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9 Day | Jewish Tour of Greece

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7 nights' accommodation at select hotels

7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 4 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday

  • Arrive at Thessaloniki International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Begin your tour with a panoramic view of the city from the north-eastern corner of the Kastro (castle) walls. Enjoy the powerful vista and the clear evidence that the old, the ancient and the new have learned to live in a symbiotic relationship. The mesh is painfully seamless. 
  • Introductions: Patron Saints, Dragon Slayers, and victory arches - All of these will come alive as you travel and gain perspective of the multi layered and historically rooted city. These sites include the White Tower (the city's symbol), the long seafront promenade, the Agios Demetrios or Agia Sophia Byzantine churches, the Rotunda, which started life as a Roman temple of Zeus, and the Arch of Triumph of Galerius and the ruins of his palace.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus From 1492 to 1942 - A Jewish Journey in Thessaloniki: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Thessaloniki

Day Three: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Jewish Past and Present: Visit the Jewish Museum.
  • LaDa'at Focus Ladino: The Yiddish of the Sefaradi Jews with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Monastiriotes Synagogue.
  • Painful Memories: Visit the old railway station, a painful reminder of the horrors that took place there more than 70 years ago during the Holocaust. It was from this station that the Jews of Thessaloniki were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau March of 1943.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Free afternoon and evening to explore the city on your own.

Overnight: Thessaloniki

Day Four: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Proceed to Vergina, the location of the ruins of Aigai, which was the home town of the father of Alexander the Great, King Phillip II of Macedonia.  Royal Tombs were discovered here, with some going back as far as the 4th century BCE.
  • Visit the King's mausoleum and the famous museum which houses the treasures of the Tombs of King Philippos II, and Alexander IV of Macedon, the son of Alexander the Great.
  • Continue to Ioannina, founded by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD. The ancient city flourished following the Fourth Crusade, when many wealthy Byzantine families fled there in the early 13th century following the fall of Constantinople. The city was home to a traditional Romaniote Jewish community for many years.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • LaDa'at Focus Tour Jewish Ioannina with a member of the local Jewish community. The Jewish community in town still traces its origins back to the original Jews who arrived here during Hellenistic times, around the 3rd century BCE. This community would later be known as the Romaniote Jewish community.
  • Take a boat ride on Pamvotis Lake. Enjoy the pristine waters of the lake which is situated in the shadows of the towering mountains that surround it. Its source is from a spring in these very mountains.
  • Dock for a bit and enjoy a nice walk around the island, which features a number of monasteries.
  • Return to the city.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Ioannina

Day Five: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Ioannina and drive to the region of Meteora, which literally means ‘middle of the sky'.  This is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece. A series of six monasteries sit high above the valley, carved into the natural sandstone.
  • LaDa'at Focus Jewish and Christian Asceticism: in Greece and in the Holy Land with your tour educator.
  • Reaching for the Heavens: Explore the monasteries, and admire the physical construction, the powerful devotion and the breathtaking views.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue the journey to the region of Delphi.
  • Ancient Battle, Modern Legacy: Stop at Thermopylae, world famous for the battle that took place there between the Greek forces, with the Spartans, and the Persian forces. View the modern-day monument to King Leonidas I of Sparta, who died in the battle. Although it was initially lost, this is a battlefield which bares the mark of bravery, tenacity and determination.
  • What a View! Continue to Arachova, a small town near Delphi.  It was amongst these mountains, standing high at around 3,000-feet that the Greek forces were able to hold off the Ottomans in the first half of the 19th century.  The picturesque town sits high on the hill, with small houses and cobbled alley ways.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Arachova

Day Six: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Mythical Past and Historical Proof: Visit Delphi, one of the most important archeological sites in Greek history. Identified by the eagles sent by Zeus himself as the navel of the world, it would be here that Apollo would defeat the horrible Python.  Explore the site, and submerge yourselves in ancient stories, holy sanctuaries and the amazing natural serenity that can only be found at such a site.
  • LaDa'at Focus Comparing Mythologies: Similarities & Differences between Jewish and Greek "mythologies" with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Archeological Museum.
  • Depart Delphi and drive to Athens, the capital of Greece.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Deep Roots, Blossoming Branches: Arrive in Athens, and enjoy a panoramic orientation of the city which stands tall as a symbol of Greece itself. Starting with the seed, dropped by the god Athena, a city grew up to become the capitol of the Greece as it is known today, with evidence of human existence here as far back as the 7ooo BCE. 
  • Check into the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Finding Family Far Away: Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Athens

Day Seven: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Syntagma Square and see the changing of the guard outside the Parliament Building.
  • Tour of the Acropolis Museum.
  • Mingle with the Locals, Eat What They Eat: Lunch on your own in Plaka neighborhood.
  • This IS Greece: Visit the Acropolis, an ancient citadel located above the city and the most well-known landmark of Greece. Whether to the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike or to any of the other world famous structures that sit high above the city, this visit will seamlessly bridge what you thought about Greece and what you see with your own eyes.
  • Return to the hotel, with free time to explore the city on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.
  • Optional Late-night visit to a Greek music club.

Overnight: Athens

Day Eight: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Integrated, foundational, productive, creative, inspirational - all can describe the vast history of the Jewish community in Greece. Visit the Jewish Museum for a better understanding of the rich history of the local Jewish community.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Jewish Community of Athens - Past, Present & Future with your tour educator.
  • Visit Beit Shalom Synagogue and the Hetz Haim Synaogue.
  • Deep Roots Uprooted: The pain of loss felt throughout Greece of the attempted destruction of the Jewish community here can still be felt. Stop at the Holocaust monument and participate in a memorial service.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Mentioned as early as The Odyssey, written by Homer in the 8th century BCE, Cape Sounion stands sturdy and strong, worn down but not defeated by the winds of time. Visit the Cape and try not to be too overwhelmed by the breathtaking vistas all around, surrounded by a breathtaking panoramic view. 
  • Return to Athens.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection.

Overnight: Athens

Day Nine: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on own to Athens International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

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To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Electra Palace Hotel
Thessaloniki 546 24

The Electra Palace Hotel is built in one of the most impressive city squares of Greece, Aristotelous Sq.

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Hotel Grand Serai

The hotel “Grand Serai Congress & Spa” is a genuine palace, which combines the traditional style of Ioannina with elements of the Middle East.

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Anemolia Hotel

Welcome to Domotel Anemolia Mountain Resort! Idyllically located on the outskirts of the historic Arachova village, Domotel Anemolia Resort offers unique views across the Delphi Valley and the Parnassos mountain range.

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Athens Plaza

Stay at the luxurious NJV Athens Plaza, conveniently located in the heart of Athens in the historic Syntagma Square, and very close to the world-famous Acropolis.
With over 30 years of rich history, the NJV Athens Plaza welcomes guests from across the globe to experience hospitality excellence at its finest.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.