

 A La Carte Travel recognizes that some travelers may have severe food allergies. We will do our best to ensure that our suppliers are informed of the situation but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be accommodated. Travelers are responsible for making their own arrangements for all in-flight meals.

Deposit and Payments

A deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration to hold the space for the passengers.  The remainder of the balance is divided into equal monthly payments with the final payment due no later than 60 days prior to departure.

Baggage

Excess baggage is subject to extra fees.

Passengers are advised to find out about the fees on the airline’s website.

Cancellation

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

 

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued

 
 

Travel Insurance

A La Carte Travel automatically insures all the passengers in the Travelex Standard Choice plan.

The Standard Travel Protection Plan covers the following:

 

  • Emergency Medical and Dental Expenses up to $15,000

  • Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation Expenses of up to $50,000

  • Trip Delay Expenses of up to $1000

  • Lost or Delayed Baggage Expenses of up to $250

  • 24/7 travel assistance and concierge services

A  La  Carte Travel is now offering our groups a more comprehensive Travel Insurance as part of the Travel package and as part of an effort to ease the travelers’ concerns with the events around the world.

The travel protection plan we recommend, Travelex 360° Student Group Choice, includes coverage for Trip Cancellation and Interruption, Trip Delay, Emergency Medical Expense and Evacuation, Baggage Loss or Delay and more. 

 In addition to all of the above benefits, the Choice Plan upgrade will cover the following:

  • Trip Cancellation/interruption benefits include:  Sickness, injury, or death

  •  Pre-existing exclusion waiver through final payment

  • Common carrier cancellations/delays

  • Terrorist acts** (Occurring within 30 days of the scheduled departure date for the covered trip in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination)

  • Trip delay benefits – 5 hours or more

  • Baggage Delay benefits – 12 hours or more

  • Cancel for any reason coverage upgrade

 

The  Cancel for Any Reason benefit, which allows you to cancel your trip for any reason, within 2 days of your Scheduled Departure Date, and receive up to 75% of the Insured Trip Cost. To be eligible for this benefit, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of your initial trip deposit and full trip cost must be insured. Contact us to find out the costs associated for these upgrades.

For more information please contact one of our travel consultants at:  703-281-1225 or Email Us

 

Standard of Conduct

 

Proper behavior is expected at all times. Remember, you are representing your country. Show respect for language and customs different than your own.

 

Grounds for Dismissal

  1. Possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs

  2. Poor attitude or behavior and consistently acting independently of the chaperones' admonishment and warnings

  3. Leaving the group on excursions, or leaving the hotels without the permission of chaperones and after the designated curfew

  4. Getting a piercing or tattoo

  5. Stealing or defacing any personal property, building or material

  6. Possession or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc

  7. Breaking group rules

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, March 14th, 2020- Depart

Take an overnight flight from Denver to Athens, Greece

 

Day 2: Sunday, March 15th, 2020- Athens

Arrive in Athens, Greece and meet your English-speaking tour escort. Transfer to your hotel in Athens and check-in to your hotel. Have time to explore Athens with your tour escort and see the famous sights of the city like the historical Plaka District- clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, the Athenian Trilogy: the National Library, University of Athens and Academy, the central Syntagma Square and see the Acropolis Hill- the symbol of Greece. In the evening, have a delicious Grecian dinner and spend overnight in Athens.

Day 3: Monday, March 16th, 2020- Athens-Cape Sounion

In the morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then depart with a private coach bus to have a guided visit of Athens. Enjoy entrances to famous landmarks like the Acropolis, the ancient military fortress turned religious center dedicated to the worship of the goddess Athena, and the ancient Agora of Athens, the best-known example of an ancient Greek city-square. Witness the beauty and history of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia and the Parthenon, the former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. In the afternoon, visit Cape Sounion, at the southernmost tip of the Attic peninsula, to visit the Temple of Poseidon. Stay in Cape Sounion for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020- Corinth Canal-Mycenae-Argolis-Nafplion

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a private coach bus for a full-day excursion. First stop: the Corinth Canal, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Then, continue to the archaeological site at Mycenae to visit the Treasury of Atreus and Royal Tomb of Agamemnon, constructed during the Greek Bronze Age. In Mycenae, continue to visit the Palace, built on the summit, and the Lion Gate, the main entrance to the citadel of Mycenae. In the afternoon visit Argolis and have a guided walking tour of the village, then Epidaurus, the birthplace of Apollo’s son and famous for its beautiful theater. Continue to Nafplion for dinner and overnight. 

 

Day 5: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020- Athens

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the National Archaeological Museum that houses some of the most important artifacts from locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. After lunch, enjoy Athens from a different perspective by taking a bike tour through the city. In the evening, have dinner and spend overnight in Athens.

 

Day 6: Thursday, March 19th, 2020- Athens- Crete

Eat breakfast at the hotel, then transfer with a private coach bus to the Athens airport. Take a flight to Crete and upon arrival transfer to the hotel with a private coach bus to check-in. Enjoy a guided tour of Fodele, the birthplace of the painter El Greco in 1541. Continue to visit the village of Margarites, famous for its pottery tradition, then onward to the beautiful Mediterranean town of Rethymnon to see the Renaissance architecture, its old Venetian fortress, and its museum. Have free time to explore Rethymnon before having dinner and spending overnight at your hotel in Crete.

 

Day 7: Friday, March 20th, 2020- Crete

In the morning after breakfast at your hotel, take a private coach bus to Elounda, the small town in the northern coast of Crete. Have free time to explore on your own, before continuing to the coastal town of Agios Nikolaos and taking a boat ride from there to the small island (with a long and dark history) of Spinalonga. Return to mainland Crete in the evening for dinner and overnight in Crete.

 

Day 8: Saturday, March 21st, 2020- Crete- Athens

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before taking a private coach bus to Knossos, the center of the Minoan civilization. After visiting Knossos, continue your drive to the traditional village of Archanes to see the well-preserved and colorful houses and scenery. From there, transfer back to the airport and take a flight back to Athens to return to your hotel to check-in. Enjoy your last night with a delicious dinner paired with a Greek Dance show at the Zafiro Experience. Spend overnight in Athens.

 

Day 9: Sunday, March 22nd, 2020- Depart

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport with a private coach bus.

Flight home!

Program Price & Payment Terms

 

$3,495 based on a minimum of 18 students

Included in this price: 

 

English Speaking Tour Escort 

Daily Lunch Stipend

Transportation: 

  • Round Trip Airfare from Denver to Athens- Price is based on 2019 prices and subject to change

  • Round Trip Airfare from Athens to Crete- Price is based on 2019 prices and subject to change

  • Transfers to and from the airports

  • Private coach bus service as per program

  • Boat ticket to Spinalonga

  • Bike Tour in Athens

Accommodations

  • 3 nights hotel in Athens, including breakfasts and dinners

  • 1 night hotel in Cape Sounion, including breakfast and dinner

  • 1 night hotel in Nafplion, including breakfast and dinner

  • 2 nights hotel in Crete, including breakfasts and dinners

Guided tours and entrances as per program 

Travel insurance, including: health, trip delay, luggage loss or delay for all participants 

 

 

A La Carte Travel Standard

Cancellation Policy

 

120 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, and a $300 cancellation fee

 

45 days to 119  days prior to departure

Full refund less all non-refundable fees, $500 cancellation fee and 50% of the program price

45 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued