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Sofia Travel Co.
3907 Cherrywood Road
Austin, TX 78722

T: 214-493-3702
E: Info@SofiaTravel.org

 

3907 Cherrywood Road
Austin, TX 78722

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Let our Greek-American family take you on an insider's experience through Authentic Greece. Soak up the culture, cuisine, and history of this legendary land while staying in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet.

DATES

May 19-29, 2018

PRICE

$3,445 Per Person, Land Only
$875 Single Supplement

OPTIONAL Santorini EXTENSION 

Santorini Island  |  May 29 - June 2
$2,095 Per Person
$1,245 Single Supplement

If you'd like more information about this tour, please give us a call at (214) 493-3027.

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Dear USNA Family,

We are excited to offer you this unique experience of travelling with the Sparks-Iliadis family of Sofia Travel on this Authentic Greece tour designed with you in mind. Who better to show us this beautiful land than native Greeks? The Sparks-Iliadis family goes above and beyond to ensure every detail meets your expectations. With over thirty years of experience, and with personal attention as their foundation, Sofia Travel offers this authentic Greece tour with in-depth historical context and genuine cultural encounters. It is our expectation that this trip will sell out quickly as it does with other Alumni Associations. 

We hope to see you on this exceptional tour. Gather your classmates, company mates, friends, and/or family for this wonderful experience.

Explore the world with us….

Noreen Frenaye
Director, USNA Alumni Travel


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Greece's oldest Naval Academy on the island of Hydra, dating to 1749
  • Ascend the Acropolis to the world-famous 2,400 year old Parthenon
  • Enjoy three nights on a picturesque island without motorized vehicles
  • Sample ancient wine varietals at a family run, countryside vineyard
  • Walk in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Athens
  • Stay in the renovated home of an 18th c. shipping magnate
  • Sit in the Athenian theater where drama & comedy were born
  • Dine seaside on the world's best cuisine accompanied by folk musicians
  • Hear the words of Homer, Aeschylus, and Pericles in their original context
  • Sail on the Aegean Sea to the strikingly beautiful old port of the island of Spetses
  • Embrace the land that has inspired Western Civilization for 2,500 years

DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1 and 2 - Depart USA, Arrive Nafplio
Depart USA, arrive Athens and transfer to Nafplio, Greece, a beautiful, seaside town built by the Venetians and Ottomans starting in the 14th century. Check in to our seaside hotel steps away from the historic main square and enjoy the stunning sea views from every room. After a welcome reception, we gather together for an authentic dinner at a local taverna. (D)

Day 3 - Nafplio, Epidavros
In the morning we begin with a welcome meeting and cultural orientation to life in Greece as we sip coffee at a cafe in the picturesque main square. We then head high above Nafplio to explore the expansive ruins of the Venetian-built Palamidi Fortress before continuing to the ancient healing center of Epidavros. Here we learn about medicine in ancient Greece and marvel at the magnificent theater of Epidavros, the best preserved from the ancient world. In the evening, we gather by the harbor for a festive dinner accompanied by local musicians as we learn about Greek folk music and how to do traditional Greek dances. (B,L,D)

 Ancient Theater of Epidavros

Ancient Theater of Epidavros

Day 4 - Mycenae, Nemea, Winery
Departing Nafplio, we visit the palace citadel of King Agamemnon, leader of the Trojan War, at Mycenae. We tour the Bronze Age site, including the underground cistern and beehive tomb of Clytemnestra. We then venture into the Peloponnesian countryside as we visit a quaint, family-run vineyard.  We tour the vineyard, sample the ancient wine varietals, and enjoy a sumptuous feast as we sit amongst the aging wine barrels. Enjoy a free evening in Nafplio with time to shop in the designer boutiques and relax along the cafe lined harbor promenade. (B,L)

 Port of Hydra

Port of Hydra

Day 5 - Nafplio, Hydra
After a free morning and afternoon in Nafplio, we set out on the blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the unforgettable island of Hydra. This small island—an important naval harbor in the 18th century—is unbelievably serene and full of charm. All motorized transportation is banned on the island, making the quaint harbor the perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy a quintessentially Greek evening of fresh seafood, plentiful wine, and good company. We check into our hotel—the former mansion of an 18th century shipping magnate—for three blissful nights. (B,D)

Day 6 - Hydra
In the morning we are introduced to beautiful Hydra as we learn about its impressive history. In the afternoon, take part in a reception at the National Merchant Marine Academy, the oldest operating Naval Academy in Greece, dating back to 1749, and tour the one-of-a-kind museum. In the late afternoon, take an optional horseback ride out of town to the Convent of Agios Matronas where you can meet the elderly nuns and marvel at the spectacular views of Hydra town and the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. (B,D)

Day 7 - Hydra Free Day/Optional Excursion to Spetses
Enjoy the day at leisure on the island of Hydra to shop at the artists' workshops or visit a nearby beach. Or, take an optional day trip to the beautiful island of Spetses. On this excursion, we visit the jewel of Spetses, the grandiose Posidonion Grand Hotel. We sit on the waterside veranda where European dignitaries have dined for over a century and enjoy a modern Greek-fusion lunch from their celebrated chef. In the afternoon, hire a carriage to take you along the seaside to the wonderfully quaint old harbor of Spetses for afternoon coffee amongst the locals and dinner waterside. Overnight Hydra. (B)

 National Archaeological Museum of Athens

National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Day 8 - Piraeus, Athens
Departing Hydra, we arrive in the greatest city of both ancient and modern Greece: Athens. We check in to our hotel at the foot of the Acropolis with its fantastic rooftop bar with the city’s best views of the Parthenon. Our exploration of this city’s matchless heritage begins at the impressive Acropolis Museum, as we examine the world famous Parthenon Marbles up close. Heading to the Acropolis, we sit in the Theater of Dionysus, the very birthplace of drama and comedy, before ascending the Acropolis to stand in the shadow of the architecturally perfect Parthenon. In the evening we gather together for a festive dinner in the Plaka traditional marketplace district. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Athens
In the morning, we have the option of attending a portion of a Greek Orthodox church service as we are introduced to the ancient traditions of Christianity’s oldest branch. We then visit the National Archaeological Museum, home to the world’s single greatest collection of ancient Greek antiquities in the world. We then visit the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier before lunch at a local favorite near the bustling center of Athens at Monastiraki Square. The afternoon and evening are free to continue exploring this cosmopolitan city. (B,L)

Day 10 - Athens, Cape Sounion
The morning is free to shop in the boutiques of the Plaka, tour one of Athens’ amazing museums, hike on the nearby Hill of the Muses, or simply enjoy a coffee at one of the myriad streetside cafes. In the afternoon, we head out to unforgettable Cape Sounion,where we enjoy a festive final dinner and closing meeting at a seaside taverna. We then visit the beautiful Temple of Poseidon, located on a promontory high above the Aegean Sea at the edge of mainland Greece, as we watch the stunning sunset over the distant waters of the Aegean Sea. (B,D)

Day 11 - Depart/Santorini Extension
Continue on the extension to the unforgettable island of Santorini, or depart Greece as lifelong lovers of this legendary land!


RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON THIS TOUR

We'd love to travel with you! 

If you'd like more information about this tour, please give us a call at (214) 493-3027.


OPTIONAL POST TOUR EXCURSION

SANTORINI ISLAND

Rightly considered one of the most beautiful places on the planet, the island of Santorini is the crown jewel of the legendary Greek islands. Spend three unforgettable nights in the world famous town of Oia at your traditional cave house perched high on the rim of an ancient volcano and marvel at the breathtaking views from your private veranda. Explore the winding, whitewashed alleyways,  enter into humble, blue domed chapels, and take a catamaran cruise over the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea in the world's most beautiful setting.

DATES

May 29 - June 2, 2018

PRICE

$2,095 Per Person, Double Occupancy
$1,245 Single Supplement


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